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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by jmomma13: An expensive disappointment

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Cabin 5.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 2.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children 5.0
Fitness & Recreation 2.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 2.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 3.0

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An expensive disappointment

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Galveston

We were so excited to be going on vacation on our first cruise with our 3 yr. old and 6 yr. old. However, as soon as we stepped on the ship we noticed the foul, musty smell and also noticed how ugly the carpet and interior was. Kind of surprising. But it was ok, there was lots of fun to be had. Who cares, we'll get used to the smell and just won't worry about the ugly interior. So we get to our room. No complaints about our room, in fact the bed was very comfortable, but our bathroom smelled like a port-o-potty.

First thing we did was go eat some of the buffet food we heard so many good things about. It was nasty!!! Next we get ready to go swim. The pool was TINY and packed full of adults who were all drinking and 4'9" deep. Not exactly kid friendly. So we went upstairs to the slides. It was better up there, but my 3 yr. old could only play on one little slide. That was the only thing available for someone his age to play in/on.

We did take advantage of Camp Carnival More for the kids and they enjoyed that. But unfortunately there just wasn't much for all of us to do together. During our time on the ship, we ate dinner in the restaurant. It was ok but not great. It was much better than the buffet's though. The buffet was never good.

When we stopped in Cozumel, we had a blast. It was beautiful there and the food was great. We wished that we had just spent our money to fly straight there and spent those days in Cozumel instead of on a smelly, crummy ship. All in all, we went expecting a Carnival and that's far from what we got! Less

Published 07/30/11

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Cabin review: 4AM218 Interior

Nice room, very comfortable bed. Bathroom smells like urine.

Port and Shore Excursions

It was very quick getting on the ship, but when we came back to the U.S. it took a very long time to get through customs. However, we noticed every line but ours was moving fairly quickly. Most people in our line eventually got moved to other lines to help us get through faster.

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