Best part was not having to do anything and safe environment for kid and teen with us. Not so good was size of room which was to be 5 people, but I'm happy it turned out to be only 4. The room was significantly too small, so a better way of recommending room size would be great. Food excellent 1st couple of days however, variety, taste, etc. dwindled last 3 days. Philippe (5 stars) and his Team were awesome and took very good care of us.
I understand the ship is older but I would have like more than one small pool and two luke warm hot tubs on the mid deck. Also, I couldn't really relax and have peace of mind while children were still running and roaming about after midnight every night. The food wasn't that tasteful as it was hard to finish my dinners the first few nights. However, I enjoyed the amount of bars minus the one drink per 5 minute rule. Kinda overkill when you want a shot and then a drink on vacation. The club had good music and a nice vibe and the staterooms were a decent size for two people. Room service was great and the hospitality couldn't have been better. Carnival should add more events for young adults and also a bigger space for 21 and older to enjoy rather then just the back of the ship with two scalding hot-hot tubs. Nassua was not like the pictures and kinda ghetto looking besides the beautiful water and Half Moon Cay owned by Carnival was definitely worth seeing again, other than not being able to rent jet ski's. I'm comparing this cruise to the Princess cruise ships I've been on prior, so if I would recommend this cruise for future customers I'd say save your money and go Princess. You'll have a much better time.
This was my fifth Carnival cruise. In this cruise food was just ok. The room was cleaned once every day, as opposed to all the time in other cruises. Towels were old and stained. The shows were very simple, lack of creativity. Looks like Carnival is having some budget issues and the overall quality has been impacted. Despite the service quality was lower than other cruises the gratuities were the same. The ship was old and looked old, poor maintenance. The port experience was terrible, unorganized, we wasted a lot of time in the parking lot, stopping in three different control points that don't control anything. I wouldn't use that port again and I'm seriously considering switching to another cruise line.
What a fun time! The food was great! The atmosphere was relaxed and very comfortable. We loved Gilbert at the piano bar and the water slides were a hit for the kids too! I would suggest upgrading your swimming pool. There were a lot of people on that cruise and the pool was filled with people of all ages. There was no specific area for the kids to claim their own pool spot.
This was our first time aboard the Carnival Ecstasy. I have realized that although ships may be similar in size, they offer different thing. We have been to the Bahamas on another Carnival ship but enjoyed this ship more. They had a bit more to offer in entertainment.
Had a wonderful time. Ada had been very helpful and patient in helping me zero down on the dates and our schedules which were very fluid. It was fun to live 4 days withought connectivity. Realized the world does not stop if you are not connected. But the fun that brought us as a family is something that I may not be able to articulate accuratedly. Definit recommendation for everyone and anyone who wants a short gateway into a beautiful family outing.
We would recommend this cruise for adults! The 5-Night Bahamas Cruise was just enough time to be on a cruise; not too long, not too short. We had two ports of call with Nassau, Bahamas being the first port and Half Moon Cay, the 2nd port. We enjoyed Half Moon Cay A LOT MORE than Nassau, but it is all in what you are looking for. We were looking for a gorgeous beach with a free great buffet lunch on it and that is exactly what we found at Half Moon Cay! In fact, we would probably say that Half Moon Cay was our family's favorite part of the whole trip! As adults, we had a lot of on-board activities to choose from-casino, R-rated comedy shows, bingo, music shows, trivia, etc. As our 19 year old son went with us, he found that there wasn't much to do in his age group--mini golf-(free), swimming-(free), casino-($) & arcade-($)--were about all that he found,(he was too old for the teen club) and after swimming every day, the other activities just sounded lame to him. Had the ship had an Xbox tournament or any classes on video gaming, etc., he probably would have been more excited, but they didn't. Overall, we had a good family-fun vacation, and we would probably cruise Carnival again, but we would check out other ships for 'older teen activities', if we have 'teens' along with us.
We didn't have trouble with motion sickness surprisingly but we choose to stay at the bottom of the ship. Now that we know it isn't a issue we will try for a suite next time. Oh, when you get a king size bed; realized that means 2 twins pushed together so you have a line down the bed.
Experience all the activities and shows possible. Have a few days to rest up from your cruise when you return. Do NOT go dieting. Be prepared to gain a few pounds; however, you will lose it easily when you return home eating normal again.
Figure out where and what time your meals are served for some really good food. Plan your excursions so you don't feel rushed. Pick your room on above or below the action preferably floor six. Our one of the sites above the Lido deck
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