Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews
CARNIVAL FASCINATION’S YEAR-ROUND CRUISES FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLA., OFFER FUN, CONVENIENCE, AFFORDABILITY
The 70,000-ton Carnival Fascination – which operates Jacksonville, Fla.’s only year-round cruise program – offers a truly unique vacation experience, with a host of “resort-style” amenities and an exciting array of stunning public rooms and facilities, each with a character all its own.
Carnival Fascination — the largest cruise ship ever to sail from Jacksonville – operates four- and five-day sailings departing from the JAXPORT cruise terminal. On this route, five-day cruises departing Saturdays feature daylong calls to award-winning Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamian island, and Nassau, The Bahamas. The five-day cruises departing Mondays visit Key West and Nassau, while four-day long weekend cruises departing Thursdays call at Freeport and Nassau.
Carnival Fascination underwent an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation that included the addition of a Carnival WaterWorks aqua park, Serenity adults-only retreat, a redesigned tropical-themed main pool and 98 new balconies to ocean view staterooms. Encompassing 10 passenger decks, the Carnival Fascination features a variety of on-board amenities and entertainment venues, myriad dining options, an expansive health and fitness center, and expansive youth facilities for kids in three age groups.
PUBLIC ROOMS AND AREAS
Carnival Fascination features a variety of dramatic public which range in style from the Palace Lounge, a 1,300-seat multi-deck theatre showcasing Carnival’s lavish production shows revues; and the Tara Library, a distinctly Southern room whose décor is patterned after the famous mansion in Gone with the Wind. Other venues include Bogart’s Café, inspired by the classic film Casablanca; the Passage to India Lounge, whose entrance is flanked by two lifelike elephants; and Diamonds Are Forever, a sizzling dance club, which, like the name implies, features a stunning interior with diamonds as its central design theme.
Dining is considered a highlight of a “Fun Ship” cruise and the Carnival Fascination offers a wide variety of delectable formal and casual choices to suit any taste. In addition to the full-service Imagination and Sensation formal restaurants the Carnival Fascination includes the Coconut Grove Grille, a casual poolside eatery offering full breakfast and lunch buffets, a 24-hour pizzeria and a “Seaview Bistro” alternative dinnertime service. Complimentary 24-hour stateroom service is available and vegetarian and children’s selections are featured on all dining room menus. Carnival Fascination also features Spa Carnival Fare, health-conscious gourmet-style items lower in calories, cholesterol, sodium and fat content.
‘CAMP CARNIVAL,’ ‘CIRCLE C,’ ‘CLUB O2’ – Building upon Carnival’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying 725,000 children annually, Carnival Fascination offers programming for children in three age groups — “Camp Carnival” for kids ages 2-11, “Circle C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and “Club O2” for older teens – with expansive facilities, age-appropriate activities and trained youth staff for each group.
‘SPA CARNIVAL– Fitness has become an important part of everyday life and guests sailing on the Carnival Fascination can take advantage of the ship’s totally renovated 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival facility, which features exercise equipment, a gymnasium, and body and facial treatments, including a number of exotic “European-style” therapies. The ship also houses three swimming pools and two whirlpools. A salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services is available, as well.
SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS- As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom enhancements, all of the Carnival Fascination’s 1,026 staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens. All accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes and offer in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Fascination offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.