1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
Referred by family and they where correct.! Best B-day ever Best vacation ever. Best bartender I have ever had the pleasure of tipping, would have needed 2 atm's to pay for the awesome service and the "guest's comfort comes ... Read More
Referred by family and they where correct.! Best B-day ever Best vacation ever. Best bartender I have ever had the pleasure of tipping, would have needed 2 atm's to pay for the awesome service and the "guest's comfort comes first attitude" that was displayed. really can not put in words (THANK YOU PACHARIN). This is why and where I will spend my vacation from this point. The wait staff was really good they where always there, I never waited for anything. First time in my life my coffee cup was never empty. The ships crew and captain where also superb. All in all It was a new view of life that I could have missed and now that I have had this time with such beautiful, wonderful, kind people, well, how do you not go back again and again. I would cheat myself of being treated like I have never been before. P.S. No Bernice, I would never forget you either. You guys are the BEST. THANK YOU ; ) Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I'll preface this by saying this was our first cruise. It was a belated 30th anniversary present from my husband. Living in Charleston, not needed to travel was a definite plus. With that being said, the embarkation was a challenge ... Read More
I'll preface this by saying this was our first cruise. It was a belated 30th anniversary present from my husband. Living in Charleston, not needed to travel was a definite plus. With that being said, the embarkation was a challenge but that has nothing to do with Carnival. The SC State Port's passenger terminal is small and the traffic back-up was bad. The City of Charleston is hoping to expand the passenger terminal area but are getting big opposition from the Yankees who moved down her and are living close to the port area. The ship itself is showing its age in some areas but nothing major. Cleanliness was never an issue as the crew was constantly vacuuming, picking up passengers' trash, etc. On-board activities were adequate for a 5-day cruise. We visited the casino several times, saw a few shows, played Bingo, spent time relaxing on deck. We don't have small children but passing by Camp Carnival several times, the kids there seemed to be having fun. Service was really good. Our room steward, Paul, was outstanding. He asked us several times if we needed anything and kept our ice bucket filled, clean towels in the room, etc. Our two ports were Nassau and Half Moon Cay. We did not do any excursions as we wanted to do our own thing since it was our first cruise. We had NO problems with pushy vendors in Nassau which was surprising after reading so many horror stories. We walked down to Junkanoo Beach and were approached a few times from tour guides and hair braiders but we just said "no thanks" and kept walking. Half Moon Cay was FANTASTIC. It's just a beautiful place with flour-like sand, crystal clear water, and it's total relaxation! We stayed in a partially-obstructed view junior suite on the Verandah deck. Our view to the right was partially blocked by a life boat but we were pleased with the accommodations. As far as dining, that was the only slightly disappointing thing. The food was good, but there was nothing that knocked my socks off with the exception of the chocolate melting cake. It was nice having 24-hr access to the soft-serve ice cream! The shows were OK. Nothing spectacular but we enjoyed them. Disembarkation was much better than embarkation! Our son picked us up so I can't speak to how it went for people who left their cars at the port. All in all, it was a great cruise! The weather on the last night was horrible with 10 foot seas and 40 mph winds. One word: BONINE. I don't know if I would've gotten seasick but the Bonine worked great. I never felt nauseous, while there were many sick people that last night. Made for a quiet dining room lol. Other people have said that the cruise is what you make it and that's true. The Ecstasy may not have all of the bells and whistles, but we were never bored on our 5-day cruise. Read Less
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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
My husband requested a standby wheelchair before boarding due to being disabled that we never found. Ordered case of water the day before our cruise and it quoted us online the time it would be in the room. He needed it to take his ... Read More
My husband requested a standby wheelchair before boarding due to being disabled that we never found. Ordered case of water the day before our cruise and it quoted us online the time it would be in the room. He needed it to take his diabetic meds. Didn't arrive til 6 pm after probably ten phonecalls to room service. Elevator staff wanted husband to take stairs since elevator was in maintenance...hello handicapped! Three of the four nights we had no cold water only scaulding hot and plumbers tearing pipes apart we hours of morning but they refused to move us to another room. Don't think rooms are actually sanitized well both me and husband came back from cruise and immediately developed flu and pneumonia. Smoke in inside of boat by casino and bar fills the whole promenade deck with smoke. Buffet food is horrible. Got cloth napkins that looked like someone had thrown up on, that needed to be released and had to beg workers on Lido deck to take dirty dishes from somebody else off our table so we could eat. Dining room service for dinner was great with Ricardo. Our room Stewart Iznan ( Easy) also provided great service. We won a free cruise while we were there but will never go on Ecstacy again. Service to customers is terrible. Excursions in Nassau the shallow water at Atlantis with Dolphins was wonderful experience. Excursion of horse back riding in Half Moon Cay was also a great experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our first cruise and 3 generations. My in-laws decided they wanted to do a cruise and brought the kids (us) and the baby, my 3 year old niece. Since half live in Virginia and the other half live in North Carolina this was a easy ... Read More
This was our first cruise and 3 generations. My in-laws decided they wanted to do a cruise and brought the kids (us) and the baby, my 3 year old niece. Since half live in Virginia and the other half live in North Carolina this was a easy drive for both of us. The Ecstasy was a fine boat, it was obviously older and we were aware of that before hand, it wasn't anything fancy but was clean and well maintained. Our cabin was bigger than I expected and I loved being on the Empress Deck near all the action. Adam, the Cruise Director was AMAZING!!!!! I cannot express that enough, he was funny and a damn hard worker. He was everywhere all the time. Kuddos to him and the rest of the entertainment team on the Ecstasy. Food was not terrible-no complaints but nothing amazing that I had to have more of except the lava cake. We had anytime dinning and I don't think I would choose that again given the option. We had a different table ever night and I like the personalization of the sever getting to know us over the course of the week. We cruised to Nassau and Half Moon Cay. We did the basic tour excursion at Atlantis in Nassau and I must say it was not worth the money. The "aquarium" was in poor shape and was leaky and smelled bad. The tour guided was ok at best, the highlight was the lunch at the BBQ place where the service was great and food was amazing. I am not a fan of Nassau and this would not be a place high up on my return list. Half Moon Cay, we chose not to do an excursion and to just stay put for a beach day. We got off early and got a great beach chair on the front row for the day. It was absolutely beautiful and the food wasn't too bad. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Were are recent "Empty Nesters" and travel frequently, just never did the cruise thing. Boarding was better than we anticipated and really easy but we sprung for priority boarding - worth the extra $50 for us. Drove to the ... Read More
Were are recent "Empty Nesters" and travel frequently, just never did the cruise thing. Boarding was better than we anticipated and really easy but we sprung for priority boarding - worth the extra $50 for us. Drove to the terminal and it was well marked and easy to navigate. Got a Junior Suite on the Veranda Deck and loved the location, our steward was very polite and attentive. We were pleased with the cleanliness of our cabin. We're foodies and the dining left a LOT to be desired. We chose Any Time Dining because we aren't in for the whole meet and eat with strangers at dinner thing we heard about, and for the most part it worked for us - different couple next to our "two top" every time and most were happy to keep to themselves. The food was average at best, quantity just doesn't make up for quality. Example Shrimp Cocktail was 31-40 size shrimp, soggy and presented in a plastic bowl - no thanks. The last night we paid the extra $20 for a meal upgrade to a surf and turf- should have saved our money. Filet was fatty and undercooked and the tail was small and rubbery. The wait staff was pleasant enough but seemed to be locked into their "system" and didn't appear too happy to deviate from it. Example- our "Headwaiter" wouldn't take a drink order and the bar service was SLOOOOW. Overall we got the impression we were eating dressed up cafeteria food. The Buffet lines on the Lido deck were OK but we try to avoid the "germ and booger" magnets they are with all the unsupervised kids running around. Hand sanitizer stations throughout the ship were a great idea - but I only found one that actually worked! The entertainment we saw was quite good, but the great majority of it was later than our usual bed time ( not the ships fault). Much of the ship seemed "empty" - as we never once saw many of the themed clubs open- again maybe it was because we weren't up at midnight. Loved the library - nice quiet well appointed space. Our "first choice" excursion was cancelled so we had to pick another - no biggie. It was well organized and easy off and back on the ship. Disembark was as easy as embark- carried our own - piece of cake. Overall the experience felt kinda "dated". IDEA - rather than passing out daily activity schedules ( kind of like church bulletins) how about an APP and a shipboard intranet wifi system? Overall a novel experience but we really aren't sure we will do it again. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
My children and I decided to take the cruise during the Christmas holiday in place of more clothes, video games, tech things they already had. Boarding the ship was okay, lots of places to "check in" with each station doing ... Read More
My children and I decided to take the cruise during the Christmas holiday in place of more clothes, video games, tech things they already had. Boarding the ship was okay, lots of places to "check in" with each station doing something different. But not too bad. The wait to actually get on the boat was not long either. Our room wasn't quite ready yet so we were ushered to the Lido deck for the set sail party. Music, food, drinks!! It was great fun! Our room was small but that should be expected - you are on a boat after all. Closet space was good. Remember to bring a small surge protector as there is only one outlet. The kids, 21, 18, and 13 all enjoyed the 24 hour grill by the pool A LOT! And I enjoyed that I wasn't "nickel and dimed" to death asking for money for the snacks, drinks, et. My 13 year old did the Circle C Club and they always has plenty of things to do for them -- even a dodge ball game! He had a great time. The food in the dining room was super! The wait staff was super! Our room Steward was AMAZING!! The only bad thing was that my daughter got sea sick (we had rough weather during the night the whole cruise) and getting that under control not so easy. The comedy shows were laugh out loud funny. Everything really was well worth the money. We all want to go back and soon! (maybe not my daughter though.............) Great vacation!!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
The title is what my wife said to me yesterday as we were leaving tea time. A little background: she is a platinum and her parents diamonds, me a first time cruiser. When her family heard that we were going on a cruise, they were so ... Read More
The title is what my wife said to me yesterday as we were leaving tea time. A little background: she is a platinum and her parents diamonds, me a first time cruiser. When her family heard that we were going on a cruise, they were so excited. Told me all the wonderful things and how Carnival would pamper us. And repeatedly the Ecstasy missed the mark. They told us how you would leave your room and it would be cleaned up, how you would get a mint on your pillow each night. No more; one cleaning a day and no mint. I was told how great the room service was. Nope, we had no menu and room service argued with me when I told them. Refused to give us a menu and I had to go to guest services to see one. Most of the food items had been removed and a whole page of them were now charged for like the chicken tenders and the pizza. And elegant night, with the lobster tail? HAH!!!!! NOW they charge you $20 a tail (and it was not that way when her parents went a little over a month ago). Food was hit and miss (last night's food was spot on while elegant EVERYTHING was overcooked). The last thing she wanted me to experience was tea time. We got there, it had been moved from the piano bar to the restaurant because they had rented the space for a private function. So no music, nothing special. It was just like going to lunch or dinner. For someone not used to cruising, it was nice but nothing special. Honestly as a platinum IHG member, I was treated nicer at hotels than on the ship. Even to the point that I counted "your welcomes" for all the times I said thank you and for the whole trip it was able to be counted on one hand. I did not feel welcome and although I enjoyed cruising, my view of Carnival from this ship is nothing special. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
The people at the port are rude. My mom had issues withe lost documents, they held her in a room giving her hopes that she was able to embark, one minute before they told us she couldn't embark, lots of confusion and stress created ... Read More
The people at the port are rude. My mom had issues withe lost documents, they held her in a room giving her hopes that she was able to embark, one minute before they told us she couldn't embark, lots of confusion and stress created amongst the children as they gave us different directions all the time. Most of the workers do not speak English and are very rude. They do not know how to treat tourist. Staff is not on the same page when it comes to customer service. 1.5 on customer service Bathrooms smell like urine, they do not use good cleaners. The food was very influence by Indian spices which made my stomach sick. 2.5 rating the food. I was very disappointed about my vacation after a year of planning for this disaster. They have stand up comedy it was ok, live bands were very good, photographers are intimidating, and the coffee from the shop was good and good price. The only feedback is for our waitress who was Philippine and he really made feel like guest. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
This was my first cruise and I was terrified about the trip, I have read the other reviews and I didn't experience anything other than fun and entertainment. Maybe they picked the wrong time of year to cruise. I'm a very picky ... Read More
This was my first cruise and I was terrified about the trip, I have read the other reviews and I didn't experience anything other than fun and entertainment. Maybe they picked the wrong time of year to cruise. I'm a very picky woman somewhat hard to please and I get upset easily about things that's not up to my standards. I can smell foul odors a mile away, I don't like filth and I don't do dirt. So my experience on the Ecstasy was very delightful and fun the bed was comfortable four of us, and we all are plus women shared a cabin and me and my friend had more than enough space for our clothes and shoes (we like to dress) it was clean and odor less, the food was tasty well prepared and the dishes and utensils was clean me and my kids always ask for hot water to sterilized the utensils I didn't see a need for a cup of hot water on the ship, it was lit through out the ship. As for kids , no I wouldn't recommend it if you don't want your kids to hear profanity or see half dressed women, my baby is 24 yrs old so it wouldn't bother me and as one reviewer said Disney would be better for kids but you must remember anywhere there's alcohol and adults it will be somethings that conservative people will have a problem with. Also everybody is different , different cultures, life styles and so much more. So my advice to you guys that had a bad experience OH WEll, you get what you pay for and remember things don't always go as planned. Now for as Bahamas the tour; if I wanted to see the ghetto and poor neighborhoods I would have drove the streets of some spots in Miami. I was very satisfied with the cruise ship , its d├ęcor, entertainment, food, cabins, cleanliness, and its staff. The karaoke was the only thing I wasn't satisfied with they need more songs, artist, updated music and system. And I enjoyed the show that was put on for the kids. The gym was nice and equipped, modern day and the Spa was on Point! The teaching sessions was good towel animals and facials, plus bingo was awesome. As I stated I was overwhelmed and all my fears erased after reaching my destination and embarkation safe and sound!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our first cruise and it was a chartered cruise so I know that some of our experience would be different than some cruises insofar as the entertainment because that was included in the chartered package so I won't count that. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was a chartered cruise so I know that some of our experience would be different than some cruises insofar as the entertainment because that was included in the chartered package so I won't count that. We had a balcony room (E102) on deck 7 and although the room wasn't huge, it had ample space. There were actually two hanging closets, a desk/bureau with four small drawers and another closet with shelves and a safe. I brought extra hangers including pants hangers because that wasn't provided. The balcony was at the very end so that was good because we didn't have people on both sides of us. In fact, we only saw one other passenger using the balcony when we were outside. I did bring a long vinyl shoe holder to hold all of our sundries, hair brushes, dryer, etc. and that freed up a lot of space. I wish I had brought a soap dish with suction cups for the shower to hold our bottles of soap and shampoo because there was no place to rest those bottles. They give you that but I prefer to bring my own. Our steward (Roy) couldn't have been nicer. He immediately learned our names and used them whenever he saw us. Our room was cleaned whenever we wanted it done but we never needed room service so I can't comment on that. There were more than enough places to see shows and entertainment throughout the ship. The placement of our room was mid-ship so there wasn't too much rolling but there was often vibration. There were ample bars and the drinks were good. When it came to the food, well the good news was that I didn't blow my diet. Of course the only reason for that was because the food wasn't very good. In fact, for the most part, especially for dinner, it was pretty awful. There were many places to get food but none of it was good. The least bad thing we ate was pizza and the only reason for that was that by comparison the pizza wasn't bad. Normally their pizza, while freshly made, would not have been considered good. My only good meal was one where I paid more and got a surf and turf selection. Our server, Nino, however was great. The disembarkation process went very smoothly. We took a 3.25 tour of Cozumel to see the ruins at San Gervasio which were the smallest of the Mayan ruins but our tour guide, Denisse, was very good. Since we live in S. Florida we didn't bother getting off the boat in Key West for a too-short stop. We would probably take another cruise but NOT on Carnival but that's mostly because of the food. I thought the ship was fine despite many of the bad reviews I read. I'm sure there are newer, more glamorous cruise ships, but it was the bad food that ruined this trip for us. 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
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