Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Sailing Date: April 12th, 2007
Carnival Cruise Lines
Ecstasy Cruise Review
We arrived at terminal around 1pm - we walked through security and got our Sail&Sign card and were waiting to go aboard within 15 minutes. I have NEVER been through the process that fast, ever! We waited for our friends to arrive for about 15 minutes. We got our pictures taken and were on-board quickly.
Our cabins were upper forward (the most convenient place in my opinion). We did the 45 minute lifeboat drill and we were almost out of the port before we were released. We went up to front of this ship above the bridge to watch us leave (Deck 10 then walk up stairs near bridge). This was a great place to see everything. Once we had cleared Galveston, we took off to explore the ship. We went to the spa to make appointments for manicure/pedicure for the next morning. I have to say it was a waste. They have a price sheet with two pricing options - a standard and a deluxe of each. We wanted the standard but they said they don't offer anymore. We paid $45/$65 + tip respectively for what you could get a salon for $30 or less.
We did have a great time with the games on board ship - Battle of the Sexes, Name that Tune, Trivia, Win Lose or Draw, etc. everyday there was always plenty to do. On the day at sea headed back from Cozumel we ran into some crazy waves and the ship was rocking BADLY, but the Purser's desk had medicine that they were happy to give you.
We did not go to the shows. On the first day we went, and it wasn't our cup of tea so we didn't go back.
The dinners in the dining room were amazing. Our waiter Murali and his helper Iwayan were great. They made great suggestions, and I have to admit, we are a little picky - so they would change things for us and remember for the rest of the cruise what our preferences were. The Grand Gala buffet was on Midnight the day we left Cozumel. From 11:30-12am you were only allowed to take pictures then at 12:30am they started serving it. It was the most amazing display. We were very impressed. We also loved the sushi bar - something different everyday, we were always able to find one that was our favorite.
in Cozumel, we did not take an excursion. We caught a cab to Paradise Beach for $12 and spent the day. The beach is free with chairs and umbrellas - they ask you to spend $10 per person on food/drink. You can also buy a bracelet for $9 to use all their water toys. We just hung out on the beach though. We did get henna tattoos from a guy that came to our chairs - we told him what we wanted and he designed it - he was amazing. It is supposed to last a couple of weeks and was only $20. We left early afternoon and went to Senor Frogs by the Intl pier. The waiters there are amazing - very entertaining! I was in Cozumel last year on the Conquest, and I can say they have made lots of progress in their hurricane recovery, and they are still rebuilding more docks.
I have been on a couple of other Carnival cruises, and I have to say I don't think this cruise director was in the same league - his name is Goose and he is nice enough, but the others I have seen are much better at getting people involved in activities.
On the day of disembarking, they told everyone to be out of their rooms early that morning and that self-assist people (carry off all your own luggage) would start getting off the ship at 8am. Lots of people showed up in the lounge by 6:30am just to be first off the ship. At 8:10am, they made announcement that we were a couple of hours away from Galveston. As it turned out, the ship did not start disembarking until after 11am. We got off the ship at 1:30pm. This turned a great experience in to a negative one for a lot of people. They quit serving breakfast by 10am. They were more than happy to continue taking your sign and sail card for alcohol purchases, but there was no more food served. They also had everyone get out of their rooms by 9am so they could start cleaning. We had people piled up in the hallways, pool areas, decks. Many with their luggage in tow. I think the part of all of the delays that agitated people the most were that we weren't told ahead of time that we were going to be late, most of us would have slept in a little.
Overall, we had a great time. It was a first cruise for my 2 friends and my
sister - it was my third. I love Carnival for all the activities they have on
board. I would definitely go again.