Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2 out of 5


Sail Date: May 23, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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.

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.

Recommends Carnival Ecstasy? No.

Ship Quality
The ship was built in the 90s and felt like it, although everything was in good repair and the staterooms were comfortable.
Food and Dining
Quantity over quality.
People had previously claimed that there was "tons to do" but we had a whole lot of downtime and activities only lasted 30 minutes each so it was hit or miss. They had this assistant cruise directory, Gary, who was totally cheesy and felt like he was straight out of a 1990's infomercial, and he directed everything and made tons of bad jokes.

Although the afternoon Tea and Music was wonderful, I'd highly recommend that as well as at the end of the cruise there was a newly wed game that was alot of fun.
Cabin / Stateroom
Beds were very comfortable and the sheets were very soft. We stayed in the second cheapest rooms, and it was still very nice.
Service and Staff
Everybody was friendly, polite and accommodating.
Cozumel, Mexico
You have to take a taxi if you wont to go anywhere (beach of whatever), and that is pricey. Take money and be careful not to get scammed. Our cab drive tried to tell us he didn't have change even though it was there in your hand. Also if you want to go para-sailing or snorkeling at the reef, its $40 once you get there rather than $80 with carnival.
Progreso (Merida), Mexico
We spent our whole time there on an excursion to Chichen Itza, which was great except for the bus ride was really hot.
Don't Miss: Get your shopping done here, Cozumel is was more expensive and has the same stuff.

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