1 Galveston to Panama Canal & Central America Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews

We did the pre-Thanksgiving trip and had a great time. Service and food not as good as last time, but still acceptable. The cabin was large, as carnival usually is. The only strange thing was no amenities (complementary razors, ... Read More
We did the pre-Thanksgiving trip and had a great time. Service and food not as good as last time, but still acceptable. The cabin was large, as carnival usually is. The only strange thing was no amenities (complementary razors, toothpaste, etc.) until the second day and these were taken away before we debarked on the last day while we ate breakfast. We had to ask for a bar of soap, and it too disappeared while we were at breakfast so we had to use shower soap to wash our hands. Our cabin steward was strange with limited English, so I chalk it up to that. We had 4 cabins, and the upper bunks in 3 of them were fine for the kids. Camp Carnival in 3 age ranges were all good. They moved them around and locations were not publicized in the daily program. So if you lost your schedule, you could have some confusion dropping off the kids. Food and service are pretty good on Carnival, and this was no exception, but neither was as good as on our last trip. However , we had 6 adults and 5 kids 11 and under, which creates confusion. The wait staff were patient and kept the kids entertained, so we did okay. We preferred the dining room with the kids rather than the buffet because the lines were long and the little ones got antsy waiting for Mom to bring food. Then Mom and kids would be through eating before Dad got back with his food. Pizza is only served by a waiter, one slice at a time rather than helping yourself. He is surly - you should see the line! Entertainment is the usual, and fine. Little pre-dinner dancing for early seating guests, and after dinner it is mostly for the younger crowd which is who predominates among those seeking dancing later on. Karaoke was well run and quite fun for all and a large comfortable venue. There was plenty of opportunity to watch sports on several tvs on the sip. However, we would have liked a real sports bar type location. The ship docks away from downtown, but there are shops and restaurants, and easy cab service. Shore excursions are high. We booked our dolphin experience directly with Chankanaab park (on line) and save several hundred dollars on a very enjoyable day. It is a really nice park. We would do this cruise again next year for the same price. It is a reasonable option on a budget. Read Less
Sail Date November 2008
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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