2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise for the proximity of the port to our home. The ship is small, very small but accommodations are adequate. The main complaint is the smoking area of the ship is mid ship near most if not all the entertainment and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the proximity of the port to our home. The ship is small, very small but accommodations are adequate. The main complaint is the smoking area of the ship is mid ship near most if not all the entertainment and activities. Since our cruise consisted of more sea days than port days, this area was intolerable and you most always had to walk through it to get where you were going since it was the only public deck that accessed all areas of the shop. The galley is mid ship and access to most decks was blocked by it. The smoke was terrible!!! If you hate smoking stay away!!! The redeeming qualities were the staff who were friendly and eager to help. The food on this Carnival ship although similar menus to other ships in the fleet was below Carnival quality. Entertainment was good and we enjoyed the shows. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We choose this cruise for the 3 consecutive days in port in Bermuda, (Didn't happen) We received an email right before we sailed (after full payment had been made) that we would be going out to sea one night verses being in port ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the 3 consecutive days in port in Bermuda, (Didn't happen) We received an email right before we sailed (after full payment had been made) that we would be going out to sea one night verses being in port the whole time. After that they shorten our time in port 2 more times, after so many itinerary changes it left us with very little time to explore. We were never given an explanation to why all the changes. We were very disappointed in Carnival. If we had been informed of this PRIOR to final payment we would not have taken this cruise. Now on a positive note, our room steward Ibara was fantastic! Our dining crew (late) Carlos, and guys were great! Another note, I wish there were other activities on sea days, trivia is ok but it would be nice to have other options. Bermuda (what we saw of it) is a beautiful place and we hope to go there again someday but it won't be with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise for the time that was allotted to staying in Bermuda. It was changed and we were cheated time on the island. The only reason I booked the cruise was for the time I was told we would be there which was changed and I do ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the time that was allotted to staying in Bermuda. It was changed and we were cheated time on the island. The only reason I booked the cruise was for the time I was told we would be there which was changed and I do not know why. We had a balcony room. The first night something sweeked all night. I reported it woke up the next morning it was still sweeking. Told the cabin staff person he went and found it. It was a door left ajar. The next night the people in the cabin had a huge argument at 4 in the morning which last for an hour and half. One evening the room smelled so bad that I literately thought I was going to lose my dinner. We were in a cabin in which the room attendant never put up the bunk beds so we literally had one chair and one stool for four people. I had to move my bed to the middle of the floor at night because I thought if it as a jail cell. (Not that I know what that really feels like). I am a gold member so this was not my first cruise, but may be my last on Carnival. I am going to file a complaint. No one on our bus going back to parking lot said they wanted to return when asked by the bus driver. This ship needs to be docked and Carnival needs to refund passengers money for this cruise!!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This was my fifth Carnival cruise. I chose this cruise for the 3 days in port in Bermuda, which was the only port and a bucket list destination for me. We booked one year in advance. About 2 months before departure, Carnival started ... Read More
This was my fifth Carnival cruise. I chose this cruise for the 3 days in port in Bermuda, which was the only port and a bucket list destination for me. We booked one year in advance. About 2 months before departure, Carnival started sending out "change of itinerary" messages. I received 6 change notices, the last one as we were departing for the port. The final result was that we ended up with about one and a half total days in Bermuda, not three. No explanation for the change was given, and no compensation was offered except for a refund of some port fees that we were owed, obviously because we were not in port. Instead, we were out sailing around in a circle to the east of Bermuda. Other than this major disappointment, the cruise was the typical Carnival experience. The food and service was O K, not great. One comedian was very funny, the other one not so much. The cruise director Deon was wonderful. The highlight of the whole cruise, other than the wonderful destination, was the ease and speed of getting on and off of the ship. Bermuda is by far the most beautiful port I've cruised to. There are many stunning beaches, lovely homes, attractions like the Crystal Caves and the Aquarium and Zoo, shopping in Hamilton, and historical attractions like forts, lighthouses, and St. George which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bermuda has inexpensive and efficient public transportation, by bus and ferry, to all parts of the island. Everything was clean and well-run. Everyone we talked with was helpful and polite, and Bermudians are so willing to guide you and tell you all about their wonderful island. They are obviously very proud of this exceptional place and rightfully so. I am already planning to return to Bermuda, this time on an airplane. I never expected to have the port time shortened (except in the event of a hurricane), and that event has made me re-evaluate the whole cruise experience. All of the people I spoke with on the ship were disappointed that our time was cut short. We all paid for 3 days in Bermuda as offered by Carnival, and that is not what we got. We also didn't even get the courtesy of an explanation from Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This is my fourth cruise on this lady, Carnival Ecstasy, she is in good shape for an old gal! EMBARKMENT: My wife and I drove down from North Carolina and utilized the new cruise port parking arrangement. We used to park in an old ... Read More
This is my fourth cruise on this lady, Carnival Ecstasy, she is in good shape for an old gal! EMBARKMENT: My wife and I drove down from North Carolina and utilized the new cruise port parking arrangement. We used to park in an old warehouse and take buses after you dropped off the luggage at the parking lot. Now you drive in, they take your luggage and your park in the open air parking lot and take the shuttle to the cruise terminal. It appeared to be a little faster. The bottleneck at the terminal remained the same, long lines that are slow. You do get onto the ship in about an hour or so. ON BOARD: Your room key is now at your cabin's mail slot next to the cabin door, so when you get on board if you want a drink you have to show your boarding pass and give your cabin/stateroom number, the new system is a little faster, but not much. You head to the buffet on deck 10 and have the "standard" buffet food, good but not great. You get into your cabin by 1:30pm, you room key card and onboard charge card is in the mail slot next to the cabin door. INTERIOR: Rivera (4th deck) R63 is an interior cabin, with a queen bed, two twins pushed together. as my wife and I are CPAPer's we had the stateroom steward, Wayan, split the beds for us. He provided excellent service through out our cruise. Standard interior cabin, a little dated but functional. ENTERTAINMENT: On the ship, the entertainment is by cruise staff, all production shows, a couple were good, the cruise director, Deon, is a high energy and very personable. The Punchliner Comedy Club had a very good comedian, Jody White, we only saw her PG show and it was an entertaining 45 minutes. COST of DRINKS: They are getting expensive $6.50 for bottled beer and $9 and up for cocktails, similar to RCCL. PORTS OF CALL: My wife had not been to Bermuda in about 25 years, back in "those days" we did the snorkeling, glass bottom boat, the pink sand beaches and explored the island, now we sort of just walk around the port area. I will comment later about Bermuda it is a beautiful island to visit. MAIN DINING ROOM: We were "your time dining" from 5:45 pm to 9:30 pm, and there are long lines to get into the restaurant and your are given the buzzer that goes off when your table is ready, no matter what time we went, early or about 7:30 pm, there was about a half hour wait time. We dining in the Wind Star main dining room and fortunately got the same section at our request, with the team head waiter Iman and the team waiter Sentana, with a third rotating team assistant waiter at tables 138 to 146. They provided excellent service throughout the cruise. THE MENU: Standard fare, we had prime rib, two nights, beef tenderloin one night, and the menu varied on the beef and pork, with spare ribs, beef short ribs, along with the pasta, vegetarian, and seafood selection. There are two formal nights on the seven day cruise in which there are table cloths on the tables. The appetizers are standard, and they only have escargot (my favorite) one night of the cruise. Overall, the food was very good but not great. Now the "salt shakers" in the main dining room are the little cylinder ceramic shakers with three little holes onto and THEY ALWAYS CLOG!!! Five of the seven nights we had to have our waiter bring us salt shakers that were not clogged. Carnival get new salt shakers! If that was my main complaint, what am I complaining about. MEET and MINGLE gathering: I would have to rate it a poor compared to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. There were about 25 Cruise Critic M and M folks, and they coffee, juice, water and danish. On RCCL's meet and mingle, they had bottles of wine and champagne, hats, a backpack and the coveted pens and markers. THE CASINO: My wife and I were here on the Carnival Players Club "bounce back" casino offer, it you gamble "enough", and I do, you get a offer of an interior cabin for $100 per person, plus port charges and on board credit of $100 each, so essentially, its a "free cruise" excluding the port charges and taxes. Unfortunately the casino is small, and as I play three card poker (only two tables) and WPT heads up hold 'em (only one) I had limited table time as this cruise was also a Carnival players club "Premier" players club cruise and people were sitting at the table to play before the casino opened. There was a mix of old and new slot machines, mostly older vintage, and I did not hear of any really big slot machine wins announced. DEBARKMENT: Under an hour we went from the gathering place, Sapphire Lounge to pick up our luggage, through customs onto the shuttle bus and to our car in under one hour. Amazingly fast. OVERALL IMPRESSION: It was a nice cruise on an older ship, with standard accommodations, very good but not great food in the MDR that provided excellent service,that visited the beautiful island of Bermuda. There few kids on board as it is the school season, a good age group mix. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This cruise was supposed to be 3 days docked in Bermuda. It was the entire reason we booked this cruise in the first place so we could take our time on the island. The itinerary was consistently changing and eventually we ended up with one ... Read More
This cruise was supposed to be 3 days docked in Bermuda. It was the entire reason we booked this cruise in the first place so we could take our time on the island. The itinerary was consistently changing and eventually we ended up with one full day and 2 extremely short partial days. My wife and I ended up spending more money on excursions and having less time to actually enjoy the island (like we originally paid for) No one on the crew really even acknowledged our concerns or offered "anything at all" to try to make it better. I would think it was maybe just my personal thoughts alone, however, virtually every other passenger I came in contact with was complaining about the same thing. I have been on 6 Carnival cruises in the last several years. I generally don't bargain shop for cruises... I see a cruise I like and I book it. Carnival has been my go-to in the past, however this last experience has caused me to start looking elsewhere for future cruises. The sad part is, that for the most part the crew was as expected... the food was as expected.... the entertainment was as expected but the fact that the itinerary was drastically changed.... and then.... there were no apologies from the crew, nor was there really any acknowledgement that this may negatively impact peoples vacations. Its as if everyone tried to sweep it under the rug. That's the part I have the biggest issue with. It has caused me to lose faith in Carnival. Sadly, my 5 previous cruises were great, but this last cruise will most likely be my last with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise because it spent 3 nites in Bermuda. after final payment was made cruise changed from staying in port, to leaving at nite and coming back in the morning. my wife and I decided to check into a hotel for the three ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it spent 3 nites in Bermuda. after final payment was made cruise changed from staying in port, to leaving at nite and coming back in the morning. my wife and I decided to check into a hotel for the three nites, whiched saved the vacation. now, about the ship. on boarding, the sewer smell was so bad and the stale cigarette smoke was awful. food on the ship was ok, but nothing formal.. you eat, you don't dine. service on the ship is marginal at best. no more free room service, no more having your room cleaned two times a day. however, they do let you choose morning or nite service. the ship is rusty and in my honest opinion, carnival needs to sell it or scrap it. furthermore they should probably do that to all of their fantasy class ships. if you are booked on the ecstasy, I would consider changing ships, if not, you were warned. I will book on carnival again, but not on fantasy class ship. no how no way!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I love Carnival, I thought the good was delicious, the staff was very friendly, ship was clean, it was a wonderful vacation. This was my 15th cruise so I do know what I am talking about. The captain is a sweetheart, the comedy shows was ... Read More
I love Carnival, I thought the good was delicious, the staff was very friendly, ship was clean, it was a wonderful vacation. This was my 15th cruise so I do know what I am talking about. The captain is a sweetheart, the comedy shows was hilarious. I went to all of the comedy shows. Guys burgers was so delicious i could eat them every day. The brunch at sea was my favorite meal. The filet mignon for breakfast was always cooked to perfection. The prime rib at dinner was yum. Our cabin guy was very good at his job. I liked how Carnival allowed us to buy a liter of crown royal for our room. We will be going back next month and taking our five grandchildren with us.they do enjoy cruising and they enjoy camp ocean and the green eggs and ham breakfast. Carnival keep up the good work. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
The cruise was great, the ship was great. Bermuda was a great place, everything was a little expensive. The ship was originally supposed to be in port 3 nights, but for some reason we had to leave one day at 3 and return to port the next ... Read More
The cruise was great, the ship was great. Bermuda was a great place, everything was a little expensive. The ship was originally supposed to be in port 3 nights, but for some reason we had to leave one day at 3 and return to port the next morning at 930, so that really took away one of your nights in Bermuda. The food and dinning room service was great. Room service was good, Guys Burgers have the best hamburger any where. The casino was good, won some money & the casino staff was so nice This was a Primary Cruise and the gifts were really nice. The shows were good and had a great people. Deon the cruise director was one of the funnest people on the whole ship. It was always nice to hear his announcements everyday. The military show on the ship was one of the best I have attended on all my Carnival cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We have used Carnival before and this was our second time on this particular ship. It is an older ship, but is kept very clean, what it lacks in glamour, the staff make up for in a positive attitude! First and foremost- our room ... Read More
We have used Carnival before and this was our second time on this particular ship. It is an older ship, but is kept very clean, what it lacks in glamour, the staff make up for in a positive attitude! First and foremost- our room stewards, Dedi & Sasha were excellent! They gave us extra towels, kept ice in our rooms and always stopped to socialize and ensure that our needs were met! Thanks so much guys! Cruise director, Deon was wonderful! We really enjoyed the music trivia nights with him and Double D. Also, a big thank you to Dan & Steffan for hosting the comedy shows and being so friendly! Johnny Milwater, Cee Jay Jones, Thomas Brown and Jodi White put on great comedy shows and we had lots of laughs! A special thanks to LexAppeal for your nightly performances and the rock show - we thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to all of you! Thanks to Bandit and the burger guys, we love Guy's burgers! The pixel staff was wonderful as well! Reymond and Made were very attentive on the smoking deck as well, thanks guys for keeping everything cleaned up. We would like to send a special thanks to all of the dining and housekeeping staff on the Lido deck. The only negative thing about the cruise was the long wait for the dining room on cruise formal night. It took 45 minutes to get in the dining room and another 45 minutes to get our appetizer. That was very disappointing, but the good was good! Overall, we had a great experience and would definitely do it again! Thanks to everyone that made the trip wonderful, we met some wonderful people and thoroughly enjoyed our 5th Carnival Cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
First time ever taking a cruise and let’s say it will never happen again worst experience I have ever had so getting on the cruise went actually not too bad get on the cruise and we were told to go get lunch the food was horrible I ... Read More
First time ever taking a cruise and let’s say it will never happen again worst experience I have ever had so getting on the cruise went actually not too bad get on the cruise and we were told to go get lunch the food was horrible I thought well maybe it was the first day lot of people all at once NOPE food was disgusting the whole trip even the Captains dinner which was suppose to be something great NOT at all so on a cruise I heard about all the shows and fun things to do LIES again from carnival it was boring unless you gamble or a big drinker it’s not for you it’s not for family people on many occasions there were people over drunk being rude fighting just very messy in 4 days they had 2 shows and comedy showed but 2 days were good 2 days of repeats just not much to do then we decided to do a shore excursion to go to the beach and lunch the guy doing the excursion was going from bus to bus making deals we lost a good 45 mins due to this then half the time our room wasn’t clean my daughter dropped her drink on the bed asked to have it changed came back bed was made with a towel on the spot covering it up very disappointed rooms are very very small unless you are 21 looking to get drunk for 4 days don’t waist you’re money and don’t get fooled they charge arm and leg for everything from parking to tipping you get tipped on EVERYTHING from room to shopping to drinks to even the buffet and dining room you get a drink guess what you’re tipping again which I don’t mind but to tip for everything ended up costing as much as the cruise Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
It was our family’s first cruise. My wife and I brought our three children 12, 7, and 3. I could not believe how easy and quick the embarkation process was. We never waited in a line once we parked our car. Understand it was an off ... Read More
It was our family’s first cruise. My wife and I brought our three children 12, 7, and 3. I could not believe how easy and quick the embarkation process was. We never waited in a line once we parked our car. Understand it was an off season cruise but it was amazing. When we got to our cabin things were ok. There was a funky smell that came from the toilets that was not pleasant. The rooms were clean but showed signs of wear and tear. The walls had scratches, the shower had some rust in the corners, and the window looked rough as well. The whole boat in general had these same issues. Nothing major, nothing that made you stop and say they should have fixed that, but just small things that take away from the overall experience. Once we found our way around we enjoyed exploring. The elevator situation was a little annoying with a random elevator always being down and having to wait for what seemed to be an excessive amount of time. As far as food goes Guys burgers and the blue iguana burritos were great. The buffet and the formal dining were ok as far as food goes. My wife and I talked afterwards if we had gone to a restaurant at home and gotten the same food we wouldn’t be upset at all but probably not be in a rush to get back. The people in both the dining room and the buffet room were super super fun. Every morning we went to the buffet someone would stop by the table and just talk. They ask us about how our cruise was going, our plans for the day, if we needed anything. It seemed like they genuinely cared about our experience. The dining room was always fun. Super friendly and super accommodating. They aren’t bad dancers either. As far as the food goes though I think the best was brunch on our sea days. Food was exceptional and it was nice to sit back and be a little fancy on those days. I wish my kids would have enjoyed the kids clubs more. My oldest participated and had a ball. My younger two were just not ready to be away from us. The people in the club were super friendly and had lots of activities to do. Ports on this trip were ok. We were not a fan of princess cays. It seemed like we got dropped off on a crowded beach with nothing to do. Nassau was a ton of fun but we decided to take a tour from a guide we met on the street vice the expensive excursions the ship offered. Disembarkation was super easy. Carried our own bags and was off the ship, through customs, and back in my car 45 min after we left our room. Overall it was the people who make this cruise. The boat was fine and the food ok but I don’t think I would do another Carnival cruise if it wasn’t for all the people I interacted with over the course of our cruise who truly wanted to ensure we enjoyed ourselves. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Port: Charleston- My mom is handicap with a placard. So we got free parking, otherwise it is $20 a day. Crew members directed us to where you give your checked luggage. Then they directed us to the handicap parking where a shutte was ... Read More
Port: Charleston- My mom is handicap with a placard. So we got free parking, otherwise it is $20 a day. Crew members directed us to where you give your checked luggage. Then they directed us to the handicap parking where a shutte was waiting for us. You will take your carry on on this bus. They drove us to the front. SECURITY: We brought a 12 pk of soda each that we bungee cord to our carry on. You will be asked to remove it for the xray belt along with lap top. You will also need to have your boarding pass, id, and birth certificate handy. They told us our room wasn’t ready until 1:30. We just got on the boat and went to eat. Carry ons and all. CABIN- The cabin was great. If you are traveling with child, I would strongly recommend you get the pull out bed under the bed. The bundle bed above takes up too much room. The bathroom on the other hand smelled like sewage the hold time. In our cabin, we had two plug ins and a hair dryer. We brought a plug in adapter that had three plug ins and two usb ports. Worked perfect. The steward brought us a bucket of ice for our can drinks constantly. No fridge. We also prepaid water which was waiting in our room. We used those for walking around on port. PRINCESS CAY: This is where you take the ferry over to shore. 8-5 ... You will have to get a ticket and wait to be called. However, we ate breakfast at 8am and by the time we were done, you no longer had to get a ticket. The mad rush was gone and you just hopped on the ferry. They went back and forth every 15 to 20 minutes. NASSAU: Same thing but no ferry.... just a long walk to the shore. Strongly suggest to just get the free shuttle that will take you to the front door and you will be picked up where you were dropped off. FREE but tips are encouraged. If you are going to Atlantis or the beach, take a cab..$4 a person. They will drop you off at the front door or right at the beach. DO NOT TAKE THE FERRY!! It is the same price but the drop off is about 2 miles from Atlantis and the beach. You will be walking those miles or taking a cab to your destination. Stick with cabs. DISEMBARKMENT: We ate breakfast at 8am, mad rush was gone. We got right off the boat until we reached the location to pick up our bags. Long line to go through customs. However, I strongly suggest getting a porter to help you with your luggage. They have their own lane to go through which is shorter. They are FREE but tips are encouraged. They take you to the shuttle and load your bags for you. If you are being picked up, they take you there also. SHIP: This ship needs to be renovated. It’s very old. We enjoyed it though. They could do a lot better with the dining room food. 5 day cruise it was a $20 charge for lobster. Crazy! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Safe to say after this I will never be on a Carnival Cruise again! Never, ever! Went on this cruise for my honeymoon + my husband and I were both highly disappointed. Disappointed is the understatement of the century. Would have been ... Read More
Safe to say after this I will never be on a Carnival Cruise again! Never, ever! Went on this cruise for my honeymoon + my husband and I were both highly disappointed. Disappointed is the understatement of the century. Would have been better off flushing our money down the toilet. Negatives: • Horrible food. Imagine Golden Corral gone terribly wrong, after an apocalypse. • Buffet was disgusting. The few other places to eat were closed at really strange times. Felt like we could never get food when we were hungry. Only things that were open 24 hours were the pizza bar (which served burnt pizza that’s taste reminded me of my elementary school cafeteria pizza) and the soft serve bar. The soft serve bar is not “soft serve” at all. It was more like ice with vanilla or chocolate flavoring which you could accompany with tiny little sugar cones. No toppings or anything. • Absolutely nothing to do on this cruise ship... aside from maybe Bingo? If you’re into that. The casino is small and as soon as you swipe your sign & sail card there is a $10 charge that gives you five credits. One mini golf course and one tiny ping pong table on the deck. Also an arcade, but that adds up fast. There’s is the occasional trivia. I never thought I could be bored on a cruise. I was wrong. (Remember, you’re sharing all these things with almost 3,000 other passengers) • There is one tiny pool for almost 3,000 passengers and two hot tubs. There is the Serenity Deck that seats maybe 35 people max, which fills up by 9:30 every morning. On the Serenity Deck, there are also only 2 hot tubs which stay completely full. • We bought the drink package but we were unable to get our moneys worth, or even close to it due to the VERY poor service. It took a MINIMUM of 15 minutes for any bartender to even notice us to take our drink order and another 10 for them to make the drinks. So by the time you’re able to get two drinks, an hour has passed. Service was absolutely terrible at all of the bars. • Decor is SO outdated, but that is minor. • Princess Cays — 1) the beach was TINY with lounge chairs packed shoulder to shoulder so you were unable to even enjoy the beach. Couldn’t take a nice walk or anything due to them crowding so many people on this island. But what could I expect considering this was also the theme on the cruise ship? 2) Carnival owns this island. You use your Sign & Sail Card at the bar, which is tended by Carnival employees. Your drinks are charged to your room, like all other purchases made on the ship. The automatic 15% gratuity still applies at this bar. But get this... your drink package does not apply on the island. My husband and I’s drink packages cost over $600 and you’re telling me that they don’t apply on the CARNIVAL OWNED island? Such a scam. I was disgusted. Spent an hour and a halfback here and went back on board. • One elevator was broken during the cruise, so only three by the state rooms were available for use. We couldn’t catch an elevator for the life of us. Had to take the stairs everywhere we went. This was not fun. • Waiters can’t take your drink orders during meals. They have to go get the “bar waiter” to take your drink order. Sat down for brunch and asked for a Bloody Mary and water. Waiter said they would have to get a bar waiter. Half an hour later... no bar waiter. I asked again. 45 minutes later and still no bar waiter. Finished our whole meal and ended up leaving without getting a drink. (Wow! What great use this drink package is getting, right?) • Music by the pool is deafening at all times. You’re not able to relax at all. I never want to hear another steel drum for as long as I live. • Carnival screams the word “fun” at you 24/7. The irony is that I couldn’t find one fun thing about this cruise. I think they say it so that maybe you will convince yourself that you’re having fun. Nope. • Nassau - not tax free shopping. Actually, 12% tax! Felt very unsafe here. Locals barading you at every stop to get a taxi or buy some Cuban cigars. Due to this we were unable to even walk down the street or shop. Finally escaped to a restaurant for a meal and drink. Got charged $40 for a large drink that didn’t have a drop of alcohol in it. Spent a total of two hours here. • Shopping on board was bad. There’s a jewelry store and another little store to buy knick knacks, flip flops, sunscreen ($15+), etc. Positives: • Smooth and quick embarkation and debarkation process. • The man who cleaned our room was wonderful and knew us by name. He made a point to say hello in the hallway every time when we walked by! • Guy’s Burger Joint was delicious. Only edible food on this cruise. But who can eat a burger and fries for 5 days straight? Moral of the story: please, please, please save your money. Do anything other than go on this cruise. Highly recommend Royal Caribbean! Only reason we cruised with Carnival was because we got married in Charleston and this is the only ship that leaves from this port. We were relieved to be LEAVING our vacation... something you should never feel. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Our cruise left out of Charleston and I was traveling with my daughter and two other friends. My daughter and I had a ocean view cabin #R188. *If you are able to still cancel your booking, do so! This ship is extremely dated with rust ... Read More
Our cruise left out of Charleston and I was traveling with my daughter and two other friends. My daughter and I had a ocean view cabin #R188. *If you are able to still cancel your booking, do so! This ship is extremely dated with rust and actual holes showing. There is a terrible sewage smell continuously and not all the elevators work and the ones that do, are questionable. I am so happy I physically could take the stairs. There are No Refrigerators in cabins and there is only one outlet. No power strips are allowed, they took my friends out of her suitcase. We arrived onto the ship at 1:30pm and went to our cabin. We found towels from the previous guest in the closet and the counters and drawers had not been cleaned. Our room steward came and cleaned right away. *In the dining room one evening we were told no substitutes are allowed. My friend asked for rice instead of potatoes and she was told no, the meals are already made. That came from the waiter, Clifford. I have cruised on over 7 cruise lines including Carnival and have never been told I can not change or add to my order. *The private Island was lovely, the best part of the trip. *Entertainment was good. Comedians were ok. The piano bar is really not a bar. We sat for 30 minutes and no waiters came to take our order. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
It was our first cruise and I was a little skeptical after seeing the reviews but I really enjoyed myself! The ship was a little rocky only because a hurricane came through the day before. Lots of entertainment and things to do! Needs more ... Read More
It was our first cruise and I was a little skeptical after seeing the reviews but I really enjoyed myself! The ship was a little rocky only because a hurricane came through the day before. Lots of entertainment and things to do! Needs more pools! Food was absolutely terrible! I was literally starving and only ate ice cream so I made sure I got up for breakfast! Breakfast was the best thing going! Clean cabins and bathrooms! Adult drinks are weak! Take a shot before you get a drink! The wait for the elevators are at times ridiculous! Night life was so much fun! Loved the animal decorations housekeeping did! Everyone was so nice! I know I said this before but I have to say it again! THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE! I was really looking forward to the fried chicken but I was so disappointed when they served it, the breading was hard as a brick! Overall I had fun, can’t wait to experience another cruise with a different ship! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise primarily because Charleston is an easy drive from our home in east Tennessee. We actually took our first cruise from this port about 6 years ago, and upon our arrival found that little had changed except that there ... Read More
We chose this cruise primarily because Charleston is an easy drive from our home in east Tennessee. We actually took our first cruise from this port about 6 years ago, and upon our arrival found that little had changed except that there was no indoor parking available anymore. Embarkation was easy, as our luggage was off-loaded and on its way to the ship before we parked. We did have to wait in the parking lot for a shuttle to the cruise terminal. We had purchased Faster to the Fun, and our check-in was smooth and quick. We were on board by 11:30AM, and expected our cabin to be ready as advertised with the Faster to the Fun purchase. This was not the case however, as we were not permitted to access our cabin until after 1:30PM. We had an aft cabin with balcony on deck 6, the first time we have been on the end of a ship, and really enjoyed this location. The Ecstasy is an older ship and shows its age, but the crew did a good job keeping it clean. The stench of cigarette smoke is horrible on the Ecstasy in the casino area, and many of the activities (trivia, live music, crafts) were held in the smoking area around the casino. Whoever made this decision needs a different job. While complaining about the smoke, I'll also point out that there were the usual gang of rude individuals that would smoke in non-smoking areas, and try to hide their cigarettes when folks came by, as if cupping them in their hand eliminates the stink that is obvious 30 feet away. This has been my biggest issue with Carnival, that they do not enforce their smoking rules. We chose the any-time dining option, and the dining room food was fairly typically for Carnival, no complaints. The dining room service seems to have declined over the years, where dinner was once treated as an event by the staff, it now seems to be more of a chore but still acceptable. We didn't visit the buffet except for breakfast, desserts, and snacks, opting instead for burgers and fries from Guy's. We attended the production shows which were very well done. The comedians in The Punchliner were probably the best we've seen on any Carnival cruise. Cruise Director Gary did a very good job, especially considering his youth. We had stops at Princess Cays and Nassau. At Princess Cays, we found some lounge chairs on the quiet end of the beach, and spent an enjoyable day of kayaking and snorkeling (we brought our own snorkel equipment with us). I was really surprised at the variety of fish and other sea critters that we saw right off the beach. We spent the morning walking around Nassau which is nothing special. In the afternoon, we took an excursion on a sailboat with open rum bar, snorkeling, and lunch. This was one of the highlights of the cruise. Overall, this was a nice cruise that fit our schedule quite well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
4 Helpful Votes
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 ... 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
3 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
1 Helpful Vote
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 ... 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
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.7
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.9
Rates N/A 4.3

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