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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review
3.5 / 5.0
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Ship needs better dining room quality of food and cleaner outside windows.

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by greenbirdk

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2020
  • Destination: the Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

Friends booked this cruise and we decided to join also. Have been on this ship a few years ago and decor is nice except for sewage small emanating from around Atrium at all levels. We were informed that they 'were working on i'. After 10 days it was still putrid smelling.

Entertainment in showroom was OK, nothing special. Comedians - all 4- since we did a 5 day back to back were the worst we have hears both at family shows and late night adult shows. Lots of shouting and noises and not a lot of really funny jokes.

Ship has a new chef but the food in the dining room was poor. Mostly cold when served.

Baked potatoes were underdone, watered down sour cream. Steaks had to be sent back 3 times by our friends and Mahi Mahi was so tough as to be inedible. Lots of choices were overly salty and not well executed at all. Dining room staff was great and very apologetic for the mediocre food.

Princess Cay was nice, some new renovations but the food there was also not very good. We caught the staff cooking the hamburgers the night before so they turned out like hockey pucks, barely edible. Hot dogs were beef? or pork? no one know but awful. Fruit was under ripe so not very tasty Lots of passengers ate like "no tomorrow"because it was 'free food'. Also the sand fleas were biting everyone's ankles and we were not advised to bring pump insecticide along.

Went to 1 of the Sea Day teas. Tea had only 2 choices, regular or green, no herbal at all. Bagel that I was served was so hard that I broke a tooth on first bite. Had to have a crown put in on return to home.

Had a deli and pizza place at back of dining room. Pizza was OK, nothing great. Had a corned beef sandwich that was inedible since no one know how to properly slice corned beef. It was cut with the grain, as was the pastrami, so they were stringy and could not chew them.

Salad bar was separated into 2 sections so never a line but someone should check the pitted olives- many of them had pits and I wonder if anyone broke a tooth on them. Lots of condiments were served in bowl, not individually pkgd. Cheaper I guess but messy and contaminated after just a short while. Saving a few pennies sometimes reduces the quality of the experience.

Have been on 25 other cruises, some as long as a month and put this one on the bottom of the list. Would not go on the ship again unless many improvements were made.

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Ocean View

Cabin was OK but rather small compared to most other ships we have been on. Bathroom needs a cabinet or more shelves. Windows were very dirty so outside view was not worth looking at. Some of the furniture was a little banged up.

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Same old, same old shops, etc. Sidewalks in terrible condition and horrible for those with walkers or rollabouts.

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