invalid-31450 Sail Date: August 23, 2012 Ship: Carnival Ecstasy Cabin Type: Suite Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 5 years ago
This was our first time cruising so we had high expectations on how the trip would pan out. We got our airfare through carnivals fly aweigh program and purchased our airport transport through carnival but by the time we reached the ship lunch was over and we had to go to the safety briefing without anything to eat all day. When boarding the vessel we noticed it was outdated by about a decade. The staff directed us to our room where we met our room steward. He was very polite and already knew our names. He answered any questions we had and let us be on our way. When entering our room there were stains on the floor, outdated decor, the "whirlpool" tub was small and he "private" balcony isn't so private. If you look overboard and turn your head in either direction, you can see the other people.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
If you love bland and dry cafeteria food, this ship is for you. The Deli and Room Service were the only decent venues on the ship. Mongolian Wok was slow moving and bland. Outdoor grill was the same thing every day, dry burgers, old fries, hot dogs and chicken fingers. Inside buffet changes daily but was still only about 6 overcooked and flavorless pieces of "food". The Deli was good but you had to wait in line for 20 minutes for a sandwich. I'm guessing if the other food tasted better the deli wouldn't be so busy. The pizza was nothing to write home about. The food in the main dining was retirement home food at best. The only reason we kept coming back to the main dining area were the people we dined with. Complete strangers, but they were fun, nice and great company. Our main server was rude but our secondary server was excellent. Remembered our names, talked, danced and entertained us. Our Matre D' was a flamboyant character and he also did a great job entertaining.
1 out of 5
Be sure to take advantage of the boats activates because everything else will cost you $$$. Most of the ships activities are free and fun. I assumed that when we dock there would be beaches but was the opposite. If you wanted a beach you had to pay to get there. if you wanted to do anything other than shop at the port you had to pay to do it. If there was just 1 beach to go to on this trip without paying I would have been satisfied. I Don't think I should have to pay for sand.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The staff was excellent. If it weren't for the staff this vacation would have been a dissaster. Everyone was always smiling, saying hello, asking how your day is and if you need anything. Everyone was always working to the fullest. I can't give the staff enough kudos for the work they did/do.
3 out of 5
Only the cleanliness of this category gets a 6 the rest is a 1. The staff does such a great job at keeping the ship clean and sanitary. The dining venues, pool area, bathrooms and walking areas were always clean and look presentable. As far as the layout, it was a bit confusing being a first timer. Not all the elevators go to the same floors but by the 3rd day we figured it out. The pool was quite small, not nearly enough to accommodate the 1000's of guests. ALL the hot tubs were out of order, even the ones on the Adult only deck. Not only did I not get a chance to swim but I couldn't even enjoy a hot tub. Besides cleanliness everything else gets a 1 for a rating.
Cabin / Stateroom
1 out of 5
We opted for the Grand Suite but maybe not so grand. It was sizeable compared to the other rooms but was still extremely outdated. Whirlpool tub was small, balcony wasn't private and the furniture just seemed out of place. I did like the robes, the housekeeping staff was phenomenal and the room was in a pretty central area to get around the boat. The bed mattress was comfortable but could have used more pillows. Not sure if worth the extra money.
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