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21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
First the pros: VERY inexpensive cruise Easy access from JAX airport to the port Fastest check-in I have ever experienced Musical entertainment was good Dinners were good to very good Evening Dining room service was good ... Read More
First the pros: VERY inexpensive cruise Easy access from JAX airport to the port Fastest check-in I have ever experienced Musical entertainment was good Dinners were good to very good Evening Dining room service was good Salad bar in the cafeteria style dining was good and fresh Burgers from the pool grill were very good Room attendants did a good job Nassau port was easily accessible – easy walk to town. Good beaches, good restaurants and shopping. Now the cons: Desperately needs refurbishing - Major entertainment is marginal at best – mostly game show type events – no shows. Shops were very small with very little merchandise Breakfast dining room staff was not very good Breakfast food in the dining room was marginal The “Sunday Brunch” was the same food as any other day Rooms really needed updating – the dresser drawers would hardly open, closet doors didn’t close – just OLD Not very many room amenities – no hair dryer, no hair conditioner, no lotion, no ice bucket Port of Freeport was almost inaccessible - in the middle of nowhere – at least 10 miles from town and when you got to town there wasn’t much to do or see. Disembarkment process was AWFUL. They encouraged us to carry our own luggage to get off faster. We stood around the hallways of the ship for about an hour - then once we got off the ship we had to wait in a “snaking” line for almost another hour to get through immigration and customs. Very poorly planned. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
If you are considering cruising with Royal Caribbean, beware the Empress of the Seas. While all of the staff and crew were friendly and professional, the actual ship was tired and dated. Areas are clean, but in need of renovation. Our ... Read More
If you are considering cruising with Royal Caribbean, beware the Empress of the Seas. While all of the staff and crew were friendly and professional, the actual ship was tired and dated. Areas are clean, but in need of renovation. Our cabin felt more like we were in a mobile home. Because this is RC's smallest ship there was quite a bit of rocking. My husband was seasick for 2 of our 4 days. The pool on this ship is extremely small. Both the pool and the hot tubs were overrun with children without adult supervision. The adult hot tub had children in it constantly and with staff watching were never asked to go to the family friendly tub. Worst of all was the quality of the food. The quality was terrible, and everything was served cold. I didn't have a hot meal the entire time. The service in the main dining room was extremely slow (2 hours to eat dinner with a table of strangers), and you would have to ask for things multiple times each night. (i.e. drink orders, napkins, etc) The shore excursions were all really enjoyable, but I was unimpressed with the ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
This is my 2nd time (and last time) on the Constellation and 7th Celebrity cruise. This ship is in terrible shape. The furnishings in the public areas are in tattered disrepair. The fabrics are literally worn off the furniture so there are ... Read More
This is my 2nd time (and last time) on the Constellation and 7th Celebrity cruise. This ship is in terrible shape. The furnishings in the public areas are in tattered disrepair. The fabrics are literally worn off the furniture so there are bald spots. The room was not much better with rust in the grout in the bathroom and a moldy shower curtain. Having been now on Celebrity many times, they have cut back on the amenities. No cotton ball/Q-tip container. Instead, you get nothing unless you ask, and then you only get a 2-pack of cotton balls and Q-tips. Not a big deal, but you notice these things as the price of cruising continues to rise and they strip away the small stuff. Also, no pen and pad of paper in the room--this used to be standard. The TV room service program was not working, so they sent someone with another TV. Well.....it's not the TV, it's the programming. Duh! The battery in the in-room safe was dead, so the safe did not work. They sent another mechanic for that. Stay out of room 9109. Embarkation was a cluster mess even though I have priority check-in as a platinum member. Disembarkation was easy, since I stayed on the ship literally till they called my name to kick me off. My flight wasn't until 4 p.m. so I wasn't in a hurry to get off the ship. The food was the worst! Lobster bisque is more like lobster broth, with no trace of lobster. Steaks are tough and rubbery. I love to try all kinds of food, but I found that I needed to order two entrees at dinner just to have the hope that I could eat something off of each plate. That's really sad! The only dessert that is consistently good on Celebrity cruises is the creme brulee. The cake-style desserts were very dry and lacked good flavor. The buffet was hit or miss on good tasting food. If you can get your entree prepared fresh (omelette station or stir fry), that seemed to be the best way to get a tasty meal. I got tired of trying to hunt down a good meal so I went to room service. Boy, that was a mistake! The burgers and chicken sandwiches were dried out, the breakfast orders were made completely wrong and they gave me cream and sugar but no coffee. Really?? Nobody noticed that before sending it out? The shows were barely adequate, if not a bit lame. We had very smooth sailing seas, therefore, no swaying stage, so there was no excuse for the performers not to be in perfect step. Didn't do anything in Nassau except walk and shop and went to Senor Frog's. Fun place with great rum drinks and lots of dancing and singing. Took the "Taste of Key West" tour from the ship excursion. Well worth it for a food sampling tour. You visit a few of the establishments and you get a sampling of their food. Our walking tour guide was very informative and friendly and stopped along the way to give you some history of the area. The tour is a couple hours long. Not on this tour but was featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives is DJ's Clam Shack on Duval Street in Key West. I made my way down there to try their lobster roll. The BEST lobster roll I've ever had. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
Shorty after we set sail on the Carnival Ecstasy, I was praying for debarkation. The check in process was painless and moved rather quickly which was a pleasant suprise. The first thing I noticed after stepping on to the ship were massive ... Read More
Shorty after we set sail on the Carnival Ecstasy, I was praying for debarkation. The check in process was painless and moved rather quickly which was a pleasant suprise. The first thing I noticed after stepping on to the ship were massive crowds of people. I figured that this was just because everyone was boarding at the same time and that once the confusion subsided and everyone figured out where they needed to go, that the crowds would die down. WRONG! The entire weekend this ship was complete chaos. At least a 5-10 min wait to get an elevator no matter what time of day or what part of the ship you were on. Getting a chair by the pool or on any outside deck was nearly impossible. Getting in the pool or one of the hot tubs at any time of the day was completely impossible. The buffet left a lot to be desired. Hockey puck cheeseburgers and rubbery hot dogs on the outside lido deck, and bland artificial tasting food inside. There were two small buffets inside. Both served the same thing, however both were hardly ever open at the same time leaving everyone to crowd at one. Buffet closed at random times all throughout the day. The shows were completely outdated for a family fun ship in 2015. The "welcome aboard" show was a group of mediocre singers singing motown songs dressed ridiculously., and then there was the british invasion show which was an homage to the beatles and similar acts sung by the same group of mediocre singers and overactors. Our port of call was Nassau which was an amazing experience. We opted for the glass bottom boat tour, as well as the tour of Nassau harbor. I would have much rather stayed in Nassau and flew home than to get back on the ship. The third day was a "fun day at sea"...by the end of this day I was ready to jump off the ship and swim the rest of the way. Everywhere on the ship was so crowded and most of the activities were geared towards children. The two shows that night were repeat performances of the same horrible shows in the days before. Another major downside to this ship is that is is a smaller ship, therefore you feel EVERYTHING! I have been home for almost a week now and am still suffering from vertigo feeling like I am rocking back and forth. I can promise that I will NEVER sail on the Carnival Ecstasy again.I will possibly give Carnival itself one more try on a bigger more updated ship, but in the future I will most likely spend the extra money and go with Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
Beautiful ship. Many of the comments elsewhere about mediocre food, poor or non-existent service, long waits and an awful embarkation and disembarkation process we also experienced. My main comment is don't take the base price of ... Read More
Beautiful ship. Many of the comments elsewhere about mediocre food, poor or non-existent service, long waits and an awful embarkation and disembarkation process we also experienced. My main comment is don't take the base price of this cruise as meaningful as the add on are endless, food, sauna, quiet places, etc are all at additional (substantial) cost. My wife who loves to relax in the sauna was shocked that the sauna is $199 for a seven day cruise. I found the charges for the "specialty" restaurants exorbitant ($15 to $39 per head) considering the offerings. The staff, especially the officer class are rarely seen, and when they are it is fleeting. When I asked to see a senior member of staff, a restaurant host was summoned. A poor showing Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
To say I was disappointed in this cruise experience would be an understatement. My husband and I SORELY NEEDED a relaxing vacation away from work, volunteer responsibilities, and life in general, somewhere to unwind, turn off the cell ... Read More
To say I was disappointed in this cruise experience would be an understatement. My husband and I SORELY NEEDED a relaxing vacation away from work, volunteer responsibilities, and life in general, somewhere to unwind, turn off the cell phones, and just chill out. We are kicking ourselves for choosing this cruise line. My fault - we really only chose this cruise because I’m terrified of flying, so leaving from NYC which was only a 4 hour drive from our home in upstate NY was super convenient. The cost was also decent, even with having to park our vehicle for a week in NYC. Maybe I'm biased after thoroughly enjoying a beautiful 3-day Bahamas cruise and an amazing 7-day Alaskan cruise with another cruise line, but even if I hadn't, I believe I STILL would not have been satisfied with this ship. I realize my review will make me sound picky and spoiled, but my husband and I both work 2 jobs, are very dedicated to our volunteer fire department, and have 2 kids to raise, so we work very hard to enjoy a decent vacation every couple of years. Food: Less than satisfying. The first day lunch buffet was crowded and disorganized, dinner was the same. We walked for a full 10 minutes back and forth trying to find a place to sit, and finally ended up going back to our room to eat our now cold food. This situation did not improve much during the week. The buffet dining rooms were very crowded - tables close to each other so you had to be a contortionist to get in and out of your seat, bumping the person behind you, and hurrying to beat others to an open table you were eying from across the room. The Italian restaurant was WONDERFUL - food, service and atmosphere for the most part were great, aside from the loud noise from the basketball court directly above us. This was mentioned to management that if/when they ever remodel the ship, they may want to put their "fine dining" restaurants in a location AWAY from children/recreation areas. I understand it's convenient for them because I believe their kitchen was shared with the buffet kitchen, but when guests are paying extra for a special anniversary dinner on a cruise, they would hope for an atmosphere that's a little more serene. The famous "Cagney's Steakhouse" was not good, it just wasn't. Ordered steak medium well - it came out VERY WELL. Was tough and chewy, the waiter was anything but personable - dropped our food off on the table and never checked on us again until throwing dessert menus in our face 20-25 minutes later. Brochures promised a "Chocolate Buffet" night - nope, that didn't happen. They had a chocolate dessert night with maybe 5-6 different chocolate options on the regular buffet and a couple options in the other dining rooms. Was VERY disappointed with that as had heard from other cruisers what an awesome display it was. Overall the food quality and flavor were subpar, with a few surprise tasty items here and there. Room: Rooms were not ready when we arrived - no big deal, we ate lunch crammed in like sardines and waited patiently. Got to our room - was dusty with dirt on the floors. I realize they're in a time crunch preparing rooms between cruises that morning, but items left in the room from the previous cruisers? Really?? We had a balcony which was a first for us when cruising, but the neighbors had children that would slam their balcony door open and closed at all hours of the day and night, the cigarette smoke from the above deck and neighbors also wafted over our way, and being allergic to smoke made me have to hibernate in the room, so being able to enjoy the balcony was very sporadic. Entertainment: The magician Chip Romero was fantastic. Sat in front row for one show and he was funny and his skills are amazing. The comedian was ok but some jokes were just long and painful - many people got up and left halfway through the show. We didn't go to the "live" shows put on by the dancers/singers other than the opening night - they were ok and they tried hard, but not something we were super excited about seeing again. The last night's "crew talent show" was ok - a couple of really good singers and **spoiler alert**--- their skit "Fountains" was hysterical! You can actually see some past shows on YouTube if you search "Norwegian cruise Fountains" - they must do it on most of their cruises by the looks of it. Trivia was fun - Milo and Mandy were very nice. Again, brochures promised entertainment like "Blue Man Group" - didn't find out they were on another ship until we were already on our way sailing. Excursions: We stayed on the ship for Port Canaveral day as the prices for excursions were very high, so we got in the (only) pool for the first (and only) time as it wasn't packed full as it was the rest of the time. Great Stirrup Cay was beautiful, but having to get a ticket to get on the tender to take to the island was a long, drawn out process - never made it off the ship until almost noon. We did walk quite a ways down the beach and found our own little secluded area away from the crowd, so that was nice. Nassau was, well, Nassau. Been there once, you've been there a thousand times. Staff: I’d say as far as being friendly and helpful, it was about half and half. If you were sitting at one of the bars drinking alcoholic drinks, you were served much faster than someone trying to refill their mug with soda, and treated much better. There were a handful of people who were always a delight to see - the greeter at the buffet – “Washy washy, happy happy, smiley smiley”! Most of the staff looked bored and annoyed when asked for assistance, like it was beneath them to help you. Just the general overall feeling you got from the majority of the staff was that they didn’t like their jobs, didn’t want to be there, and helping you was just adding to their misery. Co-cruisers: I was raised with manners – wait your turn in line, say “excuse me” when needing to get past someone, say “please” and “thank you” when appropriate, talk quietly when others are trying to sleep, SHARE, etc. I didn’t see much of this on this cruise. I have never seen so many pushy, rude, obnoxious, loud, and inconsiderate people gathered in one location since Black Friday at Wal-Mart. The pushing and cutting in line got really old by Day 3. A lady actually told my husband to just “jump in front of people” and “push your way through” at the buffet line or he’d never get anything. Really? I had little kids stepping in front of me like I wasn’t there. I’m a 6’0” tall woman – am I really that hard to notice? Are you people who have been eating 5-6 meals a day and laying around by the pool like slugs with a mixed drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other for the last 5 days really STARVING to the point where you have to knock people over to get to the bacon??! And speaking of smokers – they’re kind of like cats: they can always tell the people that don’t like them, so they tend to get as close to those people as possible, every chance they get. Aaack! Sorry – hairball (with a touch of lung cancer). Oh yes, can’t forget to mention the little darlings on the ship. I think it was the first time some of them had been out of their own homes – wow. I just don’t even know where to begin. Everywhere we went they were running (literally running) through the hallways, dining rooms, stores, going up and down the elevators and pushing all the buttons just for fun, throwing food everywhere, wreaking havoc on everything and everyone they could find. We even decided to check out the non-smoking lounge with the bowling alley and slot machines to find a teenage girl practicing her “Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s” routine to a couple of really happy looking teenage boys in what my husband termed, “The Caligula Room”. Really?? And where were their parents exactly?? I can’t imagine letting my children act like that in my own home, let alone in public. Overall, like I said, we won’t be going on a Norwegian cruise again. With 14 ships on the sea, you’d think they’d have it figured out by now that customer service is the key to keeping people happy and coming back for more. My husband has written to them several times with requests for even a partial refund or at least a refund of the pre-paid tips, but all they have offered us is credit towards our next cruise they know we'll never take with them. For a company that makes close to $1 billion per year and can't refund less than $200 in tips says a lot about their values and customer service, or lack thereof. From now on, our future cruises will again be with the company that takes you to “The Happiest Place on Earth”, or in this case, on water.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2014
Where do I start?? After months of waiting for a fun girls get-a-way, I can't believe how disappointing our trip ended up. As soon as we walked on the ship from the post it smelled like sewage. The smell continued on through out the ... Read More
Where do I start?? After months of waiting for a fun girls get-a-way, I can't believe how disappointing our trip ended up. As soon as we walked on the ship from the post it smelled like sewage. The smell continued on through out the ship the entire time. We thought the smell would go away maybe it was just at the port. No, the sewage smell was in various areas. The first thing we noticed when we open our cabin door was the smell. It was so musty and the water smelled, the shower curtain smelled and over all felt gross. Thinking we would get a good night sleep was a mistake. The pillows were awful and the mattress was not comfy either. The pool chairs all seemed dirty, old and some had bird poop. Hard to find chairs because people would be gone for long periods of time leaving their towels on the chairs to save them. The band or person that sang on Sunday was just AWFUL. He could not sing in tune. I complained and asked why we can't just listen to normal music & I was told there was nothing they could do that the person singing was a professional singer and he would be on until 4:00pm. It was comical at the end of their set that they announced if you liked the music you could buy a CD, What? Are you kidding me. Why do they have music video playing on the big screens w/o the sound. Anything would have been better. If you are on a trip to the islands, you would think there would be steel drums and music like you are on vacation. Our ship was not able to stop at CooCoo Cay because of the weather. The ocean was too rough to use the tender boats. This was a huge disappointment. They had nothing special for us to do being stuck at sea. We were stuck in the windy upper leave trying to soak up the sun and relax, but the music was just awful to listen to and try to relax. I found the lunches to be very bland and boring. The hamburgers looked they were boiled in water every time they had them out. They had the same cookies all 3 days. Not much to pick from because it was the same food everyday. Was not impressed by the sit down dinner. Very bland food, no flavor and pretty much same food each night. Lots to pick from at buffet, but also pretty bland food. The dinner rolls were good and fries. That is pretty much what I ate the entire time and the salad bar. We participated in a couple of activities that were fun. Listen to a small part of a song and then guess what the song and who sings it. The comedian on Sunday night was good. He was funny and interacted w/ the crowd. The 5th floor smells like smoke. The ship needs better ventilation or to be made non smoking. You can smell the smoke from the stairs/elevator area. It sticks because you have to walk through the casino to get to the piano bar and a couple other things at that end of the ship. There were 11 of us girls and not one of us thought this ship/cruise was a very good experience. They need more staff that speak English as well. You can ask them a question and they would look at you w/ a blank look. The smell of sewage was bad but having your room smell like it has been flooded by toilet water and semi-dried out is just gross! We had friends in 3 other rooms down the hall and their rooms did not smell like ours. I honestly can't ever see myself going on this ship again. It needs a good cleaning, new band by the pool, and better food. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2013
cheap price initially until numerous uninformed fees started adding up. I paid extra to bring my mom & dad for their anniversary & paid extra to upgrade the room to accomodate 4 adults. This is not my complaint! Loved the room, but ... Read More
cheap price initially until numerous uninformed fees started adding up. I paid extra to bring my mom & dad for their anniversary & paid extra to upgrade the room to accomodate 4 adults. This is not my complaint! Loved the room, but really who stays in it anyhow. I've been on many cruises, and this was the "ghetto" version of all cruises at "pick your pocket" with added fees prices. Valet parking, fuel charge, other room charges, & NO DRINKS ARE FREE.... everyone knows you pay for the alcohol (at least experience cruisers), but i never paid for the soft drinks before. There is only two buffet areas in which food is part of trip (but they have strict opening times).. you pay anywhere else on trip. Very limited entertaintainment. (take a tour of the captain area!---that was awesome to see) Basically it's a high price water taxi to get you to and from Florida to Nassau(which in itself is no Freeport)... be prepare because you may set yourself up for a very boring trip and feeling like you've just been played out of your money (just gave it away).... oh, and your time (say away & avoid the timeshares... they won't rob your money but will rob your time) Read Less

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