I was on the 21rst sailing of ecstasy, i was worried about lifeisschool since i never saw her!
Im having a hard time loving this cruise for the simple reason i only have the conquest to compare it too, and really there isnt a comparison, the conquest is a much superious ship in my opinion.
the one thing i truley HATED about the ecstasy was THE FOOD. Not so much in the dining room, the food was good (but nothing compared to conquest...you'd know if you ordered the escargo) but the lido deck buffet....OMG EWWWWWWWWWWWWW. The breakfast on lido was really good, but it was little things like totally watered down oatmeal one morning and good oatmeal the next. The lido cooks didnt seem to care or take pride in thier food. The desserts were almost non existant and terrible in lido, and 3 times the water didnt work when we tried to eat there so no drinks. We also had a bad time with dirty dishs in lido.
The good thing on the lido deck tho was the pizza was much better than conquest and they had a yummy sandwich bar. The only good burger i could get was in the dining room at lunch.
I liked the casino better on this ship but i lost a lot of money so im not sure whey i liked it, the slots were very tight, yet i kept trying, my fault lol.
Our cabins windows were soooo very dirty, i kept thinking someone would rinse them since we couldnt see a darn thing out of them, so that was a bit disappointing. Could have been due to being on level 4 (rivera deck) but still i was disappointed in no view at all.
The beds i thought were more comfortable by far on ecstasy.
Whether its my imagination or not, the ship seemed and felt half empty which im not complaining about lol, but i had to wonder if people were sick. I saw A LOT of sick people and had to worry if it was somthing other then sea sickness as i heard people were just as sick during docking at ports as in high seas. and the seas were HIGH. We rocked and rolled, but we never got ill at all, we were fine.
Still i learned a good lesson....i thought it was just the conquest that one night, but its not, the waitress confirmed it with me, never ever order the CHATAUBRIAND. its nasty on all ships lol. Our waitress was sweet and said she had it all over the world and its supposed to be good but not on carnival, so she recommended hte pork chops, and they were yummo.
The kids camp was a blast for my son, but im sad that next year at age 12 he will be to young for kids camp and will be with a group of teens, 12-14 (or 15) he meshes with kids younger than him since he's small and a bit childish, but yanno, i dont think he'll care to much, he LOVED THIS CRUISE BETTER THAN DISNEY! can you beleive that!
Yes debarkation and embarkation were a nightmare. Embarkation becuase people were debarking the same time we were all trying to embark. Took over 3 hours of living hell.
Debarkation was worse. We were number 23 and by the time i got a porter we were almost dead last. We didnt get to our car till after 1pm. We were ready to debark at 9am....I shoulda snuck thru and got in the porter line at number 10. They only had 14 porters for all those cruisers. They said they were short staffed????? I'm assuming htat is galvestons problem tho.
The best thing tho (and we didnt buy any but my friends did) is this is the ONLY carnival ship or any ship i guess in galveston that you can buy and bring back all the liquer you can carry. The first 2 bottles are free, but after that you pay 2.50/bottle tax. cheap stuff. Our friends bought 20 bottles of booze back
I'll go to there house to drink now lol.
another issue i had is that we had 8pm dining and many of the good freebie drawings were held at 8pm
most of the jewelry and stuff, everynight. I wondered why they thought htat was a good time, it cut out all the 8 and most of the 8:30 crowds out of the drawings.
Anyway, it was a 350 dollar cruise per person with a 1,000 sail and sign card. I got a beautiful Tanzanite and diamond ring for 700 that i could sell today for 1,200 easy. So Was it worth 2,000.....yeah, we had a great time. Did i enjoy my balcony on the conqest at 1400 for 2 with a 500 sail and sign better? yea...but i didnt take my son on that one, so that made my ecstasy trip PRICELESS.