Easy Port; Less than great ship

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall rating:

2.6 out of 5
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Carnival Ecstasy

5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 23, 2019

Ship: Carnival Ecstasy

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: U3

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Review summary

This was an anniversary cruise for us. The ship was disappointing. There were not many exciting options on the ship. We won't sail on Ecstasy again.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Port of Jacksonville is super easy to use for embarkation.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Main dining room was visited twice for dinner. Nothing to write home about regarding choices, taste, or quality. The Blue Iguana tacos and burritos were very good as was Guy's burgers. The 4-cheese pizza from the 24-hour pizzeria was very good as well.

Onboard Activities

2 out of 5
Pool was always crowded. Hot tubs on the Lido Deck were consistently full of children and/or young teens. The teens were using foul language and were not supervised by any parents or adults.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
The Lip Sync Battle was fun and entertaining.

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
Room Steward - AWESOME! He was very helpful and attentive! Cruise Director Cam was very enthusiastic about his position and events around the ship. Dining Room Waiters - Excellent! Cheerful and attentive. Other Staff - unimpressive - no one smiled, greeted passengers, offered assistance.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Cleanliness was fine. Ship was very small and lacked the more modern, impressive updates seen on other ships within Carnival and with other cruise lines.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Cleanliness was great, as our steward was fabulous. Size was typical of the cabin class. The beds were VERY UNCOMFORTABLE and actually concave! New mattresses or updated, thicker mattress pads are needed.

Ship tip

If you're subject to motion sickness, consider cruising on a larger ship. (Husband had issues)

Ports of call

Princess Cays (Cruise Line Private Island)

3 out of 5
Unless money was spent on an excursion, which we did not, there wasn't much to do. Lots of lounge chairs, very long lines at the provided buffet.

Nassau, Bahamas

2 out of 5
Once again, did not do an excursion. Was turned off by the amount of locals that relentlessly pursued us wanting us to do their excursion, taxi, scooter, and so on. My husband was offered marijuana by no less than 4 different people.

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Slow.

Traveler Photos

Ecstasy Pool Carnival Ecstasy Blue Iguana Cantina Taco
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