2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We love cruising with Carnival, as we know what to expect, and we like longer cruises, so this 10 day was a perfect choice for us. We ha cabin U-40 which had lot of room, and we were comfortable with the temperature Very little bathroom ... Read More
We love cruising with Carnival, as we know what to expect, and we like longer cruises, so this 10 day was a perfect choice for us. We ha cabin U-40 which had lot of room, and we were comfortable with the temperature Very little bathroom storage, but we made adjustments. Room was actually for 4, so at headboard there was this ledge overhead and you could no sit back and watch TV and you had to be careful not to sit up. The ship is very old, and set up strange to me. You had to figure out where you wanted to go when choosing an elevator, as they all went to different floors. One of the aft elevators was broken the entire time. Air conditioner appeared to be broken as it was very hot in interior areas. Casino was horribly hot, and we only went in for drawings and early mornings. ( Was a Casino premiere cruise). You can tell this is a training ship, as crew did not seem to know duties, or how to "exceed expectations" Fun squad was entertaining and had a very difficult task, as our cruise went from 10 days/5 ports to 10 days/ 3 ports due to weather. Comedy club manager was poor. Had no personality, tells the same "homeless vagina" joke every night. Kept cutting comedian's set short when he complained about the hot temperatures. Coffee area very slow service, and this ship does not have the "customer first rule" and she focused on crewmembers orders. Dining staff served wrong orders. I will continue to travel Carnival, but never agai on this ship Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Chose the cruise initially because there would be a 6 month gap in cruises for us after a Bach 2 Back in February on the Magic and another Back to Back in July (family cruise). We initially booked the Sunshine Journey out of Charleston. As ... Read More
Chose the cruise initially because there would be a 6 month gap in cruises for us after a Bach 2 Back in February on the Magic and another Back to Back in July (family cruise). We initially booked the Sunshine Journey out of Charleston. As this was a repeat of the 2016 cruise, we decided to take the November Journey on the Ecstasy. Same port, close to home - winner! Well, not so much. Thanks to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the itinerary was changed to Aruba, Bonaire, Grand Turk and Princess Cays. Okay, I can deal with that. Had never been to Bonaire. Beautiful island! Weather got in the way, and with c26mph winds, there was no way we could dock at Grand Turk. A 10 day, 5 island cruise turned into a 4 island then a 3 island cruise. For us, the cruise is the destination. So, although there was some disappointment at not being able to get to Jack's Shack, or to see our friend, Fernando at Milano Jewelry, we still had a nice time. The service in the MDR for early dinner was VERY SLOW for our table. Our head waiter was supposed to be one of the "trainers", but the service was incredibly slow, at one point we were asked to leave so they could set up the next dinner seating. In 28 cruises, I have never eaten on Lido for dinner. On the second to last evening, ewe got up and left, the service was that slow. Spoke to the Food Services Manager, and it improved on our last night. This was our 5th trip on the Ecstasy. Yes, she is old. The upgrade recently done took out the "Society Bar" which was the sports bar and replaced it with an Alchemy Bar and took out all the TVs. Now if you want to watch a football game on Saturday - (Clemson and Carolina games are very popular here) you end up in the coffee shop fighting for a seat. Bad move, Carnival! Other than the small stuff, the crew kept the activities going - Gary was amazing! - and there was always something to do. The Academy of Fun, presented by Jason, was interesting. Crafts were available daily, and everyone seemed to have a great time. The older clientele with wheelchairs, walkers and scooters need to be reminded of hall and elevator etiquette. Wait your turn and be polite! Just because you are in a wheelchair, etc does not mean you can push your way over everyone else to get to the elevator that others have been waiting for. And most everyone on the ship was in summer mode - flip flops - that means please try to avoid feet - they are not in season! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Before I start - this sailing was all jacked up before we ever set sail. It was a 10 day itinerary that was changed b/c of the hurricane through the islands weeks before. Not a big deal. However, we were supposed to be a 5 port ... Read More
Before I start - this sailing was all jacked up before we ever set sail. It was a 10 day itinerary that was changed b/c of the hurricane through the islands weeks before. Not a big deal. However, we were supposed to be a 5 port schedule, which was adjusted to a 4 port schedule prior to sailing. In the bigger picture, Carnival could have done a better job getting us to 5 ports on a 10 day sailing (In our opinion). We ended up w/ a 3 port schedule b/c of weather, which gave us 7 sea days on a 10 day cruise - that's pretty rough. Realize no one can control the weather, BUT again, getting us 5 ports on a 10 day as originally scheduled, could have avoided this a bit more. This ship does not have alternative dining other than the Captain's Table, b/c it's smaller. However, our cabin steward (Michael - mid ship Deck 8) was amazing! He did an amazing job and was so pleasant. Our dining staff was superb as well - Louis and Jaye were great! Always pleasant, remembered what we liked, knew our names from day one ... always makes the dining experience much better. We saw comedian Kim (can't recall her last name) from SC and she was hilarious! We caught her show a few times. Not overly fond of the venue (Starlight lounge) for the "movies" shown on the ship. As this ship recently came out of drydock, they could have added the poolside theater to include movies on the lido deck, but at least we could see movies. The only Carnival excursion we did was the go carts in Princess Cays, Bahamas. A little pricey @ $160 for 2 for 2 hours around the island, but we did enjoy the guide and the excursion overall. They could have given us more time to walk around on the beach areas they took us to, or added a little more time in the carts, but we overall it was good. On that note, we were scheduled to do a Carnival excursion for horse back ride/swim in Grand Turk, but didn't port b/c of the weather. Spa experience was OK. We like to do couples massages on the boat and the spa experience is hit or miss. We did enjoy having the same therapists for every massage (we did 4) and as always, the massage gets better w/ each one. But no thelossal spa area or serenity deck on this ship, together with the spa managers unwillingness to give the 10/20/30 discount on prebooked massages on board when asked w/out a little fuss - it could have been better. Also of note, the air conditioning for that zone was not working properly and the spa as an ICEBOX. Embarkation was smooth as always. Port of Charleston is easy to get in/out of. We generally do FTTF. However, disembarking this go round is not as easy as previously. They escorted us off @ 8:00 AM, only to stand on the side for almost an hour as our group wasn't cleared for customs. They could have communicated this and kept us inside instead of ushering us off in a hurry when we couldn't go anywhere. We've sailed the Ecstasy out of Charleston before. The port is easy and convenient for where we live and travel. We've enjoyed this ship every time we've sailed her and will definitely sail her again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
This was our 4th time sailing on Carnival, and we were very pleased with almost everything. We chose the Ecstasy simply because it sails out of Charleston, SC. We have several people in our family who cannot do long road trips, so close to ... Read More
This was our 4th time sailing on Carnival, and we were very pleased with almost everything. We chose the Ecstasy simply because it sails out of Charleston, SC. We have several people in our family who cannot do long road trips, so close to home was a must for this cruise. We were a bit apprehensive about the size and age of the ship, but it turned out to be a non-issue for the most part. The Port of Charleston is not really set up for cruise ships, so the drop-off and pick-up is not as smooth as it could be. The port area is cramped and busy, and hard to find your way around. We stayed at a local hotel near the airport, and took our checked luggage to the port the morning of departure, checked and dropped it off, paid for parking, and then went back to the hotel for the rest of the family. This proved to be a convenient way to do it because dropping off just people was easy. I then went to park and caught a shuttle back over to the terminal and met up with the rest of my group with no problems. Embarkation was fast and simple. The Ecstasy is an older and smaller ship but most everything has been either re-done or kept up well. The only signs of aging we saw was some rust around doorways. All the decor and furnishings seemed to be fairly new. As for the size, the only drawback I found was cramped deck space. There was no wide promenade deck like on larger ships, so everyone was confined to the pool area or the Serenity deck, which made it crowded. On the plus side, fewer people makes for shorter lines, and shorter walking distances from one end of the ship to another! FOOD: We had late seating in the Wind Star dining room, and ate dinner there every night. The menus were varied and the choices were pretty standard for Carnival. The extra cost entrees were on the main dining menu, since they have no premium restaurants on this ship. My mother-in-law is gluten intolerant and had no problems at all. The staff would provide the next evening's menu during dinner and she would choose what she wanted, and the cooks would prepare it gluten-free, including desserts. She said they were excellent. The only complaint was one we have on every Carnival cruise. The chocolate melting cake is superb the first couple of nights, then they get progressively less melty as the cruise goes on. My guess is that they make them ahead, and reheat the ones not served, so the successive heating cooks them more each night. Otherwise, all the food was as expected. One nice surprise was the addition of fruit pies each night. I had the apple pie one night and it was delicious! We ate breakfast and lunch each day on the Lido Deck. It was standard buffet-style fare, with salad bar, dessert bar, sandwiches, and different entree each day. The made to order pizza and panini sandwiches were very good. Outside by the pool you'll find Guy's Burgers, and Blue Iguana cantina. Both were very good, and offered gluten-free buns/tortillas. There is a small coffee cafe for espresso and specialty coffees and teas that was good, but it is near the casino so it gets very smoky. Anything you get there is an extra charge. Services: We had no trouble with any services we needed. Rooms were made up according to when we wanted it. Most days it was evenings only, since we like to sleep late. We did have to ask for extra toilet tissue, as our steward did not replenish. The room was clean, but the bathroom did have some mold around the ceiling of the shower. Speaking of the shower, the shower was the best I've ever experienced on a ship. The water pressure combined with the shower head were perfect! Room: We had an inside cabin on deck 5, M76. It was pretty standard, with two twins (which we had asked to be combined into a king, but was not done), with two pull down berths. The room was arranged such that one bed was perpendicular to one pull down, and the other bed was fully beneath the other pull down. We ended up leaving it this way because it left a pretty large area in the center of the cabin to move around in. As for the pull down berths, be warned: the railing is NOT adequate to keep a smaller child from rolling out! The rail is about 1.5" square, in the shape of a "D", and covers about 1/3 of the length of the bunk. Not only could a child climb/roll out at the head or the foot of the bed, but could also squeeze through the rail opening itself. Also, for storage, the rail folds down onto the bed with no locking mechanism to keep it upright. My daughter folded it down several times while sleeping and could have just rolled over it and off the bunk. Very bad design! Storage is typical for a small cabin, with shelves in the closets and 3 drawers at the desk. I was dismayed to see that the bunk ladders are stored in one of the closets, severely limiting hanging space for nice clothing. In the bathroom, there was one narrow shelf above the sink, so no storing more than a couple toothbrushes there. The temperature in the cabin was always hot. The only control was on the ceiling vent, where you could turn the air flow open or closed. Not very good. Also, there was no hairdryer, but the cabin steward provide us one to use. We don't really take part in the casino, bars,shows or other activities, so I can't comment. We did play a couple rounds of bingo which was fun, and did the mini-golf, which was good (and free). You do have to climb a few flights of stairs to get to the mini-golf. The shopping on board is fairly limited. They do have a small liquor store, clothing and jewelry store. If you're looking for toiletries, they are in the liquor store. I would also suggest doing your shopping early, as they tend to run out of things. On the last sea day, they had a t-shirt sale that had long lines, but good prices. Since the stores are so small, their selection of items is very limited. One area that Carnival needs to improve is the Pixels photo gallery. Most lines have converted to digital, but not Carnival. They still print out every photo they take and display them around the walls of the Pixels area. This makes for lots of hunting and wasted photo paper! We lost a couple pictures we wanted when they turned up missing from the displays. Carnival really needs to modernize this, not only for customer convenience, but also for savings in time and resources. Our itinerary was changed due to Hurricane Maria damage to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, so we ended up with 3 sea days to start the cruise. We visited Aruba, Bonaire, and were supposed to dock in Grand Turk, but it was too windy. We ended up with 6 sea days and only 3 port days! Not my favorite, but at least we were having fun. All in all, this was a very nice cruise. I would take the Ecstasy again, but since we like sitting quietly on deck, I'd probably get a balcony cabin next time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise to go to Princess Cays. We missed certain things on the ship, like a dedicated sports area. Guys burgers did not disappoint. Thirsty red frog beer was tasty. The ships shows some wear and tear but still was in ... Read More
We chose this cruise to go to Princess Cays. We missed certain things on the ship, like a dedicated sports area. Guys burgers did not disappoint. Thirsty red frog beer was tasty. The ships shows some wear and tear but still was in fairly good shape. Embarkation was smooth. We were on board by 1140. Debark was somewhat disorganized, but the guests were contributing to the disorder. We did the Chef's Table for the first (and LAST) time on Carnival. The Chefs table was not what we were used to on another line. The wine choices were red and white...Not each wine paired to enhance the foods flavor. It was hard to get wine refills and water refills. We went on the Sands Brewery/ Perfume factory/ Shopping tour in Freeport. Our tour guide was "Tiny." He was very knowledgeable about Freeport. Although, the Brewery is small, we enjoyed the tour. Lots of Sands beer to be had after the tour. ( 6 Ounce cups, but as many as you wanted). We loved Princess Cays! We would love to go back there. We thought that Half Moon Cay was our favorite private island, until we stepped foot on Princess Cays. We snorkeled on our own here. Lots of fish to see. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
This was our third cruise together as a couple, first on the Ectasy, and probably our only trip on this ship. Three of the elevators in Aft were out of commission for the entire cruise. We were on the Upper deck/deck 6, meaning 2 flights ... Read More
This was our third cruise together as a couple, first on the Ectasy, and probably our only trip on this ship. Three of the elevators in Aft were out of commission for the entire cruise. We were on the Upper deck/deck 6, meaning 2 flights of stairs up to dinner and 4 decks up the stairs to the Lido deck. With me having a bad knee and ankle, it made things difficult. Dinner crew got off to a slow start the first night, but service got better along the way. Comedians on board were funny!! The spa gift card that was given to me for my birthday was a nice touch, but $50 for a basic manicure is a bit steep! Service in the spa was average at best. The embarkation and debarkation process seemed to take a LOT longer on this cruise than others. It took us almost a hour to get through our assigned "check in" time and debarkation was a hot mess!! We will handle our own luggage and do self debarkation next time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I like to cruise from Charleston. It is convenient as we can drive over in the morning and not have to worry about hotels or flights. Unfortunately Carnival is the only choice for now. Never saw a room steward. This is most unusual ... Read More
I like to cruise from Charleston. It is convenient as we can drive over in the morning and not have to worry about hotels or flights. Unfortunately Carnival is the only choice for now. Never saw a room steward. This is most unusual and not a good thing. Service in the dining room was great, the food was not. At all. Not a fan of the new menu. At all. There was a sewage smell quite a few times. I have heard of this problem with this ship but had not experienced it before. Our room toilet was not working for most of one day. I called the front desk seven times. Only got an answer once. I called the room steward several times and never got through. This is my 8th cruise on Carnival. While I appreciate a deal, the cutbacks have gotten to the point where it no longer seems economical but just cheap. It seems with each new cruise the cuts are deeper and more distressing. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
A friend of mine recommended this cruise. I've always wanted to go on a cruise, my husband not so much, but I finally talked him in to going. I had my friend help me out deciding where to go and what ship. It was perfect for us. They ... Read More
A friend of mine recommended this cruise. I've always wanted to go on a cruise, my husband not so much, but I finally talked him in to going. I had my friend help me out deciding where to go and what ship. It was perfect for us. They have the embarkment down to a fine art. We weren't in line very long at all. We had a king size bed with plenty of room to move round and not feel like we were stepping on each other. The bathroom (which I had heard horror stories about) was actually a good size as well. Our room Steward Mark was fantastic, He made sure we had everything we needed each and every day, always greeted us using our names and with a smile. Main dining was excellent and so was our server each night.. We had so much fun with the shows we attended. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise to replace one in September that was cancelled due to Irma. There were 9 of us. My cabin was E145, interior midship ( LAST one available due to late booking), and I would never book on that deck again. We were under ... Read More
We chose this cruise to replace one in September that was cancelled due to Irma. There were 9 of us. My cabin was E145, interior midship ( LAST one available due to late booking), and I would never book on that deck again. We were under the galley, and at 2:45 every morning the clanging, banging, and crashing noise began. We had ear plugs, so we were o.k., just heard it a little. Our cabin was nice, but our toilet NEVER flushed properly. Two different people tried to fix it, but could not. We had to add a couple of glasses of water to move tissue and other 'items' down into the little bit of water so it would flush. It still took 3 attempts even just for a little tissue. I have issues with stairs, so this location was perfect in proximity to the elevators, except three out of four elevators at the rear of the ship did not work the entire cruise. This made navigation a bit hard. Five total were out of commission. I had found a shore excursion on Nassau, Balmoral Island Beach Day, on Trip Advisor for less than Carnival's price. It was $40.29 a person with Viator, and $49.99 on Carnival. Not a huge difference, but when you have to pay for every little thing on the cruise and there have been major cutbacks, $21+ refund would have been nice. I showed it to the shore excursion person, and was told I had to book it with Carnival, fill out the price guarantee, and she would send it to Miami and in 24 hours I would have my 110% price difference refunded. Well, Carnival waited until the NIGHT BEFORE our excursion ( 48 hours later) to check the price with Viator, and of course it was sold out by then, so NO REFUND. I asked the girl to print out the reservation when I made it to show it was available and send it with my form to Miami, and she said, " Oh, no. It is o.k.. They can find it and look at it. I feel ripped off. The excursion was wonderful, will do it again, but their dishonesty left a bad feeling with me. The food in the dining room has been cut back, too. I ordered prime rib on 'Prom Night", as my husband calls it, and it was literally 1/8th inch thick. Two others ordered it and it came a little thicker with au jus. Mine had nothing on it. They also were so short staffed that they never came around with horseradish and we had to ask multiple times for water and tea . The bar service came around 1 night with a drink special, only one night. The staff was working EXTREMELY hard to try and take care of us. The shows were good. My husband LOVED the America Rocks show, even went to it twice. The comedians were funny at the family shows, too. The Welcome Aboard Show has changed. There is a lot of burlesque type dancing and dress on stage by the dancers. A lot of people took their children and left. I expected things to spill out at any moment.... it was that bad. The deck party was so much fun, but the mexican buffet, ice and fruit carvings, is no more. They ONLY do chips and salsa. It was fun, as the FUN SQUAD on this ship is GREAT. The overall condition of the ship, except for 5 elevators not working and our toilet issue, was very very nice. It has been updated and a Guy's Burgers and Mexican Cantina have been added. BOTH places have delicious food, no additional cost. Serenity was nice, but they replaced the umbrellas with MUCH smaller ones. You get no shade, so take lots of sunscreen. When we returned from Nassau, our cabin ac had been turned off. We opened the vent, and a HORRIBLE smell filled the cabin. We both started getting ill. We had closed the vent, but the smell was already in there. We left our door open to air it out, they cam and deodorized the room, but the smell lingered in the bedding. My husband said the smell was all over the interior of the ship in the common areas. After a while, I started feeling bad, laid down for just a few minutes, and woke up THREE HOURS LATER! I think I was gassed or something. Carnival has replaced Half Moon Cay and Little Stirrup Cay with Princess Cay. While it is pretty, the water is VERY rocky. You will need water shoes. Also, they have NO UMBRELLAS. You have to rent clamshells for $30, and they are miserably hot inside. There are a few canopies around the beach, but only a few chairs can fit under them for shade and breeze. I checked next fall's itinerary and Carnival will continue to NOT go to Freeport or the other two private islands we love so dearly. Half Moon was our favorite EVER. I hate the itinerary change, do not like the increase in parking fees ( $100 to park for 5 days at the pier), am disappointed in the decreased level of service and quality of food, but we will go on this ship again because it is a family trip and is easy for all of us to get to. We can drive it from WV and not have to fly, and we really like Charleston, SC and the surrounding towns and cities. It is usually not too pricey if we book ahead ( which we do), and the ship is clean. The staff is friendly, work VERY hard, and we appreciate them. Oh, when you get on board, your cabin steward asks you if you want your room cleaned in the morning OR evening.... ANOTHER CARNIVAL CUTBACK. We told him BOTH, and he did it. We made sure he was taken care of. Read Less
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
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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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