5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This ship is small, outdated, and poorly kept. Stateroom feels like staying in an old camper. We experienced a disgusting septic backup in our bathroom and guest services refused to offer anything other than a credit for a $50 bar tab. ... Read More
This ship is small, outdated, and poorly kept. Stateroom feels like staying in an old camper. We experienced a disgusting septic backup in our bathroom and guest services refused to offer anything other than a credit for a $50 bar tab. Beds and bedding are cheap and uncomfortable. Ship was cold with no heat available in room. No specialty restaurants are available. The food offerings are repetitive and boring. Free drink selection was limited to water, coffee and rancid tasting "tea." No indoor pool or solarium available in case of inclement weather. The outdoor pool, hot tubs and sundeck are ugly and overcrowded. The onboard shops were very limited and tacky. Very limited tv options in room. Other than the Atlantis excursion in Nassau, there is nothing to see or do in either Nassau or Freeport. I will not ever sail with carnival again. We were very disappointed in the condition of the ship and the ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 12th Carnival cruise. We drove to Charleston the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites about 20 minutes from the port. Check in in Charleston was seamless. I prepaid for parking at the port. We ... Read More
This was our 12th Carnival cruise. We drove to Charleston the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites about 20 minutes from the port. Check in in Charleston was seamless. I prepaid for parking at the port. We booked a grand suite with extended balcony. We got in the building, went straight to priority check in, got our boarding passes stamped and off we go to the ship. So quick and we arrived at a peak time, noon. The guy that checked us in said our room cards would be on our door and that our stateroom should be ready now. Not sure if that’s a suite perk and I wasn’t expecting the room to be ready but the check in guy said it would be. We got to the room and our keys weren’t there and the room wasn’t ready. No big deal for us. We had just changed to that room so guest services probably had our keys. We did ask the room steward in the hall if he’d let us drop off our carry on bags. He initially said no and, how do I know who you are? Fair point but I showed him our boarding passes and he let us drop the bags. That person ended up being our room steward. He wasn’t overly friendly but I don't need him to be my best friend. He was an OK room steward. He did the minimum in our room. We got a few towel animals. He did most of his job but he wasn’t as friendly as we usually experience. At guest services, QiQi got us our cards and apologized for the inconvenience. I told her it wasn’t a big deal to us. No harm done but she still gave each of us a drink receipt for a free drink from the bar. I wasn’t expecting that at all and thought it was very generous considering how NOT inconvenienced we were. Next up we signed into the HUB to get the kids onto chat so they could communicate with me. My youngest son had the same difficulty he had last October. He was unable to use chat because a message read for him to get his parent’s permission but then nothing. Back to guest services. Tatiana saved the day and got it figured out. Lifesaver! Big high fives to QiQi and Tatiana. I gamble on cruises. I get many offers from the casino program. They like that I give them so much money. I usually lose what I budget for gambling and that’s how it goes. This time I’d upped my gambling budget a bit and I did terrible! TERRIBLE! I did nothing but lose. LOSE LOSE LOSE What are ya gonna do, right? It’s called gambling not winning. The staff was great though. Kuda, Slavcho and Federico were super. They checked in with me often. Losing didn’t feel as bad when a friendly face would stop by. Slavcho especially made the rounds and would talk to the machine trying to give me luck. He’s very personable. Kuda sent us some cookies to the room. I finished the five days with 12,800 points! The waitstaff in the casino was mostly good. One waiter was not as efficient as others. Never gave a napkin or offered a straw or called you by name. Momo, his real name is Momcila, was so wonderful. Smiling, happy, efficient, always hustling. One thing I miss in the casino is lower bet options. A penny machine sounds great until you see max bet is $5 or $8.88! Dining was good. I do wish the American Table menu would get some updates but it’s all still very good. Nikita at table 129 was very good. Our waiter at table 220 was hilarious but I won’t ask to sit at table 220 ever again because it’s in the pathway for everyone being seated in the center of the dining room. Every person walked by you. Half of them bumped my chair. The other half wore very strong perfume or after shave. You got a good whiff of everyone passing by. We ate at the sea day brunch both days. The bagel breakfast is my favorite. It’s the perfect salmon bagel. We ate at Guy’s Burgers a few times. As always, the best burger ever. I had tacos from the cantina twice as well and they are consistently good. I relaxed and crocheted a lot this week which was my goal. I don't go to shows or most other activities. I skipped dessert most nights and I regret that now. The elevators seemed out of service often so I walked a lot of stairs. That’s probably a good thing because of all the burgers I had. I could never figure out if there was a coffee card. I drank my share of lattes from the Royal Café. Disembarkation was also seamless. Just like that…poof…vacation over. Time to book again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We boarded on the ship within 20 minutes of parking the car it was truly a breeze. Once we got on at around 1:20 the room were not quite ready so we explored a little bit and went to are room. The location of a interior upper lower on deck ... Read More
We boarded on the ship within 20 minutes of parking the car it was truly a breeze. Once we got on at around 1:20 the room were not quite ready so we explored a little bit and went to are room. The location of a interior upper lower on deck 7 aft was amazing. Up the stairs one level was the main dining room and up another was city lights (Promenade) and up one more was the buffet. The Entertainment started right that night although we did not see any whole shows the whole week it was still a blast. Lip sync battle was amazing on board it was loads and of fun and was quite entertaining. The interior state room was perfect because their was still lots of room to walk around the stateroom. Although when we got into port at Freeport and Nassau the whole ship rattled and made a lot noise which woke me up. The Promenade was always fun at night with lots of people in the Casino and one night there was even a “Mardi Gras” party which was loads of fun. On board this ship there were 3 water slides technically but 2 were identical racers and they were both really fun but note it would be better when everyone gets off so there are no lines. There was a mini golf course there on board the ship it was not very decorative like RCI ships but it was still fun. The ship gym on deck 12 is very nice with its own dance studio were there are spin classes. The food on board was pretty good but unlike RCI the pizza is made to order and there is none ever pre made. The comedians on board were very funny. The staff were always so funny and are room maid was the best he always cleaned are room to perfection and replaced are ice. The best thing about this ship is the fun never ends and I think carnival does a good job with this. The ship would remind me of Las Vegas on a boat in the middle of the ocean with all the wacky colours in the carpet, light fixtures, bars, casino, everything pretty much. This was an amazing holiday and I would recommend Carnival Ecstasy or at least Carnival Fantasy Class to anyone because it is a lot of fun and worth every penny! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
The cruise was great, the ship was great. Bermuda was a great place, everything was a little expensive. The ship was originally supposed to be in port 3 nights, but for some reason we had to leave one day at 3 and return to port the next ... Read More
The cruise was great, the ship was great. Bermuda was a great place, everything was a little expensive. The ship was originally supposed to be in port 3 nights, but for some reason we had to leave one day at 3 and return to port the next morning at 930, so that really took away one of your nights in Bermuda. The food and dinning room service was great. Room service was good, Guys Burgers have the best hamburger any where. The casino was good, won some money & the casino staff was so nice This was a Primary Cruise and the gifts were really nice. The shows were good and had a great people. Deon the cruise director was one of the funnest people on the whole ship. It was always nice to hear his announcements everyday. The military show on the ship was one of the best I have attended on all my Carnival cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
First, the embarkation on the ship went very quick. We had an embarkation appointment at 1:00 p.m, but we were with a group and your company called Jett Tours. We arrived early at around lunch time so 12:00 p.m. The embarkation was quick ... Read More
First, the embarkation on the ship went very quick. We had an embarkation appointment at 1:00 p.m, but we were with a group and your company called Jett Tours. We arrived early at around lunch time so 12:00 p.m. The embarkation was quick went straight in got through the metal detectors, went and added cash money in my Sail & Sign account. Then after about 15 minuets we were on the boat by 12:15 p.m. upon getting on the ship R41 me and my sisters room was ready by 1:30 p.m. Now, exactly at 4:00 p.m. we left Charleston, South Carolina for a fun sea day. The sea day was just going and basically eating, laying out, looking at Duty - Free Shops, and other miscellaneous things. It was the same for both sea days. I did an excursion on each of the islands we went to which we went to first Eleuthera, Princess Cays, Bahamas. On the first island me and my party went for a Adult Santuary Bungalow. The bungalow did come with food and everything and was really good. Even had soda. The bad part is with the rocks. Princess Cays is such a rocky place and I got cutband hurt many times and I was looking for rocks but they still scraped. The second island was New Providence, Nassau, Bahamas. It was so much better and we went to Atlantis. Other than being attacked by a seagull Atlantis was wonderful and the best and so fun. We had the water park and aquarium for Atlantis. To add they also did have mixers for LGBT guests to meet and mingle each day which was nice and felt very comfortable and inclusive of everyone. The debarktion process was good as well. Very quick and efficient. I was off the ship in like at 8:30 a.m. and by 9:00 was on the Charter Bus. They were no issues at all and all I needed was my License and my declaration sheet for the cigarettes for my mother. Then we were on our way. All in all it was a nice experience and I would definitely sail on the Ecstasy again. Even though it’s a older ship, a little dated, and a little more moving. It was still nice. It didn’t bother me and the staff is always nice. Gabriela at guest services even game me a free drink because I just looked like I needed one. They are nice and everything. I have no complaints really. Would 100% recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This was our first cruise. We had an awesome time! The service and food were amazing! Our children loved the Carnival Youth Programs (Camp Ocean & Circle C). We really enjoyed the Military Appreciation Gathering. So glad Carnival took ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We had an awesome time! The service and food were amazing! Our children loved the Carnival Youth Programs (Camp Ocean & Circle C). We really enjoyed the Military Appreciation Gathering. So glad Carnival took time to give thanks to our military, past and present. FTTF made embarkation and disemarkation really fast and easy. Even though there were a lot of people coming in, everything was quick. Getting off at Nassau for our shore excursion was really our only problem. They had 5 different groups of excursions all in the same room. The lady getting ours together did not have a microphone and no one could possibly hear what she wanted us to do or where to line up for wristbands. Getting off at Freeport for the shore excursion was much better. From the time we got off to the time we loaded the bus to get to the beach was less than 20 minutes. Definitely will be cruising again! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The Port of Charleston was a breeze for both embarkation and disemabarkation which is a huge plus. The ecstacy is definitely showing age but our cabin was clean and comfortable. Our Cabin steward was fantastic! Service everywhere was ... Read More
The Port of Charleston was a breeze for both embarkation and disemabarkation which is a huge plus. The ecstacy is definitely showing age but our cabin was clean and comfortable. Our Cabin steward was fantastic! Service everywhere was great and most seemed happy to serve you. This wasn't my first cruise so I had high expectations regarding food. The Lido buffet did not offer as many selections or variety as the larger ships. I love eating the buffets but was very disappointed. I agree with the person who stated it was like eating at Golden Corral. The breakfast at the buffet was good, however. The food in the dining room was ok but nothing outstanding. The desserts seemed flavorless except for the chocolate melting cake..it was amazing! The drinks seemed watered down. The premixed drinks supposedly had alcohol...I couldn't tell. Lots of young kids on this trip and it seemed geared toward them Kids taking up bar stools at the bars, filling up the hot tub, etc. With one pool, the trip would have been a disaster had the weather been hot. Two thousand people trying to keep cool in one very small pool..thank goodness it wasn't hot. Went to the first show of one of the comedians and it was ok...he was funny but it was the family friendly show so he had kids in his act. The cruise director Brittney worked her butt off! She was great! Didn't do a shore excursion so I can't comment on them. I'm not a cheap person..I like to spend money, but they seemed over priced. I just didn't choose to take one. One thing I saw as a fail on Carnival's part was having loud music playing in the atrium bar which is right next to guest services. I had asked a question at guest services and could not hear the staff when they were talking. The accents sometimes are difficult to understand but with music blaring I couldn't hear him. He could have made a better effort to speak up but Since he didn't I had to lean over the counter and keep asking him to repeat himself. Relocate guest services. Unless my family insists, I won't sail the Ecstacy again. If I do it will be because of the Charleston port and not the ship. Despite my disappointment I had a good time because it was vacation. Would love to sail Carnival again but will check out the other cruise lines before I do. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
A group of us decided to take a cruise for spring break. Many of us had not been on a cruise before so we figured we would give it a shot and see how it went. I can tell you right now we will not be rushing back for another cruise, ... Read More
A group of us decided to take a cruise for spring break. Many of us had not been on a cruise before so we figured we would give it a shot and see how it went. I can tell you right now we will not be rushing back for another cruise, especially from Carnival. I am not sure where to start exactly but I will do my best. There were both positives and negatives from our trip so I will do my best do highlight those. (We did have a travel agent from Carnival help us book this reservation.) The ship, is old, small, and should not be in use. Nothing about the ship is impressive in the modern day, yeah it is cool that something that big floats, but what you see is what you get. The ship did not stop rocking from when we left the port to when we got back, and we figured the first day is just us getting used to the sea but we spoke to a man that had been on 7 cruises and we asked if this is normal and he said no. He said that he had never been a ship this rocky for this long. The weather we had was beautiful and there was no rough seas or real reasons I could think of as to why the ship is so rocky besides that fact that it is old and the technology is outdated. Many of my friends got sea sick including myself, and when you laid down for bed you could really feel it rocking. When you pull up to the port the ship is less than impressive, it is an older ship and it seems Carnival has not done much to change that. I will applaud them though that the boarding/check in process was a breeze so yay Carnival for that. We get on the ship around noon and our rooms are not ready till 2pm, which was not mentioned to any of us, so we were stuck holding our bags for a couple of hours, not a huge deal but I do not see how the rooms cannot be ready, anyways we made our way to the Rum bar on the pool deck. Yes pool, there is 1 single pool for the whole boat of 2,000 people, so we steered clear of that. The whole deck is dated, the "wood paneling" is old and needs to be replaced, the pools, water slides, stairs everything is way too old to be in use and you can tell. The rooms were old, but we were balling on a budget so we fit 4 people in an interior room and we made it work. We did not spend any time in the room besides sleeping and changing for dinner. I did not get a chance to see many of the other rooms but the cruise line did a great job of making you feel like cattle, no matter where you went or what you did it was always jam packed. The rooms was older which made it feel not clean and the sheets from the beds were not clean after every night. The interior rooms had a King bed, and two twins that pulled out of the wall, so we rotated beds every night and the staff just switches the sheets from bed to bed, but does not clean them. My girlfriend asked the cleaning service if we could get clean sheets because there was a mark on some and they responded with "Do you see how many rooms there are? We are very busy today." My reaction was, yeah no surprise you are busy, you know how many people are gonna be here and you know how much time it takes to change all the sheets, so clearly that part of the ship was unorganized After we dropped our stuff off after our room finally opened on the first day, we made our way to lunch. Anyways the food, our first day, we got lunch at Guy Fieri's burger bar and it was delicious, the burgers were very good and the toppings bar was diverse so you could create whatever you wanted. But, unless you wanted pizza, burgers, or tacos you were out of luck, I think there was a lunch buffet but that was not made clear to us at all, and we found out there was a dinner buffet the second to last night. We had dinner reservations in the dining room and besides the incredibly small portions it was actually pretty good. Our server was very attentive to us and the food did not take too long to make, so for dinners with that many people I was actually very impressed that on average dinner was an hour maybe an hour 15 minutes for a 3 course meal. So that was nice and the quality of food was pretty good, the menu was a little disappointing. Not much varied from night to night, there was steak, chicken, pasta etc. If you wanted a nicer steak or lobster tail that was a 20 dollar up charge, which is ridiculous so none of us got that. We all ordered the drink package and overall we were satisfied with it, but there were only a few bars and those on average had 2 bar tenders so the waiting time for a drink was high. The Alchemy Bar was by far our favorite bar because the drinks were more mixology and better ingredients, so they took longer to make and they only had 2 bartenders and those bartenders would try and make 7 drinks at a time which is impressive but takes more time for everyone and steered us away from that bar. The overall nightlife was disappointing, the first night we went to the club and that was a good time but we did not see it open any night after that and basically everyone ended up in the casino, so the ship could make more money. Towards the end of the trip I realized that this is all a money scheme and they took advantage of that everyday. Events, there was a couple comedy shows at night that were hysterical, but during the day there was NOTHING to do. They had "posture improvement seminars" and stuff that you had to pay more money to do, like slot tournaments, bingo, and poker but those all had buy ins. There was a show and only one of us went to see it, because it was during dinner and she came back 10 minutes later because it was "terrible". That being said there was very little to do during the day besides drink and lay by the pool, which for the most part we were fine with, but once you've been on the ship for 4 days and want stuff to do that becomes boring. Our first stop after a day at sea was Princess Cay, and what a let down that was. We were all so excited that this is our first stop, we wake up and see the island and got so excited. The pictures looked absolutely gorgeous and we were told our drink package would work on the island and none of that was true sadly. We took a shuttle ferry over to the island and the water was clear like I had never seen before, but once we got to the island, it had nothing on it activity wise, unless you wanted to pay $75 for an "excursion". We get to the bar, which was all run by Carnival employees because the island is owned by Carnival, but our drink package did not work and a beer was $8 while a pina colada was $10, so we did not drink. Therefore, we had been given false information by employees which was disappointing. So we went to look for excursions, or places to walk, explore etc. there was none of that. We found chairs on the beach and we sat there, that is al you could do unless you wanted to pay more money. The beach was not even a beach, it was a slab of concrete with "sand" on top with chunks of concrete in it. I say "sand" because it is basically powdered concrete. We then go and get lunch, and there are 4 buffet lines which probably took 20 minutes just to get the food. They had some good "local" food, jerk chicken, rice casseroles etc, but besides that a burger tasted like a hockey puck and there were flies around the food everywhere, which did not give me much of an appetite. So anyways we do not stay there long since there was not much to do, and getting the ferry back probably took 15 minutes waiting in lien to get on. That was because the carnival employees had to load stuff to take back on the ship on our ferry, I feel like they should have had their own ferry with all that equipment because it took up time and space. Overall Princess Cay was very disappointing and left us all pretty bummed out. Nassau was great, there was much more to do there and we really enjoyed our time there. No complaints besides the tourist traps in Nassau that are way too expensive, but that is not the cruise ships fault, so nothing they can do there. Overall the trip was very disappointing, the way carnival advertised it, I was expecting a much nicer trip and customer service, but those were both below par. After we got back, we reflected on the trip and it is safe to say none of us are going to be rushing back for a cruise. Also Carnival makes it very difficult to contact someone on their website to leave a review, so hopefully someone from Carnival sees this and contacts me. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
This was my second cruise I have been on, the sunshine was awesome I loved the people that worked on it they made everything fun,the food was amazing way better than my first cruise. I had the best time of my life on this cruise I swear I ... Read More
This was my second cruise I have been on, the sunshine was awesome I loved the people that worked on it they made everything fun,the food was amazing way better than my first cruise. I had the best time of my life on this cruise I swear I did not want to get off. Matter of fact my cousin and I are coming back on the sunshine in October with other family members who have not been on a cruise before so I hope and pray we have as much fun as we did when we went in may. I can not wait to get back on the sunshine. I loved the games they played with the music. The club on the boat was very very fun. The drinks were amazing the kiss on the lips is the best yet. I recommend the carnival sunshine to anyone so I hope it is the same when we get back on in October. : ) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
This is our spring break cruise that we have done for the past 11 years. I was a little skeptical about this ship due to all the reviews. I have been on over 45 cruises and I can say that this was one of the best. There were 6 of us of ... Read More
This is our spring break cruise that we have done for the past 11 years. I was a little skeptical about this ship due to all the reviews. I have been on over 45 cruises and I can say that this was one of the best. There were 6 of us of all ages , every one was happy with the cruise The food was better than most. Room service was good. Even though the number of crew members were lower they still did a great job. Hats off to Benjamin for an exceptional job. He was always visible and lots of the cruise directors are not. Way to go.... To mention a few crew members by name. Leo table 235 , Katherine and the maitre d in the any time dining were wonderful. Tanu in the pizza place and Danielle in the deli. Ping the bar waiter was the best. Great chocolate martinis. We loved Gilbert in the Piano bar. We didn't attend any of the shows however the band with the lady singer were great. Michael in the atrium was wonderful. My granddaughter sang with him. One in our group has never been on a cruise and now she is hooked. Charleston is so close to Greenville that it makes a delightful trip. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Convenient port from NC and slides were great for kids. Went in knowing I didn't like Carnival that much. It was about as expected, except bunks terrible! 4 in our room and kept hitting head entire week on bottom bunk. Bathroom VERY ... Read More
Convenient port from NC and slides were great for kids. Went in knowing I didn't like Carnival that much. It was about as expected, except bunks terrible! 4 in our room and kept hitting head entire week on bottom bunk. Bathroom VERY tiny! Only 1 cabin cleaning per day which I knew... Half Moon Cay & Grand Turk amazing (Nassau - not so much). Food okay. (Burgers were great and I'm not a big burger person). Pizzas good too. Ice cream machines down half the time, especially chocolate flavor. Staff were great and getting on/off ship very easy!! Spring break for many schools, so hot tubs were overflowing with children. Only one pool - small. Adults needed to use ones in adults only area. Room stayed cool and you could control it. Only adult with 3 kids/teens, so didn't do any shows or extra things. Hey, any cruise is better than no cruise!! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Let me preface my review by sharing, that I’ve cruised a couple of times. This was a first for my SO and 2 children ages 15 & 9. I read many reviews prior to this trip, and read many negative reviews; but with that in mind I was ... Read More
Let me preface my review by sharing, that I’ve cruised a couple of times. This was a first for my SO and 2 children ages 15 & 9. I read many reviews prior to this trip, and read many negative reviews; but with that in mind I was determined to have a great time on this ship. On the day of embarkation, I arrive at the main gate at 1100, with the warehouse opening at 1130 for car parking. We proceeded through the first two tents: 1: checking boarding passes, as this assigns what lane to get in and 2: The tent where they checked Passports and birth certificates. We pulled up further and waited for about 15 minutes for the warehouse to open. Important to note, we were in the lane for Faster to the Fun, plus all the priority guests. Once the lane started moving, we got to our third and final tent; this is where you pay for parking and where we dropped off our luggage. I prepaid for parking, and showed my email confirmation; this made it smooth as they don’t take cash. Once we parked inside a covered warehouse, we had a short 2 minute walk to the shuttles and we were on immediately. You can walk to the pier; it’s paved and will probably take 5 minutes or less. There are plenty of police directing traffic, so it’s safe. However we elected the shuttle. We were promptly dropped off in front, with someone giving instructions for the upcoming security lines FTTF (Faster to the Fun) had their own security lines, I think there were three for passengers. Once through security we headed to the agents, where they checked our BC and Passports took our photos and gave us our Sail and Sign cards. We proceeded up the stairs to the gang plank. In total it maybe took us 30 minutes once we parked. It was so smooth. Once on board, there is so much to see; get a map until you’re familiar with the layout. We went to our room and put our stuff down. It was nice that our room was ready, however, our luggage didn’t get to our room until 530  and of course I forgot to put a swim suit in the carry on (less learned). Once on board we went to the Buffet, the one and only time we ate there. Wasn’t super crowded at that time and was very easy to find a seat. In my opinion the buffet is on the small side. Both sides were open, with the dessert and salad section open also. Guys Burgers and the Burrito place were also open; however, they were more crowded. Overall, it was a completely smooth embarkation, to which I was extremely thankful for. Unfortunately, Carnival cannot control the weather as the first night and most of the first sea day we went through pretty crappy weather, with lightening, thunder and rough seas. Food We ate dinner each night in the MDR, our server Shuu and Joko were amazing. On the first night, I notified them of my dietary needs, and they were able to accommodate me each night. There were so many wonderful choices to choose from. We were really surprised by the quality of the food. For having to mass produce food, I believe they did a fine job. On most nights we were in and out in about an hour. Formal night did take longer, but it didn’t feel like forever. Also we ordered wine with dinner every evening; the roving bartender was attentive and came by several times during our dinner. He even sells shots in cute glasses. For lunch, we ate in the MDR for both sea days…yum filet mignon. The food was really good, and for breakfast it was hot and fresh. We did eat at the Burrito place many times, and the lines moved quickly. Guys burgers, seemed to always have a line, but they too moved fast and was easy to access. The bartenders were attentive throughout the cruise. I never had to wait very long for a drink. Cabin Our Cabin was located on E deck room 194. So further towards the back, directly under the back part of the Wind Song dining room. We had the two beds pushed together and two Pullmans. The Pullmans were located over the head our lower beds and somewhat over are feet. With the beds up, we had plenty of space in the cabin to walk and look out the window. Unfortunately, throughout the entire cruise they left the Pullman’s down. I called one time to have at least one of the put up, however they never adjusted it. It is kind of a bummer to have the minimum walking space in the cabin be taken up by the beds. We did have several incidents of head bumping. And also it wouldn’t have mattered if we hadn’t had two rough days at sea, plus my 15 year old, got very sick and couldn’t leave the cabin. The steward was attentive and the room clean. Initially wiped the cabin down with Lysol wipes and it appeared very clean. The beds were comfortable, even the Pullmans. The shower was a decent size. It has a small clothes line; I brought some clothes pins to have swim suits. The room had plenty of storage space in my opinion, and it was great that the suit cases fit under the bed. FYI the cabin door itself was not magnetic, but the frame was. We did learn a lesson however, although we all fit, next time we will get two rooms; even if they have to be inside cabins. We need our space LOL Misc The casino was smoky; there is no getting around that. The candy shop was fun and the coffee shop was pretty good; the drinks are included in the Cheers. We saw one comedian, who was really awful, Geechy Guy. We also participated in the 80's Music Trivia, that was very fun. The kid enjoyed the Hasbro game show. We didn't see many shows as we were pooped by 930. (Old people problems LOL) My daughter and I really enjoyed the water works area. The slides are a blast, and truly are for any age. We never had a problem with chair hogs, but that could be because our 2 sea days were awful because of the weather. Our two ports were successful in my opinion. Easy off and easy on. Debarkation With FTTF you have the choice of early debarkation 0645, we met in one of the lounges. We were the second group to be off the ship. We had our luggage with us, so we went through custom; caught a shuttle and were in the car by 730. Very easy but so very early. Overall, we had a great time on this smaller but mighty ship. All the staff was great, and they went out of their way to be friendly and helpful. I would certainly sail on this ship again. Don’t be afraid of this port, not nearly as bad as it sounds. One last note, we love to people watch and it was truly fascinating to watch others interact with the staff. These people have a hard job (yes they get paid) but it’s hard none the less. Because of this, I went out of my way to acknowledge them and give my thanks for their hard work. Just my opinion, for what it’s worth. If you have any questions let me know. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We picked this cruise because we were taking our 13yo grand-daughter. It was her spring break and her first cruise. We are an 8 hour drive from Charleston (closest port to us). Disclaimer: my wife and I are not the beach people, but ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we were taking our 13yo grand-daughter. It was her spring break and her first cruise. We are an 8 hour drive from Charleston (closest port to us). Disclaimer: my wife and I are not the beach people, but grand daughter is. So, we wanted a shorter cruise and one that had a private beach, and this one worked great. Although any cruise is better than staying home and working, this one was not up to the standards we are used to. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the ship. The layout works. Yes, you can't get through on deck 8, but not a big deal. Yes, it is a smaller ship so they don't have as much as one of the larger new ships, but that is only to be expected. We have sailed on the Fascination (same size ship) and loved it. So... why the negativity? I will get to all that. Service in the dining room. Breakfast, this morning our juice arrived just as we finished our meal. Great timing. The table next to us, they brought the parents plates out. When they were just about finished eating, they brought out the plates for their two daughters. Mind you, one of them ordered cereal. Wasn't like they were waiting to prepare it or anything. I ordered the cream of wheat, had to ask 3 times for the brown sugar, it came after about 10 minutes. Another morning during breakfast, asked for fresh ground pepper, they said sure, and then never showed up again. At dinner, service was not only slow, but would forget stuff all the time. Our waiters had some great attitudes, and I really liked the three on the team, but they just couldn't get it together. Constantly setting the wrong plate down in front of the wrong person, taking forever as they are trying to figure out what to take where. One evening they just plain forgot my wife and my soup. They came over right before dessert and said sorry. In the Blue Saphire (main theater) never saw more than 2 waiters. I am guessing that Carnival is still making a profit. I believe they are reducing their labor costs by decreasing their staff. Therefore, you don't see as many staff. Also, if you are going to be selling all you can drink drink packages, and then you cut back on bar staff, you can make even more money because people can't get their drinks. If you cut cabin service to once a day and then give the cabin stewards extra cabins to work, you can save even more. One day the coffee shop was supposed to open at 3:00 PM. I went at 3:00, no one. Went back at 3:30 and he was just getting there and said it would be just a minute. He had to attend a training. He finally opened at almost 4. I realize there is training to be done, but I would also figure they knew about that before they printed the fun times. We love the trivia type activities. There were plenty of those to keep our attention. However, there was one day was supposed to be baseball trivia. There were a few extra people than normal for it. The girl showed up and said it would be general sports trivia, that would be better. There were quite a few of us that weren't real happy. Then there were questions like "Name the Right Guard from the Denver Broncos that played every game in 2010" I am not kidding. You might have just as well asked name 3 right guards that have ever played in the NFL.. The next night was supposed to be sports movie trivia, yep, general sports again. Not that there is anything wrong with general sports, I would be at all of them, bute do what is in the Fun Times. There were some positives. We went on our own to Ardastra Gardens in Nassau. It was great. Loved the flamingo show and the bird feeding. Would recommend this. Then we went to the straw market to pick up some souveniers and then stopped to get a conch fritter and check email. We stopped at Sharkeez right across from the ships. The food was decent (we just got a large appetizer plate and shared it.) However, the wifi was extremely slow and we paid about $35 for the appetizer plate. I would not recommend this place. My wife stayed on the ship for Half Moon Cay. My grand daughter and I had a blast. It was very good. Our Cruise Director was Ben Lambert. He was outstanding. Mack was one of his staff members. She was also great. Those two were my favorites on the cruise. Again, I really liked our Dining Room waiters even though they weren't the best, they made it enjoyable. I always found something on the American Table menus that I liked. Some of the old stuff was gone, but it was replaced with something just as good. Guy's burgers were only consumed once by me, and there is a reason I didn't go back. The taco's at Blue Iguana was another story. I had them over and over and over again. Delicious and the shortest line on the ship. Not sure I will ever sail Carnival again. I might, but it will be a while, I am sure. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I chose this cruise because it lined up with spring break and was a decent price when we got it. There are 4 of us, 2 18's and 22, 25. We drove to the port and didn't book any excursions because they sold out. Good think we ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it lined up with spring break and was a decent price when we got it. There are 4 of us, 2 18's and 22, 25. We drove to the port and didn't book any excursions because they sold out. Good think we didn't though because it was cold when we got there and the excursions would have taken up 3 of the 7 hours we could be there. Nassau was cute, plenty of people trying to sell you things and trying to get you to do this or that. Make sure to shop around before you settle, especially on restaurants. We had one guy walk us to a restaurant and he gets paid for bringing people but when we got there the food was stupid expensive but we fell into the trap of being obligated to stay because of that guy. Embarkation was really quick and smooth once you got passed the line of cars as you first get there. We arrived at our time but I didn't know that we would be waiting an hour in the car waiting to drop off luggage and park our car (never been on a cruise). disembarkation was smooth too for the most part. If you are on a lower level you have to wait for all the other higher levels to get off the boat first before you can. The more rich you are the sooner you can get off the boat- we were only one floor above the exit and they wouldn't let us go down on the elevator (doors locked to go down the stairs) so we went up to the one evacuating and went down from there. the service. The staff is really friendly and helpful to your face or when serving you but when they disappear- they disappear. When ordering bottled water (only way you can get it) I was waiting on the line for at least ten minutes. I ordered twice throughout the trip and it happened each time. One time the line just went dead and I had to call back and wait longer. The dinners are like a restaurant, you have a server and can choose to sit alone or with others. Apparently sitting with fewer people mean quicker service. Only my partner and I attended dinner together and sat alone. From the moment we sat down to the end when we got our check (ordered a drink) or finished out dessert the whole process took 2 hours- every time! The first time I was expecting it because it was the first dinner and no one knows what they're doing so chaos= time, no big deal. The second dinner it was the captain's dinner when everyone dresses up so I had the same thought process- no big deal. By the third dinner I was very irritated and just asked for everything to go, only to still wait two hours and leave at the same time as our neighbors. We didn't go for the fourth dinner. I don't think it was the wait staff that was the problem because when we asked for our check from two other waiters they said we had to wait for our server and that he was in line waiting for another tables food- like in an amusement park. So with the boat being so old I figured they had a really small kitchen. We were lucky to see our server in between courses. The food was mediocre and under seasoned- understandable since everything was probably mass made and with allergies and sensitivities it would be hard to cater to everything. The drinking package is absolutely stupid expensive. Forcing you to buy every day, even on the only day you were at the bahamas and the day you docked (on ship barely half a day). we thought about buying it but because it was forced every day at $50 per person in the room (21+) we didn't. we drank as much as we wanted (kind of) and was still under the $400 price of the package for our room. what stopped me from drinking more was the drinks were weak for the price plus mandatory 15% gratuity. every $10 drink would have one shot or two if you wanted to drop another $3. all the drinks tasted the same and by the last day they gave me straight up oj and vodka because they were out of everything else. It may have been worth it if we drank 15 drinks a day but on the two half days drinking that much in a short time frame would just give me a sugary hangover. The pool area was so overcrowded that people were laying on the floor and there was no point in even trying to get in the pool or enjoy the sun without risking being stepped on. The entertainment was okay, some comedians just not funny or borderline too harsh in their jokes. With the other shows the boat was still so crowded I couldn't bring myself to go to half of them because of massive crowds. The second day at sea (on the way home) we all stayed in our room the entire time with nothing to do just to escape the crowd or smoke from the casino and feebly watched our tv go from black and white to color often enough to give us a head ache. Aside from the shows there was a small room with board games you could play and then the smoke filled casino, other than that there was nothing to do for adults except drink when it was too cold to go above deck (the entire trip). Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was our first cruise so we were not sure what to find , only went by what other people told us. I booked with a travel agent that was fine . the food in the dining rooms was very small portion and coffee cold , I thought people ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we were not sure what to find , only went by what other people told us. I booked with a travel agent that was fine . the food in the dining rooms was very small portion and coffee cold , I thought people told me you will not believe the FOOD ! The wait staff seem like we were bothering them . I did not know it was a spring break cruise it was filled with 21 year olds drinking til they couldn't stand up and yes i did see them fall off there chairs !!! I was on the cruise with my 21 year old and 18 year old daughters and 75 year old mother and was very disappointed . we had to fight for lounge chairs we put our belonging on the chairs and went in hot top and looked over and chairs were taken i went over and said these are our chairs the gentleman said where are your people ???? really i thought know off your business ! He said when they come back i will give you your chair !! We went on the serenity deck hoping it would be better , i put my belongings on the chairs and was told by the attendant if the other to people do not show up in ten minutes he would take the chairs away !!! I can deal with this treatment at my local pool ,i don't need to spend thousand of dollars for this treatment . I hope this is not how other cruise lines are handled !!!! We also where not able to port in Half Moon Cay because of rough seas we were told ten minutes before porting time . don' t you think they knew this before ????? Activities were gered to the spring breakers !!! I called Carnival they said thank you for the information !!!! REALLY !!! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
First off let me start off with that I LOVE Carnival, and I will sail with them again. My family and I recently sailed on the Ecstasy. My third trip on her, and my 7 cruise on CCL. My family consisted of my husband(48), 4 of our ... Read More
First off let me start off with that I LOVE Carnival, and I will sail with them again. My family and I recently sailed on the Ecstasy. My third trip on her, and my 7 cruise on CCL. My family consisted of my husband(48), 4 of our kids(17,14,13,11) and myself(37). The good: Embarkation - This was seemless as always. Charleston is such a small port, that there is rarely any wait time, especially if you go when you paperwork tells you to go. However I know many cruisers are so excited/anxious to get on board, they flood to the port early, which only makes it more difficult for the people who are debarking. Our room - We were in Balcony room E232 and Interior E234. The rooms were exactly what we expected, however when we first arrived, the bed setup(king instead of two twins for the kids) was wrong and it took until the second evening for our room steward to fix it. See notes below about the furniture setup altogether. Entertainment - As always the entertainers were on point. The comedians were phenomenal, and I still laugh when I think about some of the jokes. The Musical entertainers were very interactive, and kept the guests engaged while doing the sets. The shows were pretty great from when I hear, but that is just not my kind of thing. See cruise director notes below. Food - I can not say enough good things about the food. There was not one time where there wasn't something available to would please everyone in our group. My kids loved the room services, just watch your bill if you tip in cash, 4 times we tipped in cash but then our SS card was also charged for the same amount. The dining room staff(MTD) did awesome with the exception of birthday note below. Zdenko, our waiter 2 nights, was the absolute best! Parking at the port - After reading many horror stories, this had me very anxious. Although we did had to sit for 1 hour in our cars after getting into the port, it was pretty routine. We arrived at gate #2 at the corner of Concord and Laurens(strongly advise checking things out ahead of time if possible). We were directed in by a police officer and various clapboard signs, but it might have been hard to find if we hadn't checked it out the night before. We dropped our luggage at the porter station, dove though cone lanes before coming up on the credentials tent, which is where they check your cruise tickets and passport/identification. It was immediately after this tent that we sat for about an hour in 10 minutes with no explanation about the hold up, even when we asked. Once we started moving again, we came through a second tent that had several employees standing around but we didn't get stopped. The third tent structure was where we paid for parking. I recommend cash it is much quicker. We then we directed into the warehouse that we parked in(Blue) and easily parked and found where to board the shuttle to board the ship. I wish I had purchased FTTF, but the wait inside the building was incremental. The staff was very nice and accommodating. HMC - Amazing! We rented a cabana and will never skip that again. Well worth the investment! Pixels: Never a bad shot. Circle C - Kept my daughters engaged and had tons of activities they enjoyed. To the extent the my husband was "lonely" because our girls didn't want to hang with him! The Bad: Furniture setup in the room - I do not like the way the upper Pullman frame juts out over the headspace of the king bed in balcony rooms, and I bonked my head a few times before catching on that I need to scoot down in the bed before sitting up or laying back down. This is especially trying when the pullman bed is down for use. When the bed was down, it was impossible to sit upright on the bed as if to watch TV. Our Room Steward was AWFUL. Not once did he greet any of us by name, he let our neighbor into our room by mistake(thankfully he was an honest guy and told us and didn't take anything), he didn't bring ice even after we requested it verbally and by leaving a note on the door, didn't make beds or do turn down service in our kids room even though we requested it be down twice a day(he offered) on three nights of the 5 night sailing, he didn't restock towels, we had purchased two Serenity deck towels(yellow), and he had taken them back on the 4th night, so we had to nag to get another new set because he shouldn't have taken the ones we bought(which he brought to us so he knew that we bought them). He also took $15.00 of my kids money that was left on the desk/vanity area. When questioned about it, he said he thought it was a tip. Cruise Director - Adam I was not impressed with this guy. I rarely heard anything from him, other than the occasional voice in the sky. Never saw him once. The ship stabilizers - Didn't seem to be working for the duration of the cruise, and especially so on the last night when we sailed through a storm. It was really choppy that night and I went to bed about 8 pm because I wasn't feeling too well and most of the ship activities were cancelled due to dangerous conditions. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We recently we cruised with our family. This was my husband and my 3rd cruise (2nd with Carnival). My children ages 14, 12, and 10 werk aboard with us, as we're my in laws. We found the overall experience to very enjoyable and ... Read More
We recently we cruised with our family. This was my husband and my 3rd cruise (2nd with Carnival). My children ages 14, 12, and 10 werk aboard with us, as we're my in laws. We found the overall experience to very enjoyable and memorable. The ship is definitely older and shows a few signs of wear, but the staterooms were clean and functional, the staff were very friendly and seen multiple times throughout the ship cleaning. They vacuumed after each port specifically as all passengers brought sand from their excursions on the islands. The food was very pleased to fully and options abound. My youngest is quite picky and he tried many new things at dinner and always ordered off the adult menu vs the kids menu. This was quite a change from his last cruise where he only at chicken nuggets. The shows, trivia, and entertainment staff were very friendly, pleasant and engaging. The cruise director was very energetic and very informative. We found many options for all of us to partake in ... even on our first day at sea when the weather was gloomy and rainy. There is only 1 pool and 2 hot tubs on the ship so it can get pretty crowded on warm days at sea, but we didn't have any trouble using the pool, but hairs were at a premium. The water slide are also saw much use and longer lines on the days at sea, but manageable. We did experience some rough seas between two of the ports and the captain kept us informed. He slowed down the ship and chose to arrive a little late at the island instead of continuing to maintain a higher rate of speed with the waves. As it turned out, the waves subsides during the night and we were able to pick up speed and gain some of that ground back so we only arrived about 15 - 30 minutes late. Our ports of call were Amber Cove, Dominican Republic and we selected anot authentic Beach adventure. We took an open air bus through the Dominican country side learning about some of their history before spending a portion of the day at Coconut Cove. There were plenty of chairs and umbrellas and shady areas. The facilities were clean and lunch was offered, along with various beverages. There was also a variety of water sports equipment .. paddleboards, kayaks, snorkel gear and wake boars. You can tell this beach is still being developed and it will be even prettier when complete. Our second port of call was Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos. The port is very welcoming and has many little shops. There was a beach right of the Port with ample chairs and umbrellas. We chose a snorkeling excursion through Chukka Adventure's and it was very well directed. The captain was very informative and the two guides did a great job explaining the equipment and keeping us aware of our surroundings. They pointed out fish and coral and underwater caves. They brought over a stingray for us to touch. We even saw a baracudda. We were not experienced snorkelers, but we are all pretty good swimmers. We found it pretty easy to keep up, even my 10 year old. They did offer rope tied to the boat for those not as strong with swimming, as well as the opportunity to stay closer to the boat if you chose. We found this to be a great excursion and all enjoyed it very much. Our last port of call was Half Moon Cay, the private island of Carnival cruises. This was by far our favorite port. It had the most pristineffective Beach I have ever seen. The sand was white and soft and never got hot. The water was a beautiful clear turquoise. We had originally planned a kayak excursion that was canceled due to rough seas ...we were disappointed at first, but once we saw the beach we were no longer sad. Again there were plenty of chairs and umbrellas. They offered a BBQ lunch with hot dogs, hamburgers, jerk chicken, dalads, vegetables and fruit. It was well done and we enjoyed it very much. We drove from NY to South Carolina and we're surprised to learn that more than 90 percent of the cruisers drive to the port for embarkation. We found the process for embarkation and disembarkation pretty painless and we'll organized.. it took some time to move 2500 people on and off the ship, but it was pretty seamless and they were prepared for every situation. We had a great time and created a lifetime of memories. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was a last minute cruise booked for spring break, and it being our first cruise we were really excited! We left out of Charleston -- the only port within reasonable driving distance from our home -- and explored the city in the ... Read More
This was a last minute cruise booked for spring break, and it being our first cruise we were really excited! We left out of Charleston -- the only port within reasonable driving distance from our home -- and explored the city in the days before. What an amazing and charming place! I highly recommend doing a walking tour and enjoying some amazing seafood while you're there! Our embarkation process was dreadful, we got there early and still had to wait in massive lines, it took hours for us to get on the boat. Once we finally did, the ship was delayed in leaving port, but I mist admit it was nice to have the view over old Charleston from the deck. The first night we were both sick from rough seas, we couldn't sleep at all and it made for a rough night. But the days on the ship were nice! It was an issue finding a place by the pool, even early in the morning. We ended up finding chairs up by the waterslides. It was a little noisier, but you would feel a nice mist from the splashes every now and again when the wind blew the right way, so I would not recommend if you are against getting a little wet. We LOVED Half Moon Cay! Such a pleasant beach day. I would recommend not booking an excursion and just enjoying the beach. Carnival provides lunch and there is a pirate ship bar. We rented floats for $10 each and just enjoyed being in the water! In Nassau, we did the Atlantis Shallow Water Dolphin Experience. The staff was amazing and we had an awesome time! For older kids/adults I would recommend the Deep Water Swim as it was longer and you got more for your money. Be prepared to shell out for the pictures though (just one picture was almost $100) and they do not let you take your own pictures. We spent some time walking around Atlantis Resort, and then returned to the downtown area where we walked around and went to Señor Frogs. It was St. Patrick's Day and spring break, so there was a party around every corner. People will try to sell you stuff though. Some will even give you a "free gift" but expect to be given a tip, so be careful. My one complaint about the cruise would be the food. The dining room kept serving the same food night after night, and we found ourselves resorting to grilled cheese room service in the evenings to make up for what dinner lacked. The Sea Day Brunches were fantastic though and the food on the Lido Deck was hit and miss. There was also a lack of specialty dining onboard as it is one of Carnival's oldest ships. We had a port hole cabin, it was clean and more spacious than we were expecting. We were on a higher deck (Empress) and towards the front of the ship, so you could feel the movement of the boat a little bit. Our stateroom attendant was phenomenal! Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
They say you get what you pay for, we paid for a great time and got it. My husband and I have cruised twice before, but this was my girls (18 & 20) first time. We needed something inexpensive and able to fit into our spring break ... Read More
They say you get what you pay for, we paid for a great time and got it. My husband and I have cruised twice before, but this was my girls (18 & 20) first time. We needed something inexpensive and able to fit into our spring break schedule. Several of my friends said "don't use Carnival it's a cheap party cruise, but we've used it before and enjoyed it. I will start by saying Yes, the ship is old and worn, it's the oldest ship in the fleet and you can tell. But that didn't detract from the amount of work the staff puts in to make your stay fun. We were on the Riviera Deck with an Ocean View. We had all 4 of us in one cabin, so getting ready for dinner was tight, but really we were only in the cabin to change and sleep, so preferred to spend our money on other things. The cabin was clean, housekeeping was friendly and accommodating. Bathroom was larger than expected. The shower was great! Excellent water pressure and perfect temp. We spent most of our time on the Lido deck enjoying the sun and music. People do save chairs early, so if you want a chair by the pool get up early. We preferred the second deck because we could see everything really well. We sat just in front of the dance stage so we could look down and see all the goings on. My girls spent a lot of time dancing and participated in some of the on-deck games. We also attended "The Brits" performance (very good), the Hasbro game show (Adam the cruise director is a ball of fun), we did the "Thriller" dance class and various other events. The food is average. We did "your time" dining which we preferred because we ate at various times depending on port, activities and general hunger. On a high end cruise the food would of been much better. It wasn't bad, just average. I always like to order a couple of starters to try to new foods and felt they had good choices. Their desserts were excellent! The food on the lido deck was so-so, like eating at any fast food restaurant. That would be my biggest complaint. I went and got my food from the Panorama (where I could get a salad and better desserts) and brought it on deck for lunch. We stopped in Nassau and Freeport. We did Sting Rays in Nassau then hung out on beach and shopped. Our snorkeling in Freeport got cancelled due to high winds, so we took the advice of Martin from the "fun squad" and took a taxi to the public beach in Port Lucaya. Great decision. We paid $10 round trip for the taxi, walked into the public beach and sat just a couple of yards from the carnival passengers who paid for the "Beach Excursion" They did get a mea (I think it was hamburgers), but when we were hungry we just walked across the street to the market and paid $5 for conch fritters and $6 for hamburgers & fries. I will definitely cruise with Carnival again. I'll probably try a bigger ship next time. Not because I disliked the Ecstasy but because I'd like to go somewhere different and try something new. P.S. The smoking in the metro lounge area is terrible. I wish they couldn't smoke indoors at all. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
It was a good cruise, i enjoyed it, so did my family, there was several great things on it, but that was 2011, and it got worse from there. PROS - *Great value *Not too big, Not too small *Fun! *Has a better waterpark than ... Read More
It was a good cruise, i enjoyed it, so did my family, there was several great things on it, but that was 2011, and it got worse from there. PROS - *Great value *Not too big, Not too small *Fun! *Has a better waterpark than the Fantasy *Has A better Camp Carnival/Ocean than Fantasy CONS - *Boring if you have gone on every Fantasy class ship except this one *Dr. Seuss replace Fun Ship Freddy *Kinda old We suggest you to go on there if you live in South Carolina, near it, or just want to have a getaway from home at a cheap price. If you go to the bahamas, look for the Grand Celebration ship, which used to be Carnival's "super-class ship" Celebration. Also if you are going to have a 10 day cruise, don't go on this because you will get bored after a while, go on the Newer ships. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
1) Lido deck (where all the things are) is a smoking environment and I thought my wife and I were going to choke from all the 2nd hand smoke. Even the restaurants wreaked of smoke. Will only cruise non-smoking ships/lines next time - if ... Read More
1) Lido deck (where all the things are) is a smoking environment and I thought my wife and I were going to choke from all the 2nd hand smoke. Even the restaurants wreaked of smoke. Will only cruise non-smoking ships/lines next time - if there are such things. 2) Food. Pretty bad stuff. Makes you wonder if they eat their own food. Fried chicken burnt and dry, rolls very stale and even rock hard, potatoes hard, meats dry, eggs runny, bacon way too greasy, hash browns greasy and hard,,food tasteless or bad tastes, etc. 3) Signage bad. Never sure where I am at. Some elevators go to certain decks and some do not. Never know which deck you are on. Signs inside elevators useless. 4( Entertainment: Amatuerish. Same group every nite and predictable. Couple comedians good. 5) Shore excursions. I know they want to sell their own highly-priced excursions, but wish they would be more passenger-friendly and inform people of what to expect on shore, i.e., all the taxis and mad salesmen and actually provide info on local beaches and how to get there on their own, etc. As is passenger is left to fend for himself once he arrives on shore. Overwhelming for sure. A little more help would be nice. Don't even think I was provided a map of the town. Seems like their excursion or fend for yourself among all of the wolves. Never Carnival again. . . Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We are family of 4 platinum cruisers traveling over our spring break. We arrived in Charleston the night before the cruise after a drive from Maryland. Pre-cruise we stayed at the Embassy Suites Historic District and enjoyed the sites and ... Read More
We are family of 4 platinum cruisers traveling over our spring break. We arrived in Charleston the night before the cruise after a drive from Maryland. Pre-cruise we stayed at the Embassy Suites Historic District and enjoyed the sites and sounds of lovely Charleston. We chose this cruise because the ports were Nassau and LSC (new to us). The Fantasy class is our favorite class of ship due to the open eating areas on the Lido deck. The Fantasy did not disappoint. Sure she could use a little refreshing, but the ship is clean and everything was in working order. Reviews I had read were quite mixed, but we enjoyed every moment on board. Embarkation is a bit of a mess in Charleston, but we had read about the trials ahead of time and were prepared. Our MDR experiences was wonderful. We had a fabulous team serving us - Joey and Fernando. They took care of every detail and special requests, too. Nothing was ever a problem for them. The food was very good and plentiful. Lido dining was a bit crowded and the omelet line was always long, but everything was fresh and tasty. My chief complaints were the lack of poolside chairs on the first sea day. Not a chair to be found! There were stacks of chairs on the pool deck but the staff told us they were all broken. Chairs were available on the last sea day - I think because travelers had so much sun on the LSC. Camp Carnival was wonderful for my 9 year old, however my 13 year old did not participate as much. I think an ice breaker on the first night (not a dance party) would have been more beneficial. The entertainment was some of the best we've seen. Very talented singers and we all enjoyed each show. The cruise director was also entertaining. He was visible but not overly present. We loved LSC and would go back in a second. Plenty of sun, shade and gorgeous beaches. We visited the Pirate Museum in Nassau (interesting and a quick bit of history), walked around a bit and then headed back to the ship. The Fantasy may be the oldest ship in the fleet, but I would not hesitate to take another cruise on her! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
My first but certainly NOT going to be my last! Yes, you could tell she was an older ship as we docked next to newer & bigger glitzier ships at Nassau but she sure did not let us first timers down! From the comfy stateroom beds, the ... Read More
My first but certainly NOT going to be my last! Yes, you could tell she was an older ship as we docked next to newer & bigger glitzier ships at Nassau but she sure did not let us first timers down! From the comfy stateroom beds, the steward Dewi... Our waitstaff in the Celebration dining room, the 5 star food, the fabulous buffets available ALL the time, the drinks, entertainment and trips..... Wow! Already planning our next voyage!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
If you're expecting the Ritz Carlton at sea, then you'll be sorely disappointed, however you're not paying Ritz Carlton prices. If you expect the Hampton Inn at sea, then you'll have a marvelous cruise. Don't ... Read More
If you're expecting the Ritz Carlton at sea, then you'll be sorely disappointed, however you're not paying Ritz Carlton prices. If you expect the Hampton Inn at sea, then you'll have a marvelous cruise. Don't arrive at the cruise terminal much before 12:00 with you car, as you won't be allowed in to parking. The cost for 5 days parking is $85 cash or credit card ... it made no difference to your wait time. Boarding takes a while, the terminal is not really a cruise terminal at all, just a re-purposed warehouse facility (good job it's a small ship). Once you're onboard, head up to Windows Of The Sea on Lido deck for a buffet style lunch, while you wait for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin. The cabins are compact but well laid out with 2 hanging closets, one shelf closet and a set of drawers. You'll need to bring a power stripe and a clock (or cellphone) as there's only 2 outlets in the while cabin, and theres no clock!!! The ship itself is the oldest of Carnivals fleet, but she really is quite lovely (as long as you are expecting the Hampton Inn you paid for!!). Don't expect fancy glittering chandeliers or high ceiling dining rooms ... but do expect a sparkling clean interior, a very friendly onboard staff and good food (again not Ritz Carlton food ... but very good all the same). A days at sea tip .... snag your poolside recliner early with your beach towel .... otherwise there will be none left!!! You can pop up and drape your towels over a few seats on your way to breakfast .... they say they'll remove the towels after 40 minutes, but this did not happen on our cruise. Ports of call Freeport (ugly) ... plan to go on an excursion or to the beach, don't think about going to the town .... it's really not too good. We took the Eco Kayak Tour, which was really quite funny as it was held by the same company as the Jeep (non-Eco Tour) ... so go figure. The excursion was fun, and even though expensive, we didm't feel ripped off. Nassau is becoming more and more dangerous to the unsuspecting tourist, so take care of yourself and your belongings, but don't let it spoil your fun. Take an excursion, or go to Atlantis, you're sure to have a good time. The kids club offerings seemed quite extensive, but our kids (11 and 12) didn't seem to think much of the club .... towel folding for an 11 year old boy just didn't hit the spot ..... the 12-14yr olds seemed to have more to do than the upper age bracket of the elementary school group. The younger kids on the cruise seemed quite happy to go to the club though. Disembarkation, you an chose between putting your luggage out the evening before disembarkation prior to midnight or self serve, dragging your own bags off the ship. If you chose self serve you'll be getting off early, if you chose the transported bag option you'll have time for a nice served breakfast at The Jubilee restaurant prior to disembarkation. Disembarkation itself is a little longwinded, especially waiting for the bus transfer to the parking lot ... but there's not a lot you can do about it, just wait patiently. Anyway, there's my two cents worth ... we had a really enjoyable cruise and I hope you do!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
Unfortunately I do have to write a negative review, based on the fact that our cruise experience was really a disappointment due to the number of University spring breakers. I would guess that more than half were of that age group. ... Read More
Unfortunately I do have to write a negative review, based on the fact that our cruise experience was really a disappointment due to the number of University spring breakers. I would guess that more than half were of that age group. Pool area during our at sea days were over run by drunk 20 year olds. We couldn't get near the pools or hot tubs. Games in that area, run by Carnival entertainment were, in our opinion, inappropriate for day time, where children and families could be, if they could find room to actually be there. The students were loud, rude and inconsiderate, especially at night (3 or 4 am), outside our cabins, running up and down the hall with no thought to people trying to sleep. Security seemed to not be anywhere in site, and did not patrol at all. Even the Serenity deck was always full of them, taking over the two hot tubs there as well, and being loud. We found it difficult to find anywhere that was peaceful and quiet. It is a small ship, which we knew, but had no idea this group of students would be there. It would have been nice to know ahead of time, by Carnival, that this is to be expected. It would also have been nice to have somewhere to go with an adults only, but over their age group. On the positive side, Carnival cabin stewards and dining staff are above and beyond in service with a smile. They are awesome, knew our names by heart, and always made us feel special. Tips for Islands (for a nice quiet day away from the hoards): Nassau - hop on the local bus (jitney) and go ten minutes up the road to the Melia resort. Bus cost is $1.25 per person each way. Melia has a day pass for $35.00 per person to use their beach and pools, and hot tubs etc. It's gorgeous, quiet, and well worth the money for the day ! Food is a bit expensive, so eat a big breakfast on board before you go! Freeport - email Barry at Paradise Cove www.deadmansreef.com - he will send a bus to pick you up at the port. Bus takes about 20 mins to their location. It is a small location, but amazing snorkeling that you can do from the beach. No need to get on a boat, and then only have half an hour snorkeling. Our family snorkeled for almost 4 hours. They have local conch fritters and local beer (Sands was my favourite) that you need to try! So, overall we did enjoy the sun, beaches, snorkeling away from ship. Dining and food was always great. Buffet was small. Deli was really good, pizza was delicious! So my recommendation - if you go in March, on Carnival, from Charleson, you will most likely have a ship full of University students drinking from morning till night, and you will not have a quiet cabin to go to, so if that bothers you spend a little more money and go to a port further south. I have not had a problem leaving from Florida. Read Less

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