4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
9 member family & neighbors had a good time, but not because of ship and crew. I was surprised how much the food was obviously rationed. Lido buffet only open for short periods of time, and often out of basic food. Sandwich and ... Read More
9 member family & neighbors had a good time, but not because of ship and crew. I was surprised how much the food was obviously rationed. Lido buffet only open for short periods of time, and often out of basic food. Sandwich and pizza counters in buffet area were not only understaffed but pretty obviously moving very slowly. Mongolian Wok place OK, but rarely open, and the appetizer tasting place didn't even open some days per schedule, and short hours others. Only thing open often and everywhere were the bars. Service was poor. Daughter and fiance rarely saw their room steward, and did not get a single request filled, including those called into housekeeping, the entire trip. Our steward in room around the corner from them was OK; the $20 tip the first day might have helped. The sit down breakfast and lunch restaurant was sooo slow, and the food was minimal and most was cold. Our dining room service was OK the first few days, but then our head waiter paid more attention to other tables and left us to jr. staff. He couldn't believe one evening when our entire table stood up and went to a nearby bar: after seated for over an hour nobody had taken any drink orders at all. Ship was clearly dated, with lots of maintenance needed. Faded railings are one thing; visible rust and one welded on repair plate on the topmost wing-like structure didn't present a very good presentation to the world. This was my wife & daughter's 5th cruise in the past 7 years, and they said it was far and away the saddest experience they had. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
A group of us sailed Nov. 30 @ Miami on the Ecstacy. Priority boarding turned out to be slower than those in our group that didn't have priority. Seems like everyone at Miami were brand new employees so that's ok. We ... Read More
A group of us sailed Nov. 30 @ Miami on the Ecstacy. Priority boarding turned out to be slower than those in our group that didn't have priority. Seems like everyone at Miami were brand new employees so that's ok. We weren't in a hurry anyway. On board, as usual, the beds orientation choice was not right but our room steward took care of it quickly. Our Jr. suite wasn't very clean when we arrived, but later in the evening it was clean and looking good. Every day, no coffee. All coffee pots empty or "cleaning out of service" but no coffee is something we can live with. However, we've never experienced outages of coffee, lemonade, and tea on any of the 12 other Carnival cruises we've been on. The empty drink issue was never addressed in a timely manner either. Comedy club is one of the few stand-outs on this cruise. Very impressed with the comedy shows. Not much else to brag about. This cruise was mediocre at best. Our group included past Carnival guests who were also unpleasantly surprised by this particular cruise. Disembarkation was slow. We were directed to go through customs, then retrieve our luggage and leave. We learned that after those incorrect directions we were supposed to get our luggage first, then head to customs. Once past customs we were not allowed entry to get out bags so we waited a few hours for Carnival to find them for us. By then the ship was empty and we were the last to leave. It's sad after all the cruises we've experienced with Carnival that this cruise was such a disappointment. We cruise at least once a year and now we're booking with Royal Carribean for spring 2016 and Norweigan for fall 2016. It's got to be better and if not, it's time to find another way to spend vacations. . 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2015
This was our very first cruise and I was a little nervous after reading so many negative reviews. We LOVED it! We sailed on Carnival Ecstasy which is the oldest ship in the Carnival line. The staff was wonderful. We were NOT hounded to ... Read More
This was our very first cruise and I was a little nervous after reading so many negative reviews. We LOVED it! We sailed on Carnival Ecstasy which is the oldest ship in the Carnival line. The staff was wonderful. We were NOT hounded to buy beverages. We were not hounded for "extra" tips. Some of the food was better than others but that is to be expected when you are eating off a buffet. All in all, there is something somewhere on that ship for you to find that is delicious to eat! My favorite part: Seeing my husband so relaxed! His favorite thing to do each morning was to grab a cup of coffee (and possibly an ice cream cone!) and sit out on the deck at the back of the ship. He usually had the whole place to himself at 5-5:30 in the morning! The beds were comfortable also. Rooms seemed more than adequate in size. We packed for 5 days but actually had way more clothes than we needed. Dress up night doesn't have to be as formal as you might think. Some men wore button up shirts, no tie, not jacket while others went all out. Some women wore sun dresses while others wore prom-type dresses. Anything goes! The travel service to and from the airport went smoothly. If your primary goal is to get away from all the stresses of life and just relax this is a perfect plan. We didn't take our kiddos so I can't review on the child entertainment part of the vacation. We loved the serenity adult only deck! Our next trip is planned through Carnival on Glory and we decided to make arrangements on our own vs. a travel agent (long story) and the rep at Carnival who is our contact has been wonderful to work with. We went on one excursion in Cozumel to the Myan Ruins w/ a beach stop on the return trip to the ship. My friends enjoyed the ruins. I was bored but I'm not really into history. It was mostly a lecture style history lesson. Guide was very informative but not much to really see. The beach was disappointed. Murky water and sharp rocks to walk over. Don't recommend that excursion unless you are a history buff. I highly recommend this cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
This was our 2nd cruise, but the first on a Carnival ship. When booking, we were aware that Carnival is the budget line catering to the lower end of the cruise market, however a large group (32) of our friends and neighbors were going, and ... Read More
This was our 2nd cruise, but the first on a Carnival ship. When booking, we were aware that Carnival is the budget line catering to the lower end of the cruise market, however a large group (32) of our friends and neighbors were going, and so, against our better judgement, we signed on (I really had to twist my partner's arm, and may never live it down!). Suffice it to say, we boarded with low expectations, determined to have a good time come what may; viewing this as just a short, cheap getaway with good friends.1) The Ship: Ecstasy is a 20 year old dinosaur, considerably smaller than more current vessels with very little in the way of amenities or activities. While I found the Ecstasy reasonably clean and well-maintained, the decor screams Vegas, circa 1980s, with lots of neon and mirrors, very little in the way of luxury. Again we sort of expected this, so it was no great surprise.2) Fellow Passengers: The ship was over-crowded; the public spaces, even the larger areas, always felt like a busy shopping mall on a Saturday afternoon with people tripping over each other and pushing and elbowing. A wide variety of people ranging from what my partner jokingly referred to as the "Walmart shoppers," to seniors and families with small children. Throw in a healthy dose of teenagers, and you get the picture. I almost felt sorry for the few honeymooners we met, as this was anything but romantic. 3) Dining: forget it, go on a crash diet, unless you actually enjoy dining at Lubby's or Ryan's 3 times a day. The food was actually the worst part of the cruise for us; as a matter of fact, for everybody in our group. In the main dining room (WindStar) hardly a meal arrived that wasn't cold, and/or over-cooked or undercooked. The portions were miserable, and the quality was really, really subpar. This was one category where our expectations were actually not low enough, as a neighbor had led us to believe that the dining was the best part of a Carnival Cruise---NOT SO! The only thing good I can say about it, was the staff were all very pleasant and eager to please. After the third day, we simply stopped visiting the dining room. The only other options for feeding were the "Trough," better known as the buffet on Lido deck, or room service. These are actually worse than the dining room. Long lines of people jostling over too few tables and all for lousy, dried-out steam-table fare. The selections were pathetically few and never appetizing. One or the other of the two drink stations was invariably "out-of-order," creating a crush of people fighting for ice water, tea, or lemonade---which were the only choices. I don't remember the coffee machine ever being in working order. The one plus: the pizza station and deli at the very back of the cafeteria was surprisingly okay, and for the last 2 days, my partner and I ate there exclusively. Again from the long lines at these areas, I'd say we weren't the only passengers to do so. Roomservice was non-existent: no matter what time of day or night we placed an order, we were told it would be an hour to an hour-and-a-half wait, with nothing on the menu but cold sandwiches. We could never get ice sent to our room: I called our steward, who told us to call room service, who then told us to call our steward. We ended up fetching our own ice from the cafeteria.4) Service: excellent and friendly in certain areas, terrible in others. As I said, the dining room staff were all very nice, attentive people, as was our steward for the most part (except for fetching ice). The bartenders and waiters/waitresses were also very friendly and attentive. However the clerks in the on-board shops (particularly the jewelry store and the liqour/cigarette store) were extremely rude with no interest in their customers. Likewise the Guest Services Desk, where their motto seemed to be to help as few people as possible while offending everybody.5) Activities: a sad joke: the scheduled shows and entertainments never ran for more than 20 minutes at a time, and were mediocre at best. The parties and special events were boring and often poorly attended (surprising on such an over-crowded ship). The pool area, and the water-slides were swarming with kids and teenagers making it impossible for anyone else to use these facilities. We never could find seating on the pool deck, even in the bar area; they were always packed. Our principle forms of passing the time at sea were to drink in the various bars on the Promenade deck, or gamble; there was really nothing else to do. Our favorite haunt was the Neon bar just off the atrium, where the piano player was fantastic and the waitress kept a steady stream of alcohol flowing in our veins. On a side note: the kids club was directly beside the Neon bar, which I thought was a terrible design flaw, as all the kiddies coming and going were exposed to our drunken antics through the large glass windows.6) Casino: I don't enjoy gambling, so I'm probably not a good judge, however many fellow passengers complained about the "tightness" of the slots and the dishonest practices of the table-dealers. Apparently there's no regulation of gaming practices at sea. My advice, save your cash for the real thing in Vegas.7) Spa: my partner received a deep-tissue massage and was thoroughly pleased, so there's one plus.8) Cost: for a cheap, budget cruise, it really wasn't all that cheap. My partner and I spent roughly the same amount that we did at Atlantis, Bahamas last year, which is considerably more upscale than a Carnival Cruise. Since there was very little to do on the Ecstasy, we quickly ran up a hefty bar tab; not to mention the spa treatment, bingo games, casino nights, a little (very little) souvenir shopping---Carnival suckers you in on the cheap fares, then nails you on the incidentals.9)Motion: the rolling and rocking of the ship was bad, particularly on the return trip. Strangely, the sea was relatively calm, yet the ship still rocked for 2 days straight. On the last day at sea, it was so bad that passengers had difficulty walking or standing. We came to suspect (pure speculation) that the Ecstasy decided to cut fuel costs by sailing with the stabilizers retracted on the return trip; either that, or they simply weren't working. Overall: the only thing that made this trip enjoyable at all was sharing it with our friends: we kept ourselves entertained by our own merits, otherwise it would have been perfectly horrible. This will be our last time sailing with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Carnival ecstasy day 1 5 day super bowl cruise with the crazies, whom I had never met before the cruise but they do seem to be a crazy group! And I mean that in a good way! Arrival and first impressions: Got off to a good ... Read More
Carnival ecstasy day 1 5 day super bowl cruise with the crazies, whom I had never met before the cruise but they do seem to be a crazy group! And I mean that in a good way! Arrival and first impressions: Got off to a good start, leaving the house about 930 this a.m. More on that later. Easy to find the Lighthouse parking, can see the ship from the lot. Buses waiting, park and off we go. Dropped off at terminal, give bags to waiting guy, then into building. No lines at arrival, which was 1230ish. Got thru security and check in quickly and boarded ship right away. Ship seems empty at that point, grab yummy lunch and we've arrived! Wander and find room, there's really no announcement that rooms are ready. Ship shows lots of wear and tear. At first the very loud colors that hurt the eye, something I do get used to. Locate room, small room, beds are barely apart, didn't realize the balcony had been carved out of room (maybe??), but ok for two people. There is a faint moldy smell in the bathroom that I later think might be coming from the water/pipes. It is worse when you turn the water on initially and if we leave the door open to the rest of the cabin. Room is freezing as is most of the ship, we are wearing jeans and hoodies for dinner! Room again shows the older side but surprised as bathroom is larger than usual with shower looking also larger. Two small closets, very few drawers, room seems very sparse. Why is there no heat! NOTE: I am to think this over and over again for the entire cruise. The ship seems very cold and our room, even after turning off the vent, stays pretty much cold until the last day!! If you are the type of person that gets cold easily, bring a sweater or a jacket to wear throughout the ship!! Day 1 continued to evening Ok, we ask our steward about the cold cabin and he is able to close the vent most of the way, the cabin is still chilly but not as bad as before, yay. We are too cold to change for dinner, the whole ship is fairly cold, brrr. I keep my hoodie and jeans on and this is the way we do dinner. Our table is for two, stuck into the middle of larger tables, our waiter seems harried even though he doesn't seen to have many tables. We find out later he also works the anytime dining, don't know how that works out?? Our table and two others seem to have been fitted into an area that should have many less tables. Every night we will weave our way into and out of the dining spot and it seems that we are almost sitting with others while we are really not. NOTE: we did not request a table for two and we had originally thought to try and change it, or maybe try the anytime dining, but after meeting our waiter we decided to just go with it. The waiter does seem to be very competent (he tells us he has been with Carnival for 15 years)l and he does deliver our dinner in a timely fashion after an initial wait. I have the salad and the veggie pie, which is surprisingly good with cinnamon, pumpkin and cheese. Yum! But the butter pecan ice cream has no taste at all so I only have one bite. That's ok, there will be many other desserts. Note to self: even if you think you won't want warm clothing for dinnertime like a warmer top, etc, you do! Tonight I would have been better dressed if I would have brought warmer tops, remember this for next time! After dinner we see the show, pretty typically boring, walk the promenade, take a motorcycle pic, which turns out quite cute, and then listen to a fairly decent country band. There are Crazy sightings all over the ship, promising for an interesting time. Tomorrow is nails in the a.m. And a seaweed wrap for dinner ! Yay for skipping the super bowl! More stuff I thought about; the coffee in the MDR Was actually hot when it came! Omg, i think that's the first time I've ever had hot coffee from there, and it was not bad either. Now it wasn't the best in the world by far, but it actually was drinkable and I ordered a second cup! This is unthinkable for me on a cruise as the coffee usually is very bad! Do I dare hope that all the coffee on the ship will be drinkable?? Fingers are crossed. The coffee does consistently arrive every time very hot and very drinkable - hooray! The band from the evening was the Contenders and I would have called them country western, but they did play some other music, even a little rockabilly, a good band and danceable. Note to band: after you get a good crowd and people are dancing, it's probably a good idea to keep that dance music going and not switch. The dance floor emptied out, then the bar emptied out, and that was that! We end up listening to this band most evenings as they seem to draw a crowd and are good at playing the dancing music, BUT, they also make the BIG mistake (in my mind) of getting a good crowd going then calling for a break, sometimes 15-20 mins after they're initial playtime, which then most people just wander away, to find something else to do. It was better when they played on Promenade deck as then people would hear them and wander back. So next up we stop at the disco, and there we find the happening place. Good music and lots of dancing going on, I guess we have some partiers on this ship! Another observation: the casino is larger then it first appeared, it wraps around behind the promenade, the downside to this is with it being a more closed area, it is very smoky and after a few minutes it is hard to breathe and not a fun place to be for a nonsmoker! Promenade deck has a good amount of tables, a sushi bar stuck in the corner and lots of picture taking areas. Another note, this ship seems very good at having the pics ready in a snap. Pics we have taken on the motorcycle earlier in the evening are up and ready for purchase by 10 pm! Wow, they are fast! Day 2 on the Ecstasy Wake up a little , well actually still awaiting room service. Then I can report back on the coffee..... Two things we learned about the Crazies: they like to party, they like to dance, sounds like a good thing to me! Today has been a good day, woke up, had coffee in bed, had a mani pedi. That went well except for the push for a sale, I really dislike that part! Got thru it and continued on...this afternoon flew by, lunch in the MDR, typical stuff, had a steak salad and some nondescript soup. Meet and mingle with the Crazies at 230, followed by the drink and dance fun. All you care to drink with munchies were $11.00, it was even more fun when the DJ showed up and the music began, about 45 people showed up and most in the dance floor, playing new and old but party just the same. Had a fun time. Next super bowl for LLS, and about 75% of the ship was in either theater, there was apps for free and reduced drink specials. I drop lls off and head to my spa evening. Seaweed wrap and massage, all 1.5 hours, hoping it goes well and I enjoy. Later we will meet up and see what's going on for the evening, Ship is good, people are nice, all is well so far, weather is warming up, and onto Progresso tomorrow for a double decker bus and a beach day. Ahhhhh, what a relaxing time, and I end up getting a free facial with my massage as you get a free treatment when you are platinum and schedule the first night. Two and a half hours after the start, I was so relaxed, my skin just felt like heaven, and they could have rolled me downstairs on a stretcher. But I took a shower, and went to find LLS as the game was ending. Plus I was getting hungry as we skipped dinner so we headed to the buffet with chicken strips in mind, I just love Carnival's chicken strips, yum! By now it is 10 pm and we wander, finally settling in the main promenade to listen to the country guys. They attract many people for dancing in the aisle and we have fun watching with an occasional dance while sipping wine. 11:30 rolls around and we are tired, head off to bed, first putting in our coffee wake up for Progresso. Carnival ecstasy day 3 Coffee and cereal arrive promptly at 730 and we wake up with the view of an industrial port out our window. After donning bathing suits, sunscreen and our cover ups, we head to deck zero to find the free shuttle to downtown. Many vendors have popped up here as the usual tours, hey lady....you want ???? Fill in the blank. We find our shuttle and take the quick 10 minute ride to the downtown where we find the double decker bus for a three dollar island tour. Which is not a tour at all, ends up being a 15 mins ride around the square, so we jump off and head the short walk to the beach. The beach is only partly full when we arrive at ten a.m., mostly locals selling massages, bracelets,the usual Mexico stuff. We find the bar that we had heard with the cheap drinks and are seated in the shade on the beach. Here we sit and enjoy drinks, chips and people watching as a parade of people come by with their wares. We do break down and buy a cute wooden bowl, two for fifteen and I end up getting a henna tattoo and one braid in my hair, what can I say, I'm on vacation! About one o'clock when we head back toward the shuttle, stopping but not buying at various booths. Make it back to the ship and I flop on the inviting bed for a short nap, then it's a shower and Internet for a while before we will dress for formal night and dinner. What a relaxing way to spend the day in Mexico! Note on the beach here; the water was very murky not too much seaweed but lots of shells, smaller ones in the sand. Straight in walk to the water but very crunchy and slightly hard to walk without shoes. Not something I wanted to swim in but fun to walk on and a pretty view. Getting used to the lay of the ship, we are in a convenient locale although I will say I like to be a little closer to lido for a walk to my coffee in the a.m. But being midship or is it meed sheep(??) we have a very stable cabin and it is quite quiet all the time. The loudness of the ship (as in the colors) starts to become the norm as you walk around and I'm beginning not to notice all the clash of colors throughout. To contrast our room is so plain, it almost hurts your eyes when you come out of the room! Another note: no fridges in this cabin and we have been ordering buckets of ice to chill our wine before dinner. Quiet evening, dressed for dinner, elegant night. Normal dinner fair, had the lobster, wasn't that appealing. Ended up with cherries jubilee for dessert, not many choices....had the waiter bring me a cookie to dunk into my ice cream. Went to Extreme country, the "show" to see, wasn't anything special. The only appealing feature was Steve Cassell the cruise director fiddled and he is good. I started nodding off half way through, after the show decided was just too sleepy and went to bed! the ship was rocking a lot, just makes me sleepy, zzzzzzzz! Fell into bed and fell fast asleep, slept all night, woke up about 6 am, but fell back asleep until room service knocked at 7. We are deciding if we are doing our snorkel today, seas are rough, it is very gloomy and cloudy and we're not sure it is the type of weather to snorkle. Carnival ecstasy day 4 Cozumel and Chefs table night Slept well last night, woke up when room service delivered the coffee, today they brought our sammiches, hooray, nothing like a sammiche to start the day. But today is drizzly, warm but drippy, We are not enthused to do our snorkel. We decided against it, as who knows if it will be a rocky, wet voyage and even though we would be getting wet once in the water, so not looking forward to spending time on a boat, drenched and chilly! We end up just taking a cab to downtown and walking the stores, do a little shopping and walk most of the way back to the ship. Time for a nap and I am looking forward to my cleopatra soak/massage. Then at 530 is the Recruiser party, followed by the Chefs table at 630. Hope it all goes well. The food on here has been ok, nothing special,although they do have the yummy chips, salsa, cheese and also the chicken strips I enjoy, so have munched those a few times. We have only done the room service, cereal, etc for breakfast, so don't know how the MDR is for breakfast, lunch one day in mdr was nothing great, buffet has had the same as always so all is just typical Carnival fare, as I don't cruise for the food it doesn't really matter, I am curious how the Chefs dinner will be. Also tonight will be the Mexican buffet and late night deck party we'll see if we make it! We gather at 6:30pm in the atrium by the bar to meet up with our fellow diners and the Chef. Having done the Chef's dinner before (and really enjoyed it) I was anticipating pretty much the same as before. This dinner proved different. First off, the Chef in the Ecstasy did not seem as charismatic, he did not engage very much in conversation or explain the food as thoroughly as at a previous C.D. We were a small group and had a fewer number of servers, but this was fine as our two were just excellent, always there to refill our glasses for water or wine. The food was comparable to my previous venture and the evening went by fast, when we finally left the library (where our dinner was held) it was 11pm!! Wow! As we have just finished a huge meal and we are quite full, we decide to work off some of that dinner by some dancing, first with the Contenders, then later finishing up at the disco, getting to bed probably about 1am! Sleepy time but a sea day tomorrow so this will be fine. Carnival Ecstasy, day 5 The Final Day, sniff, sniff This has been a great cruise, much relaxation, made some new friends, had some good experiences. Today I have booked the Behind the Scenes tour, and meet up is again in the library at 8:45a.m. This tour only takes up to 16 people and starts with refreshments and a security check (wanded) and handing over of the phone/cameras, before we can proceed. I will say it was a very informative and interesting tour, one I had done almost exactly previously (on another cruiseline that I will not name here) but still very good. One thing I enjoyed the most was that we got to spend time in the crew area, not their cabins but did get to see things like their recreation area and their dining rooms, which was of interest to me. The woman that lead the tour (and I'm sorry I don't remember her name) was very good with information and had been with the company for a while. Very cheerful and lively and gave a good tour. At the end you get a wonderful cap, lanyard and bracelet that shows you were on the tour. I high would recommend for anyone that is interested on how things work behind the scenes. You do end up also with a tour of the bridge, engine room and a pic with the captain (group photo). The rest of the final day is mostly made up of relaxing, tried our luck at bingo (nope) watched a few games going on, read, etc. Had dinner in the MDR for our final night, to say goodbye to our good waiter and staff. Enjoyed another magic trick, could not figure that guy's tricks out for anything!! It is a nice touch that Carnival has him go from table to table and show a little magic. Food again was normal, no big surprise there. I again had the veggie dish, which is the same I've had on other Carnival ships, very good and predictable. WE use up our credit in the casino, and LLS is happily surprised to increase her winnings - W00T! I sadly went through my $20 and had nothing left to show, but then again, I didn't expect to! The evening goes quickly with a little time listening to the Contenders, but they're many breaks (2 in about an hour) make us decide to make our way down to the disco, where some of the Crazies (wearing glowy things) have congregated for the last evening. We spend our last few hours dancing the night away, and then quickly back to the cabin before midnight to throw our stuff into the suitcases and out the door for them. Again, Carnival comes through with the little hang tag for our breakfast!! Yeah, more cereal and hot coffee before we need to leave our fun girls weekend! Leaving the ship and last thoughts: On our last morning, breakfast comes 10 mins early, but we are already up as the night was rocky and as we pulled into port, we both seemed to pop out of our beds. Quick showers and coffee and we were already to vacate the room and be on our way. We had the #1 tag as being Platinum that is one of the perks, so we make our way to the Starlight lounge to wait the clearance. After that, it kind of was a wait as clearance did not happen as fast as thought, but when we heard the call we made our way down to disembark (with the many sea of people) got off smoothly, located the bags, through customs and out on the sidewalk in no time. Found Lighthouse Parking bus very easily, boarded and were at our car in minutes. Started up the car, loaded the bags and were on the road. Dropped LLS off at the airport by 11am and were back home by noon! Another successful vacation and relaxing time! Thanks, Carnival! NOTE: these observations and thoughts were mine and did not reflect the thoughts or feelings of my good friend and cabin mate, who will write her own review, I am sure). Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We actually started our vacation early as we drove from Iowa to Texas, a long drive but enjoyable, making stops anywhere we wanted along the way. After we picked up cousin in Texas we headed to Galveston. We had not been on the island ... Read More
We actually started our vacation early as we drove from Iowa to Texas, a long drive but enjoyable, making stops anywhere we wanted along the way. After we picked up cousin in Texas we headed to Galveston. We had not been on the island since Ike hit, we were pleased that the rebuilding is moving along. We met up with several people at The Spot for snacks, drinks and fun, a great way to start a wonderful vacation. Embarking, we didn't know that the boat was late getting in until we were in the lobby of the hotel getting ready to hop on the shuttle. Oh well we would have to wait somewhere so we headed to the terminal. It was actually nice to walk in and not wait in line to check in. We did have to wait comfortably seated in the chairs and we got to visit with some of our new friends and a couple from Iowa. It turned out that their son worked for the same company I work for when he was in college, small world. Once on board we checked out to see if our rooms were ready as it was close to the time they said they would be. No, not quite ready but we could put our bags in there so we wouldn't have to lug them around. Then up to the Lido deck and the first DOD! Tasted good; even with the weather being a little on the chilly side for Texas it felt good and we were on the boat. Next the lifeboat drill, a formality that you have to do. We were crowded into Chinatown then on to the Lido deck. Again saw some people we knew and met a few more people, made the best of things. I did like the fact that we only had to put on the life vest and could take it off right away, I tend to be claustrophobic. Drill out of the way ready to set sail, woo woo! Our room steward was okay, met him on Monday, our first day on ship and then I ran into him on Wednesday night as he was coming out of my Mom's cabin, he finally remembered where he took the remote from and returned it. Other than that never saw him but he did come in and make the room up and turn the beds down. Don't understand why he threw the note my cousin left for him in my bag of souvenirs but stranger thing happen. It is disappointing that they can no longer use sunglasses or other stuff laying around to decorate the towel animals unless that is just a tale our steward told us. Let's breeze past the diner experience as it was not up to par and I would rather not focus on the bad. The food was okay but the service wasn't what we have come to expect. We did let the maitre d know of the problems and he did try to correct the situation. On the bright side since I have a food & beverage background the maitre d and I talked about a variety of things. I would like to mention that on the Lido grill after asking for mushrooms in my omelet every day but one and always being told NO! I finally got them on the last morning. I believe his was Sundeep, he acted like it was no big deal, but it was to me. Entertainment! WOW! I have always enjoyed the trivia, shows and activities that Carnival offers. Cruise Director Kirk, Assistant CD Jason, Ben, Jared, Kenzie and Jessica were all friendly and made you feel welcomed. They put a lot of fun in "Fun Ships". There was a little mix up with the M&M set up for our group, we were told one time and place before cruising, then it was another in the capers and there was a sign for a different group by the door, but no problem we adapted quite well. There were several of us that knew each other from a prior cruise and then we met at The Spot in Galveston before sailing, so we had no problem talking amongst ourselves and entertaining each other. We even managed to practice a karaoke routine that we preformed another night. Others sang some songs which were remarkable. I was not real fond of the first comedian on the cruise; partly because he was a ventriloquist ( I like Jeff Dunham and his Walter). This guy was hard to understand and his lips moved, but others thought he was okay, it is personal preference. Then came the switch, I was standing in front of the shops in Cozumel and overheard a lady talking about a double wide trailer. I asked her if she was talking about the comedian on board the Fantasy. She was talking about Kim Harrison our next comedian. For a minute the lady thought that I was her and told me how much she enjoyed my show. I unfortunately had to correct her and explained that I wasn't her; but I had the great pleasure of seeing her last September while aboard the Conquest. We agreed that she was marvelous. I loved both of her shows and the fact that she hung around to talk after the shows just made for a more enjoyable evening, very personable and friendly! Another department that needs acknowledge is the Atrium Bar. More specifically Diana, she was a great bartender. Not only was she friendly while on duty, she saw me walking by the photos; stopped me to ask how "my sisters" were doing, they had a bit much to drink the night before with genuine sincerity in her question. Debarkation was mediocre this time around. We like to do the self assist, but before we were on the elevators to go down to the gangway they had started calling the floors. We were the last of the self assist to be called, so there we were with our suitcases while others were trying to get off the elevators and complaining that we were taking up to much room. Even had they waited and given self assist time to get off the boat we still would have had the line for customs. I think it took about an hour to get off the boat, but it was just a few minutes waiting under the red flag when our shuttle showed up. 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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