Sail Date: April 2019
The boat swayed, rocked and rolled even in calm waters. Smelled like sewage the whole trip. Even when we were docked the boat vibrated like driving down a dirt road. Seemed the bars were always understaffed, wait time could be long. ... Read More
The boat swayed, rocked and rolled even in calm waters. Smelled like sewage the whole trip. Even when we were docked the boat vibrated like driving down a dirt road. Seemed the bars were always understaffed, wait time could be long. Not sure why they would wait for your pizza order before they would make a pizza, line was long and they made pizza when you ordered It instead of a pizza buffet. Daycare was great, my 3 year old loved it! this was a great kid cruise other than the smell and swaying. I would take Carnival again but not this boat. I also didn't like the drink package, it was time consuming having to provide a drink card so they could swipe it and you had to sign a ticket afterwards, I prefer the all inclusive "free at Sea" cruises, NO Hassle! The Charleston port was kinda dingy as well compared to other ports but we could drive there saving on the costs of flights. But the drink package as about the same as our flight cost would have been so that's a wash. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Chose this cruise because it was 5 days and at a port not too far from where we lived. Easy drive. Embarkation went smoothly. Cabins weren't ready until 1:30pm so we went to Lido Deck buffet. When we got to the cabin, our room ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it was 5 days and at a port not too far from where we lived. Easy drive. Embarkation went smoothly. Cabins weren't ready until 1:30pm so we went to Lido Deck buffet. When we got to the cabin, our room attendant came in and asked us when we wanted our room made up. Morning, afternoon or night. We chose morning. That means they don't appear again till the next morning. Surprise. No more evening turn down. The ship, the Ecstasy, is old. And it shows. Outdated décor, so much paint, you can count the layers. The ship smelled bad, especially afternoons and evenings. Other people commented on that too. We were on the 4th floor. It smelled like a nursing home. We ate the first two nights in the dining room. We had dine when you want. We were seated promptly. The first night we ordered salmon. Overcooked as was the baked potato. The food was not hot. The second night we had prime rib. It was okay, but again it was cold. The other nights we ate in the buffet. The food was at least hot up there. The best thing about the food was the desserts. They were great. Guy Fiery's hamburger joint was also good. We have been on many cruises and always looked forward to lobster night. Well, no more, That will cost you $20. I also got a glass of wine the first night. $11. I can buy 2 bottles of wine for that. The entertainment was good. Their private island is beautiful. We didn't take any excursions from the ship. Too expensive. You can arrange sightseeing off ship for a lot less. Overall, we were very disappointed with the condition of the ship and activities. Thank God they had a place where adults could go. IT's at the back of the ship. Disembarkation went smoothly. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This ship is small, outdated, and poorly kept. Stateroom feels like staying in an old camper. We experienced a disgusting septic backup in our bathroom and guest services refused to offer anything other than a credit for a $50 bar tab. ... Read More
This ship is small, outdated, and poorly kept. Stateroom feels like staying in an old camper. We experienced a disgusting septic backup in our bathroom and guest services refused to offer anything other than a credit for a $50 bar tab. Beds and bedding are cheap and uncomfortable. Ship was cold with no heat available in room. No specialty restaurants are available. The food offerings are repetitive and boring. Free drink selection was limited to water, coffee and rancid tasting "tea." No indoor pool or solarium available in case of inclement weather. The outdoor pool, hot tubs and sundeck are ugly and overcrowded. The onboard shops were very limited and tacky. Very limited tv options in room. Other than the Atlantis excursion in Nassau, there is nothing to see or do in either Nassau or Freeport. I will not ever sail with carnival again. We were very disappointed in the condition of the ship and the ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our eighth cruise and it was terrible. There was something being drug overhead and banging noises on things outside of the ship all hours of the night. My husband woke up around four in the morning and was met with the floor ... Read More
This was our eighth cruise and it was terrible. There was something being drug overhead and banging noises on things outside of the ship all hours of the night. My husband woke up around four in the morning and was met with the floor outside the bathroom being flooded. Called customer service and they sent someone down to check. Had to put up with fans in the room and the hallway drying the floor. Also they came in and caulked the floor in the shower and we had to put up with the smell for the rest of the cruise. This was the same thing that my other family members in the adjoining rooms experienced. Obviously from the review I just read it was not just our two rooms that we affected. Dining was not what we expected. Food options were limited and when we asked for the table for four we were shoved in between other tables. I am a avid tea drinker but did not drink tea on this cruise as it was nasty. I have tried to maintain my loyalty to Carnival but after this experience I am not so sure. Bad thing is I was planning another cruise in December. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise as we received an offer on a reduced room rate. Also as we live near Charleston, it just seemed right. This was our second cruise with Carnival, and it was enjoyable. The Ecstasy has some age on her (1991), but ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we received an offer on a reduced room rate. Also as we live near Charleston, it just seemed right. This was our second cruise with Carnival, and it was enjoyable. The Ecstasy has some age on her (1991), but she is a good ship. There are rust and mechanical issues, but... What really impressed us was the staff. They were first class. The day at Princess Cay was a nice beach-day. The lunch line-wait seemed a bit long. and the tenders were interesting. In Freeport we took the City Tour. It was a Sunday, so many stores were not open. Carnival "works" with the local vendors to open on Sunday. The tour bus we were on was not in the best condition (interior). Our driver was quite entertaining. I took the "Behind the Fun" tour - do not miss it if you like to see how Cruise ships operate. We are starting to plan our next Cruise on the Sunshine. It is just so nice to drive to the dock and gat on the ship! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We are a family of four and this was our first cruise. We did not have high expectations as we knew coming on that this was an old shop....we chose it because of it being within driving distance from our home. The ship itself isn’t ... Read More
We are a family of four and this was our first cruise. We did not have high expectations as we knew coming on that this was an old shop....we chose it because of it being within driving distance from our home. The ship itself isn’t terrible (aside from the tiniest pool I’ve ever seen). Most of the crew really do try hard to make it a pleasant experience. The food is absolutely horrendous. Don’t waste the calories on eating the buffet. You will be really disappointed. The deli sandwiches were supposed to be served with fries but we were told everyone that the fries would be five minutes only to never receive any. You also can’t customize what is on the sandwiches - who wants a grilled cheese with mayo and mustard? Absolutely ridiculous. The best option during the day is Guys Burgers but who can eat burgers every single day? We had the late dining time and they were really slow. One night we were literally the last table left to get our food. I believe we left the dining room around 10 pm. Who wants to do anything with a full stomach at that time of night? They also do not rotate the menu very much. I’m glad my kids are teenagers because there was nothing for younger kids on the menu. The food was really bland. Certainly not worth what we paid for. Our ship was full of college spring breakers who took over all of the hot tubs, pool and were very drunk and obnoxious. We are not people who get offended very easily but seeing scantily clad women and hearing foul language all week long got old very quickly. The entertainment was really lame. They have lots of venues but they were only open at designated times. The Hasbro game show was plain cheesy. My kids were bored the whole time. My 13 year old daughter who is very outgoing went to her club one night and the worker was very rude and basucally stated “there is no one else here so there are no activities” and sent her away. The weather didn’t help matters much. It was cold and rainy the entire time in Freeport. The boat was really rough the last two days and my 16 year old daughter was sick in bed despite taking sea sickness medication and wearing her sea bands. My husband and I purchased the alcohol package but it was impossible to get waited on st most bars. Don’t waste your money. We did a dolphin swim and Atlantis day excursion in Nassau that was really disappointing. Lots of standing around and waiting so very little time to enjoy the amenities. The line to purchase pictures of the excursion took longer than the actual excursion itself and the staff at Atlantis in the photo area were the rudest people we encountered the entire trip. Three counters open and they had groups of probably 60 people every 45 minutes doing the dolphin swim. Unacceptable. My 16 year old daughter and I had a mother/daughter massage and it was a good experience other than having to go check back at the desk after waiting15 minutes last our scheduled time. Overall our family was very disappointed. We work hard for our money and felt very taken advantage of. We will never sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 12th Carnival cruise. We drove to Charleston the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites about 20 minutes from the port. Check in in Charleston was seamless. I prepaid for parking at the port. We ... Read More
This was our 12th Carnival cruise. We drove to Charleston the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites about 20 minutes from the port. Check in in Charleston was seamless. I prepaid for parking at the port. We booked a grand suite with extended balcony. We got in the building, went straight to priority check in, got our boarding passes stamped and off we go to the ship. So quick and we arrived at a peak time, noon. The guy that checked us in said our room cards would be on our door and that our stateroom should be ready now. Not sure if that’s a suite perk and I wasn’t expecting the room to be ready but the check in guy said it would be. We got to the room and our keys weren’t there and the room wasn’t ready. No big deal for us. We had just changed to that room so guest services probably had our keys. We did ask the room steward in the hall if he’d let us drop off our carry on bags. He initially said no and, how do I know who you are? Fair point but I showed him our boarding passes and he let us drop the bags. That person ended up being our room steward. He wasn’t overly friendly but I don't need him to be my best friend. He was an OK room steward. He did the minimum in our room. We got a few towel animals. He did most of his job but he wasn’t as friendly as we usually experience. At guest services, QiQi got us our cards and apologized for the inconvenience. I told her it wasn’t a big deal to us. No harm done but she still gave each of us a drink receipt for a free drink from the bar. I wasn’t expecting that at all and thought it was very generous considering how NOT inconvenienced we were. Next up we signed into the HUB to get the kids onto chat so they could communicate with me. My youngest son had the same difficulty he had last October. He was unable to use chat because a message read for him to get his parent’s permission but then nothing. Back to guest services. Tatiana saved the day and got it figured out. Lifesaver! Big high fives to QiQi and Tatiana. I gamble on cruises. I get many offers from the casino program. They like that I give them so much money. I usually lose what I budget for gambling and that’s how it goes. This time I’d upped my gambling budget a bit and I did terrible! TERRIBLE! I did nothing but lose. LOSE LOSE LOSE What are ya gonna do, right? It’s called gambling not winning. The staff was great though. Kuda, Slavcho and Federico were super. They checked in with me often. Losing didn’t feel as bad when a friendly face would stop by. Slavcho especially made the rounds and would talk to the machine trying to give me luck. He’s very personable. Kuda sent us some cookies to the room. I finished the five days with 12,800 points! The waitstaff in the casino was mostly good. One waiter was not as efficient as others. Never gave a napkin or offered a straw or called you by name. Momo, his real name is Momcila, was so wonderful. Smiling, happy, efficient, always hustling. One thing I miss in the casino is lower bet options. A penny machine sounds great until you see max bet is $5 or $8.88! Dining was good. I do wish the American Table menu would get some updates but it’s all still very good. Nikita at table 129 was very good. Our waiter at table 220 was hilarious but I won’t ask to sit at table 220 ever again because it’s in the pathway for everyone being seated in the center of the dining room. Every person walked by you. Half of them bumped my chair. The other half wore very strong perfume or after shave. You got a good whiff of everyone passing by. We ate at the sea day brunch both days. The bagel breakfast is my favorite. It’s the perfect salmon bagel. We ate at Guy’s Burgers a few times. As always, the best burger ever. I had tacos from the cantina twice as well and they are consistently good. I relaxed and crocheted a lot this week which was my goal. I don't go to shows or most other activities. I skipped dessert most nights and I regret that now. The elevators seemed out of service often so I walked a lot of stairs. That’s probably a good thing because of all the burgers I had. I could never figure out if there was a coffee card. I drank my share of lattes from the Royal Café. Disembarkation was also seamless. Just like that…poof…vacation over. Time to book again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This ship is a joke. Room had several patched jobs with different colors. Smelled and broken furniture. Women’s dry sauna was registered at 230 degrees wet sauna had no steam (reported it twice) never changed all week Numerous medical ... Read More
This ship is a joke. Room had several patched jobs with different colors. Smelled and broken furniture. Women’s dry sauna was registered at 230 degrees wet sauna had no steam (reported it twice) never changed all week Numerous medical emergencies. Rust filled Lido deck, broken down elevators. Entertainment suitable for the gereatrics ward. Save your money because Carnival doesn’t care. Day 2 man died in E37 and family members crying and screaming. People near the room confused as man brought out wrapped in towels and rushed down the hall into the elevator. Zero words said to the customers standing in hall way. No one knows if there are physically or medically safe and Carnival only paste a red sign on the door saying “do not enter under authoring of the captain”. Red tape across the lock. Upon debarkation, federal and local law enforcement outside the room. This is a low budget cruise. SAVE YOUR MONEY! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
So, the Carnival Ecstasy.........heard it called a lot of things: 1. Rust Bucket 2. bad 1970's Porn decor 3. falling apart 4. dirty and smelly Honestly all those are true, except the smelly part - we have no bad ... Read More
So, the Carnival Ecstasy.........heard it called a lot of things: 1. Rust Bucket 2. bad 1970's Porn decor 3. falling apart 4. dirty and smelly Honestly all those are true, except the smelly part - we have no bad olfactory distress on our cruise. The Carnival Ecstasy is an old ship. It looks unpleasing and could use a serious makeover. Its true the interior decor looks like a bad XXX movie minus the "brown chicka brown cow" music. We honestly didn't pay attention to the rusty hinges, screws and door handles. The interior isn't falling apart too badly, we were able to open all doors, drawers, and closets. This old ship wasn't dirty, just old and zero smells other than the smoke bellowing from the casino area, which is normal. After saying all that, if you are gonna continue to read this review, it’s not all bad. The Carnival employees aboard are super nice and helpful. I suppose they oughta be considering the appearance the ship portrays. I have an assumption that this is the ship Carnival sends employees to train before moving them onto a better ship. Everyone from the fella vacuuming at 4:45am one morning to the art auction people always greeting us with pleasantries. Please don't let the appearance fool ya. Lets' break it down: Embarkation - arrived 11:45am - 8 in our party - 4 different cabins. Onboard by 12:15 = smooth as roller girl in Boogie Nights! Debarkation - smooth as silk Cabin - ES - Great except TV - super grainy and horrible sound, but who cruises to watch TV. Also had a visit by security - told us to take down the hammock on our extended balcony. Guess that's a no-no like handcuffs, hotplates and hookahs. We complied with no complaining. I think we apologized too but we were hanging out with Ron Bacardi that day, so details are a little fuzzy, kinda like the TV. Dining - late assigned dining (8:15pm) WindSong Dining Room - top notch service. In fact, it would have been the best dining service we ever received on a Carnival Cruise BUT there was no escargot on any nightly menu. Claimed it wasn't in season - my guess is another cutback or the ships too clean for snails - you decide. Food quality was spot on - no complaints. Seriously folks, the service was downright awesome, even cocktail service in the MDR was prompt. Entertainment - CD was a boring. not naming names but the 12-year-old fella for a CD on the Sunshine deserves EMMY nominations compared to the current Ecstasy CD. Nothing memorable about her. The Punchline comedian, J.R., freaking hysterical! Don't miss his late-night set. Pool, Hot tubs and Lido deck stuff - never very crowded, hardly any chair hogs. We learned a trick to getting children outta SWIMMING in the hot tubs. *Stand in the middle in the hot tub you wanna get in that is occupied by kiddos snorkeling and jumping around and ask the honeymooning couple "Is this the hot tub you had sex in, or is it the other one?" This works like a charm; no children were in that hot tub for the rest of the cruise. Itinerary and Shore Excursions - decent......no excitement.... we paid for zero excursions. Princess Cays is an extension of the ship. We coulda stayed on the ship and kept sand outta our cracks but went ashore only because we had never been to Princess Cay. Nassau is Nassau. Been there done that........hells bells we got married in Nassau in 2012 it has not changed too much. Figured after seven years that something would be different like waistline, eyesight, or date night......wait, wait, wait that is the being married 7 years, not Nassau. Its still the same! Overall it was a good vacation for the amount spent. We got our money's worth! We had a positive time, and nothing is ever perfect. If you have high exceptions of your cruising decor, you might skip the Ecstasy. If you have expectations of superb service and great food on a smaller ship, then by all means give the Ecstasy a whirl. Would we rush to book the Ecstasy again? Yes Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Booked the Ecstasy out of Charleston for a fun getaway with friends. Cost and close port made it an easy choice. Embarkation was fast for anyone with a drop of patience. Ship is old, but well cared for and they work on it constantly. ... Read More
Booked the Ecstasy out of Charleston for a fun getaway with friends. Cost and close port made it an easy choice. Embarkation was fast for anyone with a drop of patience. Ship is old, but well cared for and they work on it constantly. inside cabin was nice and clean. Gladys took great care of us. I enjoyed the food. not sure why it gets so many bad reviews. Dinning room was great Silviu and Shainia rocked as our wait staff. Aaron was the best Matre'de (sp?) we've had on 7 cruises. Saw him busing tables in the buffet one day at lunch. hard working, good example. I really think too many people have unrealistic expectation for this cruise. If you want everything to be perfect you're going to have to pay for it, and it's still no guarantee you'll get it. Relax and enjoy this ship and its staff, they are outstanding. Read Less
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.5 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates N/A 0.0

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