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It was first cruise and going to the Bahamas for a weekend was the perfect test for me. My husband had sailed many times before, but this was his first as a stroke survivor. So, we booked a handicapped room. The staff was great about the reservation. The room attendant was very nice, timely and helpful. Had I known we could leave an extra tip via the customer service desk I would've. We did not buy an excursion, but despite previous advice to have a passport (yes in 2014 it became the rule) we were still able to get off the ship and wander the town. US $ is best to use, not all places take credit cards. We particularly enjoyed the late night Comedy club. Because the main pool area was packed with children, we found the Serenity deck our choice deck to sunbath and relax. A telephone customer service person recommended the dining reservations, and I am very glad I took her advice. At no extra cost we had a nice table with delicious served dinner every night, away from the buffet food places which was tasty, but not as relaxing. Next cruise we will take up the opportunity to order room service at times (eg breakfast). I took the water slide 1x for kicks...it was fun, but only 1x for this aging chick. We played putt-putt 1x, but the deck was a bit hot with no available shade nearby. We spent some time in the Casino, and watched a couple shows. There seemed to be plenty for the children to do but not much for adults unless $ to be spent (bars, spa). Otherwise, all other activities appeared to be money makers for the ship, as they need for business. As a childless couple, I hope our next cruise has better entertainment for adults, and fewer children to better enjoy the open areas. I enjoyed the cruise, had fun and am anxious for our next trip! This time with a excursion or two.

My First Cruise

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by FLKeyBums

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2014
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Interior
It was first cruise and going to the Bahamas for a weekend was the perfect test for me. My husband had sailed many times before, but this was his first as a stroke survivor. So, we booked a handicapped room. The staff was great about the reservation. The room attendant was very nice, timely and helpful. Had I known we could leave an extra tip via the customer service desk I would've. We did not buy an excursion, but despite previous advice to have a passport (yes in 2014 it became the rule) we were still able to get off the ship and wander the town. US $ is best to use, not all places take credit cards. We particularly enjoyed the late night Comedy club. Because the main pool area was packed with children, we found the Serenity deck our choice deck to sunbath and relax. A telephone customer service person recommended the dining reservations, and I am very glad I took her advice. At no extra cost we had a nice table with delicious served dinner every night, away from the buffet food places which was tasty, but not as relaxing. Next cruise we will take up the opportunity to order room service at times (eg breakfast). I took the water slide 1x for kicks...it was fun, but only 1x for this aging chick. We played putt-putt 1x, but the deck was a bit hot with no available shade nearby. We spent some time in the Casino, and watched a couple shows. There seemed to be plenty for the children to do but not much for adults unless $ to be spent (bars, spa). Otherwise, all other activities appeared to be money makers for the ship, as they need for business. As a childless couple, I hope our next cruise has better entertainment for adults, and fewer children to better enjoy the open areas. I enjoyed the cruise, had fun and am anxious for our next trip! This time with a excursion or two.
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Cabin 4E
We had a center ship handicap room. All was great, except the angle of the shower floor with the drain was wrong and all water went under the toilet. We had to use towels to mop the floor.
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