40 Carnival Ecstasy Senior Cruise Reviews

Over 20 cruises with Carnival. Each one an experience. Although this ship is a little old now,she is still a fun ship. Great staff on this ship makes the voyage lots f of fun and entertaining. Cam,the cruise director is definitely one of ... Read More
Over 20 cruises with Carnival. Each one an experience. Although this ship is a little old now,she is still a fun ship. Great staff on this ship makes the voyage lots f of fun and entertaining. Cam,the cruise director is definitely one of the best. He really puts his all into everything he does. One of if not the best singing/dance teams we have seen. Ardestra Gardens in Nassau was beautiful. Small garden with marching flamingos! About $18 for ticket and a $20 taxi ride there. Definitely worth a visit, highly recommend. Half moon cay was beautiful as usual, watch out for jellyfish! Otherwise beautiful sandy beach with lots of room for fun and relaxation. Looking for jewelry? Check out Effy on ship, Marianne or Alexandra are 2 ladies who know their stuff. They also give away lots of cool stuff. Guys burgers are always a hit, and they have improved their desserts in the lido restaurant. Had ocean view room, which was comfortable and plenty of storage space for 2. There was worn spot in shower floor which was repainted during cruise while we were out and about. I also recommend that when looking at reviews to take more notice of this who have done more than one review. These folks have cruised often and know what to expect. Just saying! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a quick get away for my husband and I. Thank you jelly, Cam, the cruise director, Blessings, Superda, from Thailand, Danny, Roel, and especially Hery our cabin steward, also Lelia. You guys were great and made our cruise even ... Read More
This was a quick get away for my husband and I. Thank you jelly, Cam, the cruise director, Blessings, Superda, from Thailand, Danny, Roel, and especially Hery our cabin steward, also Lelia. You guys were great and made our cruise even better. It was a delight to feel so welcome and you went out of your way to ensure that we had fun. There were so many of you and I hope I haven’t forgotten any of you. Thanks Allison for your guidance during shopping. We got held up in DI in The Bahamas and didn’t get all the perks but that’s ok. We will definitely see you again but not on deck 7. Room E66 was not a great choice for us because of all the noise. It’s a party ship Blessings to you all. What an awesome Captain: can park a ship on a dime. Great job!! Never been on a ship where the captain actually got engaged with us and kept us abreast of everything. We am platinum members and this was by far the best cruise ever. Freeport absolutely sucks. Should be dropped from all ports of call. All I saw was containers and junk. Not attractive. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Chose this cruise because it was 5 days and at a port not too far from where we lived. Easy drive. Embarkation went smoothly. Cabins weren't ready until 1:30pm so we went to Lido Deck buffet. When we got to the cabin, our room ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it was 5 days and at a port not too far from where we lived. Easy drive. Embarkation went smoothly. Cabins weren't ready until 1:30pm so we went to Lido Deck buffet. When we got to the cabin, our room attendant came in and asked us when we wanted our room made up. Morning, afternoon or night. We chose morning. That means they don't appear again till the next morning. Surprise. No more evening turn down. The ship, the Ecstasy, is old. And it shows. Outdated décor, so much paint, you can count the layers. The ship smelled bad, especially afternoons and evenings. Other people commented on that too. We were on the 4th floor. It smelled like a nursing home. We ate the first two nights in the dining room. We had dine when you want. We were seated promptly. The first night we ordered salmon. Overcooked as was the baked potato. The food was not hot. The second night we had prime rib. It was okay, but again it was cold. The other nights we ate in the buffet. The food was at least hot up there. The best thing about the food was the desserts. They were great. Guy Fiery's hamburger joint was also good. We have been on many cruises and always looked forward to lobster night. Well, no more, That will cost you $20. I also got a glass of wine the first night. $11. I can buy 2 bottles of wine for that. The entertainment was good. Their private island is beautiful. We didn't take any excursions from the ship. Too expensive. You can arrange sightseeing off ship for a lot less. Overall, we were very disappointed with the condition of the ship and activities. Thank God they had a place where adults could go. IT's at the back of the ship. Disembarkation went smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This cruise was booked last minute. We decided to sail out of Charleston SC for the first time. Usually sail out of Baltimore or one of the Florida ports but decided to try Charleston as it was only a 2 hour drive from home. Was a little ... Read More
This cruise was booked last minute. We decided to sail out of Charleston SC for the first time. Usually sail out of Baltimore or one of the Florida ports but decided to try Charleston as it was only a 2 hour drive from home. Was a little concerned after reading reviews of the port and the ship. Have sailed on this class ship before so we were somewhat familiar. We arrived at the port at our assigned time of 1130 and there were no lines. Dropped off our luggage and got into the pay to park line.This line seemed very unorganized. the people taking your credit card just kind of walked around complaining about there job.Thankfully the lines were short. Were directed to the parking lot took the shuttle to the terminal. Have to say this the crappiest port I'll ever sailed out of.The area looks like it should be condemned.What an eyesore. Check in was easy and fast and we were soon on the ship having lunch. Went directly to Guys Burgers,and had a great burger and then to the pizza place. Pretty good pizza.The deli also had good sandwiches. By this time the buffet was getting very crowded so we left. Most of the cruise we could not find a seat in the buffet. The weather did not cooperate as was cold except the one day in Nassau.Went one time to the dining room for the Sea day brunch. This is 95 % breakfast and 5% lunch. Not a lot of variety there and if you are hungry just order 2 of everything because the portions are very small. Never went back for brunch! Had anytime dining for dinner never had to wait. Service in dining room was ok. The food was kind of hit or miss.Our cabin was a basic outside cabin and we had enough room. The cabin guy did a good job.Shows were ok and the comedy shows were great. Did self walk off and were driving home at 8 oclock. Bottom line if you are looking for a cheap no frills cruise this is it. I will give the Carnival Sunshine a try when she arrives in Charleston later this year. Every one seems excited about that. Just remember you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was an all-gal trip for three of us in our sixties. We have all cruised before and two of us cruised on this ship in January of 2013, almost exactly 6 years ago, although we left from a different port and the cruise length was a day ... Read More
This was an all-gal trip for three of us in our sixties. We have all cruised before and two of us cruised on this ship in January of 2013, almost exactly 6 years ago, although we left from a different port and the cruise length was a day shorter then. We chose this cruise primarily because we were on a budget and wanted the most bang for our bucks. Even though the itinerary wasn't particularly adventurous, we know that half the fun is the company on the cruise and we had adjusted our "cruise attitudes" for maximum tolerance. HOTEL INFORMATION: We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Savannah Highway in Charleston. We chose this hotel because they participate in the "park and cruise" program so we could drive down from North Carolina (about 6 hours) and leave our car in the parking lot for the duration of the cruise. The hotel was sparkling clean, beds were comfortable, and there was a surprising number of electric and USB outlets. The breakfast was outstanding with not only the danish and coffee, but omelets, sausage, yogurt, a pancake maker, and just about anything one could want for breakfast. The shuttle to the port was quick and easy. The room covered two tickets, a a third was only $20 -- for both ways! This was a pleasant surprise. CRUISE PORT: I had never cruised from Charleston and I was a little surprised how much of the embarkation takes place out in the open parking lot as you rattle and roll through bumpy pavement from tent to tent checking first passports/ID and then boarding pass, etc. It felt that there were just too many passengers to let board at one time, so they manufactured these little stops to take up some time along the way. We had purchased Carnival's "Faster to the Fun" option and once we got through the parking lot, we were very quickly through security and on the ship. Except that the bunk had not been lowered, our cabin was ready for us. Charleston is quite a bit further north than its sister ports on the east coast, and the temperature was quite brisk on embarkation day. Most wore sweaters or jackets and only a few were enjoying the pool (more in the hot tubs). SHIP INFORMATION: I sailed on the Ecstasy in 2013 and have had the pleasure of cruising a number of times since, mostly on Carnival. This is a very small ship, in comparison to the rest of the Carnival fleet. There is no room for an outside theatre as many of the Carnival ships have, and there is a central elevated stage for music and contests and such. Movies were shown in one of the larger lounges. It's easy to quickly walk the length and breadth of this small ship. There are not as many outlets for evening entertainment, but that was not very important for us. I managed to get my 10K steps goal in every day but the last one. Our cruise director was Leon and I felt he did a good job and seemed genuine -- I especially liked his admonition at the conclusion of each of his talks reminding us to "be kind to one another" -- much needed advice on a cruise ship. CABIN Riveriera 145 (window view): Even though the Ecstasy was refurbished in 2017, I don't believe those improvements extended to the cabins. Our cabin was Riviera 145 -- a window room with two regular beds and a bunk. It looked identical to the room we had in 2013 (which was just down the hallway). I had gotten used to bigger rooms and was a little dismayed at first at the size, but when I compared photos later, it was indeed the same. We had the steward move one bed beneath the bunk, and that resulted in the most space available. The room was comfortable and there was enough room for clothing and accoutrements of three women traveling together. There was no full-length mirror in this cabin (usually on the inside of a closet door), but the vanity mirror was sufficient. Our room steward Roy (from Indonesia) kept our room in tip-top shape throughout our trip, leaving towel critters each evening, and always remembering our names and inquiring about our day's activities and adjusting his schedule to our convenience. There is no refrigerator in this cabin, but Roy provided an ice bucket and refilled it each evening. DINING: I had just returned from another Carnival cruise in December, so I was able to compare menus from a larger ship. The food in the dining room was tasty and there were always acceptable viands each evening. I was a little disappointed that no lobster was offered -- apparently that is now reserved for cruises of 7 days or longer. I could have paid the $20 extra for lobster, of course, on any evening. I enjoyed many of the "Port of Call" selections which I thought were very tasty and reinforced the theme of each island we visited. The sea-day brunch offered was not as nice as what was offered on the Glory just 3 weeks before. There, we had been offered filet minon and eggs and other upscale items that were missing from the Ecstasy menu, but ::shrug:: that was hardly a deal-breaker. We ate at the buffet several times, enjoyed the Guy's Burgers several times, and ate our breakfast from the buffet out on the deck every morning. ENTERTAINMENT: We caught one production show, but it seemed identical to the Motown show offered on Carnival cruises for several years. We were not exactly disappointed, but we didn't choose more of those productions. Two of my cabinmates wanted to see the PG comedy show, but it was always scheduled during our dinner hour, so we missed that. Contests and such were held on the lido deck and we hung out on the peaceful Serenity area, so we missed most of those. SHIP SHOPS: Carnival really needs to do something about their shops. They are boring and overpriced. I'd like to see some handmade products from the places or areas visited. There is even room for local craftspeople to demonstrate and sell items, possibly jewelry, for example. Carnival can do a lot better than what they are currently offering, and it would not be for naught -- I would gladly buy items like those featured on Novica or Gifts with a Cause. Even their ho-hum tee-shirts need some new designs. I'm growing weary of their neon offerings with shady sayings. Please. Do something here. GUEST SERVICES: We had no problems and the time or two we had a question or needed a small service was quickly handled. FASTER TO THE FUN: Unless we book a suite, we consider the $$ paid for this well worth it. We like the expedited embarkation and debarkation and having our cabins ready when we board the ship. On this cruise, we also used the priority tender service. Until I get to the Platinum level, I'll continue to purchase this option gladly. PORTS: • Freeport -- well, Freeport cruise terminal was boring. I saw mostly overpriced items from India and China. And the same thing at soooo many shops. I purchased nothing here, although I had money to spend! That's a terrible feeling on both sides of the bargaining table. Next time, I'll book an excursion. The last time I visited Freeport, I took a bike tour and that was a good way to get out into the island a bit. There certainly is nothing in the cruise terminal worth hanging around for. This could also be a good day to stay on the ship and enjoy the amenities there. • Half Moon Cay -- I've visited several times and it's beautiful, but I believe they need to do some landscaping work here. There is almost no shade except under man-made shelters. The beach is looking very barren. Carnival needs to culture some trees, make some shady hammock areas, something other than sun on a blistering beach. The Beach BBQ was adequate, but nothing really to write home about -- dry burgers and long lines. We had a brief shower while here, but managed to wait it out and it passed over quickly. • Nassau -- this trip, we booked an excursion to Blue Lagoon Island and it did not disappoint. My sister and fellow-traveler visited this location in the 90's and it was just beautiful. Carnival could take some pointers from the way they have things set up -- multiple kinds of places to enjoy the beach (beachfront, lagoon-front, and small-inlet-front) with a plethora of chairs and plenty of filtered shade and sunny areas. The meal offered with the excursion was similar to the private island BBQ, but what a difference! Burgers were moist and delicious; there were several local recipes offered (fried plaintain and rice dishes and delicious jerk chicken). We also had an opportunity to interact with the dolphins for less than $20!?! That was for a "dolphin kiss" and a photo (on a CD!) for just $19.99. Since there were only 3 of us, our guide ended up giving us the rest of the dolphin encounter for free. It was amazing. I also appreciated the way they "keep" the dolphins here -- they are free to swim out to sea, if they like, but they are tagged and monitored if they do so. I felt it was a good balance of caring for marine animals while letting us enjoy them. Five stars for this excursion to Blue Lagoon Island. DISEMBARKATION: Our Faster to the Fun privileges had us getting off the ship by about 7am! We were picked up our car about headed home by 7:30-ish. Amazing! We also had the option to say in our cabins until 8:30am and we considered that, but as there was snow coming at home, we opted to leave early. Note that unlike other Carnival ships which provided a continental-type breakfast for priority guests, this was not included for FTTF guests and ther was only 15 minutes between the start of continental breakfast on Lido and the leaving time in the lounge. We got a biscuit down the road. SUMMARY: If you are a "tourist" -- one who sees what he comes to see -- then you may not enjoy this small ship with its limited itinerary; but if you are a "traveler" who can take joy in most experiences and "chew up the meat and spit out the bone," when it comes to challenging experiences then you will likely enjoy your time on the Carnival Ecstasy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This is my fourth cruise on this lady, Carnival Ecstasy, she is in good shape for an old gal! EMBARKMENT: My wife and I drove down from North Carolina and utilized the new cruise port parking arrangement. We used to park in an old ... Read More
This is my fourth cruise on this lady, Carnival Ecstasy, she is in good shape for an old gal! EMBARKMENT: My wife and I drove down from North Carolina and utilized the new cruise port parking arrangement. We used to park in an old warehouse and take buses after you dropped off the luggage at the parking lot. Now you drive in, they take your luggage and your park in the open air parking lot and take the shuttle to the cruise terminal. It appeared to be a little faster. The bottleneck at the terminal remained the same, long lines that are slow. You do get onto the ship in about an hour or so. ON BOARD: Your room key is now at your cabin's mail slot next to the cabin door, so when you get on board if you want a drink you have to show your boarding pass and give your cabin/stateroom number, the new system is a little faster, but not much. You head to the buffet on deck 10 and have the "standard" buffet food, good but not great. You get into your cabin by 1:30pm, you room key card and onboard charge card is in the mail slot next to the cabin door. INTERIOR: Rivera (4th deck) R63 is an interior cabin, with a queen bed, two twins pushed together. as my wife and I are CPAPer's we had the stateroom steward, Wayan, split the beds for us. He provided excellent service through out our cruise. Standard interior cabin, a little dated but functional. ENTERTAINMENT: On the ship, the entertainment is by cruise staff, all production shows, a couple were good, the cruise director, Deon, is a high energy and very personable. The Punchliner Comedy Club had a very good comedian, Jody White, we only saw her PG show and it was an entertaining 45 minutes. COST of DRINKS: They are getting expensive $6.50 for bottled beer and $9 and up for cocktails, similar to RCCL. PORTS OF CALL: My wife had not been to Bermuda in about 25 years, back in "those days" we did the snorkeling, glass bottom boat, the pink sand beaches and explored the island, now we sort of just walk around the port area. I will comment later about Bermuda it is a beautiful island to visit. MAIN DINING ROOM: We were "your time dining" from 5:45 pm to 9:30 pm, and there are long lines to get into the restaurant and your are given the buzzer that goes off when your table is ready, no matter what time we went, early or about 7:30 pm, there was about a half hour wait time. We dining in the Wind Star main dining room and fortunately got the same section at our request, with the team head waiter Iman and the team waiter Sentana, with a third rotating team assistant waiter at tables 138 to 146. They provided excellent service throughout the cruise. THE MENU: Standard fare, we had prime rib, two nights, beef tenderloin one night, and the menu varied on the beef and pork, with spare ribs, beef short ribs, along with the pasta, vegetarian, and seafood selection. There are two formal nights on the seven day cruise in which there are table cloths on the tables. The appetizers are standard, and they only have escargot (my favorite) one night of the cruise. Overall, the food was very good but not great. Now the "salt shakers" in the main dining room are the little cylinder ceramic shakers with three little holes onto and THEY ALWAYS CLOG!!! Five of the seven nights we had to have our waiter bring us salt shakers that were not clogged. Carnival get new salt shakers! If that was my main complaint, what am I complaining about. MEET and MINGLE gathering: I would have to rate it a poor compared to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. There were about 25 Cruise Critic M and M folks, and they coffee, juice, water and danish. On RCCL's meet and mingle, they had bottles of wine and champagne, hats, a backpack and the coveted pens and markers. THE CASINO: My wife and I were here on the Carnival Players Club "bounce back" casino offer, it you gamble "enough", and I do, you get a offer of an interior cabin for $100 per person, plus port charges and on board credit of $100 each, so essentially, its a "free cruise" excluding the port charges and taxes. Unfortunately the casino is small, and as I play three card poker (only two tables) and WPT heads up hold 'em (only one) I had limited table time as this cruise was also a Carnival players club "Premier" players club cruise and people were sitting at the table to play before the casino opened. There was a mix of old and new slot machines, mostly older vintage, and I did not hear of any really big slot machine wins announced. DEBARKMENT: Under an hour we went from the gathering place, Sapphire Lounge to pick up our luggage, through customs onto the shuttle bus and to our car in under one hour. Amazingly fast. OVERALL IMPRESSION: It was a nice cruise on an older ship, with standard accommodations, very good but not great food in the MDR that provided excellent service,that visited the beautiful island of Bermuda. There few kids on board as it is the school season, a good age group mix. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Embarkation was fast and easy and from there it went downhill. The Ocean was so rough that if was very difficult walking and we could not dock in Nassau for safety reasons. I realize that Carnival had no control over the weather and we ... Read More
Embarkation was fast and easy and from there it went downhill. The Ocean was so rough that if was very difficult walking and we could not dock in Nassau for safety reasons. I realize that Carnival had no control over the weather and we just made the best of it. But as seniors taking our first cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary we were not prepared for the deafening noise aboard this ship. The only place we would go to talk or read was to our cabin. The so called country singer performing in the atrium daily was awful. Everyone told us that we would love the food. The quality of food on the buffet was like eating at a Golden Coral. The dining room food was better but nothing was ever hot. The desserts were good. The staff for the most part were wonderful especially our cabin steward Pilan. They allowed smoking in several areas of the ship and unfortunately also held trivia games near those areas. Our group had to leave as the smell was overpowering. I heard many people complaining about this cruise saying things like "cruise from hell" and "never again". Disembarkation was smooth and quick. It was an experience for us, one not likely to be repeated. For the price we paid we could have gone to an all inclusive Mexican resort for 2 weeks and not had to worry about how much extra money we were adding to our sail and sign card everytime we had a speciality coffee or alcoholic drink. We won't be cruising again, especially on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Anytime you need something just ask. The people go out of their way to meet your needs. Our suite attendant, Esperanza was always there with a smile. We met our waitress from our previous cruises and she still remembered us. After the ... Read More
Anytime you need something just ask. The people go out of their way to meet your needs. Our suite attendant, Esperanza was always there with a smile. We met our waitress from our previous cruises and she still remembered us. After the first day almost all of the crew knows and greets you by name. The ship has two new restaurants, Guy's Burgers and a Mexican restaurant. Both were excellent with very quick service. We are looking forward to sailing two different voyages next year. Embarkation took less than 5 minutes. Debarkation was super easy. Going out of Charleston was really easy. Because we have a handicap plate we did not have to pay parking. Freeport docks are still in the industrial section. They have setup a lot of new kiosks for shopping. Prices are still reasonable and negotiating is expected. You have to book early to get the best suites. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Chose the cruise initially because there would be a 6 month gap in cruises for us after a Bach 2 Back in February on the Magic and another Back to Back in July (family cruise). We initially booked the Sunshine Journey out of Charleston. As ... Read More
Chose the cruise initially because there would be a 6 month gap in cruises for us after a Bach 2 Back in February on the Magic and another Back to Back in July (family cruise). We initially booked the Sunshine Journey out of Charleston. As this was a repeat of the 2016 cruise, we decided to take the November Journey on the Ecstasy. Same port, close to home - winner! Well, not so much. Thanks to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the itinerary was changed to Aruba, Bonaire, Grand Turk and Princess Cays. Okay, I can deal with that. Had never been to Bonaire. Beautiful island! Weather got in the way, and with c26mph winds, there was no way we could dock at Grand Turk. A 10 day, 5 island cruise turned into a 4 island then a 3 island cruise. For us, the cruise is the destination. So, although there was some disappointment at not being able to get to Jack's Shack, or to see our friend, Fernando at Milano Jewelry, we still had a nice time. The service in the MDR for early dinner was VERY SLOW for our table. Our head waiter was supposed to be one of the "trainers", but the service was incredibly slow, at one point we were asked to leave so they could set up the next dinner seating. In 28 cruises, I have never eaten on Lido for dinner. On the second to last evening, ewe got up and left, the service was that slow. Spoke to the Food Services Manager, and it improved on our last night. This was our 5th trip on the Ecstasy. Yes, she is old. The upgrade recently done took out the "Society Bar" which was the sports bar and replaced it with an Alchemy Bar and took out all the TVs. Now if you want to watch a football game on Saturday - (Clemson and Carolina games are very popular here) you end up in the coffee shop fighting for a seat. Bad move, Carnival! Other than the small stuff, the crew kept the activities going - Gary was amazing! - and there was always something to do. The Academy of Fun, presented by Jason, was interesting. Crafts were available daily, and everyone seemed to have a great time. The older clientele with wheelchairs, walkers and scooters need to be reminded of hall and elevator etiquette. Wait your turn and be polite! Just because you are in a wheelchair, etc does not mean you can push your way over everyone else to get to the elevator that others have been waiting for. And most everyone on the ship was in summer mode - flip flops - that means please try to avoid feet - they are not in season! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because it was close to home .We have never been to cruiseline private island it was very nice the ship is a little older but still very nice.we enjoyed the shows the casino and room service. the sea was a little rough ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was close to home .We have never been to cruiseline private island it was very nice the ship is a little older but still very nice.we enjoyed the shows the casino and room service. the sea was a little rough but we had fun still we were a group of twenty. some new cruisers and some veteran cruisers we highly recommend this ship. the band was great the staff was very pleasant and professional.there was something for everyone the ship never felt crowded. we were not able to dock at freeport bahamas do to high winds so we had another seaday which gave us a opportunity to get some rest we would do the ecstasy again .this is a lovely little ship try the philly cheese steak from room service very good and we loved the guy burgers and micheal our cabin steward was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Had a lot of talented staff on board. good shows and Guy's burgers were very good. when we got home and i realized we did not get our $50. room credit i called. We booked online under the super saver and one of the perks was the room ... Read More
Had a lot of talented staff on board. good shows and Guy's burgers were very good. when we got home and i realized we did not get our $50. room credit i called. We booked online under the super saver and one of the perks was the room credit. The excuse i was given was because i had to call to get the forms to fill out for a handicap cabin. [Our adult son is in a wheelchair.] You can't just pick out a handicap room online My original booking was done on line. and i printed out everything i needed. There is nothing you can book on Nassau that is wheelchair friendly. We booked a cabana on half moon cay and it was handicap acess.. The gate they put up was great. it stopped people from useing our private area that i paid for as a public acess. to the beach. We did have a few who just opened gate and went right through between our chaise lounges and down the deck steps to the beach. it rained and it was great to sit in the cabana and stay dry. Half moon cay is beautiful.We arrived at the port and was waiting inline to eat in just a little over an hour. Grandkids loved the childrens program and everything about the cruise even making the towel animals. They eat ice cream 4 or 5 times a day. If you want to get off the ship fast keep your suit cases and take them off your self. We had no trouble getting a shuttle that was wheelchair acess. Deck 11 and 12 are not acess. for wheelchair. Staff overall was very good. our room stewart wayan and jr. dinring hostess abigale were extra nice. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was my birthday cruise for turning 65. We had planned to do a European River Cruise this year but life got in the way and on the spur of the moment we decided to try something close by - Charleston, SC for a quick 5 day break to the ... Read More
This was my birthday cruise for turning 65. We had planned to do a European River Cruise this year but life got in the way and on the spur of the moment we decided to try something close by - Charleston, SC for a quick 5 day break to the Bahamas. Our cruise booking firm did a very nice job helping us out with the arrangements. However, one thing you need to keep in mind is that when you get a special rate (senior rate for a guaranteed outside ocean view stateroom) you are not going to be on the upper deck. We were just above the waterline. Just means you have an elevator trip to everything. Fortunately, we were near the elevator that went to the food and bar section of the ship so it could have been worse. Just saying, pay the extra $100 and pick your cabin! Charleston is not a busy port and if you are used to Florida ports you will be a little disappointed. Lots of walking to get to the beginning of a series of lines to get on the ship. Here's where being old helps - the cruise people keep moving you to the shortest lines! Nice! However, there are a bunch of them. First to check in. Then to go thru security. Then to get your cabin assignment. Then you walk up a multi-level gangway to get on the ship after running a gauntlet of photographers. And then you find out you are way down in the bottom of the ship! Ecstasy is an older boat and its smaller than the new ones and it doesn't have all the cool stuff the new ones have - but I suspect that's why it is in Charleston! The crew was very nice and the cruise director was a riot. Our cabin boss was great. Even the bed was comfortable so no complaints there other than its a really small cabin! Here are the gripes. When we went to Freeport (not a nice port of call BTW) the people the cruise line had contracted with to bus us and several hundred other people to the beach were not prepared. They did not have enough buses and absolutely no communication skills. We literally had no idea what was going on and try as we might, could not find out. Eventually a crew member came out and offered refunds so we took that and went back on board. Second gripe was the food in the dining room (dinner your way - Windstar) and to a lesser extent the buffet. The food was unremarkable and the portions were pretty small. Exception: For $20 extra you can order off the Steakhouse Menu (there's no steakhouse, just the menu). I had filet and Lobster twice and both times they were very good. Desert was uniformly not good anywhere on board with the possible exception of the molten chocolate cake. Alcohol was okay but when you ordered wine by the glass you never really knew if you were getting Kendall Jackson or a cheap substitute because they don't show you the bottle unless you buy the bottle. I also ordered Crown and coke a few times and I'm not sure I was getting Crown Royal - again you don't see the bottle. Half Moon Cay was very nice. Wish we had more time there but neither of us were feeling well that day and the water was a little cold - certainly not the fault of the cruise line! The entertainment was mixed. I liked the comedy shows (except the last one we saw which was PG rated and it was clear the guy struggles with PG). The welcome show was very nice. The farewell show - not so much. We did a few other things like the Gender Fight or whatever it was which was funny. And we saw a fabulous moonrise one night. They have a very nice fitness center with lots of equipment and the spa was okay although I think they ripped off my wife. So, we've been on a number of cruises. This was our first on Celebration. We might do it again just for a quick getaway but if we have enough time I think we'll head to Florida and more choices. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We like cruising out of Charleston because it's only a 31/2 hr away from Charlotte, NC. Parking at the port was quick, and both embarkation and debarkation the same. The ship was well run and clean. Our cabin (M211) was well ... Read More
We like cruising out of Charleston because it's only a 31/2 hr away from Charlotte, NC. Parking at the port was quick, and both embarkation and debarkation the same. The ship was well run and clean. Our cabin (M211) was well maintained and attended to at least twice a day. The steward was friendly and accommodated us with anything we needed. We found the crew also to be friendly, and we complemented them on their hard work. The Lido food was good, and we never had more than two or three people ahead of us in line. The Pizza and Deli lines took a little longer because everything is made to order, but never took more than 6 min or so. Tables were easy to find, as well as lounge chairs around the pool. We were seated at a table for 6 at the main dining room, so it took longer to eat there; but food was good as well as the service. On formal night, the lobster was $20 extra to order; but they served prime rib and shrimp--good enough for us! Drinks are pricy so stick to the drink of the day. As for the ports, Nassau was a good shopping port, and Half Moon Cay a great beach stop. Unfortunately, the shows were repeats for us; but we loved the steel drum player! His music certainly put us in the "Caribbean" mood, and we were so glad that the it wasn't earsplitting or hard rock. Loved that! So all in all, the Ecstasy is not a luxury ship; but a good value for your money, though 5 day cruises are too short for us. We much prefer 7 or 10 day cruises , so we are glad to see longer cruises offered next year. Can't wait! Read Less
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
Sail Date February 2017
cruise was great ,staff was fantastic, shawn and crew at windsong dining were terrific my wife was using wheelchair and they were always making her a place that was accessisible our room steward was always taking care of us having ice on ... Read More
cruise was great ,staff was fantastic, shawn and crew at windsong dining were terrific my wife was using wheelchair and they were always making her a place that was accessisible our room steward was always taking care of us having ice on hand was great cleaning our stateroom and making us feel special . one problem was the tips I think you should give the tips as you prefer not just have to give a certain amount per day which I understand is given to all .when I cruised before we gave money in envelope at the end of cruise seemed to work then why not now? Also the extra cost for steak and lobster seems to be a bad idea , seems everyone else thinks that too. The embarkation at the Charleston port was simple and all the porters took great care of our luggage, all the people were great even customs. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
As a Platinum Carnival Cruiser this was a terrible cruise. The ship was 5 hours late (phone call made to my home phone in Virginia). Chaos the first day. Our room had "no ice bucket, or other things". The dining was 3 stooges ... Read More
As a Platinum Carnival Cruiser this was a terrible cruise. The ship was 5 hours late (phone call made to my home phone in Virginia). Chaos the first day. Our room had "no ice bucket, or other things". The dining was 3 stooges like. We spent 2 hours for 3 courses (appey, dinner, desert). Our room was only cleaned once per day. As Platimum cruisers we get extra parks...we had to go to guest servcies on day 3! We celebrated our annivarsary and the room steward wrote "Happy Birthday" on the mirror...REALLY? We (Wife and I) do not ask for much but at least service for the tips I provided. Food is getting "skimpy" and forget about that lobster tail on elegant night...that will cost you an extra $20.00. For being the "fun ship" we did not have fun. I am sure 2500 other passengers had the same opinion. We never received some of our perks and Nobody offered any apologies. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, ... Read More
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, but it is not quite as good as on previous Carnival cruises. We found the staff to be excellent. They were quick, competent, and remarkably friendly. The entertainment is quite good in the main show room, the comedy club, and throughout the ship. The ports of call (Nassau and Freeport) are a couple of our favorites. The convenience for us (we live in the Charleston, SC area) is especially good, and the staff at the terminal is remarkable. They got us on board quickly and put us in a great mood right from the beginning. What more could you ask for? My wife and I will definitely be going on a lot more cruises on the Ecstasy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This is my second Carnival Ecstasy five day cruise out of Charleston SC. It is an easy drive from NC. EMBARKMENT: parking is somewhat unusual, as they don't open it up until 11 am and then you snake through to the check in canopy, ... Read More
This is my second Carnival Ecstasy five day cruise out of Charleston SC. It is an easy drive from NC. EMBARKMENT: parking is somewhat unusual, as they don't open it up until 11 am and then you snake through to the check in canopy, then they tell you to pick lane one, two or three, dependent upon whether you are just dropping off passengers and /or luggage, handicap parking or regular passenger parking. It will take about and hour for this process to be completed. It is a wait, however, the parking is covered and once you park the car, you will be shuttled to the terminal for check in. CHECK IN: The process went relatively fast as this is a small cruise ship, it took about one half hour to get checked in, get you sign and sail card and get on the ship. ON BOARD: The staterooms are usually not available until 1:30pm, you have you ship diagram, go up to the Lido deck and enjoy your lunch and explore the ship until your stateroom is ready. THIS SHIP is COLD, be sure to bring a sweatshirt, as the entire ship the AC is CRANKED UP, why, I could not get any good answers, other than it is an older ship. STATEROOM: There are limited balcony and suite rooms, most are oceanview and interior. As I travel solo, I usually get a interior room. This time it was on Deck 5 called the "Main" deck, midship, M75. It is a standard Carnvial interior stateroom, one king bed which has two twins pushed together, and this room had two upper pullman beds, opposite each other, generous closet space, but only ONE 110 OUTLET, so you may need to bring a European power adapter for a second outlet. The bathroom is a shower stall, basin with only one toiletry shelf and a commode. The shower stall has the curtain, and it is about 1/3 LARGER than on the older Royal Caribbean cruise ships. CABIN STEWARDS: Carnival has implimented a either a morning room cleaning and bed made or and evening cleanup and turn down. You will need to request a bucket of ice if needed. My cabin steward, SANTOSO, was EXCELLENT, I requested the evening cleanup and bed turn down as I sometimes nap during the day. DINING: Carnival does the "my time" from 5:30 PM TO 9 PM in the main dining room, WING STAR,which is mid ship, and traditional early and late dining with an assigned table. The WIND STAR "my time" the wait time is longer, and the first and second nights for the late dining at the traditional seating in the WING SONG is slower as some of the early dining parties linger into the 8:15 PM late dining time. I was at the traditional late dining at 8:15 PM, to table 362,which seats 10, and there were nine of us at this table, our dining room waiters, SETYAWAN and GATOT, and assistant waiter ALEXANDRA, provided excellent service, however at times the food coming out of the galley took a little bit more time than you would have expected. The dinner selections are appetizers, usually shrimp cocktail with four or five medium shrimp, choice of two soups, one hot and one cold, and two salads. The "special" appetizer rotates, such as escargot, oysters rockefeller, so you have plenty to choose. The main dishes are fish, chicken, beef and / or pork and a vegeterian dishes, and several dessert selections. The quality of the food is on par or a little better than the main dining room on Royal Caribbean ships. You will note that there are no table clothes in the MDR except for the formal nights and you only usually use one fork for all the food, it appears to be a cost savings economy. THE BUFFET: Located on the Lido deck its usually similar selections each day, its fine as you have to remember its a buffet for the "masses". ENTERTAINMENT: I did not see any shows or other activities as I spend most of my time in the Crystal Palace casino. CRYSTAL PALACE CASINO: This casino has a variety of "older" slot machine with some limited variety, There is one craps table, two roulette tables, and tables for Blackjack, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, a disappointing WSOP Texas hold em table that was virtually empty most of the time. The casino host, KYLE, was a cordial gentlemen. This was not a Carnival PLAYERS CLUB Premier VIP cruise, so the casino did not offer any "CASINO CASH", just a "ON US" drink card. If you rack up 1000 points on the slots you get the "ON US" drink card for a five day cruise and its 1500 points on the seven day cruises, but you have to get it from the casino host or ask the pit boss for it as they don't offer it to you. The casino runs a nightly give away, usually a hot seat for table and slots, pick and envelope, pick a box, BJ, Poker and Slot tournament. There is only one electronic "Poker Pro" Hold'em poker table. The casino experience is okay, the waiters are plentiful, so you don't have to wait very long for an an adult beverage. DEBARKMENT: Being a short cruise, most passengers do a carry off and they start leaving the ship about 6:30am, I was off the ship by 9 AM as I had the ship take my large suitcase and I retrieved it at the terminal. Going through CUSTOMS, took about 20 minutes. THIS SHIP IS GOING INTO DRY DOCK FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS. According to some of the crew members, they are going to convert one of the grills by the pool to a Guy Fieri Burger Joint, then add and Italian restaurant and do some other upgrades. HOPEFULLY, they will fix the AC so you don't freeze Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We choose the Carnival Ecstasy because it was only a 4 hour drive from our home, as opposed to going to Florida to catch a ship. We understood prior to signing up for this cruise that the Carnival Ecstasy was an old ship in need of being ... Read More
We choose the Carnival Ecstasy because it was only a 4 hour drive from our home, as opposed to going to Florida to catch a ship. We understood prior to signing up for this cruise that the Carnival Ecstasy was an old ship in need of being updated. We had been on the sister ship, the Fantasy, so we knew what to expect. With regard to price Carnival is very competitive and on this ship the price was very reasonable. We arrived at the port around 11 AM and dropped off our suitcase and proceeded to park our car in the warehouse at the port. After parking our car we got on the shuttle for the quarter mile ride to the terminal. Many people walked from the warehouse to the terminal. If you don't have a problem walking I would suggest walking as it is much quicker. We sat on the shuttle for 20 minutes before getting off to enter the terminal. In the terminal it took us over an hour to get our set sail pass card and board the ship. I thought the food on this ship was fine. For lunch many days we ate at the Mongolian grill and really enjoyed it. Actually their buffet was comparable to many ships that we have been on. In the buffet dinning room you could also get pizza (didn't look bad although we did not have any) and get a limited number of fresh made sandwiches. We had my time dinning and the dinning room opened at 5:45PM and we got in line around 5:25 PM and were usually seated by 6 PM. The service in the dinning room was fine and the selection on the menu was typically what you would see on most ships. On this cruise there was no lobster on the menu unless you wanted to pay extra. Our waitress, Irma, was very nice and friendly and did a good job. We asked for her each night when we checked in. With regard to the entertainment, they had 2 stage shows, Motown and the Brits. They had 4 young men singers and 4 young girl singers. All of them were very good and we thought the shows we excellent even thought they we only about 35 minutes long. I have been on several Carnival ships and I think Carnival has some of the best comedians of any cruise line. This ship had 2 comedians and both did several different shows and we saw all of them. They were excellent. Many times the adult comedy is just vulgar and not funny but these were truly funny. If they would had some more entertainment to complement there existing shows it would have been better. One night there was literally nothing to do except go to the casino and we are not gamblers. Most nights they had a band on the promenade deck (deck 9) but the music was so loud you couldn't listen to it more the 20 minutes. On the back of the ship they had a serenity area (no pool) with lounge chairs. Some of the chairs were in the shade which was good and a few of the lounge chairs in the sun had umbrellas. The pool area was always to crowded to enjoy yourself and the pool was to small for that ship. We had an ocean view cabin (U29) on deck 6 which was plenty big enough for us. There was plenty of hot water and closet space. The biggest complaint was on days when we were going into port about an hour before we got to the port this motor would start up and make a loud noise for over an hour which prevented you from sleeping. Not sure exactly what it was but it was loud. When we met our room steward on the first day he asked us if we wanted our room cleaned in the morning or night. We chose the morning. He had 35 rooms to clean so I felt sorry for him. He did do a good job. Other than the first day we never saw him again. Getting off the ship was easy primarily because we chose to do the walk off with our luggage. We left our room at 7:05 AM and got through customs within 15 minutes and we walked to our car about a quarter of a mile away and we were on the road by 7:25 AM. All in all this wasn't a bad cruise. If the ship had more to offer it would have made the cruise much better. We have done over 40 cruises on different cruise lines, primarily the big Royal Caribbean ships, where there is a lot to do so this was obviously not at that level. However the price was a lot cheaper. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
For our second cruise to the Bahamas we chose to again sail from Charleston SC because it is convenient to our golf condo. it is easy to get to the port in Charleston and the procedure for embarking is rather straightforward and simple. ... Read More
For our second cruise to the Bahamas we chose to again sail from Charleston SC because it is convenient to our golf condo. it is easy to get to the port in Charleston and the procedure for embarking is rather straightforward and simple. Our ship was the Carnival Ecstasy. Once on board the ship we learned that we should have very carefully read all the fine print on-line and noticed what was missing as compared to our cruise on the Carnival Fantasy the year prior. But we will get to that. Carnival assigned us a boarding time of 12:30 pm which worked well for our travel schedule. My wife and I each had a backpack, a small carryon suitcase and a cloth bag for miscellaneous items. We quickly boarded and made it to our assigned deck before 1 pm where we found the deck closed and with a notice that cabins would not be available until 1:30 pm. Elevators were mostly committed to hauling checked luggage and so there was little availability for elevator as we went to the upper decks to find a buffet lunch and wait for the availability of our cabin.. Shortly after 1:30 we went to the cabin and were quickly dismayed to see its configuration It was extremely small and with little room to move from one side to the other. There was no refrigerator, one straight chair and one electrical outlet. When we signed up for the cruise we asked that the twin beds be formed into a Queen bed. A few weeks after signing for the cruise we received an e-mail that our cabin would only accommodate separate twin beds. We reconciled ourselves to that and were happy to discover when we arrived that we did indeed have a queen configuration. That confusion of communication was typical of the atmosphere aboard this ship. One pleasant surprise was the size of the bathroom and shower. It was much larger than that on any of the previous ships we have sailed on from any line. When we went to Customer Service to discuss the lack of refrigerator and ice bucket, we were told that the ship is so old that the power supply could not handle a refrigerator, but that Room Service would freely deliver ice to our cabin at any time. I did order ice from room service twice, but they did not deliver either time. Luckily our Cabin Steward began ice service daily on Monday. the weather was cool and there is no way to heat the cabin, so on Monday morning I called the Cabin Steward and asked for a blanket. When we returned to the cabin later that day I found an order form to purchase a blanket. I again called the steward to say that I did not want to buy a blanket, just use one so we could sleep warm at night. the ship makes a great effort to sell items to cruisers. Let me digress to drinks for a moment. Carnival does allow one to order delivery of bottled water in advance. One pays for that separate from all other cruise charges, but the price was very reasonable, $3.45 for a case of bottled water. We had ordered this and it was in the cabin when we arrived. There were also two 32 ounce bottles of water in the cabin which we could have opened for $3.75 each. Carnival also allows one to bring up to 12-12 ounce CANS of soda per traveler, or to carry on a dozen bottles of water per passenger. We each brought 12 cans of soda. soda on board can be purchased at $3.95 per can, plus the ususal 15% gratuity. And each adult passenger can bring one bottle of unopened wine. the soda and the wine bottles were inspected individually as we boarded. Our soda had been in unopened paper cartoon, but each was opened and all the cans removed for inspection. No hard liquor may be brought on board, nor can any bottles be purchased on board for use in one's cabin. Individual drinks are available from bars throughout the ship. there are even automatic beer dispensers. We took a balcony cabin as we like to sit out in the afternoon and evening. the balcony was small, but adequate. We signed up for anytime dining and were assigned a dining room on the other end of the ship. It opened at 5:45 pm. Our dining room had long waiting lines beginning about 5:15 each day and lasting until late in the evening. We ate all of our meals in the buffet on the Lido deck. the food in the Lido was fine with an adequate variety each meal. there was not a lot of availability of tables for dinner since the staff did not clear tables as people finished. There was also plenty of opportunity to each all meals outside on deck. We often did this except for those times when the wind was blowing so hard that it was uncomfortable. Our first stop was Half Moon Cay which seems to be owned by one or more cruise lines. this is obviously a manufactured stop but was very enjoyable. I thought the designers and managers must have spent time working for Disney before creating this location. It is well laid out, very clean and with clean and pleasant bath facilities for cleaning up after walking in the sand. We went to the water sports area and swam and snorkeled in the clear warm waters. Afterwards we ate lunch at the free BBQ buffet provided in a secluded pavilion. There was tram service from the main area to the dining area. the destination had well laid out paths to go to the vaious locations. The bay is shallow so were were tendered from the ship to shore in large pontoon boats. there were not enough tenders so we had to sign up for a tender on board and then wait for an hour for our turn to tender in to shore. Entertainment on the ship mainly consisted of Bingo, audience participation trivia games of various types and a lone guitarist playing in the mail lounge. One night there was a very good, but short musical production in the main lounge. and on two nights we were able to watch kids selected from the audience to play Hasboro games. There are constantly "Sales" gong on in the shops. The upper deck, like all Carnival ships has water park with two large and two small water slides. the very top deck has a decent putt-putt course. The casino is larger than on most ships we have been on and seemed to have a great deal of action. I did like the Carnival Hub app for my phone which allowed me access to our on board account, a map of the ship, a listing of daily activities. One could have added a "Chat" feature for $5 for each person one connected with. the daily bulletins were small and repetitive with little changing other than the name of the daily drink. The cruise had many, many children, which surprised us since school was in session this week. There is babysitting available on board until 1 am. All in all it was a fine experience, but not as nice as our previous Bahama Cruise on the Fantasy, and certainly not as nice as other lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
I booked this cruise for me and my lady friend through Travels and Tours aboard MCAS, Cherry Point, NC. Given that it was not known to us until we boarded the ship the destination had been changed from Bahamas to Cozumel, Mexicio due to ... Read More
I booked this cruise for me and my lady friend through Travels and Tours aboard MCAS, Cherry Point, NC. Given that it was not known to us until we boarded the ship the destination had been changed from Bahamas to Cozumel, Mexicio due to Hurricane Matthew, I probably would have cancelled and rebooked for later date. But like all other passengers and crew we made the best of a bad time. The transit to Cozumel was good and uneventful except for the fine facilities on board the ship the fact that the Cruise Director, Benjamin, worked around the clock to keep us entertained. And entertain us he did. He, himself, is a multi-talented individual and the onboard Fun Squad went out of their way to ensure we were entertained. The fact they flew an entertainer in to board for transit back to Charleston showed commitment to "keeping the customers happy". The Food Service Division was superb as was the Housekeeping Division. Mr. Mirza, Miss Puspa, and Mr.Joko of the Waitstaff were a joy to watch as the worked in unison to ensure hot food was served hot, cold food served cold and glasses were never empty be it wine, soda or water. Mr. Wayan, ou Steward, was polite and cheerful, went out of his way to ensure for our comfort and well being and, for sure, made sure we had clean linen and towels all the time. If you want a negative about the cruise then you got one coming. With a Hurricane keeping us from out destination and more importantly our return port, why was not there and television from Charleston beamed aboard our ship. I like all the other embarked passengers (and crew) wanted to know what was happening in Charleston and in particular motor vehicles. Miami, Miami, MIami is all we got. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our second trip on this ship this summer and our experiences were very different this trip. Overall, we had a good time, staff did everything to make us feel welcome adn took care of our basic needs. We just sailed on this ... Read More
This was our second trip on this ship this summer and our experiences were very different this trip. Overall, we had a good time, staff did everything to make us feel welcome adn took care of our basic needs. We just sailed on this Carnival ship in June of this year, but this trip left us feeling that Carnival must have reduced their level of staffing by half. The staff that served us did a great job. As one example, the dining experiences on the Lido deck (buffet) was disappointing. Most days both serving lines would be ready with hot food and servers in place but neither line opened until 0730 or later. Early risers had no where to get breakfast except for cereal and fruit. When the serving lines were opened, only one side was opened at first which resulted in LONG lines. At some point later both serving lines would be opened to help with the diners. Other areas apparently affected by reduced staffing were the pool and hot tub areas with some hot tubs not opened until around 1000. Cost cutting efforts undertaken by Carnival make actually backfire on them. I prefer crisp bacon and have never had a problem getting it on past cruises; however, on this cruise most bacon was very, very limp and not to my liking at all. Bacon was also served by the staff and only two strips of bacon were served unless you asked for more. I tried to have crisp bacon, but ended up leaving my bacon on the plate to be thrown away. What a waste! The staff were all very accommodating, hard working, and helpful but the total numbers of staff were apparently reduced resulting in long wait times at bars, dining areas, etc. Hopefully Carnival will address these issues as we have one more Carnival cruise booked for this year and other Carnival cruises booked for next year. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
I chose this cruise, as a Vacation for my sister. She flew into Charleston on Thursday, and we were supposed to tour Charleston on friday ,but that didn't happen.. Embarkation we easy,, we just walked on, I am Platinum, so it was ... Read More
I chose this cruise, as a Vacation for my sister. She flew into Charleston on Thursday, and we were supposed to tour Charleston on friday ,but that didn't happen.. Embarkation we easy,, we just walked on, I am Platinum, so it was easy. I surprised her with an upgrade to a balcony. We spent a lot of time there, and I was pleasantly surprised by its size. We ate many breakfasts out there. Dinner was excellent, we had early dining, and had a nice table, and enjoyed our table mates quite a bit.. My sister scored a Steak House meal ticket for two, and we had the Surf and Turf, it was excellent. Spent along time in the casino, to no avail. But enjoyed the drinks on us card. HMC was outstanding as always, and we scored cabana 10 again. One note: move the fruit and snacks into the fridge immediately, or ants will get into them.. the water was warm, soft and beautiful. Nassau was Nassau, a quick trip to Atlantis, and back, for site seeing.. Our cabin steward was wonderful Ed, and did our cabin morning and evening. I did order several room service meals, the fries and sweet potato fries are great. Sandwiches we ordered the first day, never showed up, although the paid for fries did.. We did get awoken by the Man Overboard, and spent the rest of that early morning on the balcony. It was a quiet and sad day returning, since they never found the lady. Debarking was easy, and quick, and we were on the road by 9. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We were looking for a fast escape from our hum-drum life (going stir crazy) and had friends already on this cruise so booked at the last minute. There were only a few balcony cabins available a week prior to sailing so I booked one and ... Read More
We were looking for a fast escape from our hum-drum life (going stir crazy) and had friends already on this cruise so booked at the last minute. There were only a few balcony cabins available a week prior to sailing so I booked one and then found out that Carnival also had a thing called "First to the FUN" Since our friends were in a suite I tried to get that to allow us to be with them as much as possible. Carnival said that they could NOT book us at the same venues and meal times since we were NOT in a Suite. "First to the FUN" was sold out, but they agreed to wait-list us for a suite just in case one opened. Then it was a few days later, just 4 days prior to the cruise and we got a call from Carnival - Customer Services and Sales. It appeared that a Suite was available, if we wanted to upgrade. NO, it was NOT a free upgrade (Carnival does nothing free, but more on that later.) The Suite available was NOT listed on any Deck Plan; it was the Owners Suite and very spacious at around 1100 Sq. Feet. We thought about it for about 5 seconds and said, "YES!" Then my wife began REPACKING. We loved the Suite - Penthouse 1, but in reality, it was SO BIG it was ridiculous. We would never do it again, BUT happy we did it once. Some previous cruisers complained of noise from the LIDO Deck, but it did not bother us. Lets talk about bring ON the Ecstasy now. Built in 1991 so do not look to closely. from our balcony we could see 3 places in the combing above our deck where it had rusted through. The crew was constantly doing Maintenance and doing a very good job of it, don't get me wrong. The crew WORKS hard to maintain the ship AND make the Customers HAPPY and they do a good job of both. Entertainment is very good and that staff and the entertainers work so hard to make the cruise FUN! Entertainment everywhere. Advisory - Weather out of Charleston this time of year can be IFFY! our first night and day were sort of rough (by civilian standards - I am 30 years Navy). Many people were affected by motion sickness, so be prepared. After that it was much smoother. Remember if you stay low and toward the middle of the ship it moves less. Having said all above here is the some of the bad. Expect to be Nickle and Dimed to death. We start every morning at home with English Breakfast Tea and every night With decaf tea of some type. If you want tea other than Lipton or Bigelow Green, then it is $1.99 for a single tea bag! On Holland American and Princess (both owned by Carnival they are still free. Maybe I should not mention that.) Okay we upgraded to the "Owner's Suite" Bottled Water still costs $3.95 for a large bottle and about $2.00 for a small one. All Water on other cruise lines and Viking River cruises is FREE daily for each cruiser. Our Suite did not have a Microwave - I wonder if I could have rented one - and unlike some ships there were none in public areas. Okay I get that you may want to tip your waiter if you get a drink, but a mandatory 17% service charge and then they ask for another TIP? Really? Okay that is enough for now. Our Cabin Steward(ess?) did a marvelous job and was right on every time we needed anything. Our Wait Staff - Excellent. If you want a great time aboard - take the Behind the Fun Tour. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Carnival Ecstasy is showing her age. She is in need a some updates, but all in all she's a great ship. The crew was fantastic! Our every need and desire was met and we were treated like special guest all the time. The ... Read More
Carnival Ecstasy is showing her age. She is in need a some updates, but all in all she's a great ship. The crew was fantastic! Our every need and desire was met and we were treated like special guest all the time. The entertainment staff was great and exciting! They were professionals and if you saw them out anywhere, they would stop and talk with you. Very friendly. Our Cruise Director Adam was the best...need I say more? We won VIP seats just for being silly on the first night! We were able to sit in the best seats in the house for all shown and entertainment. We ate dinner in the MDR every night. All I can say is our wait staff was the best. They were able to remember our names and our drink preferences each time. Overall, a great vacation and we are going back! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.7
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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