14 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
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
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
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
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
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
I get 'cabin fever' and as we all know it's highly contagious. So within hours of my beginning to complain, Nancy has caught the 'fever'. We each went to our computer and Nancy came up with a 5 day Carnival ... Read More
I get 'cabin fever' and as we all know it's highly contagious. So within hours of my beginning to complain, Nancy has caught the 'fever'. We each went to our computer and Nancy came up with a 5 day Carnival Bahamas cruise that looked just like what we needed. I called, Jackie Dyson our Carnival Cruise Expert and made the arrangements. She's terrific and got us a great 'past quest' rate, not only with a 2 cabin upgrade but with extra onboard credit. We also reserve an inside cabin, but as I mentioned this time we got an upgrade to a cabin with a window. The stateroom was the same size as the inside cabins, but the window was a nice difference. The cabin had two large closets, many drawers, and sufficient room to get around. It had a TV, desk, chair and a small refrigerator, that we had requested for our medications. The bathroom was fine. The decor was very nice. Since we spend little time actually in the cabin, an inside stateroom does us just fine and we love saving the money. On April 3rd, we headed in our car to the Econolodge on US 1 in Cocoa. The Econolodge has a wonderful package for cruisers. They allow you to park your car in their lot for free and then arrange for the Cocoa Beach Shuttle to pick up there and deliver you to slip your ship is in -- all for $10 round trip, per person. Then, of course, when your ship returns they are right there to pick you up again and return you to the Econolodge. This is really quite a deal. We have been on many Carnival ships in the past, but this was our first time on the Ecstasy. This is a Fantasy class ship, which holds about 2,000 passengers and a crew of about 900. Some ships we've loved, some we liked and a one I liked not at all, but this ship was great. The decor was basically neon everywhere. And the neon changed colors every two minutes or so. There are fabric lined walls of bright colors, textures. Liked the light fixtures and the furniture. I really enjoyed the 'look' of this ship. Like all Carnival ships there are things to do 24/7. Since we did not go ashore on this trip (because we've been to the Bahamas on several other cruises) we decided to available ourselves of some of the in port activities. We went to the pool, sat sunning, Nan read her book and I worked on my computer, then we had lunch on the Lido deck, took in a seminar, and then a nap and when we woke it was time to dress for dinner. On this cruise we went to several seminars, one on diamond buying, one on buying art, and another on how to get the most out of your cruising dollar. We were walking past the Chinatown Lounge, we heard singing and it sounded great, so we went in. Turns out it was Karaoke night. Kim, the DJ was a knockout. He was very funny and the performers were terrific. This was our first visit to a Karaoke bar and we had a wonderful time. As usual we went to the champagne art auction, the Captains cocktail party, and used our two complimentary cocktail coupons at the Punchliner brunch. In the evening, we went to the Broadway shows; there were two different ones and afterward the Punchliner Comedy Club. There were two comedians and each did one show a night. They were excellent. There is so much to do; you can keep busy all day. Have a desire to leave some of you hard earned money with the ship -- try your luck at the casino, there's music trivia, art auctions, seminars, almost anything you could want to do to keep busy. As well as just sitting by the pool, or in the library just reading your book. Our last cruise, earlier this year was on the Dream. We liked the 'look' of the Dream, but it is a very, very large ship and we preferred this smaller version -- the Ecstasy. We did have one thing we did not like while on the Dream and that was the food. On all the cruises we've been on the food has been outstanding, but the food on the Dream as definitely not. We could only assume that when looking for a way to cut expenses, the powers that be, chose the food. This was not one of their best ideas. Everyone complained about the food. So, when we arrived at the dining room on the Ecstasy we didn't expect much. But as it turned out someone up high must of heard the hue and cry and went back to the old menu. The food was excellent, they had not returned to the menu some of the old expensive favorites, what was there was great. About the Dream, my complaint was that "I did not cruise to eat MEATLOAF". Which was on the menu. Food is everywhere on a Carnival ship. The lido deck has buffet-style service. Mongolian, Italian, French, pizza, deli and on and on. Most areas open until 10 pm. Pizza open all night and deli until very late. There are 2 beautiful dining rooms, the Star Star that has appointed times dining and the Wind Song that as 'anytime dining', both a pleasure to eat in. There are also coffee shops, the Captains Table and more. My all-time favorite is: 24 HOUR ROOM SERVICE -- FREE!! If you have children with you, there are clubs for kids of all ages, from the very small to teenagers. The service onboard is the best. From the dining room waiters to the room steward they are friendly and always welcoming. And finally, every ship we have been on is CLEAN. Very, very clean. There are workers, working day and night cleaning these ships. Our 5 days went much to fast (we really prefer longer cruises) but we had a spectacular time. Before we disembarked we had a final breakfast in the Wind Star dining room that was a great way to finish off our cruise. Disembarking was relatively fast. You were called by deck and going through Customs went very smoothly. We waited a short time for our shuttle to arrive and were taken back to the Econolodge to pick up our car. It is my opinion that anyone who complains about not having anything to do on a cruise either has no imagination or has their head in the sand. This was one of the best cruises we have been on and I would take it again in a flash. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Embarkation for me was a snap. I'm "Diamond", and was escorted through the embarkation process, which only took about 10 minutes, from the time I went through the doors of the terminal, until I set foot on the ship. I went ... Read More
Embarkation for me was a snap. I'm "Diamond", and was escorted through the embarkation process, which only took about 10 minutes, from the time I went through the doors of the terminal, until I set foot on the ship. I went directly to my cabin, which was ready, and spotless. My only complaint at all, with the cabin was that the bath room was smaller than any other Carnival ship that I've sailed. No problem, however, as I was sailing alone on this cruise. I found the entertainment staff, and all the shows to be outstanding, and wonder how the singers/dancers can do 6 shows in five days. (Each show was presented twice during the course of the 5 day cruise.) I personally, didn't care too much for the new "Hasbro" thingy, but lots of others did. The karaoke host, Kim, was truly a HOOT, and kept the karaoke session going smoothly, and with lots of unexpected surprises during each session. As a matter of fact, I never got to the piano bar, as I was having way too much fun at the Big Shows, and the Karaoke Sessions. The Cruise Director, Brent, was good at his job, but never to be found except at an occasional show. Most of the work was done by his assistants. Food and service in the dining room was truly excellent too, with another dash of fun, and games presented by the Maitre'd, who was SUPERCHARGED! LOL I never left the ship, in any of the ports, but instead enjoyed sitting on any lounger I wanted, and enjoying the empty hot tubs while everyone else was ashore. Debarkation day came way too fast, and the debarkation process was once again, smooth, and worry free. I joined the rest of the platinum/diamond passengers for debarkation, and was off the ship, and walking down the pier by about 8:30 in the morning. In summation, I'd highly recommend "Ecstasy" for a short cruise. Lots of fun, and the price is right! Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
This was our first Carnival cruise in 4 years and it was a pleasant surprise. The last one was out of New Orleans and debarkation and embarkation were a nightmare as well as the cruise itself. This one was great. We decided to give ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise in 4 years and it was a pleasant surprise. The last one was out of New Orleans and debarkation and embarkation were a nightmare as well as the cruise itself. This one was great. We decided to give Carnival another chance simply because we wanted to go to the Bahamas for snorkeling, and Port Canaveral was convenient to our home. We found very inexpensive parking at curiseparkingofportcanaveral.com They give personal pick up and drop off. In fact, we were delayed almost an hour getting off of the ship because our liquor purchase was delivered to the wrong cabin and they had to track it down. The shuttle waited for us because we were the only ones scheduled which was very nice. This is the first time we chose the least expensive cabin which was on deck 4. It was very comfortable and quiet. In fact, we talked to people who were on Deck 8 that paid much more whose cabin was under the stage and they could hear the whole show in their cabin. I recommend you check that out when choosing a cabin. We were mid ship and convenient to both the dining room and the buffet. This was our first time with "your time dining" and we loved it. We never had to stand in line. We had to request sitting with other couples because we enjoy visiting with new acquaintances and always got very interesting tablemates. The food was pretty good in the Wind Star dining room. One evening our dessert was very slow coming and our table mates left without it, and it did seem the service was a little slow because there was no way to grade the servers so there is no accountability. We did not eat in the buffet other than breakfast because we were off the ship every day. We did eat there twice for lunch and it was excellent. There was a big variety of unfried, non starch vegetables which isn't always the case. I thought the desserts were excellent in the dining room and the buffet too. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
We live in Central Florida so it was an easy drive to Port Canaveral. I am 68 and my husband is 69 years old but we are young at heart. Embarkation was very smooth. No waiting line and top notch staffing to answer any questions we ... Read More
We live in Central Florida so it was an easy drive to Port Canaveral. I am 68 and my husband is 69 years old but we are young at heart. Embarkation was very smooth. No waiting line and top notch staffing to answer any questions we had. This is our 3rd cruise aboard the Carnival Ecstasy - 1992, 1997 and now 2011. We were very pleased at the cleanliness of the ship - very well maintained, in our opinion. Our stateroom had a balcony which was very nice. Our cabin steward (U201) was exceptional. One of the first ships we have cruised where the cabin steward actually cleaned the balcony every day - like new! The cruise director was very personable and had an amazing talent of playing the fiddle. The country show they presented was super thanks in a large part to the cruise director fiddle-playing. We normally do not eat in the formal dining room. We frequent the Lido Deck and the buffet they offer each day. We did not go on any excursions but we know the water activities are exceptional. The country show was the best of the shows on this cruise. There was a good variety in the show which made it enjoyable. We no longer get off ships when going to Nassau since we have been there so many times. Freeport was very nice and clean. Enjoyed the casino at Port Lucaya in Freeport. The four night cruise was just fine for a get-a-way! The waters are beautiful and the water excursions are top notch. Disembarkation: This was the first time we disembarked with self-assist. Being the first one off is not necessarily the best way to get off a ship. We were winded by the time we got out of the terminal and reached our car. We are just too old to try that again. We honestly couldn't find anything to complain about - very nice experience. The entire staff should be commended for their efforts! Great time! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
My wife and I have been on 6 previous cruises (5 Carnival, 1 Royal Caribbean), but an 11 year hiatus finally ended with this trip to Key West/Cozumel. We took our 10 yr old granddaughter, her first, but now its the only way she wants to ... Read More
My wife and I have been on 6 previous cruises (5 Carnival, 1 Royal Caribbean), but an 11 year hiatus finally ended with this trip to Key West/Cozumel. We took our 10 yr old granddaughter, her first, but now its the only way she wants to travel. Best investment=Faster to the Fun. We registered at 10:40AM and were on board with luggage at our room (ready) at 11:25, first beverages by the pool at 11:45. Well worth the $50. Walking to the kids slide area, our granddaughter stopped dead in her tracks, started running and screaming..literally, another girl from her class at school was on board! She had no idea. My wife said, "Well, we'll be by the pool and see you Friday morning". Made the trip even better. Carnival still does it right. Great staff, clean cabin and public spaces, but the food at the buffet was between good/average. Biggest problem was that nothing seemed hot, just barely warm, regardless if you were there when they opened or not. Only 1 dinner in the main dining room and it was very good. Attempted to sign our granddaughter for some kids programs but never got passed the staff member in charge that day. He must have been their only choice, as he was simply rude and you could tell he did not want this assignment. We just said maybe later and left. Great Motown show and surprised at our luck at the slots, nearly $300 in our favor. Key West was nice, but the newer shops (to us) at the dock were very pricey. Walk another couple blocks to Duval St for the established stores and much better prices. Cozumel was rainy, but we managed to walk a few blocks away from the dock shops, again, those places were very pricey and similar merchandise for 1/2 the price out on the street shops. All in all it was a great trip and we will not hesitate to use Carnival, or this ship, again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
Cruising from Galveston for us is the easiest and best way to cruise. No airfare! We live in the Dallas area and drove to Galveston on Sunday before the cruise and stayed at the Tremont Hotel near the Strand. It was fantastic as it was ... Read More
Cruising from Galveston for us is the easiest and best way to cruise. No airfare! We live in the Dallas area and drove to Galveston on Sunday before the cruise and stayed at the Tremont Hotel near the Strand. It was fantastic as it was Mardi Gras and we had a great time roaming the streets. Our hotel was booked through an Internet agency so we had prepaid it. Upon checking in, we told the front desk we were cruising to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and the hotel sent chocolate covered strawberries and champagne to our room as a surprise! The hotel also offers free cruise parking at their sister hotel, the Galvez so we were able to park there and the Tremont took us to the pier the next morning for embarkation. We arrived in style in their town car! Of course, this is February and the weather can be unpredictable, but we NEVER allow this to impair our vacation. Embarkation was quite easy and we were on the ship by noon, dining in the Panorama Grill on the Lido deck. The food was awesome and this was just the beginning of a five day culinary feast! The staterooms were ready by about 1:30 and we took our carry-ons and our other luggage appeared quickly after that. We booked an inside and had the beds in the twin configuration so it gave us more room to walk about the cabin. We unpacked and then went about to roam the ship. The Ecstasy is glamorous and full of life! Music can be heard from every bar area. Our chosen dining time was the any time dining and we ate every night at the same table #111 with Alvin, the best waiter on board this ship. The food each night was unbelievable and the choices were just fantastic, in fact, of all the cruises we have been on, this food topped the list! Go Carnival! On the night of our 25th anniversary, we had champagne, a cake and singing waitstaff. Each evening we were entertained by our waiters and Jamal the maitre d' was great with introductions of what was happening next. During the day, there was trivia, bingo, port talks, the casino, the library, bars and a plethora of things to see and do. We were never bored! My husband did the "behind the scenes" tour to see what the crew actually does and got to visit the engine room. He said it was the best thing he had done in many cruises. This is offered to a limited number of passengers for a fee of $55. Time just flew by and before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye. We chose the self assist and really had no problems as we were off the ship and at our car by 10:00 and back driving north on I-45. Would we book this one again........you bet! Read Less
Sail Date February 2010
Boat was late getting into port, because it was closed due to the very thick fog.. Dropped off bags around 11am then went to eat at the Spot on the seawall. The price was pretty hefty for a hot dog, hamburger, sides, & beer. $40. It ... Read More
Boat was late getting into port, because it was closed due to the very thick fog.. Dropped off bags around 11am then went to eat at the Spot on the seawall. The price was pretty hefty for a hot dog, hamburger, sides, & beer. $40. It started raining pretty good, & it rained most of the night before. We drove around the island to see if ship was there. It docked around noon. We had to wait until everyone started to get off the ship. They said to come back after 2pm. We went to park at the Galveston Park n cruise at 2:30p. Had reserved a spot for $30, but there wasn't any spots open yet, but for $5 more, we could upgrade to a covered or inside place, whichever came open. An inside place came open, so we took it. It was pouring rain & we had to walk about 1 1/2 blocks, then cross the street. Took 1 1/2hrs from start to finish before we got on the boat. They circulated a letter saying they would credit our account $15/each because of missing lunch. I thought that was really nice of Carnival. By the time we got on, all the rooms were ready, so we went right to the room. Ship didn't leave until 6:30pm in the rain. Ship is beautiful, loved the renovations. Second time I've been on it, so i remembered where most of the places were. Thought slots were tighter, & didn't play much bingo(did not win). At Progresso, took Uxmal excursion thru ship. Was really excellent. Impressive. Our 4th mayan ruin. Love them all. Got back to pier with only 45 minutes left to shop, so didn't buy anything there. It was 90 degrees, very hot out, but this place has alot of shade. Next day at Cozumel, just shopped for trinkets. Trip across Gulf was a little rocky, many people were missing from supper. Saw a kid throw-up around the pool. This is the first time we have gone when the ship was decorated for Christmas. It was beautiful. I really enjoyed it. Our room steward Jose was great, he gave us ice, & cleaned the room several times. Our dining room server Renauldo was great also-he knew what we liked to eat & drink. Had late dining, which i thought i wouldn't like, but we had ice cream around 3pm everyday to make it to the 8:15pm dining. Overall, it was a really nice cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
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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