Sail Date: October 2018
My group of 13 in 4 cars all parked at the port and arrived about 11:30am. There was a small line that moved pretty smoothly. The lot is not covered like other ports. It was not very easy to navigate as the lines painted on the pavement ... Read More
My group of 13 in 4 cars all parked at the port and arrived about 11:30am. There was a small line that moved pretty smoothly. The lot is not covered like other ports. It was not very easy to navigate as the lines painted on the pavement don't match up with the cones they have laid out and other cruisers cant seem to figure out where they should be. However, they had enough people out directing traffic and getting people back in proper lines that this wasn't a big issue. The shuttle from parking lot to embarkation lines were friendly, clean, and fast. Embarkation was about as fast as other ports we have used (New Orleans, San Juan). The lines before security were squeezed in tight, not very friendly for anyone carrying anything. Our stroller (small umbrella) and small carry-ons struggled through the poles. Other passengers with just carry on or twelve pack were struggling as well. They just have the space much to narrow. Check-in was smooth, except they placed one of our rooms on the wrong floor than promised. They also dissmissed this because it they didn't considerate it a problem. However, it was a huge hassle. We booked to all be on the same floor for easier communication and meeting up, but having one room on another floor was a headache. The texting feature on the app doesn't work, so there is not a convenient way to communicate. Our cabins were clean as expected. Our two year old still sleeps in a crib at home, but they won't assign on for 2+. Our steward got a supervisor to approve one for ours!! Saved our sanity!! We pushed the double bed against the wall with the window and had lots of room for the crib and stroller. (Extra tip for the hard to make bed lol) We did have a problem with a sink, but it was fixed within an hour. The ship was pretty clean and seemed well maintained. Nothing stood out as horrible or fantastic as far as decor goes. Our first night in the dining room was pretty horrible. Our drinks ordered the first few minutes of being seated didnt arrive until midway through our main course. It also took much longer than usual for anything. After that night we were seated in a different section and returned there every night after. No problems after being moved to a different area with a different wait staff. The food was good, but drinks take forever. We started taking one with us, ordering one when seated, and found that to be better for us. Our 2 year is mostly potty trained, but we like to use a swim diaper for accidents (just incase). We were worried that traveling may mess up his potty routine and not be able to swim or use the water slide area, but there were atleast 6 kids with swim diapers at any moment in the slide area. (He ended up being fine and did well with potty and traveling! We took a foldable potty seat that we used before cruise just so he had something he was already using.) The slides were all three kids favorite part! Ages 2-6. They did like the shows, but got so tired it was hard for them to stay up for some of them. Only the 2 year old went to the camp ocean. They were having a bubble party and he loved it, kept asking to go play!! We are home and he still wants to go to camp ocean. The other children didn't go only because of parental choice. The rocking on the ship was much rougher than our other sailings in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Sailing in the Atlantic we got a real experience of sea sickness. Take meds even if you havent gotten sick on previous trips! Ports: Princess cays: Nice beach, but it does have somewhat rocky/rough shore line. Water shoes are a must!! The kids and babies can still play in the sand, but getting into and out of water is a bit hard. If you want a shaded seat rent a clam shell for $30 on shore or get one in a package. Bubbles and Cheers dont work on this, even though you use your sail and sign for almost everything. There are plenty of seats in the sun, plenty of beach, and plenty of places to play. There is a playground and kiddy pool. Showers to rinse off. Floats and things to rent. Look into the packages to save some bucks before this port. The buffet was not good. There are four lines, but people tend to just form into the first line. Dont be afraid to jump into a shorter line. All the lines going into the same building are on the same side and serve the same food. Served some salsa/chips, salad sides, hot dogs, hamburgers, jerk chicken, rice, beans, water, lemonade, cookies, and browies. The salsa and chips were the best thing they had. Half of our burgers were undercooked, the chicken was mostly bone, rice and beans were very dry. Would have preferred to pay for fast food or just sandwich boxes. Overall we did like this port. We didn't have a big expense for excursions, so that was a nice plus. The beach was nice and the water was clean! Nassau was ok. We had a private boat excursion lined up because we couldn't find anything for our group with a 2 year old. Due to an early morning thunderstorm, ours was cancelled. We ended up just walking around and shopping. There are a lot of vendors trying to sell you something. We were told that its not safe to go out with out a carnival exscursion, but I had read reviews before we left and figured they were just trying to sell us an excursion. We had no trouble walking around close to the port and shopping. We didnt go far because the heat was horrible. I think we would have prefered to do something else if we could go back. The Suess breakfast was a nice experience for the older kids. They loved seeing stories come to life and get pics with characters. The toddler didn't care. The adults didn't care for the special dishes, but the staff was happy to get regular dishes too, just ask! The staff here was above and beyond amazing!! For only $5 a person, we felt pretty pampered for a breakfast. The line to enter could have been a little more organized, but the actual event was great! If you have kids, give this a shot- especially on this ship!! Disembarkation was a nightmare. This was our 3rd carnival cruise and by far the worst getting off the ship. We went to the disembarkation show and read what was suppose to happen. Charleston requires Carnival to do a silent disembarkation, which would have been nice. However, nothing was done how they said it would be done. Self carry off was suppose to go by floor and have the forward elevators locked in for the currently called floor. This was not the case. We waited over 20 minutes during our "priority" elevator time and EVERY ONE PASSED OUR FLOOR. The employee standing at the bay was telling everyone that they had to use the stairs and the elevators were only for the top floors. We asked her about the priority elevator time for our floor and she said she didnt know when that was. Then she just left the area. Having some disabled folks, we were not able to do stairs with strollers and luggage in tow. We waited for an elevator for 25 minutes along with 4 other disabled groups. When an elevator showed up, a crew member was telling us that it shouldn't have stopped on our floor, he needed to go up. When asked why our floor was called to disembark and asked about our floors designated elevator times, he mumbled that they were busy and all floors needed elevators. The lines to get off the ship were stalled so many times to WAIT for people that packed sail and sign cards in luggage. The lines were so long, the crew was having a hard time wrapping it around just one floor. We were told that we couldn't use the handicap ramp on the 3rd level because we didn't have a wheel chair. The day before we were told we could. The disembarkation show advised anyone that has trouble with the inclines/ handicap/ or those with prams should use deck 3 to disembark. However, nothing that was said in the disembarkation show or on the papers given out was followed. This was a crap-show. I am not sure I would sail out of Charleston again. The port itself needs an overhaul and disembarkation was a nightmare. This ship was fine. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Chose this because of the ports of call, and the much shorter driving distance to port (6 hours to Charleston, SC. vs. 16 to Florida ports). *REALLY* regretting that now. Terrible food, EXCEPT Guy Fieri's burgers. They were delicious, but ... Read More
Chose this because of the ports of call, and the much shorter driving distance to port (6 hours to Charleston, SC. vs. 16 to Florida ports). *REALLY* regretting that now. Terrible food, EXCEPT Guy Fieri's burgers. They were delicious, but the other stations on the Lido deck, and the dining room (we got any time dining and were in the Wind Song dining room) - were TERRIBLE. Tough meat, fried chicken that was listed as "Southern Fried Chicken" but should have been "Concrete Fried" as the breading was too hard to chew without breaking a tooth.. Lackluster service, a cabin steward who forgot to do anything in our room 2 days out of 5, servers who forgot there's an entire section above the Lido deck where a large group of people hang out on a regular basis (smoking section) .. Just a miserable experience overall. I've been on several Carnival cruises and LOVED them. I have another planned in February (2019) - different port, different boat, and I sincerely hope that this was a blip in Carnival's normally excellent service. Really REALLY pushy jewelry store associates (like put his hands on you to force you forward to see the jewelry under a light with a grip on your wrist that wasn't breakable pushy). Nobody (employee wise) seemed to want to be there, the boat is old and tired, although there was a murmur in the crowd about it being retrofitted in the near future, which it really does need. Just a generally poor performance by a normally decent company. High points: Embarkation was quick and easy, so was disembarking, and one employee that I adored. His name is Reymond, he works on the Lido deck in the evenings, cleaning up after people. He was a delight to talk to, EXTREMELY personable, knowledgeable about the ports. He's from the Phillipines and is an all around asset to Carnival. I hope they realize that. Princess Cay is basically an extension of the boat with a beach, which was fine. Everything is based on sign and sail cards (they own the entire island) and there's very little to do there. Employees come from the boat, and they bring all the food for the BBQ (food, again, terrible because it came from the boat) GREAT for beach combers and families with kids who love the water.. but WEAR WATER SHOES if you have tender feet, lots of rocks and coral right at the water line you have to get past. I didn't go further so can't speak for the deeper areas. Very clean on Princess Cay. Nassau was a bit of a disappointment, and we were offered drugs from a gentleman calling himself "Dr. Feelgood" in full view of uniformed police in front of the Royal Bank of Canada within 10 minutes of getting off the boat (certainly not Carnival's fault). My suggestion for Nassau - do the Atlantis day or an excursion. If you plan on walking around Nassau - hit up the Irish pub that's up a flight of stairs on the main drag. GREAT food, delightful staff. The straw market has some great local carvers with some very beautiful carved art. A lot of the "hand made" things in the straw market are fresh off the boat from China, however, most of the woven straw purses, etc. Mine still had the Made in China tag at the bottom. :) Worth it for little gifts for kids, though. There is a GREAT silver jewelry store a bit down from the main drag of touristy shops that is full of items imported from Turkey. Gorgeous lamps, and they have a HUGE selection of very reasonably priced Sterling jewelry, good quality gemstones, and NOT pushy at all. Coming out of the port, make a left when you hit diamonds international, it is on the same street, same side of the street, just down a few blocks. For giggles we tried a Starbucks inside what looked like a department store, and it was really good. Great employees too. If you're dying for a Frappucino from home at that point, def. a good place to go. If you want local food, ask for a cab to "Fish Fry" - Food vendors and street food where the locals grab lunch, just past Junkanoo beach. We asked two different people for local food and they both mentioned Fish fry, which is what locals call the area of street vendors there. Delicious! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Took this quick cruise out of Charleston with 3 other families. We have cruised with Carnival many times before, but this was by far the worst. The pool was closed for maintenance for the first 24 hours of the cruise. Then MANY people got ... Read More
Took this quick cruise out of Charleston with 3 other families. We have cruised with Carnival many times before, but this was by far the worst. The pool was closed for maintenance for the first 24 hours of the cruise. Then MANY people got blue paint on their swimsuits because it wasn’t dry. Balcony cabin was really cramped. Food was absolutely horrible. So bad, in fact, that for the first time ever, I actually LOST weight on vacation. Every night in the dining room they offered a chilled soup. First night- Lychee soup. Tasted like melted ice cream. Second night- strawberry mint soup... tasted exactly like melted strawberry milkshake from McDonald’s. Third night- peach and mint soup- tasted just like... can you guess? Chick-Fil-A peach milkshake. Lol. Kids were bored. Oh- and the candy shop was right between the club and casino so when we took the kids to get candy we had to walk thru clouds of cigarette smoke! Ugh.. Seriously- don’t take this ship. Ever. Read Less
Sail Date: September 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
firrst time on ecstasy. this cruise was going to a beach that we did'nt go to one year because of the weather. and the first time in a porthole room. it was a quiet floor. and it also went to nassau. the band was great the singing was ... Read More
firrst time on ecstasy. this cruise was going to a beach that we did'nt go to one year because of the weather. and the first time in a porthole room. it was a quiet floor. and it also went to nassau. the band was great the singing was great! the intertainment was great! also. the sales was great! the pools was not that full like some others ships, i dont do shore exc, like to walk around the islands. food was good in dinning. ship infor on app was good to have. which i didnt think to do, i like to read the intenarary... the beach had to many rocks'princess cay" that need be some changes in removing them big rocks!. but it was nice and hot so i just had to go futher out into the water. and with the cooler weather for september great but steal was hot!. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Took the Ecstasy for a 6 day to Bermuda. We have been on the Ecstasy before. The crew was great and they took care of any issues very easily. Food was good and everything was clean. Entertainment was top notch. This is an old ship and ... Read More
Took the Ecstasy for a 6 day to Bermuda. We have been on the Ecstasy before. The crew was great and they took care of any issues very easily. Food was good and everything was clean. Entertainment was top notch. This is an old ship and all the public areas are above the rooms. The whole cruise was great, weather was so so but carnival didnt make the weather. trouble didnt come till the very last day. Captain warned us that we would be in 4 hours late due to the heavy seas and strong head wind. but over night i got a letter saying i needed to go to a deck 8 lounge to meet with customs. It stated i would owe the customs money. I only bought 2 cartons of cigarettes even though the guy tried hard to sell me 4 cartons. you are only allowed one carton per passenger and since it was only me and my wife that makes 2 my limit. I also bought her some jewelry at the fun shops that was over 700 dollars but then again for two people it is 1600 total. I had maybe 50 dollars in trinkets from the port so i was way under on customs. BUT Carnival turned my name in as oweing duty as if i was travelling alone. Mean while my daughter got the same type of letter becausse she spent 1300 at the fun shops. So 1030 i get in line as the ship docks. and hour later there was no one yet. one guy showed to do this ( this isnt carnivals fault) but me standing in line was. Finally i was next and inside 45 seconds the customs officer after looking at my statement stamps me approved and sends me on my way. BTW my daughter had the exact same experience. Anyhow now i had to get in line to leave and we were in port nearly an hour by this time. Lesson learnt was dont spend more on board than you can individually bring ashore duty free, it doesnt matter if there are 2, 3 or 4 of you in your party. There were a lot of people in that line and i was close to the front.I feel for those at the end. If carnival selected with a bit more intelligence it wouldnt have been an issue at all. The food was overall really good. I love the ribs, and the service this time was impecable. From sit down to stand up only an hour, usually it is more like 90 to 120 minutes. We did have 3 sea days so brunch was something i love on carnival and it was as usual delicious. The band Lexappeal was awesome and was even included one night in the stage show. The male and female singers were great. The other performers were also very good and each had a very different genre and in its own right appealing. The ship doesnt have a big screen but I dont really watch movies often. The port was ok. Glad i went , probably wont return. Things seems a bit more pricey than normal. I took a shore excursion to see the whole of the island and they did that for sure. I think if I did return i would take the ferry over to hamilton for the shopping. Just my 2 cents. Let me finish on a totally up note. The crew was fantastic. obviously the management is doing a bang up job. Oh and I am including a pic of my towel animal..... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I had an 86th birthday during this cruise I took solo. Although I met many other people, older folks have more difficulty enjoying the entertainment currently offered and finding companionship. For my birthday, Guest Services recognized it ... Read More
I had an 86th birthday during this cruise I took solo. Although I met many other people, older folks have more difficulty enjoying the entertainment currently offered and finding companionship. For my birthday, Guest Services recognized it with Champagne, box of candy, a note, spa gift, and waiters singing at my dinner table. I took the 8 day cruise to the Caribbean on 9/8 so there would not be so many ankle biters aboard as they should have been in school. Each port had other ships and the streets were full of people. I took no excursions, didn't drink, enjoyed the Serenity Deck at aft of the ship and took a nap each afternoon after a good lunch and got to bed by 9:30 each night. The highlight of each day was dinner, 6:00 PM with table of 10 who were a delightful group. The Carnival Survey that I received upon return took almost an hour to fill out. Among the negatives which was the only part I saved, I wrote: My car was parked on the tarmac. I had paid parking at $20/day. On a previous cruise it was parked inside a building and I thought it would be this trip. Due to the heat initially with windows left partially down, the hurricane and anticipated storm surge, I worried about the car a lot. I purchased the Value Plan for WiFi, internet, and mail. It would not work. Guest Services worked with my computer and iPhone twice and even raised my plan to Premium but it still would not work so I did get a refund of the $80 charge. The Carnival Hub app worked well. My Sign and Sail card would not open my stateroom door and I had to get areplacement card which involved a very long line still carrying my lighter suitcase. The display case for the plaques awarded the ship were sitting on top of the American Flag using it as a mat. I did get one of their officers to correct that and show more respect for our flag. In filling the lavatory in my bathroom with water, the water was quite dark. They need to find the source of the discoloration and correct it. The hot water was more muddy than the cool. I initially sprayed my entire cabin with Lysol and took great care to use the germ killer drops outside the restaurants. However, by the evening of the 15th my throat started burning and turned white. The "bug" later caused excessive nose running and is still in my chest although I went to my doctor upon return and am taking two strong medicines. The wind from my cabin's air input vent was far too strong and blowing in my face the first night. I then got my Steward to turn it down but it was shut off completely so the next day I had to get it corrected again. We finally got it adjusted. My muster station was on deck 9 and my cabin on deck 4. In case of an emergency we were not to use the elevators. At age 86 I don't think I could run up five flights of stairs to my muster station. The initial Veteran's meeting to encourage discourse between Vets, upon entering we were asked how many in our party. I said one and was seated at a table by myself. I saw several other tables of one. I complained about it, that it did not encourage discussion and it was corrected the second day. Another Vet and I stood up the second day, introduced ourselves to the group of about 50-75 Vets, and talked a little about our experiences. I mentioned the 16 members of our Fighter Squadrons off Korea that we lost 66 years ago. Others talked of their losses. While waiting to debark and planning to roll my own bags to my car, the instructions said to wait in my cabin until my deck was displayed on TV and deck 4 would have been last. The anticipated time for my use of the elevator was later than the time we were required to get out of our cabins so what were we supposed to do? Stand in line for up to 30 minutes? Go to a higher deck and try to get on one of the forward elevators? I did the latter and did get off the ship prior to my scheduled time of about 8:30 or when the forward elevators became available. I sailed with Carnival many years ago but they lost the records of when I sailed and I could not remember the details so I didn't receive credit for previous sailings. There was something loose outside Cabin R-119 that periodically banged somewhere around the windows disturbing sleep. Also, the windows need to be taken apart and cleaned as the inside of the double panes are dirty. When you first embark, they need more attendants at Guest Services as passengers have many problems at that time and the line becomes excessive. At one port, the ship and crew had muster drills with the ship's emergency whistles blowing. I did not see or hear any announcement about this and was wondering if it was a real emergency - however, due to being hard of hearing I may have missed it. I have never seen a crew that worked as hard as on this ship. At every station, none just sat. They were polishing, cleaning, or working everywhere all the time and were always friendly. The Captain did a fine job preventing pitching and tossing and rolling of the ship. However, when he spoke, he could not speak English well but the Cruise Director always repeated his statements over the speakers. I hope this helps. The ship has an outstanding crew and they are doing their best to make the ship and cruise enjoyable. I would sail again on the Ecstasy but never solo again. Too difficult to find companionship. Thanks for letting me make these critiques. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise because it was 8 days out of Charleston, and I like Ecstasy. I live in Northern Virginia and don't mind the drive to Charleston for a cruise as long as 8 days. It would be much simpler to drive to Baltimore, but I just ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was 8 days out of Charleston, and I like Ecstasy. I live in Northern Virginia and don't mind the drive to Charleston for a cruise as long as 8 days. It would be much simpler to drive to Baltimore, but I just don't like Pride as much as I do Ecstasy. When I saw the lines I thought boarding would be a problem, but nope, things moved very quickly and politely. Same can be said for debark. I ate several breakfasts and lunches at the lido buffet. For me, the breakfast offerings are so varied you just can't go wrong - cereal, fruit and yogurt one day, bread and cold cuts another, breakfast burrito or omelette or pancakes another time. For lunch i tried the deli, a very good rueben, and a taco bowl from Blue Iguana Cantina, the salad bar. A nice treat was onion rings from Guys Burgers. But I ate every dinner in the dining room. I had any time dining and usually arrived around 8 and never had to wait. The staff was very solicitous of me. I was cruising alone, and requested a table alone, and my serving team managed for me to never feel awkward. The food I ate was good. Twice I had the Indian vegetarian. I tried several of the port of call offerings. Most nights I didn't eat dessert, saving my appetite for midnight snacks of pizza and the "good eats" offerings. Good eats are available on lido from around 11 to 12 and have hot dogs and sandwiches and cookies/brownies. I tried all of it and definitely preferred the pizza. They make a very good mushroom pizza. In the mornings before breakfast I exercised by walking around all the open decks and doing laps on the jogging track, and by swimming in the pool. The pool opens at 8 and was pretty empty until 10 or so, so that was nice to be able to swim a bit. During the day I relaxed in the Serenity area; a great place for reading or just watching the ocean go by. There was always ample space and a lounge where I wanted one. The only complaint is that there was bar service when I wasn't interested in a drink and never a bar server around when I wanted one! I also tried out the water slides. Such a thrill for an over 60 lady! When taking a break from the sun there were plenty of options for trivia and other games. I went to the daytime Hasbro Game Show. A lot of fun - and I was selected to participate. Woo-hoo. In the evenings I attended some of the production shows. Nothing spectacular but entertaining. I saw two of the comics. Both funny. But interestingly, for one of them I saw his early, family friendly show which was edgy but not inappropriate, and I really liked him so I went back for the later adult only show and he just didn't connect - like he was trying too hard to hit the R-rated or X-rated notes and it just flopped for me. AND I hit the casino. It was fun. I didn't lose too much money. I haven't smoked in 30 years, but thankfully cigarette smoke doesn't irritate me as much as it does others. In the casino there are no non-smoking slots. As long as someone is playing they can smoke. The Ecstasy casino must be very well ventilated because it wasn't terrible. Yes, it is smokey as is the Promenade deck that it's on. But again, for me, not terrible. In St. Thomas I caught a cab to Coki Beach. I hadn't been there but my research told me that it was the best, easily accessed for snorkeling. It was both easy to get to, a $20 round trip cab ride, and good snorkeling. I saw lots of fish and wide variety. In St. Maarten I did the Carnival excursion Scenic Coastal Hike. This was great; a rocky walk along the coast, lots of gorgeous ocean vistas, as well as lots of goats and iguanas. After the tour I walked along the boardwalk and Front St., stopping at a little shop for excellent ice cream. In San Juan I just got off the boat and walked around and headed over to El Morro. The forts there are so fascinating. Ok. So why am I a big fan of Carnival Ecstasy? Service and layout. I just love the size of the ship and the easy access to lots of outdoor areas, not just the lido pool area. I find the service to be top-notch. My cabin steward responded to all my requests immediately. I didn't have hot water one morning, by afternoon I did. I wanted a robe and an ice bucket. Within an hour I had them. I already mentioned the dining crew. Here's the best part. I went to the meet and mingle, not expecting anything much. There were about 30 cruisers in attendance, tho many more had signed up. Carnival had laid out all these great snacks, sort of like what they offer at tea-time but even better; little petit-fours; little sandwiches and canapes. I was sitting on a couch with some other cruisers, and the head of hotel services, the head of food services and the head of guest services came to sit down with us and just chat about cruising. I thought that was so nice. Then later there was a goodie bag in my cabin from guest services! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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 longer ... 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We select this cruise due to length of the tour is for five days and within 2.5 driving time from our home. Four young ladies from the age of 33 to 65 had an absolute ball being catered to by the staff. We got two cheap room on Deck 4. ... Read More
We select this cruise due to length of the tour is for five days and within 2.5 driving time from our home. Four young ladies from the age of 33 to 65 had an absolute ball being catered to by the staff. We got two cheap room on Deck 4. We paid the extra to avoid the cattle call line at the terminal. We checked in and our baggage was delivered to our room before we could get down the hall. Oops we had one young lady that packed her wine in her luggage instead of carryon. She got the nasty gram from Carnival that advised the wine could be picked up on departure. Hope the staff enjoyed it. Needless to say, her luggage did not get to the room until right before dinner on Monday night. My steward in room R-33 Jernvey was great. The other steward in Room 99 they never saw him and he delivered a small glass of ice. They were not impressed. We had Peter and his assistants in the Main Dinner at 8:15. They were go attentive to all of us. It was a pleasure to go to dinner each night. Our table included wonderful folks from North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. During the day we used the room service for pot of coffee and banana, bagel delivered to our room. We slowly put on our suits went to the dining room for sit down breakfast. The steak and eggs, omelets were wonderful. We started each morning with Bloody Mary's or Mimosa. Then we were off to the pool to spend a relaxing day sipping our favorite drinks. The drink card is the way to go. Thinking of drinking 15 drinks in a day is a bit overwhelming. Of course, one in our party did it twice and the rest of us came in a close second. The drink card also gives you bottle water at any bar. Our best bar was the martini bar and Jason is the best bartender Carnival will ever employ. The staff at the Alchemy Bar was the best on board. The Casino bar was very good also. We loved our trip so much that we book another next year same time with Benv in services. We just have not told our husbands we are going on another cruise yet! Read Less
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 3.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
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 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates N/A 4.3

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