Carnival Fascination

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Carnival Fascination
Name: 1994-2007: Fascination
2008 onwards: Carnival Fascination
Owner: Carnival Cruise Lines
Operator: Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry: 22x20px Bahamas
Route: Bahamas
Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland
Completed: 1994
In service: 1994-present
Refit: 2006
Identification: IMO number: 9041253
Status: In Active Service as 2010
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasy class cruise ship
Tonnage: 70.367 GT
Displacement: 7.180 DWT
Length: 855 ft (261 m)
Beam: 103 ft (31 m)
Draft: 7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)
Decks: 10
Installed power: 2 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 8ZAV40S diesels
4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12ZAV40S diesels
42240 kW
Propulsion: Two propellers
Speed: 21 kn (38.89 km/h)
Capacity: 2056 passengers (lower berths)
2634 passengers (all berths)
Crew: 920

The Carnival Fascination is the fourth ship in Carnival Cruise Lines' eight-ship Fantasy class of mid-size cruise ships. She entered service in 1994, and based in Jacksonville, Florida, she sails to the Bahamas year-round. Her sister ships are Fantasy (1990), Ecstasy (1991), Sensation (1993), Imagination (1995), Inspiration (1996), Elation (1998), and Paradise (1998).


The Carnival Fascination was given a multi-million dollar refurbishment while in dry dock during September 2006,[1] during which:

  • all 1,026 staterooms and suites were completely renovated with the addition of flat-screen TVs, new furnishings, and refurbished bathrooms
  • the Coconut Grove Bar and Grill received new carpeting and upholstery, as did the Passage to India Lounge
  • the Imagination and Sensation Dining Rooms received new carpeting, upholstery, and sound systems
  • the Grand Atrium Bar was added on the Empress Deck
  • Café on the Way, a new coffee bar, was added to the Promenade Deck
  • a new 9-hole miniature golf course opened on the Sun Deck
  • the 1,600-square-foot (150 m2) Children's World, a new Camp Carnival facility, was added to the Verandah Deck
  • Club O2, a club exclusively for teens, was added
  • an art gallery opened on the Empress Deck allowing passengers to view artwork available at auctions on-board
  • a new photo gallery on the Promenade Deck allows passengers to view photos taken by staff on-board
  • the 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) Spa Carnival was renovated with new exercise equipment and private treating rooms added while the whirlpool spas were removed; whirlpools are still available at the main pool area on the Lido Deck and the aft pool area on the Verandah Deck
  • the bandstand in the main pool area on the Lido Deck received audio-visual upgrades
  • the Palace Lounge received two new shows ("Fiesta Latina" and "Far from Over: the 80s") to accompany a new revolving stage, orchestra area, stage lighting, and audio-visual equipment [2]
  • Puttin' on the Ritz also received new décor

In January 2010 Carnival Fascination underwent dry dock and received the "Evolutions of Fun" upgrade. This included Carnival Waterworks, Serenity Adult only area, the addition of new balcony suites, and more.[citation needed]

Current itineraries

The Carnival Fascination currently departs from Jacksonville on 4-day cruises to the Bahamas, features stops to Nassau and Freeport and 5-day cruises include stops to Key West and Nassau on the Monday sailing. The other 5 day sailing stops at Nassau and Half Moon Cay on the Saturday sailing. Starting in May 2011 Carnival Fascination will be adding a new 7 night itinerary stopping in Nassau, Half Moon Cay, and Grand Turk.


External links

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