3 Jacksonville Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews

This was a last minute booking. I booked on Sep 12th around noon and got in the car to drive South. We like sailing at of Jacksonville as it is not to hateful of a drive from Ohio. We were just looking for a quick get away and Carnival ... Read More
This was a last minute booking. I booked on Sep 12th around noon and got in the car to drive South. We like sailing at of Jacksonville as it is not to hateful of a drive from Ohio. We were just looking for a quick get away and Carnival Ecstasy did not disappoint. Since we booked so late, our check in time was 1:30PM however, we showed up early on the of chance they were ahead of schedule. We were on the ship around 12:30. Fifteen minutes from the time we parked till we got up on the Lido deck. The ship is showing her age but she is slated for dry dock on October which I expect consist of a good paint job and new décor. We will find out as we are booked on the Ecstasy in November. We had a port hole cabin on the main deck. The room was extra deep based on its location. The room was very clean. For the most part, we ate only on the Lido deck, Bonsai Sushi express or room service. We looked at the dining room menus through the cruise and everything sounded good. I only packed shorts, so we did not go in for dinner. I know that you can but cruise casual to me is at least a golf shirt and pants. Its not difficult and I will they would at the very least enforce the current code even though its to lax. The cruise director Cam and the Fun Squad were very good. Everything we saw, we enjoyed. DJ Spike was one of the better ones that we have seen in a while. The dancers were really good and you could see their practice paid off. This was our first time to Princess Cay. I still prefer Half Moon. While the beach is very pretty, they cram a lot of beach chairs in the various coves so it is hard to get away if you are looking to truly relax. We would definitely go again though. We didn't spend much time in Nassau. I was not feeling great so we just walked around for a few hours Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The cruise was relaxing. We went to Princess Cays, where we got a Sanctuary Bungalow that we enjoyed very much. We weren't fans of the Nassau market off the port since we don't like having all the vendors constantly trying to ... Read More
The cruise was relaxing. We went to Princess Cays, where we got a Sanctuary Bungalow that we enjoyed very much. We weren't fans of the Nassau market off the port since we don't like having all the vendors constantly trying to convince you to go into their shop (or get your hair braided). The food in the MDR was great. We had your-time-dining and only had to wait once. We enjoyed the music shows and went to both showings both times. I wish there had been more of them instead of only two nights. The main reason for my review is to share a warning about room E82, and really all the rooms around there. I had no idea how loud it would be in that room due to the music in the Atrium. I had researched the room beforehand and hadn't seen any warning, so I decided to add my own review afterward so that others would know better. This isn't something that would be better one or two rooms further away. The noise was loud enough that I wouldn't recommend any rooms in the midsection of the Emerald deck at all. I would recommend going with a different deck, or perhaps all the way in the Aft section. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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