Carnival Ecstasy

3.5 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    
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Carnival Ecstasy is a large ship, carrying 2675 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from Charleston, South Carolina.

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Crislthompson34 says ...

Carnival in decline

Medoicre is the only word I can use to describe this and my other most recent cruises... Read more
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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Best cruise

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The chefs table was awesome. The most fun was the piano bar. Gilbert was very knowledgeable in music.  And has an amazing sense of humor. He also remembered the names of the guests from previous nights. And gave each of us a  warm welcome.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Carnival in decline

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Medoicre is the only word I can use to describe this and my other most recent cruises on Carnival. Although housekeeping and basic daily service standards remain satisfactory, the overall atmosphere and special touches once signature to a carnival cruises are gone. Instead of an exciting multi day vacation, it was  merely an oceanic shuttle to the Carribean. Only 2 stage shows for the 5 nite cruise. No poolside live music, just a second rate dj playing music no one but himself enjoyed and a steel drums player that spent more time searching through his songs on his iPod  to play along with than actually performing. And who can seriously stand 8 hours of Taylor Swift on steel drums anyway?  Dinner service was satisfactory but daily buffet was anything and everything deom

the night before covered in cheese or tomato sauce. Cruise director Anthony was a buzz kill. Pretty sure he was once a golf pro who couldn't find a job in his field. 

Our group has been loyal to Carnival for our annual vacations and weekend getaways for several years, but after this trip we have unanimously agreed to pursue alternate cruise lines in the future or completely land based vacations. We will most definitely NOT be cruising with Carnival on our upcoming vacations and there is a very very strong likelihood we will never travel with Carnival cruise lines again. The decline in their customer service is saddening. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

May 8,2017

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Overall the cruise was nice, truthfully five days was a bit much, if I every go again it will either be three or four days.  Freeport was a done deal I feel that another more exciting spot should be chosen for future cruises.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

not bad for a first time cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I knew ahead of time this was a smaller ship with not as much to do so I didn't get my expectations really high for my first cruise. I had a good time. The crew is super nice! (Thank you Fauruk) The food was excellent. They lost one of my bags and my pillow. My bag was recovered but not my pillow which made it hard to sleep. I was disappointed in the pool. We had classes both days at sea till 11:30 so by the time we got out to the pool there were no places to sit anywhere until late in the day. There were a lot of empty seats but they had towels in them and it seemed these people never came back. But overall I had a good time and look forward to my next cruise

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Carnival Ecstasy

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Had a blast on this ship. The cruise director Benjamin is awesome and full of energy! The choice of entertainment on this ship was great. No time toget bored.The food was great too. The ship is alittle outdated and def could use some updating. But overall it was one of the best times I have ever had in my life. Everyone that is looking for some crazy fun needs to go to the Love and Marriage game and The Quest. I laughed so hard my stomach was sore for days,

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We enjoyed the trip very much.  Crew, food, accommodations and entertainment were all very nice!

 

The food servers were very attentive and food choices were good. Best French fries I ever had and the hand patted hamburgers were super.  Of course the melting chocolate cake with ice cream was an every night treat.

The off ship trips were very nice and easy to get off and on boat.

Ship is getting old and may be retired soon.  However everything was very clean and nice.  Behind the scene tour was wonderful.  My friend enjoyed it very much.  You would be surprised what goes into the operation of a big ship.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Red Hat Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

We enjoyed the whole cruise! From the Cruise Director to the food, entertainment, Nassau and the Island. Would do it again! We played bingo, had a Red Hat Social on the house, and overall just enjpyed the sun on the deck!

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

CARNIVAL ECSTASY

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

GREAT TIME COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BETTER ON THE FOOD.  THOMAS OUR ROOM KEEPER WAS WONDERFUL. THE WAIT STAFF WE HAD WAS OKAY THE MAN ROCKED AND THE GIRL ALWAYS HAD A ATTITUDE.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Some highlights

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We take this cruise annually with Carnival. They have made improvements from last year... the Serenity area had new cushions which was great because I put that in my survey last year.

 

Stephanie the hostess in the Wind Song dining room is wonderful and professional. Truly!

 

We took a few yoga classes with Axel. One was on the beach. There was no preplanning for this class at all. We had to meet in the classroom at 8:45 and then he took us to all wait in line to tender to the island like everyone else. Finally, after 20 mins he went and asked if we could board out of line because we paid for a class. Then we walked down the beach until we found an area. This island has transportation for other excursions - why not this one we had to carry all our stuff plus 3-4 large towels for the class? Couldn't it have been done on a part of the island not by the beach chairs in front of the cabana of the poor man having to stare at our rears for an hour? Also, why is every Yoga class the exact same routine. It really would have been nice for Axel to have more than one routine in his arsenal. So, I canceled the 3rd class not wanting to do the exact same thing again.

 

We take this cruise annually with Carnival. They have made improvements from last year... the Serenity area had new cushions which was great because I put that in my survey last year. Our steward this year was AMAZING! Shout out to I Gusti. He did everything we asked without an issue.

 

We were told if we signed up for a dining time dinner would be much faster. Sadly, it wasn't. Also, I have a gluten allergy and when taking the order the waiter told me to pick a few things for the next night in case they couldn't accommodate what I picked there would be a backup. Well, they brought all 3 entrees to the table and needless to say this kept happening night after night and the people sitting with us called us royalty and laughed it off, but I don't like being the center of attention. This allergy accommodation process really needs improvement! The gluten free bread is really awful. It is bleach white and doesn't brown and crumbles in the bun form. Again, people commented on what in the world was I eating??? I was wondering the same thing too.

 

Stephanie the hostess in the Wind Song dining room is wonderful and professional. Truly!

 

We took a few yoga classes with Axel. One was on the beach. There was no preplanning for this class at all. We had to meet in the classroom at 8:45 and then he took us to all wait in line to tender to the island like everyone else. Finally, after 20 mins he went and asked if we could board out of line because we paid for a class. Then we walked down the beach until we found an area. This island has transportation for other excursions - why not this one we had to carry all our stuff plus 3-4 large towels for the class? Couldn't it have been done on a part of the island not by the beach chairs in front of the cabana of the poor man having to stare at our rears for an hour? Also, why is every Yoga class the exact same routine? It really would have been nice for Axel to have more than one routine in his arsenal. So, I canceled the 3rd class not wanting to do the exact same thing again.

 

Massages... my friend had a few massages and enjoyed them. I didn't enjoy mine. My girl told me she wasn't using any pressure when I told her it was too much. There were times I jumped at the pain. It wasn't pleasurable at all, but I figured I must have needed it or I was just a wimp because she kept telling me I couldn't handle pressure. She said if I schedule another she would only do Swedish and it would be a nice relaxing massage. It was better but there were times she would do the deep tissue and it was back to the previous routine. I had bruises all over for days. Guess she used pressure after all?!? A lady at my dinner table had the same girl and she said she bruised and at one point got off the table and hold he to stop hurting her. I can't remember her name but it started with a J.

 

Shows were the same as last year and the British one just isn't any good. The Motown is fine if you haven't seen it before. Kim Harrison is always great! The other wasn't good at least for the family show. Stephan the comedy host is way, way too loud and screams into the mic. We tried the piano bar but it really was pretty boring. Last year the entertainment was jumping in there singing and grooving. This guy was singing slow songs of his own accord.

 

There is a new chef on board and WOW major improvement. I loved, loved the addition of the indian dish and the added spice to things. HE IS A WONDERFUL IMPROVEMENT! Also really like the addition of the taco and burrito bar. Thank you!

 

Shows were the same as last year and the British one just isn't any good. The Motown is fine if you haven't seen it before. Kim Harrison is always great! The other wasn't good at least for the family show. Stephan the comedy host is way, way too loud and screams into the mic. We tried the piano bar but it really was pretty boring. Last year the entertainment was jumping in there singing and grooving. This guy was singing slow songs of his own accord.

 

There is a new chef on board and WOW major improvement. I loved, loved the addition of the indian dish and the added spice to things. HE IS A WONDERFUL IMPROVEMENT! Also really like the addition of the taco and burrito bar. Thank you!

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peanu75
Contributor Level: Purser

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.

m1tbear
Contributor Level: Purser

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.

harrison79
Contributor Level: Third Mate

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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Price

L

Size

Apr 1991

Built

3 yrs ago

Refurbished

2675

Total Passengers

2.89

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1028

Total Cabins

26

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