Carnival Ecstasy

3.5 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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Carnival Ecstasy is a large ship, carrying 2675 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from Charleston, South Carolina.

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Good Value - Small Cabins - Fair food

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1 out of 5

most unpleasant trip

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One cannot, of course, control the weather and sea. But the cruise line can decide the ocean is simply too rough to proceed on schedule. Such was the case with our trip. Out cabin was near the bow and on the 11th floor. It was uninhabitable for sleeping as the pitch and roll were violent. No apologies, compensation or even acknowledgment of the issue was mentioned by Carnival. The beach excursions were pushed even when the wind was gusting to 50 mph. Thanks goodness we got the weather report and did not waste even more money. I have been on a cruise before and have never seen so many people so very sick and so very ready to get to dry land. I know to count my blessings, but to be charged this kind of money for such an unpleasant trip is an outrage.

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3 out of 5

Good Value - Small Cabins - Fair food

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Cabin Stewards were great.  Cabins way too small for 4 people even though there are 2 twins and king.  Barely can move around.  Cocktails were great!  Food variety was good but lacked in taste.  More activities should have been planned.  Many rooms not used.

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1 out of 5

It was not a pleasurable trip!!!

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The cruise ship got off to a rocky start when our cabin was extremely cold with no warm air flowing. I contacted the front desk and they informed that all cabins were not getting heat but after talking to other passengers that was not true! It went from bad to worse! I have traveled on probably 7 or more cruises and this one was a bust! The food was not appealing and when had problems in the cabin that were never addressed even after we requested help. It was sad to see this type of service for 5 days!

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5 out of 5

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3 out of 5

Charleston Cruise

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The excursions were the best part of the cruise.  I was underwhelmed by the cruise.  We ate at the buffet, it had interesting choices, but the food was not hot.  The pizza is sub-par, whatever sauce there was was not very tasty.  

 

The two shows, Motown and the Brits, were good.  Would have liked more shows and more family friendly comedian shows.   We enjoy dancing and there wasn't any that we could find.  The acoustics for the trivia contests was terrible, most people had a hard time understanding.  

 

We did go to the Windstar dining room on the Elegant Dress evening and were treated wonderfully there, especially by Lajla.  

 

Our room steward did a good job of taking care of us.  

 

We chose the cruise because we wanted to visit Charleston and the Bahamas, but the overall Carnival experience would make me hesitate in recommending this cruise to anyone else.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
3 out of 5

Outstanding service, nice New Year's celebration, overpriced excursions

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We really enjoyed the chance to see historic Charleston before cruising.  Access to the port was easy and convenient.  Security and boarding lines were long, though we arrived at our designated boarding time.  Security people were rude, and even ripped a bottle of water, with one gulp left, from my hand without giving me the chance to finish.  Aft-facing cabin E255 was small but adequate for 3 people, though we should have been advised that one would have to crawl into the upper berth each night -- not great for older travelers! Carnival provided a very nice New Year's celebration, with a balloon drop from the atrium at 11:00 and a deck party and countdown at midnight.  Really enjoyed hearing the ship's horn sound at midnight!  Lots of champagne was distributed, too.  Throughout the cruise the service was excellent, and while the Ecstasy isn't one of the newer boats, it is still in good condition.  It was great to have the water park separate from the regular pool, though the hot tubs were always overrun with unsupervised kids.  There was a good mix of cruisers on the trip, from children through seniors.  Entertainment was okay -- we heard '80s music and "Bohemian Rhapsody" ad nauseum, and the cruise director, Dustin, was a bit over the top.  Still, Carnival tried to entertain all age groups.  Short show, Brits, was cute.  As for the destinations, they left something to be desired, though they were warm and sunny.  

 

We enjoyed our excursion to Atlantis, but it was way overpriced.  Basically we got to walk through the aquarium, sit on the beach, and eat a hamburger for $100 each.  We were quite disappointed in our Freeport excursion, which was supposed to be a sailboat ride.  After waiting for over an hour where we were told to wait, no one showed to take us on the boat.  Finally we were told the excursion was cancelled.  At that point the only excursion open was the West End tour.  We spent about 90 minutes at a really nice beach, and the guide, Sebastian, was very cordial and entertaining. However, there was really nothing to see except a very small old lighthouse and lots of storm surge from the October hurricane.  In fact, the entire West End was a mess.  I would not recommend this excursion.  

 

It was good to be able to buy 12 bottles of bottled water for the cabin for about $5, and a 6-pack of soda for about $10. We had ordered a birthday cake, but it never arrived and the order was lost.  Overall, by the time Carnival added gratuities and other expenses to our account, it was not a great value. Charleston, however, was outstanding.

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2 out of 5

The cold voyage

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Ship was cold for the entire voyage. The shops in Nassau were closed for holiday the day we were in port so no shopping was available. Casino was full of smoke all the time and the surrounding areas were affected. Trivia games and others were set up near the smoking bar area which was horrible. Paid wi-fi service was barely usable. Food was mediocre at best. Best part of cruise was after debarking the ship was that we were an hour and  half from home!!

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2 out of 5

Cruise experience

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Didn't enjoy this cruise at all. I dont have anything else to say, well first of all if mist of your passengers speak English than get some folks up there that help us instead of us getting frustrated cause we cant understand there language and the customer never getting there question answered because of a language barrier. 

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5 out of 5

GRAND TIME!

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ENJOYED THIS ROCKY BOAT CRUISE! My Sea Legs had a blast! My kids roamed the ship. Enjoyed their bottomless bubbles, the hot tub, and the entertainments! Expensive cruise for the holidays but the prices with the in-store shops were reasonable. Save money for the shore excursions! FREE-PORT water was AWESOME!

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3 out of 5

good cruise

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Good service, friendly staff, but very poor entertainment. Evening shows were terrible, poorly directed. performers seemed were found on the streets.Delicious food. Very helpful stuards.

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peanu75
Contributor Level: Purser

We didn't have trouble with motion sickness surprisingly but we choose to stay at the bottom of the ship. Now that we know it isn't a issue we will try for a suite next time. Oh, when you get a king size bed; realized that means 2 twins pushed together so you have a line down the bed.

m1tbear
Contributor Level: Purser

Experience all the activities and shows possible. Have a few days to rest up from your cruise when you return. Do NOT go dieting. Be prepared to gain a few pounds; however, you will lose it easily when you return home eating normal again.

harrison79
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Figure out where and what time your meals are served for some really good food. Plan your excursions so you don't feel rushed. Pick your room on above or below the action preferably floor six. Our one of the sites above the Lido deck

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Price

L

Size

Apr 1991

Built

2 yrs ago

Refurbished

2675

Total Passengers

2.89

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1028

Total Cabins

26

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