Carnival Fascination

Carnival Fascination current position

Carnival Fascination current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 36.53199 N / -6.27746 W) cruising en route to CADIZ. The AIS position was reported 22 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Carnival Fascination

Year built1994  /  Age: 26
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Helsinki, STX Finland)
ClassFantasy
Building costUSD 250 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line
Speed21 kn / 39 kph / 24 mph
Length (LOA)262 m / 860 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage70538 gt
Passengers2052 - 2462
Crew980
Passengers-to-space ratio29
Decks13
Cabins1026
Decks with cabins5
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsCarnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sensation
Christened byJeanne Farcus

Carnival Fascination Review

Review of Carnival Fascination

The 1994-built cruise ship Carnival Fascination is the fourth of CCL-Carnival's eight Fantasy-class vessels - together with Sensation, Fantasy and the originally “no balcony" liners Ecstasy, Elation, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise.

NEWS: In mid-June 2020, Carnival Corporation (shipowner) announced that intends to sell ships in FY2020 - instead of the previously expected fleet optimization planned over the next 3-5 years. Carnival added that already has preliminary agreements for selling 13 liners (in September increased to 18) which will leave the fleet in 2020. The current list includes the CCL's Fantasy-class (fleet's oldest) liners Fantasy, Inspiration, Imagination and Fascination.

In October 2020, the vessel was sold (to an undisclosed buyer) and projected to be operated as a hotel ship in Asia.

History - construction and ownership

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is a US company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as an independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). Carnival Cruise Lines has Corporation's largest fleet as both a number of vessels and GT tonnage (ship sizes and capacities). CCL has over 1/5 of the cruise industry's worldwide market.

Carnival Fascination cruise ship

The 2052-passenger cruise ship Carnival Fascination is one of the oldest CCL ships. The vessel was drydock renovated for the first time in 2006 when new LED TVs and cabin bathrooms were added. The second drydock (January 2010) was an ”Evolution of Fun” (Fun Ship 1.0) upgrade during which all public spaces, staterooms and open decks were completely renovated. CCL Fascination's third drydock (January 2013) upgraded the onboard dining room menus and all staterooms' lighting and bedding. The vessel's last major drydock was in 2015 (by Carnival's Fun Ship 2.0 fleet renovation program) during which was installed Carnival Waterworks (aquapark with Splash Zone for kids and Twister Waterslide).

Cruise itinerary program

Starting February 18, 2018, the ship offered roundtrip departures from homeports San Juan Puerto Rico and Bridgetown Barbados on 7-day Southern Caribbean itineraries visiting the islands St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten, St Thomas USVI.

Since January 16, 2022, Fascination was planned for homeporting in Mobile Alabama and to operate 4-day and 5-day roundtrips - replacing in Mobile AL Carnival Fantasy (planned for 2022 homeporting in San Juan Puerto Rico but unfortunately scrapped in 2020).

Before 2018, Carnival Fascination itinerary program was based on 4- and 5-day Bahamas cruises from homeport Jacksonville (JAXPORT) Florida. Deployment's prime call port destinations were Nassau and Freeport. The liner also visited two private islands in The Bahamas - Carnival’s Half Moon Cay and Royal Caribbean’s Coco Cay.

For more details on the cancelled 2020-2021-2022 itinerary program see in the ship's Wiki section.

Cabins

Carnival Fascination staterooms (a total of 1026) include 54x Suites, 98x Balcony rooms, 564x Oceanviews and 408 Inside cabins, in all 26 grades/cabin categories. Most staterooms are sized 185 ft2 (17 m2). Fascination has 24x wheelchair-accessible cabins (ADA staterooms adapted for passengers with disabilities).

Extended Balcony Suites (with 115 ft2 balconies) and Grand Suites (330 ft2) are the largest and accommodate up to 4 passengers, with spacious sitting areas and larger bathrooms (fitted with whirlpool bathtubs and separate showers). Suite guests also benefit from VIP services and exclusive amenities.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Onboard dining options revolve around the Imagination and Sensation restaurants, Fascination's main dining rooms. Those who seek for more casual dining may find so in the buffet - Coconut Grove Bar and Grill. This self-serve buffet venue is where guests congregate for cereal, bacon, and pancakes in the mornings; chicken, burgers, deli selections and made-to-order pizza at lunch; prime rib, lamb, turkey or pork carving stations each evening. Carnival passenger flow cannot be better as food stations are situated on both starboard and port sides, aft and in the middle of the room (there are the salad, deli, dessert, and 24-hour self-serve ice cream stations).

Carnival Fascination cruise ship

Unlike other Carnival ships, there is no specialty restaurant or Supper Club onboard Carnival Fascination. However, as is also available on all of the Fun ships is Chef's Table - a dining experience that affords a dozen guests a multicourse dinner with a private cocktail reception, a tour of the galley and a master chef. This dining option takes place in a non-traditional venue, like the library or the galley, and can be booked onboard for US$75 per person.

Follows the complete list of Carnival Fascination restaurants and food bars.

  • Imagination Dining Room (658-seat, aft Main Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings; offers themed breakfasts - “Seuss At Sea”, for $5 cover charge)
  • Sensation Dining Room (650-seat, forward Main Dining Room, with two fixed dinner seatings, or “Your Time Dining”).
  • Coconut Grove Lido Buffet Restaurant (722-seat, complimentary self-service restaurant with various food stations; operates as a bistro in the evenings).
  • Sushi Bar (complimentary).

Following the drydock refurbishment in February 2018, Carnival Fascination received the following new bars and dining venues:

  • Guy’s Burger Joint (complimentary poolside fast-food bar serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries)
  • BlueIguana Cantina (complimentary poolside Mexican restaurant for fresh-made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, with salsa bar and a variety of toppings)
  • Blue Iguana Tequila Bar (poolside, Mexican-themed outdoor bar for frozens and beers)
  • RedFrog Rum Bar (poolside bar selling frozens and beers, also serves Carnival’s private label ThirstyFrog Red/draught beer)
  • Alchemy Bar (Carnival's “cocktail pharmacy” lounge with professional mixologists and made-to-order drinks)
  • Cherry On Top (signature bulk candy store, also selling Carnival Cruise Lines logo apparel, gifts, toys)
  • Bonsai Sushi Express (complimentary, at Taste Bar).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Designed by the award-winning interior architect of Carnival Joe Farcus, Carnival Fascination features a variety of Hollywood-inspired public spaces. The Palace Lounge showcases the passenger talent shows and onboard revues of the line. There are 12 lounges and bars scattered throughout. The Passage to India Lounge and Diamonds Are Forever dance club are two of the most popular locales onboard.

Carnival Fascination cruise ship

The 12000-ft2 (1115-m2) sized wellness complex is nearly as modern and spacious as that on any of the newer Carnival ships. Kids and teens enjoy Nintendo Wii and PlayStation2 gaming, sports and music contests, art activities, themed parties. Fun awaits at the 9-hole miniature golf course, as well as at the 3 swimming pools, including a kids' wading pool and the main pool with 115-foot-long waterslide. The turn-down service for children consists of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and Carnival's renowned towel animals.

Carnival Fantasy-class cruise ship WaterWorks slides (Fantasy, Elation, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise, Fascination, Sensation, Ecstasy)

Follows the complete list of Carnival Fascination lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Fascination Grand Atrium Plaza (7-deck high midship open area served by Grand Plaza Lobby Bar)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour Internet computers room)
  • Art Gallery; Photo Gallery and Shop; Formalities Shop (tuxedo rentals, special occasion gifts); The Fun Shops (offer “Bon Voyage” store menu, souvenirs, watches, jewelry, logo merchandise, duty-free liquor, fashion boutiques)
  • Palace Theatre (1300-seat, 2-level main show lounge)
  • Circle C (kids' complimentary club lounge with movies, video games, parties, planned activities)
  • 88 Piano bar (92-seat)
  • Hollywood Boulevard Promenade and Bar (230-seat)
  • Bogart’s Cafe (58-seat specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Passage To India Lounge and Bar (109-seat with dance floor and karaoke)
  • Diamonds and Forever Disco and Nightclub (230-seat Dance Club)
  • Beverly Hills Bar (92-seat cigar bar with piano)
  • Puttin’ On The Ritz Lounge and Bar (540-seat, with dance floor and stage for live performances - Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch shows)
  • 24-hour Video Games Arcade; Club O2 teens' lounge for movies, karaoke, parties
  • Casino Royale (450-seat, served by Stars Bar)
  • Serenity (adults only relaxation area with padded lounges, hammocks and two Whirlpools).
  • Fascination Lido Pool area; Carnival WaterWorks Aqua Park (features the 4-deck high Twister Waterslide, two racing waterslides, fountains, jets, splash pool, kids area)
  • Camp Carnival (kids' club lounge with a complimentary programme and play area)
  • Spa Carnival (Spa and Fitness complex with Relaxation Room, Steam Rooms, Saunas, Massage Rooms, Beauty Salon, Gymnasium with Aerobics Studio)
  • Basketball/Volleyball Court, Jogging Track, Tennis Tables, 9-hole Mini-Golf Course, Shuffleboard.

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Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade was completed in 2015. In 1994, MS Fascination became the first-ever Carnival ship homeported in NYC New York. The liner operated "Fall Foliage Cruises" to New England and Canada, as well as Cruises to Nowhere from NYC, then was relocated to Puerto Rico for Caribbean roundtrips from San Juan.

The vessel (yard number 487) was constructed by Kvaerner Masa-Yards (now STX Finland) at Hietalahti Shipyard (Helsinki Finland). It was launched (floated out from drydock) on July 1, 1994. The cruise ship Fascination was christened by godmother Jeanne Farcus - wife of the famous interior designer Joe Farcus. The Carnival ship Fascination is one of company's oldest (Fantasy-class) vessels, with sisterships Ecstasy, Elation, Fantasy, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise, Sensation.

Ship's first drydock refurbishment was in September 2006. All staterooms were upgraded with flat TVs, new bathrooms and furniture. Fascination went into drydock for "Evolution of Fun" upgrades ("Fun Ship 1.0") in January 2010. Extensive makeovers were done to all cabins, public spaces, the top-deck area. In January 2013 the liner was refurbished again (Fun Ship 2.0, phase 1). All staterooms were upgraded with new lighting and bedding. Dining options now include different cuisine choices including American, Southwestern, Asian.

The ship is powered by six Sulzer-Wartsila marine diesel engines - two model 8ZAV40S and four model 12ZAV40S, which generate a combined output of 42,2 MW. The propulsion system is based on two CCPs (controllable pitch propellers) and all six thrusters (3x forward, 3x aft).

During its CCL service, the vessel (IMO number 9041253) was Bahamas-flagged (MMSI number 309682000) and registered in Nassau.

Carnival Fascination refurbishment 2018 review

The ship's 2018 drydock in Freeport Grand Bahama (February 4-17) resulted in the following deckplan changes (added new dining venues and bars):

  • (Lido Deck 10) Guy’s Burger Joint (complimentary poolside fast-food bar serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries)
  • (Lido Deck 10) BlueIguana Cantina (complimentary poolside Mexican restaurant for fresh-made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, with salsa bar and a variety of toppings)
  • (Lido Deck 10) Blue Iguana Tequila Bar (Mexican-themed outdoor bar for frozens and beers)
  • (Lido Deck 10) RedFrog Rum Bar (frozens and beers, also serves Carnival’s private label ThirstyFrog Red /draught beer)
  • (Promenade Deck 9) Alchemy Bar (Carnival's “cocktail pharmacy” lounge with professional mixologists and made-to-order drinks)
  • (Promenade Deck 9) Cherry On Top (bulk candy store, also selling Carnival Cruise Lines logo apparel, gifts, toys)
  • (Promenade Deck 9) Bonsai Sushi Express (complimentary, at Taste Bar).

Carnival Fascination refurbishment 2015 review

The list of deckplan changes after the ship's 2015 drydock refurbishment (October 30 - November 24, in Freeport Bahamas) included:

  • (Verandah Deck 11) the old Camp Carnival kids complex was redesigned and transformed into Camp Ocean. Also here (aft) was installed Carnival Waterworks (aquapark with Splash Zone, 2 mini racing slides for kids, and the Twister Waterslide).
  • Various technical enhancements were also implemented, including shoreside power capabilities.
  • Routine maintenance works included new hull coating.

During drydock 2015, the crew areas were also renovated.

Carnival Fascination itineraries 2020-2021-2022 (CANCELLED)

Next tables show the port sequences and times of the Fascination ship's last cruise itineraries planned by CCL-Carnival.

7-day Southern Caribbean from Barbados

Date / TimePort
24 Dec 21:00Departing from Bridgetown, Barbados
26 Dec 07:00 - 18:00San Juan, Puerto Rico
27 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI
28 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
29 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Basseterre, Port Zante, St Kitts Island
30 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Castries, St Lucia Island
31 Dec 08:00Arriving in Bridgetown, Barbados

7-day Southern Caribbean from Puerto Rico

Date / TimePort
26 Dec 18:00Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico
27 Dec 07:00 - 17:00Saint Thomas Island, Charlotte Amalie, USVI
28 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
29 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Basseterre, Port Zante, St Kitts Island
30 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Castries, St Lucia Island
31 Dec 08:00 - 21:00Bridgetown, Barbados
02 Jan 07:00Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico

2-day repositioning from Barbados to Puerto Rico (prices from USD 150 pp)

Date / TimePort
07 Jan 21:00Departing from Bridgetown, Barbados
09 Jan 07:00Arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico

7-day repositioning from Puerto Rico to mainland-USA / Mobile AL (prices from USD 360 pp)

Date / TimePort
09 Jan 18:00Departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico
10 Jan 11:00 - 18:00Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
11 Jan 08:00 - 16:00Grand Turk Island, Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos
13 Jan 07:00 - 15:00George Town, Grand Cayman Island
14 Jan 10:00 - 18:00Cozumel, Mexico
16 Jan 08:00Arriving in Mobile, Alabama

6-day Western Caribbean ("Food and Wine Festival" themed cruise, from USD 330 pp)

Date / TimePort
16 Jan 16:00Departing from Mobile, Alabama
19 Jan 07:00 - 15:00George Town, Grand Cayman Island
20 Jan 10:00 - 18:00Cozumel, Mexico
22 Jan 08:00Arriving in Mobile, Alabama

5-day Western Caribbean from Mobile AL (USD 260 pp)

Date / TimePort
22 Jan 16:00Departing from Mobile, Alabama
24 Jan 08:00 - 16:00Cozumel, Mexico
25 Jan 08:00 - 16:00Progreso, Yucatan Mexico
27 Jan 08:00Arriving in Mobile, Alabama

4-day Western Caribbean (Comedy-themed cruise, from USD 260 pp)

Date / TimePort
27 Jan 16:00Departing from Mobile, Alabama
29 Jan 08:00 - 16:00Cozumel, Mexico
31 Jan 08:00Arriving in Mobile, Alabama

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