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

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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So much fun

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This was our first cruise and we had such a fun time.  With that being said, the ship seems to be older looking.  We left from the Charleston Port.  We would never do this again.  They were very unorganized and it was worse than getting through Security at the Atlanta Airport.  Once we got there, we went through a maze of circles in our car for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.  Once we finally got parked, we went through another maze of about 1 hour on the inside before we ever got into the boat.  Most employees before we ever got into the boat were not that friendly.  On the other hand, the employees on the boat were great and very friendly.  The room itself was ok but we didn't expect anything great.  We weren't there for the room.  The toilet was extremely noisy when you flushed it.  The shows were great and there was all kinds of food.  The food wasn't as great as we were told it was but it was ok.  The dessert was great and you don't go hungry.  Getting off of the ship was a chore as well.  They have scheduled times to get off but it was still quite a wait and not as "well oiled" as I thought it would be.  We waited for some time in a line before the process started.  Once off of the ship we got back to our car quickly so definitely quicker than getting on.  We WILL GO on Carnival again BUT WILL NEVER go through the Charleston Port.

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Very Dated Cruise Ship

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The rooms were very dated and balcony options are few.  Cocktails / wine / beer / spas services are extremely over priced.  Dining and housekeeping are great!  The made to order pizza and deli sandwiches are were delicious.  

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Excellent cruise

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This cruise to Bermuda was great.  The food, service, and  beauty of Bermuda were all remarkable.  The shipboard entertainment was very good.  I woul higky recommend this cruise.

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Overall, our cruise was above marginal.  The ship was sold out and I'm not sure if the dining staff was prepared or simply overwhelmed.  On a previous cruise, our meals at dinner were excellent; however, this trip our meals were typically over cooked and not up to expectation.  Upon arriving on the ship, we checked with guest services (as directed at the time of booking) and was most irritated to find that our on board credit was not on file.  An email was sent to  regarding this; however, no response was ever received.  A call was made and we were informed about an "erroneous" form we had to submit prior to leaving.  No one ever told us about a form in all of our emails or conversations.  Not happy with that outcome.

On a positive note, I would like to recognize a couple of entertainers on board that were outstanding.  Kim Harrison (comedienne) and Eden Parker (musician).  Both have amazing talent.

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Mother's Day Cruise

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i took my 86 year old mother on this cruise for Mother's Day. It was within driving distance, not too long for her & affordable.

The port of Charleston is old & crowded. Luckily, we were Priority status & were met with a hostess who escorted us directly to the check-in desk. Very friendly & accommodating. Also, our parking was free due to handicap sticker.

The room was roomy - much larger than I had expected. Most comfortable bed/pillow I've slept on! Breakfast room service was delivered promptly every morning.

The food was OK - we ate in the dining room only 3 times - for dinner. Preferred the on-deck buffet.

The entertainment was minimal - only saw one musical/dance show due to poor quality.  Our favorite nightly activity was listening to karaoke & playing slots.

Would I take this cruise again? Maybe. Have been on many cruises - would take this only because it's close, inexpensive, and would be a sun-filled getaway.

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Great service!

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i had a lovely time on my recent cruise to the Bahamas. The staff was great and very helpful and the ports were beautiful- just wish we could have stayed longer!

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Happy    we were celebrating my husband's 60th birthday and our son's 40th birthday.   we had a lot of fun, we all loved the comdey shows, we had some great laughs!   

Nassau was not fun,  we had bands on our arms but we were not able to do anything on the island resort.   We had plans to go to an island for a BBQ but the directions to meet the boat were not clear.  We missed the boat to go to the BBQ  Our staff offer us bands to go to the resort, when we got there we were not able to enjoy any of the amenities.   We would of had more fun staying on the ship with your director Ben.

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It was very relaxing

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We had a very good time on this cruise had great service while dining. The only down fall was our trip to Half Moon Cay was cancelled because of weather but that is just something you can't predict. I just think 7 days was a little too much I think we will stick with 5 days from now on.

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Book Way Ahead of Time/Consider Other Costs too

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Overall, I had a great time with family and friends.  I'm not sure I would have had as much fun, had I gone solo or with just a significant other.  Of the 3 schedule port calls, only 2 occurred, due to bad weather.  Regardless, there was a backup plan to have events aboard ship (at sea), which was nice.  The onboard gym was fairly good, although I think the put-put golf area wasn't the best use of space.  As windy as it was, most of  the time, it seemed pointless.  Had I booked a year out, I would have saved a lot of money; so plan as far ahead as you can.  Port terminal parking was a little pricey, and I returned to a vehicle showered in bird poop.  I recommend debarking your own luggage; let them take it aboard though.  Come early, as you can expect delays for onboard processing; it took us about 2 hours to clear parking, terminal, security, passport checkin, sail pass issue/photos, etc.  The endless bubbles is a decent deal, if you like soda and some juices (does not include water).  Every time yet get an onboard bill for endless bubbles, they will have a gratuity block (don't give gratuity).  I was pleasantly treated to a $85 gratuity charge for the whole cruise (per person).  On board photographers are awesome, and will bombard you with photo opportunities.  PHOTOS are $22 each, so be aware of the cost.  Photographers will push you to take group photos, sub-group photos, and individual ones at every opportunity!  Costly...  As for alcohol at port visits, don't even bother, unless you are buying something good to take home.  You are not personally allowed to keep alcohol aboard ship during your cruise.  If you buy anything, they will collect it during boarding process, tag it, and give you instructions on how to collect it at the end of the cruise.  When I went the last day, there was at least 100 people in line...I left the wine there; not worth the wait.  Best of luck.  R/Joe 

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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.

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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

1enjoycruise
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We had a great attitude so it was easy to have fun, relax and enjoy. There were people who would cut lines, and expect to be served on hand & foot all the time. Did not let us be bothered by them. The ship is great for first time cruisers, for families and kids. The bathrooms needs to be updated

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