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Old March 26th, 2008, 04:31 PM
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Well guys where do I begin, THIS WAS ABSOLUTY THE BEST VACATION EVER!!!!! BETTER THAN ANY ALL INCLUSIVE I HAVE EVER DONE!!!! and I've done a few. And when you say hooked that's ME!!! Already in process of booking a 5 day April 2009. This was my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it to, but I do know what to expect when traveling and the Fascination lived up to my needs nothing is perfect at any time in my eyes so I don't sweat the little things or let them affect me having a great time. So here it goes, embarking was ok long lines but they moved really fast, when we first arrived on the ship we were able to go directly to our stateroom or to the lido deck for lunch if we choose. We went to our stateroom first and I was happy, the room was larger than I expected with a huge picture window M127 , the beds OMG!!! the beds were so comfortable, that was a surprise our room Stewart Imane was the best he met our every need with a smile. Now we were off to the Lido deck for lunch it also was pretty good the onion rings were to die for and I ate my share. Overall the food was good although I thought the lobster and steak left much to desire not very good, now would I not cruise because of this of course not that would be silly since there were things that were very good. Now the best part of the trip for me was the Casino as I won $600.00 on the slots yes you heard me!!! $600.00 and I was smart and did not give it back. So thanks Wheel of fortune (ding ding ding) Now we didn't do to many shows but the Captains cocktail party was nice, and at first I wasn't too sure about wanting to dress up on vacation, but formal night turn out to be really fun seeing everyone looking so nice that was a nice touch and my pictures came out nice, now about the pictures it was ok at first but I did have to say please don't take my picture anymore enough is enough plus they do a really good job, you will be tempted to buy them all and it can really add up. Now did the picture taking cause me not to want to cruise this ship again absolutely not
that would be silly Now when we got to the Bahamas they were offering a shore excursion to the Atlantis for $55.00, we decided to go on our own took a $4.00 taxi ride walked through the hotel out to the pool and the aquarium, we toured the hotel and went out to their beach relaxed in their lounge chairs for 4 hours till we went back to port with no problem mon!!!. Onward to the shopping at the straw market that will never happen again too tight and hot I don't see how anyone could enjoy that I bought my gifts to take home on the ship a bit more in cost but anything was better than that market BEWARE!!!! Now the trip home we ran into a storm and no one cared as there is so much to do even if you can't lay out in the sun or hang by the pool, I love pools but would not get in one on the ship too small and too crowded and the kids, some rule needs to be enforce so adults with out kids can enjoy it at some point, but again would this cause me not to sail the Fascination again absolutely NOT!!! Great time folks!!!! Can't wait to go on Carnival again
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Glad you had a wonderful time.

Looking forward to our first cruise in Nov.
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Old March 26th, 2008, 04:45 PM
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Mouche:

Glad you really enjoyed your first cruise. We took our first cruise a little over a month ago and will be booking another one in August for April 2009. Have to wait till August to book cause I won't have the money till then/\. Anyway, I think we are going to go on the Holiday again as we are taking our youngest daughter and my (gulp) MIL. (shoot me now) Looking forward to being back on a ship. It was the best vacation that we have ever had also!

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Old March 26th, 2008, 05:24 PM
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Glad you had a good cruise

after my first i was hooked now i'm going on another in four days!! yay

ooo congrats on $600.00!!!! that is impressive!!!
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EXCELLENT! It sounds great, and I'm so happy that you came out ahead in the casino. The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) usually hits jackpots, but she always puts it back in before we depart the ship.
I'm glad you're booking again,,,and it only gets better!

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If you can swing it, cruise in the spring at a time other than spring break. Try going either pre-sometime in February, or post - two weeks after Easter depending on the year. We've been cruising early May and it's been wonderful. Little kids are almost nowhere to be found unless there are europeans on vacation, or parents who can take time off post-spring break and believe me even they were making use of Camp Carnival. The high schoolers - hardly any to be found. As our Cruise Director said at the end of the cruise, Camp Carnival, Club O2, etc. must be doing their job!

So you won in the casino... good for you! I'm jealous....I'm so budget cruising in May, the casino will be off limits!! My friends have already been told not to let me near it....
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I will be cruisin to the bahamas also. I have a question for you, I also want to go to the Atlantis. You said that you walked thru the hotel and out to the pool, was that for FREE? Also were you able to use there beach for FREE? Because I read somewhere you had to pay $105.00 to get unlimited use of there facilities..??????????????
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Hello NewCruiserUser8686 I sent you a private message.
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Cruisecouple:
That is so wonderful to hear about cruising in May. That is when we are going and I was kinda concerned about going during that time in the Spring.

So glad you posted that.

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Mouche, it's so easy to become hooked, but what a wonderful addiction! You mention that you don't have any other cruises to compare this one to, I have found that each one is different. I'm always so excited with the current cruise, I never think to compare it to a past cruise. Welcome aboard!
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i still didn't get the reply...but i keep getting email notifications, from you..sorry if im botherin u with wantin this info
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so glad you enjoyed your cruise. I am sure you will now plan many more. bigger and better each time.
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