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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 14, 2015
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 2 years ago

I had an overall enjoyable time on this cruise despite minor annoyances from my cruise companions. I believe this type of cruise ship is perfect for those wanting an inexpensive and brief vacation. I would not recommend it for longer itineraries since it does not have as many perks as other ships. As a person who THOROUGHLY prepares for everything, I reads reviews about this cruise and for the most part I don't understand some of the complaints. I honestly may account them to noncompliance or failure to prepare. The ladies I cruised with ran into some issues because they were unaware (their own fault). I've never eaten so much food in a week and I don't see how considering there weren't that many options. The question wasn't whether or not if we were hungry but if we could eat and we did! We were either eating, getting ready to eat, or just finishing eating. My favorite menu items were the scallops and risotto, crabcakes, custom made omelettes, MDR ice cream, meatloaf, baked alaska, huevos rancheros, and lido deck chicken tenders. MDR breakfast service is slow and not worth the wait unless it's Seaday brunch. Go to Lido deck. We often passed out on Serenity deck due to the comfortable nature of the lounge chairs. The comedy shows were our primary method of entertainment. I knew one of the comedians from a previous cruise and he was funnier then. One of the best things to consider is booking your next cruise on board. You will get OBC. I came with a list of options I wanted to try and caught an unexpected sale. Having a positive disposition and grateful mindset can make a world of difference during your travels. I can't think of anything else significant but if you have questions just ask me. Big Smile

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We ate all day. I just wish there were more selections I liked from previous Carnival cruises.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We only participated in the comedy shows, serenity deck, and one trivia game. Enjoyed those activities.


3 out of 5
We are still trying to figure out the DJ's goal. It seem like he wasn't going off the vibe of the crowd. As more people left the dance floor, he continued to chose arrangements that encouraged it. It seemed like he ended the party early one night.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every staff and service member we encountered were pleasant and sociable. Kudos to Miguel who is a drink server in the MDR and nightclub. Also to Taku who helped me book my next cruise.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Our room was dusty and I brought Lysol wipes to clean it; however, I didn't because I really didn't care. I had better things to do.

Ship Tip

PREPARE and understand what to expect. This is a fantasy class ship and pretty much everything you need to know is online. Just read it.

5 out of 5
If you drive then leave the day before so you won't get caught in traffic. We had time to eat at Ihop once we arrived. Alcohol can not be purchased before 7AM in case you forgot to bring a bottle for the cruise.
5 out of 5
Wear sneakers for walking.
5 out of 5
If you truly have no intention of buying anything, then it is okay to turn down offers to visit a store. Otherwise, you may end up spending money you didn't want to or feeling pressured/guilty. Also this is a good port to buy alcohol to take home.
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