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Age: 68

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Ecstasy

Sailing Date: 2011-05-15

Itinerary: some lazy fun-filled reunion days

I loved the reggae music poolside and the food accessability there. Pool too small for very many people and certainly not for any swimmers. The Mayans who dressed in their local garb and walk around the Cozumel Port made fantastic "tourist" photos. There are a lot of props for free tourist use in those "Kodak moments" just off the ship in Cozumel and some good restaurants.

The food was presented well but it was not good. In fact, very few dishes were as good as they looked on the plate. My entire table of 8 were disappointed. Waiters were great; they just couldn't make up for the mediocre food. We kept ordering different dishes hoping to find some that were good to no avail. I've cruised on other carnivals and other lines...this was the worst food so I won't do another Ecstasy for that reason.

My room as well as the balcony was clean and well kept.

The first show was like a high school production. I'm used to better shows onboard. Activities by the pool were interesting and fun and the staff were great facilitators. Dance lessons were fun as were the family and adult comedy shows. Would have liked to see more staff productions at night.

Swimming with the sting rays was a very exciting experience even for me who am scared of things that live in oceans. Too bad Mexico has closed entrance up onto and into Chichen Itza which is awesome.

Items they brought onboard for sale on their "hot deals" were exhorbitantly priced. They'd sell more if they dropped prices. The cost of photos taken by the crew were ridiculously high so we mostly took our own or bought one of theirs and made our own copies after we got home. They need to sell 4x6" picutres not just 5x7 and bigger.

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