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We were on the Ecstasy during Easter week. Unfortunately, the ship did not provide any type of Easter service as promised, so the holiday was just spent as a regular day at sea. We were please to not experience the college break crowd, as this week's cruisers were families. We always select the most economical cabins (no windows) but were pleasantly surprised by the large size of this ship's economy cabins. Also, we were a little worried about how the ship might look due to its age and the fact that it was used to house Katrina refugees. The decor was dated, but it was well kept and clean in all of the public places. The fitness center had ample machines, which we appreciated. Our room was not very clean, but I think that was an isolated issue with our steward and not a regular occurrence. I always bring disinfecting wipes along and clean the frequently touched things in the cabin myself, so it wasn't a big issue for us. We have been on three other Carnival cruises and found the food on this one the best. Also, the staff in the formal dining room were the most friendly we have encountered. They sang songs and encouraged the guests to participate. It was a nice touch and fun without being tacky. The ports were our least favorite part of the trip. We are accustomed to sailing to Caribbean islands and found them much better than Cozumel or Progresso. My husband and I are athletic, so we usually just walk off of the ship and go on foot to a beach and shopping. Unfortunately, the nearest beach to the port in Cozumel was about 10 miles away. We didn't bother taking a cab to it because the day was overcast and rainy. Instead we opted to shop near the port. The shopping wasn't great and it didn't feel particularly safe to venture on foot away from the port. We found Progresso to be the worst port we have ever encountered. Cruisers were lined up for hours to take the free bus service from the ship to land (you cannot walk down the 4 mile pier to get to land yourself). Instead of waiting in the line for the bus, we walked over to a taxi and were able to get a taxi ride to land for $6.00. Progresso is a very poor looking town. There is a beach called Corona beach that is available once you take the bus or taxi ride from the ship to the land. The beach is okay (not particularly pretty and very crowded). Bottom line, if you want to have fun at these ports, it seems you should pay the extra money and go on an excursion. Our dinner partners went to Merida (about an hour away) and loved it. If the Ecstasy went to different ports (not Cozumel or Progresso), we would take it again in a heartbeat due to its affordability and the great staff and food. Also, we loved Galveston and found that beach better than the one we went to in Mexico.

Good ship, not-so-good ports!

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by Cruise Lover

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We were on the Ecstasy during Easter week. Unfortunately, the ship did not provide any type of Easter service as promised, so the holiday was just spent as a regular day at sea. We were please to not experience the college break crowd, as this week's cruisers were families.
We always select the most economical cabins (no windows) but were pleasantly surprised by the large size of this ship's economy cabins. Also, we were a little worried about how the ship might look due to its age and the fact that it was used to house Katrina refugees. The decor was dated, but it was well kept and clean in all of the public places. The fitness center had ample machines, which we appreciated. Our room was not very clean, but I think that was an isolated issue with our steward and not a regular occurrence. I always bring disinfecting wipes along and clean the frequently touched things in the cabin myself, so it wasn't a big issue for us.
We have been on three other Carnival cruises and found the food on this one the best. Also, the staff in the formal dining room were the most friendly we have encountered. They sang songs and encouraged the guests to participate. It was a nice touch and fun without being tacky.
The ports were our least favorite part of the trip. We are accustomed to sailing to Caribbean islands and found them much better than Cozumel or Progresso. My husband and I are athletic, so we usually just walk off of the ship and go on foot to a beach and shopping. Unfortunately, the nearest beach to the port in Cozumel was about 10 miles away. We didn't bother taking a cab to it because the day was overcast and rainy. Instead we opted to shop near the port. The shopping wasn't great and it didn't feel particularly safe to venture on foot away from the port.
We found Progresso to be the worst port we have ever encountered. Cruisers were lined up for hours to take the free bus service from the ship to land (you cannot walk down the 4 mile pier to get to land yourself). Instead of waiting in the line for the bus, we walked over to a taxi and were able to get a taxi ride to land for $6.00. Progresso is a very poor looking town. There is a beach called Corona beach that is available once you take the bus or taxi ride from the ship to the land. The beach is okay (not particularly pretty and very crowded).
Bottom line, if you want to have fun at these ports, it seems you should pay the extra money and go on an excursion. Our dinner partners went to Merida (about an hour away) and loved it.
If the Ecstasy went to different ports (not Cozumel or Progresso), we would take it again in a heartbeat due to its affordability and the great staff and food. Also, we loved Galveston and found that beach better than the one we went to in Mexico.
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