Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

Great First Cruising Experience

Sail Date: November 01, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This 5 day cruise to Cancun and Progresso was a nice intro to cruising for us. The price was incredible... $380 for 5 nights including all taxes and port fees. You couldn't eat the food we ate everyday for that price in a Denny's, let alone a nice place with great service. The prices for drinks on board are very good too, much better than Vegas where a simple cocktail now is $15. I couldn't believe the people getting on with cases of coke to save the $1.75 they charge on board!?! How cheap can you be?

Pros: Staff, Food, Cancun Port, Bars

Cons: The room we were assigned, age of boat

Recommends Carnival Ecstasy? Yes!

We kinda kept to ourselves if you know what I mean ;)...
Cabin / Stateroom
Clean, good staffing here too. Ours was the last room near the motors and on the lowest level of the ship. But we slept well each nice and the room was comfy. Again, 5 nights in a motel 6 would be more than this whole cruise cost.
Ship Quality
The ship is 17 years old, and being on board is like getting transported back in time. It is VERY clean, just a little dated. Not a huge ship, but plenty to do for 5 nights.
Service and Staff
This is the best staff around!
Food and Dining
I don't know how they do it for what they charge. The food was very good and the wait staff at our table was 5 star. Eat your meals in the dining room, stay away from the buffet.
Progreso (Merida), Mexico
Progresso is a dumpy little town with crappy water, too many hawkers etc. We took the bus to Merida which if you don't know Mexico would be interesting. Old colonial town
Cozumel, Mexico
Try the ATV deal, that was a hoot!

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