June 2017 - Carnival Ecstasy to Caribbean - Bahamas
Overall my family and I had a great vacation! For the most part the food was great and the carnival staff the outstanding.
Food: we never ate at the buffet or the deli for lunch or dinner so I can't speak to the food quality there. We did eat the buffet for breakfast a few time and the food was pretty good. And if you got something that you didn't like you could just go get something else. One of my daughters (8 yrs old) and my favorite places to go for lunch was the pizza pirate, it's always good and fresh and not to heavy so we could go right back to doing whatever activities we wanted to do. On the 2 sea days we went to the sea day brunch in the main dining room. The eggs Benedict and steak and eggs was my personal favorite at the brunch. The filet was delicious with the steak and eggs. My daughters favorite was the chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate sauce. We are in the main dining room all but one night. The food was great and it's a great opportunity to try something you wouldn't normally eat. The one thing I will warn about eating in the dining room though is the amount of time it takes to get thrubthe dinner. You are lookin at an hour minimum and one night we were in there for nearly 2 hours. But it's worth it, cuz the warm chocolate melting cake is awesome!
Stateroom: we've cruised with carnival a few times so we knew what to expect as far as the room goes. We stayed in room M185, an ocean view room somewhat mid ship. The rooms are small, but we aren't in the staterooms all that much so the size really isn't all that big of a deal.It had a pull down bunk bed that my daughter thought was the greatest thing. Our stateroom steward Clive was very nice and very accommodating. One thing that has changed as far as the staterooms go since the last time we cruised is the fact that they don't clean your room 2 times a day anymore. Not that big of a deal, but it's the little things on a cruise that make you feel pampered on a cruise. I know that the stewards work the butts off so I'm sure they are greatful for this, but this is just one of the things that carnival is starting to cut back on several of these extra things that is what makes a great cruise experience.
Entertainment: if there was a disappointment with the cruise it was the nightly entertainment. The over all number of activities to do so n the ship were limited if you didn't want to spend money to do them. One thing that has drastically changed in the 10 years I've been cruising is the quality and quantity of the shows in the theater in the evening. The 2 "production" shows they had was a Motown tribute and a tribute to British bands. They were ok, but nothing to write home about. It would be nice to have a little variety. They also had 2 comedians on the ship. Kim Harrison and John Wesley Adams. They always drew big crowds. I personally didn't find him all that funny, but to each there own as far as that goes.
Nassau: we went to blue lagoon island on a excursion in Nassau. A 30 minute water taxi ride to the island and you are in paradise. It was a great place for people with younger children. The lagoon that you swim in is very shallow and calm and the water is beautiful.
Half moon cay: the tender ride to the island was not for anyone that gets sea sick easily, but it's only about a 10 minute shuttle to the island so it's not too bad. This island I had one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. The water is the most beautiful color blues and the sand was like walking on powder. Plenty of places to find shade if needed.
There were little things here and there that that were less than perfect, but if you just go with the flow and go into the cruise with a positive attitude you will have a great experience! I would definitely recommend this cruise for anyone young and old who just wants to go and have a great time.