27 Jacksonville Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews

We departed from Jacksonville, FL and went to Nassau and Freeport. We left Thursday afternoon and returned early Monday morning. My friend and I are both wheelchair users. In order to help preserve the health of my shoulders, I rented ... Read More
We departed from Jacksonville, FL and went to Nassau and Freeport. We left Thursday afternoon and returned early Monday morning. My friend and I are both wheelchair users. In order to help preserve the health of my shoulders, I rented a motorized scooter and left my chair in the room as I used the scooter to get around on the ship and for land excursions. The wheelchair accessible room we had was SO small. It clearly didn't start off as a w/c accessible room but rather it was updated to be up to ADA code at some point. Both of our wheelchairs and scooter didn't fit in the room so my wheelchair had to spend the entire time on the balcony. Not exactly the end of the world but it was an inconvenience and a surprise that an ADA room was not big enough to accommodate 3 mobility devices. If my wheelchair wasn't taking up room on the balcony and I was able to get out in the balcony it would have been impossible because like I mentioned, it used to be a regular room. The original layout had about a 1-2 inch lip leading out to the balcony which they "fixed" by affixing a piece of plywood to create a "ramp". It was the same deal with the bathroom. Completely unsafe and difficult to navigate. Regarding the bathroom, the toilet was VERY low which is a safety hazard for someone who is paralyzed. There is a reason why wheelchair accessible toilets are up so high. The beds were another issue. We literally SUNK into the bed. It was like being in a waterbed. It was difficult to roll over and even to sit up from laying down and neither issue was due to our disabilities. One other thing was the location of the thermostat for temperature control in the room. It thermostat was ON THE CEILING. In a WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE ROOM. What were we supposed to do? Fly to the thermostat? Our room was freezing so we call guest services and they said they'd be right up. So we waited a while as we realize we're not the only disabled passengers on the ship. When a half hour passed by they were like "OMG we are so sorry. We'll be right there." Well, "we'll be right there" was another half hour. VERY poor planning on Carnivals part on placing the thermostat on the ceiling Carnival REALLY needs to up their game when it comes to making their staterooms wheelchair accessible like their website says. To say we were disappointed is an understatement. Our room was U224 just to warn you. As far as the rest of the cruise it was fine. Super friendly people and wonderful employees. Our waiting staff in the dining room were awesome and always provided a fun dinner. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We sailed on the Carnival Elation out of Jacksonville on September 5th, 2016. We chose Jacksonville because it is an easy drive for us, no airfare required. The Elation is an older ship that has been renovated. We had no complaints ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Elation out of Jacksonville on September 5th, 2016. We chose Jacksonville because it is an easy drive for us, no airfare required. The Elation is an older ship that has been renovated. We had no complaints with the ship. It's not quite as large as most of the newer Carnival ships, with approximately 2,000 passengers and 900 crew. Swimming pool is rather small and often crowded. Our cabin was clean and roomy enough for us. We had an ocean view cabin on Deck 7 / Empress deck, it was nice being on Deck 7 since it is closer to dining, shows, bars, pool, everything, in fact. than the lower decks. We were pleased with the food and dining, for the most part. Breakfast and lunch buffets were mostly the same each day. Dinner provided a good bit of variety and the service was quite good with only one exception. We were disappointed that many (but not all) of the vocals in the "live" shows, were lip-synced. This was a departure from what we had seen in previous Carnival live shows. We were also disappointed that one of the performers was pretending to play a guitar during the "Epic Rock" show, which he was obviously faking. The one comedy act we saw was really funny. His name is Jimmy Carroll and we were both laughing out loud. His ad libs were even funnier than his jokes. We visited Nassau on foot, on our own, and found it was a quick and relatively easy walk to Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle. We also enjoyed a brief visit to the Bahama Historical Society Museum on the way. All for free! Half Moon Cay was a blast, great swimming beach and loved the "Shipwreck Bar". The "Beach BBQ" was no great shakes, hamburgers, hot dogs and marinated chicken. Nice gym with good views out of the front of the ship. The casino was smoky at times, we'd love to find ships that are completely smoke free! We were also disappointed that the $10 Blackjack tables only pay 6 to 5 for Blackjack, so there is no advantage to playing the $10 table vs. the $6 table. You have to play $15 minimum Blackjack to get the 3-to-2 payout that should be the norm. We only used room service one time for late night sandwiches, they were delivered in about 20-25 minutes and were pretty good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
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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