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We chose this cruise because it was convenient and sailed out of Charleston. It only took about an hour to board and start our vacation. That was probably the smoothest embarkation we've ever had. The first thing that struck me was the number of Children. My wife and I have children of our own and never thought it would be a good idea to cruise with kids. This definitely proved to be t the case. It almost seemed as though at some points, the children outnumbered the adults. The ship is older but still in good condition and our room was fine. We opted for a balcony ( which I would highly recommend ) and were very happy . This was out 4th Carnival cruise and it seems as though the cabin service has been lacking on the last two especially. Don't get me wrong, everyone was very friendly, but it just seemed as though it was very different from previous cruises. One thing we definitely noticed was the lack of bartenders and pool wait staff. We had the all inclusive drink package and again on our previous cruises, it seemed as though service was much faster and more attentive. it also seemed as though one it was known you had the drink package, the response was less than attentive. The entertainment was good, We love the comedy shows and Karaoke bar. But again, there were a great deal of kids in the Karaoke bar and seemed as though there was no parental supervision. The ports were ok, Nassau was much better than Free Port and I would not recommend even getting off the boat in Free Port. Overall of course we had a good time and love cruising, but we may have to consider another cruise line in the future to reduce the child factor.

Very good but Different from the rest!

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by slinguini

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2016
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We chose this cruise because it was convenient and sailed out of Charleston. It only took about an hour to board and start our vacation. That was probably the smoothest embarkation we've ever had. The first thing that struck me was the number of Children. My wife and I have children of our own and never thought it would be a good idea to cruise with kids. This definitely proved to be t the case. It almost seemed as though at some points, the children outnumbered the adults. The ship is older but still in good condition and our room was fine. We opted for a balcony ( which I would highly recommend ) and were very happy . This was out 4th Carnival cruise and it seems as though the cabin service has been lacking on the last two especially. Don't get me wrong, everyone was very friendly, but it just seemed as though it was very different from previous cruises. One thing we definitely noticed was the lack of bartenders and pool wait staff. We had the all inclusive drink package and again on our previous cruises, it seemed as though service was much faster and more attentive. it also seemed as though one it was known you had the drink package, the response was less than attentive.

The entertainment was good, We love the comedy shows and Karaoke bar. But again, there were a great deal of kids in the Karaoke bar and seemed as though there was no parental supervision. The ports were ok, Nassau was much better than Free Port and I would not recommend even getting off the boat in Free Port.

Overall of course we had a good time and love cruising, but we may have to consider another cruise line in the future to reduce the child factor.
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The cabin was small but nice. The bed was comfortable and the balcony was spacious!
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