won't go back on this ship again
Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Review SummaryTo be fair, I'm not basing my review of this ship on its looks. Sure it was tacky, outdated, and looked like a box of crayons threw up everywhere, but whatever. It worked, it functioned, it floated, good enough. I'm moreso unhappy with the location of my room. I purposely chose a room that looked like it was in a remote, isolated location (Upper Deck, fwd) in hopes that it would be peaceful, because I like my sleep. What the deck plan failed to show though, was that my room was directly across from the Crew Area, so from 5:30am up until 10pm (or later) the door would constantly slam shut as people went in and out. I complained on the 2nd morning and was told that they would look at the door to see if they could stop it from slamming. It never happened. While I normally stay up late and sleep in, I found myself going to bed early- and missing the late shows- because I knew I'd be woken up at 5:30. Was not a happy camper! Unless you're an early bird, avoid Upper Deck Fwd!
Also, being a non-smoker, I was quick to pick up on the smell of cigarette smoke coming in through the vent over our bed. Was not happy with this either!
The food left a lot to be desired, but the staff/crew were nice enough.
Carnival had to rearrange our itinerary, and cut out some of our time in Nassau, which made it difficult to have an enjoyable time on our excursion to Atlantis. Half Moon Cay was gorgeous, and be prepared to venture out away from port while in Freeport.
I would consider this a "party boat," not recommended if you are looking for a laid back, relaxing environment.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
part of its "charm". I give cleanliness an A: despite thousands of people walking around, I rarely if ever saw any dirt, dust, finger prints, crumbs, etc.
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: the islands (half moon cay!)
Cons: location of the room, food