Yes it was a great price for a suite with other spiffs thrown in. However, Dorian did cause issues. Were were not contacted with final details until 6pm the day before the cruise. Had to be at Jacksonville port between 2 and 6 pm. We would park at Jacksonville port and take a 2.5 hour bus ride port carnival and the cruise would end at Jacksonville port. Okay, not a major deal for us because we were driving.
This is our second experience with Carnival not able to handle some bumps in the road during embarkation and disembarkation.
We arrived at 1:30pm busses waiting. It’s 95 degrees and outside. It’s was a ridiculous wait. Had several empty busses just sitting there waiting to be loading. You had port security checking boarding passes and Id ( why I have no idea why ....we never entered the port and carnival was checking boarding passes and Id). Obvious no preplanning and no one actually in charge. Busses hold 50 people and carnival staff were trying to figure out how to load the busses.
The boat is dated which we expected. Our balcony cabinet was clean and had plenty of room. Had no issues with cabin or steward.
Ships’s staff was generally courtesy and helpful on the cruise.
Food was below average. The only good meals served were breakfast and guys hamburgers. The buffet served the same meals for lunch and dinner. For three days they served roast beef or prime rib.(I could not identify by looking at it). They served cold baked ham the last day and 2 inch size pieces of fried chicken with little meat and mostly bones. Myself and other cruisers could not determine what part of the chicken they came from.
The food in the dining room was boring. Nothing but average diner type selections.
The pizza on Carnival is usually good..but not on the Ectasy. The pizza had a little sauce and some cheese and whatever topping you wanted. Pizza was dry.
The deli....well I can’t give it more than a two. I ordered a BLT. It was served on sourdough bread. The bread was so tough..it was like biting into a piece of leather.
The ship’s design blocks any head winds on the outside decks. If you are at the pool level you will not feel any breeze at all. If you are on the level above the pool area you will not feel any breeze at all. You have to be at the front to the ship to get any kind of breeze. This design does not go well with 95 degree weather. If you outside and not in the pool you will be roasting.
The only things that worked great were the bartenders and disembarkation. We were off the ship at 8:30.
I don’t recommend this cruise.
Yes it was dated...but clean and functional. Best part of the ship.