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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by rdavidnann: Snorkeling Cruise


rdavidnann
9 Reviews
Member Since 2010
402 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.0

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Snorkeling Cruise

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Port Canaveral

Our main focus for this cruise was snorkeling. In Freeport we shared a taxi van ($8 pp each way) to a beautiful secluded beach at Paradise Cove Resort. The reef was 200yds. off shore so a bit of a swim but we saw a stingray, a turtle, lots of beautiful fish & coral. There was lunch there if desired--for a fee. We just took a bunch of fruit from the buffet to snack on. We were there 4 hrs. & just had a set time for the taxi to return for us. Some people just enjoyed the beach. It was so lovely to be away from the crowds on some beaches.

Then on Half Moon Cay (it is beautiful too & plenty to see & do). the snorkeling was disappointing but it was wavy so we body surfed & had a good time. The meal furnished by the ship was great but a bit of a walk from the entrance after departing the tenders.

We've been to Nassau many times so we stayed on the boat this time, relaxed by the pool & played "corn hole" up on the stage by the pool. In Nassau we've done a small cat snorkeling More tour, or we've just walked the city up to the Queen's Staircase & fort (small fee). One time we took a city bus to Cable beach. Also we've taken a water taxi to Atlantis & just walked around inside it which is BEAUTIFUL!! You can spend as little or as much & see all the island has to offer.

We really enjoyed the Ecstasy--an older, classic ship. We met a lot of great people, did "Our time" dining for the first time & REALLY liked it. The food was great, service great & as Ballroom dancers (in learning) we did get to do a lot of dancing. A young band, Samantha the singer, played a variety of music styles & took requests. Enjoyed the 2 shows & participated in line dancing at sail-off & the deck party with Mex. buffet. A cruise is always what you make it--plan to have a great time, meet new "friends" & you'll have a great cruise.

I always save the "FUN TIMES"; are you looking for anything in particular? Formal night was the 2nd night, Deck party & Mex. buffet the 3rd night, Superstar Karaoke & Quest the 4th night. Carnival always has plenty to do. Less


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Cabin review: Carnival Ecstasy Interior Verandah R231

A very nice cabin with plenty of room for hanging clothes & nice size shower & bathroom. Our cabin steward was great!

Port and Shore Excursions


Just took a taxi ride (shared the van ride so it was $8 PP each way & set a time with the taxi driver to pick us up) to Paradise Cove Resort 25 minutes from the cruise dock. Very nice beach with nice snorkeling. A 200 yd swim to the reef but worth it. Deadman's reef. Rentals & food very reasonable. Secluded beach so no other resorts in the area.
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A very nice beach but no good for snorkeling. Could have walked a half mile or so to the right of the beach area but was to rough to snorkel. A long walk for nothing.

Actually stayed on the ship for the first time since we have been there 5 times before.
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