2 Galveston to Mexican Riviera Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews

We were so excited to be going on vacation on our first cruise with our 3 yr. old and 6 yr. old. However, as soon as we stepped on the ship we noticed the foul, musty smell and also noticed how ugly the carpet and interior was. Kind of ... Read More
We were so excited to be going on vacation on our first cruise with our 3 yr. old and 6 yr. old. However, as soon as we stepped on the ship we noticed the foul, musty smell and also noticed how ugly the carpet and interior was. Kind of surprising. But it was ok, there was lots of fun to be had. Who cares, we'll get used to the smell and just won't worry about the ugly interior. So we get to our room. No complaints about our room, in fact the bed was very comfortable, but our bathroom smelled like a port-o-potty. First thing we did was go eat some of the buffet food we heard so many good things about. It was nasty!!! Next we get ready to go swim. The pool was TINY and packed full of adults who were all drinking and 4'9" deep. Not exactly kid friendly. So we went upstairs to the slides. It was better up there, but my 3 yr. old could only play on one little slide. That was the only thing available for someone his age to play in/on. We did take advantage of Camp Carnival for the kids and they enjoyed that. But unfortunately there just wasn't much for all of us to do together. During our time on the ship, we ate dinner in the restaurant. It was ok but not great. It was much better than the buffet's though. The buffet was never good. When we stopped in Cozumel, we had a blast. It was beautiful there and the food was great. We wished that we had just spent our money to fly straight there and spent those days in Cozumel instead of on a smelly, crummy ship. All in all, we went expecting a Carnival and that's far from what we got! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Aug. 22nd 2005, 5 day cruise Cozumel, Calica. Where to begin? The bottom line for me is the entire ,"were done with you, we have your money, go to bed now" attitude has got to go! You need to understand that on SO MANY Different ... Read More
Aug. 22nd 2005, 5 day cruise Cozumel, Calica. Where to begin? The bottom line for me is the entire ,"were done with you, we have your money, go to bed now" attitude has got to go! You need to understand that on SO MANY Different levels Carnival does NOT have your best interests at heart, no matter what they say or do! The saddest part is when they quite literally "roll up the sidewalks" at night, leaving you with no options but to go to bed. Forget visiting with friends or meeting new people, especially if you want a drink or two to enhance the experience, the bars are closed, the pool is closed, the deck chairs have been stacked and pushed to the corner, the music has been turned off. Now Please understand that I'm NOT talking about midnight, 2am, (I could understand that!), I'm talking about 10-10:30 PM! Everything you buy has an 18% gratuity on it, including drinks you walk half way around the ship to get yourself! (which you have to do when the wait staff quits at 10pm!) And can you believe this, the ONLY bar left open on Thursday night ran out of beer! The excursions: TOTAL JOKE! I was with a large group of 10 people. We wanted to do a jeep excursion. The Carnival web site said you could get a jeep that would seat 4 for $150, (give or take). Yet on the ship, it went up to $80 per adult, and $70 per kid. So a jeep with 4 people would cost $320?? And that Rebecca chick claimed that had sold out. So we get to Cozumel: First off, its FAKE! You are entering a totally fake area created for Americans. Bypass all of that crap, and keep walking down to the rental car place. Guess what? They have SCORES of Jeeps available for rental, (pick your color!) $50! We rented a Ford Econoline Van that held all 10 of us for $80 plus the $25 Mexican insurance. Went to a Grocery store in downtown Cozumel. Got a styrofoam cooler, 2 cases of Mexican beer, (cold out of a cooler!), 2 bags of ice, bottled water, $30 bucks! We all cruised downtown Cozumel, (the REAL Cozumel!), bought 6 Cubans, food, and some T-shirts, loaded in the van, and STILL joined in the jeep excursion! Went to the sample places and everything, but we had beer and food! Went to 4 different beaches, partied all day! Oh, and I recommend you visit the "Gentleman's Club" just outside the "FAKE" area, and spend your money there! The diving, swimming and snorkeling? Its done in the harbor where yours and 3 other ships are docked, where they are dumping their waste and such! Yummy! Calica: Total waste of time! Again, another "FAKE" area set up for Americans as a tent city, assembled just as the ship arrives. Again we rented a car for $50, went into town, got beer, and drove to cancun! Its the ONLY way to go! Its a quick trip because you need to be back by 3:30, but well worth it! Beware of Pemex! The ONLY gas stations in town! They cheat you! Watch that person pumping your gas like a hawk! They clear the pumps and claim they put more in then they did! My advice: 1) Buy the soft drink card, you use the HELL out of it! 2) Smuggle your own booze and bottled water onboard any way possible! 3) Bring a book or games. The "fun days at sea" are brutal! 4) Expect to spend $100 a day on board for just crap! 5) The casino is TIGHT! No real big winners, but lots of big losers! 6) The food is OK, but most of the waitstaff does not speak English and are on their first cruise, (I hear of 75% turnover) Overall, NO real value! Make your own fun! Read Less
Sail Date August 2005
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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