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Carnival Ecstasy

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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 0 yr ago    

What people said about this ship:

"We found the food to be good and I especially enjoyed dining in the Wind Star dining room nightly." in 83 reviews.

"CARNIVAL CRUISE IS TO RECOMMEND!" in 34 reviews.

"The stateroom was spacious and our room steward Wanwan was attentive and very gracious." in 22 reviews.


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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Not at all pleased with this experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: Jun 23, 2014

From the time we arrived in the port in Miami, this trip was not at all what we expected.   Everyone with Carnival was rushed and either downright rude or just indifferent.  The embarkation process went rather smoothly, but again it was just the attitude of the people.  Once on board we encountered issues with one of our rooms.  The beds were not configured properly...they were literally sitting in the middle of the floor. One of them was placed under a shelf so that you had to sleep upside-down in the bed or hit hit your head, the other was placed so that your head was directly under the air vent and right up against the vanity, rendering it useless.   Every time we got off or on the boat we were herded like cattle, the employees were very rude, inconsiderate, and rushed.  One of them even proclaiming that this was the Carnival way.  

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Dream cruise ..not!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: May 12, 2014

The food is better at McDonald's as the food we were served was cold at every meal. It did not matter when we tried to eat. I am handicapped. This ship is so cut up it was very hard to get around. I was exhausted by the time I got to the area where we wanted to be to do something! The dining room was not accommodating to us or the other couple who we were paired up with for dinner (who were blind) to allow us to enter through a more accessible door for lunch. Activities on the ship are not planned for people with handicaps and off the ship acitivites are very limited. The safety meeting was a "hey watch me" no need to do it. We spent 45 minutes trying to figure out where we were supposed to go. CRAZY!! I was hoping we would not need it.  We have traveled with Royal Carribean in the past and loved our experience, staff, and food. We were treated like royalty by them the entire time. At least the safety meeting was a serious matter with Royal Carribean as well. Great Shows, Enterntainment throughout the day and night, and they really wanted the passengers to be involved. 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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DO NOT USE SHORE EXCURSION GROUP! They will take your money and give you empty excuses in return.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: Jun 30, 2014

Though our Cruise was booked through Cruises.Com and went well. Our Shore Excursion through Shore Excursion Group was devastating.  We saved for 4 years to go on a Honeymoon to Cozumel.  The highlight of our trip was supposed to be( the sail and snorkel trip) the best experience of our life.  When time came to go on the excursion, we happily waited in line for an hour just to find out passenger services didn't have us listed. So sadly we went to the dock to see who was to take us to the excursion. No one knew what we were talking about.  To our dismay, when we returned home we were given excuses about having to print out from home the itinerary. We never knew and we even paid $25.00 expedite charge so nothing went wrong.  Still no refund but our bank is doing a fraud investigation. We should get reimbursed but it shouldn't have been this  troublesome.  They "SEG " are not affiliated with any Cruise line. Do not throw your money away. Please Share!

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Good Starter Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: Jun 23, 2014

This was our first cruise as my girlfriend and I enjoyed a fine vacation to Key West and Cozumel. Here are my thoughts on our experience:

 

Embarkation: We purchased the Faster to The Fun package and got to the front of the line in regards to registration and boarding, which was extremely convenient. We were able to get straight to having fun without any issue. Our luggage was delivered to our room very quickly and was able to change and get straight to the pool deck.

 

Food: Very marginal. Some foods were decent, some was not so good. I did like the varieties they offered but thought the foods were a tad bland. For the pool deck foods, very bland due to the heat of the kitchen and the outdoor area. The fine dining room was very well done in presentation, but the food was small in portions and the taste again was average. The best food we had were in Key West and Cozumel.

 

Pool: I get that the Carnival Ecstasy is the second oldest ship in the Carnival fleet, but their pool size was rather disappointing. It's not very big (about as big as 2 above-ground pools put together) at all and during peak times, very crowded. You don't really "swim", but rather, get wet to cool off. Also, the jacuzzis were very small in that only 4-5 people would fill one up. There were lots of kids on board and they made sure that both the pool and jacuzzi was in use. You had to get to the pool in order to get a lounge chair and to make the most of your time there. Thankfully, the Serenity area was a nice retreat from the pool when wanting to use the jacuzzis. Also, the pools are salt water and was so salty that I could have seasoned a meal in it. The cruise line needs to cut back on the salt.

 

Entertainment: We got to see the "Love & Marriage" (aka The Newlywed Game) show and it was really funny. We also played along from our seats. We also took in the Hasbro: The Game Show and it was really cool to experience this. It felt like being in the audience of an actual game show. We also caught the adult-only comedy show and we laughed ourselves silly. I got featured in the Kevin Burke act and Will Mafori had us almost rolling in the aisles. It was a fun time.

 

Stateroom and Service: Without question, this was a highlight of the trip. Our stateroom steward, Yoko, was on top of his game and made sure our room was clean, always stocked with towels, and even made sure we had a bucket of ice to keep our champange cold. He was very friendly and took care of us. It didn't matter of what time it was, he made sure our experience was memorable. The rest of the waitstaff on board was also very friendly and was always attentive to us. If we wanted a drink, someone was nearby to get it for us. If we needed a question answered, someone was there to get us the correct information. Also, guest services was very attentive to our issues and was very gracious. Jacques, our cruise director, made sure that all events were announced on time and knew when things were going on. Very well done.

 

Ports of Call: We had a blast in Key West and Cozumel, but wished we had more time in Key West. We only spent 6 hours in Key West, which was definitely not enough. We only got to have 4 good hours experience all that we could while the last hour was spent in line awaiting the trolley shuttle that took us back to NAS Key West where our ship was docked.  The Carnival Security team was very kind to us as we exited and re-entered the ship, but very attentive to not let anything undermine ship security.

 

Disembarkation: We were in no rush to get off the ship and were among the last to get off. But we were able to get our bags at baggage claim and went through the CBP checkpoint without an issue. Also we were able to get shuttled back to Ft. Lauderdale without a hitch - a very smooth experience.

 

Overall: It's a solid 3 of 5 stars. I give it 3 stars in that the food was marginal, the length in the ports of call was small, and the pool was tiny. I understand the boat is heading for a dry-dock refurbishment and hope they fix many things. It definitely is in need of improvements, but it was a pleasant experience for our first time on a cruise line. I would like to try another cruise line to see the differences. I recommend this cruise, but the upgrades are needed.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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what happened to Carnival luxury?

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: May 23, 2014

Food was not GOOD at all. Quality of carnival cruise has hit Rock bottom. I am finished. Carnival is a guetto Ship. They have lost their class. I was very disappointed With this cruise. I am nit going to choose carnival Anymore. R THEY BROKE?

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Popular Tips for Carnival Ecstasy


The best foods were in the aft part of the ship. Avoid the pizza place, it's pathetic. Get to the pool early if you want a lounge chair and to actually use the pool.

Don't believe the bad reviews. There are some people that can't say anything good about anything. Make your own experience. I am so glad I gave Carnival a chance !!! I will be doing this again and again !!!

I loved eating breakfast on the Lido deck. They had short lines and I loved the omelets they made for us



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4 Night Western Caribbean With Carnival Live (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 17, 2014
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4 Night Western Caribbean With Carnival Live (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 06, 2014
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4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 15, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Ecstasy
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