Sail Date: March 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 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
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
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
6 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 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
5 Helpful Votes
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
9 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 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
3 Helpful Votes
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
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 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
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my 3rd carnival cruise (4th overall). It was mostly as expected for carnival. Good entertainment and good food. The ship is smaller and older than others I have been on but they have made some updates. There is only one pool and ... Read More
This was my 3rd carnival cruise (4th overall). It was mostly as expected for carnival. Good entertainment and good food. The ship is smaller and older than others I have been on but they have made some updates. There is only one pool and the hot tubs were always completely full of 10 year olds, we couldn't even get our feet in. If you didnt get a chair before 9a, it was impossible to find one in the sun the rest of the day. I did not have this problem on other ships. Food overall was decent. The main dining room dinners take a longggg time and I noticed the buffet had most of the same food. The pizza place (although 24 hours) was shared with a grill so the line was long. Several times they didn't have anything available and I had to wait 10-15 minutes for my food. The comedy club had the same person every night but with a different show. I did appreciate the different drink menus at each bar. My biggest complaint was several floors smelled strongly of raw sewage for the last 2 days and they couldn't seem to do anything about it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I would never recommend this cruise or Carnival as a company. We went on a cruise for our honeymoon and paid around $1100 for an upgraded jr. suit. First of all, this ship looks like it came straight out of a 1980's strip club. ... Read More
I would never recommend this cruise or Carnival as a company. We went on a cruise for our honeymoon and paid around $1100 for an upgraded jr. suit. First of all, this ship looks like it came straight out of a 1980's strip club. Everything is old, purple and doesn't look like it has ever been updated. The food was mediocre, the entertainment was mediocre and the offshore activities were nothing to brag about. But honestly that's not my main issue with this cruise, had those been the only issues I wouldn't have written a review at all. I would have dealt with my sub-par cruise experience, but the way they handled our reservation and our experience with their customer service staff was so horrendous that I feel the need to actively recommend people to stay away from them and take their money elsewhere. When asking about the upgrade options I specifically wanted a room with a tub and the booking agent told me the junior suite and king suite both featured a jacuzzi tub, the junior was just a smaller square footage. We booked this trip months in advance. Immediately when we got to our room I noticed that the room did not have a tub at all, but a small shower. So we went straight to the customer service desk on the ship and asked to be moved to another room with a tub or to get a refund, because what we were told we were paying for was not what we got at all. They told us they could not help us, because no rooms on the ship have jacuzzi tubs and no other suites were available. We were told that they would put in a complaint form and someone would get back to us. After 2 days of no one getting back to us we went back to the desk and they told us to call carnival ourselves. We called carnival and spent almost 2 hours of our day, which I would have much rather spent enjoying my cruise on hold waiting to speak with someone about the issue only to be told there was nothing they could do for us. We then called the booking agent, but did not get ahold of him until after we got off the cruise. He admitted that it was his fault. He told us the system must not be correct and it is their error that we were told our room would have a tub when it did not, but that we would not be able to get a refund, because we needed to request one on the first day of the cruise. Even though we had been dealing with this since the first hour on our cruise and had requested a refund right away. We were eventually elevated to some kind of manager who was incredibly rude and absolutely no help. They took zero responsibility for what was obviously their error and were out over $1000 on an upgrade that I would not have purchased had I know what was actually featured in the room. Our room was barely better than a regular cabin, the only difference was that it featured a couch and a couple extra sq. ft. I would have rather not paid more than $1k for. We were only offered 10% off a future cruise for something that was completely their fault that we had tried to fix since the first day on the cruise. I would have gladly stayed in a regular cabin for the duration of my cruise and taken a refund, but I was told that was not an option and that was then used against me as further excuse not to give me a refund after my stay ended. I am so angry about the way this was handled, it was dishonest and nothing was done to apologize for or repair the fact that we were lied to in order to get a lot of money from us. Take your money to another cruise line who is honest and cares about their customers, because it is not Carnival. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This cruise was booked for a birthday celebration. The group included 11 ladies split between 4 different cabins. This review is solely based on my cabin and experience. Charleston is a convenient port for those in the areas of ... Read More
This cruise was booked for a birthday celebration. The group included 11 ladies split between 4 different cabins. This review is solely based on my cabin and experience. Charleston is a convenient port for those in the areas of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and areas within driving distance. Although you can fly, the airport is a quick taxi ride to the port, this would get so much more use if they had more ships. Several people shared that the city of Charleston is only wanting one boat at a time using the port. Carnival is switching out the Ecstasy for the Sunshine in 2019. Embarkation was speedy, I made it through security and over to the check-in counter with ease. I was on the gangway within 10 minutes.Get there by 11 and you can get on the boat. They give you a special time on your boarding pass but it didn't seem to matter. Once on the boat the party was revving up on the Lido Deck. Guy's Burger Joint was ready as was the Blue Iguana Cantina and the lunch buffet. The pizza place at the very back of the Lido Deck was great, the Caesar salad was a HUGE hit. If you have the bubbles package (sodas, not alcohol) you need to pay SC tax while in port. Also, the bubbles/alcohol packages cannot be used on the private island or on room service. We were allowed to our cabins promptly at 1:30 and many bags were already there. We loved our room, small TV (not a ton of channels, not good if you are seasick or stuck in your room, thankfully we weren't). Bathroom was tiny but that's to be expected. Water pressure was not good, fuse blew when too many people were drying their hair and some cabin bathrooms had a slight odor but essential oils took care of that issue. We mustered around 3:30. This was a typical muster, we listened to the rules, walked up to where our lifeboat was and that was it. We didn't need to bring our vests. We sailed away and toured around the ship. It's a smaller ship, maybe 2000 people on board but, unless you walked the length of the boat on our deck (Deck 5 Main) we had to weasel in and out of rooms (mostly the casino on Deck 9) which was filled with cigarette smoke. There was awesome nightly entertainment near the China Town bar but the smoke kept us away. Piano Bar was fun, comedy was great, shows were great, the Love and Marriage show is always a winner and we were even able to watch the Super Bowl in the two lounges as well as the Lido Deck. The Alchemy Bar was awesome, martini tastings were a big hit and there were wonderful areas at the bar and in it's vicinity to sit and enjoy your drink. We had the late seating for dining and we LOVED it. Our server, Lucy, knew our names almost immediately, catered to the specialty dishes some of our party needed and was a delight over the entire trip. Support staff in the dining room was wonderful as well. The food was quite tasty overall, I have to admit, I was very pleasantly surprised (just ask the 8 pounds I brought home with me hahaha) Day 2 was all day at sea, the boat is older so we felt LOTS of rocking. Some didn't like that and had some sea sickness. Thankfully I didn't and found the rocking to be soothing and relaxing. Sea Day Brunch was another pleasant surprise- get the steak and eggs. The steak was tender and seasoned well. Omelets were good too I heard but on both sea days, during the brunch I got steak and eggs. The private island, Princess Cay, was great, the water was chilly and it was windy but we found a great pavilion with plenty of seats both in and out of the shade. The island lunch was okay, burgers with accouterments. Some of us headed back to the boat (you have to take a tender to and from the main ship) and before boarding you need to go through security so plan accordingly. I heard that as the time to board got closer, the lines were long, the sun was hot and if you wanted shade there were limited seats on the bottom of the tender. The next day we got to Nassau and opted to go to the Nassau Hilton, its right next door to Senor Frogs. $79 got you a day pass that included a $40 food/beverage credit to use, access to their private beach, pool, chairs, umbrellas etc. It was worth every penny. It was clean, quiet, not crowded at all. I would go there again in a heartbeat. The food was pricey, a burger was $19.75- so your credit doesn't go too far. Beachy adult beverages averaged around $10 as did a shot. Yup. A shot was $10. Note that there is a tax added to the food and drinks but gratuity is already included. On our way back, our second sea day, it was chilly- windy and somewhat cloudy so time on deck was limited. We had fun sleeping in, going to the sea day brunch, playing BINGO and taking naps. For our final dinner we headed back to the dining room (we went every night, the choices were great, rarely was there an issue choosing something yummy) and followed it up with the comedy club and show. The morning of debarkation was loud as I said above, the boat is old but don't let it deceive you, it was a really fun time. Plenty of places to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. It's not a mega ship, it has few modern features but the size of it can be a good thing. The private beach day wasn't crowded, the deck always had seats available, getting on and off the boat happened with minimal wait time. We made our way back to the security building, grabbed our luggage (we left it outside our doors by 11pm the night before, you could carry it if you wanted to) and made it through customs quickly. I grabbed a taxi to the airport but others in my party waited in line for a shuttle to get them to the parking deck. If you are looking for a fun getaway, this is great for those on the east coast who don't want to go to the major ports. I may need to return when they put the Sunshine on rotation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
I just returned from my first ever cruise. We choose the 7 day cruise at recommendation of our travel agent as we had no experience. The cruise was fun and I hopefully will book more in the future but will definitely do more research of ... Read More
I just returned from my first ever cruise. We choose the 7 day cruise at recommendation of our travel agent as we had no experience. The cruise was fun and I hopefully will book more in the future but will definitely do more research of my own. To begin with, the food was far below my expectations, I think I have had better food at Golden Coral buffet, and I am referring to the food in Windstar dinning room. The Lido deck food was exactly as I expected and where I had more enjoyable food. The Dining room staff, Edy and Joseph were excellent. Show Time was my favorite nightly entertainement, loved it. Joseph and Edy are spot on. Brittany the cruise director was excellent, she was engaged daily and entertaining. I loved the game shows, dance parties, or numerous competitions on the lido deck, kept everyone entertained. My room was oceanview on upper deck and Nur was our attendant. He had our names memorized day one, was polite, friendly, and 100% there to meet the guest needs. My room was well cleaned daily and stocked with fresh linens, beach towels upon request. The day in Nassau was overcast and rainy, we found a private travel guide and took a 2 hour trip around the island. Rum factory had great pina coladas, didn't purchase rum and now regret it. Grand Turk beautiful water, we chose the snorkeling excursion and had a blast. The catamaran was broken down, but we were given a 25% discount and used a different vessel. Had a great time and enjoyed the free rum punch. Now let's get to the bad... Shame on Carnival. We purchased the alcohol package at 50$ a day, we both had to buy and for all 7days. I knew going into it I would not probably drink 15 drinks a day, but the math one drink x $9 x 5 or six drinks a day, ok probably be ok. I knew my spouse would probably drink his Michelobe ultra worth at the cost. Where do I start, couldn't get but one drink every 5 minutes, couldn't get a bucket of beer or even a bucket of ice for the beer because we had the drink card. So, by time the waiter would get back to us with the beer it would be hot. Really, you couldn't deliver the beers in a bucket of ice to even keep it cold.... To top of the frustration, remember I have a drink pass, and had to get it for all 7 days. Half moon Cay is a private island owned by Carnival, no one lives on the island. When we arrived at the island Carnival removed the contents of the blue iguana bar to stock the island, Carnival staff staffed the bar, it was a hot 82 degrees, but guess what? I had to buy drinks on the island from Carnival, because my 50$ drink pass for the day didn't work on the island. CARNIVAL that needs to be revisited, ever who came up with that policy is greedy and has poor customer service. Just a scam to get more money from their customers knowing there was no other option to self pay for drinks I feel like I had already paid for. Carnival needs to work on their dining room food and their drink plan. I will definitely look into other companies myself before I book my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Thought the ease of porting out of Charleston would be great-only a 3 hour drive. That's one of the good things about this cruise. Our cabin was on deck 4 with a two portholes. While we were sailing it sounded like we were hitting ... Read More
Thought the ease of porting out of Charleston would be great-only a 3 hour drive. That's one of the good things about this cruise. Our cabin was on deck 4 with a two portholes. While we were sailing it sounded like we were hitting something. Loud "bangs" and actually felt it. We asked our cabin steward what the noise was and were told it was usual noise. Wish we were told that BEFORE we booked as we would have tried another deck. When we were in port the sound of the engines running were so loud we couldn't take a nap due to poor sleeping at night. Nassau was a nice stop, but Carnivals private island was a poor experience. You couldn't really swim due to large rocks in entrance to ocean-even with water shoes. The food lines were crazy with more flies that people. We did enjoy Guy's burger joint and the crew member who made omelets every morning. Only ate at the main dining room one night. Our table for 2 was actually brushing elbows with the tables on either side of us so ate the same old food in the buffett night after night. Cruises usually go quickly but this one took forever as poor food & entertainment. This was our first and last cruise with Carnival. I wish other cruise lines would port from Charleston. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This was my first cruise and I enjoyed myself so much that I didn't want it to end. The Carnival staff is just amazing! The cabin was so clean! The young men who cleaned our room Rust and Ting knew us by name and we had just arrived. ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I enjoyed myself so much that I didn't want it to end. The Carnival staff is just amazing! The cabin was so clean! The young men who cleaned our room Rust and Ting knew us by name and we had just arrived. They were so friendly I went to my room to get a few dollars for Rust and he started laughing and saying "Thank you." My roommate said "Yes, he knew you had never cruised. We tip them at the end. " This is how impressed I was with the service. The food was more than I had hoped for. I enjoyed the shrimp burritos and the burgers on the LIDO Deck. The dining room at the Wind Song is really nice with an exceptional staff. I tip my hat to Alex who is just a person with a beautiful soul. He is so devoted to the people he serves. He is also entertaining and humorous that our table was in tears laughing. Alex also has some sexy dance moves. The helpers Floyd and Putra stayed on top of things. Whenever we were done with one dish they were ready to serve the next one. Floyd and Alex did this trick balancing forks with toothpicks that blew our minds. I have to say Putra's smile is so contagious that I looked forward to seeing him each night. He also called me by name on the first night. I will always remember this wonderful staff. It is because of Alex that the people at our table wanted to get to know one another. The entertainment set up by the Cruise Director Gary and the Production Manger is a "Must See." The cast of the shows are so talented and you can't help but appreciate all the work they put in to entertain everyone. The "American Rock" show and The Brits were Awesome! I also enjoyed Gary's humor during The Love and Marriage Show. I enjoyed the different Trivia games every day. I got really close to winning the music trivia from 50's and 60's. I went to all the Effy jewelry raffles and didn't win anything. I did get a free charm bracelet. The two things I was so proud to see Gary take part in was the Military Appreciation and St. Jude Grove Fundraiser. It was an emotional day for some of the military men and my heart was heavy holding back the tears. I learned a new dance during St Jude Grove. It was a fun time. I also enjoyed Kim Harrison comedy show. She has one rather interesting song she came up with. The Bahamas has pretty blue waters. My shore excursion was the beautiful Atlantis. It is something I'm glad I got to see. My day at Princess Cays was spent on the beach which had rocky waters. I was so glad the rain stopped and I got to go for a walk. Embarkation day was just as easy getting off the ship as it was getting on. The staff does a great job at keeping the lines moving and making sure everything runs smoothly. Carnival Ecstasy, I think I love you! This South Carolina Girl Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
First time on this ship. Although old and small, it was totally fine and acceptable. We will NOT cruise again during this time frame. We appeared to have been caught in a time warp - where no party people were on board. This was my ... Read More
First time on this ship. Although old and small, it was totally fine and acceptable. We will NOT cruise again during this time frame. We appeared to have been caught in a time warp - where no party people were on board. This was my eighth Carnival cruise, and I have never seen such a dull crowd. Our group of 6 would laugh out loud at dinner and people would shoot us dirty looks. Very odd experience for Carnival! Our stateroom steward was the bomb - especially after we gave him a goody bag of candy, phone card, and cash at beginning of cruise. Some dining room dinners were good, but others were disappointing. Jason, the piano man, is a great piano player, but he is not a great singer or entertainer. On the other hand, nobody can compare to Gustavo on Carnival Paradise. Embarkation was probably the easiest we have ever experienced; never gone out of Charleston before. Disembarkation was fine. Getting luggage was basically a mess due to such a small space and cruisers intercepting porters that the staff had signaled for us. All in all, we had a great time as we are not easy going and don't sweat the small stuff. The only reason I wouldn't sail this ship again is that I am ready to experience the Horizon and Vista! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
This was my 1st cruise experience. We purchased this cruise for my daughters college graduation gift. We had a great time! Gary, the cruise director, shows are a must see. We saw as much as we could everyday. So many activities planned. ... Read More
This was my 1st cruise experience. We purchased this cruise for my daughters college graduation gift. We had a great time! Gary, the cruise director, shows are a must see. We saw as much as we could everyday. So many activities planned. Nightly trivia games, comedian, and lots and lots of dancing. It was fantastic. Food was good. We ate on the Lido deck throughout the day and dining room at night. Really didn’t have any food I didn’t like. I thought the staff was very friendly. I enjoyed hearing their accents and where they were from. It was great to talk and meet other people on the cruise. Our cabin was always clean. Our Stewart, prata was amazing. She always called me by my name. The entire staff were friendly, approachable and helpful. My only negative was it’s an older ship but it didn’t lack in any other areas! Easy embarking and disembarking. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this cruise for my first cruise with my friends to celebrate graduating from college. It was such an amazing experience, and that was in large part, due to the wonderful staff on this ship, who helped make it an unforgettable ... Read More
I chose this cruise for my first cruise with my friends to celebrate graduating from college. It was such an amazing experience, and that was in large part, due to the wonderful staff on this ship, who helped make it an unforgettable experience. The entertainment crew (fun squad), were some of my favorite, and in particular the DJ, Lee. He was so funny and just amazing at what he does. I enjoyed all the dance parties, as well as the Mardi Gras Party on my last night. Another one of the wonderful people, was our house keeper, Jurney! He was always so kind to my friends and I, he done a great job cleaning our room, always left us cute towel animals, and never ceased to greet us with a smile. I would like to also mention one lady from guest services, Ioana, who went above and beyond in helping my friends and I plan for our excursion in Nassau! All in all, we had a wonderful time laying out by the pools, the music and dance parties, and the karaoke. I do think the food could be better, but that's my opinion. There were also some weird smells on the ship that I did not like. Besides that, it was an amazing experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
First, the embarkation on the ship went very quick. We had an embarkation appointment at 1:00 p.m, but we were with a group and your company called Jett Tours. We arrived early at around lunch time so 12:00 p.m. The embarkation was quick ... Read More
First, the embarkation on the ship went very quick. We had an embarkation appointment at 1:00 p.m, but we were with a group and your company called Jett Tours. We arrived early at around lunch time so 12:00 p.m. The embarkation was quick went straight in got through the metal detectors, went and added cash money in my Sail & Sign account. Then after about 15 minuets we were on the boat by 12:15 p.m. upon getting on the ship R41 me and my sisters room was ready by 1:30 p.m. Now, exactly at 4:00 p.m. we left Charleston, South Carolina for a fun sea day. The sea day was just going and basically eating, laying out, looking at Duty - Free Shops, and other miscellaneous things. It was the same for both sea days. I did an excursion on each of the islands we went to which we went to first Eleuthera, Princess Cays, Bahamas. On the first island me and my party went for a Adult Santuary Bungalow. The bungalow did come with food and everything and was really good. Even had soda. The bad part is with the rocks. Princess Cays is such a rocky place and I got cutband hurt many times and I was looking for rocks but they still scraped. The second island was New Providence, Nassau, Bahamas. It was so much better and we went to Atlantis. Other than being attacked by a seagull Atlantis was wonderful and the best and so fun. We had the water park and aquarium for Atlantis. To add they also did have mixers for LGBT guests to meet and mingle each day which was nice and felt very comfortable and inclusive of everyone. The debarktion process was good as well. Very quick and efficient. I was off the ship in like at 8:30 a.m. and by 9:00 was on the Charter Bus. They were no issues at all and all I needed was my License and my declaration sheet for the cigarettes for my mother. Then we were on our way. All in all it was a nice experience and I would definitely sail on the Ecstasy again. Even though it’s a older ship, a little dated, and a little more moving. It was still nice. It didn’t bother me and the staff is always nice. Gabriela at guest services even game me a free drink because I just looked like I needed one. They are nice and everything. I have no complaints really. Would 100% recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I wasn't super impressed with the cleanliness of my room, to be honest. There seemed to be some dust, or maybe mold - the first night, my nose was going crazy. Also, aren't cruises supposed to have a ton of entertainment? I feel ... Read More
I wasn't super impressed with the cleanliness of my room, to be honest. There seemed to be some dust, or maybe mold - the first night, my nose was going crazy. Also, aren't cruises supposed to have a ton of entertainment? I feel like I was waiting for events the whole time. The food was okay. The breakfast was great, even though my girlfriend didn't really bother eating most of the stuff that was served. The dinners we found to be great. We weren't exactly "impressed", but we at least enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, so we have nothing really to complain about this. My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the music! There were live bands, and we actually got to hang out with one of the guitarists after their set. He was super cool, and he kind of made the trip worth it. We also appreciated the nearby parking with Instapark once we got back to the mainland. Overall not a bad time, but not really impressed, to be honest. Read Less
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.5 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates N/A 0.0

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