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Were are recent "Empty Nesters" and travel frequently, just never did the cruise thing. Boarding was better than we anticipated and really easy but we sprung for priority boarding - worth the extra $50 for us. Drove to the terminal and it was well marked and easy to navigate. Got a Junior Suite on the Veranda Deck and loved the location, our steward was very polite and attentive. We were pleased with the cleanliness of our cabin. We're foodies and the dining left a LOT to be desired. We chose Any Time Dining because we aren't in for the whole meet and eat with strangers at dinner thing we heard about, and for the most part it worked for us - different couple next to our "two top" every time and most were happy to keep to themselves. The food was average at best, quantity just doesn't make up for quality. Example Shrimp Cocktail was 31-40 size shrimp, soggy and presented in a plastic bowl - no thanks. The last night we paid the extra $20 for a meal upgrade to a surf and turf- should have saved our money. Filet was fatty and undercooked and the tail was small and rubbery. The wait staff was pleasant enough but seemed to be locked into their "system" and didn't appear too happy to deviate from it. Example- our "Headwaiter" wouldn't take a drink order and the bar service was SLOOOOW. Overall we got the impression we were eating dressed up cafeteria food. The Buffet lines on the Lido deck were OK but we try to avoid the "germ and booger" magnets they are with all the unsupervised kids running around. Hand sanitizer stations throughout the ship were a great idea - but I only found one that actually worked! The entertainment we saw was quite good, but the great majority of it was later than our usual bed time ( not the ships fault). Much of the ship seemed "empty" - as we never once saw many of the themed clubs open- again maybe it was because we weren't up at midnight. Loved the library - nice quiet well appointed space. Our "first choice" excursion was cancelled so we had to pick another - no biggie. It was well organized and easy off and back on the ship. Disembark was as easy as embark- carried our own - piece of cake. Overall the experience felt kinda "dated". IDEA - rather than passing out daily activity schedules ( kind of like church bulletins) how about an APP and a shipboard intranet wifi system? Overall a novel experience but we really aren't sure we will do it again.

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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by TVKW

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Junior Suite
Were are recent "Empty Nesters" and travel frequently, just never did the cruise thing.

Boarding was better than we anticipated and really easy but we sprung for priority boarding - worth the extra $50 for us. Drove to the terminal and it was well marked and easy to navigate. Got a Junior Suite on the Veranda Deck and loved the location, our steward was very polite and attentive. We were pleased with the cleanliness of our cabin.

We're foodies and the dining left a LOT to be desired. We chose Any Time Dining because we aren't in for the whole meet and eat with strangers at dinner thing we heard about, and for the most part it worked for us - different couple next to our "two top" every time and most were happy to keep to themselves. The food was average at best, quantity just doesn't make up for quality. Example Shrimp Cocktail was 31-40 size shrimp, soggy and presented in a plastic bowl - no thanks. The last night we paid the extra $20 for a meal upgrade to a surf and turf- should have saved our money. Filet was fatty and undercooked and the tail was small and rubbery. The wait staff was pleasant enough but seemed to be locked into their "system" and didn't appear too happy to deviate from it. Example- our "Headwaiter" wouldn't take a drink order and the bar service was SLOOOOW. Overall we got the impression we were eating dressed up cafeteria food. The Buffet lines on the Lido deck were OK but we try to avoid the "germ and booger" magnets they are with all the unsupervised kids running around.

Hand sanitizer stations throughout the ship were a great idea - but I only found one that actually worked!

The entertainment we saw was quite good, but the great majority of it was later than our usual bed time ( not the ships fault). Much of the ship seemed "empty" - as we never once saw many of the themed clubs open- again maybe it was because we weren't up at midnight.

Loved the library - nice quiet well appointed space.

Our "first choice" excursion was cancelled so we had to pick another - no biggie. It was well organized and easy off and back on the ship.

Disembark was as easy as embark- carried our own - piece of cake.

Overall the experience felt kinda "dated". IDEA - rather than passing out daily activity schedules ( kind of like church bulletins) how about an APP and a shipboard intranet wifi system?

Overall a novel experience but we really aren't sure we will do it again.
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Cabin Review

Junior Suite
Cabin JS V11
Clean. Was disappointed our bed was two singles shoved together. Maybe some heavy duty velcro?
Verandah Deck Inside Cabins, Suite Cabins