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Carnival Fascination

Exciting new foodie features to be added in multi-million pound makeover

Carnival Fascination will undergo an extensive multi-million-pound dry dock in February 2018 that will add a variety of popular food and beverage innovations.

The spaces will be added during a two-week dry dock taking place from 4 to 17 February in Freeport, The Bahamas, prior to the ship resuming its year-round schedule of seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico, beginning 18 February. 

“We can’t wait for our guests to experience these exciting new features aboard Carnival Fascination when she returns to her year-round homeport of San Juan,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Fascination

The new food and beverage options on Carnival Fascination include:

  • Guy’s Burger Joint: a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries enjoyed amidst a décor that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture.
  • RedFrog Rum Bar: a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean holiday vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red.
  • BlueIguana Cantina: a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar.
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar: a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.
  • Cherry on Top: The “sweetest spot on board”, Cherry on Top is the gateway to the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun-and-fanciful gifts, just-because novelties, colourful custom apparel and more.
  • Alchemy Bar: a vintage-themed cocktail “pharmacy” that’s the go-to spot for guests seeking a unique experience with mixologists who “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients or guests’ own custom-created cocktails.
  • Bonsai Sushi Express:  the success of the full-service Bonsai Sushi restaurants has spawned this casual, convenient yet equally tasty offshoot featuring a mouth-watering array of sushi, sashimi, rolls and more.
  • These new options complement popular attractions such as a WaterWorks aqua park featuring a 300-ft-long Twister slide, Seuss at Sea operated exclusively with Dr Seuss Enterprises, and many other entertainment choices including the Punchliner Comedy Club, Playlist Productions shows, and Hasbro, The Game Show, with larger-than-life adaptations of the company’s iconic games.

    Carnival Fascination’s year-round schedule from San Juan encompasses week-long sailings to five Caribbean islands:  St Lucia, Barbados, St Kitts, St Thomas and St Maarten.

    Vital statistics

    Operated by Carnival Cruise Lines
    Built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland
    Entered service: July, 1994
    Refurbished: February, 2018
    Registered: The Bahamas
    Gross tonnage: 70,367 tons
    Cost: $315m
    Speed: 22 knots
    Passengers: 2,056
    Decks: 10
    Lifts: 14
    Crew: 920, international
    Officers: Italian
    Cabins: 1,028 including
    :: 620 outside
    :: 408 inside
    :: 54 with balconies
    :: 22 with wheelchair access
    Length: 855ft
    Width: 104ft
    Draught: 26ft
    Engines: Diesel-electric


    Two dining rooms (four sittings), casino, library, three outside swimming pools, gymnasium, self-service launderette.

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