Not up to Carnival's normal standards
Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: June 08, 2013
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
Review SummaryWe have been on a number of cruises with different cruise lines and three previous cruises with Carnival. Up to now, we have had excellent experiences with Carnival cruise lines - unfortunately, this ship, the Ecstasy was a dud. The cabin staff were very good but after leaving the cabin we were met with gloomy faces from the staff, nowhere to sit due to tables being left uncleared for half an hour or more and a selection of food comparable to a hospital cafeteria. It is typical for us to gain about 5lbs a piece while on a cruise - we actually lost weight! One day we decided to count the number of staff members who smiled at us because we were amazed at how miserable everyone looked - there were six smiles ALL DAY! The prime rib was very good as well as the baked ham, but outside of that, there was nothing to really write home about. Presentation of food was poor - we have been used to very attractive displays on previous cruises. A large bowl of tomatoes was about as inspired as it got on the Ecstasy. There are no 24 hour choices on food - unless you consider the options of a burger or pizza 'choices'. The general entertainment on deck was nowhere near what we have experienced on previous cruises - typically there are staff members hosting games, leading fun activities etc. most of the time - these were very few and far between on this cruise. The entertainment director needs coaching in diction - whenever a rare announcement was made about upcoming 'events', his speech as so sloppy it was darned near impossible to understand anything he said. I am going to give Carnival another chance because we have had such wonderful cruises with them in the past ~ If this were my first cruise, I seriously doubt that I'd be back.
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Cabin / Stateroom
If you want some peace and quiet - go to the adults only serenity deck - very nice.