3 Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern from Miami

My children and I decided to take the cruise during the Christmas holiday in place of more clothes, video games, tech things they already had. Boarding the ship was okay, lots of places to "check in" with each station doing ... Read More
My children and I decided to take the cruise during the Christmas holiday in place of more clothes, video games, tech things they already had. Boarding the ship was okay, lots of places to "check in" with each station doing something different. But not too bad. The wait to actually get on the boat was not long either. Our room wasn't quite ready yet so we were ushered to the Lido deck for the set sail party. Music, food, drinks!! It was great fun! Our room was small but that should be expected - you are on a boat after all. Closet space was good. Remember to bring a small surge protector as there is only one outlet. The kids, 21, 18, and 13 all enjoyed the 24 hour grill by the pool A LOT! And I enjoyed that I wasn't "nickel and dimed" to death asking for money for the snacks, drinks, et. My 13 year old did the Circle C Club and they always has plenty of things to do for them -- even a dodge ball game! He had a great time. The food in the dining room was super! The wait staff was super! Our room Steward was AMAZING!! The only bad thing was that my daughter got sea sick (we had rough weather during the night the whole cruise) and getting that under control not so easy. The comedy shows were laugh out loud funny. Everything really was well worth the money. We all want to go back and soon! (maybe not my daughter though.............) Great vacation!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This ship is old, shaky and noisy...I was on cabin M192 and literally could not sleep with the engine sound! At times, the water on faucet and shower would come dark, kind of brown in color. In Key West, we docked at 7:30AM, and ship left ... Read More
This ship is old, shaky and noisy...I was on cabin M192 and literally could not sleep with the engine sound! At times, the water on faucet and shower would come dark, kind of brown in color. In Key West, we docked at 7:30AM, and ship left at 1:00PM (very short stay). In Cozumel, same thing, got there at 1:00PM and had to be back by 9:00PM. Food is OK, but you have to be in line a long time to get it. The "serenity" area, in the back of the ship should be renamed to: "let's party and make noises" area. Loud music from loudspeakers, young adults drinking and talking very loud (some profanities too). I have cruise with Royal Caribbean, and I can tell this Carnival (particularly this cruise) is horrible. I was so happy when we finally docked in Miami. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I found a great deal on the Ecstasy. I took my wife and 2 kids and paid a little over $1K. Not bad. When we got to the ship, the inside looks tight, like a small bus. They only had one pool. Very few shows and seems that everybody there ... Read More
I found a great deal on the Ecstasy. I took my wife and 2 kids and paid a little over $1K. Not bad. When we got to the ship, the inside looks tight, like a small bus. They only had one pool. Very few shows and seems that everybody there wanted you to buy something. The first night there was a pool party and all these college kids were partying like there was no tomorrow. Too raunchy for my teenagers. I mean very flaunty bikinis, sexual gestures and drunkenness seemed to be the theme of the day. When we landed in Cozumel, we were scammed and rented a 40 year old volkswagen for $60. Never, Never use CP Rentals. They are slick trying to rent broken down cars for as much as they can. My kids had a great time at Las Uvas. I highly recommend Reyes the snorkeling instructor. Great beach front, drink, bathroom, hamacas, snorkeling and pool for only $12. Not bad at all. We were unsure as to where to eat and my kids were traumatized with the how poor the natives live so we chose to dine at the ship. With regards to Key West, we were standing in line for 1 hour before imigration decided to start checking people off the ship. By far the worst part of the trip. And when we got off, again, another tourist trap. everyone selling the same thing trying to get you to buy their cheesy shirts and hats. We rented an electric car only to find out that we toured the entire key west in under 2 hours. After that, boring. All in all, I can't complain about the waiters and the food on the ship. Persy Crews II the comedian was the best. The other guy George, should quit his job as a comedian. It is a great trip for the money. I won't do it again, though. I'd rather pay $500 per person and go on Royal Caribbean. Much nicer ships, shows and ammenities. Read Less
Sail Date May 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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