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Sheila Shaffer

Age: 48

Occupation:Assistant Principal

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Ecstasy

Sailing Date: February 6th, 2004

Itinerary: Baja, Mexico

The cruise was great. I know we stayed in a suite but the whole experience was wonderful. If anyone is busy and needs a quick get away this is perfect!!!! Carnival has really read the reviews and taken them to heart. We took an 11:00 a.m. flight, took the carnival shuttle and were aboard ship by 1:30. We did get to bypass the lines because of our suite. We toured the ship and the buffet. Our luggage arrived and by 4:00 we were unpacked and sitting on the balcony. We changed our dinner to early sitting as we booked two weeks before the sailing date so received late seating. It was not a problem at all. The food was wonderful and there was plenty of it we ordered more than one entree so we could have prime rib and lobster and they acted like it happened all the time and was no problem. One of the couples even ordered two or three from each course. It was no problem and the wait staff just smiled and gladly filled the order. We were put in a booth with 2 other couples so it was a bit crowded. I put in my ship review that I would highly suggest 2 couples in the booth instead of three. After the first night one of the couples never returned. I promise we had all showered and minded our manners, but it was topic of conversation as to whether we had done or said something wrong?!?

The entertainment was very advanced and my highest rating goes to the set designers wow is all I can say. There are poles in the theater so you had to really hunt to get a good seat. I don't know how you would fix this problem unless you installed clear poles or raised the seats up. We took the wine tour in Mexico which was very nice, but the highlight of the tour was really walking down town after the tour. We asked the local bus drive for a good place for tacos and beer and he told us to eat at a place called "Tacos and Beer" go figure. The food was great and since I don't drink beer the margaritas were perfect. My husband's joke when we got home was you had to order two beers one to clean the table the other to drink.

No it was very clean but it really got to his sister-in-law. We will go back when we do this again. We spent some time in the casino and much prefer this to spending a weekend in Laughlin. The day at sea is the best we shopped a little in the morning and spent the rest of the day sitting on the balcony with drinks and books in hand. I highly recommend this trip. We have decided when we need a weekend away we will do this little cruise. Total bill for air, cruise, tours, drinks, gambling, one bottle of wine from the downtown winery that does not sell in the states, 5 cartons of cigarettes, and t-shirts for 5 grandchildren came to less than 2000.00. Packing was a dream as we only had to take one suitcase. What can I say we are hooked. Cruising is the only way to go. Getting off the ship was even easier as we again had VIP tags.

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