1,121 Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews

First cruise. I went with my BFF and her daughter and friend for graduation. Embarkation went smoothly. Highly recommend upgrading to the Faster to the Fun (limited number per sailing). I found this by accident in shore excursions vs. ... Read More
First cruise. I went with my BFF and her daughter and friend for graduation. Embarkation went smoothly. Highly recommend upgrading to the Faster to the Fun (limited number per sailing). I found this by accident in shore excursions vs. travel agent telling us about it. Takes you to the front of the line for most things; lifesaver on disembarkation day. We were not feeling well by the last day so getting off the ship quickly was very well appreciated by all. The ship was clean. Our cabin was clean and ready at 1:30. On day 2 we realized that our cabin was affecting our allergies/sinus to the point it was hard to get a deep breath. We did ok while up on deck (outside). We dined in the buffet, dining room, Guy's Burger, Cantina and all were outstanding! There's so much to do that we were not able to cram it all in. We weren't feeling great so we ran out of steam early. The shows that we did see were amazing and very entertaining. Other than our room making us sick, we had rough seas on the last day and as newbies it was disconcerting. I wish the staff had taken the time to reassure us all was ok. Made me a little queasy but never got sick. Was ready to disembark for sure. Communication was an issue for us. While most of the staff speak excellent English, some not so much. I had to ask several times for repeats and often just couldn't understand. Not sure if I will take another cruise at this point. At the time, I really thought this is awesome. After getting sick and feeling miserable due to the room (other passengers complained of the same symptoms) I'm not sure I would spend that much money for a maybe vacay. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this since it was close to home --we recently sold a our camper and wanted week to enjoy. Overall a good value for the short drive. The embarkation was simple and easy. Short note on parking--if you get there before 11am you ... Read More
We chose this since it was close to home --we recently sold a our camper and wanted week to enjoy. Overall a good value for the short drive. The embarkation was simple and easy. Short note on parking--if you get there before 11am you can do an early bag drop off and then come back for parking at 11.. Makes the process a little easier. Debarkation was VERY easy -- we chose to carry off .. Off the boat at 655am and in the car by 715.. We were on Deck 7. They have that part down to a science. Ship you can tell is somewhat dated--but overall surprised how clean most common areas where. Our Cabin was E155 --Very clean and Marco done an excellent job keeping up with our needs.. He even made the bed a bit softer for us after the first nite-- it killed both of our backs. Dining -- was a bit hit or miss.. We never done the main dining room . The Lido buffet is limited to what you can get --they usually have one theme for the meal and not much else. Pizza and deli was plenty--but the service on the Pizza line is EXTREMELY SLOW.. They should extra pizzas done at lunch and dinner time to cut down on the long lines. Guy's Burgers were actually pretty good and was a welcomed change some days. We saw all of the big shows and they were good for the most part. They do like to have fun. Music is all over the ship --it was easy to find a table and sit for a spell--especially at the Metropolis Bar. If Lexi is singing --give her a listen for a while(@lexi-pifer on instagram). The comics were pretty good and even went to the 18+ shows as well. We done the Big Bang Theory trivia and won.. Service was mostly done with a smile--never had an issue with anyone--but could tell some were a little over worked and tired. We did not get off at Princess Cays --we instead stayed on the ship and enjoyed the pool which is VERY SMALL.. We got off in Nassau and done the short carriage ride around then some shopping till about noon then returned to the ship.. Have been to Nassau many times before seems the relentless badgering has gotten less over the years which is a nice change. Pros: Close to home good value for the money spent cabin nice size for the 2 of us Cons: small pool limited food selection on the buffet Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have avoided cruises out of the dislike of crowded places, the assumption that the food couldn’t possibly be decent & fear of motion sickness...But when you have three kids of different ages spanning into the teens, a Carnival ... Read More
We have avoided cruises out of the dislike of crowded places, the assumption that the food couldn’t possibly be decent & fear of motion sickness...But when you have three kids of different ages spanning into the teens, a Carnival cruise is the perfect vacation! Our two older kids were able to safely be independent most of the trip with their teen & preteen clubs, and we were able to catch a few breaks in the serenity area while our youngest went to camp ocean a few times. We figured out the patterns of the crowds with food and the pool and were able to dine and enjoy the pool during the quieter times. The burgers, tacos, Lido buffet and dining room were all excellent! Not at all like mass produced cafeteria food. Things I would do differently: 1. put the big kids in an adjoining room because a single interior state room with 5 people was way too tight 2. Find a port excursion that takes off immediately after the ship docks because ours started at 12 and we had to cut it short. 3. Bring our own lanyards because they are expensive but handy as well as our own sparkling water because the included fountain water & ice tea taste pretty bad. We had an onboard credit of $70 through a promotion and didn’t come close to consuming $50 each in alcohol per day nor are we soda drinkers so the cheers program would not have made sense. Our final bill for a family of five with daily but conservative drinkers was $230. Not bad at all! Lastly the carnival staff on the ecstasy ship was exceptional! They made it very special and incredibly fun. We are all excited to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Our 4 day cruise was a gift from my brother. This was our first cruise so we were full of excitement and anticipation. Day 1 was really nice as we explored the ship and made ourselves familiar with the places that interested us. (My ... Read More
Our 4 day cruise was a gift from my brother. This was our first cruise so we were full of excitement and anticipation. Day 1 was really nice as we explored the ship and made ourselves familiar with the places that interested us. (My husband and I) We primarily ate in the dining room. We avoided the buffets as much as possible. We did enjoy Guy's Burger Joint. I had been told previously that the ship had a smell. Any place were there was food there was an unpleasant smell. It is difficult to describe. Being nauseous and having vertigo then being hit in the face with that smell made things worse. This ship also allows passengers to smoke in the casino and that was unpleasant for us because we are not smokers. The bathroom in our room also had a nasty smell as well. Maybe it was the water. I have no idea. Day 2 was horrible. I became violently seasick. I spent 18 hours in our cabin. My husband became sick that night. Yes, we had Dramamine. Day 3 we reached the Bahamas so we were off the ship for 8 hours. This was our first trip to the Bahamas and I can say it is not a place we'd revisit unless we were staying at an all inclusive resort. The location was less desirable for us. Day 4 was just okay. We were able to see a show, play bingo and try our luck in the casino. Day 5 Charleston!! YAY!!! Side note: we did chat up with other couples on this cruise and we all seem to share the same opinion about this cruise. The 3 other couples also said they would never take another cruise on Carnival Ecstasy again. Ever. Very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This ship needs to be redecorated and revamped. The carpets are old and worn and there is nothing special about the cabins... they are very basic with heavy curtains with stains here and there. We were on deck 7 in a balcony which was ... Read More
This ship needs to be redecorated and revamped. The carpets are old and worn and there is nothing special about the cabins... they are very basic with heavy curtains with stains here and there. We were on deck 7 in a balcony which was okay... the best thing being that we were in-between and ocean view and another balcony, so we didn't hear sounds from one side and we could relax most of the time. However, we could not leave the door open since the sewage smell would be overwhelming. There was a strong stench of sewage everywhere we we went, day or night, for at least a half an hour. The water on this ship is undrinkable... with a weird taste that is present in the coffee, lemonade, tea.... luckily we bought a case of water so didn't experience that taste much. The Windsong restaurant is disorganized and we waited at least 45 minutes to even get even get a menu, let alone a piece of bread. So, we opted to eat at the buffet instead and remove the gratuities the restaurant staff would be getting. We complained to the useless concierge and of course no one bothered to knock on our door, or call, to address what happened. They didn't even care that we removed the gratuities. We had massages that were great, however, at the end we were pushed in every way possible to buy the products, which we didn't do. The food was below average at the Windsong, with the vegetables obviously reheated since they were extremely wilted and had a weird taste. Forget about the grilled menu.... not so... again obviously previously cooked and reheated. The best thing about the cruise was our steward. He was very friendly and the room was cleaned to perfection every day. The band (Lexi) playing by the casino was very good, but the singers/dancers in the auditorium were horrible... could not sing or dance... sloppy mess on stage. We got off the ship in Nassau and walked around ... this was fun. We did not sign up for the excursions. The gym was great... the equipment was nice and clean. We exercised every day. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I booked a room with Balcony. After arriving in room it was not clean it had glasses, gum and cigarette butts in room; we did not complain took care of it our self. Then we went to elevator to find our dining room and some of the ... Read More
I booked a room with Balcony. After arriving in room it was not clean it had glasses, gum and cigarette butts in room; we did not complain took care of it our self. Then we went to elevator to find our dining room and some of the elevators were not working. In front of elevator were leaks in ceiling what were not repaired the whole trip. Nasty dirty buckets of water in front of the Buffett room. To my surprise the Dining room was on other end of ship. I did not go for 2 days day since I have trouble walking and no one offered an assistance when I told them this the first day. On the day we were going on shore I ordered room service what never arrived. This is when I complained we received many apologies. The next day I gave the dining room another try to sit there for 1 hr. NO drinks NO food so I was so mad I left. The pool was so over crowded you never could use it. Also for such a kid friendly boat there are 2 Alcohol bars with all the kids around pool but no bar where kids could get drinks besides alcohol . The first day the water slides were broken and the hot tubs had to be repaired twice also. My daughter asked for a wheelchair for me the day we exited the boat. To top it off on the day we were getting of board the security guard would not let me leave the ship said I have to go upstairs to see Customs: customs ask me why they sent me he didn’t call for me. I had to walk back down stairs because the lady left me alone with the wheelchair and told me she would come back and never did. I to the Exit again and was sent back upstairs to customs after I told them that’s where I just came from. This was to be a fun trip with my Family since I have health issues I wanted to have a good last time with my Family. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Not my first cruise, so I expected of few things to not be perfect. This ship should be retired! We had an extended balcony suite, so size was great, but bathroom was being held together with a poor caulk job. Curtains were torn and ... Read More
Not my first cruise, so I expected of few things to not be perfect. This ship should be retired! We had an extended balcony suite, so size was great, but bathroom was being held together with a poor caulk job. Curtains were torn and overall appearance was worn out. Rust stains on ceiling above bed were gross. Ship hasn’t been updated in a very long time. I heard a passenger say it looked retro, I didn’t have he heart to tell them it was just old. Every bar and restaurant had long lines and was understaffed. With our suite came “priority” seating was was great until we were seated in the middle of the dining room in a cleaning area. Food was good, better than expected, but only because everything else was as so poor. Kids area seemed dirty. I would let my kids go with their age groups because it seems like a poorly managed operation. The music being played in the pool was a bit too adult for my 8 and 12 year old which wasn’t a problem most of the time because the pool is so small we never stood a chance of getting in it during normal hours. At every turn there were empty cocktail glasses and food plates in the halls, again understaffed to handle everything. What crew we did see working always smiled and seemed nice, hey just couldn’t keep up demand. I’ll never travel on his ship again and will think long and hard about Carnival. The convenience of the port in Charleston doesn’t make up for the crappy cruise. Don’t waste your time and money! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Short answer is that I would take my family again on this ship with the same crew. 1. Express check-in is a must. Takes you to the front of the line and you are on the boat quickly. 2. I did not meet one Carnival employee who ... Read More
Short answer is that I would take my family again on this ship with the same crew. 1. Express check-in is a must. Takes you to the front of the line and you are on the boat quickly. 2. I did not meet one Carnival employee who didn't appear to love their job. Always helpful, always asking if you need anything. Internet posts/blogs suggesting most of the workers make very little and rely mainly on tips. These men and women work very hard. 3. Not a big fan of the food, but I can be a bit of a food snob so take that comment with a grain of salt. 4. Wayan and Chris were our cabin stewards. Simply awesome! You need anything, they make it happen. 5. Gary the Cruise Director - I can't put into words what this guy does. Someone in Hollywood missed the boat not signing him. Absolute talent! I hope he makes it big one day. Go see his shows, you won't regret it. 6. Lee, Mr. Bingo - I never went to Bingo, but I heard he was great. We saw him at every production with Gary. Lee will be Cruise Director soon no doubt and he too is an incredible talent. 7. The dancers and singers were great. High energy shows that were very entertaining. Live singing while they are running and dancing all over the stage...not sure how they do it. 8. The boat is old, but very clean. Staff is cleaning all the time. 9. Our family only had one negative experience, and that was our excursion to Atlantis. Carnival let's Atlantis staff handle all arrangements from getting you off the boat to taking you to Atlantis. They do a horrible job. Very unorganized and takes forever to get to the resort. Once you are there, Atlantis staff are not helpful in showing you around. Water rides didn't open until 10 am. Then the staff didn't show up and we waited until 10:20 am. At $200/person, we were disappointed. The food voucher was a joke. It didn't cover several of the dining areas near the pool. The water rides had an 1 1/2 hr wait. Carnival does so well with customer satisfaction, so it was surprising to us that they let this excursion be handled by people who do the exact opposite. There is so much wasted time. 10. Joavan - I believe he said he had worked for the cruise line for 31 years. He is from India, has kids/wife back home, family man. Talked with him every day. He was always working either the pool deck or show lounges taking drink request or cleaning tables. Great at his job, but just good people. He made you feel at home around him. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose this cruise because it was the close enough for us to drive to Charleston from Ohio avoiding additional costs of airfare. I normally do not cruise in the summer- but I took my aunt on her first cruise and she is a teacher. I ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was the close enough for us to drive to Charleston from Ohio avoiding additional costs of airfare. I normally do not cruise in the summer- but I took my aunt on her first cruise and she is a teacher. I cruised with my mother, her two sisters and my uncle. We had two oceanview cabins. I am in my late 40's and they are all in their late 60's early 70's. Embarakation: we arrived at the port at 10:30am and was told that we had to wait until 11:00am... but they let us drop off our luggage. We pulled into the grocery store parking lot near the port and waited... when returning at 11:00am we noticed they had already let A BUNCH of cars in. still, we got to park inside which was nice- and the shuttle to the port was efficient. Once inside we had Faster to the Fun and we bypassed what looke dto be a line of about 200-300 people waiting to check in. Once we checked in- we waited about 5 minutes and were the first to board the ship. Cabin: Oceanview- M156... after boarding the ship we headed to our room (FTTF) and found it ready and clean. I am not a big fan of the orange decor- but hey- whatever. The room was fairly warm and air was trickling out of the vent- no thermostat in the room. Also- no refrigerator- which was a bummer since we brought a twelve pack of pop and wine on board. Our room steward Melchor was wonderful- he filled up the soft sided cooler we brought everyday with ice for us- and we brought insulated cups- so not having the fridge wasn't that bad. The beds were soooo comfortable and our room was always clean. I found the bathroom to be a bit small- smaller than some other Carnival ships I have been on- but it was fine. Dining- we ate at the main dining room every night for dinner. The staff was exceptional- and they have seating down to a science- very very impressive! The first night we sat in the middle area- which I didn't like cause people were constantly walking past us... but then we requested Clifford's area (he told us he is headed to the Carnival Freedom out of Galveston)... Clifford was WONDERFUL!!!. he was personable and he was honest! when we asked his opinion on dishes- he gave them to us- and never steered us wrong. I don't plan to sail out of Galveston- but i might just to have Clifford serve me again. The buffet I found to be limited... I thought it was small and had fewer offerings than other ships I have been on... I only ate there for lunch once and that was the salad bar... and breakfast a couple times- standard Carnival fare. I did like the layout of the Lido buffet- with the pizza, and deli in the back... and the salad bar in the middle- it allowed folks to spread out and not bottleneck. Guys burgers were good- BUT some folks in our party had burgers that were smashed to crumbles- so I am thinking they need to watch the grill a little better. Entertainment: I wasn't impressed with the Comedians on this ship- they have a different show every night- so maybe I went on an off night. The house band Lex Appeal was great!!! they need a better stage than that hallway next to the casino!. Johnny in the piano bar was a hoot- he plays a mean piano but sings off key some... sit at the bar and join in- you will have a blast! the Lip Sync Battle was awesome! The cruise director Gary was very very good! I think he has a long career ahead of him! Serenity Deck- lovely- but they need more umbrellas for shade. Its in an odd location at the back of the ship and folks didn't seem to go back there much- which was great for me cause I like my party and my quiet time. I did feel vibration back there- but it was ok... not too distracting. Ship movement: I felt the ship move the entire time... and the vibration. I don't get seasick so it was ok... but I can see how some folks might not do well with that. Ports: Princess Cay- we rented the Bungalow or Cabana- it was PERFECT!!!!! We got #8 and I could not have asked for a better location! surrounded by palms- it was heaven on earth. Just make sure you bring water shoes or water socks and bring an inflatable inner tube- you will have a great time. BEWARE- the lines for the buffet are CRAZY LONG! Nassau- we did the VIP LUXURY SAILING with Captain Jason and his crew- it was a delightful day! gorgeous weather- sails up and rum punch flowing. Lunch was delicious and the short snorkel stop was perfect. I woudl do this excursion again in a heartbeat! Cleanliness- the ship was older but in excellent condition and no dirt anywhere! The staff was always cleaning- they were hard working people! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I was told by family and friends that cruising is very enjoyable and relaxing experience. So I gave it a try for the first time on the Carnival Ecstasy. I am driving home now and want to share my experience to keep others from wasting ... Read More
I was told by family and friends that cruising is very enjoyable and relaxing experience. So I gave it a try for the first time on the Carnival Ecstasy. I am driving home now and want to share my experience to keep others from wasting their money. When I got off the ship today I felt like I had been released from a jail cell. This was the most stressful, nerve racking and unrelaxing vacation I have ever taken. The first day I was sprayed with mayonnaise at the hamburger restaurant after waiting in a long line to get a mediocare burger. Then had to wait in another long line to get a hot soft drink. After lunch the tinyest cabin ever was supposedly ready. The cabin was hot, humid and smelled like mold and mildew. The shower had mildew all around the edges and the bathroom just stunk! That night I tried to sleep in the hot humid cabin in a bunk style bed but hit my head every time I tried to roll over on a ledge about 6 inches from my face. The next day we waited in yet another long line for an elevator to go to the only pool to find no available chairs and the tiniest pool ever. The pool was so crowded you could not even move. I again had to wait in line to get a hot soft drink at the bar from a bartender who only wanted to serve alcohol purchasing guests who left big tips. The rest of the week was even worse than the first day. I spent most of the time waiting in line for an elevator, waiting in line for horrible buffet food, or hot soft drinks. The last straw was one night about 11pm the cabin toilet starting shooting out water all over the floor that contained green algae looking stuff. I called the room steward but could reach no one. I then called guest services but got a recording about extremely high call volume. I put the phone down but stayed on the line and ran all the way down the hall to the other end of the ship to find an employee to help me. I did finally find one and he called housekeeping. By this time the cabin carpet was all wet. Housekeeping came to clean up the mess. After an hour holding on the phone for guest services I hung up and explained to the housekeeping supervisor that I could not reach anyone by phone to help me and I am extremely upset. By this time it was midnight and they were trying to get all the water out of the cabin carpet. The supervisor tried contacting guest services on the cabin phone again and got the recorded message too. She held for awhile then decided to call room service to get a person to answer the phone. The supervisor told me guest services would call me. Which they did and I requested to move to another cabin. I could not take this filthy stinking wet humid cabin any longer. Guest services said there were no other cabins available so I hung up. The housekeeping supervisor offered to shampoo the cabin carpet the next morning meanwhile we had to sleep in that nasty room. I have never been so disappointed in the customer service I received on this ship and feel the health, safety and convenience of my family was completely disregarded. I not only wasted over $2000 on this trip but a week of hard earned vacation time. To top off this experience the last morning I went to wash my face in the cabin bathroom and the water from the sink was brown! They did credit my account $120 for the inconvenience??? I need a vacation!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I have been cruising with Carnival since 2002. This week was the worst. They need to park this ship(Ecstasy) it needs some major updating as well as the entertainment and food. Had it not been for Guys burger joint and the nice gentleman ... Read More
I have been cruising with Carnival since 2002. This week was the worst. They need to park this ship(Ecstasy) it needs some major updating as well as the entertainment and food. Had it not been for Guys burger joint and the nice gentleman making omelets in the mornings it would have been a very long week for food. We (my family of 5) got dressed for dinner nightly only to be disappointed in the Wind Song dining room. Natalhly and Jeffrey were awesome and can only work with what their given to serve. Something in our room made my husband sick and he kept a headache and upset stomache from the very first day we arrived and spent each day in bed inside . With two credit cards on file for two rooms both cards were over charged one by $200 and the other by $188 but this seems to be our fault not Carnivals for not doing their jobs properly. We will get our overcharged refunds back in 5 business days. Not acceptable! Carnival always advertises that they are a kid friendly ships my two teenage girls had a whole lot of nothing to really do besides walk the ship, putt putt and lay by the pool. The shower curtain in my room looked dirty and stained all over the bottom as well as hanging down on top left where it was broken from the rod. My room steward Michael was great and very helpful if I needed him . I missed the Las Vegas shows that are normally on the ships we go on. I missed all of the beautiful tiles and chandeliers as well as the delicious food that’s normally served in the dining room at night. Also went in to use one of the restrooms before dinner there were 2 stalls to be used one with no toilet seat but no sign up to say out of order .My favorite vacation is Cruising because I actually get to take a break and let someone else take care of everything for a change. I think it’s time to look for a new Cruise line because on this trip it was an EPIC FAIL. I give this ship a 2 out of 5 stars. Very unhappy and disappointed Carnival Customers. Thank you Greenway1 Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We booked three cabins to celebrate my upcoming birthday. The cruise left Charleston right on time and we had remarkably good weather the entire trip with only a few brief showers. It is an older ship, but kept in very good condition and ... Read More
We booked three cabins to celebrate my upcoming birthday. The cruise left Charleston right on time and we had remarkably good weather the entire trip with only a few brief showers. It is an older ship, but kept in very good condition and very clean. We are experienced cruisers so the excursions didn't really appeal to us. Pros: Entertainment: Gary, the 26 year old cruise director was excellent. I don't easily pass out praise but he really kept the party going. You'd swear that he had an identical twin on board the ship as he'd be in the lounge one minute and then on the Lido Deck in an entirely different outfit the next. The evening shows were top notch with amazing talent. The comedy acts were really good and I'd say that we hit almost every show and the sets provided by the two comedians were never repeated. Food: We had 5 grandchildren from ages 1 to 5 so we learned to bypass the 2 hour evening dinner experience after the first few nights and took to the buffet on the Lido Deck. Food overall was average but two areas really stand out... Guy's Burger Joint was awesome and the fries were simply amazing! The Pizza Pirate made really good pizza and served generous portions. Rum drinks on the private island were lacking in alcohol compared to those served on the ship. Cons: It took a very long time to get our food in the Wind Song Dining Room. We had 5 small children at early dining and the wait staff (as friendly as they were) kept bringing us baskets of bread when what we really needed was FOOD. Deck 9 is the main public enclosed passageway that runs the length of the ship and houses the casino and several lounges so it was always a busy place to be. But, you'd always get a good whiff of cigarette smoke (which is permitted in several areas of Deck 9) anytime you were there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I wasn't super impressed with the cleanliness of my room, to be honest. There seemed to be some dust, or maybe mold - the first night, my nose was going crazy. Also, aren't cruises supposed to have a ton of entertainment? I feel ... Read More
I wasn't super impressed with the cleanliness of my room, to be honest. There seemed to be some dust, or maybe mold - the first night, my nose was going crazy. Also, aren't cruises supposed to have a ton of entertainment? I feel like I was waiting for events the whole time. The food was okay. The breakfast was great, even though my girlfriend didn't really bother eating most of the stuff that was served. The dinners we found to be great. We weren't exactly "impressed", but we at least enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, so we have nothing really to complain about this. My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the music! There were live bands, and we actually got to hang out with one of the guitarists after their set. He was super cool, and he kind of made the trip worth it. We also appreciated the nearby parking with Instapark once we got back to the mainland. Overall not a bad time, but not really impressed, to be honest. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
The food was much better than expected. My last cruise, the food in the dining room was not good at all and very small portions. This time, the food was very good, and very fulfilling. Most of the staff that we interacted with new us by ... Read More
The food was much better than expected. My last cruise, the food in the dining room was not good at all and very small portions. This time, the food was very good, and very fulfilling. Most of the staff that we interacted with new us by name. They remembered our names right after meeting us. The dining staff was friendly and never seemed bothered if we wanted to change our order. The Lido deck entertainment was great. The bars on the deck made our drinks and got them to us in timely manner. They all tasted great. There were several restuarants to choose from. Guys burgers were awesome. The workers at Guest services were patient and always willing to help. I did have concern about the gratutity. There's a $52.00 gratutity for each person in your cabin that you are not told about. I had to hear from someone on the cruise ship. That was my "major" problem, but I got it worked out through Guess services. Another issues, but not a big one, is the number of television channels. They need more variety. I wanted to relax in my cabin at one point, but the televsion channel was limited. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was my very 1st cruise. My family had our reunion and chose Carnival Ectasy: I was so excited to go because I had never been on a cruise before let alone to the Bahamas. There was so much to do on the boat. I just want to say ... Read More
This was my very 1st cruise. My family had our reunion and chose Carnival Ectasy: I was so excited to go because I had never been on a cruise before let alone to the Bahamas. There was so much to do on the boat. I just want to say that all the staff were very courteous and so so nice. I never saw anyone standing around they we all doing something all the time. The cruise director was amazing. He kept every event he did fun and alive . He was awsome. The food was excellent from the buffet , to room service, to dinning at the wind star. I would also like to say Lyston was our waitor/server- he was great. He made sure we didn't want fore anything. Lyston was so pleasant and helpful. He kept us informed about our food coming out to us and kept us entertained a little during the process not to mention he is very handsome. My highlight was the last night of my cruise. the Madigra Party. The cruise director was awesome the music and dj was great. Sincerely Zinnia Ward (aka) Queen of the World/---Queen of the ship/dance off Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I suggested to my extended family that we take this cruise as we had all gathered for my cousins wedding in Charleston. I have been on Carnival before and loved it. However I was disappointed in the poor quality of food on this trip and ... Read More
I suggested to my extended family that we take this cruise as we had all gathered for my cousins wedding in Charleston. I have been on Carnival before and loved it. However I was disappointed in the poor quality of food on this trip and embarrassed frankly that I suggested this to our family. Guys hamburgers were great and breakfast in the windstar good. Dinners in windstar disappointing and buffet just gross. Waffles in buffet inedible ! I thought perhaps they served them prior to toasting or something. Destination was great ! I prepaid tips but more were added on each service such as spa and drinks. My sister bought one strawberry daiquiri asked for a shot of rum to be added to it and was told no, by the bartender after he asked someone if he could add it. She only bought that one drink on entire cruise and said it was like koolaid . They advertised the shots on the drink menu so not sure why he said no to her. Stewards were great and towel animals fun ! Just think the overall poor food quality cheapened the whole experience and I paid more for this cruise then the past when the food was much better. Time to try Princess line perhaps. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We had an amazing time. The food and entertainment was wonderful. The kids loved the Kids club. The beach day was great. We loved Nassau as well. We took a 10 best of Nassau bus tour that had mixed reviews on the carnival excursion ... Read More
We had an amazing time. The food and entertainment was wonderful. The kids loved the Kids club. The beach day was great. We loved Nassau as well. We took a 10 best of Nassau bus tour that had mixed reviews on the carnival excursion website. However we loved it! We did not find the sales people to be pushy, everyone we met was friendly and wanted to hear about where we were from and help us find what we were looking for. The drinks at the pool side bars were amazing and the drinks at achlimy were out of this world, the best we’ve ever had. We ate dinner in the main dining room every night, loved the variety of the appetizers and the entrees each night. Our kids enjoyed everything about this cruise. I have no complaints at all and we are hooked on cursing now. We plan to go on a cruise every year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because the port was close to home and we were taking my elderly parents. Also, bc it’s a 4 day cruise which we thought would b best for my parents. This ship was built in 1991 and it shows!!!! Things are very rusty ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the port was close to home and we were taking my elderly parents. Also, bc it’s a 4 day cruise which we thought would b best for my parents. This ship was built in 1991 and it shows!!!! Things are very rusty and old. Our room had lights that were blown, and my parents electrical outlets didn’t work. They did fix these issues promptly. There was often a sewage smell. It was also EXTREMELY crowded. The one pool is relatively small, so we never were able to get in the pool. It was literally standing room only. The food was pretty good. Stay away from the chicken. Our favorite was the surf and turf. (20.00 extra) and the crab cake!!! The spa was my favorite!!! Best stone and bamboo massage ever!!!’ It will be a while before we cruise again. Probably try another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Going into the cruise we (myself, wife, and 15 year old daughter) knew the Ecstasy wasn't the newest ship in the fleet or had all the bells and whistles. With that being said this one on of the best cruise experiences we've ... Read More
Going into the cruise we (myself, wife, and 15 year old daughter) knew the Ecstasy wasn't the newest ship in the fleet or had all the bells and whistles. With that being said this one on of the best cruise experiences we've ever had. The ship is showing its age, but the crew was continuously cleaning and doing maintenance. I'm not a fan of the new once per day cabin service, but we choose morning and only missed our service once due to sleeping in. One quick call and we had fresh towels and we're all set. We also had FTTF and it was very nice going directly to the cabin and dropping our bags, as well as, the priority tender access. We didn't have to visit guest services, but he FTTF line was never busy that I noticed. We’re normally don't attend trivia, deck parties and such, however this cruise was different. We meet cruise director Gary and Bingo Host Le at the welcome aboard party and those guys had us hooked. We did tons of trivia, attending all the atrium parties, as well as, the deck parties just because of the Fun Team and their enthusiasm and atmosphere they created. I’ve never cruise specifically based on a cruise director, but if I get the chance to Cruise with Gary or Le again count me in. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was the first time my family cruised, and my father wanted a port close to home. Charleston is 2 hours away from where we live. My SO and I (mid 30s), my sister and niece, and my parents (mid 60s), cruised together, having staterooms ... Read More
This was the first time my family cruised, and my father wanted a port close to home. Charleston is 2 hours away from where we live. My SO and I (mid 30s), my sister and niece, and my parents (mid 60s), cruised together, having staterooms next to one another on the Empress deck. This review is based on my opinions, and since we've never cruised before, I have nothing to base any of this off of other than our experiences this past weekend. Embarkation was fine. It was a long line but the process itself was okay. I've waited in much longer lines at various airports. We selected the 12:00-12:30 boarding and finally got on the ship shortly after 1. Debarkation today was okay. A bit disorganized and the line took a while to move, but we were just thankful to be back in Charleston. Overall, we found out that we just aren't cruise people. It's okay. Different strokes for different folks. We are glad to have experienced cruising but all feel that it's just not for us. This ship seemed to be filled with a bunch of party animals, which is fine I suppose but the drunken belligerence got worse as the cruise went on. Last night at 10:20 as we were preparing to go to bed, we heard a ton of commotion in the hallway outside of our room. Someone was yelling and cursing, dropping f-bombs and you could hear bodies being thrown against walls. We opened the door to see what was going on, and doors up and down the hallway were open with people looking out, watching an all-out brawl between 2 men, one of whom had his head split open, blood pouring out his face, dripping it all over the carpet and the walls in the hallway, where it remained this morning as we exited. Just something to keep in mind, and I'm sure it happens on most ships, but I figured I'd put it out there for anyone that's never cruised before. I tried to find a way to call security but there was literally nothing on the phone that said what to dial. I guess 911 would've worked since I'm sure the one guy needed his face stitched up, but two employees in the hallway said to call room service and they'd call security. You would think there would be a direct number to call. Either way, it took security a while to get there, and other passengers were having to keep these 2 morons apart from each other. Food: We ate Guy's burgers the first day and they were okay. Nothing special. Fries were good. We had tacos several times that were DELICIOUS!! I don't know what kind of seasoning dust they put on those tortillas but it.is.amazing!! That night we had dinner in the dining room. Food was decent but nothing overwhelmingly tasty. Our server, Paul, was very nice and helpful and when telling him of an allergy, he went out of his way to ensure that none of food served contained those items, going so far as to bring the next nights menu for me to preview. The crab cake on the second night was amazing, as was the creme brulee. I didn't care for the melting chocolate cake -- it was soupy and gross! (Sorry, I know some of you are die hard fans!!) The other two nights we ate the buffet. Buffet on Lido deck was a disappointment the times we ate there, minus breakfast. Honestly, I think Golden Corral might be better, and certainly gives more options. The desserts were bland and tasteless. Most of the meats I tried were overcooked almost to the point of being inedible. The "soft serve ice cream" was more like ice milk and had a weird, granular texture -- definitely didn't taste like any soft serve I've had before. The pizza was good. I enjoyed the prosciutto pizza several times. The deli has decent sandwiches!! The dessert offerings between Guys and Blue Iguana were often warm, mushy, and gross. They should find a way to keep those chilled because the humidity and temperature made the textures terrible! Cabin: We stayed in E126 -- it had a window!! Again, I have nothing to compare it to, but it worked for the two of us. Ample closet space, the storage height under the beds was adequate for our luggage. The bathroom was probably the only downside to the room. It was horribly awkward trying to shave in such a small space. I've done it before in a tiny bathroom in an rv, but just because I've had that previous experience doesn't mean it was less awkward! lol Prior to booking this cruise, I was certain that I would be okay in an interior room but having spent the majority of my time in the room this trip, there is no way I would have survived without a window. Our steward, Kadek, was friendly and kept the room perfectly clean and kept our ice buckets filled. He was great! As I said before, this boat was full of party people. I suppose that's great, and in my late teens and early 20s, I probably would've enjoyed that atmosphere, but in all, this cruise was anything but relaxing. The Serenity deck is small. It has 4 umbrellas. The 2 hot tubs hold maybe 4-6 people each. The cushions on the chairs are stained terribly and just generally do not look good. The pool on the Lido deck was very small. We didn't have a chance to use it, as it was usually full of people, obviously. The mini-golf is on the very top, which is quite possibly, the stupidest place you could put mini-golf. It was so windy that it was impossible to play, with the very child-sized clubs and foam balls. Also, it seemed to be a popular spot for the aforementioned drunk and belligerent crowd, who had great fun whacking the ball(s) as hard as they could across the ship. We didn't see any shows (though others in the party did and enjoyed them). The casino was small but those who used it had fun. All in all, I don't feel I really utilized enough of the ship to make cruising worth my while. Admittedly, I am a loner; I enjoy peace and quiet and serenity, which seems to be the opposite of what cruising is, at least on this particular ship. I'm sure for someone who's a people person, or enjoys a lot of activities and nightlife, this would be a perfect ship. Next time, we'll fly directly to an island and spend more time sightseeing. I did spend the $5 for the Carnival Hub chat feature, as did 3 others in our party. It was somewhat helpful but there were a lot of glitches wherein our messages wouldn't go through, etc. One feature that app should have is the ability to "favorite" dining times. You can favorite activities, but the dining doesn't have that ability, which could have been helpful for remembering different things we wanted to try. One last word: port day was Nassau. We decided to walk to Junkanoo beach on the advice of several people. The walk isn't too bad -- maybe 15 minutes -- we were approached by at least 20 people trying to get us to buy cigars or take tours, etc. We simply told them no and they left us alone. Once at Junkanoo Beach, we found the Tiki Bikini Hut, which was recommended to us. We were approached by a server there who offered us 2 chairs, an umbrella, and 8 drink tickets for $85. We probably could've haggled but it was hot, I was tired from the walk, and I just wanted to sit down. This "beach" is so small, so crowded, and there is construction literally right beside you. It was NOT relaxing. The water was great -- cool, crystal clear -- but for the price we paid, I wish we'd taken a taxi to a resort and bought day passes to somewhere with more beach, more amenities, less noise, less construction, less people. They really cram you in a small space on this part of Junkanoo Beach!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We sailed on the Carnival Ecstasy for our first cruise six years ago and decided to go on this ship again since the port is so close. While the ship is older and perhaps not as fancy as newer ships, it is very well maintained and clean. We ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Ecstasy for our first cruise six years ago and decided to go on this ship again since the port is so close. While the ship is older and perhaps not as fancy as newer ships, it is very well maintained and clean. We really enjoyed the addition of new restaurants, such as Guy's Burgers. Pros: -By and large, service was excellent. There were a couple of issues (which I'll list below), but waitstaff in the restaurants was wonderful. We also always has fresh towels in our room, and anytime we needed anything, it was quickly handled. -The food was very good compared to other Carnival ships I've been on recently. -There were plenty of activities to do. We went on a different Carnival cruise in December, and there was hardly any trivia or other fun stuff to do during the day besides go to the casino. On the Ecstasy, there were fun activities to do around the clock. -Even though the cruise was sold out, we seldom had to wait for anything. They had plenty of staff available, so even lines that seemed long at first went by extremely quickly. The ship is very well organized and nothing was super congested. -The cleanness of this ship (well, all Carnival ships I've been on really) is so impressive! The bathrooms were always perfect, and with hundreds of people milling in and out of the public areas, it shows how hard they work to keep things clean. Cons: -What happened to the twice-a-day room service, including turn-down, towel animals, and chocolates? We only had towel animals twice on our trip. This isn't a big deal, of course, but was definitely part of the charm on our first cruise. -The excursions were disappointing. For the Princess Cays, we purchased a snorkel package that included 30 minutes on a water bike. When we tried to use the bike (an hour before we were told the activity would shut down), it was already closed. The people running it were napping on picnic tables. When we asked about a partial refund, Carnival refused to refund half of the package (and this was half of the price of the package), saying that the excursion was on sale when we bought it. We were only asking on a refund on part of the sale price, so that made no sense. We did the dolphin swim in Nassau, and while it was lots of fun, the photo package was so expensive that I didn't have enough cash on hand to get it. (It was $100 for a disc of 10 pictures, so be prepared...they won't let you bring a GoPro, camera, or phone to take a picture yourself.) While this wasn't Carnival's fault, of course, some warning on this would have been helpful. -I fell down and badly hurt my leg. This was witnessed by one of the workers in the WaterWorks area. He said he would call for help, but no one ever came and brought so much as ice. An X-ray when I went to the urgent care after getting back showed showed that my leg was actually fractured. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
First, the embarkation on the ship went very quick. We had an embarkation appointment at 1:00 p.m, but we were with a group and your company called Jett Tours. We arrived early at around lunch time so 12:00 p.m. The embarkation was quick ... Read More
First, the embarkation on the ship went very quick. We had an embarkation appointment at 1:00 p.m, but we were with a group and your company called Jett Tours. We arrived early at around lunch time so 12:00 p.m. The embarkation was quick went straight in got through the metal detectors, went and added cash money in my Sail & Sign account. Then after about 15 minuets we were on the boat by 12:15 p.m. upon getting on the ship R41 me and my sisters room was ready by 1:30 p.m. Now, exactly at 4:00 p.m. we left Charleston, South Carolina for a fun sea day. The sea day was just going and basically eating, laying out, looking at Duty - Free Shops, and other miscellaneous things. It was the same for both sea days. I did an excursion on each of the islands we went to which we went to first Eleuthera, Princess Cays, Bahamas. On the first island me and my party went for a Adult Santuary Bungalow. The bungalow did come with food and everything and was really good. Even had soda. The bad part is with the rocks. Princess Cays is such a rocky place and I got cutband hurt many times and I was looking for rocks but they still scraped. The second island was New Providence, Nassau, Bahamas. It was so much better and we went to Atlantis. Other than being attacked by a seagull Atlantis was wonderful and the best and so fun. We had the water park and aquarium for Atlantis. To add they also did have mixers for LGBT guests to meet and mingle each day which was nice and felt very comfortable and inclusive of everyone. The debarktion process was good as well. Very quick and efficient. I was off the ship in like at 8:30 a.m. and by 9:00 was on the Charter Bus. They were no issues at all and all I needed was my License and my declaration sheet for the cigarettes for my mother. Then we were on our way. All in all it was a nice experience and I would definitely sail on the Ecstasy again. Even though it’s a older ship, a little dated, and a little more moving. It was still nice. It didn’t bother me and the staff is always nice. Gabriela at guest services even game me a free drink because I just looked like I needed one. They are nice and everything. I have no complaints really. Would 100% recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This is my second cruise , first was Fascination so Chose this cruise since closest port to home. The major complaint is the sewage smell , while outside lounging on deck , I tried to move to several different locations but always ... Read More
This is my second cruise , first was Fascination so Chose this cruise since closest port to home. The major complaint is the sewage smell , while outside lounging on deck , I tried to move to several different locations but always smelled strong odors. The pool and hot tubs was always overcrowded, and not enough lounge chairs in shade. With the exception At Nassau, which we stayed on ship. I was disappointed with the fact I was supposed to get a two room upgrade and all I got was a tiny cabin again same size as before the bunk bed pulled out and there was no room you had to crawl to get into bed and everyone bumped there heads all week including me. Princess Cays was disappointing, it was very rocky and the sand was rough and sharp, water shoes a must. The buffet was food was bland and nothing special, flys we’re everywhere especially at dessert bar on the food so I skipped the desserts. I will try Royal or Disney cruises next time. The service from the stewards, Micheal was outstanding, the dining room food was good , and again the servers were excellent and loved the magician , they deserve every cent of the gratuities I paid 64$ per day :) Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was my 1st cruise experience. We purchased this cruise for my daughters college graduation gift. We had a great time! Gary, the cruise director, shows are a must see. We saw as much as we could everyday. So many activities planned. ... Read More
This was my 1st cruise experience. We purchased this cruise for my daughters college graduation gift. We had a great time! Gary, the cruise director, shows are a must see. We saw as much as we could everyday. So many activities planned. Nightly trivia games, comedian, and lots and lots of dancing. It was fantastic. Food was good. We ate on the Lido deck throughout the day and dining room at night. Really didn’t have any food I didn’t like. I thought the staff was very friendly. I enjoyed hearing their accents and where they were from. It was great to talk and meet other people on the cruise. Our cabin was always clean. Our Stewart, prata was amazing. She always called me by my name. The entire staff were friendly, approachable and helpful. My only negative was it’s an older ship but it didn’t lack in any other areas! Easy embarking and disembarking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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