I was on the Fascination about 1 year ago. It had gone through the 1st half of the referb and has finished the second half since then. The rooms were nice and fresh and the flat screen TVs made it feel like you have more space. The public areas were all clean and bright. We enjoyed our trip a lot.
We used the Dining Room most of the time but ate a few lunches on the Lido deck. Later in the lunch rush it was sometimes difficult to find a clean table but it really didn’t take long for someone to come by and clean a table if they saw you looking for one.
The casino is nice and well maintained. Just as tight as any casino outside of LV but I did find a few machines that were better than others. The Hoot Loot was good to me most of the time. The Atari Pong machines cost me a lot of money though. The table dealers were all friendly and were helpful to the new players. The Blackjack tournament was fun but the only way to win is to play aggressive. You either need to win big or go bust, moderate wins just won’t get you onto the final list.
Debarking at the ports was easy but the final exit in Miami was pretty much chaos, even if you waited for your color (or deck) to be called. The self debarkers were still trying to get off with all their luggage even after our deck was called.
I would happily repeat our cruise on the Facination.
Haven't been aboard "Glory" for about a year, but have sailed her three times, and have a fourth cruise booked aboard "Glory" next month. We've always enjoyed the ship, and found it to be excellent. Someone recently posted that she was showing some wear, but others who sailed at the same time said she's SUPER. I guess you see what you're looking for. Once again, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend "Glory", as we've always had excellent cruises aboard this ship. Excelent crew, outstanding entertainment, and superior food. Who could ask for anything more?
If they haven't changed the itin. for the Fascination it does 4 and 5 day cruises from Jacksonville. I've sailed it twice however that was back when it was homeported in San Juan doing 7 day cruises. It's been refurbished fairly recently so I'm sure it's in good shape. I liked the layout --was easy to get around, etc. and at 70,000 tons is a pretty goodsized ship.
Re / the Glory, I've sailed it 5 times, last time being back in Jan. It does 7 day cruises as compared to 4-5 dayers on the Fascination--don't know if that will have any bearing on your choice.
Size wise the Glory is 110,000 tons which makes it considerably bigger than the Fascination but it's also easy to get around on.
I agree with Ken--I haven't seen anything that was out of place on the Glory re/ upkeep, etc. It isn't brand new but certainly isn't an old ship. Any ship takes a beating as they sail week after week. I recently saw where someone said something about rust, etc. I personally never saw any--maybe I just overlooked it. Sometimes you will see a bit of rust showing on the outside of a ship but that's normal considering they spend their life in salt water. They are always painting so the rust may be here today and gone tomorrow.
I don't think you would go wrong on either--personally I would rather do a 7 day cruise than a 4-5 day cruise but I'm sure whichever you decide on you'll enjoy.
Native - check out the reader reviews section of Cruise Mates. You'll find several reviews of both ships.
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