39 Carnival Ecstasy Entertainment Cruise Reviews

So the ship is old and you could tell very easily. We tried the dining room three times but my husband had issues each time. We paid extra ($20) just for a steak, plain. It came with some red wine sauce on it, twice. Even though we ... Read More
So the ship is old and you could tell very easily. We tried the dining room three times but my husband had issues each time. We paid extra ($20) just for a steak, plain. It came with some red wine sauce on it, twice. Even though we specifically asked for no sauce. Very disappointing. The included lemonade made me "pucker" each time I tried it, it was so sour. The included iced tea did not taste like ice tea at all. The cabin was a normal ship cabin. But it would be nice if they actually advertised the correct size of the bed. They said on the website it was 2 twins or both twins put together to make a king size. No way it was a king size bed, maybe a queen. This ship only had one pool for a lot of people. It was a good first cruise experience for my husband but even he said we will look for newer ships when we plan our next vacation. We both liked how we could see/visit multiple islands, the entertainment/shows were good, the pizza was fantastic, loved Guy's burgers, the burritos, tacos and such were wonderful!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise primarily because of the departure date and port of Charleston. We had spent a day in Charleston the year prior during our Myrtle Beach trip and fell in love with the city so we drove down two days before the cruise ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because of the departure date and port of Charleston. We had spent a day in Charleston the year prior during our Myrtle Beach trip and fell in love with the city so we drove down two days before the cruise (Monday departure) to do more sight seeing. Our grown family of four was celebrating a college graduation and birthday. This is a bullet point review. My husband and I sailed Carnival in 1994 when it was deemed more of a party boat than a family boat, then Disney in 2005 (no comparison) and Norwegian in 2016 (Norwegian Spirit, similar age and size cruise ship as the Ecstasy). - Arriving at port...we purchased port parking online ahead of time. We arrived at the corner of Conrad and Lauren around 10:15 and were able to drive inside the gated area for early luggage check-in, which I am glad we did (our luggage was at our cabins by 1:30, much earlier than many). At this time, we also were pre-checked (boarding passes, ID) after which we were directed outside of the gated area but found parking around the corner where we sat about 10 cars away from entrance again until about 11:15. We parked and were shuttled to the port by bus and were on board by 12:30 (without the Faster to the Fun option). - There is some wear and tear on the ship, some areas of rust, worn carpet in areas, but mostly clean and interior is appealing, not gaudy. - Cabins on Riviera deck R156 ocean view - adequate in size (roomier than our balcony cabin on Norwegian Spirit), plenty of storage, nice lighted vanity with stool...great location close to midship elevator. Our bed had pee-stained sheets. Kids across the hall in R154 interior (roomy for the two but had a funky smell). We had contact with our cabin steward once; he was very inconsistent/incomplete...left dirty towels, gave kids pool towels, us none, bottled water in one cabin, none in the other. Didn't appear to do much which is unusual in our limited cruising experience. - Unlike Norwegian (which only allows smoking in the casino and outside), smoking is allowed in a few areas inside the ship, mainly lounges, bars. At times we also did smell musty and sewage smells inside at times, although not a lot (as mentioned in other reviews). - The ship is a nice size, easy to get around. Not too many people. - Muster drill did not start on time, I imagine due to passengers not arriving on time; however, it took much longer than our previous cruises, a good 45 minutes to nearly an hour. - DINING: Unlike Norwegian, there is no breakfast or lunch in the dining room(s) apart from sea days where they do offer a nice Sea Day Brunch from 8:30-3:00ish. The buffet selection is SMALL (disappointing) in comparison, but there is an omelette station at breakfast. Carnival makes up a little for the buffet by offering breakfast and lunch at Blue Iguana Cantina, and lunch at Guy Fieri's Burgers (spelling?), both of which are good. Pizza is available on the Lido deck 24 hours as is Swirls ice cream. There is a nice deli there also that is open from lunch until 11 p.m....a great option I underused. We chose early (6:00) dinner in the WindSong dining room. Our wait staff was excellent. Norwegian had an extensive wine list while Carnival had about 6-8 offerings. The food was decent, not as good as Norwegian. (I can't even compare to Disney, but you do pay through the nose for Disney.) Our milkshakes at the coffee bar were nothing more than chocolate milk. We do not drink coffee so I can't comment although my daughter had coffee at the buffet and said it was awful. Room service is free for many items, but pizza and some other items have a charge. Soda and alcoholic beverages are not free through room service even if you purchase the beverage package. - The mini-golf on the 13th (sports) deck is nice when not too windy. There are tables where you can sit. There is a small deck on the front side of the windows in front of the course where you can stand at the front of the ship and enjoy the view. This is a nice area to escape the crowds and enjoy a little quiet. The adults only Serenity deck on deck 9 at the back of the ship is another place I underused. There are thickly padded chaise lounges, a few umbrellas, two hot tubs and a shaded seating area with chairs and ottomans...a great place to spend time reading and relaxing, and just below the Lido area close to food and beverages. - Shows in comparison to Norwegian...not as good, Motown and The Brits. The Hasbro game show was fun to watch! We enjoyed the Punchline Comedy Club! - We had fun participating in the raffles at the Galleria/jewelry store and in the spa. It's a fun diversion from the sun, and with sometimes 30-40 people participating, your chances of winning of pretty good, although we did not. We enjoyed the bracelet and watch specials, 2 for $20 t-shirt sales. We also enjoyed family game time in The Explorer's Club, where there are many Hasbro games to choose from. You can have as much fun as you choose to have. My daughter and I attended a Ladies Pamper Party in the spa, which was an educational sales pitch basically but we got to use Elemis spa products for free and perform self-facials, and I got to be a model for a Sun Glow application; we had fun at no cost to us. In conclusion, we wanted a fun and affordable family cruise, and this fit the bill. The difference (which is why you pay less with Carnival) is in the details. We experienced more personal service on the Norwegian Spirit last year. Little details made the difference on Norwegian, like cooling towels upon returning from excursions, lots of staff ready at our service, better food in the dining room and choice of breakfast and lunch in the dining room. The spa on the Norwegian was nicer. We would choose another cruise line for another couple's cruise, but again, for our family, this was adequate and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We had a blast! The Negatives (Let's get these out of the way first) There were only a couple rough spots and one of them had nothing to do with Carnival. Our first elegant night was not that great. We waited an hour to be ... Read More
We had a blast! The Negatives (Let's get these out of the way first) There were only a couple rough spots and one of them had nothing to do with Carnival. Our first elegant night was not that great. We waited an hour to be seated (Your Time Dining) and then an hour to get our food. Then our food was not that great. Now, that was only on the first elegant night. However, there is a bright side. After a conversation with the maitre d, it was fabulous! Baris is the absolute best!! Also in the dining room I would like to thank Elizabeth and Elena, our amazing waitresses! We could not have had better service. The other negative was one of our shore excursions at Half Moon Cay. We did the snorkel by boat. The guides were great but the seas were so rough that we could not even enjoy the snorkeling. We should not have been out there in those waters. You get 45 minutes to snorkel and we both got back on the boat after just 20 minutes. Not worth it if the water isn't calm. No bright side to this story. The Positives! First, our room steward was awesome! Harry, we absolutely loved you! Thanks for your hard work throughout the week! We know we are not the easiest passengers to take care of. Second, our bar waiters. A big shout out to Gus, Samson, and Iwayan! You guys were the best! It's great to have servers that I can say "bring me something smooth and fruity" and you delivered each and every time in the most perfect way! Third, the on board entertainment! Chris Wiles, Sid Davis, and Billy D Washington were great comedians. Our cruise director Benjamin was hoot! All that energy he has just makes me feel tired but it was fun to watch him dance around and act up. Loved it! Our trivia hostess, Lindsey, was also great! Her sarcasm was refreshing and watching her stumble over how to pronounce "Kravitz" was hilarious. Our Excursions: We have already talked about the snorkeling. However, our Top 10 of Grand Turk tour was great! Jerome was the best guide we could have hoped for! Food: Dining room was great, for the most part! The Lido deck sometimes left something to be desired but that can almost be expected at a buffet. Guy's Burger Joint and the Blue Iguana were amazing! The food really was delicious. Easy embarkation and disembarkation. Our cabin was clean and orderly. All in all, a great vacation and we can't wait to go on Carnival again!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We boarded in 30 minutes flat from shuttle to the port in Charleston to the ship. We had picked an early boarding time (11:30 a.m.) so this may have helped. We took a shuttle from our hotel with free parking for our car during the ... Read More
We boarded in 30 minutes flat from shuttle to the port in Charleston to the ship. We had picked an early boarding time (11:30 a.m.) so this may have helped. We took a shuttle from our hotel with free parking for our car during the week. This allowed us to avoid the delay in the lineup for parking at the port. The port staff was great and efficient, our bags were taken and we had a short walk to the ship. Upon boarding food on the Lido deck was already available, so we had a great meal to pass the time until we were able to access our room. Luggage arrived in a timely fashion. Crew was working hard to distribute it to the cabins. We loved the amazing service on board ship, our cabin was great and roomy for a cruise ship even though we had chosen an inside room as we were watching our pennies. Our room steward William (R142) made us towel animals and attended to everything including ice every day. Loved the food on board as mentioned, but especially the fine dining in the Windstar Dining Room. Such a selection and wonderful service! The pool was rarely crowded despite the fact that there were many families on board – the new slide was busy. When we needed downtime the Serenity deck on board provided a quiet area to relax in sun or shade – drinks can be ordered and delivered to you by a waiter who circulates from one of the bars, or you can climb one flight of stairs to buy a drink for yourself. I can recommend the Lido deck buffet also for any meals or snack time; the food was always fresh and replenished quickly. We were not provided with a room service menu but we called room service anyway. They were most helpful in suggesting choices and sent the food very promptly along with a room service menu for next time. Freeport – very commercial in the area close to the docks so let me recommend booking space on an excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the one we chose – the Jeep Excursion. It was fully booked by the 2nd day of the cruise but they opened up a second excursion to accommodate the overflow. Grateful that my husband is a truck driver and so was able to operate a Jeep with manual drive, although there were automatics also. It includes a beach time stop of one hour, not enough time to bother renting chairs, there was free picnic tables to sit at and a bar at the beach. Another stop - light lunch at the Garden of the Groves was included. We dined by a waterfall and beautiful plants and birds. Time was provided to walk around the gardens (Note: Free Wi-Fi access at the gardens). Nassau – booked a Private Island Beach excursion, which was nice but quieter. The beach is lovely but the provided lunch is sparse. Shops near the ship are commercial but the ship’s shopping director gives you a shopping map at both ports to help you find recommended stores. Bought Tortuga rum cakes at a shop in port that specializes in this product for a reasonable price, then found that the ship sold them onboard in one of the stores for much cheaper! Prices are good onboard, don’t miss the opportunity. So much to do onboard, that we often carried the day’s schedule with us to keep up! Enjoyed the mini putt on deck, it was a little busy but everyone was patient, the course was in good condition and the ocean breeze gave a lovely cooling effect. All shows were great! Benjamin the cruise director was the best, and worked tirelessly to make sure everyone was entertained from morning until night. So much to do that we couldn’t do everything – will have to take another cruise. Enjoyed all of the shows in the main nightclub and the comedians onboard in the Punchliner Comedy Club every night; they gave us a good laugh. We enjoyed soft ice cream on the Lido deck on the way back to our cabins most nights. We will have to cut down on our consumption now that we are back home. The disembark process off the ship was the only disappointment of the entire cruise. We followed the appropriate disembark time for our given deck, and were left standing in line with our luggage for over an hour by the elevators due to a backup in customs. We were prevented from leaving our deck to another, perhaps a waiting area could have been provided instead of making us stand in a crowd for an available elevator. I understand that this is only partially Carnival’s fault but they should accommodate passengers somehow during the wait. Tips: • Ziploc bags varying sizes for wet bathing suits or sandwiches from the Deli. • Travel Mugs for coffee, the ships coffee is good but the cups are small. • Beverage travel cups for juice and water see above. • Magnets to hang schedules and notes on cabin door. • Arrive 15 minutes early for anytime seating so that you don’t have to wait in line for very long and so that you still have time for the shows. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I chose this cruise because it lined up with spring break and was a decent price when we got it. There are 4 of us, 2 18's and 22, 25. We drove to the port and didn't book any excursions because they sold out. Good think we ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it lined up with spring break and was a decent price when we got it. There are 4 of us, 2 18's and 22, 25. We drove to the port and didn't book any excursions because they sold out. Good think we didn't though because it was cold when we got there and the excursions would have taken up 3 of the 7 hours we could be there. Nassau was cute, plenty of people trying to sell you things and trying to get you to do this or that. Make sure to shop around before you settle, especially on restaurants. We had one guy walk us to a restaurant and he gets paid for bringing people but when we got there the food was stupid expensive but we fell into the trap of being obligated to stay because of that guy. Embarkation was really quick and smooth once you got passed the line of cars as you first get there. We arrived at our time but I didn't know that we would be waiting an hour in the car waiting to drop off luggage and park our car (never been on a cruise). disembarkation was smooth too for the most part. If you are on a lower level you have to wait for all the other higher levels to get off the boat first before you can. The more rich you are the sooner you can get off the boat- we were only one floor above the exit and they wouldn't let us go down on the elevator (doors locked to go down the stairs) so we went up to the one evacuating and went down from there. the service. The staff is really friendly and helpful to your face or when serving you but when they disappear- they disappear. When ordering bottled water (only way you can get it) I was waiting on the line for at least ten minutes. I ordered twice throughout the trip and it happened each time. One time the line just went dead and I had to call back and wait longer. The dinners are like a restaurant, you have a server and can choose to sit alone or with others. Apparently sitting with fewer people mean quicker service. Only my partner and I attended dinner together and sat alone. From the moment we sat down to the end when we got our check (ordered a drink) or finished out dessert the whole process took 2 hours- every time! The first time I was expecting it because it was the first dinner and no one knows what they're doing so chaos= time, no big deal. The second dinner it was the captain's dinner when everyone dresses up so I had the same thought process- no big deal. By the third dinner I was very irritated and just asked for everything to go, only to still wait two hours and leave at the same time as our neighbors. We didn't go for the fourth dinner. I don't think it was the wait staff that was the problem because when we asked for our check from two other waiters they said we had to wait for our server and that he was in line waiting for another tables food- like in an amusement park. So with the boat being so old I figured they had a really small kitchen. We were lucky to see our server in between courses. The food was mediocre and under seasoned- understandable since everything was probably mass made and with allergies and sensitivities it would be hard to cater to everything. The drinking package is absolutely stupid expensive. Forcing you to buy every day, even on the only day you were at the bahamas and the day you docked (on ship barely half a day). we thought about buying it but because it was forced every day at $50 per person in the room (21+) we didn't. we drank as much as we wanted (kind of) and was still under the $400 price of the package for our room. what stopped me from drinking more was the drinks were weak for the price plus mandatory 15% gratuity. every $10 drink would have one shot or two if you wanted to drop another $3. all the drinks tasted the same and by the last day they gave me straight up oj and vodka because they were out of everything else. It may have been worth it if we drank 15 drinks a day but on the two half days drinking that much in a short time frame would just give me a sugary hangover. The pool area was so overcrowded that people were laying on the floor and there was no point in even trying to get in the pool or enjoy the sun without risking being stepped on. The entertainment was okay, some comedians just not funny or borderline too harsh in their jokes. With the other shows the boat was still so crowded I couldn't bring myself to go to half of them because of massive crowds. The second day at sea (on the way home) we all stayed in our room the entire time with nothing to do just to escape the crowd or smoke from the casino and feebly watched our tv go from black and white to color often enough to give us a head ache. Aside from the shows there was a small room with board games you could play and then the smoke filled casino, other than that there was nothing to do for adults except drink when it was too cold to go above deck (the entire trip). Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I took this cruise with my wife as part of the 40th wedding celebration. It stopped at Nassau and Freeport. Both stops were not the greatest for us; the first excursion we choose had the Charm and Beauty of Nassau well, it was a quick tour ... Read More
I took this cruise with my wife as part of the 40th wedding celebration. It stopped at Nassau and Freeport. Both stops were not the greatest for us; the first excursion we choose had the Charm and Beauty of Nassau well, it was a quick tour by bus and you couldn't really visit and the bus driver kept saying that he shouldn't but would..no I would not recommend throwing money away on this excursion. In Freeport it was the Hop On Hop Off we took. The place is not worth visiting. I hear Disney does not even do excursions there anymore. Now, the ship itself. What a nice place to be on. We took a balcony and never regretted the extra funds it cost. We did formal dining and loved it. We had E103 and let me tell you...do the balcony if you decide to cruise. We did not enjoy the constant photos and the cost of them trying to sell them to us...tends to be a little pricey Oh ya, one thing to pack for coffee lovers is a thermos. Wish we had done that. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was the worst experience ever for my first cruise, which was an anniversary gift to ourselves.We were delayed in boarding the ship for over 4 hours and only received a mere $15.00 pp for our inconvenience.When we finally sat down for ... Read More
This was the worst experience ever for my first cruise, which was an anniversary gift to ourselves.We were delayed in boarding the ship for over 4 hours and only received a mere $15.00 pp for our inconvenience.When we finally sat down for dinner and placed our order, my order was fumbled for I received raw steak when I specifically requested well done. Upon receiving my new steak,I was served cold side dishes with it,also at the same time, the Captain was calling for the safety procedures to be carried out, so all the wait staff had to participate along with the guests, so that meal was doubly ruined!!! First of all I considered this ship to be a TUGBOAT or place this ship in dry dock, due to the shape it was in,the outside of it has running rust stains,patch jobs that are visible to the naked eye around the windows and on the ship itself.The ship looks horrible!!!! The inside was even worse, my stateroom was horrendous!! upon opening the door, I could smell the must of the carpet, the room was dusty & dirty. The sink was stopped up, the room had flying gnats that bleed upon killing them and I did kill 1 fly. The sheet was changed only once, although the bed was made up everyday.The carpet floor was half vacuumed,for I did witness debris still left on the floor after a so called cleaning. I only reported the incident about the bugs to guest services, they claimed they checked it out and wrote a report. As far as I'm concerned nothing was really done for they did not have proof of my allegation about the bugs. I was told I should "not had thrown the smashed bugs away" Could you imagine?? I was livid, but I held my composure. As far as the dirty room, I wiped it down myself. Not only that,I felt My concerns were not of any significance and was not considered.I am really so disappointed with Carnival cruise lines in it's entirety. I will never use them again! I would like to be reimbursed, but I know I will not be!!!! THIS TRIP WAS LIKE A TERRIBLE NIGHTMARE!!! We tried to make the best of it, We drank and tried to participate in some on board activities, because after all this was our anniversary cruise!!! We did enjoy the music and the comedy shows and we made the best of and just made it work or our anniversary!!! As far as the port of calls to Nassau and free port, what a disaster, maybe carnival should change it, this place I consider a dump!! so in essence I HATED THIS TRIP ON CARNIVAL ECSTASY !!!!!!!! Upon my complaint to carnival cruise line , we did receive a 20% refund of our cruise fare only. I"m still not sure if I ever will cruise again, this was a terrible experience for my first time, this ship needs to be placed in a museum for artifacts!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This ship was delayed in Freeport coming out of dry dock due to storms. It is a long story but it was a mess! We were to leave Charleston, SC at 4pm, It was about 10 pm or a little later that we departed the dock. I actually purchased ... Read More
This ship was delayed in Freeport coming out of dry dock due to storms. It is a long story but it was a mess! We were to leave Charleston, SC at 4pm, It was about 10 pm or a little later that we departed the dock. I actually purchased for the first time the Faster to the fun pass. Was a waste of money and they did refund it. The ship was very dirty compared to others I have been on. Maybe it was due to construction they did on it but I was told by a crew member that 102 new crew members came on board. No one knew anything. It seems like it was the first time some of them even saw a ship before. Meals were very slow due to cut backs on staff. Our server had like 40 people to handle in a sitting. That is way to much for 2 people. It just seems like they are cheaping out. No more lobster nights unless you pay for that. Less staff with less knowledge...imagine what that led too. Customer service was very poor. Lines everyday were very long. Only 1-2 people working and phones went unanswered. Only two real shows and then the comedy club. If I wrote everything that went wrong I would need tons of pages. The ship is fine and Guy's burgers were a great addition! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, ... Read More
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, but it is not quite as good as on previous Carnival cruises. We found the staff to be excellent. They were quick, competent, and remarkably friendly. The entertainment is quite good in the main show room, the comedy club, and throughout the ship. The ports of call (Nassau and Freeport) are a couple of our favorites. The convenience for us (we live in the Charleston, SC area) is especially good, and the staff at the terminal is remarkable. They got us on board quickly and put us in a great mood right from the beginning. What more could you ask for? My wife and I will definitely be going on a lot more cruises on the Ecstasy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. I loved leaving from Charleston, S. C. It was so convenient for us and apparently a lot of other people. The food was ok, not great, not bad. We all thought it was sort of Applebee's ... Read More
Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. I loved leaving from Charleston, S. C. It was so convenient for us and apparently a lot of other people. The food was ok, not great, not bad. We all thought it was sort of Applebee's quality. Room was ok. We were told a King bed was a King bed, not two singles pushed together, but, lol, the king bed was two singles pushed together. The room had maybe 3 channels on TV, so no college football national championship game (or anything else) available in the room. The worse problem? Smoking is allowed in the casino and in another inside area of the ship. If you walk in those areas or if you half to pass those areas walking, you need a shower to get the smoke out of your hair. The areas are open to all surrounding areas and it all closed in with no ventilation to get rid of the smoke. As a result, maybe 20% of the common area of the ship is smoke saturated. If you take this cruise, I hope you like to smoke. The price was good, very cheap actually. Sometimes, you get what you pay for... Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I'll try to keep this short and hit on the highlights. We are a couple and traveled with about 6 other couples from the Carolinas. We drove to Charleston and stayed the night before downtown. Took Uber to the port in the morning ... Read More
I'll try to keep this short and hit on the highlights. We are a couple and traveled with about 6 other couples from the Carolinas. We drove to Charleston and stayed the night before downtown. Took Uber to the port in the morning around 11AM (5 blocks) so that part was easy. Immediately met on board with free Champagne which was served pretty much all afternoon. We bought the Cheers drink package so we also had other drinks. The ship is old and in need of some major cleaning (scum, mildew in bathrooms but nothing any worse than a medium cost hotel). After all, this is Carnival (Probably my 6th or 7th Carnival Cruise from various ports) not Celebrity. We knew what we were getting but but two things were VERY below par: 1) Quality of food in the formal dining rooms. I just to brag to people that would put Carnival down and say their food was not good. For 4-5 of my last Carnival Cruises I was amazed at the quality of food but not this time. Not sure if it was because it was New years, or because it was only a 5 day cruise but we only had one decent (dinner) meal in the dining rooms. The shrimp cocktail (which used to be fairly large) were about as small as you can get. The salads were awful and most entrees were of what you would expect in a very cheap restaurant. Only the Jambalaya and Prime Rib (ironically both served on the last night were decent). And the lamb shank--it was good too. EVERYTHING else was not very good (Thank God for the 24 hour Pizza on Deck Nine Aft!). 2) But the WORST thing was the wait one had to endure in the Open Seating Dining Room (Wind Star). Unless you ate at 5;45 or after 7:45 you would have to leave the Atrium (Deck 5) and go up one set of stairs and wait in line for at least 25 minutes---only to get a buzzer that would "go off" when your table was ready--usually 30-50 minutes later!! I know this ship was built post Open Seating era but I was told that the Dining Room (Wind Song) that had the formal dinner dining times of 6:00 PM and 8:15 PM was only half full for dinners. If Carnival knows that this is the trend why couldn't it have tweaked the dining long ago to allow for more "Any time Dining" to cut the lines down? The breakfast and lunch choices were good--the Wind Star was always available (better food) and the Lido Deck buffets (though the lines could get long) always had enough eating choices. And then, when in doubt, there was the Pizza (which was very good). As far as the bars were concerned the Atrium bar was always crowded and other than one or two bartenders they were very slow. The Bullfrog Bar on Deck 10 always had Excellent service. The muster was the longest and most disorganized in all of my 27 cruises! Not sure what the thinking here was. The crew was VERY friendly and happy. This was most welcome. I'll have to think twice about sailing any Carnival Cruise again. I'm not a food snob but unless the whole industry is cutting back on quality meals I'll have to explore other cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Never been there before and the ship was suppose to be docked for 3 days ,. carnival estascy , cabin was noise from engines , away from couples we were traveling with ,not what we had ask for . Dining was also not what we requested due to ... Read More
Never been there before and the ship was suppose to be docked for 3 days ,. carnival estascy , cabin was noise from engines , away from couples we were traveling with ,not what we had ask for . Dining was also not what we requested due to many of party needing to have early dining we had to have it changed to anytime dining , food was most of the time prepared very good ,a few times orders were wrong or cold . Entertaiment was very good the shows are very good in the theater , activities were not as many this time as have been on other ships , i applaud the celebration for veteran days that the estascy did i am a veteran and i enjoyed it !!! Service did their best to make everyone feel at ease on a rocking ship due to rough seas and weather.the port of bermuda we had to leave a day early . For fear of wind . Bermuda was a little boring . Really feel very disappointed this cruise .but we will be cruising again!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
First of all the positive. The crew on this ship is great. They are very friendly and willing to help any time you ask. Our steward was great and dinning room staff, especially IRMA was great! Our cabin was on the Riviera deck, Standard ... Read More
First of all the positive. The crew on this ship is great. They are very friendly and willing to help any time you ask. Our steward was great and dinning room staff, especially IRMA was great! Our cabin was on the Riviera deck, Standard ocean view nothing fancy. The problem came when we tried to sleep, there must have been some kind of door banging back and forth as we were traveling. It was very loud like metal hitting metal. Could not sleep with this racket. We called he front desk after an hour later no one came and we went down to the front desk. The girl at the front desk AMY was very helpful and nice, she followed me down to the room and witnessed the noise.. She said it sounded funny. She called the engineer out. This guy was a real piece of work. After about 10 minutes he comes to our room and says its Vibration from the engines. There is nothing they can do. If it keeps up call back. Well I know this thing isn't stopping because it keeps clanking only louder. I guess they turned up the vibration. He comes out again and says he will se what he can do. He says he checks something and it should stop. If it starts up again call back. Wee it never stopped so we call again. AMY apologizes says the engineer went down and couldn't find anything wrong. She says the ship is moving so no repairs can be made. I totally understand, so we go to sleep with the clanging and banging all night long. The next day they make an offer to move us to another room give us a credit and away we go. Never found out what the banging was, but apparently it wasn't vibration He! He! He!. I've cruised about 20 times and really know engine vibration. This sounded like someone forgot to close something or tie something down. Anyway back to the ship this ship is really dated basically falling apart. they were do all kinds of repairs while we were aboard. The food on the ship really is lacking. Don't know hat it is, but stuff doesn't taste like its supposed to. Prime rib isn't prime rib and steak is shoe leather. Yup! that bad! The hamburgers taste like old meet and the hot dogs smell old. The fries are great! If you order late night Pizza at the back of the boat, be prepared to wait about an hour for a slice of peperoni. The pizzeria guy isn't the fastest. If you order from the deli at the back of the ship, this may have you wait till breakfast is served. they are not in a real hurry back here, .Breakfast was great except they like to serve raw bacon. Out of the package on the grill two seconds and you get it half raw. never saw a crisp piece of bacon. The milk they serve is warm from the carton, there must be a shortage of ice o this bot, never saw the milk packed in ice like on other ships. The coffee sucks! Well tat was our six day cruise stay away from the casino can't win on this ship seriously! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
It was a good cruise, i enjoyed it, so did my family, there was several great things on it, but that was 2011, and it got worse from there. PROS - *Great value *Not too big, Not too small *Fun! *Has a better waterpark than ... Read More
It was a good cruise, i enjoyed it, so did my family, there was several great things on it, but that was 2011, and it got worse from there. PROS - *Great value *Not too big, Not too small *Fun! *Has a better waterpark than the Fantasy *Has A better Camp Carnival/Ocean than Fantasy CONS - *Boring if you have gone on every Fantasy class ship except this one *Dr. Seuss replace Fun Ship Freddy *Kinda old We suggest you to go on there if you live in South Carolina, near it, or just want to have a getaway from home at a cheap price. If you go to the bahamas, look for the Grand Celebration ship, which used to be Carnival's "super-class ship" Celebration. Also if you are going to have a 10 day cruise, don't go on this because you will get bored after a while, go on the Newer ships. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.7
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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