Carnival Ecstasy December 3, 2012: Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by ScottsSweetie

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Carnival Ecstasy December 3, 2012

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We experienced another great cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. Stayed at the Radisson Resort at Port Canaveral the night before - $110 for the night, cruise parking & free shuttle to and from port for 2 people (better deal than room + port parking fee). Embark and disembark both painless.

First time at Half Moon Cay - will not be my last! Beautiful island. Got up, had leisurely breakfast, walked into lounge at 9:30 for tender ticket, got #28 and was on tender in 10 minutes. BBQ lunch was tasty, especially the jerked chicken and rice. Nassau - we walked to Fort Charlotte (did not pay the $10 entrance fee) and back to the ship while dodging the rain. In Freeport we taxied into Port Lucaya and walked the shops and went to the beach. Water was freezing! Didn't stay too long before heading back to the ship.

Had no problem securing seats on Serenity on the sea day and on return from Freeport. Our room was freezing the entire time on the ship, but the rest of the More ship was fine. Had 8:15 dining in Wind Song - other dining room dedicated to YTD. Our first time with Joseph, the super-charged Maitre de - he was awesome! Had great table mates for this trip. This was a nice little getaway! Less

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We got off the ship around 10:30am - took a taxi to Port Lucaya. We had our $5.00/pp in hand (with tip), but found out when we got out of the taxi that you actually pay $10/pp at that time and they give you a voucher for the return trip. We walked around the shops, went into the casino, and then went to the free public beach. The beach here is a little odd - there are big outcrops of rocks every so often, so the beach is a little broken up. It was very pretty, however. Water was too cold to get in. We didn't stay too long before returning to our ship.
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This was my first time in Half Moon Cay - hopefully it will not be my last! The island is beautiful. Water was so clear and calm. Plenty of seating. Lots of room to spread out. The jerk chicken and rice at the lunch were quite tasty. Could visit this place twice on the same trip and be happy!

We are not huge fans of Nassau. We have previously visited Atlantis and done a walking tour through town. On this visit, we left the ship around 12:30pm after a late breakfast and waiting for the rain to clear up. We walked past Senor Frogs, past the Hilton, past Junkanoo Beach to the Fish Fry to check it out, then up the hill to Fort Charlotte. It was nice to get a little exercise. We decided not to pay the $5.00/pp entry fee into the fort, but the view from right outside the entrance gate was worth a million bucks! Just beautiful! We stopped at Senor Frogs on the way back, but it was so crowded and loud (with 5 ships total in port) we just decided to return to the ship instead.
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