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Sail Date: January 2015

Shorty after we set sail on the Carnival Ecstasy, I was praying for debarkation. The check in process was painless and moved rather quickly which was a pleasant suprise. The first thing I noticed after stepping on to the ship were ... Read More

Shorty after we set sail on the Carnival Ecstasy, I was praying for debarkation. The check in process was painless and moved rather quickly which was a pleasant suprise. The first thing I noticed after stepping on to the ship were massive crowds of people. I figured that this was just because everyone was boarding at the same time and that once the confusion subsided and everyone figured out where they needed to go, that the crowds would die down. WRONG! The entire weekend this ship was complete chaos. At least a 5-10 min wait to get an elevator no matter what time of day or what part of the ship you were on. Getting a chair by the pool or on any outside deck was nearly impossible. Getting in the pool or one of the hot tubs at any time of the day was completely impossible. The buffet left a lot to be desired. Hockey puck cheeseburgers and rubbery hot dogs on the outside lido deck, and bland artificial tasting food inside. There were two small buffets inside. Both served the same thing, however both were hardly ever open at the same time leaving everyone to crowd at one. Buffet closed at random times all throughout the day. The shows were completely outdated for a family fun ship in 2015. The "welcome aboard" show was a group of mediocre singers singing motown songs dressed ridiculously., and then there was the british invasion show which was an homage to the beatles and similar acts sung by the same group of mediocre singers and overactors. Our port of call was Nassau which was an amazing experience. We opted for the glass bottom boat tour, as well as the tour of Nassau harbor. I would have much rather stayed in Nassau and flew home than to get back on the ship. The third day was a "fun day at sea"...by the end of this day I was ready to jump off the ship and swim the rest of the way. Everywhere on the ship was so crowded and most of the activities were geared towards children. The two shows that night were repeat performances of the same horrible shows in the days before. Another major downside to this ship is that is is a smaller ship, therefore you feel EVERYTHING! I have been home for almost a week now and am still suffering from vertigo feeling like I am rocking back and forth. I can promise that I will NEVER sail on the Carnival Ecstasy again.I will possibly give Carnival itself one more try on a bigger more updated ship, but in the future I will most likely spend the extra money and go with Royal Caribbean or Norwegian.

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Sail Date: November 2014

this new ship was redone very poorly it add two deck and didn,t add a places to feed all the extra people.they took away a pool in the back of ship and add a slide. now they only have a small pool in the center for 3000 . they had two ... Read More

this new ship was redone very poorly it add two deck and didn,t add a places to feed all the extra people.they took away a pool in the back of ship and add a slide. now they only have a small pool in the center for 3000 . they had two hot tubs for all the quest and one:for 18 and older witch held 6 people. you couldn,t get even closes to the hot tube. the staff was not very good they couldn,t get a hole meal right. not just at night but in the morning to. staff did help when you had problem they made you feel like it was my first time sailing .this is my 20th time.they did tell me when i got my drink card that was and extra charges when your in port. that is sumthing new and they should have told you when you get the card. over all was not pleased with the servies we got

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Sail Date: August 2014

This was our first time on the Sensation and we tended to compare the experience against sailing on the Freedom and Liberty.

The Cabin. We stayed in a Junior Suite on the Verandah deck and the balcony had a slightly obstructed ... Read More

This was our first time on the Sensation and we tended to compare the experience against sailing on the Freedom and Liberty.

The Cabin. We stayed in a Junior Suite on the Verandah deck and the balcony had a slightly obstructed view. The room was clean, cool, quiet, and roomy. The bathroom was slightly cramped and didn't have enough lighting. Only two small lights over the sink were installed which meant your shower was always dark. The quality of the water was also interesting at some times it would have a slightly brownish hue to it. Our cabin was V21 forward which meant a slight walk to the aft to use serenity or to eat at the buffet. The balcony was smaller than those on Liberty and Freedom but it still had room to enjoy the view and forget about your troubles. A small tv is mounted on the wall and a few channels were available but we weren't on the cruise to watch TV so not a problem.

During sea days we spent most of our time around the pool. We really enjoy the serenity areas on other ships but this one just doesn't work well. While the serenity area is quiet and the hot tubs rarely full, it was not serviced by bar staff. Any time we wanted to get a drink we had to get out and get one ourselves. At the pool area the wait staff was fantastic and always ready to get us more. Please let me provide caution to those traveling with small children. The single pool was absolutely packed with wall to wall people who were enjoying themselves and the spirits. Children should not be in the pool without their parent because they could quickly be pushed under. The DJ plays mostly salsa, and latin music in the pool area. Plenty of deck chairs were available which was not the case on our other voyages.

The food was ok. The funship 2.0 upgrades on other ships bring a nice array of food to the ship and we missed that the most on this ship. Since the ship travels with a smaller passenger load lines were not a problem and food was plentiful. We dined in the main dining room for dinner and breakfast and had a great experience. Passengers on this ship dressed very casually in the dining hall, men were not wearing jackets and ladies were the most dressed up.

We also found Carnival offered the Cheers program with this itinerary which we did take advantage of fully.

While in Nassau we booked a rum tour which takes you to couple of different locations in town to taste rum. The rum tastings were just straight shots of different types of rum, most of them very strong in alcohol which was a bit much to take.

Overall another great vacation and thanks to Carnival for their great service.

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Sail Date: July 2014

This review is from the view of a mid 20's newlywed couple. We were hesitant about booking a cruise on the sensation based off some of the reviews on here, but we did and extremely happy. Neither of us had been on a cruise before so we ... Read More

This review is from the view of a mid 20's newlywed couple. We were hesitant about booking a cruise on the sensation based off some of the reviews on here, but we did and extremely happy. Neither of us had been on a cruise before so we were unsure what to expect.

Getting our sail and sign cards and onto the ship was a breeze. We were on the ship in about 30 minutes from the time we arrived at port. Our room wasn't ready until 1:30 so we grabbed some lunch at the buffet on the Lido deck to kill some time. The food was much better than I expected and there was a wide variety from Burgers, Hotdogs, Mongolian, Italian, Deli Sandwichs, etc. Our luggage arrived at our room around 4 o'clock. We booked 2 excursions while on this cruise. Snorkeling while in Freeport and a Beach Day while in Nassau. Both excursions were reasonably priced and was very well organized. The locals running the excursions were friendly and helpful. I would even say, I never saw an unhappy carnival worker on or off the ship. All were extremely friendly and helpful. I read reviews on here that said the ship was very outdated. If that is the case, I look forward to seeing one of the newer carnival ships because it didn't feel outdated at all. There is a lot of purple so maybe this puts off an 80s vibe to some, but didn't both us a bit. The shows and entertainment at the bars is top notch. We sat in Touch of Class one night and listened to Brad play piano and sing hits of Queen, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, etc. He was great and it was a blast. I also read on here that the drinks were way over priced. The average mixed drink was about $8.75 and the 16oz beers were about $6.50. Those prices compare to our bars downtown so they didn't bother us at all. The food at dinner was great. Our waiters and waitresses called us by name and made it feel much more formal than it was. The steak, lobster, and chicken we had was great. Nothing we had was ever under or over cooked. The entertainment at the Lido deck was usually music that would appeal to the younger crowd, and did seem like more of a party. I can see where adults 30+ or a family may not be a fan of this.

All in all we had a blast and are planning a cruise with our family and group of friends next summer. If you are considering this for your first cruise or honeymoon do not hesitate. We couldn't think of a better way to spend it. A+ to Carnival and their staff for providing such an enjoyable experience for people at what we consider a very good value.

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Sail Date: June 2014

I would like to say that this is my second cruise! We left out of Charleston the first time! That cruise was much better. The parking in Jax. was not covered as it was in Charleston. We had to carry all our luggage all the way to the ... Read More

I would like to say that this is my second cruise! We left out of Charleston the first time! That cruise was much better. The parking in Jax. was not covered as it was in Charleston. We had to carry all our luggage all the way to the ship where a guy grabs your luggage with an attitude then ask you for a tip are you kidding me! The ship was set up just like the first one! It seemed like every time you went to get something to eat everything was put up. Or the line was so full by the time you got up there you had to wait because it was empty! The first day the pool was closed, not cool. The room guys were all great! The water you drank did suck! The comedians were awesome. The show`s as I read on another review were the same as the rest of the ships, which is true! I think they should offer soda products. They need more than one guy working in the back where the pizza and sandwich place is. Expecially if they shut down all the other food spots.

But the main thing that ruined it for me was the Shore Excursion to Atlantis, what a rip off 200 dollars to go to a beach the size of a basketball court, Then they offered lunch at a restaurant so they say! Which one was closed and you could not find the other ones and if you did there were 60 people in line to get sorry Hamburgers or hotdogs, IOh yeah pizza but they were out! WHAT A RIPOFF THAT PLACE IS!!!! Carnival I want my 200 dollars back. Oh yeah get a better DJ! How many times can you play Happy by Pharrell and kiss Alabama`s butt`s by playing Sweet Home Alabama!! No offense to Alabama fan`s but I was about to throw up if I heard that song one more time or ROLL TIDE!!! Oh and getting off the ship a Nightmare!!! J.D.

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Sail Date: June 2014

Although many of us were first time cruisers our parents who are avid cruisers coordinated the Carnival cruise for their four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. This ship was perfect for our family of 18. Children ranged ... Read More

Although many of us were first time cruisers our parents who are avid cruisers coordinated the Carnival cruise for their four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. This ship was perfect for our family of 18. Children ranged in age from 3-16. I believe there were over 700 children on the ship during our trip! Each child made a new friend.

Several of us stayed overnight in a nearby Jacksonville hotel (Springhill Suites) and parked there, then were transported to the ship for embarkation. It was stress free. I'd do that again in a heart beat.

The Faster to the Fun was definitely worth the price if you can get it. Getting on board and off ship early was a huge benefit, especially if you have to drive home on the last day and the cost is $50 per room (not per person). Only about 50 rooms have the opportunity for this perk. We went right to our room, then right to lunch. No lines on ship.

TIP: We purchased plastic coil wrist bracelets ahead of time and brought a hole punch with us so each person had their own color bracelet that held their sign & sail card. Not one kid lost their card the entire trip! We also made sure each child had a waterproof watch. That way no one was late!

Most of us over packed. Take out about half of what you think you'll need. The goal would be to only pack as much as you can carry so you can walk off the ship on the last day with your own luggage. We only needed 1-2 nights worth of "fancy" clothes for our 6:00 PM dining. The other nights were "cruise casual" so shorts were appropriate in the dining room. We really just lived in our swim suits most days and camped out at the water slides.

We purchased the "Bubbles" program for the kids and they really enjoyed asking for Shirley Temples from the various bar locations. We all thought the bar prices were reasonable for individual cocktails. We brought our own wine on the ship and paid the modest corking fee at dinner.

My folks said the food was better than they had expected overall and they have been on many cruise lines. Its perfect for kids with pizza, salad, deli and grill choices every day. The last day they had lamb for lunch in the grill area. Don't miss out and be sure to reserve the dining room! The food was really good and our kids tried lots of new foods like alligator, escargot, sushi and cold fruit soups!

Camp Carnival was great. We did find the younger kids having to be picked up at 10 pm was kind of a drag, but they needed the sleep! We gave the kids ages 12-16 a 1:00 a.m. curfew when most activities ended and they were always in the room before hand.

Our kids loved the Hasboro the Game Show on the ship. Events are short so they keep your attention.

Our only excursion fee was that we paid for the kids to take advantage of the one hour Adventure Area on the "beach day" which includes floating obstacles, slides and trampolines in the water. One hour is PLENTY of time! Your kids will be exhausted.

Our children ages 13 & 16 said it was the best vacation ever!

 

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Sail Date: May 2014

My husband and I took a 5-day cruise to Key West, Nassau and Freeport Bahamas. The ship cleanliness was unsurpassed. The housekeeping crew was out every morning cleaning the public areas. Our cabin was extremely clean. I took a package ... Read More

My husband and I took a 5-day cruise to Key West, Nassau and Freeport Bahamas. The ship cleanliness was unsurpassed. The housekeeping crew was out every morning cleaning the public areas. Our cabin was extremely clean. I took a package of clorox wipes and went over the entire cabin upon check-in and the only areas that picked up any dirt was the window sill and the phone. Both embarkation and disembarkation were organized and efficient. We needed to meet our transport to airport at 9:00 and went to desk services to get an earlier disembarkation time which was handled seamlessly -- no fuss, no hassle. I was very impressed with the ship's entertainment. The musical show was accompanied by a live orchestra. Very nice! In addition, there was live entertainment going on everywhere -- from pool-side to promenade around the casino and the atrium area. We also enjoyed the female comedian on two nights -- she was hilarious! The assigned dining was good (not great) and we were seated with two lovely couples that were delightful company. We indulged on the steak house one night and it was a foodie's delight!! We also thought the burgers from Guy's were delish!!! In our opinion, the shore excursions were overpriced and so-so. We took the bike ride in Key West and the guide, Dennison, was cool, but we probably could have done more by renting bikes and trekking on our own. In Freeport, we paid $75 for a beach and snorkeling excursion. The trip to the beach took about 30 minutes and the snorkeling instructions took another 30 minutes. Next time, we'll probably just take a cab to a beach and go it on our own. But back to the positives, the ship was fabulous fun with things going on all the time. The entire ship had a great vibe and we'll definitely try it again.

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Sail Date: December 2013

We have been on over 11 cruises with Carnival Cruise lines since 2000, both here in Caribbean (eastern, western, southern) and one in Europe, and all we're really great until this one (December 2013). We've had a few inside cabins, a ... Read More

We have been on over 11 cruises with Carnival Cruise lines since 2000, both here in Caribbean (eastern, western, southern) and one in Europe, and all we're really great until this one (December 2013). We've had a few inside cabins, a few with windows, and a few with balconies when we've been able to land a good deal. We always loved every minute on board. Over the years we've seen a decline in some of our favorite things:

1. Shows: on our first few cruises, the show team had about 12 to 14 dancers, two singers, and a small orchestra. That has dwindled to 4 dancers and 2 singers and a stereo. Does anyone remember the "Cars" show and the one with the "Copacabana" song? These were great great great shows. These last shows were a real disappointment—no band, 8 dancers, two shows and one was so raunchy we left. We used to go see the shows twice, they were so good. If we had early dining, we could go to the early show and stay for the late show.

2. Food: We were always so impressed and delighted with dining on Carnival ships. The menus varied every day, and everything was special and really good. We have had a saying in our house for many years that we say about a really good meal when eating out: "That was cruise quality!" But on this most recent cruise, they changed their menu drastically a week before our cruise (the waiter told us!) and now the whole meal experience is a bit below Applebee's. I've got nothing against Applebee's, but it is not special. They are calling it "American Dining" and apparently that is so, because the menu selections are blah blah blah American restaurant food you can get anywhere. I am not saying that the food was bad, but it was certainly nothing to excite your interest or palate! I never once left the table thinking “that was good” rather I left thinking “I hope tomorrow’s dinner is better.”

3. Dining Experience: Well, I guess the little music combo is long gone that used to play in the dining room. Huge shock #1: no more table cloths. We were used to elegant dining at every dinner. But now for 5 of 7 nights, the tables are not set well—no tablecloths, the napkins are not starched and folded nicely, even the silverware is not in the right place (forks and knives anywhere), the noise level of clinking silverware combined with the regular ambient noise of the engines in the stern of the ship where the dining room is located really made it hard to hear other people in our party. It was crazy. Then there were small gangs of waiters going around urging people to chug shots of whiskey, chanting the whole way. Are you all kidding? Who thought that up that brilliant idea? That made the dining room take on the characteristics of a fraternity basement! Uggh! I guess I don’t need to say that the dress code for dinner in the dining room is no longer in existence. I saw a group of men wearing tank tops and shorts in the dining room on “Cruise Elegant” night (what used to be called formal night). So what used to be a special experience for us has descended to something akin to Fuddruckers. Then there is the waiter dancing … what used to be fun to witness has degraded, like everything else there, into a rude version of itself. Now the waiters are imitating pole dancers on the server stands. This is not what I want to see at a classy dinner. On our first cruise, the waiters got together on the last night and sang an American patriotic song to show they were appreciative — and we all returned the appreciation favor back to them with thanks, applause, and tips. None of that goes on anymore. However, at the individual level, I need to state that the wait service was still VERY GOOD. One of my family members had a special dietary restriction, and the Maitre d’ and the waiter bent over backwards to accommodate him at every meal, including breakfasts and lunch on the Lido when we were in port, and which consisted of reviewing the menu for the day on the night before (!!) so that they would be sure to have any dish prepared the right way. We REALLY appreciated that part of the service.

Formal Nights, now called Cruise Elegant, were the only times that the dining room somewhat resembled what Carnival was for us for so many years with table cloths, better settings, better menu. I am really disappointed in Carnival. We are gold status members, and we are VERY PARTIAL to Carnival, but I guess we’ll have to find a different cruise line in the future. What with bringing the standards of the Lido down into the Dining Room, the lowering of the menu, and the gangs of chuggers, I can only conclude that Carnival has decided to re-aim their cruise experience for a lower-class customer. Good-bye, Carnival! It was great while it lasted.

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Sail Date: November 2013

We havebeen on several cruises soem form Carnival and lots on Royal Caribean. This was by far one of the best experiences we ever had. We were shocked after reading soem bad reveiws the night before we left. The ship is one of the older ... Read More

We havebeen on several cruises soem form Carnival and lots on Royal Caribean. This was by far one of the best experiences we ever had. We were shocked after reading soem bad reveiws the night before we left. The ship is one of the older ones but has been refurbished. It was clean. Service was great. I would recommend hte early dinner seating or dine my way seating as some of the shows only have 1 show time and the later dinner seating ends too late to make the show.

The food was good not awesome but good. Lobster tail one night as Carnival always has on one night of the cruise. The entertainment especially the band ASIA which played outside the casino each night was amazing they played everything from the 40's thru todays hits and were awesome!!!.

A little too much smoke in the casino and at the bar outsie fo it but other than that we had an amazing time. Someone won 10,000 dollas on a $1 slot machine the first night of the trip. Never thought that coud happen on a cruise. Piano bar was fun. Getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake could nto believe it no lines no waiting!!!!!

Don't listen tot he negative comments try it for yourself. We were certainly pleasantly surprised.

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Sail Date: October 2013

My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise on the Carnival Glory! It was totally awesome! We had a balcony room, which was bigger than I expected. Everything you need and/or want is right there on the ship. The staff was ... Read More

My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise on the Carnival Glory! It was totally awesome! We had a balcony room, which was bigger than I expected. Everything you need and/or want is right there on the ship. The staff was so polite, courteous, helpful....never a frown! They all seem to LOVE their jobs. The Cruise Director, Matt, was absolutely wonderful. We saw him a lot around the ship and loved the way he was so very involved with the passengers. Everything was very well organized and super clean!! FUN, FUN, FUN! Even though we were probably older than most in this night club, we had a blast....if you like to dance to the music of today, you must hit the White Heat Nightclub. We also enjoyed every single show we went to and every single meal we had. Even though the food was good at the Steakhouse, we would not do that again. Our table was right next to the cooking area, and we had a hard time with our personal conversation because we could hear the staff talking and kitchen activity going on. Also, it is an extra expense. Another extra expense, but well worth it are the deals offered on certain days in the Fun Shops. I got several beautiful pieces of jewelry for a small price. Just so much to do.....don't forget the Lido Deck Pool....FUN FUN FUN!!! Can't wait til our next cruise!!

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