19 Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Bahamas from Miami

Our trip included our family of 4 including our son and daughter who were 4 and 6 at the time of the cruise. Before the trip began, it didn't start off well. We booked over the phone with Carnival and were told we were going to ... Read More
Our trip included our family of 4 including our son and daughter who were 4 and 6 at the time of the cruise. Before the trip began, it didn't start off well. We booked over the phone with Carnival and were told we were going to receive a $75 shipboard credit. After booking, I checked and we had only received $65. $10 wasn't that big of a deal, but I called to see what had happened. My experience with their customer service went down hill from there as they called me a liar and said no one ever told me I would be getting $75. It took me suggesting they listen to the recording and get back to me, for them to do that. It should have been something they suggested instead of offering no apology and something like, "we're sorry you must have misunderstood." A couple of days later I received a sheepish call from customer service saying they had added the $10 to my account. That said, I think they felt bad, because when we got on board we had a $120 credit. We drove from Central Florida to Miami to get on the ship. The embarkation process was quick. We did not buy the $49 upgrade to get on early. We arrived at 12 noon and pretty much got right on after going through the lines. Overall the food was mediocre. I had one main dish at dinner that I really liked. I think it was a chicken and pasta dish. Otherwise, everything else was either over or under cooked and the variety was not much to shake a stick at. I did try the Pizza Pirate and it was a good thin crust pizza, but you have to hit the timing just right or you'll wait for a while. We were a little worried because less than 1 week prior to our sailing, a crew member died while trying to fix one of the elevators, which we rode on a couple of times. There was no hint of blood or tragedy and the crew was taking it very well. However, I did think the ship was cursed. The first night at about 3 AM, they woke everyone on board because they had a report of a possible man overboard. We had to wake the kids up and go to guest services and swipe our cards. At 8 AM the next morning, they were still searching along with the coast guard, but then stopped. They said everyone was accounted for at that time and we continued to Nassau. I still don't know exactly what happened. However, the crew compensated for the disruption and were not phased. They even extended the time in Nassau so everyone could explore. This is the beauty of being so close to Miami. The kids enjoyed their time in the kids club and we enjoyed our time alone. Motly we went to dinner and the comedy shows. The cabin was big enough and my daughter liked sleeping on the upper bunk. The only downside was the location. It was in the aft of the ship and I could feel all the vibrations of the engines as well as the motion. I usually don't get sea sick, but I was worried I might on this cruise. Maybe I'm just getting older. Next time I will try to book mid-ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
As a prior passenger commented, we were also somewhat concerned about the incident that took place, a week before our cruise, whereby an elevator repair man tragically lost his life. As if that wasn't enough, we also had to contend ... Read More
As a prior passenger commented, we were also somewhat concerned about the incident that took place, a week before our cruise, whereby an elevator repair man tragically lost his life. As if that wasn't enough, we also had to contend with the false man overboard report in the middle of the night. However, these two incidences were clearly out of the control of Carnival Cruise Lines. We had purchased the faster to the fun pass and literally jumped ahead of quite a few passengers waiting in a Disney type line, well worth it. In addition we also purchased the Cheers Service, for the four of us, also worth it. If you are not a drinker, do not purchase this. We experienced excellent customer service and, overall, the food was fresh and tasty. We had the pleasure of listening to the group Magic Tractor for two nights, they did an amazing job. My only caveat was the cleanliness of the sink, I literally had to clean it myself to my satisfaction but that's me being picky. We had a great time at the Bahamas and would definitely return on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Cabin was extremely clean as was the rest of the ship. Staff was very attentive to making sure all needs were being met. Staff was all around ship cleaning. We were asked if we wanted room cleaned in morning or evening which is a plus for ... Read More
Cabin was extremely clean as was the rest of the ship. Staff was very attentive to making sure all needs were being met. Staff was all around ship cleaning. We were asked if we wanted room cleaned in morning or evening which is a plus for late risers. Food was above cruising standards. Room service was always on point with hot food. The best feature is the new debarkation process. passengers with carry ons now leave the ship first using the elevators that are reserved by designation of floor being called. The only complaint here is that passengers exiting from the right cabin side should have the elevators on the right side held for them and same with left side. People were online from the right side and passengers from the left side were cutting in line to get to elevators. other than that, it was a much quicker process of leaving the ship. My only concern here is about the tragic death of an employee on the 27th of December that has not yet been reported in the news or on Carnivals blog. Perhaps they are waiting to notify family. Satisfied carnival cruiser. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I don't even know where to begin. First let me start by saying, typically we only cruise on royal caribbean (one of the most amazing cruise lines) but we decided to give carnival a shot. I can say 100% they blew there shot 110%. Very ... Read More
I don't even know where to begin. First let me start by saying, typically we only cruise on royal caribbean (one of the most amazing cruise lines) but we decided to give carnival a shot. I can say 100% they blew there shot 110%. Very outdated. Disgustingly horrific customer service. Every staff member on board was rude and and absolutely no knowledge of anything we asked and barely spoke good english. There was food in the hallways from room service and it took them at least 1 day and a half to remove it. We had bugs, mold & mildew in our shower. I myself can understand a mistake or 2 but once we discovered dirty/used gloves on our bed from the state room attendant cleaning toilets showers and anything else that was the end of our belief in ever cruising with carnival again. Then the next day we discovered the state room attendant broke my wife $300.00 sunglasses. Their excuses was "we provide safes in each room, you guys should have used it". So i guess we aren't allowed to set our personal belongings down anywhere safely on carnival cruise lines. The on our last night we discovered what looked to be either old dried up blood or poop on our sheets. So basically the bottom line is, if your looking for cruises to attend, trust me when i tell you to stay far far away from carnival. If you have never cruised before you may not know the difference between good and bad cruise line service. So you need to take other peoples word for it in order to avoid making the mistake. It may seem like they have better prices than other cruise lines but with carnival your going to get much less than you bargain for. Look into royal caribbean cruise and you will be much happier with the results of your vacation. Carnival has absolutely not one single benefit on royal caribbean. Even a man had a heart attack and past away while cruising and it took medical response a very long time to show up. I know because my mother was the one performing cpr on the guy before they showed up. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was a last minute family cruise after Thanksgiving. It consisted of my husband, myself, and our three kids (10, 9, and 6). I had been on one Carnival cruise 7 years ago as a girls trip and then a Disney cruise 3 years go with the ... Read More
This was a last minute family cruise after Thanksgiving. It consisted of my husband, myself, and our three kids (10, 9, and 6). I had been on one Carnival cruise 7 years ago as a girls trip and then a Disney cruise 3 years go with the family. I was a bit hesitant to take a 3 day cruise on Carnival. 1) I thought it might feel to short and 2) after having been on Disney my expectations might not be met. I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun we all had. In Miami, this was the only time I felt the Faster to Fun Pass everyone talks about might be useful. We arrived at port at around 2 p.m. and parked across the street with only backpacks for each of us. We walked into the port and had our initial view of passports scanned probably within 5 minutes. Then went up the stairs only to endure a line that lasted about 30 minutes to get through. Checking in once at the desk took less than 10 minutes, maybe 5 as we had all our paperwork ready. They sent us to the right which when you go this way you can skip around the "picture" area and head right on board. We opted to do that. Once on the ship we went straight to our room which was an inside (again last minute cruise) for the five of us on the Riviera Deck (R90). If you want to say close quarters it was close quarters. We had the two singles pushed together and then one bunk over that (first night hit my head twice on that to bunk) and another on the other side of the wall with a small bed on the floor. There was no space. But this room worked well for us as we were only ever in it to get ready for dinner or go to bed. And we took stairs for everything. I think we wondered upstairs to get something to eat on the Lido deck. I must say food was not the greatest on this ship or at least in my opinion. For this lunch I opted for the salad and fresh fruit. My kids did pizza and then maybe a few other things along the way. Shortly after we headed to our Muster Drill which was painless even though they treat you like your dumb. Our was in the Blue Sapphire so we had nice seats and then headed up to our area once done with that. Finally, head to the waterworks which my kids enjoyed for a good hour before we had to get ready for dinner. We did not watch the sail away party or anything of that nature. Dinner we talked to the Maitre D and ended up sitting next to our friends who had a daughter 11 and son 4. Felt bad for the "few" people around us as most were couples and they had to endure five kids who did rather well, but not as peaceful as I am sure some would have liked. Every night the staff in the main dining room which I think ours was the song (which ever is "aft" of the ship which first night is very hard to find as you are better taking the room hallways and going to aft stairs to get up to the dining room). Took a little to figure that out. Dinner was okay, but has everyone mentions the desert "chocolate cake" is delicious. After dinner kids went into the clubs for an hour while the adults went to get drinks. The four year old went into the "penguins" room, my 6 year old was I think in the "sharks" and the 9 - 11 years old were often in the conference room which is I think one down (or up) from the dining room. I think for the younger group especially penguins kids seemed to love the activities. The older not so much. I would tend to agree it wasn't as good of a kids club as I recall. And one woman working the front desk was older and a real stickler of anything called "fun". I often tried to figure out how she was put into this area as she didn't seem a good match for a kids area. But over the three nights they survived. The next morning before getting off the ship in the Bahamas they did the Dr. Seuss Parade. Definitely suited more for the younger crowd, but we did it none the less. The downside is they go from the Theater past the Casino and all the smoke into the main lobby area. I know it is a parade, but seems like maybe better suited on Lido deck or away from the Casino. Again, pretty neat though they now have this on Carnival. We had been to Atlantis this past summer for a week so it wasn't on my kids agenda to do again plus I didn't want to pay what it would cost for a one day trip for the five of us. I do recommend doing the Comfort Suites as I think that would be the most cost effective way to see Atlantis if you were doing a cruise. We ended up off the ship close to 11. Simple process. My husband was out to watch the Michigan/OSU game so we left him a long the way. I think he watched in some Pirate Bar that had a big screen TV. I with our friends walked over to where Junkanoo Beach entrance (off the ship to the right around the Hyatt, maybe 10 minute walk) next to Fat Tuesdays. This was very adequate for what we were looking for. Beach/Sun. I think about an hour in I walked over to Fat Tuesdays and ordered the normal chicken fingers, fries, and sandwich for kids. I think came to like $50 for what amounted to not much, but common in Nassau. If anyone wanted a good vibe atmosphere with the water and breeze I would recommend Fat Tuesdays. Had I not been with my kids I would have sat their with the music and a drinks in hand. I thought the locals selling items coming around were not pushy at all. Kids played in the water or sand for a good 2.5 hours. Afterwards we walked back to the ship. One note, when you are heading back to the ship make sure you have your sailcard as well as a picture ID. My friend did not at port authority almost gave her a hard time. But because I had my passport we got on. something they forget to tell you. The kids played up at the main pool and played miniature golf the rest of the afternoon as well as ate a bit more. We went to dinner at 6 and I thought tonight's meal was better than the night before. I had shrimp is what I recall and it was good. This night was also "formal" night if you so chose. We did, but only dressed up for dinner and went back and changed. Also this night was The Hasbro Game show. I had talked this up to my kids and my daughter was really excited about it. She was like we have to get their early. Probably showed up about 5 minutes before start and ended up with one of the big booths in the back of the theater along with the three older kids in the back row of the main seating area. They start of picking the teams by asking questions of some sort. I didn't think we would get anyone on stage, but my daughter being crazy and jumping up and down was the 2nd one picked. Then my younger son was the last one picked for that same team. Their game was the connect 4 basketball. It really looked like they weren't going to win, but did. For the losing team you get a little handheld Hasbro game so anyone on stage walks away a winner. Then they pick new teams and play Simon. This was funny to watch as their one always one color not in the right order. At the end the winning teams go and pick a card like you would on family game night worth a value. You then put your card into the ATM like machine and whom ever has the highest told wins a giftcard to Hasbro for a nice chunk of change. My daughter ended winning the giftcard. She was so excited as were we. Again unexpected. I would really say if you want on stage for this game jump up and down and on the furniture. The next day is sea day. I think we did mostly the same with pools and miniature golf. Around 3 sent the kids to the clubs and sat in the Serenity Deck which was where I think most of the single college kids looking to hook up hung out. But my husband and I enjoyed the comfy chairs and no kids for a good hour. That night we opted for dinner at the Lido deck and the kids did the dinner with the kids club. You show-up at 6 in the Lido deck and sign them in and they bring them food. It was nice. We then went to the lobby and listened to a musician. She was phenomenal. Went and got the kids to attend the family comedy show. This was cute as it was "yo mama" jokes and there were 15 kids that opted to go on stage with the comedian to tell jokes. My daughter did it again. It really was a cute funny show. Afterwards we put them all back in the clubs and listened to two more comedians before calling it a night. They weren't happy by this point as I guess the clubs were boring. However, the two younger kids enjoyed theirs. We carried off our bags for this trip. At about 6:45 am did a quick breakfast upstairs then met our friends on the 6th floor (they had a suite) as their floor offered to get off the ship quicker than our floor. Well we timed it perfectly to go to the aft stairs and up to the 7th floor and walked right off at 7:30 when they cleared us to disembark. That couldn't have worked out better. Getting out of Miami and back to our home we hit traffic, but again this worked out well. Overall, I thought this was not the party ship I read so much about. It could have been the fact of the holiday, but we enjoyed ourselves and my kids a week later are talking about doing another. I would recommend to anyone for a quick getaway as it felt longer than 2.5 days. Some notes: Mongolian is the best place to eat on ship, but is only open 12:30 - 3:30 and you want to be in line before 12:30 or go closer to when it is about to close. The water slides are fun as is the miniature golf. If you want to do this cheap go for the inside room. We didn't feel this trip the balcony would have mattered much to us as we were not in our room much. And again in Nassau you really can do it cheap if you so choose. I do recommend getting up the morning they leave Nassau and watch the boat leave. Beautiful views! Overall a great family getaway. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I live in Fort Myers, FL so the drive over to Miami is only about 2 1/2 hours for me. For that reason we booked this as a fun, family weekend getaway and an opportunity to take our 7 year old son on his first cruise that didn't break ... Read More
I live in Fort Myers, FL so the drive over to Miami is only about 2 1/2 hours for me. For that reason we booked this as a fun, family weekend getaway and an opportunity to take our 7 year old son on his first cruise that didn't break the bank. I had read about Faster to the Fun and we decided to purchase it. Overall I believe it was well worth it. My husband timed from the moment we stepped into the terminal to the moment we stepped on the cruise. It was 26 minutes. His brother had waited in line for over an hour and a half when he had gone on the same cruise. Also, when we disembarked, there was a special meeting place for the Faster to the Fun cruisers and we were on the interstate driving home by 9:30 am. It also comes with priority tenders in ports that require this but we didn't have a port that they needed to tender on so we didn't get to experience that part. I will definitely purchase this again on our next cruise (May 2016). The cabin was very clean and comfortable and quite (R242). I did not have a single complaint about it at all. We got our towel animals every day and the cabin crew made sure they put our pull-down bunk away every morning after we left the cabin and it was down waiting for bedtime while we were at dinner every night. We chose the early dining (6:00 pm). All of the food in the dining room was very good. We actually had an 8 person table and we were the only 3 that showed up every night. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive and even brought us extra lobster tails and shrimp on formal night. He even made napkin animals at the request of my son! The buffet food was pretty much what you would expect. I would suggest waiting in the omelet line over eating the scrambled eggs (i think they are powdered eggs). Other than that as I said it was as good as what you would get in a buffet restaurant. We went to Nassau, Bahamas and chose the special Dolphin/Stingray/Private Island excursion. It was AMAZING! We got off the boat and followed our crew to another boat that was shaded and took us to Balmoral Island. It was not very crowded and they played music on the way over so it was a very enjoyable ride. When we got there we went to our meeting about dolphin safety and then we all put on life jackets and headed down to meet our dolphins. We were split into groups and our group had about 10 people in it. We walked into the water and the dolphin (ours was named Fiona!) came right over and started swimming around us. We each got an ample turn taking pictures with her, and then we all lined up to learn some awesome things about her as she kept swimming by us to get her "rub-downs". After we finished with the dolphin we went over to the stingray area (their stingers are removed) and they were all swimming all around us as we pet them and fed them. After that we had time to just enjoy the island, it seemed so exclusive as there was hardly no one there. There is a bar, a saltwater swimming pool, chairs with umbrellas (plenty of them), music and even a shaded area to relax and read or play board games. All in all this was one of the most amazing days of my life! I would definitely go back! One of the major gripes that I had about this cruise is that before we went on this cruise, I went ahead and booked another cruise with Carnival for May of next year. While on the cruise we learned that if you book a future cruise while currently on a cruise that you get extra incentives. I went to the loyalty desk and explained that I did not know about this perk and they basically said there was nothing they could do. Basically if I had booked the same cruise while I was on the ship, I would've gotten $100 off the price of the cruise and $100 onboard credit for each passenger. I called Carnival when I got home and no one seems interested in doing anything for me. Due to this, I will think long and hard before booking any future cruises on Carnival. We are planning a Hawaiian cruise in 2017 and Carnival is my last choice. All in all this was a good cruise if you are looking for something low price and fun for a weekend getaway. This is not a luxurious cruise by any means. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have sailed on 23 Cruises(22 on Carnival and 1 on NCL). I have mostly sailed on 4,6, and 7 day cruises, and on three 3 day cruises. I live 30 minutes away from the Port of Miami. This was Labor Day Weekend. The ship was full of ... Read More
I have sailed on 23 Cruises(22 on Carnival and 1 on NCL). I have mostly sailed on 4,6, and 7 day cruises, and on three 3 day cruises. I live 30 minutes away from the Port of Miami. This was Labor Day Weekend. The ship was full of drunks. The passengers were so rude to the crew members conducting the safety drill. They continued screaming, talking loudly, and playing on their cell phones. A lot of these drunks would argue with the bar staff because they were upset that they had a 15 limit drink. I had never seen such a crowd on a cruise. The food , entertainment, and service were excellent. All of the crew members went above and beyond for all passengers. I sailed on the Breeze last month, and on the Victory in July so I found this ship so old and small. This cruise was a lot more expensive than my 4 day cruise on the Victory in July. It was very over priced for such a small ship. I had a great time with all of the amazing entertainment, but I will not sail on a 3 day cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The customer service was terrible. I had to re-direct several staff members on their rudeness and lack of customer services. Also my room was nasty. Upon my arrival i called guest services because there was hair all over my sheets and in ... Read More
The customer service was terrible. I had to re-direct several staff members on their rudeness and lack of customer services. Also my room was nasty. Upon my arrival i called guest services because there was hair all over my sheets and in my shower. If my room was cleaned before my arrival there's no explanation for the hair in my shower or bed. Ewww, I got to the point where i would mark my sheets just to make sure they were being changed. Lastly, the ship was having maintenance done my entire trip. Which mean there was no such thing as good sleep on my vacation. I complained to guest service my first day and they just brushed it off. I let it go due to my daughter wanting to explore the ship. On the third night i couldn't take it no more, so i called guess services again. They did offer to change my room later that night however that was pointless because i had less than 12 hours left. The only department with great customer service was the spa. everyone there was very helpful and nice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I am a paramedic by trade and I sat poolside watching all the potential lawsuits from unattended kids in the pool area. I filled out the survey on Carnivals site, urging them to stop concentrating on pushing poolside alcohol and hire 2 ... Read More
I am a paramedic by trade and I sat poolside watching all the potential lawsuits from unattended kids in the pool area. I filled out the survey on Carnivals site, urging them to stop concentrating on pushing poolside alcohol and hire 2 lifeguards to monitor the nonsense. Kids jumping on each other and adults, throwing plastic cups in the pool, running, slipping and falling. It was ridiculous. The entertainment was great, especially the comedy shows. The dining was good; a little slow from what I remembered. The poor ship is showing age but indoors you would never know it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Just came home from our cruise, our 2nd, but first for the daughter. We've had a good experience overall with wait staff, housekeeping etc. This ship is old, and needs updating. Only one pool and is small. rooms are smaller than we ... Read More
Just came home from our cruise, our 2nd, but first for the daughter. We've had a good experience overall with wait staff, housekeeping etc. This ship is old, and needs updating. Only one pool and is small. rooms are smaller than we had on freedom (both oceanview ) and freedom is not that much larger a ship. The lines for breakfast buffet are ridiculous ! Dining room was ok, and had a competent wait staff but some menu items were just okay. Carnival advertises the serenity area for adults only, did not find it till the last day because you entered it thru the back of a theater ! We picked this cruise by Date only...next time will pay more attn to Ships Kids should not be allowed to monopolize the jacuzzis either! Another reason a 2nd pool is needed Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The price was too high for the fun and the experience I had at this ship and the trip overall, we stopped at 1 port only. I paid same amount for 5 days full of fun stopped at 3 ports. The entertainment onboard was very poor and boring, the ... Read More
The price was too high for the fun and the experience I had at this ship and the trip overall, we stopped at 1 port only. I paid same amount for 5 days full of fun stopped at 3 ports. The entertainment onboard was very poor and boring, the cruise director almost have no interaction with the audience. The ship pool is small and overload all the time. The crew has no interest on their job. The Captain's night I expected to see the captain, like in my previous cruise but I'm still waiting for him, and nobody knows where he was. This ship does not have a big screen next to the pool to watch movies. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our 5th Carnival Cruise in one year (our first ever cruise was in March 2014 on the Sunshine). We treated our adult children to this Memorial Day cruise. Our daughter had been on her first cruise in March 2015 (Carnival ... Read More
This was our 5th Carnival Cruise in one year (our first ever cruise was in March 2014 on the Sunshine). We treated our adult children to this Memorial Day cruise. Our daughter had been on her first cruise in March 2015 (Carnival Sensation). She was so excited to cruise again! Our rooms were ready (Fast to Fun), very clean and what we expected in size. Bags delivered early. Early dinner seating. Prompt, pleasant service. Food, although tasty, was delivered at tepid temperature. Our table mates were first time cruisers and left immediately after dinner. I told them about the after dinner entertainment and on the second night (elegant night), we all sat and waited patiently, NO ENTERTAINMENT :-(. We all showed up for a bean bag toss tournament on day 2, all of us, except the Carnival activities staff. No announcement that it was cancelled. I was extremely disappointed in the Cruise Director. He was not as visible as the directors on our other Carnival cruises. The comedy club manager should find another career field. NOT FUNNY! We will cruise Carnival again just not the Ecstasy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I have already been on here in 2014 and at first I enjoyed it. This Cruise is perfect for a nice getaway. The embarkation was fast and easy. The ship its self is very old and sometimes I got kind of bored. The mini golf and jogging track ... Read More
I have already been on here in 2014 and at first I enjoyed it. This Cruise is perfect for a nice getaway. The embarkation was fast and easy. The ship its self is very old and sometimes I got kind of bored. The mini golf and jogging track is nice and also the Waterworks is great. The Panorama had good food but the pizza is ok. Overall this cruise was not bad but next time needs some more fun ship 2.0 upgrades. I enjoyed just walking around he Ship. The entertainment was ok and did not have a lot of options. Also I was in circle c was great but kids were just in clicks and they were being so selfish too. Overall if you want a getaway on Labor Day/ MLK Day/ Presidents Day and Memorial Day this cruise is fine to go on. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
If I write everything about this horrible cruise it will never end so only a few of the terrible things that happen and all parents then can make their own choice. First of all when we got in the elevator was broken, then my 10 year old ... Read More
If I write everything about this horrible cruise it will never end so only a few of the terrible things that happen and all parents then can make their own choice. First of all when we got in the elevator was broken, then my 10 year old want it to participate in the Kids activities and the Kids Camp was close for renovation so they put all the Kids in the Stripes club and my daughter told it was the "most boring" thing. Then around 10:30 p.m. I was walking with my daughter to take her to the Arcade which is on deck 9, on the hallway by the casino you can smell MARIJUANA even my daughter told me " Mom smells like something is burning" obviously she doesn't know the smell she is only 10 for GOD'S SAKE.......... Then at the Arcade half of the games we're not working. When I booked this cruise they told me it was kid's friendly, Honestly I will not recommend this cruise for KIDS so be aware parents, too many drunk people, drugs and nothing much for them. Then the food all the utensils, napkins and cups they smell like GREASE it was disgusting.........Anyway the list goes on and on and on I will not recommend this cruise for Families that would like to go on a Cruise to spend Family quality time. Save your money and go on DISNEY CRUISE which is one of our favorite and Royal Caribbean they have better and newer boats. On the Ecstassy I felt like I was in a Ferry not a cruise, old, dingy and the rooms are so tiny and we always have balconies this room was like a match box with a balcony attached. I will never, ever will use Carnival again it is such a LOW CLASS cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
and you love crowds, waiting in line for everything and rude bartenders, then by all means do it! We usually go to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico where the drinks (as many as you want) are included, there is a variety of dining options, ... Read More
and you love crowds, waiting in line for everything and rude bartenders, then by all means do it! We usually go to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico where the drinks (as many as you want) are included, there is a variety of dining options, you can enjoy a leisurely and quiet day on a beach and the employees (from the bartenders to the maids) treat you like royalty. Cruising is NOTHING like that. We took a 3-day cruise to Nassau from Miami. We fell for the spiel about upgrading shortly after booking and had 4 Junior Suites for our 8-person group. Then we found out that my husband's motorized scooter would not fit through the door and we could not store the scooter in the hallway. Also the ADA compliant room that we had asked for had a step going into the bathroom and a step out onto the balcony. He cannot do steps without help. So, not wanting to ruin everybody elses trip, we just moved our room to a fully accessible room. It turned out to be on the 4th level (our friends were on the 11th) and at the rear of the ship (they were at the front). In other words, our room was just about as far away from them as physically possible. And of course, we didn't realize this until we boarded and by then it was too late to change. In addition, the ship boasted that they were "wheel-chair accessible" which turned out to mean little make-shift ramps to get a wheel chair over the threshhold of a door. If the level of the ramp matched the height of the threshhold, everything was fine. However, the majority of them were not matched so when my husband tried to go over them in his scooter he was nearly bucked out of his chair. Sometimes the front wheels would go over but the back wheels would get stuck between the ramp and the threshhold and we would have to struggle to push him up and over the bump. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our second cruise on the Ecstacy. The first time was in 1995, when the ship was only four years old! I was anxious to see how Carnival had treated her over the last twenty years... what a nice surprise! Embarkation was okay, We ... Read More
This was our second cruise on the Ecstacy. The first time was in 1995, when the ship was only four years old! I was anxious to see how Carnival had treated her over the last twenty years... what a nice surprise! Embarkation was okay, We got to the terminal at 1:45 and it took about an hour to get on the ship. The check in staff was efficient and helpful, I feel like we just got there at the busiest time. Everyone in line waited very patiently as they all knew we were getting ready to cruise! Our room steward, was very attentive, eager to please and always smiling. He had the room ready when we arrived and kept it looking sharp all weekend...and the ice bucket was always full! The overall appearance of the ship was great, all the common areas (lounges, restrooms) had been tastefully updated. It didn't feel 25 years old. The ship is small compared to the last ship we were on...The RC Oasis of the Seas; but it was big enough! There were always padded lounges available on the serenity deck, the gym was never too busy, the only time it felt crowded was waiting for food at the poolside grill, and the buffet style breakfast at the Panorama Grill. We had "your time dining" and it worked fantastic! Dinner in the Wind Star dining room anytime between 5:45 and 9:30 pm, our waiter Marlon was great, we had him the first night and then just requested his section the following two nights, He called us by name the first night and then every time he saw us on the ship! One of the Junior Hostesses in the dining room, Sheryll, was so friendly and thoughtful we thought she must have been at it for a long time... she had just been promoted a month before. The food was plentiful and delicious. We got the soda package (about $6+ per day) for two of us and it is not as convenient as it is on other ships, you have to scan your seapass and get them filled at a bar, or at dinnertime, no soda machines... still a good value, just not as convenient. Baboo the Magician in the dining room was a great entertainer! James the cruise director was just tremendous, he kept the shows lively and his announcements were always fun to listen to. There was always something fun to do, always some sort of dance party going on! even on Sunday night! (very important on a three day party cruise!) The shows, Brits and Motown; were both great, only 45 minutes long, but they had two shows staggered so both the early and late diners could see them on consecutive nights. Both comedians were very good! Percy Crews 2 and the funny Cuban guy... you should have said your name one more time! To sum it all up, Carnival has delivered the fun on all four of our cruises with them, regardless of the ships size the staff is always up to the task at hand... making our vacation great! The weather was perfect the whole trip, calm seas, cloudless blue skies, spectacular oceans... the crew was constantly cleaning, wiping stair rails , washing windows...repainting the white on the hull while we were in Nassau! It was truly amazing. Thank you Carnival for a great 3 1/2 days! Yep, I said great or wonderful too many times, I agree.. so easy to please I guess, isn't that great.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This is out first cruise with Carnival, we were looking for a quick getaway to get some sun and relax. Perhaps our expectations were skewed after sailing with another cruise line. We just returned yesterday from a 3 night cruise on the ... Read More
This is out first cruise with Carnival, we were looking for a quick getaway to get some sun and relax. Perhaps our expectations were skewed after sailing with another cruise line. We just returned yesterday from a 3 night cruise on the ecstasy. If you would like to relive your college days at the frat house, this might be the cruise for you! The first night as we walked to our room we encountered about 6 rooms with the doors propped open and music playing, several young men were hanging out in the hall; no big deal until the their mouths opened and they began to speak foul language loudly. Later that night a member of our group encountered someone vomiting in the elevator and we saw staff cleaning up vomit off the carpet in another area. I will say we didn't see/ hear too much of that after the first night. The ship apparently is popular for quick getaways, unfortunately the demographic of people this ship attracted seemed to be loud mouthed, drinking/ partying and poorly mannered. Groups would be walking around the ship speaking/ arguing loudly with one another. The lack of undergarments on a surprisingly high number of fellow passengers was a real eye opener. The dress code ( I didn't get this memo) is skin tight, crotch high spandex, with lots of neon accents. The downside of this was the majority of people wearing those outfits mentioned above were not in a physically attractive body shape to sport that style. The ship is older and smaller with only 1 small pool, and 4 hot tubs (2 in an adult only section) they were always quite full. Our cabin rooms (balconies) were pretty small, our cabin steward was nice and kept stuff clean but did tell us if he didn't get to into our room by 12:30 it would have to wait because his shift ended then. Not a big deal to us as he would just tidy up when he did the evening turn down service and we aren't that picky or messy. Once again the staffing didn't seem to be great for housekeeping either. The food was good in general, the evening dinner in the dining room had some nice selections, not super gourmet but solidly appealing.There were always lines at the buffet/ walk up food stations. There did not seem to be a good staff/ passenger ratio, there was no where to put your dirty dishes if you just stopped in for a quick snack. The wait staff did clear the tables but there seemed to not be enough of them. I actually felt bad for them. After waiting for about 20 minutes in the Mongolian Wok line I finally received my food only to find the Szechuan sauce so hot it burned my mouth and tongue and I couldn't taste anything after that! Like I said the staff hustled with serving but couldn't keep up with demand at peak lunch times. Some of the dining room staff didn't always seem to understand English very well, so you might get something other than what you wanted (hash browns instead of ham). They would try to get you what you asked for but didn't seem to anticipate general things (like jelly/ butter for a basket of croissants, syrup for pancakes). We had our teen kids with us, they said there really wasn't much going on in the tween/ teen clubs. I saw some families with small children but overall not a lot of little kids. The hallways/ walkways are narrow on this ship, even in the common atrium area, we had to often squeeze past others to get through. There seemed to be quite a lot of smokers on this sailing, if you walked up on the pool deck near the smoking section it was pretty bad. The ship began to smell like sewer gas in the common areas on the second day. The floors are both numbered and have names which is confusing, they should just stick with floor numbers. We saw both the musical shows and comedy shows and they were all really good. The guitar player and other small band on the ship were very talented. Other than that the other activities offered pretty much involved selling you something and bingo. The disembarkation process was long, it was nice to get up and have breakfast but then we were sitting around for another hour and 15 minutes waiting to get off like hostages! We didn't get off the boat until 10:30 and the next cruise passengers were already arriving making the pick up/ drop off area a hot mess. I really don't think the ship could be properly cleaned and common areas disinfected in that short amount of time. Overall if you're looking for a quick get-away with good food this was OK; I was glad I went versus not going, just don't expect a 5 star vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
This was my first cruise and to say I was disappointed is an understatement. The food was horrible, the taste, variety and quality. They advertise 24 hour food on board, which is true. However after 1:00 a.m. the only food available is ... Read More
This was my first cruise and to say I was disappointed is an understatement. The food was horrible, the taste, variety and quality. They advertise 24 hour food on board, which is true. However after 1:00 a.m. the only food available is pizza (if that's what they choose to call it). It was more like toasted dough with very little to no sauce with either mushrooms, cheese, or arugula and prosciutto toppings. I told them in a survey yesterday that the pizza was the worst I've ever had in my life. The service at dinner was subpar, that of a Olive Garden or Chili's. There is only 1 pool, which means children are seeing activities that young, single adults are doing. There should at least be an adult and a family pool. There are places advertised and are on the map I was given at check in that are no longer on the ship....the sushi bar. It was nonexistent. An employee told me they don't have it anymore...wow! The one thing I was looking forward to after eating my first meal. After the first night there's not much to do. Shows, activities and comedy shows starting repeating themselves. I only cruised for 3 nights and expected something new each day. The spa was horribly overpriced. My hot stone massage was more like an oily rub down. I will give Carnival another try, on a larger and newer ship, but I will NEVER sail on the Ecstasy again. One good thing. My 12 year old daughter really enjoyed the Circle C activities. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
I have a question..if you go to a restaurant, retail establishment, plane ride, hotel etc, and you are unhappy with their product/service, the give you a refund or try to do whatever they can to make the customer happy in hopes they’ll ... Read More
I have a question..if you go to a restaurant, retail establishment, plane ride, hotel etc, and you are unhappy with their product/service, the give you a refund or try to do whatever they can to make the customer happy in hopes they’ll return with their business and promote their business with positive word of mouth. My family and I were just on the Ecstasy, and due to having to rescue 41 Cubans in a raft, we had to completely miss our port of call to Cozumel, and had to go to Nassau Bahamas instead. I am glad we were able to rescue those in distress, however that being said Carnival should make me as a guest happy and make it up to me some way some how seeing how I did pay to go to Mexico. That being said we paid over $2000 to take a cruise to Mexico and because the Coast Guard couldn’t fit all of the 41 people in distress, our cruise had to turn around on the way from Mexico to bring these people back to Key West, FL. Due to the detour we were unable to go to Mexico. Our cruise ship had to waste time all day Wednesday as a day at sea because Nassau didn’t have room to take us until Thursday. We had to cruise back to Key West, FL almost all the way to Ft. Lauderdale, FL just to make a U turn to go back to Nassau so we could arrive Thursday. Now, if I paid an airline to take me to Las Vegas and the ariline for whatever reason was detoured to say Alabama, the airline doesn’t expect me to just be “ok” with the fact that my paid trip, what I paid for I won’t get. If Carnival would have dropped us off somewhere similar to Mexico, we would have been bummed, but not as bummed. To detour all the way to Nassau Bahamas and expect us to be “ok” that we aren’t getting anything close to what we paid for is not right. We were supposed to have a Mexican Buffet and deck party leaving Mexico Wednesday, they took away the Mexican Buffet and of course sail away party that day, it was literally too cold for the pool all day Wednesday, we had 50 plus mph winds all day Wednesday, which caused decks to close. It felt like we were on a roller coaster all day Wednesday, it was so bad my husband had to be alone all day with our 3 kids due to me being sea sick and couldn’t stop throwing up. We are on a family vacation and Mom can’t even enjoy it. The pool water was literally pouring out of the pool, it was so bad Carnival workers were mopping and using a squeagy to make is safe to walk. We literally only have pictures from Key West, and the few hours we could be in the pool. Our only family vacation we could take this year was not so fun at all. Due to the detour we had to have the same buffet pretty much every day, which was the “American Buffet”. Overall very disappointing. This was not my first Carnival cruise, but will be my last if Carnival only cares about the bottom line..making money. How can Carnival think its ok not to compensate me or anyone who paid for something we didn’t get. How do I know Carnival didn’t make money off me and everyone else gas wise and food wise, seeing how Nassau is a lot closer than Mexico is. They didn’t give us our Mexican buffet and like I said we had all the same food and it was obviously random things they had lying around. Being that the customer, and I know I am not the only one, is not happy, why does Carnival think its ok that we didn’t get what we paid for, nor did we have a good time..that is not right and its not ok. I understand what their contract says, but its about doing whats right, if the customer isn’t completely happy that should be a problem when running a business. A simple "i'm sorry" isn't good enough. An airline for example doesn't expect you to be "ok" if you don't reach your detestation, why is this any different? Being a vegetarian I feel like there weren't many options, and the options overall were bland and plain..even the main dining room food was blah. I understand why we had to turn around, but not getting half of my vacation isn't right when I paid for a full vacation to Mexico. Nassau comes no where close to being the same as Mexico, not to mention I've been to Nassau 2 times before, the only reason we chose this cruise was because of Mexico being a destination. Carnival has offered ZERO refund of any kind or ZERO credit towards another Mexico cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.7
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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