I took my Mom on the Ecstasy for her 60th birthday last November. There was not a long waiting line to board. We were probably at the pier to the ship within 40 minutes. The ship is an older one but she still has a lot of life left in her!Our room (M45) was clean and our room steward was wonderful. We took advantage of room service in the mornings for coffee and a couple of mornings it was late but they were nice enough to call and let us know. We ate breakfast and lunch at the buffet on the deck. The food was not the best I ever had but you did not hear me complaining! the coffee and juice bar says open all day so we never bought any soft drinks. We ate dinner in the dining room and the food was great! Our waiter and his assistant were great...it was obvious they were in love and would sneek "loving" looks at each other. It was so cute! Everywhere you go, you see the crew cleaning. I never noticed the smells and the dirty carpets like other reviewers have. I was having too much fun to notice little things like that! The casino was fun and I actually won more than I lost! We enjoyed sitting by the pool just watching the people. My mother has a hard time walking distances so we did not get off at any ports but Catalina Island looks so beautiful! After dinner, we would go to the Karaoke bars to watch the people who thought they could sing....the absolute best entertainment on board!!! The announcer was from Mass. and sounded just like a Kennedy! He was great and we loved the way he would get people on stage. We did catch one of the evening shows and the final Karoke contest that was done like American Idol. Both were great! The only complaint I had was their coffee bar. The coffee there is not very good and the cookie I bought must have came over on the Mayflower :>
I took advantage of all the free desserts after that!
Overall, we had a great time. As long as you know you are not going on a luxury cruise, that everything will not be perfect, and that you will be getting what you pay for, I think you will have a great time! The crew are very friendly and do whatever they can to make you have a good time. I am excited because the Ecstasy will be coming to Galveston soon....just a day's drive for me. I hope you have a great time and will look forward to reading your review!!