2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This was my 4th cruise, the 1st for my boyfriend & his children (16, 13 & 10) Charleston is the closest port to us - about a 5 hour drive which was important since we were limited on time during the kids Easter/Spring break ... Read More
This was my 4th cruise, the 1st for my boyfriend & his children (16, 13 & 10) Charleston is the closest port to us - about a 5 hour drive which was important since we were limited on time during the kids Easter/Spring break Embarkation & disembarkation were seamless - employees were helpful, excited & worked hard to keep all of the lines moving. Parking at $20/day was a little pricey but the car was secure in a warehouse so no worries there. The ship is older but very clean & well maintained - you would never know this was an older ship if you didn't have other cruises to compare it to. The cabin was spotless & our steward Su was exceptional, going above and beyond to meet all of our needs & even speaking to us by name every time we saw him. The Wind Star dining room was amazing, food was delicious & our head water Hamed & his crew was the best at what they did. Those guys were there to make our meals the most enjoyable & fun experience. The shows were great & fun and the kids loved the opportunity to participate. The staff at the Customer Service counter were a little "touchy" but I guess most of the guests that go there are there to complain which could take a toll on anyone. We did the Balmoral Island beach day & Dolphin Encounter in Nassau - even more amazing & interactive than we expected and the Catamaran cruise and Snorkel in Freeport was so relaxing. Employees at both locations were energetic, exciting, fun & well informed - we would highly recommend both excursions!! The pool was a little small & the deck chairs were full before noon - I would recommend that on sea days you enjoy an early breakfast & claim your spot by 9:00-10:00am. This being the first cruise for the kids (ages 10, 13 & 16) we weren't sure how they would react but they started looking for cruises to do next Spring as soon as we were in the car outside of Charleston on our way home. I think the Camps are a good idea but I wish they would offer more activities and more flexible hours. We will definitely be cruising Carnival again in the near future and are sad to hear that this ship will be retiring later this year. Hopefully Su & Hamed will be on our next cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our first cruise. We had an awesome time! The service and food were amazing! Our children loved the Carnival Youth Programs (Camp Ocean & Circle C). We really enjoyed the Military Appreciation Gathering. So glad Carnival took ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We had an awesome time! The service and food were amazing! Our children loved the Carnival Youth Programs (Camp Ocean & Circle C). We really enjoyed the Military Appreciation Gathering. So glad Carnival took time to give thanks to our military, past and present. FTTF made embarkation and disemarkation really fast and easy. Even though there were a lot of people coming in, everything was quick. Getting off at Nassau for our shore excursion was really our only problem. They had 5 different groups of excursions all in the same room. The lady getting ours together did not have a microphone and no one could possibly hear what she wanted us to do or where to line up for wristbands. Getting off at Freeport for the shore excursion was much better. From the time we got off to the time we loaded the bus to get to the beach was less than 20 minutes. Definitely will be cruising again! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The Port of Charleston was a breeze for both embarkation and disemabarkation which is a huge plus. The ecstacy is definitely showing age but our cabin was clean and comfortable. Our Cabin steward was fantastic! Service everywhere was ... Read More
The Port of Charleston was a breeze for both embarkation and disemabarkation which is a huge plus. The ecstacy is definitely showing age but our cabin was clean and comfortable. Our Cabin steward was fantastic! Service everywhere was great and most seemed happy to serve you. This wasn't my first cruise so I had high expectations regarding food. The Lido buffet did not offer as many selections or variety as the larger ships. I love eating the buffets but was very disappointed. I agree with the person who stated it was like eating at Golden Corral. The breakfast at the buffet was good, however. The food in the dining room was ok but nothing outstanding. The desserts seemed flavorless except for the chocolate melting cake..it was amazing! The drinks seemed watered down. The premixed drinks supposedly had alcohol...I couldn't tell. Lots of young kids on this trip and it seemed geared toward them Kids taking up bar stools at the bars, filling up the hot tub, etc. With one pool, the trip would have been a disaster had the weather been hot. Two thousand people trying to keep cool in one very small pool..thank goodness it wasn't hot. Went to the first show of one of the comedians and it was ok...he was funny but it was the family friendly show so he had kids in his act. The cruise director Brittney worked her butt off! She was great! Didn't do a shore excursion so I can't comment on them. I'm not a cheap person..I like to spend money, but they seemed over priced. I just didn't choose to take one. One thing I saw as a fail on Carnival's part was having loud music playing in the atrium bar which is right next to guest services. I had asked a question at guest services and could not hear the staff when they were talking. The accents sometimes are difficult to understand but with music blaring I couldn't hear him. He could have made a better effort to speak up but Since he didn't I had to lean over the counter and keep asking him to repeat himself. Relocate guest services. Unless my family insists, I won't sail the Ecstacy again. If I do it will be because of the Charleston port and not the ship. Despite my disappointment I had a good time because it was vacation. Would love to sail Carnival again but will check out the other cruise lines before I do. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
I chose this cruise because there were limited cruises left to choose from. The ship is small compare to what I have been on before. The ship had a few wears and tears. Our restroom had rust and strips loosen. We were on a ocean views side ... Read More
I chose this cruise because there were limited cruises left to choose from. The ship is small compare to what I have been on before. The ship had a few wears and tears. Our restroom had rust and strips loosen. We were on a ocean views side and the windows had small leaks. The food was GREAT!! JUST TOO MUCH FOOD. My sister and niece went along with me and they found it to be fun as well, until the ocean sickness hit my niece on the first day. When we got out to sea the Ship rocked like it was playing in a rock roll band, over the ocean blue. She has motions sickness so bad that we spent half of our fun moneys on medicine, motion waist bands, drops behind your ear to relief her of this rock and roll storm and etc... Eventually she had to just go to bed. The next day she felt a little better and attempted to enjoy the cruise. Other than that the cruise was great. The crew members were awesome especially, Brittney, the cruise Director. A big Shout out to Brittney and all who accompany her. Lee the one who hosted the BINGO did an outstanding job. James our house cleaning great job. OOPS! missed some people. Before we entered the ship the security offices were awesome. Carrie, Greg and another older Guy can't remember his name but they were so nice and they appreciate theirs job. Ioana Opris, Guest Services was good, very organized. The men dressed in all White during other Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were very pleasant. The one in particular was Nenad! hope I spelled it right. unfortunately I will not sail this Ship again, it's not the ship its the depart. Do not like South Carolina. Nassau Bahamas; when we arrived the crooked people blend right in with the business people. Be careful who you talk to. They offer drugs, try to sell you stolen goods and sexual offers. Please be CAREFUL!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
A group of us decided to take a cruise for spring break. Many of us had not been on a cruise before so we figured we would give it a shot and see how it went. I can tell you right now we will not be rushing back for another cruise, ... Read More
A group of us decided to take a cruise for spring break. Many of us had not been on a cruise before so we figured we would give it a shot and see how it went. I can tell you right now we will not be rushing back for another cruise, especially from Carnival. I am not sure where to start exactly but I will do my best. There were both positives and negatives from our trip so I will do my best do highlight those. (We did have a travel agent from Carnival help us book this reservation.) The ship, is old, small, and should not be in use. Nothing about the ship is impressive in the modern day, yeah it is cool that something that big floats, but what you see is what you get. The ship did not stop rocking from when we left the port to when we got back, and we figured the first day is just us getting used to the sea but we spoke to a man that had been on 7 cruises and we asked if this is normal and he said no. He said that he had never been a ship this rocky for this long. The weather we had was beautiful and there was no rough seas or real reasons I could think of as to why the ship is so rocky besides that fact that it is old and the technology is outdated. Many of my friends got sea sick including myself, and when you laid down for bed you could really feel it rocking. When you pull up to the port the ship is less than impressive, it is an older ship and it seems Carnival has not done much to change that. I will applaud them though that the boarding/check in process was a breeze so yay Carnival for that. We get on the ship around noon and our rooms are not ready till 2pm, which was not mentioned to any of us, so we were stuck holding our bags for a couple of hours, not a huge deal but I do not see how the rooms cannot be ready, anyways we made our way to the Rum bar on the pool deck. Yes pool, there is 1 single pool for the whole boat of 2,000 people, so we steered clear of that. The whole deck is dated, the "wood paneling" is old and needs to be replaced, the pools, water slides, stairs everything is way too old to be in use and you can tell. The rooms were old, but we were balling on a budget so we fit 4 people in an interior room and we made it work. We did not spend any time in the room besides sleeping and changing for dinner. I did not get a chance to see many of the other rooms but the cruise line did a great job of making you feel like cattle, no matter where you went or what you did it was always jam packed. The rooms was older which made it feel not clean and the sheets from the beds were not clean after every night. The interior rooms had a King bed, and two twins that pulled out of the wall, so we rotated beds every night and the staff just switches the sheets from bed to bed, but does not clean them. My girlfriend asked the cleaning service if we could get clean sheets because there was a mark on some and they responded with "Do you see how many rooms there are? We are very busy today." My reaction was, yeah no surprise you are busy, you know how many people are gonna be here and you know how much time it takes to change all the sheets, so clearly that part of the ship was unorganized After we dropped our stuff off after our room finally opened on the first day, we made our way to lunch. Anyways the food, our first day, we got lunch at Guy Fieri's burger bar and it was delicious, the burgers were very good and the toppings bar was diverse so you could create whatever you wanted. But, unless you wanted pizza, burgers, or tacos you were out of luck, I think there was a lunch buffet but that was not made clear to us at all, and we found out there was a dinner buffet the second to last night. We had dinner reservations in the dining room and besides the incredibly small portions it was actually pretty good. Our server was very attentive to us and the food did not take too long to make, so for dinners with that many people I was actually very impressed that on average dinner was an hour maybe an hour 15 minutes for a 3 course meal. So that was nice and the quality of food was pretty good, the menu was a little disappointing. Not much varied from night to night, there was steak, chicken, pasta etc. If you wanted a nicer steak or lobster tail that was a 20 dollar up charge, which is ridiculous so none of us got that. We all ordered the drink package and overall we were satisfied with it, but there were only a few bars and those on average had 2 bar tenders so the waiting time for a drink was high. The Alchemy Bar was by far our favorite bar because the drinks were more mixology and better ingredients, so they took longer to make and they only had 2 bartenders and those bartenders would try and make 7 drinks at a time which is impressive but takes more time for everyone and steered us away from that bar. The overall nightlife was disappointing, the first night we went to the club and that was a good time but we did not see it open any night after that and basically everyone ended up in the casino, so the ship could make more money. Towards the end of the trip I realized that this is all a money scheme and they took advantage of that everyday. Events, there was a couple comedy shows at night that were hysterical, but during the day there was NOTHING to do. They had "posture improvement seminars" and stuff that you had to pay more money to do, like slot tournaments, bingo, and poker but those all had buy ins. There was a show and only one of us went to see it, because it was during dinner and she came back 10 minutes later because it was "terrible". That being said there was very little to do during the day besides drink and lay by the pool, which for the most part we were fine with, but once you've been on the ship for 4 days and want stuff to do that becomes boring. Our first stop after a day at sea was Princess Cay, and what a let down that was. We were all so excited that this is our first stop, we wake up and see the island and got so excited. The pictures looked absolutely gorgeous and we were told our drink package would work on the island and none of that was true sadly. We took a shuttle ferry over to the island and the water was clear like I had never seen before, but once we got to the island, it had nothing on it activity wise, unless you wanted to pay $75 for an "excursion". We get to the bar, which was all run by Carnival employees because the island is owned by Carnival, but our drink package did not work and a beer was $8 while a pina colada was $10, so we did not drink. Therefore, we had been given false information by employees which was disappointing. So we went to look for excursions, or places to walk, explore etc. there was none of that. We found chairs on the beach and we sat there, that is al you could do unless you wanted to pay more money. The beach was not even a beach, it was a slab of concrete with "sand" on top with chunks of concrete in it. I say "sand" because it is basically powdered concrete. We then go and get lunch, and there are 4 buffet lines which probably took 20 minutes just to get the food. They had some good "local" food, jerk chicken, rice casseroles etc, but besides that a burger tasted like a hockey puck and there were flies around the food everywhere, which did not give me much of an appetite. So anyways we do not stay there long since there was not much to do, and getting the ferry back probably took 15 minutes waiting in lien to get on. That was because the carnival employees had to load stuff to take back on the ship on our ferry, I feel like they should have had their own ferry with all that equipment because it took up time and space. Overall Princess Cay was very disappointing and left us all pretty bummed out. Nassau was great, there was much more to do there and we really enjoyed our time there. No complaints besides the tourist traps in Nassau that are way too expensive, but that is not the cruise ships fault, so nothing they can do there. Overall the trip was very disappointing, the way carnival advertised it, I was expecting a much nicer trip and customer service, but those were both below par. After we got back, we reflected on the trip and it is safe to say none of us are going to be rushing back for a cruise. Also Carnival makes it very difficult to contact someone on their website to leave a review, so hopefully someone from Carnival sees this and contacts me. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
My family chose this cruise for Spring Break, mainly because it was very convenient being that we left out of Charleston. Worst ,mistake ever! the food was terrible. We ordered room service every night because that was the only hot, fresh ... Read More
My family chose this cruise for Spring Break, mainly because it was very convenient being that we left out of Charleston. Worst ,mistake ever! the food was terrible. We ordered room service every night because that was the only hot, fresh food that they had. Buffet was nasty! Meat still had blood running out of it! Also, no food for kids. The workers at many of the bars were VERY rude. While waiting to place an order, no one offers to help, and when you finally get their attention, they act like they hate their job. Rude! "Fun day at sea," HUGE WASTE when over half the cruise consists. This was my first cruise and it totally ruined me wanting to go to another. The music was pretty good, the areas were always kept clean as well. Just the people and the food, I would not recommend this chip at all! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Just got back. What a blast ! Everyone was wonderful. Embarkation was really smooth. Easy parking in a secure warehouse. Arrived at the port at 11:00 and was on the Lido deck by 11:40 having the first tropical adult beverage. The ... Read More
Just got back. What a blast ! Everyone was wonderful. Embarkation was really smooth. Easy parking in a secure warehouse. Arrived at the port at 11:00 and was on the Lido deck by 11:40 having the first tropical adult beverage. The cheers programs was great. Every ticket showed 0.00 owed. The crew treated us like family. They were all smiles and knew us by name. The dining room was a delight. Simon did a wonderful job. The food and staff were excellent. We tried lot of food we had never tasted before. Room service did an awesome job. Look up Yoga at the Red Frog Rum Bar and tell him Earl said thanks for the wonderful vacation. Special thanks to Hector our room steward. Ice every time we needed it. The ship was clean and looked really great. We saw a beautiful sunset over a smooth as glass sea. I would take this trip again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Embarkation was fast and easy and from there it went downhill. The Ocean was so rough that if was very difficult walking and we could not dock in Nassau for safety reasons. I realize that Carnival had no control over the weather and we ... Read More
Embarkation was fast and easy and from there it went downhill. The Ocean was so rough that if was very difficult walking and we could not dock in Nassau for safety reasons. I realize that Carnival had no control over the weather and we just made the best of it. But as seniors taking our first cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary we were not prepared for the deafening noise aboard this ship. The only place we would go to talk or read was to our cabin. The so called country singer performing in the atrium daily was awful. Everyone told us that we would love the food. The quality of food on the buffet was like eating at a Golden Coral. The dining room food was better but nothing was ever hot. The desserts were good. The staff for the most part were wonderful especially our cabin steward Pilan. They allowed smoking in several areas of the ship and unfortunately also held trivia games near those areas. Our group had to leave as the smell was overpowering. I heard many people complaining about this cruise saying things like "cruise from hell" and "never again". Disembarkation was smooth and quick. It was an experience for us, one not likely to be repeated. For the price we paid we could have gone to an all inclusive Mexican resort for 2 weeks and not had to worry about how much extra money we were adding to our sail and sign card everytime we had a speciality coffee or alcoholic drink. We won't be cruising again, especially on Carnival. Read Less
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 3.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 3.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates 5.0 4.3

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