A quick get away: Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by sasysutler

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A quick get away

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Carnaval Ecstacy April 2012

This cruise was booked for my husband birthday, and to have more time in Key West.. It was an ok, cruise, but not over the top.

Embarkation was easy in Port Canaveral. We arrived about 11:30 and was on board about 11:45. The ship is neat and clean.. very bold colors and impressive art forms around the ship. We headed to the Lido deck for lunch.. the food was lukewarm at best, but we ate lunch and then explored the ship. Our room R183 was ready at 1:30 and our luggage arrived about 2:00.

Spent the afternoon on pool deck, taking pictures, then spending time in the sanctuary adult area, Nice area with 2 hot tubs. Dinner was very slow with slower service ever. Seems the staff was totally overwhelmed. Didn't finish dinner till almost 7:45.

The skies opened up and continued through the next day. Sunday was Key West and a beautiful day,but the rain continued just before we were to leave. The next day was a sea day and it poured all More day again. The next 2 days were Nassau and Freeport.

As for onboard.. there was a problem with the hot tubs.. they were overly hot, and it didn't seem that they could get them regulated. There was NO entertainment to speak of.. no steel drum band, no Carrabean music.. nothing to keep you entertained. Quest was the first night at 11pm,but didn't go. All onboard deck games (ice carving, hairy chest) were cancelled due to the weather.

Entertainment was the same shows as all the other Carnival ships we have been on, and as far as the dancers, there were 6 female dancers and one male. 2 head singers. The Captains welcome party was held in the promenade, but they only did $1 off of the drink prices. There was a welcome back party, but at no time did they ever introduce the staff during the cruise.

The food in the dining room was fair.. warm, never hot, and slow. I did remember that you could order desserts off of the kids menu, so we had banana splits on several nights. They did have Lobster, Prime Rib, but no escargot, no Filet, or a decent steak.

As for tipping, it used to be that you had an envelope to hand your waiter, etc. Now with automatic tipping, I guess they know they already get it. The Maitre D never came around the dining room at all.

All in all it was a quiet cruise to relax . Less

Published 05/06/12

Cabin review: 6Ar183 Ocean View

R183. Not a bad cabin, small but still able to move. There is no hair dryer in the room.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Most of the tours in all the ports were cancelled by the operators even though it was a beautiful and sunny day. We took a taxi ($5 pp) over to Port Lucaya where there is a small free beach, some shopping and a casino. There is not much else to do there, and won't use this port on any of our further cruises.
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We Love Key West. Did our own walking tour which took us to places like Peppers of Key West (all hot sauces)., the Cemetary (great bit of history there), and to the lighthouse. it's so easy to get around in KW, and not to be missed is the sunset celebration.
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Been here before.. got off the ship long enough to take a few photos, check out the new straw market, go to Senor Frogs and get back on ship.
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