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Sail Date: May 2019
First Cruise for us a learning experience you might say. The idea of a cruise is neat but this particular one was a complete disappointment. Embarkation was super crowded and a bit confusing. Forget lunch on boarding day. The buffet was ... Read More
First Cruise for us a learning experience you might say. The idea of a cruise is neat but this particular one was a complete disappointment. Embarkation was super crowded and a bit confusing. Forget lunch on boarding day. The buffet was totally out of control, crowded, full of inconsiderate people and extremely long lines ( 20 minutes in the deli line - that didn't even move ) then after moving to the buffet line another 20 minutes to finally get to the food line with people butting lines to be with family. Cabin was nice, relatively clean and well appointed with a cool view from our balcony. Our Stateroom Steward Ady was pleasant and make sure our room was clean and stocked well. The bed which was supposed to be a King size was in actuality 2 twins together with a " gully" down the middle. We though peace would be on our balcony at sea. Not so some times, neighboring rooms though that it would be a great place to blast Rap music and smoke weed. Dining in the Golden Room was wonderful. Food was tasty and our Wait Staff, Oliver, Olaf and Benjamin were outstanding. Entertainment was okay more suitable for younger folks. So bottom line this kind of cruising is not for us. We'd rather spend that money on a nice resort where there are no unruly , inconsiderate crowds. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
1) The ship: This is an old ship, pretty run down. The decor though is charming, in a kinda old world Titanic/Tiffany style. The best thing was the lighting and the quaint corners. 2) The dining experience: The dining room ... Read More
1) The ship: This is an old ship, pretty run down. The decor though is charming, in a kinda old world Titanic/Tiffany style. The best thing was the lighting and the quaint corners. 2) The dining experience: The dining room (Silver or Golden), if you get a table close to the window, is very cozy and makes for a nice romantic dinner with "candle" light. The food in the restaurant is decent. Nothing to wow, but the taste and presentation was good. The service was very good. Servers were extremely nice and accommodating. My partner is omnivore and I am vegan. The dishes they prepared for me were excellent, both in taste and presentation. However, there was just one dish (no choices) for me, and it was lacking in protein, with the exception of the last day. The tofu steak was absolutely delicious. They had no appetizers and no desert for me. Just plain salad and a bowl of fruit every day. My partner had a variety to choose from. Everything was good for him but nothing special. On the menu they had a vegan/vegetarian dish every day listed, but they didn't have it. With the exception of the last day, I got a variety of the same plate every day: plain couscous with tomato sauce and one small plain vegetable. No protein. 3) Food during the day: Breakfast: The buffet was standard. For omnivores, eggs, bacon, baked beans, a variety of breads and pastries, cereals, etc. For vegans, just potatoes and baked beans or oatmeal and fruit. Non dairy milk had to be ordered and I stood there for a good while waiting for it. There was a breakfast burrito stand by the pool. No beans, so no vegan option. Only egg and meats for filling. They also had a small deli stand, but they also had no vegan options. Lunch: No options for vegans, besides a Mongolian wok. No protein option. Just noodles and vegetables. Omnivores could choose from chicken, beef, fish, or mussels. To my surprise they had no Indian or Vegan vegan dishes. All was very heavy meat oriented. No vegan pastries or baked anything. No tofu, no lentils or beans. No vegetable dishes without butter or meat. Just fruit for desert. They only had pizza available for times outside the buffet times (lunch until 3:30 am, dinner until 9:00 pm). The pizza was freshly made by one person, so the lines were very long. For vegan option they had a mushroom pizza without cheese that was actually very good. Regular pizza was ok. Thin crust and spare toppings, but fresh and not heavy. They also offered a gluten free crust. 3) Entertainment: This was the poorest category. No band, no music by the pool (besides a recording of an extremely annoying keyboard that one person pretend played with one finger), no games (besides one hairy chest contest which was blah). The pools were very small. The main pool allowed kids so it was usually full of them. Very small pool. The back pool was adults only, but it was also very small and there was zero entertainment. There was a comedy club with a comedian who pretty much repeated the same jokes. Humor based on obnoxiousness, which could be funny at times but, again, repeated every night so it would def be a one night kinda thing. The show was a rock performance with singers who were painful to listen to they were so off key. One really good dancer (wow). The rest not good and very much out of shape, huffing and puffing and sweating. 4) Ports: Nassau wasn't great. We walked to Cabbage beach, which was a nice 45 min walk through town. The beach was so so. Just very poor with local people trying to make a buck best they can. Everything looks run down and sad. Atlantis seems to have a monopoly and everything around it fell apart. Not worth to get off the ship. Freeport was much better. We took a taxi to a small beach called Paradise Cove, which was great. Low key. It is in an area away from tourism, in a zone called 8 mile where most locals live. They charge 4.50$ for beach access and a fee for locker, snorkeling equipment, kayak, chair, umbrella, etc. We brought our own snorkeling equipment. The beach is by Deadman's Reef. It is amazing for snorkeling since you can easily swim there from shore. It is seldom deeper than 4 ft until you get to the reef. There are no dangerous currents. We saw big sea turtles and a ton of fish along the corrals. They have a food stand where everything they offer is local and made from scratch. My partner had Concha and I had sweet potato fries. Delicious. It was 4 $ for local Bahamian ice cold beer. They offer excursions online there but don't buy that. It is much cheaper to get there on your own and if you bring your own equipment, its a fun afternoon for little money. We rather tip the locals than spending money on arranged shore excursions. Overall: Negative: The ship was run down and dirty. There was vomit on the stairs that stayed there for days. An invasion of love bugs that was only half way cleaned up. Rust and erosion everywhere. The food was below average, with little to no variety. No protein options, no variety, no deserts or appetizers for vegans. Little to no (or bad) entertainment. Sad, small pools look and smell like old city pools. Positive: Really nice room (balcony), excellent cabin steward, nice and friendly staff everywhere, really nice and hard working servers. The cocktails we tried (Mojito, Bloody Mary) were great. Strong and freshly made. Recommend this cruise? No, we will not repeat a Carnival Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We cruise about four times a year, mostly with Carnival... We were given "special" recognition for a "Milestone" with them, our 25 cruise on Carnival... We can make an objective comparison.. First, the ... Read More
We cruise about four times a year, mostly with Carnival... We were given "special" recognition for a "Milestone" with them, our 25 cruise on Carnival... We can make an objective comparison.. First, the "muster" which we all dislike, was the most unorganized and delayed I have experienced. In addition to that we could not hear (legibly) any of the instructions. No one was around showing people how to put on the vest and MANY were on cell phones, talking in groups and one brought a beer....Next, we were scheduled to sail at 3:30... Muster lasted till after 4.. No sailing. Back to the room, waiting for the shops and casino to open.. No sailing.... It was three hours before we got under way. No communication; no explanation.. It doesn't seem like much to Carnival, but that was three hours out of our vacation. Many other "minor" inconveniences occurred, but time does not permit mentioning them. The day we had plans for Nassau, we requested room service breakfast so we could get out and start. Both my wife and I need food to take our morning meds.. We requested 8/8:30 delivery. At 9:15 I called and was assured it was "on the way"... An hour later my wife called and they were very apologetic, but again another two hours out of our vacation.... Finally, and most importantly, the casino is totally not what we expect and have experienced. I will not go into the MANY disappointments with the "Hosts".... hey seemed to cater to the "tables" and not put much attention on the "slots"... We spend more money than most table players and are much less obnoxious than some of them... But they made sure they were "taken care of". All-in-all, I will avoid the Liberty in the future. And this is a shame as there were MANY people that went out of their way to make us comfortable... Carnival, "for what it's worth"...... Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
I have been on 10 cruises so far, mostly Celebrity and Royal Carribean. This was my first and LAST Carnival Cruise. We decided to take a quick last minute 7 night Western Carribean cruise out of Port Canaveral in a SPA balcony cabin. ... Read More
I have been on 10 cruises so far, mostly Celebrity and Royal Carribean. This was my first and LAST Carnival Cruise. We decided to take a quick last minute 7 night Western Carribean cruise out of Port Canaveral in a SPA balcony cabin. WHAT A MISTAKE. The food was horrible, the cabin steward only offered once a day service, we had to beg for extra towels, their dine anytime, required us to get into a line every time before the meal and get a table assigned to us and then proceed to another floor where the restaurant was located and give the table # to the staff. Really??? We ended up eating in the buffet area as the food in the dining room was bland, extremely small portions, and long wait times between courses. The buffet area dining tables were always dirty, the window shelf areas along side the tables were disgusting. Most of the time the sanitation stations had no product in them. Low and Behold, the last day I wake up with a horrible sore throat and miserable cold. NEVER AGAIN WILL I CRUISE CARNIVAL. PS. If you like tons of drunken sloppy 20-30 year olds, this would be your dream cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Well where do start. I know how about Sunday morning at 7am where the crew was dragging some big item across the floor and banging with a large hammer. How about the disgusting smell at the elevator entrance that makes you want to commit. ... Read More
Well where do start. I know how about Sunday morning at 7am where the crew was dragging some big item across the floor and banging with a large hammer. How about the disgusting smell at the elevator entrance that makes you want to commit. I realize it's a cruise and your not suppose to set in your room but maybe having more than 5 TV channels that repeat programming over and over. Now let me get to the main complaint. The food on this ship is horrible. Why do you only have one buffet that is a hodge podge of nothing. Why is it shut down multiple times a day. Why does the most popular thing in the ship the burger place close at 6 everyday. Even the Mexican place closes. If you choose to wait till after 6 to eat you either go to the nicer dining hall or eat the crappy buffet. Sorry I have been on other ships and this was not an issue. Even the nicer dining hall sucks! Our room was decent but that's about it. Rumor has it this ship is leaving and a different one is coming to Charleston. Hope so because if not this is my families last one. Oh one last thing. My wife can occupy herself and have fun about anywhere but she is bored out of her mind because there is nothing to do on this boat. Be warned, drive on down the coast and get on a other boat. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Port close to home with easy access. Girls trip to celebrate our birthdays. Wanted to see the Bahamas as we both have seen Mexico. Price was great and reasonable. 2nd time cruising on this same ship. I love Carnival as I have sailed 4 ... Read More
Port close to home with easy access. Girls trip to celebrate our birthdays. Wanted to see the Bahamas as we both have seen Mexico. Price was great and reasonable. 2nd time cruising on this same ship. I love Carnival as I have sailed 4 times since 2016. There is lots of live entertainment and I love the way they donate to ST. Jude as I am a cancer survivor. They make it easy for the disabled to experience a cruise. Children are entertained with the cat in the hat. So many different perks to choose from and the staff is always very helpful. Customer service is always ready to solve any problem you may have and make sure you are taken care of to enjoy your vacation. I also love the way they appreciate the military as I am from a military family and my fiance' was 20 years National Guard. They do a meet a greet for the military and their families and give discounts as well. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
We took a family Cruise for my moms 78th Birthday a group of 20 family and friends and I was very disappointed! The rooms were dirty I found clothes in there from the last person. Nothing was ever wiped down I never seen anybody cleaning ... Read More
We took a family Cruise for my moms 78th Birthday a group of 20 family and friends and I was very disappointed! The rooms were dirty I found clothes in there from the last person. Nothing was ever wiped down I never seen anybody cleaning when walking around and if u did just looked like they were standing there. any other cruise i have been on I always seen some one cleaning!! Oh the public bathrooms One time there was pee all over the floor and it smelled so it had been there awhile!!! Never seen anyone cleaning them!! The partying was alittle out of hand!!! Fights everywhere!! Very loud!! The tweens were out of control and rude! It was so crowded you couldnt enjoy yourself!! Oh n lets not forget the overwhelming smell of sewer first thing when you open ur cabin door in the morning!! There were some staff members that really stood out but very little!! The entertainment didnt hold my attention but the preformers themselves were vary talented!! Blue igauna n guys burgers were good the buffet was good sometimes!! My family liked the food more then i did! No ice hardly ever!! Not enough variety in the buffet!!! Internet didnt work half the time!! Boat definitely some updating and more teaching of their staff!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
My girlfriend wanted to go on a cruise and after reading some reviews we decided to try one with carnival. Since this was our first cruise we tried a short 3 day cruise and I’m so glad we only went for that long. Each bar only had one ... Read More
My girlfriend wanted to go on a cruise and after reading some reviews we decided to try one with carnival. Since this was our first cruise we tried a short 3 day cruise and I’m so glad we only went for that long. Each bar only had one bartender. If there was a second person behind the bar they were cleaning or doing something else other than serving the long line of passengers waiting for a drink. It would sometimes take 15 minutes just to be acknowledged. The food was terrible. I foolishly had two hamburgers the first day and was sick later that night. Perhaps sea sickness played a roll in this, however this was the only day I got sick. Everything at the buffet tasted awful, I’ve cooked food with no seasoning that tasted better. It took an average of ten minutes to wait for an elevator. There was NO clear information on anything. We were told nothing would be open the morning we were debarking however there was one buffet and a few bars open. One night they had an “elegant night” where people dressed up for dinner. When our meal arrived it was barely lukewarm. The waiters were carrying plastic trays with the food in them out from the back as if all the food was pre prepared. This would explain why it was cold but not why we still had to wait 30 minutes to be served after ordering. There were three pools aboard but you could only fit about 10 people in each. The hot tubs had cold water being pumped into them starting around 9pm. What is the point of a hot tub if you can only get in during the day when the hot sun is out. This whole thing was a terrible experience. I feel like there was no attempt to achieve guest satisfaction this cruise was simply for profit. Of course they need to make a profit, it’s a business. I just have no idea how they continue to do so with such abysmal service. Neither me nor my girlfriend will ever cruise with carnival or recommend them to anyone. This experience most likely ruined any cruises for us in the future not just with carnival. Housekeeping was the one positive. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our first cruise and Ecstacy sure did set the bar high. From the moment my 11 and 8 year old boys seen the ship till the last day unloading the excitement never stopped. Kyndall Fire was our CD and she was amazing. She interacted ... Read More
This was our first cruise and Ecstacy sure did set the bar high. From the moment my 11 and 8 year old boys seen the ship till the last day unloading the excitement never stopped. Kyndall Fire was our CD and she was amazing. She interacted with all the kids, danced with them and of course for one last time, unloading, had to say, BYEeeeeeee ok bye, to my boys. They loved her. Boarding was a breeze. Not knowing what to do at customs, they were amazing in assisting us. The food was absolutely incredible. Highly suggest the burger joint. Our room steward, I Made, no his name is not pronounced the way it is spelled but anyways, he was amazing. Asked our name one time and never fumbled the whole time. Always had our room cleaned and amazing towel animals made which also excited my kids. The water slides were a big hit for the boys along with putput and a huge chess game. The entertainment was off the chain. Amazing staff and performers. So would have paid more for this trip without a hesitation. If you were board, or your room was dirty and smelly its because you stayed in your room. Thank you Carnival Ecstasy for making our week an unforgettable one. BYEeeeeeeeee! Ok bye. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This 4 night cruise on the Liberty offered one day at sea & one day in Nassau & one in Freeport. I found the ship to be a little outdated as it is in dire need of a refurbishing...but, nevertheless, a nice ship...most important of ... Read More
This 4 night cruise on the Liberty offered one day at sea & one day in Nassau & one in Freeport. I found the ship to be a little outdated as it is in dire need of a refurbishing...but, nevertheless, a nice ship...most important of all it was kept very clean. The evening meals in the Golden Dining Room(all 4 nights) were prepared well & served hot & delicious. My favorite meal was beef & polenta with brown gravy. On the SezAnnie food score of 1-5, I give it 4.5; reviewing food is based on personal taste and subjective. The activities on the ship are plentiful & were enhanced by the ships Activities Director a young man named Cookie with a contagious smile who stole my heart. He was a fun guy to hang with. The two musical shows in the theater & the entertainers were as good if not better than some shows on Broadway. Great talent in every performance. If you are looking for a fun time & have the energy to fit the activities of a 7 night cruise into 4 nights....then you won't be disappointed on the Liberty. Go for it! SezAnnie Read Less
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