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.