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Carnival Ecstasy Review

Insider Take

Best For People Who Want

Non-stop entertainment, lively casinos, extensive deck space for sunning, large fitness facilities and children's activities, large cabins, good food, and very informal service. Especially recommended for families, singles in groups and first time cruisers.

Should Be Avoided By People Who Prefer

Sophisticated "seen but not heard" service people; cabins with private verandas; mega-ship action; understated elegance in a low-key environment; no children; dozens of varieties of food.

Onboard Experience

Identical in all but decor, Carnival Ecstasy and her seven Fantasy-class sister ships (Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sensation & Carnival Elation) always seem to have something of interest going on, and thus are ideal for the up-and-at-'em style cruiser. Carrying 2,052 passengers, the ships are big enough to provide diverse entertainment options as well as ample deck space for those whose idea of being entertained is basking in a warm sun shine glow.

Having been launched in 1991, in today's whirlwind pace of change in the cruise industry, Carnival Ecstasy is not so full of neon, chrome and mirrors as her one-year younger sister ship, Fantasy, is. This is the ship that caught fire on her stern back in 1998, and was shown adrift at sea live on CNN. She was also assigned to be one of the ships to house relief workers after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. After all that, she needed a good scrubbing up and she received one in mid-2005; a 35-day refurbishment that updated almost all of her staterooms and public areas.

An upgrade started in 2007 involves upgrades to the pool area, staterooms and some public rooms. Most of the following are complete: a snazzy new pool area with teak decking, new umbrellas, a tile "beach" for the pool water to lap against and a new thatched roof for the hot tub. The kids will rave about "Carnival waterworks," the new water park featuring a 4-story tall and 300 foot long "Twister Water Slide." Another slide is three side-by-side tubes 82 feet long. This is all part of a waterpark with all kinds of sprays and other devices to keep the kiddies cool and fresh. There's also a new nine-hole miniature golf course. As of January 2008, this is almost complete.

As if that isn't enough for the kids, "Camp Carnival" received a makeover, and the ship has new interconnecting staterooms for families.

The adults haven't been left out; there will be a new "adults-only" area called "Serenity" with a deck of solid teak panels for soft cushioned loungers in sun or shady areas and two hot tubs.

New enhancements indoors include a coffee cafe with specialty coffees (for a price) but free pastries. A new art & photo gallery and the atrium bar will be in place. New sound and lighting systems have been installed in every public room, and the ship now has flat screen televisions in several places to keep up with sports and other vital information.

All of the staterooms are scheduled for upgrades with new fabrics and finishings, and flat panel televisions for a more updated look and the important added space.

Ideal as it is for the sort of person who likes to have loads of activities planned, Carnival Ecstasy also offers lots of out-of-the-way places to read or just contemplate the sea. During summer cruises, however, when there are hundreds of kiddies aboard, quiet contemplation might become a luxury reserved for another ship.

Decor

The unifying idea behind Carnival Ecstasy's interior decor is a New York City theme. You'll find the the Stripes Dance Club, the Society Bar, the Chinatown Disco, and the Blue Sapphire Lounge as the main theater. They are all more or less connected by the City Lights Boulevard (the walkway between public areas) on Promenade Deck. The Grand Atrium still has bits of the old glitz style remaining from the early days of Carnival. The glass elevators in the atrium are actually trimmed with neon lights.

Cuisine

From the best pizza afloat (available 24 hours per day) to haute cuisine in the main dining room, Carnival really delivers on the food front.

Restaurants

Total Choice Dining provides for four dinner seatings in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening, and an increased number of service staff. Passengers are assigned a table for dinner in one of the two main dining rooms - The Wind Star on Atlantic Deck, mid-ship, or the Wind Song on Atlantic Deck, aft - at one of four seatings; 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. There are very few tables for two in either of the two main dining rooms; expect to dine with four, six, or eight fellow voyagers.

You typically have a choice of six starters, a couple of salads, and six or seven main courses (pan-fried fillet of red snapper, sweet and sour shrimp, rack of New Zealand lamb and Beef Wellington). The menu also includes Spa Carnival selections for those trying to reduce their intake of calories, sodium, cholesterol, fat, or meat.

Added in the 2007 renovation were a coffee bar in the atrium and New York-style deli in the Lido restaurants.

Additionally, the poolside Lido eateries are converted into Seaview Bistros between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each evening, offering buffet dinner with no reservations or advance notice required. The informal Panorama (T-shirts and shorts are OK) Restaurant on the Lido Deck offers both inside and poolside seating. All meals here are served buffet style, with open seating for all three meals.

Other alternative eating options include a 24-hour pizzeria, a complimentary sushi bar and 24 hour room service. The "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades started in 2007 will eventually add a coffee bar in the atrium and New York-style deli in the Lido restaurants, if they are not there already.

Tipping

Carnival automatically adds $10.00 per person per day in gratuities to your Sail & Sign card unless you're under two years old, and if you're reading this, you're probably not. This includes $3.60 for the stateroom steward; $5.50 for the Dining Room team, and $.90 for service in the alternative dining rooms. Visit the purser's desk during the cruise to raise or lower this amount.

You may also prepay gratuities for all service personnel at a rate of $10.00 per person per day. On Cruises-to-Nowhere, gratuities of $10 per person per day must be prepaid.

A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Tip the maitre d', room service, spa, casino and other staff as you deem fitting.

Entertainment

The prime entertainment venue is the 1,300 seat Blue Sapphire Lounge theater, but karaoke draws big crowds to the Stripes Dance Club, while the Starlight Lounge offers a variety of dance-music combos from pop standards to even folk and country musicians. A variety of dance music is spinning nightly in the Chinatown Disco. Regardless of what sort of music you like most, you're pretty much assured of hearing it.

By day, there are bingo and Trivial Pursuit contests, not to mention such highbrow events poolside as the men's hairy chest contest.

Fitness/Spa

With no fewer than 12,000 sq. ft. devoted to fitness and spa facilities, these ships are a dream come true for those who like to keep in shape during their cruise. The "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades scheduled for 2008 will pay particular attention to the spa area by adding more elegance and amenities.

The gyms have a private trainer and 35 state-of-the-art exercise machines. There's a day-long schedule of aerobics, and stretching yoga, and Pilates classes (usually around $10 each), as well as body composition analysis and personal training sessions, $75 for 60 minutes. There's a fully jogging track and a volleyball court. Women who want to sunbathe topless will find secluded areas in which to do so.

Those who prefer to skip shore excursions and snorkel on their own can rent equipment for $26 for three days. The inescapable Steiner's of London operates the ship's spa, which offers lots of different kinds of massage - and pushes its beauty products rather more zealously than most passengers would prefer.

Children's Facilities

Carnival's celebrated Camp Carnival program offers a full schedule of supervised activities, from finger painting and singalongs for younger children to photography workshops, late-night movies, and pool parties for their older siblings. The ships' 2,400-square foot "Children's World" play areas are stocked with a computer lab, a climbing maze, an activity wall, and an assortment of toys, games and puzzles.

Attire

On the two "formal" nights per week, most men wear a dark suit instead of tux. By day, nearly everyone wears shorts, T-shirt, sneakers/sandals, bathing suit, and a hat.

Overview

One of the oldest "Fantasy-class" Carnival ships (1991), fine for short inexpensive getaways but the age shows in decor.

Public Rooms

The ship consist of 10 decks with most of the public rooms concentrated on Atlantic, Promenade and Lido decks (decks 5, 6 and 7). The cabins are mostly concentrated on decks one through four; Riviera, Main, Upper (which is actually a lower deck 3) and Empress decks.

You can stroll on the entertainment promenade called City Lights Boulevard, or plop down into a soft banquette to ogle passers-by. The two-level, 1300-set show lounge Blue Sapphire at the front of the promenade presents live production shows, comedians, magicians, and passenger talent shows, with exemplary sight lines and good seating throughout.

The ship's most fanciful decor is in such entertainment venues as the popular piano bar. Carnival Ecstasy's is known as the Neon Bar and it features an enormous circular piano which doubles as a bar for those who like to sing along. You'll also find a vibrant disco and cabaret lounge along the boulevard.

All of the public rooms recently received new sound and light systems to add a touch of excitement. Flat-screen televisions have been added to many lounges to keep up with sports and other events. The ship now has a specialty coffee bar, new art and photo galleries and purpose-built conference facilities.

Other public areas include the Galleria shopping mall, the Virtual World arcade, and the ship's photo gallery. The Internet cafe offers access for 75 cents per minute; for those who plan to spend more time on the computer, there are 100 minute packages available for $50 (50 cents per minute) and 250 minute packages for $100 (40 cents per minute).

Service

Don't expect formality. Indeed, expect wacky dances after dessert - and then to come back to your cabin to find that your cabin steward, cut up that he or she is, has left a towel folded to resemble a dog on your bed. The hi-jinx never stop!

Cabins

Because they were built just before the shift toward lots of verandahs, just the 26 demi-suites (250 square feet) and 28 full suites (400 square feet) have balconies.

However, during 2008 all of the staterooms in the class of smaller Carnival ships will receive a facelift including new flat screen televisions, for example, a subtle change but one that lends a significantly different feel to the room while also adding a little extra space - which never hurts.

The cabins on these older ships always appeared spartan compared to the newer Carnival ships due to their lack of wooden desks and cabinetry. The colors, fabrics and linens will be upgraded, but they are still light on amenities (a color TV with CNN, telephone, radio, no hair dryer, and a basket of "free-sample" toiletries). They are roomy, however, among the largest in the cruise industry: inside measure 185 sq. ft, outside 190 sq. feet. Even in the minimum category inside or outside stateroom you'll still enjoy ample space. Cabins for four and five are understandably popular with families, and go fast.

Oceanview staterooms and suites offer a mini bar, bathrobes, and fairly large bathrooms with a shower (with wand) and medicine cabinet. There are also 26 mini-suites (226sq. feet plus 36 square foot private veranda) and 28 suites measuring 350 sq. feet with 71 sq. foot balconies.




Ship Overview

The second ship in Carnival’s Fantasy-class, Carnival Ecstasy entered service in 1991. The ship has received numerous upgrades over the years, including the highly anticipated and popular addition of balconies to some ocean-view cabins and a secluded adults-only Serenity Deck, but there is no word at this writing on whether the ship will be updated to feature Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades. From her year-round home, Port Canaveral, which is within driving distance of Florida’s Orlando airport and theme parks, Carnival Ecstasy sails five-night cruises to the Bahamas and, depending on the date, also calls on Key West, Florida.

Bathed in fiber-optic light, glitzy Fantasy-class interiors added expansive six-deck atriums and a new dimension to the original superliner concept. To keep the fun going, these ships offer an almost wearying assortment of places to have a good time. As times and tastes have changed, the ships have evolved as well, with new lobby bars, dedicated club spaces for teens and tweens, miniature golf, and Internet centers. Even newer are Carnival’s WaterWorks water park and the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, which increase the appeal of the older Fantasy-class vessels.

Only one level below the Lido deck, the indoor promenade connects major public rooms on a single deck, with only formal dining rooms, shops, and other small spaces one deck below. Large in size and ideal for a short itinerary, these ships have sprawling outdoor pool and sunning areas, but they can feel cramped when sailing at maximum capacity. Cabins provide calm oases from sensory overload. With the exception of Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, and Carnival Ecstasy, to which balconies were added to existing cabins, you'll have to book a suite if you want the solitude of a private balcony.

The world's largest cruise line—and one of the most widely recognized—originated its "Fun Ship" concept in 1972 and has been launching party-packed superliners with signature red funnels ever since. The line's ever-growing fleet features entertainment and activities designed for passengers of all ages, from game shows and lip sync competitions to twisting waterslides and mini golf. These ships are a reliable choice for families as well as young singles and couples who want a vacation that won’t break the bank.

Nearly all onboard dining options are included in the fare, as are comedy and production shows, children’s programs, and use of state-of-the-art fitness centers. With some of the most comfortable accommodations at sea, large new ships are continuously added to the fleet and rarely deviate from a successful pattern, while older vessels are updated with popular features, such as the poolside BlueIguana Tequila Bar with an adjacent burrito cantina, the Red Frog Rum Bar that also serves Carnival’s own brand of Thirsty Frog Red beer, and Guy’s Burger Joint, created with Food Network star Guy Fieri.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Central atriums are stunning when sunlight streams in through skylights
  • Surprisingly large libraries are ideal retreats for reading or playing board games
  • Freshly made pizza and calzones are available around the clock

Cons

  • Despite upgrades, the decor is still pretty gaudy
  • These are ships designed for partying, so quiet spots can be difficult to find
  • Sushi bars earn high marks for their complimentary creations, but sake costs extra
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 920
  • Entered Service 1991
  • Gross Tons 70,367
  • Length 855 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,028
  • Passenger Capacity 2,056 (2,610 max)
  • Width 103 feet
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Apr 2, 2017

Review of Carnival Ectasy

Bernardo Age: 58 Occupation:Physician Number of Cruises: 8 Cruise Line: Carnival Ship: Carnival Ecstasy Sailing Date: 2014-08-27 Itinerary: Miami-Nassau-Miami To many passengers for a such a ship. Rather old ship but maintained OK. Very noisy with children running unattended and teenagers screaming with no concern towards other passengers. Its a cruise for the younger crowd that don't mind noisy neighbors, very loud music and doing lines for everything.

It was fine in the formal dining room, but horrible at the buffet and poolside. Very crowded and disorganized at the buffet, with long lines for horrible burgers and hotdogs at the poolside. The formal dining was good with occasional exceptional dishes. Urine drops on the toilet and bathroom floor on our arrival. The balcony was dirty with cigarette ash. The mattress was hard. The service, however, was OK. Not a lot of activities for a couple of our age (50's). We do not enjoy deafening loud music (as this ship had almost everywhere we went). There were no activities for those that preferred some quiet (such as a movie theater or quiet reading room); the library was facing the atrium with loud teenagers constantly passing by. Don't pay for the hotel-beach day; they offered a day at a hotel where you can use their facilities and beach. We took the bus from the port to a hotel on Cable Beach ($3 both) and use their beach, lounge chairs, umbrellas, bathroom and bought food there with no one asking for our room number or questions. Saved $30-40/each (amount they charged for these "excursions") and had a grand time on our own. If you've been on other cruises (such as Norwegian, RC, Celebrity, Costa or Viking - like we have) the Carnival Ecstasy is NOT for you. The orderly, low decibel environment and entertaining experience you might have had in those cruises you WILL NOT FIND IT ON CARNIVAL. However, if you enjoy loud music, standing on lines and avoiding people while you walk at poolside or an outside deck, then the Carnival Ecstasy is what you want.

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Aug 27, 2014

Miami-Nassau-Miami

To many passengers for a such a ship. Rather old ship but maintained OK. Very noisy with children running unattended and teenagers screaming with no concern towards other passengers. Its a cruise for the younger crowd that don't mind noisy neighbors, very loud music and doing lines for everything. It was fine in the formal dining room, but horrible at the buffet and poolside. Very crowded and disorganized at the buffet, with long

lines for horrible burgers and hotdogs at the poolside. The formal dining was good with occasional exceptional dishes. Urine drops on the toilet and bathroom floor on our arrival. The balcony was dirty with cigarette ash. The mattress was hard. The service, however, was OK. Not a lot of activities for a couple of our age (50's). We do not enjoy deafening loud music (as this ship had almost everywhere we went). There were no activities for those that preferred some quiet (such as a movie theater or quiet reading room); the library was facing the atrium with loud teenagers constantly passing by. Don't pay for the hotel-beach day; they offered a day at a hotel where you can use their facilities and beach. We took the bus from the port to a hotel on Cable Beach ($3 both) and use their beach, lounge chairs, umbrellas, bathroom and bought food there with no one asking for our room number or questions. Saved $30-40/each (amount they charged for these "excursions") and had a grand time on our own. If you've been on other cruises (such as Norwegian, RC, Celebrity, Costa or Viking - like we have) the Carnival Ecstasy is NOT for you. The orderly, low decibel environment and entertaining experience you might have had in those cruises you WILL NOT FIND IT ON CARNIVAL. However, if you enjoy loud music, standing on lines and avoiding people while you walk at poolside or an outside deck, then the Carnival Ecstasy is what you want.

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Jun 15, 2014

key west and cozumel

the only good experience about this carnival cruise where the shore excursions.the staff of the ectasy were extremely rude and the ship had maintenance issues. this ship really needs to be docked for major repairs.for the shore excursions passengers were late getting off the ship because tbe staff could not get the gang plank down. the cabin had plumbing problems that guest services took 2 hours to send anyone to fix it. if you had to call guest

services all you got was attitude. consumer beware when you book on the ectasy it is an old ship that is falling apart. food was mediocre. plumbing was bad. shower had no cold water. took maintenance 2 hours to send someone to fix it. they really did not have alot of on board activities. really need improvement in tbat area. shore excursions were good especially in cozumel. recommend the ancient mayan ruins and island sight seeing tour. our tour guide moy was excellent.. from the very beginning the staff was rude. from the checkin clerk at the miami pier and especially guest services. booked the cruise with my 70 yr old mother as a mothers day present. she left the cruise crying and very disappointed.

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By Dave_CR

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Nov 26, 2013

Exotic Western Caribbean

This was our third cruise, and Carnival did not disappoint! We pick Carnival because of all of the fun activities, and even though there were a lot of seniors on this cruise due to the time of year (probably 50-75% seniors), the activities were non-stop. Trivia, dancing, mixology contests, hairy chest, ice sculpture demo, comedy shows, Vegas-style shows, movies on the big screen, 2 pools, at least 6 whirlpools, water slides, mini-golf, fitness,

and live music everywhere! The fun never stops on board, and there is even more to do when you are in port. We feel a Carnival cruise is the best value for our money - compare it to a week in a resort hotel, and you'll see what I mean. We stayed in a resort hotel in St. Pete Beach last year, and 2 nights there was more expensive than a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas. On the Dream, we had fantastic service, fair to excellent food (depending on where we ate), and not enough time to take part in all of the fun. The food in the main dining room was fantastic. On our first cruise we ate mostly in the buffet or the small specialty places, but since then we discovered how good the food is in the dining room. Chateaubriand, prime rib, lobster, duck, mahi mahi, steak, ribs, and on and on. The desserts are fantastic also - baked Alaska, various gourmet pies and cakes, and of course their signature warm chocolate melting cake. Breakfast in the dining room was good, but the portions were very small. Dining room scores a 5 out of 5 for food quality. The service was fantastic - the wait staff consisted of three people and they all were very friendly, knew our names from the first time they learned them, and always took time to chat. Thanks to them, our dining experience was perfect. Breakfast at the buffet was really good, although the omelet line tended to be a little bit of a wait. Also, the scrambled eggs on the buffet line were made from reconstituted eggs - not horrible, but if you preferred real eggs you had to go through the omelet line. Lunch in the buffet was pretty good also, I assume the same for dinner (we ate in the dining room every night). We wanted to try the Pasta Bar, but it was a long wait and we were hungry. The burrito bar was just OK - Chipotle style burritos, but very bland. The Mongolian Wok was a very long wait and the food was not very good. They only had 3 styles of sauce to choose from. The very worst part of the buffet experience was the coffee - it was worse than horrible. The only saving grace was the coffee bar on deck 5 - it was an extra expense, but the coffee drinks there were very good. Finally, the Chocolate experience was a major disappointment. I can't say much, other than the selections were just fair. I wanted to try the barbecue on the Lanai, but it got rained out. The stateroom was very good. We had a balcony room on Deck 9 forward, so it was pretty quiet. The stewards kept the cabin cleaned up any time we left, and they always had the bed turned down in the evening, along with a towel creation and chocolates. They also had ice waiting for us in the ice bucket without even asking, so that was really cool. Also, this was the first time we've had a mini fridge in the cabin - nice touch. The bathroom seems small but it is just fine if you don't try to get two people in there using the sink. The toilet seat is uncomfortable, so you do your business and get out quick. There is no vent fan in there either, so smells and steamy air are trapped. But it's like that on most cruise ships, so you can't really knock them for that. The flat panel TV is pretty good, but if you are judging a cruise by what's on TV then maybe you should have stayed at home. My sons stayed in an interior cabin, and apart from the fact they had no window or balcony, their cabin experience was virtually identical to ours (for half the price). Again, if you are spending a lot of time in your cabin instead of out and about having fun, maybe you should have stayed home. The lockers are ample for a week's worth of clothes, and our suitcases fit under the bed and out of the way. The only drawback I have ever had with the cabin is the lack of electrical outlets. There are two - one in the bathroom that only has power when the bathroom light is on, and one on the counter where a woman would sit and do hair or makeup. Always bring a power strip. Ours was wrongly confiscated from inside our suitcase during embarkation, even though their website says they are allowed. Bring one - you will need it for phones, cameras, laptop/tablet, etc. We had a lot of fun onboard, especially the days spent at sea. Bring a highlighter and make note of which activities sound fun - they are all listed in the daily bulletin the steward leaves in your cabin. The big production numbers in the main theater are well done and very entertaining, and the comedians in the smaller lounges are a lot of fun. They had family rated and adult rated comedy shows. There was live music at various locations around the ship, and it was all pretty good. My recommendation is to forget about what you think you like or don't like, and just try it all! You're on vacation to have fun, so don't spoil it by being overly critical. The pools are a little too small and the whirlpools tend to be sausage stew. The Serenity area is a nice escape from kids. The water slides were fun, even for me, a grown man. My advice - always get off the ship in port and see something you've never seen before! If you are traveling to Mexico or Belize, you should go see some Mayan ruins. Xunantunich is probably the best, but it takes all day. We had booked that excursion originally, but July-December is the rainy season and our excursion got rained out due to the 3 solid weeks of rain they got before our cruise. No worries - we booked a different trip to Altun Ha and had a great day. The excursion included a power boat ride down the river Wallace, where we saw crocodiles, iguanas, manatees, and howler monkeys. On the downside, Belize is a very poor country, so there really isn't much to do there unless you take an excursion. And the tender boat ride takes 15-20 minutes! Cozumel is one of our favorite stops in the Caribbean, and this time we rode an Atlantis submarine. Don't miss it! The view out the portholes is amazing. We saw lots of different fish, a sea turtle, a shark, a ray, loads of coral, and the edge of the ridge on which the island sits - a 5,000 foot drop into deep blue darkness! Isla Roatan is a beautiful island, so you must get out and see some of it. We chose a canopy zip-line tour the day before we arrived in port, and it was a good choice. A little pricey, but we had a blast. After that the tour folks took us to Tabyana beach, one of the most beautiful spots on the west end of the island. The snorkeling there was fabulous. Also, the police keep most of the locals hawking stuff away, so that helps. Think of Roatan as similar to Jamaica in beauty and variety of things to do, without all of the poor people demanding handouts. Costa Maya was our last port, and I would have rather come back a day early. It's a tiny port with almost nothing there except shops and a couple of chain bar/restaurants. More than 1 cruise ship at a time will overwhelm their capacity, and the vendors are really pushy. We did the dolphin swim excursion and it was really fun, so if you are stopping here I would recommend that. Overall, we had another fantastic vacation. I had to come home and take a week to rest up! A few notes: - The embarkation process was smooth and pretty speedy. From the time we arrived at the terminal to the time we were on the ship, it was less than 2 hours. - Debarkation at the end of the cruise was pretty efficient, also. We had a leisurely breakfast, made sure we were out of our cabin by 8:30, and were off the ship by 9:45. And we had a high debarkation number. - The transfer shuttle to/from Orlando airport was a good choice. It's $70 each round trip, but it takes you curb to curb. - Carnival seems to be making a strong effort to make everyone feel like part of a family. Cabin stewards and dining room staff always greeted us by name, other stewards and staff members always engaged us and asked about the day's plans, or whether there was anything we needed. And every single crew member had a smile on his or her face. - The ship was clean and well maintained. It helped that it's one of their newest ships, but when you have 3500+ passengers a week things have a tendency to break. I did not encounter a single broken or inoperative thing on the cruise. I will highly recommend a Carnival cruise to anyone!

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Sep 7, 2013

Bahamas

This was my first cruise and I was very excited. I did not know what to expect. My best friend and I took her daughter to celebrate her 21st birthday. We had all agreed on one excursion which was to swim with the dolphins at the blue lagoon. The night before our excursion we received a letter explaining that they were canceling our excursion. We were very disappointed but were able to book another excursion with the dolphins that night through guest

services. Unfortunately,this excursion did not include lunch and required us to take a boat out to another island where we would have to stay for 4 hours. We planned ahead and took some snacks but were forced to purchase something to drink there. I bought 2 bottles of water and a diet coke and was charged $17. Unbelievable. They really gouge where they can. Upon arriving home my nightmare really started. Carnival billed my credit card for all of my charges while on the ship and placed holds on my account for all of the individual charges. I was told after 72 hours the holds would be lifted yet I am 7 days in and can't seem to get any assistance from Carnival. My advise "SET UP A CASH ACCOUNT"! Overall I was happy with the food aboard the ship. I did avoid the buffet when possible and opted to eat in the restaurant. The food was good but at times the service left a lot to be desired. Our stateroom was always clean and comfortable. For the most part it was quiet. We really liked Yogi who kept us stocked with towels and left us treats everyday. I enjoyed the shows I attended but during the day there was not really much to offer unless you wanted to hang out on the Lido deck that was always packed with people and their rowdy kids.

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