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Sail Date: May 2015
My husband and I used carnival for our first anniversary. From the very moment we stepped on the ship we were very underwhelmed. The staff was not joyful, the deck 10 buffet food was not good, unflavorful, our room had bunk beds when we ... Read More
My husband and I used carnival for our first anniversary. From the very moment we stepped on the ship we were very underwhelmed. The staff was not joyful, the deck 10 buffet food was not good, unflavorful, our room had bunk beds when we paid for a king bed, guest services could care less about our bed situation and were unable to get another room. At dinner at Wind Star, night one, we were seated next to the waitor's counter (next to the dirty dishes). Our Waitor was emotionless and didn't check on us. My husband got food posining from his meal and was on lock-down for 24 hours in our room... Unable to leave the ship to see Key West. On night three I received food poisoning from my dinner and was sick in bed for our day at sea (last day). Over all this trip was awful! A waste for our vacation time and money. DO NOT CRUISE WITH CARNIVAL! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I went on a cruise for me, my two sisters, and my dad's birthday and this is how my birthday cruise went. The boat was small, my room had food stuck to the carpet between the beds, the window in my room was so dirty you ... Read More
I went on a cruise for me, my two sisters, and my dad's birthday and this is how my birthday cruise went. The boat was small, my room had food stuck to the carpet between the beds, the window in my room was so dirty you couldn't see out of it, only one tiny pool and two tiny hot tubs for 2,000 people, the food was bad, the staff was rude, everybody i talked to said it was the worst cruise they've been on, the menu in the dinning was mostly in Spanish not everyone speaks Spanish this is America, and only three of the elevators were working good. The ONLY GOOD THING I have to say about the trip was the Rascal Flatt's concert. Overall i'm don't think i'm going to go on Carnival again next year and if i do it will be one of the newer boats. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
So I took this Spring Break cruise with a group of friends. It was really cheap ($265) for a 4 people cabin with stops in Key West and Cozumel. So the Ecstasy is the 2nd oldest ship in Carnival's fleet- built in 1991. It was ... Read More
So I took this Spring Break cruise with a group of friends. It was really cheap ($265) for a 4 people cabin with stops in Key West and Cozumel. So the Ecstasy is the 2nd oldest ship in Carnival's fleet- built in 1991. It was overhauled recently but you can tell the Carnival pays more attention to its newer ships. The inside theme makes you feel like your are still in the 90's. The ship itself is relatively small and doesn't have all the bells and whistles the more modern ships have For example: only one small pool in the middle of the top deck, about 4 hot tubs, one small water slider... limited buffet options, etc. The comedy club is worth checking out and so is the casino if you gamble. The Serenity club is for 21+ and features 2 hot tubs and some extra deck beach chairs. Besides that, there is the club which is kinda small and really nothing else... All the signs and everything are paper and framed, unlike Royal Caribbean that has all LED and video displays. Food: There is a 24 hour pizza buffet but unfortunately the machine was broken the entire cruise, so we had to either wait for the midnight buffet or just get a sandwich. The food was subpar in my opinion. First, there were pretty long lines to get food (never had to wait in Royal Caribbean) and the quality was so so. They did have a bbq station with burgers, fries, chicken cuts, etc. which was good. The dining hall food was also pretty decent, but only open for dinner. I personally got a little sick from the food, but it could have been the sea or the alcohol... In short it was pretty decent but not great, and waiting times . Also, the water from the fountains and sinks is YELLOW. that's kind of disgusting. Alcohol: I got the Cheers Package (unlimited drinks for $50 a day) and it was definitely worth it. The only drawback is that you can get any free drinks up to 15 a day, and of a value of $8.95 per drink. if it's over, you get a 25% discount which sucks cuz you would expect just to pay the difference. Also, another thing that is really annoying: you can't get more than one drink at a time. You actually have to wait 5 minutes for the 2nd one. and you can't get your friend/spouse a drink on you either. That kinda sucks. They have quite the variety at the bars but for some reason only 2 bars are open past midnight: the club and the one outside the casino! 2 bars for 2000+ people? idk why they close the rest of them. I would recommend this cruise for a short one, if you are on a budget and want to just have some fun time with friends or family.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We were on Riviera Deck and had two staterooms R97 and R101 .. The ship looks tired and grubby! It's inevitable as this ship is now really showing it's age .. We cruise regularly and have recently cruised with Costa and MSC and ... Read More
We were on Riviera Deck and had two staterooms R97 and R101 .. The ship looks tired and grubby! It's inevitable as this ship is now really showing it's age .. We cruise regularly and have recently cruised with Costa and MSC and we have cruise very succesfully with Carnival before ... Embarkation was faultless and smooth. Our staterooms were both fine and we very very happy with the room service from our bedroom steward ... It's hard to put a finger on why this cruise was so average and nothing special .. Food was just OK! on one night we paid the extra $20 each for the Lobster. It was AWFUL ... so salty and we did tell our server .. BUT ... Nothing no explanation, no offer of anything else to replace it and we were still charged the entire $20 each for the dish! ... THIS was a big dissapointment as it was not just the dish itself but the way it was dealt with or rather NOT dealt with! (as a postscript I did write to Carnival from home and NEVER received a response from them either).. On other nights we ate in the Star restaurant and some dishes were good and some average and a few others poor .. Overall there was little that we ate that we could honestly say was memorable in a good way. We ate at the buffet restaurant at lunchtime and this was suprisingly good ... especially the carvery dish which changed everyday ... However the bar service was slow at best. We did want to try the Mongolian stir fry but the line for this was so long everyday that we just could not be bothered. .. PLUS ALL those Huge people piling their plates to overful was incredible .. I've never seem so much food being eaten by so many big, big people! ..... Entertainment was hot & cold ... Comedy shows were great! We really enjoyed the venue and the comedians .. The Revue shows were pretty poor though I suspect this was more due to the shows than the performers themselves .. One cover band playing just outside the casino were outstanding !! THANK GOD they were there to entertain us as it would have been a real drudge without them. The band were made up from many nations and included a Bruno Mars type singer who had a great voice .. All the musician were brilliant .. although the guitarist did give the impression that he thought he was better than he really was ... Mr guitarist .. If you read this YOU ARE GOOD! .. BUT sometimes less is more !!! The Karaoke Bar was Terrible ... We went in there twice and the second time a couple of guys were actually swearing down the microphone ... THIS SHOULD NEVER be allowed! We walked out! Getting on and off the boat at the ports was a little slow and in Keywest we actually had to line up in the sun to get back on at Midday, however they did bring cups of water round to refresh us .. It took a good 30 minutes to get from the quayside INTO the ship ... I understand the need for security but they really need to speed this up a bit. All in all we did enjoy our cruise. The Serenity deck for over 21's suited us down to the ground and we spent the enitre sea day there ... Cabin was comfortable, food was ok and ports we visited were great. Would I choose this ship again? NO! .... Would I choose Carnival again .. Maybe? However there are other cruise lines that do things way better! .... Carnival Customer Service .... Why do you not reply to customers who write to you? It leaves a very bad impression of your company! .. Read Less
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 3.5 0.0
Family 3.5 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment 2.5 0.0
Service 4.5 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates N/A 0.0

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