50 Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Bahamas from Charleston

I have cruised before with carnival a great experience on Fantasy but this cruise on Ecstasy was terrible. The food was disgusting the only thing i could eat was Guys burger joint and ice cream. The ship and my room had a horrible smell ... Read More
I have cruised before with carnival a great experience on Fantasy but this cruise on Ecstasy was terrible. The food was disgusting the only thing i could eat was Guys burger joint and ice cream. The ship and my room had a horrible smell like a septic tank. I was not given a bootle to open on the last nighth of the cruise the bar tenders were rude. The stateroom steward was awesome. The ride going was rocky and the entire boat was sick. No storms so I was confused why it was that bad. Icalled to report all my issues to carvial, I was told they would research and call me back based on this site everyone was complaining so unsure what you need to research. I havent heard from them yet.I read this was training ship no wonder it was horrible. I would never go on Ecstasy again!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We cannot tell you how excited we were to leave on 1/6/19. We were eloping, taking our first cruise, and my soon-to-be husband was leaving the country for the first time. His name is Brandon. That'll be in important here in a second. ... Read More
We cannot tell you how excited we were to leave on 1/6/19. We were eloping, taking our first cruise, and my soon-to-be husband was leaving the country for the first time. His name is Brandon. That'll be in important here in a second. We get ready on the morning of the 9th for our wedding and go to the library to have our ceremony. The officiant is reading a manual on how to perform weddings when we arrive. That's a little odd but whatever, we get it. Wanna stay sharp. The ceremony begins. The officiant seems nervous but heck, so are we! He talks about marriage for a minute and then launches into the canned vows... my fiance and I have brought our personalized vows with us written on cards. We both stumble through the generic ones thinking ... maybe ours will go after that? What is happening? Then the officiant calls my fiance JUSTIN and we both look at each other. Something is very wrong. He then has us bow our heads and starts a prayer. Neither my husband or I have any problem bowing our heads for a prayer at other ceremonies. We however never approved a prayer for our own wedding day and certainly wouldn't have approved THIS ONE. Is it too much to ask to just be given what you paid for on your wedding day? Before we left for the cruise, the wedding planner and I had a very clear email thread where the details for the ceremony were mapped out. They weren't anything special but they were what we wanted; we were an easy couple! At no point did anyone even ask us about a prayer. I was even sent a script for the generic wedding that I edited minimally and sent back - at their request. Why did I go through any of that if they weren't going to use any of it?! Later, when we were back in our room and had recited our ACTUAL vows sitting beside one another on the bed, my husband said that during the middle of the ceremony, once he could tell there had been a mix up, he wanted to just interrupt and say "can we just do the pictures so we can go?" I completely understood what he meant. It felt like a bad dream. So we get home, and I send a colorful email to the carnival wedding team ON THE SAME THREAD where all of our instructions for the wedding were approved in clear detail, and let them know that something went very wrong. They offer me a couple hundred dollar refund for the officiant's service, which was clearly botched. Yeah, our ceremony was something out of a bad romantic comedy, but i'll just take a couple hundred bucks instead of a full refund for our wedding. Sure. So, they tell me a resolution team will contact me within 7 business days. I wait. Those business days come and go. No one has contacted me. It's been weeks. I reply on the active thread demanding they at least give ME the email address of this illusive department that was supposed to contact me. Crickets. This is a nightmare. I have yet to hear anything back. So, in tears today, I filed my first ever better business bureau complaint against Carnival. If you had told us. before our wedding, that we'd be sitting on some BBB website, filing a claim against the company that would perform our wedding, I would have laughed. I'm the type of person who would rather keep something I don't like than deal with the hassle of getting a refund. So, I do not recommend carnival cruise line for anything purely based on their indifference to handling what is a truly sad situation for my husband and myself. But also because the food was completely underwhelming, the bed in our ultra fancy suite [literally the nicest room we could purchase] was two twin beds pushed together where they slide apart if anyone tries to lay remotely close to the center - just what we were hoping for on our honeymoon, because there was cigarette smoke wafting into different non-smoking and unavoidable areas of the ship at all times, and because the entire trip felt like a weird upsell designed to get us to spend more money. One positive: the staff that maintained our rooms was SUPER kind and personable and did an amazing job Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We love Carnival , just not this ship. If you have never been on other carnival ships or this was your first cruise it was ok ,but I would suggest you try another ship and see what you are missing. Room service was very good but that was ... Read More
We love Carnival , just not this ship. If you have never been on other carnival ships or this was your first cruise it was ok ,but I would suggest you try another ship and see what you are missing. Room service was very good but that was the only thing on par with their other ships. MDR service was slow and poor, waiters mixed up orders and we had to repeatedly ask for things such as after dinner coffee. A lot of the events we attended were unorganized and were late getting started. The casino , which I tend to spend a lot of time in , was lackluster and had no feeling of energy and excitement. Workers very unfriendly. Liquor purchased onboard was not delivered to your cabin on the last night,but had to be picked up at 6am in one of the lounges the last morning. This was a mess! I got their about 5:40 to find about 30 people waiting . By the time came to pick up your order there were probably about 150 tired people outside fighting over which way the line was running and who got to go in first. Employees on hand just stood by and made no attempt to intervene into a situation that was not going well. If this would have been our first cruise we might hesitate going back but experience tells us not to judge by this ship. we are already book on Carnival again ,but will not go back on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Embarkation was very easy. We were on the ship early. No waiting for ID photos any longer. They scan the picture from your passport, on the ship in 20 minutes. We had a great time. Dining room every night. Enjoyed every meal ... Read More
Embarkation was very easy. We were on the ship early. No waiting for ID photos any longer. They scan the picture from your passport, on the ship in 20 minutes. We had a great time. Dining room every night. Enjoyed every meal there. Had the seven course meal at the chef's table, it was a great experience. The tour of the galley was very interesting. It's almost unbelievable they prepare 10,000 meals per day on the ship. Hats off to Nant our cabin steward. Room was cleaned every time we turned around. Never ever ran out of ice. Hadi did a great job at the Red Rum Bar. I kept him running with buckets of beer. Pookie danced the night away at the Casino bar. The band there is great. They can play anything. Would really like to see them again. Went to the late night party on the Serenity Deck. Twerking was the order of the day. Met some great new friends. All in all it was a great trip, would do it again. Older ship but first class service. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I went on this cruise with my husband, two sons 22 and 15 , mother in law and sister in law. we had three rooms. everything was smooth and great. I give everyone from the cruise director leon, the dining staff Phillip to the stewards a ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my husband, two sons 22 and 15 , mother in law and sister in law. we had three rooms. everything was smooth and great. I give everyone from the cruise director leon, the dining staff Phillip to the stewards a wonderful rating they gave all of us a nice time our rooms clean I dropped a crumb under the bad to prove to my husband that they clean every part of the room. The activities was amazing also it seem everyone one on the ship tried to join in. I loved princess cay island also it seem private just for our ship yes I would go again already booking a trip. I would recommend this trip to family and couples. it was my husband and sons first cruise I went on a few with my grandmother when I was younger and my in laws also went on a few they all loved it Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
My husband and I decided on this cruise because of the short driving distance to Charleston. We were celebrating our birthday and upcoming anniversary. Charleston is Charleston. Nothing new there. Our cruise ship arrived 3 hours late ... Read More
My husband and I decided on this cruise because of the short driving distance to Charleston. We were celebrating our birthday and upcoming anniversary. Charleston is Charleston. Nothing new there. Our cruise ship arrived 3 hours late on embarkation due to some apparent weather, which we had completely smooth sailing. When we finally got to board, embarkation and disembarkation process went smoothly. The ship is very dated and dirty on the outside. We had an ocean view window which was difficult to see out of bc it was dirty from the outside. There is not much to do on the ship. Shows are repetitive. Comedy was mediocre and same show over and over. Stripes dance club was enjoyable the first night but after that, don’t go back. DJ plays the exact same set of songs every night on repeat. Shows in blue Saphire lounge with cruise director, Gary, were the best on this cruise. He’s funny and the shows were good BUT hard to enjoy with the poor seating and views. FOOD was overall horrible! Taste, selection, baked potatoes not even warm enough to melt butter on. Dining room food even worse than the buffet. Pizza was not what I call pizza. Guys Burgers were great but how many times in 5 days can you eat a burger. Room service menu was a joke and after purchasing cheers program, no I will not pay for a soda in the room! Bars were understaffed with bartenders. On a ship with nothing else to do... yes we are going to drink! You’ll lose a buzz before you get another one. One female bartender from Syria at alchemy bar was extremely rude! Pools very small and crowded. Spend a small fortune in the casino because theee is nothing else to do. Getting off the ship at Princess Cay was a mess. One crew member was suppose to hand our stickers for tenor numbers for the entire ship. Finally they decided to wave the stickers, which was 1.5 hour after we were suppose to. In Nassau we didn’t get off at the port until 9am. Arrived back early in Charleston. Total of 6-7 hours cut off our cruise. Not one perk offered in return. Princess Cay is beautiful but just another way for Carnival to make money. Even though it’s a privately owned island where THEIR staff serves, cheers program does not work. Buffet that was served was HORRIBLE! Nassau was our favorite! LOVE LOVE it! We look more for dealing with locals and how people really live, getting the real experience so we wanted to stay away from the excursions. Locals on Junkanoo Beach will treat you like Royalty. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Carnival Ecstasy is overrated... Pool area is super small. Unless you get out early and reserve a lounge chair with your towel, you won't get a spot near the pool. Serenity Adult only area is pretty small as well. Hard to get a ... Read More
Carnival Ecstasy is overrated... Pool area is super small. Unless you get out early and reserve a lounge chair with your towel, you won't get a spot near the pool. Serenity Adult only area is pretty small as well. Hard to get a longer chair there, too. Drinks were abundantly available and flowing on day 1. After that, don't rely on anyone coming around for your drink order. You will wait in LONG lines to get your drink. Food was not great. Repetative menu. Buffett area was so hot, we were sweating while trying to eat. Main dining was okay. NOTHING spectacular in any food location! Room service menu also disappointing. You CANNOT use your Cheers! drink card when ordering room service. So much for enjoying that cocktail in your room. VIP Luxury Sailing Shore excursion was a FLOP! Snorkling gear fell off of boat while traveling to reef site. Spent over an hour trying to locate gear. Finally gave up looking and we were told we could swim instead. Paid $105 each for a snorkel excursion. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Our room staff were GREAT! Always clean and never had to ask for anything. Overall, we were super disappointed. Won't be cruising on that boat again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The Port of Charleston was a breeze for both embarkation and disemabarkation which is a huge plus. The ecstacy is definitely showing age but our cabin was clean and comfortable. Our Cabin steward was fantastic! Service everywhere was ... Read More
The Port of Charleston was a breeze for both embarkation and disemabarkation which is a huge plus. The ecstacy is definitely showing age but our cabin was clean and comfortable. Our Cabin steward was fantastic! Service everywhere was great and most seemed happy to serve you. This wasn't my first cruise so I had high expectations regarding food. The Lido buffet did not offer as many selections or variety as the larger ships. I love eating the buffets but was very disappointed. I agree with the person who stated it was like eating at Golden Corral. The breakfast at the buffet was good, however. The food in the dining room was ok but nothing outstanding. The desserts seemed flavorless except for the chocolate melting cake..it was amazing! The drinks seemed watered down. The premixed drinks supposedly had alcohol...I couldn't tell. Lots of young kids on this trip and it seemed geared toward them Kids taking up bar stools at the bars, filling up the hot tub, etc. With one pool, the trip would have been a disaster had the weather been hot. Two thousand people trying to keep cool in one very small pool..thank goodness it wasn't hot. Went to the first show of one of the comedians and it was ok...he was funny but it was the family friendly show so he had kids in his act. The cruise director Brittney worked her butt off! She was great! Didn't do a shore excursion so I can't comment on them. I'm not a cheap person..I like to spend money, but they seemed over priced. I just didn't choose to take one. One thing I saw as a fail on Carnival's part was having loud music playing in the atrium bar which is right next to guest services. I had asked a question at guest services and could not hear the staff when they were talking. The accents sometimes are difficult to understand but with music blaring I couldn't hear him. He could have made a better effort to speak up but Since he didn't I had to lean over the counter and keep asking him to repeat himself. Relocate guest services. Unless my family insists, I won't sail the Ecstacy again. If I do it will be because of the Charleston port and not the ship. Despite my disappointment I had a good time because it was vacation. Would love to sail Carnival again but will check out the other cruise lines before I do. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Had a great time. This was my 6th Cruise, 5th Carnival, first time on Ecstasy, first time going out of Charleston (even though I live there). We did FTTF which I love. I am notoriously cheap on my cruises, don’t get the soda package ... Read More
Had a great time. This was my 6th Cruise, 5th Carnival, first time on Ecstasy, first time going out of Charleston (even though I live there). We did FTTF which I love. I am notoriously cheap on my cruises, don’t get the soda package or Cheers, don’t gamble, don’t do expensive excursions but I like getting on the ship early, my room being ready right away, my luggage arriving early and one of the first to get off the ship. The Charleston port was super easy to get through. Since we live about 20 mins away from the port, my mom dropped us off at 10:30. We had to wait outside the gate for about 45 mins. but once we were inside the terminal, it was quick check in and boarding. Yes, the ship is old, but I feel like they are doing a decent job of maintaining it especially after the dry dock a few years back. I saw a few spots where paint was peeling but the ship was clean and didn’t have a lot of noticeable maintenance issues. My husband and I both agreed that the crew on this ship was top notch. Everyone was smiling and truly seemed happy to be working on this ship. The Lido was extremely well run. We saw the supervisor many, many times throughout the week. He is very hands-on and does a great job of leading his staff. The food was typical Carnival Lido food. I think the pizza at Pizza Pirate is great . Guys Burgers always good as well as Blue Iguana. But why don’t they serve tortilla chips to go with the awesome salsa bar. Next time I’ll remember to bring a bag on the ship. I’m not a fan of Carnival desserts but I really love the chocolate chip cookies and the other cookies they serve. Not sure what they are... they look like Chocolate Chip without the chips. They don’t always have the cookies out at the Lido but you can order them in room service anytime. I didn’t try the Deli but tbh it didn’t look very appetizing. The wait staff in the MDR was outstanding. We did YTD and had a different waiter each night. They were all superb. One again super friendly and fun. We had to wait about 20 mins one night for a table (we showed up around 6:15 I think) but no wait on the other nights. The soups were all very good... French Onion, Navy Bean and Ham, Beef Lentil, all good. My husband loved the Beef Brisket. They used to have pie alamode on the menu each night but this time, only 2 nights of pie. One night cherry, one night Apple. Both very good. We stayed in Room M9. Front of 5th deck. Our room attendant was good. His name was Rudita (Rudy for short). He asked us on the first day if we wanted morning and night service or just one or the other. We picked morning only and that ended up being fine. We had good weather. The ship rocked a bit at times but I always take motion control meds the first few days as a preventative and I had no problems. The ship did not feel crowded at all. I had never been in Feb and it is definitely a quieter bunch of passengers. Not a lot of kids, no Spring Breakers... mostly couples and older people. But with that being said, still a great group of people. We met so many nice couples.. a couple from Myrtle Beach celebrating their 50th anniversary, a couple from Raleigh who were retired, doing a back to back and already on their 4th cruise this year (they did 27 in 2017!), two couples on their honeymoon, a couple from Charleston that loved baseball like we do. Most people were from the Carolinas, Virginia or Georgia and I don’t recall ever cruising with a more friendly, laid back group ( maybe because most left their kids at home lol). We are big fans of Punchliner comedy but the two comedians this week were just so-so. That’s ok. We still had fun! I love Carnival. I like the crew, like the Comedy, like being able to do my own laundry, like the food better than Royal, like the people who cruise with me. My favorite ship is the Magic but I liked the Ecstasy too. There’s a lot to be said for not having to get up at 7 am to get a deck chair, not having to wait a half hour in line for my burger, not feeling claustrophobic when I walk through throngs of people. Another great trip for us! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was our third sailing with Carnival, and our last. This ship is old, and needs a complete face lift. Paint was pealing all over the deck. The food was mediocre. The breakfast buffet was the same everyday, as was the lunch buffet. We ... Read More
This was our third sailing with Carnival, and our last. This ship is old, and needs a complete face lift. Paint was pealing all over the deck. The food was mediocre. The breakfast buffet was the same everyday, as was the lunch buffet. We were drinking what we thought was iced tea, only to see one of the staff pour in a container that said "iced tea flavoring mix"..... The buffet felt more like a mess hall in the military. Plastic platters, short little yellow and green cups, silverware wrapped in old faded napkins. The only night we had dinner in the dining room, it was very rushed. We sat down, were given our menus and literally a minute later the waiter asked if we were ready to order. We said we needed a few more minutes, he did a heavy sigh and walked away. After we did order, the food came out fast. It was not a great experience. Guy's Burger Joint was about the best food on the cruise! The Comedy shows were great, just wish they were a bit longer. The staff was personable and helpful. Our stateroom was average. It was in need of paint and refurbishing. There is not a way to adjust the temperature in the room, so we had cold air blowing on us all night. Our room steward was exceptional! There needs to be a larger adult only area. The weather was not great on our cruise, but the one day it was warm and you could swim and catch some sun, the pool was filled with kids... the hot tubs were filled with kids. Had the same problem on my other two Carnival Cruises. Embarkation and Debarkation was smooth and stress free. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We mainly chose it because Charleston is a close drive for us, but also because we've cruised on the Ecstasy before and really loved it! It's an older ship and it definitely shows in wear, but we still think it's a beautiful ... Read More
We mainly chose it because Charleston is a close drive for us, but also because we've cruised on the Ecstasy before and really loved it! It's an older ship and it definitely shows in wear, but we still think it's a beautiful ship and we had a fantastic time. All the crew members were so friendly and helpful, and always took the time to chat with us and tell us some great stories. The entertainment staff did a fantastic job putting on some great shows and parties for us. The Comedian Doug Williams was HILARIOUS!! Definitely enjoyed his shows the most out of all we've seen. The food was excellent for every meals, and we loved the addition of Guy's Burgers and the new Cantina - the burritos are fantastic! Princess Cays was absolutely breathtaking, gorgoues beaches and the water is the bluest I'eve ever soon. Would definitely go for a 3rd time on the Ecstasy! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Was looking for a cruise near where I could go see a Miami Dolphin, and an Atlanta Falcons football game. Charleston was the best fit time and location wise. Don't get me wrong aspects of the cruise were good, but never great. The ... Read More
Was looking for a cruise near where I could go see a Miami Dolphin, and an Atlanta Falcons football game. Charleston was the best fit time and location wise. Don't get me wrong aspects of the cruise were good, but never great. The food was good in the dining room, but lousy in the buffet. Drinks were very measured on the alcohol, but with the cheers program 15 a day was plenty. One Comedian was good(Jerome) the other meh(Terranova). The crew led activities were at best bad to really terrible. (trivia by far the least entertaining, and unfortunately the most often) Of my 12 or so cruises this was the worst. Guest services totally unfriendly, and completely unhelpful. The bartenders were by far the worst ever. Roque in the buffet area needs to find a new career. The Alchemy bar gets offended if you order a beer. "We're a martini bar, try somewhere else" Don't pre-pay your gratuities. Our cabin steward "MADE" only made the room once on a five day cruise. There was one bright spot a Barista named AYSA. Best coffee I have had on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was so last minute, but very exciting, you see I was on this ship when she first arrived in 1991 my very first time cruising. ECSTASY has been very well maintained plus a few changes. I will begin with yes we drove from New York ... Read More
This was so last minute, but very exciting, you see I was on this ship when she first arrived in 1991 my very first time cruising. ECSTASY has been very well maintained plus a few changes. I will begin with yes we drove from New York to South Carolina, we decided to drive down the day before. First we looked into a hotel that would be close by found A Best Western and this worked for us just fine. Up early and ready to cruise, drove to port followed instructors and the process began, very smooth. Went to cafe nice lunch, and before you knew it cabins were ready. Cabin E187 was nice, neat and clean. Met the room steward Ma’de ( always w/ a smile and could not do enough for us including getting us a bed ( our cabin had an upper berth). We had the anytime dinning and this worked for us. Food was excellent, first night I chose the pork chop with carmelized onions with apples, tender as tender can ever get. Everything else I chose was just as good. Scallops, shrimp, dinners just as good. The boy friend enjoyed the steaks and pork chops. Entertainment : plenty to enjoy. Lots of activity to choose from. Carnival never disappoints. Did an excursion, a tour with shopping enjoyed the tour lots of information re: the island of Freeport. Loved loved loved the private island. Boyfriend did the snorkeling excursion said it was great - me I enjoyed the PI. PS. It was great seeing the ROLLS ROYCE AGAIN ! Opps! Almost forgot $$$ Casino was great ! And yes I would book last minute again 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
We had a great time on our recent trip! This was a 5yr anniversary trip for my husband and I and we had our 3yr old daughter with us. There were, of course, the little bumps in the road you'd expect on any trip, but over all, we had ... Read More
We had a great time on our recent trip! This was a 5yr anniversary trip for my husband and I and we had our 3yr old daughter with us. There were, of course, the little bumps in the road you'd expect on any trip, but over all, we had a wonderful vacation. We started off booking an ocean view room. Once I paid that off, I upgraded to a balcony room. We got a call about a week before the trip for an upsell to the grand suite. It was well worth it! I know suites on the Ecstasy are smaller than other ships, but the price was good and the extra room was really enjoyed. We had a pull out sofa instead of a pullman bunk bed so we were very comfortable. We also enjoyed just hanging out in our room to relax/read/nap, since it was spacious, and we didn't have too fight for a spot on the lido deck. There were 3 air conditioning vents we could adjust, and the room was super cold when we wanted it to be. I've cruised on all the major cruise lines. Carnival is a more laid back, fun vibe. You don't get all the details and extras that you may get on Disney, but you pay less as well. That allows us to vacation more often, and we prefer Disney World land vacations to Disney Cruises, so we are fine with the level Carnival offers. Especially with a pre-schooler, we're not looking for a luxury cruise. The kid's club was AWESOME! Our daughter loved it and was so much happier there than if I'd tried to get her to sit still and quiet at things like trivia or shows. We only dropped her off for an hour or 2 at a time here and there, but she was always happy to go back, and it seemed like the counselors really liked being around kids. I wish I'd gotten there names to be able to put them in our survey after. We were assigned a phone for the whole trip and encouraged to call to check in or stop by if we wanted. We left a change of clothes there just in case. They had dance parties, movies, games, face painting and crafts in the short time she was there. Room service was one of my favorite things. I don't know what it is about a PB&J when you don't have to make it yourself but they were delicious! There was usually a couple minute hold to place your order, but they were quick and efficient and we never waiting longer than 20 minutes for food to show up. We had a lazy laid back cruise, so we ordered room service 1-2x/day in addition to breakfast drop off. Each night we'd fill out our morning sheet for cereal and coffee and leave it on the doorknob and they dropped off food on the early end of the window we'd select that day. It was great for holding us over to a sea day brunch or to eat before we got to our excursion. Tip: bring a couple baggies. I did this and packed a bagel and some cereal boxes to bring to one excursion where we didn't know the food situation and it worked out great. We tipped a couple dollars every time someone dropped off room service. Food: the buffet usually left us underwhelmed but aside from the embarkation lunch, we could always find something and never went hungry. Pizza was good but there was usually a line. I never got to try the deli. Main dining room: I love going to the MDR bc I'm the cook at home and I really enjoy not having to cook and clean up after and being served hot food (#momlife). Hubby is a pretty picky eater and got the chicken breast every night. He was getting sick of it by the end but that's kind of on him since he didn't want to try anything else. Food was good, not great but not bad at all. I never saw the strawberry bisque or s'mores parfait on the menu, but we did miss the 2nd elegant night so it could have been there then. Prime rib on elegant night was meh, pretty fatty so I could only eat half. Bacon mac and cheese was awesome. And the waiters were great about bringing DD food during our appetizer. We did bring her tablet for her to sit still while we ate. It went great, we didn't dawdle and dinner usually took 1hr and 15min if we stayed for dessert. One negative food experienced was the Suess brunch... I was bummed because I'd heard so many great things. We were crammed into a small part of the dining room. Every time we got up (to get pics with characters when they told us to), people had to get up or move their chairs in so people could get by. We were crammed 3 of us into a table for 2 with the 3rd chair sat sideways so it could fit. We were getting a picture at the time the waiters were going around taking orders, so we never got to order. After everyone had been served, I finally flagged down a server to place an order. The waffles weren't great, they were not waffle consistency. I asked for tea and got it when we finished our food. We ended up leaving right before the servers came around dancing. It was only $15 for the 3 of us, but I was just disappointed after looking forward to it. Ports: Half Moon Cay- Amazing. I can't even put it into words. Best beach I've ever been to. We wait listed for a cabana and got one the night before we pulled in! It was so great!! We got massages at the beach but they were just ok. Hard to enjoy when covered in sand and there was no area to rinse off right there. They weren't open air to the beach but in a little cabana/shed area. Nassau: we did a British Colonial Hilton Day pass. It was a pretty easy walk from the pier and had a great clean little beach that was nice and quiet and laid back. Freeport: I'd heard to stay on the ship and thought that was an exaggeration. Next time we'll stay on the ship. The area was decimated by hurricanes in 2004 and never built back up. It looks like the hurricanes happened 2 months ago. We traveled 30 min to the carnival beach excursion. The water was rough, the beach crowded and the food and drinks were not great. Overall a great vacation and am in the process of booking another Carnival Cruise on a different ship for the winter! Also, we had FTTF even though we had a suite and I will get it every time I can from now on! The only other negative was the smoke from the casino. It takes up the entire hall so you can't walk through to enjoy, just had to rush through to get where you were going. They'd have trivia nearby and I left once bc it was making me nauseous. Also, 15% autogratuity added in before signing for bar and spa services. DH didn't see this so his spa person ended up getting a 35% tip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise because Charleston was about a four hour drive & we wanted to try an interior cabin, to stretch our cruise dollar. Would we go stir crazy? Wow! I like the Port of Charleston! (even though they recently raised ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Charleston was about a four hour drive & we wanted to try an interior cabin, to stretch our cruise dollar. Would we go stir crazy? Wow! I like the Port of Charleston! (even though they recently raised the parking price to $20 per night). Our first trip from Charleston and just off the Ecstasy last week -- every employee from the Port of Miami should go to Charleston to train -- nice, friendly, helpful. A week ago Thursday, we pulled into the port parking lot around 10:30 am, not much line, paid, they put a sticker on our windshield and then said we could leave and come back at 11:15. We did a quick drive around and stopped at Harris Teeter (grocery store) and got some items we forgot. We got back a few minutes early and they had started parking people. We got to park in one of the warehouses. As we walked out of the garage, there was a shuttle, but if you can walk, skip the shuttle, it's not far and we got to the embarkation point before the shuttle we would have been on did. Embarkation was a breeze -- I had Blue Iguana taco in hand by 11:45. (did not do Faster to the Fun) One good thing about doing a four night cruise is you can pack very light, we carried our own bags. We did not have to pay the porter extortion (tip us or we'll destroy your stuff). Most cruises we've taken were out of Florida and a bulk of the people are from Florida. This cruise, being out of Charleston, most everyone was from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia. The cruise had a different feel -- different, not in a bad way, just different. We were surprised they only had one corn hole game running (bean bag toss for folks not from the South). We got the Carnival Hub chat feature, no internet package - it's a great way to keep in contact. This was our second time using the chat and we love it. Sure it's a little wonky and there are dead zones on the ship, but it sure beats leaving notes and wondering if someone got the message. It's nice being able to change plans on the fly and let others in your party know the plan. The Ecstasy is old, but we like the Fantasy class (took the Fascination last spring-loved it). The Ecstasy recently got a makeover. We checked out all the views from the ship. Great looks of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge and across the river is the USS Yorktown (WWII aircraft carrier). Before my cruising days, spent a couple nights on the Yorktown with my son & his Cub Scout pack. Fort Sumter can also be seen in the distance. We roamed the ship then checked our room. (U171 Interior Upper/Lower, Category 1A, one twin bed and one upper pullman) when we got there, there was a roll away bed from the last occupants. We asked the room steward to keep it in the room and he did. With the roll away, we did not bother with the pullman, but we did lose some of the limited floor space, but we didn't use the room much, other than sleeping/showering/changing. We roamed the ship some more and found a place to relax. We had Early Dining and had a great team serving us (Shawn, Victor, & Holif). Every meal was great. If nothing excites me on the menu, I always order the Indian Vegetarian. I ordered it two out of the four nights. One other night I had the sea bass and on the port night, there was a Bahamian marinated steak thing that was the bomb! The food was on par with other Carnival ships we've sailed on. After Dinner, it was the comedy club for a PG show. The comic was The Fryman and he was funny. When we sailed the Vista earlier this summer, we really enjoyed the piano bar with Elizabeth. So we thought we would give the piano bar a try. We had fun, but Elizabeth set the bar pretty high. Another downside was each night, it started at 10:00. I'm an early riser and my wife (DW) likes to watch the sunrise, the show was good, but not great, so we only went to the piano bar one night. Next morning, up to watch the sunrise. Then I went to the gym and DW played her ukulele outside on the Lido. The gym and the men's changing room on the Ecstasy is better than the Vista. More showers, more lockers, more room - you would think it would be the opposite. After cooldown and shower, met DW for breakfast in the dining room. Just as dinner, the food was on par with other Carnival ships we've sailed on. Then we gave the Serenity Deck a try and let's just say that a number of travelers didn't understand the meaning of "Serenity" - it was almost comical -- it would have been a good routine in the Punchliner Club. Did not return to the Serenity Deck. One of the downsides of a four night cruise, a lot of newbies. Almost skipped describing lunch: Blue Iguana tacos -- that's our "go to" lunch. I could eat a bowl of pico. DW likes to make a salad out of the chicken taco and salad bar in the Marketplace. Found a place to relax then later got ready for dinner, formal night. Before dinner, we went to the main atrium for solo guitar sounds with Alex. he was great. Then off to dinner. This is one of my main "beefs" with Carnival -- I take up room in my suitcase for dress shoes, slacks, dress shirt, something I'm going to wear once. At the table next to us (table for 10) all eight women and girls are dress up appropriatly, but the man and boy come in wearing shorts & tshirts. There's a very nice buffet on the Lido deck if you want to wear shorts & tshirts. Why bother with a formal night if it is not enforced? Off to the comedy club. Another PG show. The comic was Reno Collier and he was funny too. Then we hit the show in the main lounge - Motor City was the name of the show. Lots of good music, singing and dancing. Next morning, Nassau, was just like the first, up to watch the sunrise, gym, ukulele, etc. Met DW for breakfast in the dining room. We had time since we didn't dock until 9:00. Disembarking was a breeze -- Another advantage to a smaller ship... It was HOT in Nassau and little breeze. We did a walking tour (on our own). We had a good map, however, at a lot of the streets were not marked. We almost missed some of the spots. Walked to the Queen's Staircase and the fort. Then over to John Watling's Distillery. They gave a quick, free tour and then on to the bar. They served a really good Piña Colada (not free). Walked back towards the pier. Stopped in the Hilton to cool off a little. Had rugby playing on the TV, so I cooled off a little longer. Quick walk through the market and down the main street. Found a liquor store and got a can of Bahamas Goombay Punch (non-alcoholic) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goombay_Punch. It's a Coca-Cola product, but bottled in the Bahamas. I always like to try something local. Back to the ship for some lunch... I switched it up today and got a Guy's Burger (and one taco). Back off the ship and we hit the water taxi -- hang a right, just out of the terminal building there's a stand. It was $4 one-way and $8 round-trip to Paradise Island. We must have just missed the boat. They run on the half hour and we had to wait. After a short narrated boat ride, we walked over to the Atlantis Hotel & Casino. We love the blown glass sculptures by Chihuly - the Atlantis has a number of his sculptures. We saw four of them. Back to the water taxi and back to the ship. Dinner in the main dining room. Took it easy after walking around Nassau Next morning, just like the first two, up to watch the sunrise, gym, ukulele, etc. Though met DW for breakfast in on the lido, wanted to eat breakfast outside. Then we put our bathing suits on and hit the Water Works. There were a couple of short, straight slides that were fast and always gave me a wedgie. The one large slide must have been having some problems, only the smaller kids were making it all the way down. You'd run out of steam about 10 yards from the end and have to get up and walk the rest of the way. We only did that one once and went back to the wedgie slide. Then we relaxed by the pool with some books and adult beverages. Near lunch time, DW had a quick taco salad did the ladies pamper party in the spa. While she was there, I enjoyed a couple of tacos, found a quiet spot and read my book. Packed up a little since this was the last night. Dinner in the main dining room. Went to the show: "The Brits!" -- they sang and danced a tribute to the British invasion - The Who, Rolling Stones, etc. Good show -- sang along. We went to two shows in the main lounge and they were on par with other shows on other Carnival ships. Next morning, finished packing, left the room. Went for breakfast in the dining room. Disembarking was a breeze. Got our car and parked in another garage in downtown Charleston and walked around the Historic Charleston City Market -- too bad it was too early for a number of the stalls and shops to be open (most opened at 10 am). Overall a great trip - even though it was a four night cruise it was relaxing and did not feel short. We like balcony staterooms, but would do an inside cabin again -- we have another one booked next summer.... Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose the Ecstasy due to it embarking in Charleston, where we live. Getting on the ship was fast and easy. We had stateroom E244, which is at the back of the ship. The balcony was worth the extra dollars. It was spacious with 1 straight ... Read More
We chose the Ecstasy due to it embarking in Charleston, where we live. Getting on the ship was fast and easy. We had stateroom E244, which is at the back of the ship. The balcony was worth the extra dollars. It was spacious with 1 straight back chair and one reclining chair. the ship flowed very well. Sit down dinner was great with great service. I tipped our cabin steward on the first day, and talked with him about his home and children. Adi always made sure our room was awesome, and always took great care of us, including always having a fresh bucket of ice every evening. Sit down dining was great. We were assigned a table and met some couples who are now friends. Service in the dining room was prompt, fast and efficient. the interior of the ship was immaculate. We ended up buying a lot of the photos they took, and we scheduled an appointment with the photographer on board. This guy was amazing, he spent about 20 minutes in 3 different locations . The finished product was the BEST pictures we have had of ourselves. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My brother's family chose the cruise and my boyfriend and I signed up because who can pass up an invitation to cruise? The cruise turned out to be the perfect time of year, perfect ports of call and a great ship! Pre-stay: We ... Read More
My brother's family chose the cruise and my boyfriend and I signed up because who can pass up an invitation to cruise? The cruise turned out to be the perfect time of year, perfect ports of call and a great ship! Pre-stay: We stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites in West Ashley and used their "park and ride" program. We were able to park the car for the whole week there and ride a van for $20 a person to the port. They picked us right up when we disembarked and took us right back to our car. Embarkaton: We had an 11:30 embarkation time and it was smooth/ My brother's family had FTTF and we did not but we didn't have to wait too long at all. In fact, I felt like the lines were constantly moving. No complaints here. Freeport! I highly HIGHLY recommend booking a private tour with Grum Ma's House Cultural Center, which you can find on Trip Advisor, for a true Bahamaian experience. a local pastor and awesome culture buff Donald Duncomb will pick you up at the bandstand right by the ship and drive you in his car to a really beautiful yellow one room shack on the water for lunch. It was truly a one on one experience where we learned about life, arts, politics and culture on the island. Just my boyfriend and I, with Duncomb at the wheel, drove through neighborhoods, saw all parts of the island where residents live and it was a truly different experience than most excursion would give you. They island had just had an election, so political signs that said "It's The People's Time" and when I showed interest in them. Donald made sure by the time our excursion was over that I had one of those rolled up for the ultimate souvenir! You can see a picture of it in my stateroom as we pull away from Freeport. The shack for lunch is super rustic and VERY Bahamian style. Don't expect frills and fancy. this is a beachy, laid back kind syle -- lunch may be peas & rice, spicy chicken, possibly conch and a can of Goombay punch prepared by a down to earth sweet woman anmed Mary right before your eyes. He spoke to us and got to know us. He then took us to his museum named Grum Ma's house. It is directly beside his church where he serves as a pastor. He has collected memorabilia, records, political signs, photos, costumes, etc. from the area and wants to share TRUE Freeport culture. His whole purpose is to show that Freeport DOES have it's own rich culture and he wants to make sure it doesn't die out. He played us clips of videos of "rake and scrape" music and let my boyfriend give it a try playing a saw. He gave us some awesome hot tea. It was such a personal, cool experience and made our whole vacation. It seems scary to some to get in car with a stranger in Freeport and drive around an island you are unfamiliar, but i fyou hear anything I say on this forum, hear me that pastor Donald Duncomb wants to show you nothing more than true Freeport culture and will take you to see what you want to see. Don't be afraid to tell him what your interests are. When we mentioned politics, he showed us all the polling places and the headquarters of the candidates and then drove until he found us a political sign to take home. We have also stayed in contact via facebook and spoke just before the recent Hurricane hit the island and soon after. It is great to make a friend like him on an excursion. You can't book this through Carnival, but through his own site linked on Trip Adviser but again -- I HIGHLY recommend this. See attached photos for pics of our food, the shack and the political sign. :) NASSAU In Nassau, my brother's family took us on a walk to the right for about a mile, around some hotels and business areas and we kept walking right. Eventually, we came to a place where they had been before. A nice beach area where we snorkeled and relaxed for at least two hours and never saw anyone else. This beach area is PERFECT. We then ate lunch and shopped a little. Perfect and cheap way to spend a nice day in Nassau. THE SHIP The ship was awesome. There isn't much to say that hasn't been said before. Dinner was great and there is plenty of food. You are on a cruise ship to beautiful places so I am unsure how anyone could really complain. Enjoy your cruise! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this trip due to being close to Charleston and having been on the Ecstasy in October, 2016. It was also a celebration of our tenth anniversary. When we arrived in Charleston, the line to park cars was non-existent. It went ... Read More
We chose this trip due to being close to Charleston and having been on the Ecstasy in October, 2016. It was also a celebration of our tenth anniversary. When we arrived in Charleston, the line to park cars was non-existent. It went much more smoothly than in October. Upon entering the cruise terminal, there was a line, but it never stopped moving and had a painless check in process. Upon entering the ship, it was clean and well maintained. Granted the ship was launched in 1991 and being in salt water service, the natural damage to a ship could be seen, but it did not hamper our fun. The new Guy's burgers were fantastic. The employees were always smiling and asking how we were doing. When we meet our cabin steward, he asked if we wanted once or twice a day cleaning, and we chose the two times a day, and tipped a little extra for choosing that option. Our room was always clean. In the main Dining Room, we had I Made, Jayrus, and Ita. Being our third cruise, each cruise the main dining room service got better, and this time, these three set the bar even higher. The food in the main dining room was great, and we did not have a bad meal there. I Made was very knowledgeable of the Menu and gave us great advise on what to order. The theme had been changed to the American Table, and oh my word, no table cloth. Actually, the tables were in such good shape a table cloth was not needed. (I still do not know how someone complains about the lack of a table cloth.) In Nassau, it rained, but we were able to walk to the Queens Staircase and the fort at the top. Thankfully a vendor let us sit under her tarp for about thirty minutes during a heavy storm. If I do not go to Nassau again, I do not feel as if I will miss anything. Then in Freeport, the weather was perfect. We found Paradise Cove through trip advisor and booked directly with them on their website. The Cruise Line wanted double what it cost us to go direct with the company. The price online included transportation from and to the ship. The water was very clear, and I saw at least ten sea turtles, many different fish as well as one ray. If you go, get an underwater case of camera to take pictures. I would highly recommend this trip if in Freeport. At the cruise port, the people were nicer than in Nassau and were not pushy at all. The seas were in perfect shape and as result, the ship barely rocked. Also, we went without our children on this trip, and it was very relaxing. Anthony the cruise director was very engaging and did a good job in the entertainment. The shows in the theater were the same, but had seemed to be improved. I will say the cruisers on this trip are what you would find in the south. Very pleasant and were always engaging with the employees and gracious. Fellow cruisers set the mood for the employees, and on this cruise, that positive mood was shared both ways. Getting off of the ship was very easy and organized. The day before, you are given a schedule of when you can get off of the ship. We carried our luggage off and left before our time to disembark with no questions asked. Clearing customs was a quick and painless process as well. The only issue is how to get to the parking lot. You can take a shuttle bus which requires you to place your luggage in a trailer, board, and then unload the trailer with you belongings, or you can walk to your vehicle. We chose to walk, and clearly arrived at or car before those who took the shuttle bus. We would go on this ship again in the future should the opportunity present itself. While it is indeed the second oldest ship in the Carnival fleet, it is clean, the service is great, and the atmosphere is just as comparable. Overall, the cruse was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I was on the Ecstasy from 05.08.17 to 05.13.17 Had ZERO issues while on the ship. Even though it's one of the smallest and oldest in carnival's fleet, it doesn't seem old nor ran down. Yeah, I noticed a few signs of age ... Read More
I was on the Ecstasy from 05.08.17 to 05.13.17 Had ZERO issues while on the ship. Even though it's one of the smallest and oldest in carnival's fleet, it doesn't seem old nor ran down. Yeah, I noticed a few signs of age here and there, but not a big deal. The ship looked well maintained, the crew was constantly cleaning, wiping, painting, touching up and so on. It's is a nice ship with a nice crew. I have no complaints about this ship. Feel free to take a cruise on the ecstasy, you won't regret it. The dining is amazing, the staterooms are nice, comfortable and clean. Plenty of activities to choose from basically 24/7. Good bars if you like to drink. The serenity deck is great. Several dining options, including the 2 main dining rooms. I would definitely go on this ship again. Great dining, great service, will definitely sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Don't get me wrong, we had fun, but we had to be flexible and patient and drink a lot of Maria's martini's to do so. We have cruised multiple times before on multiple cruiselines, including Carnival and so we read all the ... Read More
Don't get me wrong, we had fun, but we had to be flexible and patient and drink a lot of Maria's martini's to do so. We have cruised multiple times before on multiple cruiselines, including Carnival and so we read all the reviews ahead of time. We incorporated all the tips to save time and frustration that we found online ahead of time. Some reviews referred to the passengers who take this specific cruise as "Walmart People" in a derogatory way. I was pleasantly surprised to find very happy, pleasant passengers on this cruise. However, the staff were miserable and it showed. When we arrived into Charleston, just as previously detailed, it was a giant Mess. It was accurately described as if it was the first time Carnival and the port staff had ever cruised from Charleston, disorganized chaos. On our departure day, Carnival's connectivity was down. They were writing our names down on paper, one by one. Once we FINALLY got on the ship, we thought ok, now it will be better. The cabin rooms are really outdated. There was only 1 working outlet in our entire cabin, bathroom light was broken, rust in the bathroom, chips in the mirror, just old - out dated. No bathroom amenities, no hair dryer, just a bar of soap. There is cheap shampoo and I "guess" body wash (the descriptor tag on mine was missing) mounted in the shower. The entire trip, our TV only picked up fuzzy images that would switch between black and white and color, so we only turned it on a few times out of desperation. We had researched what we thought was our ship on the carnival website, yeah, um, no... things that we expected to be there were not. If the spa is your thing, you will be GREATLY disappointed, there are no amenities at all, our service was not scheduled properly (my birthday gift) and they just said, 'oh, sorry'. The cigarette smoke on the ship is EVERYWHERE but especially in the casino, you can't even go near it without walking away smelling like you smoke a pack a day. If you are struggling to find the Serenity "adults only" quiet space - it is near (below) the kids area and it is super tiny, so good luck getting a spot. It is nothing like the pictures on Carnival's website, there are no couples loungers, what a joke. And the signs say no reservations, but people put their personal items on the chairs and walk away, before daybreak. I don't mind moving a towel, but I do mind moving someone's bag or shoes. And again, none of this would be that bad, if the crew members weren't so miserable. We gave it a good honest effort, we went to the shows, we went to the parties, we played the games, we tried to create fun, but in every instance, the Carnival staff was grumpy, not helpful and overall miserable. The only standout was Maria in the Alchemy bar, she was adorable!! Guy's burger joint was enjoyable, but I think it wouldn't have been as tasty if Carnival's food was as good as it used to be. One of the treats of Carnival used to be surf and turf, lobster and steak, now there is an up charge of $20 p/p to enjoy this treat. The menu stays pretty much the same the entire cruise, so other spots like Guy's burgers becoming a special treat (sad). The candy shop was a special treat, but we only enjoyed that for 1 day, since we're grown ups and don't want diabetes as a special departing gift. Yes, Dr. Seuss was on the loose, in a grungy, dirty old Dr. Seuss costume, running around the ship with a bunch of kids (desperate for fun) following him around. Shopping was a joke, nothing worth buying, a bunch of marked up crap. Things you could purchase for much much less at the mall, on the ship for 60% more. We booked an excursion to Blue lagoon in Nassau, so glad we did, but again, the Carnival staff seemed annoyed by having to organize us into groups for excursions. There were a few fun dance parties at night, but they were fun because there were no staff interfering and the passengers were having fun, they were highly intoxicated but they were being silly and making the best of what we had to work with on this particular ship. Debarkation was another crazy mess and the crew were just like "form a line" "form a line" there were 17 million lines, none of which helped organize anything. What a mess!! P.S. Bring a snack for this part, you will be hungry! Oh and Faster to the Fun is probably worth it, we didn't purchase it because another reviewer said it doesn't apply to the arrival line's in the port (while trying to park) and that's ok, because it does help you get "off" the ship faster! (It should be promoted as "Faster to Freedom") Luckily, we traveled with some great friends and it was my and my friends birthday so we were having fun no matter what, but Carnival did their very best to make having fun a challenge for us. Time to retire the Ecstasy and provide the staff some remedial, happiness, customer service training. Carnival has milked this cash cow once too often, time to put her to pasture... Disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We live in Charleston, SC, so we picked the Ecstasy for the pure convenience of not having to travel to the departure port. We have previously cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean, so I admit I was a little nervous about trying ... Read More
We live in Charleston, SC, so we picked the Ecstasy for the pure convenience of not having to travel to the departure port. We have previously cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean, so I admit I was a little nervous about trying Carnival. We had our 25 year old daughter, her fiancee, and 2 friends in our party. We each had an "Interior" room with port holes in the Forward section of the ship. The rooms were adequate. The only real complaint was only having 1 outlet (it was by the vanity) and no hair dryer. I think if we had done this cruise as just a couple we would have been disappointed. However, with our group of 6, we had a blast. The shore excursions and on board activities were so much fun. The food was good (not excellent) but, the service in the dining room was exceptional. Our servers, Everton and Gerry, were wonderful and we looked forward to seeing them every night. We were disappointed that there was only one pool, and it was on the small side. We also would have liked more on-ship activities, as we were bored a few times. The ship was obviously older, but very well maintained and clean. All of the crew were incredibly friendly and helpful. We will not hesitate to go on another Carnival cruise, though we will mostly likely chose a newer, larger ship in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We boarded in 30 minutes flat from shuttle to the port in Charleston to the ship. We had picked an early boarding time (11:30 a.m.) so this may have helped. We took a shuttle from our hotel with free parking for our car during the ... Read More
We boarded in 30 minutes flat from shuttle to the port in Charleston to the ship. We had picked an early boarding time (11:30 a.m.) so this may have helped. We took a shuttle from our hotel with free parking for our car during the week. This allowed us to avoid the delay in the lineup for parking at the port. The port staff was great and efficient, our bags were taken and we had a short walk to the ship. Upon boarding food on the Lido deck was already available, so we had a great meal to pass the time until we were able to access our room. Luggage arrived in a timely fashion. Crew was working hard to distribute it to the cabins. We loved the amazing service on board ship, our cabin was great and roomy for a cruise ship even though we had chosen an inside room as we were watching our pennies. Our room steward William (R142) made us towel animals and attended to everything including ice every day. Loved the food on board as mentioned, but especially the fine dining in the Windstar Dining Room. Such a selection and wonderful service! The pool was rarely crowded despite the fact that there were many families on board – the new slide was busy. When we needed downtime the Serenity deck on board provided a quiet area to relax in sun or shade – drinks can be ordered and delivered to you by a waiter who circulates from one of the bars, or you can climb one flight of stairs to buy a drink for yourself. I can recommend the Lido deck buffet also for any meals or snack time; the food was always fresh and replenished quickly. We were not provided with a room service menu but we called room service anyway. They were most helpful in suggesting choices and sent the food very promptly along with a room service menu for next time. Freeport – very commercial in the area close to the docks so let me recommend booking space on an excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the one we chose – the Jeep Excursion. It was fully booked by the 2nd day of the cruise but they opened up a second excursion to accommodate the overflow. Grateful that my husband is a truck driver and so was able to operate a Jeep with manual drive, although there were automatics also. It includes a beach time stop of one hour, not enough time to bother renting chairs, there was free picnic tables to sit at and a bar at the beach. Another stop - light lunch at the Garden of the Groves was included. We dined by a waterfall and beautiful plants and birds. Time was provided to walk around the gardens (Note: Free Wi-Fi access at the gardens). Nassau – booked a Private Island Beach excursion, which was nice but quieter. The beach is lovely but the provided lunch is sparse. Shops near the ship are commercial but the ship’s shopping director gives you a shopping map at both ports to help you find recommended stores. Bought Tortuga rum cakes at a shop in port that specializes in this product for a reasonable price, then found that the ship sold them onboard in one of the stores for much cheaper! Prices are good onboard, don’t miss the opportunity. So much to do onboard, that we often carried the day’s schedule with us to keep up! Enjoyed the mini putt on deck, it was a little busy but everyone was patient, the course was in good condition and the ocean breeze gave a lovely cooling effect. All shows were great! Benjamin the cruise director was the best, and worked tirelessly to make sure everyone was entertained from morning until night. So much to do that we couldn’t do everything – will have to take another cruise. Enjoyed all of the shows in the main nightclub and the comedians onboard in the Punchliner Comedy Club every night; they gave us a good laugh. We enjoyed soft ice cream on the Lido deck on the way back to our cabins most nights. We will have to cut down on our consumption now that we are back home. The disembark process off the ship was the only disappointment of the entire cruise. We followed the appropriate disembark time for our given deck, and were left standing in line with our luggage for over an hour by the elevators due to a backup in customs. We were prevented from leaving our deck to another, perhaps a waiting area could have been provided instead of making us stand in a crowd for an available elevator. I understand that this is only partially Carnival’s fault but they should accommodate passengers somehow during the wait. Tips: • Ziploc bags varying sizes for wet bathing suits or sandwiches from the Deli. • Travel Mugs for coffee, the ships coffee is good but the cups are small. • Beverage travel cups for juice and water see above. • Magnets to hang schedules and notes on cabin door. • Arrive 15 minutes early for anytime seating so that you don’t have to wait in line for very long and so that you still have time for the shows. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
SORRY FOR THE LONG MISSPELLING and VERY LONG REVIEW.. Also, before you read we had a couple of amazing empolyees on board that were awesome and actually had said hi and started good conversation with us every single time we stopped to ... Read More
SORRY FOR THE LONG MISSPELLING and VERY LONG REVIEW.. Also, before you read we had a couple of amazing empolyees on board that were awesome and actually had said hi and started good conversation with us every single time we stopped to chat!!! ill be ure to post pics if i can... :) First off, I have cruised (as an adult) about 2 times in the past 6 years prior to my Honeymoon. I honestly cannot recall what ship I was one the first time but the 2nd times around was the Sensation. Both were for completely different reasons with different people. Both were out of Port Canaveral and both were amazing experiences! As a child I cruised many times but really cannot recall the cruise lines or ships. However, I will say I cannot remember a “BAD” experience while cruising as child with my family. Aside from feeling sick and a bit claustrophobic After some months of talking about ideas for our honeymoon. My now husband surprised me with a gift certificate for Carnival Cruise! He had never even thought about cruising before meeting me. My husband HATES the heat and would rather spend his free time in a blizzard then on an island. Long story short he decided to make me a happy lady and we booked our Honeymoon on The Carnival ecstasy going out from Charleston, SC. On arrival we waited about 30 min in a pretty short line and had zero problems checking into the ship. The checking in process online does not make too much sense to me since the Carnival employee who checked us in didn’t even acknowledge it and we had to sign and fill out paperwork before getting on board anyhow. Not really a huge inconvenience but weird nevertheless. Walking into the ship was the same old deal with every employee you come across trying to sell you a pretty drink . Again, NO BIGGIE. Now what I do find pretty annoying is when we inquired about an elevator that didn’t seem to be working and asked employee standing next to one of two elevators that was not working about getting to our room. He didn’t speak english too well but told us that “we need to learn how to read” ! It took us a minute to even realize that he was being a smart ass but I decided at that point that I would just go ahead and assume that we must have misunderstood him and go about our honeymoon. Far as our room...not much good things to say. No robes, no menue for room service, dirty hand towels, one glass and freezing cold air that didn’t get any better even when turning the knob on OFF. THE ABSOLUTE WORSE is the room smelled like cigarette smoke! It wasn’t as bad on the first couple nights but the last two nights were horrible . We basically came home with a luggage of clothes reeking of cigarettes. Rewinding back to the first night.. Since food was immediately available and my past experiences with Carnival food was amazing ,we decided to give it a go on the lido deck and take a seat outside in the shade. My husband took a seat while I walked up to the outside buffet. All that was available was greasy cheese burgers. Even when I asked an employee about possibly having chicken or even a burger without cheese, he looked at me like I had 2 heads. He said that there was no chicken on the ship as well as the I could only have a burger with cheese. I grabbed my greasy overcooked burger along with about 10 greasy french fries and moved on. After getting back to my hubby and explaining what happened he then got up to hunt down something half decent. LISTEN, I can enjoy a good burger but thing is I have Crohn's Disease and CANNOT risk getting sick. My hubby was able to find some burrito thing with over cooked chicken and I had about 3 bites before I started to have tummy pain. OK, soooooo..the rest of the evening was ok. We had dinner at 6pm and again was very unhappy with the food. I scarfed down as much bread as I could. Day 2 A ferry boat came to pick us up from the ship and it took no time at all to get to the island. THANK GOD….. Because this was the highlight of our trip! Half Moon Cay was absolutely beautiful and the weather was perfect. The crystal clear water was mesmerizing . We were able to rent a umbrella so that my hubby could lay in the shade while I sat under the sun to bake. We stayed for 3 or 4 hours and decided to miss the crowd rush back to the ship at 4pm. Once we got back on the ship we showered and headed back out to catch some entertainment. The entertainment was HORRIBLE that night. Five people sitting on chairs on a stage and singing . That's it, That's all. They didn’t sound good at all. In their defense, my husband and I are musicians . So we hear every tiny mistake and it's pretty much like nails on a chalkboard when someone is off key. 2 out of the 6 entertainers on stage were so off key it made them all sound horrible. Not a huge deal..but very surprising. Especially when you sit and watch the 80s show on the Carnival Sensation. That night we skipped dinner because we decided to take a chance on the indoor buffet for some eats. Again, the food was horrible. I would have rather ate hospital food. Potato Salad tasted like it had gone bad a week ago and they just decided to serve it anyways. The cook himself could not even cut through the turkey. I couldn’t help but laugh and comment on that in the moment. We hit the bed early and that was that. Ok moving on. Day 3 Freeport, Bahamas Weather wasn’t looking great so we decided to stick around and find my mom a fun souvenir as well as find some delicious Jerk chicken. AND IT WAS AMAZING … Wow. I literally was walking back to the ship licking my fingers. I could have eaten another 5 plates of it. ( Another highlight of our trip) That night we again skipped dinner and grabbed whatever we could that would not get me sick . While out and about we signed up for a raffle on some random artwork. The employee told us that we needed to guess on a price for the artwork and come back the last day at 1pm to see if we won and some free champagne. They would announce the winner and that person then received a free piece of art. Fast forwarding to the last day on the ship……… We arrived to the 1pm event and quickly realized we had just entered an auction. We decided to give it a chance and later had a bit of regret. We didn't win a thing but was able to get a glass of champagne that was not even half way full. Throughout this event the employees were pressuring everyone to buy this very beautiful and VERY expensive art work. I’m talking, Thomas Kinkaid paintings. We can hardly afford to have health insurance, yet alone spend 60,000 on a picture for our wall. Lol! We laughed it off and again moved on. We were able to catch the Love & Marriage show which by the way was so funny!!!! We seriously loved that we were able to catch that show. It was so entertaining and definitely worth our time!!! We decided to then call it a night and head back to our room. When we walked into our room it smelled like cigarettes sooooooooo bad! By that time and day we were so sleepy and annoyed we decided to hit the bed and deal with it. At about 3am we heard nothing but yelling and partying in the hallways. Then a very loud noise which we could only assume that it was someone falling on their face. When Brett looked outside he saw a huge” Cat In the Hat” sculpture that someone had taken and ran with. It was pretty annoying and stupid that some drunk person had even found that and was able to sneak it up an elevator and get it up to their room floor. Ok sorry for the book but My husband and I work very hard in order to able to travel as well as be financially comfortable. We had a blast because we made the best of things. But we are getting ready to book our next cruise soon and it WILL NOT be with Carnival. If you're just looking to party and be away at sea and even hit up some islands Carnival is the way to go. If you want to actually enjoy the boat and food along with everything else.. DO NOT BOOK WiTH CARNIVAL! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first cruise and we chose carnival it will be our last with carnival ,food was terrible! but i have to say the steak dinner we had was really good but there is a charge for that we had flat iron steak one nite i dont think it ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose carnival it will be our last with carnival ,food was terrible! but i have to say the steak dinner we had was really good but there is a charge for that we had flat iron steak one nite i dont think it was real meat i had to spit it out but waiter will change it for something else the buffet was terrible Cayman island was nice but Fremont is nothing but a refueling port nothing but venders selling china junk we made a bad decision going on spring break ok if you want to see butt crack's all day walking around this was our 48 year anniversary and what a disappointment the ship was clean every one was helpful but food was terrible i can not express how disappointed we were ship was very hard to get around on some floors you could not get thru you had to go up one floor then back down to floor you wanted Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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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