Had to get off the ship!

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

1 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 29, 2006
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 11 years ago

We have three boys (ages 12,9,6) there was not a lot for them to do. The 6 yr. old was not tall enough to go down the slide. Lots of older kids (18-20's) making out in the pools. Had to wait in line for the pizza for 1 hour. The Lido deck food was good as was the main dining. Our kids played shuffle board and putt-putt- but you can only do that for so long. There was not room in the pool for them-too packed. We disembarked at our first stop (Cozumel). Ship was supposed to honour it's vacation guarantee- it did not.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining room food was fair- service was really good. We enjoyed our guests as our table. The cruise charged us $28 per day/per child for unltd. cokes to drink. Please read all ship infor they give you about gratuities before getting on ship. They automatically assess you $50 pp/per day- you can change this amount- but have to stand in line for 1-2 hours to do so.


1 out of 5
There was not much going on for the children-our children did not want to be put in "kid's camp"- it's a family vacation! A better idea would be to have competitions/games between families- not just the kids. I like my kids- want to be with them- especially on a cruise ship.

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
We played shuffleboard lots and Putt-putt golf. Lots of kids ages 10-14 wandering around by themselves looking board stiff. we did spend lots of our money in the arcade.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Most of the staff were very nice, the information desk (comlaint desk) was very nice and friendly-untill we disembarked. They made airline transfers for us-we got to the Cozumel airport and the ship had cancelled our flight! We had to buy 5 tickets at $500 a piece to get home that day. Nobody going out of their way to help us to anything.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
I would not take small children on this cruise-we took the stairs all the time- too many people using the elevator. I think cruises should be for adults only.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Our room was clean and nice looking but grossly too small-we had 5 people and were supposed to be guaranteed a large room. One King bed with two bunks that came out from the wall over the king bed, my husband slept on a rollaway that was in the hallway. Absolutely no way to walk for take shower.
5 out of 5
As soon as we disembarked, a cab driver told us what hotel we should stay in- it was fantastic! The staff was great and we had lots to do, snorkel, kayak, swim, eat at great restraunts, lots of great shopping- they are making a huge comeback from the hurricane that wiped them out! Lots of building going on.
Don't Miss: great shopping and boart rides (not much reef activity due to hurricane wiping out the reefs)

Pros: The main seated dining at night

Cons: the pool area was way too crowded-lots of lines for everything

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