Carnival Fascination

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Carnival Fascination
  • Fascination (1994–2007)
  • Carnival Fascination (2007–present)
Owner: Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Corporation house flag.svg Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry:
Yard number: 487
Sponsored by: Jeanne Farcus
Completed: 1994
In service: 1994–present
Refit: 2006
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
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
  • 4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12ZAV40S
  • 42,240 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two propellers, 3 bow thrusters, 3 aft thrusters,
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
  • 2,056 passengers (lower berths)
  • 2,634 passengers (all berths)
Crew: 920

Carnival Fascination (formerly Fascination) is the fourth of eight Fantasy-class cruise ships operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on July 1, 1994, and christened Fascination by Jeanne Farcus.[2]

During 2007, in common with all of her Fantasy-class sisters, she had the prefix Carnival added to her name,[3] she is currently home-ported in San Juan, Puerto Rico and sails to the Caribbean year-round. After the destruction caused from both Hurricane Irma and Maria, she was docked in St Croix, US Virgin Islands under charter to FEMA to house hurricane relief workers from October 15, 2017 until February 3, 2018.[4]


Carnival Fascination docked in Key West, Florida.

Fascination was given a multimillion-dollar refurbishment while in dry dock during September 2006.[5]

In January 2010 Carnival Fascination was again dry docked to be refurbished.[6]

In January 2013, Carnival Fascination underwent another dry dock.[citation needed]


Carnival Fascination before its "Evolutions of Fun" refit

Prior to 2016 The Carnival Fascination sailed from Jacksonville, Florida, she offered 4-day cruises to the Bahamas, with stops in Nassau and Freeport and 5-day cruises included stops in Key West and Nassau on the Monday sailing. The alternate 5-day sailing (Saturday departure) stopped at Nassau and Half Moon Cay.[7] In April and May, 2011, Fascination operated a 7 night itinerary stopping in Nassau, Half Moon Cay, and Grand Turk. However, Carnival later announced that all 7-Day sailings would be canceled, citing strong demand for the shorter 4 and 5 day sailings.[7]

The Fascination was the first Carnival ship to sail from New York; when she arrived in New York starting on July 24, 1994 - September 4, 1994 she sailed 5-Day cruises to Saint John, New Brunswick & Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also sailed 2-day cruises to nowhere, with the ship itself as the destination. After September she moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico.[8]

In 2013 and 2014, Coco Cay replaced Key West on some of the Carnival Fascination's itineraries. Coco Cay is a private island in the Bahamas owned by rival cruise line Royal Caribbean International.[9]

In April, 2016, Fascination repositioned to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she now sails seven-day Southern Caribbean cruises.[10]

In October 2017, Fascination was chartered to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for four months and was docked in St. Croix as part of hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands;[11] this charter cost FEMA $74.7 million.[12]

Beginning February, 2018, the ship resumed operating 7 Day Southern Caribbean cruises departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico.[13]


Power loss[edit]

In June 2010, the Carnival Fascination lost engine power due to a technical malfunction while returning to Jacksonville, Florida. Power was restored after several hours, and the ship was able to return to Jacksonville, Florida under its own power.[14]

Health inspection failure[edit]

In April 2013, it was reported that on February 21, 2013 the Carnival Fascination failed a CDC health inspection after inspectors found insects in food preparation areas, dried food waste, insufficient chlorination in the pools, and insufficient sneeze guards at the salad bars. A satisfactory rating from the CDC is a score of 85 or higher; the Fascination scored an 84.[15]



  1. ^ "FASCINATION - IMO 9041253".
  2. ^ Smith 2010, p. 37.
  3. ^ Dake, Shawn J. (January 2008). "Cruise Ships 2007 the year in review" (PDF). Ocean Times. Steamship Historical Society of America: Southern California Chapter. 12.1: 2–8.
  4. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line News - Statement Regarding Carnival Fascination". October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Carnival Cruise Lines - News Release
  6. ^ "Carnival Fascination Returns to Service from Jacksonville Following Extensive "Evolutions of Fun"™ Upgrades". February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Sloan, Gene (August 1, 2011). "Carnival adds more four- and five-day cruises out of Jacksonville, Fla". USA Today.
  8. ^ "Fun Ship From Fun City". Cruise Travel: 31. March – April 1994.
  9. ^ Sloan, Gene (February 27, 2013). "New port for Carnival ships is owned by Royal Caribbean". USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "Carnival Cruise Lines News". Carnival Cruise Lines News.
  11. ^ "Carnival Fascination chartered to FEMA, San Juan departures canceled: Travel Weekly". Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  12. ^ Staff, CIN (January 8, 2018). "FEMA Carnival Charter Cost $74.7 Million". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line News". Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Carter, Adam. "5 troubles on Carnival cruises". CBC News. CBC. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Golden, Fran (April 11, 2013). "Carnival ship fails health inspection". USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2013.


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