High Level Overview of my experience on the Fascination sailing on April 14. Feel free to ask me any questions if I missed something.
Please remember this is my opinion of the ship and other people's experiences might have been different.
Background: I have been about 10 cruises which includes Carnival, NCL and RC. When I booked this cruise, I understood the ship was older and didn't have all the bells and whistles that a lot of other ships have. We picked it for the amazing port stops. I cruise with my family which includes my 10 yr old daughter.
Embarkment Process: Fantastic! We arrived at 12:30 and we flew through the lines and got onto the ship in record time. It took us 15 or so minutes which IMO is amazing. I was surprised that you get your room key when you get to your room but that probably assisted with the speed of getting onboard. They notified us that our room would be ready at about 1 and they were correct. We walked down at 1 and everything was set. Note: they didn't announce rooms were ready.
Cleanliness: Fantastic! It was always clean. I rarely saw anything lingering on a table for more than 5 minutes before someone would clean it up. I find this is common on most ships.
Room: we had an aft balcony that was very loud at docking time but the views and balcony size were amazing. Our room steward was awesome. He filled our cooler every day which was a plus.
Food: Average. I never had a bad meal or food item but nothing blew me away with flavors or overall taste. Buffet: The lines were a bit longer in the morning but if you went outside there were 0 waiting time even for the omelette station. We always ate outside but I did see the line 40 people deep inside when going back to my room. MDR: On the first formal night we had to wait about 15 minutes to eat (we had My Time Dining). I don't think 15 minutes is a long time and with the library next door, you could play a quick game before heading to your table. The MDR staff were excellent, all of them were extremely friendly and attentive. I loved that they did a song/dance every night. My daughter loves to participate so she was thrilled.
Bars/Drinks: I can't speak to this. I didn't get a drinks package because we were barely on the ship. We had a few drinks and there was never a line.
Ports: AMAZING! We loved all of our port stops and had a great time on each of mini-adventures. I can provide more info on what we did if people have questions. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. We didn't ever have to wait in line. Note: They don't announce you can get off the ship. I was surprised about the limited announcements overall.
Cruise Director: Honestly I didn't see her much but again this is so port heavy, I can see why. We got off early and came back late each day.
Pools/Slides: The pool was crowded but that is to be expected. We had a great time on the slides each day and depending on the time of day, there was almost no line. (especially if you got on 1-2 hours early from a port) I probably went on each slide 10+ times a day.
Overall Enjoyment on the ship: Below Average. I have zero complaints about the ship, it's decor or staff, my biggest surprise was the fellow cruise passengers. They were extremely rude and disrespectful. Example 1: The chess board lost a piece a day. Why someone would steal or destroy big chess pieces is beyond me. Example 2: There were lots of screaming and in the hallways or the various public decks. Girls screaming at each other over and over again. Example 3: People felt they could just cut in front of you or throw their dirty plates on your table while you were eating. One morning a man at the table next to us, picked up his dirty plate and dropped it on our table because he was done. Not sure why he couldn't just leave it with his family who was also at their table. There are many more examples but they aren't necessary to go into. I'm not sure why the people acted this way but this is definitely outside the norm of anything I have experienced before on cruise.