Old boat, nice staterooms, crappy food - good value overall

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
3 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 16, 2015
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: M123
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 3 years ago

This was our first cruise and, considering that it wasn't very expensive, it was about what I expected.  Our stateroom was fine - I recommend getting a balcony, as we really enjoyed ours.  The televisions are terrible, so don't expect to watch any tv.  The pool was small and the hot tubs weren't hot enough, but for a 3 night cruise, that didn't matter all that much.  Being able to sunbathe in deck chairs and look out at the ocean in the middle of January was valuable in and of itself.  We also enjoyed using the waterslides and the not-hot-enough hot-tubs on the adults-only deck.  

The evening entertainment was fine - we enjoyed the dance club and the karaoke, but I heard the comedians were uneven.  My biggest pet peeve is that the food was just really not good.  There were a few items in the sit-down dining room meals that were good, but ordering was always a crap shoot.  And the buffet food was pretty sub-par even for buffet food.  The pizza is made-to-order so that was one of the better options, and the paninis looked good.

I think if you come in with realistic expectations and all you're looking for is a fun getaway, then this is a great option.  If you want pampered luxury, then this isn't the ship for you.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
No bathroom issues (great water pressure) and we really enjoyed the balcony.

Ship Tip

Embrace the cheesy, dated decor! The casino permits smoking :-( Video arcade needs improvement. Hot tubs need to be kept hotter, particularly in the adults-only area where there's no fear of children getting overheated. The smallness of the ship makes it less overwhelming.

5 out of 5
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