Our first suite. Yes, it was much bigger. We only got the suite as it was from an upsell call. We started in an aft-extended balcony. When they called, I liked the idea of more room and not having a pull down over my head. Room was not really clean when we got it in. Dust on the shelves, I found a dime on the floor, just little things like that. The cabin steward was nice enough, Izzy, but he asked if we wanted once or twice a day service. That is part of the cruise experience. We did like the tons of storage space, the bigger bathroom with a tub (no one took a bath, but there was never any water on the floor either.) What we didn't like is that the couch was turned into a bed the first night and was never a couch again. No sense in having a couch in the room if it is nothing but a bed. Read entire member review >>
Showing it's age. The fridge got a little cooler than room temperature. The drapes are missing hooks. The bedskirts are mismatched. Overall just underwhelmed by the suite itself. Read entire member review >>
In regards to the cabin, I wish I had listened to other reviewers. The price paid for the upgrade simply was not worth the extra money. The location and size were great. We were traveling as a family of four and thought we would appreciate the extra room. Unfortunately, the cabin is in need of upgrades. The mini fridge did not work at all and one of the three air vents was not working. There was no thermostat in the room and no way to get more air. It made for a warm trip. There was never really any "extra" room because once the beds were made up, they were never transformed back to a seating area. I didn't realize this until later in the trip that this is the "new" way. (I like the "old" way better - especially in a suite!) Read entire member review >>
The Grand Suite was an un-expected and much appreciated last minute upgrade offer from CCL. We couldn't turn it down.The Suite itself is on level 6 known as the Upper Deck. Having staterooms on the deck above and below the room was very quiet. Also being located amidships the ships motion was far less noticeable than it would be compared to extreme forward or Aft staterooms.The Grand Suite is spacious and well appointed with upgraded trim, decorations, closet and bathroom amenities. We enjoyed everything about the room itself with the exception that there is only (1) electrical receptacle? Just 1? Yes, So bring a multi-plug adapter or power strip (non surge protected) if you have multiple devices that need recharging.The bedding was very nice and the mattress was equally as comfortable. We slept very well each night.The Towels and bathrobes that were provided were also very good quality and having a jacuzzi style tub (although small) was very nice. The bathroom itself for just the two of us was more than adequate and would have been just a suitable for 3 or 4. There was a nice comfortable couch that converted into a bed. Also a screen that could be used to create privacy between the bed and the convertible if desired.Having two separate clothing closets was very nice. Each provided plenty of hanging space, open cubbies and plenty of drawers.The Balcony:Folks there's nothing like having your own Balcony. Even if you don't get a Grand Suite having a room with a balcony is really nice.The only negative I could mention is really not Carnivals problem but has more to do with young ones taking a joyfull run down the long passageways. Kids will be kids and there's nothing wrong with that... Read entire member review >>
+Much more private then regular balcony
+Real walls in between balconies not those crummy dividers
+I liked how the ship had 2 live cameras, front and pool deck
-When standing in the bathtub your head almost hits the ceiling.
-Granite was chipped, paint on balcony door handle, sloppy paint job on window Read entire member review >>
THe cabin was spacious. Balcony was great. I wish the bottom rail was see-through like on the extendeds though. It is solid white. Only noise we heard was people running up and down the halls which made very loud stomping noises. Peopl are people. View is great. Kind of a long haul to get to food and such being on deck 6. Read entire member review >>
U87- Starboard, grand suite. Very spacious, very quiet except for the "going to bed" hall crowd. Very private with walk in closet and small whirlpool tub. Balcony has knee room and easily has room for four people to enjoy. Lots of storage with great bed- pleasant decor. Read entire member review >>
We liked our cabin and location. We had plenty of space, and a nice sized balcony. I would say a GS on the Ecstasy is about the size of a Junior Suite on RCCL or a Mini Suite on Princess. Only two things were a bother…one was pounding feet from above in the very early morning hours, and the other was the pervasive "cruise ship smell" in our bathroom. You know the smell…it's on every ship at various times…and it was in our bathroom most of the trip. Sometimes it was stronger than others, but it never really went away.
The bathroom odor was what kept me from rating this cabin a 5. Aside from the odor our suite was well maintained and comfortable. We had more than adequate storage space between the walk-in closet and many drawers and shelves. The balcony seemed deeper than the ones found on Carnival's newer ships. It was a very comfortable cabin for two people, but there was adequate space and storage for a family. Read entire member review >>
We were upsold into a Grand Suite (U103). Room was nice, but I would never pay full price. Room should also be noted as obstructed view. View was blocked by balcony wall of cabin #101.
Other than guest's running up & down the hall the room was very quiet. George, our steward was WONDERFUL! Read entire member review >>
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