Great Cruise, Sandals disappointing

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Sail Date: May 01, 2009
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
We had a terrible experience with the Sandals resort in Jamaica. The brochure advertised a 5-hour excursion beginning at 1:00 pm. The bus promptly arrived at 1:00 pm. The bus was very crowded with every seat taken; in fact the bus used pull-out jump seats in the aisles of the bus. We had to sit in jump-seats.
We arrived at the resort at 1:30 pm. We were given a brief orientation (15 minutes) of the resort. After the orientation (1:45 pm), we were told that the luncheon dining room closed at 2:30. We didnt want to immediately eat lunch before stepping foot on the beach, thus no dining room luncheon!
We went to the dive shop to get a boat to take us to the reefs. We were told that boat times were 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, noon and 1 pm and we just missed that last boat. We were told to come back tomorrow morning, thus no reef snorkel!
After swimming and sunning on the beach, decided to take out one of the sailboats. We went to the dive shop at 4:00 to get a sailboat. We were told that the sailboats & kayaks were due back at 4:15, thus we got to sail for 15 minutes!
Bus was just as crowded on the way back to the ship.
Skip Sandals!!!!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Dining staff personalities were highlight of trip. Thanks Edwin and Ljubisa

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Pros: Ship staff

Cons: Sandals resort

Recommends Carnival Ecstasy? Yes!

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