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Age: 55


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Ecstasy

Sailing Date: 2010-04-22

Itinerary: Cozumel

My first sailing experience was an Alaskan cruise with the Princess line. Long-time cruising friends warned me that Carnival was not quite the same, so I had no illusions. Everything was adequate. Not great. Not spectacular. Adequate.

Mediocre was the best description for the food. We ate most meals in the Wind Star and had excellent service. Many of the entrees were dry. Vegetables were cooked in the new style...barely steamed (mostly raw). The buffet on the Lido deck was ... buffet food. Nothing spectacular. Many items were barely room temperature. I'm certain that most of the desserts were frozen and thawed. The cakes were quite dry...both on the Lido deck and in the Wind Star. Breakfast on the Lido cafeteria line was rather poor. Cold, gluey...unappetizing. Do try the eggs Benedict in the Wind Star!

Our stateroom was always clean. The staff did a really good job. They anticipated our needs. We did not have to ask for anything. (Upon arriving home and unpacking, we missed a couple of small items. Carnival has been notified and we are trying to remedy this situation.)

So-so. Alternate activities could have been offered. After the Princess cruise and country line dance lessons offered every day, I was quite disappointed in the first day at sea...hip-hop dance lessons. This was not during spring break with a ship full of college 'kids.' The last day at sea a country line dance lesson was offered. But it was a choreographed line dance...not one that you would be able to dance to in a country music club.

Loved the comics. The Ecstasy dancers did a great job with their programs. I was rather surprised that thongs were worn in the early shows where small children were in attendance.

DO go in the Atlantis sub. While the excursion info states 2 hours...the actual time of submersion was about 30 minutes. But it was gorgeous!

The speaker in our room was not working. We missed quite a few announcements. Missed opportunities for drawings for free cruises. The jewelry store area had a 'carnival' atmosphere with the personnel's very definite resemblance to hawkers at the local county fair.

We still had a great time. Since being warned by our friends that you get what you pay for, we enjoyed our cruise because our expectations were not high.

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