Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: May 23, 2011
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago
This was the first (and probably last) cruise I've been on, and my husband and I were skeptical when we were looking through carnival's website for more information about what things were actually going to cost on board. We knew the alcohol would be expensive so we brought aboard one bottle of wine each per the guidelines. We were asked to check out bags once boarding the cruise, and once we got them back we found a note in each and found they had confiscated out wine and no amount of arguing with guest services would do any good. We had been careful when packing for our trip, but what we had failed to notice was that the document saying we could each bring aboard 1 bottle of wine was limited to out CARRY ON as opposed to our checked luggage. The document was intentionally vague as well as all of the information on carnivals website gave you just enough information to sort of understand what you were getting yourself into.
That seemed to be a theme throughout our travel was showing up to things and having someone try and sell you something or scam you in some way. Bingo was $10 a game or $20 for 3, the slot machines were set up as to only allow you to be high rather than play for long periods of time a lower bet, and video games aboard the ship all cost $1 to play and the two we played were broken. Also there was the matter of the $10 per day gratuity automatically tacked on to your bill for the staff ($100 for two people for 5 days).
We opted for a shore excursion to Chichen Itza, which was really nice except that the air conditioned bus we were promised was uncomfortably hot even after we switched to a "better bus" for the drive home.
Where we docked in Cozumel was a 10 minute cab drive from the beach as well as downtown, although it was surrounded by lots of nice shops, had you not brought cash you couldn't have seen much though. It was $26 round trip to the beach and likewise downtown.
Much of the food on board was tasteless and seemed like it had been frozen. As a whole there was so much food you were bond to find something you liked, but I was disappointing in the vegetarian options.
Overall I would not recommend this cruise. I'd save your money and go to Florida and sail with one of the better cruise lines. We opted for this one because the dates were convenient and it sailed out of Galveston with is only a 4 hour drive from our house and because it was cheap. Only it ended up not being cheap at all after all the extras tacked onto our bill at the end of the trip.
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Don't Miss: Get your shopping done here, Cozumel is was more expensive and has the same stuff.
Pros: The service provided by the crew on board the ship was wonderful.
Cons: Overpriced- everything! I felt like I was being sold something everywhere I went and that everything worth while cost extra. $8.75 a glass drinks and $1.95 sodas, and $10 games of bingo.