4 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Sail Date: July 17, 2008 Ship: Carnival Ecstasy Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 9 years ago
First time cruisers need to read this. Im trying to just "keep it real". I wish I would have paid attention to some of the not so great reviews before booking this. Im a first time cruiser, and my expecations werent met. So many people I know just love cruises, and I still cant understand why. I dont mean to be insulting or snobbish, but I was surprised at some of the "types" of people that were on this cruise. If I go on one again, I will look for something a bit more upscale. Everyone you meet though, is really friendly.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Im not a picky eater. The dining room food was pretty good, but had small portions of side dishes. Room service is free (liked that), but again small portions. For the amount of people on board, they do a good job with the food, thus the average rating. Pizza was tasteless, fries were good. I did have to send my steak back two times to be redone because it was like leather, then given to me raw. I expected better. Buffets were decent.
1 out of 5
Daytime-if youre not a gambler, your options are to lay on lounge chairs on the crowded deck. I just couldnt bring myself to get into that tiny crowded pool (why is it so small?) to cool off so my options were attend a lame seminar, drink at the bar or attend a corny game. Daytime boredom forced me to the gym, which has nice equipment, but was very warm.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Some were really nice, some were borderline rude. They dont move that fast at the bars. Highly commercialized and always looking to sell you something-water bottle holders, photos, etc.
3 out of 5
First impression is that it is an old boat. Im a first time cruiser, but was not impressed. I am somewhat of a clean freak, and to me, the deck lounges needed a good scrubbing, the window in the room was filthy on the outside. I could go on.....in short, I expected more. But then again, I did see a lot of employees constantly cleaning up. The decor was majorly tacky, almost dizzying, in the hallways by elevators. I have nothing to compare it to, so I give it an average rating to be fair.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
There were some unexplained splatters on a wall, dust on headboard ledge, white comforter has a few small marks, and just overall OK. Not enough to complain about to the steward without seeming like a nut, but not 4 or 5 star by any means. I expected better. Safe in closet. Good water pressure. Average rating, because I didnt mind sleeping and showering in it.
Dune buggy beach tour was rushed, hot, and disappointing. We scurried from a not great beach for snorkeling, then to a tiny ruin, they to a swamp to see a crocodile, then to some lighthouse, then to a nicer beach with a very good Mexican lunch. Had only 30 minutes to shop after the excursion before getting back on ship. Everything took forever and we got a late start.
*Cruiseline.com is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. Cruiseline.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.
Every Wednesday you'll receive the latest articles, deals, and news from the Cruiseline.com team, plus tips and photos submitted by our vibrant community of diehard cruisers. You'll also get a free gift — a downloadable, printable PDF of our guide to cruising!
Sign up for weekly cruise deals.
Join other subscribers and get the best cruise deals of the week in your inbox every Thursday.