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Sail Date: December 2018
I went on this cruise with my husband, two sons 22 and 15 , mother in law and sister in law. we had three rooms. everything was smooth and great. I give everyone from the cruise director leon, the dining staff Phillip to the stewards a ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my husband, two sons 22 and 15 , mother in law and sister in law. we had three rooms. everything was smooth and great. I give everyone from the cruise director leon, the dining staff Phillip to the stewards a wonderful rating they gave all of us a nice time our rooms clean I dropped a crumb under the bad to prove to my husband that they clean every part of the room. The activities was amazing also it seem everyone one on the ship tried to join in. I loved princess cay island also it seem private just for our ship yes I would go again already booking a trip. I would recommend this trip to family and couples. it was my husband and sons first cruise I went on a few with my grandmother when I was younger and my in laws also went on a few they all loved it Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation and Debarkation went very smoothly. The ship was great and the movies played at night were awesome. The entertainment was amazing. For our excursion we went on a taxi which showed us around the Bahamas and took us to different ... Read More
Embarkation and Debarkation went very smoothly. The ship was great and the movies played at night were awesome. The entertainment was amazing. For our excursion we went on a taxi which showed us around the Bahamas and took us to different destinations around. We then went to the beach and the water was crystal clear and they were playing some good music. Our waiters at the restaurant, Pudjiono, Daniel and Putra were amazing! They were very kind and Pudjiono even learned our names and remembered our drinks from the night before. They were great people. Our room stewardess Odin was also spectacular, he always greeted us by name and cleaned our room during our chosen hours and did a great job. The activities on the ship were okay. The show during dinner was very exciting. Overall the cruise was amazing. The whole crew was full of great people and the fun was very good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The food selection was good and you could eat as much as you wanted, which I did. The drinks had a generous amount of alcohol in them, which was nice. I was on floor 1 (close to the bottom of the ship), and had a very nice, clean room. The ... Read More
The food selection was good and you could eat as much as you wanted, which I did. The drinks had a generous amount of alcohol in them, which was nice. I was on floor 1 (close to the bottom of the ship), and had a very nice, clean room. The room service did a great job of cleaning and supplying plenty of towels. I really appreciated coming back to my room to a made bed. There was plenty of entertainment, however if you wanted a nice relaxing swim in one of the pools, it wasn't going to happen. There were just too many kids to enjoy being in the pool or even the hot tubs for that matter. Casino was nice, but only open certain hours of the day. I mainly enjoyed the movie matinees on the Lido deck (floor 9). Good movie selections! Overall, good experience for it being my first cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I wanted a short cruise within an easy drive of our home near Wilmington, NC. While we normally cruise with Celebrity we were pleasantly surprised with our experience aboard the Carnival Ecstasy. We normally cruise in a ... Read More
My wife and I wanted a short cruise within an easy drive of our home near Wilmington, NC. While we normally cruise with Celebrity we were pleasantly surprised with our experience aboard the Carnival Ecstasy. We normally cruise in a balcony stateroom but since they were in short supply we opted for an ocean view stateroom since it was only a 5 day cruise, I really missed having a chair to sit on but this was a minor inconvenience and not a problem. The parking and check-in was a real plus, very efficient. We were quite surprised when the parking lot attendant told us that there would be no charge for handicapped parking, this represented a quick $100 savings. Breakfast service in the Lido was very good, there was never more than 2 people waiting in line for omelets or eggs to order, I would have liked fresh pineapple but I made do with the other fruit offerings. Bakery items were very good. Guy's burgers on the Lido deck were among the best I have experienced on land or sea, always freshly made with plenty of fries and toppings. We opted for dinner at the 8:15 seating, the wait staff were excellent, very personable and knowledgeable of the menu offerings. I would have liked to have had better cocktail and wine service, it was necessary to ask the waiter for beverage service. I found the food offerings were varied and suitable to my tastes. The seafood offerings of Mahi Mahi and Salmon were above average. The entertainment was well above average, the Cruise Director Leon was outstanding, I have been on more than a dozen cruises and Leon was the best and most involved cruise director that I have experienced. Leon hosted a tribute to veterans which was a very emotional and moving ceremony which was enjoyed by the more than 100 attendees. I enjoyed the casino, however, the three card poker table was rarely busy, since I enjoy playing with 4 or 5 other players, I didn't play as much as I would have liked (probably saved some money). The disembarking was very slow, this was probably caused by too many people opting to carry off their luggage, which clogged the elevators and caused long lines on deck 7, this combined with those that checked luggage created delays for the carry off folks as well as the checked luggage people. Bottom line, I enjoyed my Carnival cruise and will certainly cruise Carnival again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We choose this cruise due to proximity of our Thanksgiving Holiday and timing of the trip. We ignored some of the less favorable reviews hoping they were exaggerated. Boy was that mistake. Day one, we get food poisoning from the Pizza. ... Read More
We choose this cruise due to proximity of our Thanksgiving Holiday and timing of the trip. We ignored some of the less favorable reviews hoping they were exaggerated. Boy was that mistake. Day one, we get food poisoning from the Pizza. Ended up puking in the room for the first 24 hours. Told half dozen staff members about it. Nobody seemed to care. Nothing was done to address the problem that I am aware. Did not even receive an apology from anyone. I also observed that most of the hand sanitizers were empty around the ship as I tried to use them. The food in general was a huge disappointment. Buffet was mostly salad bar without good toppings. No cheese or bacon bits here. They did offer large bowls of plain kidney beans, garbonzo beans, sliced cucumbers and plenty of radishes but the ranch dressing was always empty. The semi-edible food like tacos and seafood cost extra, including room service. Soup was watery and the meats looked like pre-packaged lunchmeat from the grocery store that was laid out on a slab. The burgers were literally the only thing we could stomach. Those were served from noon to 6pm only. Ice cream machines were often empty and not once did I see an actual cone available. We ended up eating ours from coffee cups. If you like toppings, better bring your own and after 7pm they only offer one flavor. The rest of the deserts were in the back of the Lido with a sign on them saying "buffet closed". In other words, never available. Breakfast meat was literally cut up hot dogs with what looked like left over peas from the night before, not kidding. Gross! I went for a bamboo massage which they charged almost $200 for. The facility was a far cry from spa like. The locker room reminded me of my high school gym locker. They did not offer a robe for me to change into for my service. I was shuffled into the massage room and asked to hang my stuff on a hook on the wall next to the shower stall. The therapist raked bamboo over my spine and it ended up bruising a vertebra so badly that I get a severe migraine headache. I was confided to my room for 48 hours before it subsided enough for me to leave. I reported that incident four times over a two day period before anyone bothered to call and ask me what happened. Don't get me started and the so called entertainment. Build-a-bear was the big event one day. One musician in the casino was playing guitar against a recorded track. At one point he just gave up and let the recording play solo. I actually had to walk up and ask him to start playing his guitar again. The piano player asked for requests and then did not know how to play any of them. Rock music on the back of ship was blaring from what sounded like blown speakers. I think the smoke eater in the casino was broken as you could smell the cigarettes smoke on that entire floor and on the steps leading to that deck. There were three female violinists that were lovely to listen too. That was literally the only pleasurable entertainment experience we had. The facilities themselves were very sad and not well maintained. The backs of the booths were falling off. They napkins actually looked like used oil rags, as pictured. The closets smelled like other peoples dirty clothes. We assuming the bed sheets were very clean as they reeked of bleach. Gift shop was devoid of anything I would want to have, cheap quality all the way around. The caliber of this boat is beyond bad. Rude people, nasty old boat, terrible food and rotten entertainment choices (except for violinists). We actually felt like prisoners trapped in a nightmare we could not escape from. We couldn't leave fast enough. I wouldn't wish this vacation on my worst enemy. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My family and I are avid cruisers (I have taken over 12 cruises on Carnival, RCI, and NCL), and I can truly say that this was the worst cruise I have ever been on. First off, the menu in the dining room is shorter and shorter each time I ... Read More
My family and I are avid cruisers (I have taken over 12 cruises on Carnival, RCI, and NCL), and I can truly say that this was the worst cruise I have ever been on. First off, the menu in the dining room is shorter and shorter each time I cruise with Carnival, and the quality of the food has diminished. The breakfast menu is the same EVERY MORNING, the pizza is very thin, the alcoholic beverages are watery and flavorless (and pricey) and the ice cream is extremely watery. Ultimately, there is not much variety of food, as I felt as though I was eating the same thing for 4 straight days. The entertainment was very disorganized and outdated, the same shows that were playing 10 years ago are still running today. In the bingo session, they no longer give away a cruise, which was the main reason I always paid to play bingo with my family. With regards to the stateroom, though spacious and updated, it was only cleaned TWO out of the four days (could you imagine having a family of four in one stateroom without fresh towels?). Princess Cays was very pretty and relaxing, but the tender was rocky due to inclement weather. Freeport was FREEZING, as its proximity to Southern Florida makes it vulnerable to chilly temperatures, so take a sweater! The photo backgrounds are the same as 10 years ago, the music is extremely outdated and the disembarkation progress was chaotic. Overall, I do not think this was an enjoyable experience and I will not be cruising with Carnival ever again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose Liberty for the decor and it didnt disappoint. It's of garden type theme with Spanish style of iron railing and lights. Not over the top and gaudy like some carnival ships but also has a wow factor. We did 4 night Bahamas cruise ... Read More
I chose Liberty for the decor and it didnt disappoint. It's of garden type theme with Spanish style of iron railing and lights. Not over the top and gaudy like some carnival ships but also has a wow factor. We did 4 night Bahamas cruise to princess cay and Freeport. The pros The decor The food was great The shows were okay The staff were not in my face when asking to do photos or buy drinks The blue waves band were great doing old faves Love the carnival hub app The cons Smoke from casino bar drifts into promenade The photographers blocking promenade too much Buffet only worth going to for lunch Spa had no great advertising or specials Some rooms didn't seem to be used so lack of variety of places to go in evening Need to have more info on princes cay e.g. we took beach towels ashore when we didn't need to Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I just want to tell everyone pick a different cruise line. The only thing going for them is the wait staff and cruise director and spa staff. So lets begin so we board the ship and go to our room to start my wife's birthday cruise and in ... Read More
I just want to tell everyone pick a different cruise line. The only thing going for them is the wait staff and cruise director and spa staff. So lets begin so we board the ship and go to our room to start my wife's birthday cruise and in our room was supposed to be a large tropical bouquet and balloons cake and more..... We open the door and i'm hoping she is going to be happy with her surprise and nothing!!! As noting in the room but a very small bouquet and that was it.. So i call the front desk and ask where is my $182.dollars worth of stuff to surprise my wife they said they would check this is at at 4:20 pm so we go explore the ship and come back after be gone for 3 hours and still nothing i call again. They tell me they are working on it.so we do late dinner and come back to the room with the decorated with paper balloons and still no change with the flowers. The next morning i go down to the desk and asked for help they tell me they will call me about the flower and fix it.. So we get ready for our fun day in nassau we get to our boat and the weather is awesome we board the boat going to the private island and after waiting 30min they tell us our excursion is canceled our trip and the held us there. When the finally told us we could go. I ask what else could we do they told us we had to go back to the ship and see. So we did i went to the excursion desk and the lady they said we could go scuba diving and nothing else of we could just go to the public beach which if you do you home work you will find its advised not to do. So i go to the customer service desk and ask for help the tell me the will will refund my excursion money but i'm want my wife to have fun she only turns fifth once so can you help me they call the excursion desk and they told the desk the same we can go diving. So they tell me sorry nothing we can do. You can enjoy the boat or the shops in nassau. So 1pm and now three other boat have ported so place is packed so i take her to paradise resort buy taxi and try to make the best of it no thanks to carnival..we get though saturday. And finally sunday morning get a call from the vp of customer service at 11am telling me that she was going to send someone to take a picture of the flower and send it to corporate and i could handle it with them. Well them never showed to take the picture so i took one myself.. So monday when we got of the boat i called the customer service line and told everything that happened and the guy that works for the carnival told he was sorry but there is nothing he can do..... I will never ever take a cruise on this line again it was the worst experience of any cruise or trip i have ever taken. IF SOMEONE SPENT $3000 ON A 3DAY CRUISE WITH ME I WOULD FIND A WAY TO FIX THE PROBLEM Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
The beautiful Victory was just upgraded last January. It has the best kind of water slide - I slid 21 times. (The newer ships have slides that are too scary for me.) Sliding is best sitting up & leaning forward. (Walk carefully on the ... Read More
The beautiful Victory was just upgraded last January. It has the best kind of water slide - I slid 21 times. (The newer ships have slides that are too scary for me.) Sliding is best sitting up & leaning forward. (Walk carefully on the wet pool deck - it's very slippery.) Mini golf & ping pong were also fun. I loved the blue & green atrium with glass elevators & the cabin upgrades. Dancing in Club Artic was SO much fun, especially when they played 70's & 80's music for 30 minutes Saturday night. Dining was great - Carnival matched us with two couples of similar ages. The food was wonderful and so was the service. Most people on board were very friendly. The Blue Lagoon Island Beach Day is a great excursion if the weather is good. It's a beautiful private island with 5,000 palm trees. The boat ride to the island was pretty & fun, especially when our boat jumped a huge wake from the other boat. Dolphins walked backward on their tails, spun around & arched jumped together during their feeding right in front of us. We had a great time! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We ran into bad weather the first two days which the captain stated he did not expect. Over half of our party was sick along with members who were working on the cruise ship. We were unable to do anything and spent both days sick. The ... Read More
We ran into bad weather the first two days which the captain stated he did not expect. Over half of our party was sick along with members who were working on the cruise ship. We were unable to do anything and spent both days sick. The ship was not equipped to handle the bad weather. Captain should have taken us somewhere else. Vomit was in the halls, elevators, and dining areas. Worst cruise for Thanksgiving ever and it was our first family cruise with over 18 people. Ship did not have lip sync battle and activities that were postpone were never reschedule. Food was like cafeteria food. The Chefs Table served the exact same menu as the Carnival Fantasy in Mobile, Alabama which we traveled on in 2016. Nothing was different from the appetizers down to the dessert. For almost $200 it was a waste of money for the same experience. The only good thing was Roy who was our cabin steward. Nothing special about this ship very outdated. Customer service did absolutely nothing when I filled a complaint for our group. After a year of planning this family vacation it was a waste of time and money. Read Less
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