Review of Carnival Fascination deck 9 (Promenade-Serenity)
Palace Theatre (capacity 1300 seats, upper level 2 of 2) is the ship's main show lounge with a large stage for grand show and musical productions featuring professional performances by singers, dancers, stand-up comedians, magicians. The theater lounge is also used daily for movies, gameshows, trivia and bingo games.
Video Arcade is open 24 hours for both kids and adults. The Arcade is supervised by dedicated staff and has foosball (air hockey) tables, photo kiosk, a total of 14 machines (popular arcade and merchandising games /incl skeeball). All machines are coinless (payable via S&S cards only). Playing costs between $0,75 – $2 (most are $1 per game). The daily arcade play limit ($75 pp) can be adjusted by parents/guardians upon request. Among the available for playing games are Redemption Games (E-ticket rewards are loaded to the S&S card and at any time can be redeemed for prizes /self-serve prize hub in the arcade), Self-Merchandisers (games of skill /electronic prizes at the machine), latest arcades (car-racing, dance, bike simulators, first-person shooters).
Photo Gallery & Shop (photo-video services, equipment, accessories)
Bonsai Sushi Express (complimentary dining option at Taste Bar, open 5-8:15 pm).
Taste Bar (complimentary snacks and food sampling) offers passengers to sample dishes served at onboard dining venues across Carnival Cruise Line's fleet. Taste Bar is open for dinner (5-8 pm) on seadays and also on select portdays. Taste Bar menu is a rotating nightly sampling menu with bite-sized appetizers from all “Fun Ship 2.0” dining venues (BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub, Cucina del Capitano, Comfort Kitchen) plus from the Steakhouse and Lido Buffet restaurants. Plates are small and fee-free, but the rotating specialty cocktails cost extra ($5). Taste Bar menu has items made from meats (chicken, lamb, pork, beef), as well as soups, stews, fish, seafood, Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine specialties.
Club O2 (teens only venue, movies, video games, karaoke, parties, booking teens only cruise shore excursion)
Casino Royale (capacity 450 seats, slots, gaming tables, gambling tournaments, classes), served by the Stars Bar (38 seats)
Hollywood Boulevard Promenade (bar lounge, capacity 230 seats, live music)
Jewelry Shop, Internet Cafe, $10 Boutique
Bogart’s Cafe (capacity 58-seats patisserie and specialty coffee bar)
Passage To India Lounge & Bar (109 seats, with dance floor, karaoke)
Diamonds and Forever Disco & Nightclub (capacity 230 seats Dance Club with own bar, DJ program)
Conference Room (70 seats)
Beverly Hills Bar (92 seats cigar bar/smoking lounge with piano)
Cherry on Top (open between 4-10:30 pm) is a Carnival signature shop selling bulk candies by the oz (mix and match, sugar-free, assortments), confections (lollipops, sweet apples, truffles, chocolate deep cheesecakes and pretzels, cupcakes, fudge, cookies /and sugar-free). Cherry on Top also sells ladies and kids apparel (bathrobes, hoodies, lounge pants, tank tops), balloons, flowers, Carnival Greeting Cards, shower/spa items. The shop also provides formalwear rentals available only for pre-cruise ordering (not on board).
Alchemy Bar is a vintage-themed cocktail bar (“pharmacy”) where professional mixologists (dressed in lab coats) serve handcrafted cocktails and made-to-order drinks from unique ingredients.
Puttin’ On The Ritz Lounge & Bar (aft location, capacity 540 seats, with dance floor, a stage for live performances. The venue also hosts art auctions, Punchliner Comedy Club (brunch shows), Karaoke sessions, seminars.
Serenity is the ship’s adults-only retreat for passengers 21+ yo. This is an aft-location outdoor area with 2 whirlpools (large-size outdoor hot tubs), an exclusive sundeck for relaxation and sunbathing (furnished with padded wicker chaise lounges, umbrellas), a separate shaded seating area (with plush wicker sofas, chairs and tables). The adult deck is complimentary (free entry) and accessible at any time. Access is through the Puttin’ On The Ritz Lounge or via stairs from the lido buffet’s outdoor areas. The whirlpools are available between 8 am - 10 pm only. Hours may vary depending on cruise itinerary, portdays/seadays, weather. Serenity Deck is served with drinks and food by the Coconut Grove buffet restaurant on Lido Deck above.