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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


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Experience: 7+ cruises
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Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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4 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2006
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
This was our fourth Carnival cruise, on the fourth Carnival ship. It was Christmas time , and the ship was full, with lots of kids. That said, behavior was very good---there seemed to be alot of family members to step in when children got difficult. We knew the ship was refurbished after serving as housing during New Orleans reconstruction, and it showed ! Clean, neat,with new flat screen tvs, comfy beds. We had a really great cruise.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was very good, with quite a variety. We did like the idea that on any night, if you did not like anything featured for that evening ---you could always get shrimp cocktail, steak, shrimp and/or chicken. We did not like that there were no specialty restaurants on the Ecstasy .

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Good variety offered---we chose what we were interested in and skipped the rest. I do wish the library was open more---they had a good selection of books---just hard to get to....

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every single Carnival employee we met was gracious and friendly ---even when we had to walk through areas where they were cleaning, sweeping, etc. Dylan N., the casino host was phenomenal- we did not even know there were casino hosts on the other Carnival ships !

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
We did pick up a little map at the Purser's desk ---as sometimes we found "you can't get there from here" ---due to the galley being midship and you had to go up a floor, or down a floor to get around it !

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Shower was bigger than on a recent RCI ship and the bedding was comfortable. We went with an oceanview guarantee and ended up near the elevator/stairwell, which was noisy----I would take a chance on best available again, but would bring earplugs next time. (My husband slept through it)
5 out of 5
Any of the beaches on the side where the ship docks are fun to visit, snorkle, etc., Diving is very good here... also--.rent a car and head across the island to the rougher surf side---a few restaurants there, and continue around the island - the drive is not long ....I would be careful about the scooters-on a previous visit, we had a spill, sheered off a side mirror, and the dealer had a list of replacement costs ready ----evidently this happens alot ! We also like to sit at the cafes around the plaza, have snacks and some Mexican beer ...if you have been to Coz. before, we would recommend taking the ferry over to Playa Del Carmen --- Fifth Ave. is a pedestrian only shopping/eating zone that is very nice.......
Don't Miss: Try to get out and snorkle ---at least once .....
5 out of 5
Any of the beaches on the side where the ship docks are fun to visit, snorkle, etc., Diving is very good here... also--.rent a car and head across the island to the rougher surf side---a few restaurants there, and continue around the island - the drive is not long ....I would be careful about the scooters-on a previous visit, we had a spill, sheered off a side mirror, and the dealer had a list of replacement costs ready ----evidently this happens alot ! We also like to sit at the cafes around the plaza, have snacks and some Mexican beer ...if you have been to Coz. before, we would recommend taking the ferry over to Playa Del Carmen --- Fifth Ave. is a pedestrian only shopping/eating zone that is very nice.......
Don't Miss: Try to get out and snorkle ---at least once .....

Pros: Shower size, free cappucino and espresso at dinner, free sushi, friendliness and effort of employees

Cons: Hallway noise---cabin doors seemed to be very thin ! and no specialty restaurant on board...

Recommends Carnival Ecstasy? Yes!

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