Our Fabulous Fascination cruise (with pics!!) 8/2/14

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#41
Somerset, New Jersey
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We continue with our sail away from Jacksonville.

Goodbye Jaxport. See you in 5 days…..



Views of Waterworks, Deck11 aft…..







One of the many ship photographers at work…..



We are approaching the I-295 bridge…..



To be continued…..
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Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

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Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
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#42
Ottawa ON Canada
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Originally posted by Jamman54
Not weird at all. We believe that there is existence after the physical world, and that our dear departed ones will leave us "signs" that they are OK, and are still with us. We were given a major "sign" from Kevin during this cruise which I will tell you about and show you later in this review. Sorry for your loss, and yes, you were given such a "sign". I will be posting some new segments later on tonight.
Jamman54, I am so very sorry about your loss of your son. I am also of the same belief as you, that there is existence after the physical world. I have had two experiences; once in Europe, in a scary situation, but heard my grandfather's voice which I had not heard in 15 years since his passing, but he lead me out of danger. and another time, that is, well, just too weird to tell about. I do believe that our departed loved ones are always looking over us, and I believe they look after us too
#43
Somerset, New Jersey
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Sailing under the I-295 bridge…..







We made it…..



I was feeling hungry for a deli sandwich, so I began to make my way there, snapping some photos along the way.

The Lido Stage, Deck 10 mid ship…..



Looking aft towards the funnel…..



To be continued…..
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Cunard - Countess
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RCI - Explorer of the Seas



Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

Click here for our Cruise and Vacation Photo Albums

Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

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#44
Florida
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Joined Oct 2012
I am so enjoying your review and again I am so sorry for your loss.
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#45
Somerset, New Jersey
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The Lido Pool, Deck 10 mid ship…..



The forward Lido Pool hot tub…..



Made it to the deli, which is located on Deck 10 aft. It is open from 11am to 11pm daily. Two ham, cheese, and tomato sandwiches please…..



Once I finished my snack, I went back outside to watch us sail down the St. Johns River to the Atlantic Ocean. It takes about an hour and a half from the time you sail until you are out at sea. There are some very beautiful views along the way…..



There are some very beautiful houses…..





To be continued……
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Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

Click here for our Cruise and Vacation Photo Albums

Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

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#46
Somerset, New Jersey
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Meanwhile, the party is in full swing on the Lido Deck, including some line dancing…..



The Lido Pool Bar – Port side…..



Looking down the St. Johns River towards the Atlantic Ocean…..



Here are some more beautiful homes…..



This is Deck 10 Port side, forward…..



The Sandollar. Looks like a great place to eat and drink…..



To be continued…..
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RCI - Explorer of the Seas



Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

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Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

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#47
Somerset, New Jersey
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We are almost out to sea…..



The Jaxport pilot boat…..



Jacksonville Beach views…..





We are out to sea…...



The pilot is leaving the ship…..



To be continued…..
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RCI - Explorer of the Seas



Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

Click here for our Cruise and Vacation Photo Albums

Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

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#48
Frankston, TX
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Joined Aug 2014
I'm sorry for your lost. Prayers for your family.

I have never cruised before and my husband and I are planning to take our first in Sept, 2015. Haven't book yet, so in the mean time I'm just stalking and living through everyone else good times. So I'm relaxed and ready for some good reading
#49
White Plains, NY
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Joined Oct 2007
Love your reviews and so glad to hear that you and your family had this wonderful time together. Looking forward to the rest.
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#50
St. Johns FL
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Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by Jamman54
Patti decided to head back to the cabin to begin unpacking, while I made it over to the Lido Pool bar, port side, for an informal meet and greet at 2pm with fellow CC members. The roll call was a very, very small one, so I was not surprised when nobody else showed up. I hung around at the bar until 3:30, when the muster drill was about to begin. At the same time the skies darkened, and a thunderstorm rolled over us.

At 3:45, the alarm sounded, and we reported to our muster station, which was in the Putting on the Ritz lounge, on deck 9 aft. Usually, on a Fantasy Class ship, halfway through the drill, the passengers are led from their muster stations on deck 9, up to the deck 10 boat loading stations. But because of the thunderstorms outside, the whole drill was done inside, in the lounge.

Soon the drill was over, and the ship prepared to sail. It stopped raining and the skies cleared up! Patti and Ryan decided to watch the sail away from our balcony, and I would roam the open decks and take pictures.


Nearby Nuke Plant.....




To be continued…..
Couple of things from a local that loves the Fascination too. That isn't a nuclear power plant. The are two conventional power plants in this area that feature that type of cooling towers - the one you photographed in the Arlington area and another about 35 miles southwest in Palatka.

The "string art" bridge you photographed is commonly called the "Dames Point Bridge" but is officially the "Broward Bridge" for former Florida governor Broward.

Great review you have going - I'm looking forward to the rest!!
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#51
Boston
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Joined Jan 2012
Enjoying your review and sad to hear about your loss. Been on the Fascination twice years back and seeing changes from your pics and I’m sure to see more to come.
#52
Somerset, New Jersey
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Joined Apr 2013
Originally posted by gunner13
Couple of things from a local that loves the Fascination too. That isn't a nuclear power plant. The are two conventional power plants in this area that feature that type of cooling towers - the one you photographed in the Arlington area and another about 35 miles southwest in Palatka.

The "string art" bridge you photographed is commonly called the "Dames Point Bridge" but is officially the "Broward Bridge" for former Florida governor Broward.

Great review you have going - I'm looking forward to the rest!!
Thanks for reading, and thanks for setting the record straight on those two points. I learned a couple of new things today.
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RCI - Explorer of the Seas



Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

Click here for our Cruise and Vacation Photo Albums

Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

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#55
Somerset, New Jersey
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After watching the pilot boat pick up the pilot, it was time to head back to the cabin to relax, and then get ready for our first dinner. We had booked this cruise about a month before sailing, and in order to save some money, I booked the three of us into an ocean view guarantee. About ten days before sailing we received our cabin assignments, and much to our surprise, we had been upgraded into a balcony cabin.

Normally, on a Fantasy class ship, in order to have a balcony you would need to book a suite. But when the Ecstasy, Sensation, and Fascination were dry docked for their Evolution of Fun upgrades, they added some regular balconies on three decks mid ship and aft.

It was one of these balconies that we received, cabin U224, on Upper Deck, the very last cabin on the port side. It turns out that it is a handicapped accessible cabin, so the bathroom is a little larger, but the cabin area itself was a bit tight for the three of us, but we managed.

Our cabin is the last one on the right in the middle row…..



Looking down the hallway on Upper Deck port side towards our cabin…..



Our cabin…..



Strange bed configuration. Ryan slept in the top bunk, and Patti and I had to be careful not to bump our heads when we got in and out of bed!





There was only room for one closet….



To be continued…..
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Cunard - Countess
NCL - Norway
Premier - Rembrant
Celebrity - Zenith
RCI - Explorer of the Seas



Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

Click here for our Cruise and Vacation Photo Albums

Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

KJM (1995-2014) - Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss
#56
Somerset, New Jersey
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That one closet was easily filled…..



The safe on this ship had the swipe type locking system…..



Large handicap accessible bathroom…..





Looking out towards the small balcony which had two chairs and a small table…..



Ryan on the balcony…..



To be continued……
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Cunard - Countess
NCL - Norway
Premier - Rembrant
Celebrity - Zenith
RCI - Explorer of the Seas



Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

Click here for our Cruise and Vacation Photo Albums

Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

KJM (1995-2014) - Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss
#57
Somerset, New Jersey
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Soon it was time to go to our first dinner. Ryan decided to skip dinner and head to Club O2 to meet some new friends. We had late seating in the Imagination dining room, which is the dining room at the very aft of the ship, on Deck 8, Atlantic Deck.

We were seated at Table # 336, which was a four top…..



We have been lucky on our last several cruises to have excellent wait teams. This cruise was no exception. These three guys were wonderful all cruise. All of our food was delivered hot and in a timely fashion. Water and bread were always available without asking. I would like you to meet Jason, Ketut, and Eku…..



We also had a wonderful bar waiter who made sure we were well taken care of each night. His name was Norbert…..



For my first dinner of the cruise I chose to have a couple orders of shrimp cocktail, spring rolls, and the pork steak, followed by the strawberry cheesecake for dessert. Patti elected to have the Spinach and artichoke dip, green salad, vegetable lasagna, and butter pecan ice cream for dessert. It was all very good!

After dinner, we took a stroll down the promenade. Patti decided that she was going to do some shopping, and I decided to check out the casino. I played blackjack for a while holding my own, until it was time to go check out the 11:30 adult comedy show at Punchliners, (Putting on the Ritz Lounge – Deck 9 aft). The comedian, Azeem, was not that good. Anyway, here is the entertainment schedule for our cruise….



Afterwards, I went back to the blackjack table until about 1am, losing about $200 in the process. Not the way I wanted to start!! I went back to the cabin where I met our first towel animal…..



Patti and Ryan had already ordered room service. Here is the menu in case you’re hungry…..



It’s time to call it a night. It’s great to be back at sea again!

Coming up next: Our first day at sea, a Kevin story, and food porn!
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Cunard - Countess
NCL - Norway
Premier - Rembrant
Celebrity - Zenith
RCI - Explorer of the Seas



Remaining 2018 Bookings - Elation 8/27 (5 day Bahamas), Pride 10/21 (7 day Bermuda).

2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

Click here for our Cruise and Vacation Photo Albums

Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/13/13
Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

KJM (1995-2014) - Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss
#58
568 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
I can't believe that I have never read any of your reviews! I am looking forward to reading this one and the one on the Liberty.

I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I can't wait to read your Kevin story later in the review.
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Great review! Looking forward to more. I am so sorry about Kevin. My DDs are 12 and 14 and I couldn't imagine that loss. I am looking forward to hearing a Kevin story as well! Thank you for taking the time to write this review and all the pics ( I know personally how much time and effort that takes)!


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Joined Mar 2009
Thrilled to see this review as I have the Fascination booked for our family cruise but have been so torn trying to decide if I should pay out xtra dollars for Liberty. Now that u have done both back to back maybe u can tell me if she is worth an extra $550 for same days and itinerary?? I'm so torn dont know what to do. Jax is only a 6 hour drive for us. Port Canaveral 9. I have been on all the fantasy class ships except this one and have not been on a conquest class ship but not sure if its worth the xtra drive, gas and dollars. PLEASE HELP. So far I have kept fascination and have a cabana and FTTF for my parents and brother with the extra $$. My dd is 7 so figured she would love water works. Just so torn. Input very much appreciated. Loving the review.
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