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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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Overall a great experience.  Nothing to complain about.  Ready for my next cruise. The workers in Charleston were not friendly at all but once we were on the ship, everyone that I met was great!  Both excursions were amazing.  Half Moon Cay was very relaxing & enjoyable.  Nassau was an unforgettable diving experience with Stewarts Cove. 

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    Let me start with the good. Half Moon Cay was the most beautiful pristine place I've ever seen or been too. If I could have stayed there the whole time I would have been thrilled. Nassau was not so impressive and there were people trying to scam you everytime you turned. I would not go back there again.

     Now let me touch on the food, I consider myself to be somewhat of a foodie, I enjoy the finer things in life. Now I was told over and over how amazing the food was during a cruise so naturally I was excited to indulge. Sadly, I was very disappointed to see the quality of the food they served. There were a number of dishes I couldn't even eat, I had to turn away. I ordered rack of lamb one night that seemed as though it had been under a heat lamp for 10 hours it had the consistency of beef jerky (not an exaggeration) one morning for brunch I ordered Huevos Rancheros, I am pretty sure the chicken in it was left over from the BBQ the day before (Jerk Chicken which was good the first day) it was greasy and I pulled probably 10 chicken bones from my mouth! I ordered a number of steaks (filet mignon) cooked rare, and instead got over cooked charred even well done steaks in brown gravy  (who puts brown gravy on a filet??) Also, disappointed in the food options open when the dining room wasn't available pizza that tastes like communion crackers, and a sandwich deli which had about 6-8 ok options. Room service was a total joke they have stuff like PB&J and a BLT was BY FAR the best thing you could pick from. 

    I was also highly dissatisfied in the amount of stuff to do on the boat. They advertise they have all these bars and restaurants and activities but what they don't tell you, is that only one or two things are opened at a time. There were a number of times me and my husband just wondered back and forth on the boat bored out of our minds  and left with nothing more to do than day drink. The activities they do have are so uninteresting you couldn't pay me to sit through them, "How to make Animal Towels", "Art Auctions" (where the Art Work costs 5,000-100,000 like let's be real here millionaires and the rich aren't cruising with Carnival Cruise Lines I am SURE)  A few of the things I enjoyed at night  (cause that's the only time they're opened)  was  the Kareoke Bar and the Night Club, I was just disappointed that they closed so early! I can drink till 5 am in the bars back home (Alaska) and your going to close at 2??? Literally NOTHING is opened after 2am so hope your not a night owl! And the pools..... so yeah I couldn't tell you how they are because every last square inch has a child in it. Not once (not even at night) were we able to get in the pool. There are children running around completely unsupervised night and day, no curfew no rules. And never have I seen somewhere that has a jacuzzi let small children in it. That's all that's in there literally not exaggerating there was about 10-15 kids in each of them the ENTIRE day! I wish we could've flocked to the serenity deck but understandably it was always full (as was almost all the rest of the areas) So I did enjoy the comedy club well at least half of it, if you get a chance to see someone check out Arvins show he is pretty hilarious and does some great impressions I loved how real and raw he was. Kim however,  I feel bad ragging on her but all any of her shows were about was making fun of herself for being fat...it was rather uncomfortable and awkward. We couldn't sit through it. I also did enjoy the musical they had about Motown it was rather entertaining. 

   So moving on to talk about the money trap that is Carnival. So, first of all we wanted to save money in the long run and purchase a drink package cause we did plan on doing quite a bit of drinking while on board. And I knew going in to it, you were only allowed 15 drinks a day. What I made the mistake of doing is ordering from random people walking by taking drink orders. Half the time they wouldn't ever come back and the rest of the times (more times than not) the drinks sucked so bad, you couldn't even down them so it was wasted drink after wasted drink. Also we were told that we had endless bottled water with the package and it was so nice of them to fill up our rooms with it as well! You know especially cause they don't even have water safe to consume in the rooms. What wasn't very nice of them was not leaving a note that says you will be charged  $6 a bottle for the bottled water in the rooms.... such a slimy scam the water situation was. And they will not budge on those charges either. So one thing I was pretty impressed with was the skill of their photographrespective they got some pretty awesome shots of me and my husband. But they were a little pricey. So we got a package deal to save some $ we picked 2 pictures and we're told we'd get 2 canvases and 2 8×10s and 8 wallets not bad for $100 and the canvas they had on display looked legit! Well we went to pick up our pictures and we're handed a tube.... I was like I am pretty sure we have some canvases too? And was told they were in the tube and we'd have to pay to have them mounted to wood frames on our own time.....TOTALLY unimpressed. If I didn't like the pictures so much I would have demanded  (or tried) a refund. Also lost money in the casino, to be expected I know. But holy cow those are some of the "luckiest" dealers I've ever seen! Flush after Flush, hitting 21 over and over again. And if you're a fan of Texas Hold 'Em, it's rather dispointing to find nothing but a computer tournament. They also have another tournament style but it cost $175 to play, not worth it in my perspective.

    So to sum it all up, I will probably not be wasting my money on another Carnival Cruise. By day 5 I was so sick of being stuck on that crummy over populated ship all I wanted to do was stay in my room. 😕

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Wish I could've stayed here forever. Scuba diving off a Catamaran it was ok Right off the Port

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Cruise outta Charleston

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We decided to cruise out of Charleston despite the additional expense, older boat and the limited offerings. I am glad we did. The cruise was wonderful. I also have a gluten allergy and I was pleasantly surprised at how it was handled with each meal pre-ordered. They had a good offering and even gluten-free pizza. Also, a huge shout out to VERA the bartender in the punch liner comedy club. She was awesome the one time we approached her. She was patient and accommodating and even made a great suggestion! Fantastic service. Also, Arvin Mitchell the comedian was crazy! He was edgy and funny. Not for everyone, but had me rolling at times. Eden is great too and has a huge following I am sure. Getting off the ship self-carry was easy. Getting on the ship took 2 hours. UGH! You'd think because of the port construction, but getting passengers off the shuttle and checking them in was the major hold up not the parking and loading shuttles. Please do something to improve this!  

 

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- The AV booth really needs to get headsets or be enclosed. They need to find a way to communicate without shouting at each other which is seriously distracting during the show. Not only are you having to sit in the rafters you have to listen to them shouting at one another and it completely ruins the performance. I approached the booth at the end of the show to inform them of the problem and the young man said that is just the way it is. I said maybe get headsets. He said they have them and they are just doing their jobs. Now, being that you are an AV technology person - don't you think you can figure out SOMETHING to resolve this issue. Someone in the world has, because you don't go to broadway shows and have this problem - heck my church doesn't even have this problem. 

 

Second, my time dining. We would get there as soon as it opened at 5:45 and most of the time would still miss the 7:30 shows. This is a schedule issue for sure. 

 

Serenity area needs an face lift. We didn't get to sit here because it was packed, but once. And the mats were nasty. 

 

BTW, despite all of this it would still be worth it just for a few hours on Half Moon Cay. The most glorious place on my planet so far. Fun times and memories made on my carnival cruise for sure!

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Fun family trip!

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We had a great trip! The staff was very helpful and friendly.  My children enjoyed the Circle C club and the Hasbro Game Show.  The excursions were well organized and the dolphin swim was amazing. The food was very good and everything was clean.  Big Smile

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Just a few hickups

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Very windy and rain first day, the ship was rock'in.  Started a shower on day 2 when cold water stopped flowing.

Day 3 casino system went down and I ended up waiting 90 minutes to cash out my machine.

Otherwise, lots of fun activities on board, shopping was ok, evening entertainment was good.

Next time I'll eat in the dining room, buffet food was fair.  Lunch was the best meal of the day.

Internet service should be free like most hotels.

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A Big Disappointment

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I have cruised on Carnival many times but my last two were on the Valor.  It is a much nicer and much larger ship.  This ship was very old and it rocked all but one day.  Many people all over the ship were sick. I wore a patch so I was fine.  I felt disappointed in the overall experience.  The food was not as good as other Carnival Cruises.  The ship was just so much smaller and had a lot less amenities than the Valor.  Also, Charleston is not a good port.  I only went there because it was so close to my home.  I will always drive to Florida from now on.  It took 3 hours to get on the ship and about 3 hours to get off.  That was so different than it is in Florida.  There are just bigger ports and they know how to handle the crowds.  Overall, would never go on that ship or out of Charleston again.  While on the ship I didn't hear one person say anything nice.  It seemed like everyone was upset.  The rocking of the ship was the biggest problem.  It was impossible to walk straight, even if you weren't drinking.  The staff was great, as always.  Leonard and his assistant at dinner were fantastic.  The person that worked in the $10 store was fantastic.  And our room steward, Sue was exceptional.

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Great time cruiseing

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Other than being sea sick for 2days, I had a great time sailing from the Bahamas! There was plenty of food, entrainment and activities to keep you busy. I believe the best part I enjoyed the most was the comedy club that of course other then the beach..lol And even though I didn't use it I am greatful that there was an adult only deck where you could get peace from kids and enjoy..I will definitely use those hot tubs next time. 

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Trip was very good.  Ecstacy is showing her age, but still nice.  We enjoyed some aspects of the smaller ship...easier to get around.  The Starlight lounge is very nice and the comediennes were good.  We've seen better and much worse on other cruises. 

The women's sauna was not working and I mentioned it to the Spa personnel at the front desk for 2 days.  Each time they would say that they had to re-set it or that they had trouble with it all the time.  I finally called Guest Services and they had Rebecca, the spa manager get in touch with me.  She had it fixed in 24 hours. 

We were not happy to hear that our cabin service had been cut to once per day.  Our cabin steward was very good and helpful.

Half Moon Cay is gorgeous and the water so clear.  We enjoyed our day there very much.  I would take this cruise again just to go there.

Over all, a good cruise, but we love cruising so it takes a lot to discourage us!

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CARNIVAL CUSTOMER SERVICE AT ITS WORST

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WHERE TO BEGIN HOW ABOUT SITTING IN OUR CAR FOR OVER AN HOUR ON A LINE AWAITING THE ABILITY TO BOARD THE SHIP. WE PAID FOR FASTER TO THE FUN AND DIDN'T GET ON BOARD UNTIL AFTER 2 PM. OUR ROOM WAS TO BE DECORATED FOR MY BIRTHDAY BUT WAS NOT AT THE CHECK IN COUNTER WE WERE HANDED OUR ENVELOPE CORRECT NAMES ON THE OUTSIDE WRONG ROOM KEYS WITH ANOTHER NAME ON BOTH  OUR CARDS. WE SET UP AND DID OUR CHECK IN ON LINE FOR MYSELF AND MY WIFE TO HAVE CHARGING PRIVILEGES AND OUR GUEST HAD HER OWN MASTER CARD  ON FILE FOR HER SIGN AND SAIL ACCOUNT YET ALL HER CHARGES WHERE PLACED ON OUR ACCOUNT WITH OUT OUR AUTHORIZATION. WE ORDERED SODA AND WATER FOR OUR ROOM BUT HAD NO REFRIG AND HAD TO CALL ROOM SERVICE TO HAVE ICE BROUGHT DOWN. THIS CRUISE WAS SUCH A DISASTER THAT WE HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL THE NEXT 2 CRUISES THAT ARE BOOKED WITH CARNIVAL AND TRY ANOTHER CRUISE LINE AS SOON AS WE CAN LET THIS BAD TASTE IN OUR MOUTH FROM THIS ONE    

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Older ship still a fun time

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can tell the ship is older. Seemed to have a sewage smell on our whole floor for some reason. The Last night of the cruise was EXTREMELY rough. Made all of us sea sick. You can tell the staff was a training staff. A lot of them were very rude and not very welcoming like other cruises I have been on. Only one hot tub open on the main deck the whole time. Other one was taped up with plastic and a out of order sign on it. Kids attacked the one hot tub that was open and never gave us a chance to get in. Don't want everything to be negative so the food was extremely good. The up charge they now charge for lobster tail was a bummer but the other options were just as delicious. Dining room wait staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Probably nicest on the ship. Overall I will be sailing out of Florida on newer ships with more experienced staff from now on. Still was a fun time overall. 

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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.

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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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We had a great attitude so it was easy to have fun, relax and enjoy. There were people who would cut lines, and expect to be served on hand & foot all the time. Did not let us be bothered by them. The ship is great for first time cruisers, for families and kids. The bathrooms needs to be updated

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