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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 8
Helpful Votes: 82

Overall rating:

2.9 out of 5
Carnival Ecstasy

5 Night Bahamas (Charleston Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 05, 2017

Ship: Carnival Ecstasy

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This was the Ecstasy's first cruise after dry dock. There were many things that didn't work or were being worked on. I learned to never book the first cruise after dry dock. Every one has a worst cruise; this was ours.


1 out of 5
Horrible! We sat in the parking lot for 3 hours while contractors finished work. We couldn't board the ship until all contractors were off the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We ate in the MDR once. The MDR is smaller than we are used to and found the tables were closer to each other than we are used to.


5 out of 5

The Alchemy bar was the best spot on the ship!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We played Trivia but the location is just outside the casino so cigarette smoke was very present.

Service and Staff

2 out of 5
There didn't seem to be enough staff to service the staterooms, bus the Buffet tables, etc.

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
This one of the original ships so it seems small by today's standards.

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
We had an inside cabin; I learned that inside cabins are not for me.

Ship tip

She is an older ship, small by today's standards. She may be a good choice for a long weekend get away but wouldn't recommend sailing on her for a week or longer.

Ports of call

Nassau, Bahamas

2 out of 5
Not my favorite destination so we stayed on board and enjoyed the Serenity Deck.

Charleston, South Carolina

5 out of 5
A beautiful city!

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

2 out of 5
Didn't care for our tour guide (independent). He took us to his aunt's souvenir shop, another aunt's perfume shop, an uncle's bar, showed us a beach and then back to the ship. Didn't care for his "tour".


5 out of 5
We self disembark so it went well.
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