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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Family Christmas Cruise

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by yankeenurse

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: the Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

This was a trip 8 months in the making. 16 members of our family boarded the Ecstasy on December 21,2019. We were beyond excited to be spending Christmas/Hannukah at sea.

We were all on the Empress deck which is on the main atrium deck. The Atrium and all the balconies above were decorated with a giant Christmas tree,garland,lights and they even had a gigantic Menorah. The 5 children ages 11 months,3,4,7&9 were introduced to the staff in camp carnival. They did enjoy their time at camp very much.

Our staterooms were comfortable and our stewards were fabulous. We asked for a bucket of ice when we boarded and it was refreshed twice a day after that.

The food on the Lido deck(guys Burgers,Blue Iguana mexican food) was fantastic. Just wait until you see the desserts! The free champagne flowed from embarkation through cast off.

The dining room food was mostly very good. Service was great.We loved Jon Jon our waiter.

To me the entertainment staff was the highlight. They sang they danced and were just all around great. The Motown Show was so awesome. The Christmas day show was wonderful. The camp Carnival counselors worked with the children learning songs and they were brought on stage to be part of the show. A Hannukah service was held each night in the atrium with Potato latkes and wine at the end of the service.

We hit wind and rough seas and the Captain made the decision to not stop at Princess Cays. Many additional activities were planned to keep everyone busy. We were disappointed but managed to have a nice at sea day.

This was a wonderful way to make lifelong memories with our family. Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to the next cruise.

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Well equipped. We always enjoy the balcony. There was no sofa as we have had before on other ships. The bathroom and shower seemed bigger than others and this was appreciated. The bed was fantastic.

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