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"As for the food and service in the dining room it was exceptional.I will never hesitate to Food was..." in 117 reviews.

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3 out of 5

A nice weekend getaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: May 15, 2015

 Big Smile-----Big Smile-----Housekeeping personnel was extremely polite and always smiling it was a nice touch that they knew and greeted us by our names.

SurprisedIn the dinning room however the wait time was long. Winkbut the food was ok. 

Angrywe had ordered (FUN SHOP online prior to saililng date) things for our friends rooms that were not delivered (so if i hadn't been on the cruise to know that....Angry.)and no one gave us a heads up... only the last day when i realized... So i was able to ask for them to be redelivered.

Angry -----Crying--------In Nassau We took the Atlantis beach day and tour.  and several times we specifically asked when we could take the guided tour... at each station: on the boat, on the bus who took us there and also to the guide who showed us the premises  they kept on telling us... it's at your leisure... you can go when ever you want....  so we went to lunch and when we got to the entrance we were extremely surprised Angrythat there were 2 specifically time frame for the guided tour noon and 2pm.   we could have planned around that if we had been given the proper information....Wasted moneyAngry we paid more than the "beach only" tour and got majorly scammed.  specially that we asked at least 3 different people from the tours organizers.

I've been on several cruises before on Royal Caribbean and Norgian and they were much more upscale... 

HappyBut on a budget, overall this was a nice short cruise...

 

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it's better in the bahamas with carnival

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: May 11, 2015

Very good experience aboard the carnival ecstasy. Very friendly and helpful staff. Felt very welcome and comfortable on cruise. Half moon cay was fabulous and had a great time in water there. We booked an excursion thru spirit at Nassau for a 2 hour tour of the city and atlantis which was excellent.

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fair price, you get what you paid.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: May 11, 2015

Background: Family with 2 kids, one 6years old, one 2 years old.

Water/Drink: I am not used to the smell of tip water which smells like reused water from waste-water treatment plant.

Food:Only food I liked is the grilled ham and chess sandwich at SandWich Bar. 

Entertainment: not so much activities for kids. Great for young people.

Sightseeing: Great landscapes, Beautiful view.  We paid $69/person for See and Sea, have same tour routing with $19/person of Sea Exploring. Two groups was mixed without differing. We inquired about the price issue, Tour management quibbled about that. This makes the worst experience in trip.

Sum all above: fair price, you get what you paid. Don't expect too much.

 

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Very relaxing and enjoyable

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: May 11, 2015

My wife and I had a wonderful time celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary on this cruise.  We relaxed and enjoyed ourselves greatly.  The stop at Half Moon Cay was fabulous - it is a beautiful beach paradise.   We loved the beach and the surf and just relaxed during this stop.  The staff is so welcoming and kind and we so appreciated the selfless service of everyone we encountered.  

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Excellent

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: May 08, 2015

I really enjoyed my cruise on 5/8/15 to the Bahamas.  The staff was very friendly and knew my entire party by name.  The food in the dining room was excellent.  If you didn't want to dress up for dinner the grill also had a variety of good food.  I can't wait till my next vacation it will definitely be a 5 or 7 day cruise.

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Family Getaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: Apr 27, 2015

Not a first time cruiser. Was our first time using a trundle bed, although comfortable had no legs which meant floor level. Good for children but adults might want to opt for another cabin. We were traveling with odd number and did not want the added expense of another cabin. Cruise routine was familiar with little changes. Did notice what seemed to be lack of music/ dancing in the bars during early evening hours, many seemed deserted. The only one with constant action was the main lobby bar by guest services, but the atmosphere there is lacking. After dinner shows were not shows mostly games with the audience, we saw only one show with live singing and dancing, very disappointing.Comedian was very good. Not bad for a short getaway Happy 

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Awesome vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: Apr 27, 2015

I went on 4 night Bahamas cruise with my family. This was my first time on a cruise. Our room was very clean, and our stateroom stewart did an excellent job keeping it that way. The buffet also had more than enough delicious food for us to eat, and the waiters cleaned the tables really quickly and kept it clean as well. The dining room food was also great. All the staffs that we met were friendly. it would've been great if they provided us with more variety of activities. I also would've liked to get some more direction when we first got on the ship. Because after they swiped my boarding pass, I had no idea where to go, or how to get to my room. So we have to figure it all out on our own. It wasn't hard, but I would've liked more guidance. Besides these two minor points, I would definitely go on a cruise again. I do recommend it. 

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Loved the interior room and the teenager activities! Soda beverage plan needs some work.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: Apr 27, 2015

Would book another interior room again as this one was fabulous!  And the cabin steward Albertus was very kind and funny.  My family looked forward to seeing how Albertus would surprise us nightly with his towel animal creations.  Very nice.  

The activities for the teens and pre-teens seemed rather dull at first.  My husband had authorized for our kids the ability to check-in and -out at their will.  Well, that first night when my 14 year old daughter still wasn't back to her room by midnight, I kind of lost it.  Went looking around the ship for her and found her in the 24 hour food court.  She was having a blast with two new friends that she had met at Club C earlier that evening.  Both of my kids enjoyed the evening activities in their respective clubs.  

Although I truly enjoyed this cruise, I have an issue with the soda beverage plan.  It was most inconvenient to get the beverages.  And when I did obtain one, I was still asked for a gratuity even though you have already charged my account for a specified tip amount every day of the trip.  Seems excessive to me!  How about putting up a few well-placed beverage stations around the ship?  I take umbridge with having to walk up 3 flights of stairs for every cup of water that I wanted.  And those tiny cups!?!?  C'mon!

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Wonderful

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: Apr 27, 2015

I loved every minute of it. There's always something to do. The ship was being cleaned constantly, the food was amazing, our state room was cozy. The music on the lido deck could be a little quieter.

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Old vessel, good food, poor bar service

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Ecstasy | Sail Date: Apr 24, 2015

This was our 10th cruise and the second one with carnival.

We wanted to give an introduction into cruising to six friends of us. Over all, our friends were impressed about beauty of the Bahamas, the real good dinners and how relaxed a cruise can be.

However, we cannot absolutely recommend to anyone a cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy.

The ship itself is rather old with many tiny flaws, e.g. letters at the bars fallen off; showers at the pool not working properly. On the other hand, the relative cheap price that we have paid balances this out.

The food quality at the Wind Song Restaurant is outstanding. Unfortunately, there have been too few waiters for too many tables. As a result the eight of us have not been served simultaneously so that always someone had to wait for their meals or drinks. We have to emphasize that this has been an organizational issue - the waiters, especially Filiand, cannot be blamed at all; they were great.

We went for the Cheers Beverage Program. From the advertisements it reads as a good deal and it could be if there was an appropriate service at the bars on Lido deck. I have to say that I never experience a poorer bar service.

There are two bars on the Lido deck, the Red Frog and the Blue Iguana. The Blue Iguana was open only now and again, most of time it was closed so that all passengers had to queue up at the Red Frog Bar where most of the time only two bar tenders were on duty. Those two bar tenders had to cope with all the guest in queue as well as they had to take care of the supplies, so that something was not available at any time, and they had to work with only one Margarita maker. The organization of the pool bars was a complete joke.

From all the people who were serving at the Red Frog one person, Leon, shall be mentioned explicitly. I have never come across any customer facing associate who shows such a low commitment and bad attitude to his clients and with respect to the Cheers program we got the impression that because of the program we have been served after other patrons who have not subscribed to the Cheers beverage program.

To wrap it up: This cruise will not leave an impression but no hard feelings as well. We cannot recommend it to other customers but we recommend to Carnival to take a closer look at the leading staff to get the ship better organized.

 

 

 

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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

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 !!!

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