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Carnival Ecstasy Review

3.5 / 5.0
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1058 reviews
3 Awards

Pass on this ship if you can.

Review for Carnival Ecstasy to the Eastern Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Apr 2019
Cabin: Junior Suite (obstructed views)
Obstructed view
The V27 cabin is directly below the RNI on the Carnival letters.
Very narrow (about 3 ft wide and 6ft long) and vey obstructed.
Lots of rail to look at.
Small balcony but worth it for priority boarding and big soft bath robes.

The ship was built in 1991. This wouldn't be relevant except for the fact that the whole ship stinks. In every area during any time of the day or night there would be a sewer smell. In our cabin, off and on there would be the smell of a skunk smoking a cigarette. No kidding. Distinct skunk smell pumped in through the air conditioning vent. We were on the 11th floor and still had the sewer smell coming up through our drains in the bathroom. The food was so far below par too. I've never had such bland cold food. I think I actually lost weight on this cruise. We have never rocked and rolled so much either. The ship shudders and shakes more than the others I've been on. There were a lot of sick passengers. The staff was very good. No complaints there. The shows were good too. Will never sail on this ship again.

Cabin Review

Junior Suite (obstructed views)

Cabin OB

Nice size. Sewer, cigarrettes and skunk smell. Very obstructed view. We could hear ALL the noise from the grand atrium late at night.

Port Reviews


Amazing city to tour. Lots of great shops and restaurants within an easy and flat walking distance. One of my favorite cities on Earth.

St. Thomas

We caught a taxi very easily from the cruise port and went to Coki Beach. I don't recommend this beach to anyone. It was tiny and the locals vie for your money in little groups of rental chairs and umbrellas. The locals were nice enough, but we didn't feel comfortable. We were afraid to leave our belongings on the chairs and the only lockers they had didn't provide locks, you would have had to have brought your own padlock. There was a heavy marijuana smell among the locals that were also at the beach. I would highly recommend a tour or excursion provided by the cruise ship. The island is run down, on the cruise port side, and it is a little sketchy.

St. Maarten

We highly recommend Parrotville which is in Belvedere about 10 to 15 minutes from the cruise port by taxi. A sweet local man owns and runs this small Aviary. You can feed the birds to your heart's content and they will land on you and some will even let you pet them and will give you kisses. The taxi stand is an easy walking distance from the cruise port and taxis are readily available to take you anywhere. There is also a nice Beach right inside Phillipsburg. Chair and umbrella rentals were $15 for two people. Phillipsburg is about a mile from the cruise port and has lots of small shops and kind locals. There are lots of places to eat and drink along the waterfront.

San Juan

This cruise port is great for walking. There are lots of small shops and coffee cafés tucked here and there. There are lots of activities around the local squares and the forts are interesting and beautiful right on the coastline. We found the feral cats at "Save a Gato" and spent an hour feeding them treats we brought from home and petting these sweeties. There are taxis available and the locals set up quaint little booths all along the Cruise Waterfront area. This is a great port to just walk and look.

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