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
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
Sail Date: March 2019
This ship is a joke. Room had several patched jobs with different colors. Smelled and broken furniture. Women’s dry sauna was registered at 230 degrees wet sauna had no steam (reported it twice) never changed all week Numerous medical ... Read More
This ship is a joke. Room had several patched jobs with different colors. Smelled and broken furniture. Women’s dry sauna was registered at 230 degrees wet sauna had no steam (reported it twice) never changed all week Numerous medical emergencies. Rust filled Lido deck, broken down elevators. Entertainment suitable for the gereatrics ward. Save your money because Carnival doesn’t care. Day 2 man died in E37 and family members crying and screaming. People near the room confused as man brought out wrapped in towels and rushed down the hall into the elevator. Zero words said to the customers standing in hall way. No one knows if there are physically or medically safe and Carnival only paste a red sign on the door saying “do not enter under authoring of the captain”. Red tape across the lock. Upon debarkation, federal and local law enforcement outside the room. This is a low budget cruise. SAVE YOUR MONEY! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Chose this because of the ports of call, and the much shorter driving distance to port (6 hours to Charleston, SC. vs. 16 to Florida ports). *REALLY* regretting that now. Terrible food, EXCEPT Guy Fieri's burgers. They were ... Read More
Chose this because of the ports of call, and the much shorter driving distance to port (6 hours to Charleston, SC. vs. 16 to Florida ports). *REALLY* regretting that now. Terrible food, EXCEPT Guy Fieri's burgers. They were delicious, but the other stations on the Lido deck, and the dining room (we got any time dining and were in the Wind Song dining room) - were TERRIBLE. Tough meat, fried chicken that was listed as "Southern Fried Chicken" but should have been "Concrete Fried" as the breading was too hard to chew without breaking a tooth.. Lackluster service, a cabin steward who forgot to do anything in our room 2 days out of 5, servers who forgot there's an entire section above the Lido deck where a large group of people hang out on a regular basis (smoking section) .. Just a miserable experience overall. I've been on several Carnival cruises and LOVED them. I have another planned in February (2019) - different port, different boat, and I sincerely hope that this was a blip in Carnival's normally excellent service. Really REALLY pushy jewelry store associates (like put his hands on you to force you forward to see the jewelry under a light with a grip on your wrist that wasn't breakable pushy). Nobody (employee wise) seemed to want to be there, the boat is old and tired, although there was a murmur in the crowd about it being retrofitted in the near future, which it really does need. Just a generally poor performance by a normally decent company. High points: Embarkation was quick and easy, so was disembarking, and one employee that I adored. His name is Reymond, he works on the Lido deck in the evenings, cleaning up after people. He was a delight to talk to, EXTREMELY personable, knowledgeable about the ports. He's from the Phillipines and is an all around asset to Carnival. I hope they realize that. Princess Cay is basically an extension of the boat with a beach, which was fine. Everything is based on sign and sail cards (they own the entire island) and there's very little to do there. Employees come from the boat, and they bring all the food for the BBQ (food, again, terrible because it came from the boat) GREAT for beach combers and families with kids who love the water.. but WEAR WATER SHOES if you have tender feet, lots of rocks and coral right at the water line you have to get past. I didn't go further so can't speak for the deeper areas. Very clean on Princess Cay. Nassau was a bit of a disappointment, and we were offered drugs from a gentleman calling himself "Dr. Feelgood" in full view of uniformed police in front of the Royal Bank of Canada within 10 minutes of getting off the boat (certainly not Carnival's fault). My suggestion for Nassau - do the Atlantis day or an excursion. If you plan on walking around Nassau - hit up the Irish pub that's up a flight of stairs on the main drag. GREAT food, delightful staff. The straw market has some great local carvers with some very beautiful carved art. A lot of the "hand made" things in the straw market are fresh off the boat from China, however, most of the woven straw purses, etc. Mine still had the Made in China tag at the bottom. :) Worth it for little gifts for kids, though. There is a GREAT silver jewelry store a bit down from the main drag of touristy shops that is full of items imported from Turkey. Gorgeous lamps, and they have a HUGE selection of very reasonably priced Sterling jewelry, good quality gemstones, and NOT pushy at all. Coming out of the port, make a left when you hit diamonds international, it is on the same street, same side of the street, just down a few blocks. For giggles we tried a Starbucks inside what looked like a department store, and it was really good. Great employees too. If you're dying for a Frappucino from home at that point, def. a good place to go. If you want local food, ask for a cab to "Fish Fry" - Food vendors and street food where the locals grab lunch, just past Junkanoo beach. We asked two different people for local food and they both mentioned Fish fry, which is what locals call the area of street vendors there. Delicious! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
My husband and I decided on this cruise because of the short driving distance to Charleston. We were celebrating our birthday and upcoming anniversary. Charleston is Charleston. Nothing new there. Our cruise ship arrived 3 hours late ... Read More
My husband and I decided on this cruise because of the short driving distance to Charleston. We were celebrating our birthday and upcoming anniversary. Charleston is Charleston. Nothing new there. Our cruise ship arrived 3 hours late on embarkation due to some apparent weather, which we had completely smooth sailing. When we finally got to board, embarkation and disembarkation process went smoothly. The ship is very dated and dirty on the outside. We had an ocean view window which was difficult to see out of bc it was dirty from the outside. There is not much to do on the ship. Shows are repetitive. Comedy was mediocre and same show over and over. Stripes dance club was enjoyable the first night but after that, don’t go back. DJ plays the exact same set of songs every night on repeat. Shows in blue Saphire lounge with cruise director, Gary, were the best on this cruise. He’s funny and the shows were good BUT hard to enjoy with the poor seating and views. FOOD was overall horrible! Taste, selection, baked potatoes not even warm enough to melt butter on. Dining room food even worse than the buffet. Pizza was not what I call pizza. Guys Burgers were great but how many times in 5 days can you eat a burger. Room service menu was a joke and after purchasing cheers program, no I will not pay for a soda in the room! Bars were understaffed with bartenders. On a ship with nothing else to do... yes we are going to drink! You’ll lose a buzz before you get another one. One female bartender from Syria at alchemy bar was extremely rude! Pools very small and crowded. Spend a small fortune in the casino because theee is nothing else to do. Getting off the ship at Princess Cay was a mess. One crew member was suppose to hand our stickers for tenor numbers for the entire ship. Finally they decided to wave the stickers, which was 1.5 hour after we were suppose to. In Nassau we didn’t get off at the port until 9am. Arrived back early in Charleston. Total of 6-7 hours cut off our cruise. Not one perk offered in return. Princess Cay is beautiful but just another way for Carnival to make money. Even though it’s a privately owned island where THEIR staff serves, cheers program does not work. Buffet that was served was HORRIBLE! Nassau was our favorite! LOVE LOVE it! We look more for dealing with locals and how people really live, getting the real experience so we wanted to stay away from the excursions. Locals on Junkanoo Beach will treat you like Royalty. 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
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
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
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: December 2018
This was our first cruise. Since it was our first cruise, we have nothing to compare it to. We had a wonderful time and I feel we were taken care of. However, the food sucked. No other word for it. We got the social media WIFI plan and my ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Since it was our first cruise, we have nothing to compare it to. We had a wonderful time and I feel we were taken care of. However, the food sucked. No other word for it. We got the social media WIFI plan and my husband’s didn’t work the entire cruise. Mine halfway worked but I could not post a pic to Facebook to save my life. We were entertained by the shows and comedy. Once we pulled up in Nassau, we realized just how small this ship is. The ship next to us (I believe Royal Caribbean) towered us. As we spoke to others on board, they said it was the worst cruise ship they have ever been on. I guess we will find out because we definitely plan on taking another cruise soon. So, the food and ship size did not deter us from doing this again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
My group of 13 in 4 cars all parked at the port and arrived about 11:30am. There was a small line that moved pretty smoothly. The lot is not covered like other ports. It was not very easy to navigate as the lines painted on the pavement ... Read More
My group of 13 in 4 cars all parked at the port and arrived about 11:30am. There was a small line that moved pretty smoothly. The lot is not covered like other ports. It was not very easy to navigate as the lines painted on the pavement don't match up with the cones they have laid out and other cruisers cant seem to figure out where they should be. However, they had enough people out directing traffic and getting people back in proper lines that this wasn't a big issue. The shuttle from parking lot to embarkation lines were friendly, clean, and fast. Embarkation was about as fast as other ports we have used (New Orleans, San Juan). The lines before security were squeezed in tight, not very friendly for anyone carrying anything. Our stroller (small umbrella) and small carry-ons struggled through the poles. Other passengers with just carry on or twelve pack were struggling as well. They just have the space much to narrow. Check-in was smooth, except they placed one of our rooms on the wrong floor than promised. They also dissmissed this because it they didn't considerate it a problem. However, it was a huge hassle. We booked to all be on the same floor for easier communication and meeting up, but having one room on another floor was a headache. The texting feature on the app doesn't work, so there is not a convenient way to communicate. Our cabins were clean as expected. Our two year old still sleeps in a crib at home, but they won't assign on for 2+. Our steward got a supervisor to approve one for ours!! Saved our sanity!! We pushed the double bed against the wall with the window and had lots of room for the crib and stroller. (Extra tip for the hard to make bed lol) We did have a problem with a sink, but it was fixed within an hour. The ship was pretty clean and seemed well maintained. Nothing stood out as horrible or fantastic as far as decor goes. Our first night in the dining room was pretty horrible. Our drinks ordered the first few minutes of being seated didnt arrive until midway through our main course. It also took much longer than usual for anything. After that night we were seated in a different section and returned there every night after. No problems after being moved to a different area with a different wait staff. The food was good, but drinks take forever. We started taking one with us, ordering one when seated, and found that to be better for us. Our 2 year is mostly potty trained, but we like to use a swim diaper for accidents (just incase). We were worried that traveling may mess up his potty routine and not be able to swim or use the water slide area, but there were atleast 6 kids with swim diapers at any moment in the slide area. (He ended up being fine and did well with potty and traveling! We took a foldable potty seat that we used before cruise just so he had something he was already using.) The slides were all three kids favorite part! Ages 2-6. They did like the shows, but got so tired it was hard for them to stay up for some of them. Only the 2 year old went to the camp ocean. They were having a bubble party and he loved it, kept asking to go play!! We are home and he still wants to go to camp ocean. The other children didn't go only because of parental choice. The rocking on the ship was much rougher than our other sailings in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Sailing in the Atlantic we got a real experience of sea sickness. Take meds even if you havent gotten sick on previous trips! Ports: Princess cays: Nice beach, but it does have somewhat rocky/rough shore line. Water shoes are a must!! The kids and babies can still play in the sand, but getting into and out of water is a bit hard. If you want a shaded seat rent a clam shell for $30 on shore or get one in a package. Bubbles and Cheers dont work on this, even though you use your sail and sign for almost everything. There are plenty of seats in the sun, plenty of beach, and plenty of places to play. There is a playground and kiddy pool. Showers to rinse off. Floats and things to rent. Look into the packages to save some bucks before this port. The buffet was not good. There are four lines, but people tend to just form into the first line. Dont be afraid to jump into a shorter line. All the lines going into the same building are on the same side and serve the same food. Served some salsa/chips, salad sides, hot dogs, hamburgers, jerk chicken, rice, beans, water, lemonade, cookies, and browies. The salsa and chips were the best thing they had. Half of our burgers were undercooked, the chicken was mostly bone, rice and beans were very dry. Would have preferred to pay for fast food or just sandwich boxes. Overall we did like this port. We didn't have a big expense for excursions, so that was a nice plus. The beach was nice and the water was clean! Nassau was ok. We had a private boat excursion lined up because we couldn't find anything for our group with a 2 year old. Due to an early morning thunderstorm, ours was cancelled. We ended up just walking around and shopping. There are a lot of vendors trying to sell you something. We were told that its not safe to go out with out a carnival exscursion, but I had read reviews before we left and figured they were just trying to sell us an excursion. We had no trouble walking around close to the port and shopping. We didnt go far because the heat was horrible. I think we would have prefered to do something else if we could go back. The Suess breakfast was a nice experience for the older kids. They loved seeing stories come to life and get pics with characters. The toddler didn't care. The adults didn't care for the special dishes, but the staff was happy to get regular dishes too, just ask! The staff here was above and beyond amazing!! For only $5 a person, we felt pretty pampered for a breakfast. The line to enter could have been a little more organized, but the actual event was great! If you have kids, give this a shot- especially on this ship!! Disembarkation was a nightmare. This was our 3rd carnival cruise and by far the worst getting off the ship. We went to the disembarkation show and read what was suppose to happen. Charleston requires Carnival to do a silent disembarkation, which would have been nice. However, nothing was done how they said it would be done. Self carry off was suppose to go by floor and have the forward elevators locked in for the currently called floor. This was not the case. We waited over 20 minutes during our "priority" elevator time and EVERY ONE PASSED OUR FLOOR. The employee standing at the bay was telling everyone that they had to use the stairs and the elevators were only for the top floors. We asked her about the priority elevator time for our floor and she said she didnt know when that was. Then she just left the area. Having some disabled folks, we were not able to do stairs with strollers and luggage in tow. We waited for an elevator for 25 minutes along with 4 other disabled groups. When an elevator showed up, a crew member was telling us that it shouldn't have stopped on our floor, he needed to go up. When asked why our floor was called to disembark and asked about our floors designated elevator times, he mumbled that they were busy and all floors needed elevators. The lines to get off the ship were stalled so many times to WAIT for people that packed sail and sign cards in luggage. The lines were so long, the crew was having a hard time wrapping it around just one floor. We were told that we couldn't use the handicap ramp on the 3rd level because we didn't have a wheel chair. The day before we were told we could. The disembarkation show advised anyone that has trouble with the inclines/ handicap/ or those with prams should use deck 3 to disembark. However, nothing that was said in the disembarkation show or on the papers given out was followed. This was a crap-show. I am not sure I would sail out of Charleston again. The port itself needs an overhaul and disembarkation was a nightmare. This ship was fine. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Our group planned a couples trip for a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. It was my first time. It was a nice get-away from the monotony that life causes. The staff were extremely nice, going above and beyond, and made you feel welcomed - ... Read More
Our group planned a couples trip for a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas. It was my first time. It was a nice get-away from the monotony that life causes. The staff were extremely nice, going above and beyond, and made you feel welcomed - they gave you service with a smile. There were many food selections from American, Latin, Italian, Oriental inspired sides, there were also selections for those finicky eaters. The drinks, well lets just say that our "only" options were water and lemonade. With this selection, going to an island and a more than one day cruise, drinking got tired very fast. Overall, the wait times and crowd were what it expected, but what I didn't expect is for me to go back to my room at 3:00 a.m. to find the staff cleaning the halls on our 3rd night on board - we still had another "paid" day to enjoy our experience. I understand that the staff has to prepare for the another cruise, but this killed the whole vibe for that day. It was unacceptable and I don't feel that 4th day I got what I paid for. The staff's character went from "service with a smile" to that of a "Debbie Downer". Additionally, the waiters didn't seem as receptive to serving us and I ordered room service and she was a little rude. Finally, to "throw salt on the wound" I don't know if this is the normal protocol for cruises to do, but on that final day, the staff was advertising for donations. Although, I enjoyed the first few nights I wanted to have an entire memorable experience. As Julius Caesar said: I came, I saw, and I conquered. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
firrst time on ecstasy. this cruise was going to a beach that we did'nt go to one year because of the weather. and the first time in a porthole room. it was a quiet floor. and it also went to nassau. the band was great the singing was ... Read More
firrst time on ecstasy. this cruise was going to a beach that we did'nt go to one year because of the weather. and the first time in a porthole room. it was a quiet floor. and it also went to nassau. the band was great the singing was great! the intertainment was great! also. the sales was great! the pools was not that full like some others ships, i dont do shore exc, like to walk around the islands. food was good in dinning. ship infor on app was good to have. which i didnt think to do, i like to read the intenarary... the beach had to many rocks'princess cay" that need be some changes in removing them big rocks!. but it was nice and hot so i just had to go futher out into the water. and with the cooler weather for september great but steal was hot!. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We booked three cabins to celebrate my upcoming birthday. The cruise left Charleston right on time and we had remarkably good weather the entire trip with only a few brief showers. It is an older ship, but kept in very good condition and ... Read More
We booked three cabins to celebrate my upcoming birthday. The cruise left Charleston right on time and we had remarkably good weather the entire trip with only a few brief showers. It is an older ship, but kept in very good condition and very clean. We are experienced cruisers so the excursions didn't really appeal to us. Pros: Entertainment: Gary, the 26 year old cruise director was excellent. I don't easily pass out praise but he really kept the party going. You'd swear that he had an identical twin on board the ship as he'd be in the lounge one minute and then on the Lido Deck in an entirely different outfit the next. The evening shows were top notch with amazing talent. The comedy acts were really good and I'd say that we hit almost every show and the sets provided by the two comedians were never repeated. Food: We had 5 grandchildren from ages 1 to 5 so we learned to bypass the 2 hour evening dinner experience after the first few nights and took to the buffet on the Lido Deck. Food overall was average but two areas really stand out... Guy's Burger Joint was awesome and the fries were simply amazing! The Pizza Pirate made really good pizza and served generous portions. Rum drinks on the private island were lacking in alcohol compared to those served on the ship. Cons: It took a very long time to get our food in the Wind Song Dining Room. We had 5 small children at early dining and the wait staff (as friendly as they were) kept bringing us baskets of bread when what we really needed was FOOD. Deck 9 is the main public enclosed passageway that runs the length of the ship and houses the casino and several lounges so it was always a busy place to be. But, you'd always get a good whiff of cigarette smoke (which is permitted in several areas of Deck 9) anytime you were there. 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
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
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
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
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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