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571 Carnival Charleston Cruise Reviews

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ncfuncpl
Member Since 2013
1 review
140 forum posts
Sailed two weeks ago
We went back to back. 9/17 was much better than the week before. The staff acted like they were all in training. My husband is a smoker. I am not. The Ecstasy has limited smoking to a small area on deck 11 and the casino bar on deck ... Read more
trishthedish52
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise because it is a short drive from Columbia, SC. When we first got to our cabin we were greatly disappointed with the size of the room!! We had an oceanview and it had one receptacle and a straight back chair and a ... Read more
Cltphotog
Member Since 2016
1 review
I picked the Carnival Ecstacy cruise ship due the location of the departure being in Charleston SC and the price of just over $400 per person wasn't hard a difficult choice to make. The check in process wasn't to bad compared to the ... Read more
Sthrncrusr
Member Since 2012
1 review
129 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our second time on the Ecstasy. Our first time two years ago left a little to be desired. This time however, was as good as our cruise last summer on the Dream! I'll highlight below: -chose this as a bday celebration for our ... Read more
dulcimergirl
Member Since 2005
1 review
1,813 forum post
2 helpful votes
I chose this cruise, as a Vacation for my sister. She flew into Charleston on Thursday, and we were supposed to tour Charleston on friday ,but that didn't happen.. Embarkation we easy,, we just walked on, I am Platinum, so it was easy. ... Read more

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ncstapletons
Member Since 2013
1 review
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise for a quick getaway and departure port would eliminate airfare. We read plenty of reviews prior to boarding so our expectations would be accurate. I have sailed twice with Carnival in the past and three times with NCL. ... Read more
Leslie29545
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our second time on the ship. Both times were a great experience for us. This was the cruise that the lady went overboard which made the last day sad; however, the crew did everything they could to make it enjoyable. Every crew ... Read more
cruisequenn
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
23 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because able to drive to Charleston. We have sailed out of Charleston before and knew the routine. Embarkation was behind schedule because previous cruise arrived later because of tropical storm. Thankfully we are vip ... Read more
gamecoc430
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our second trip on this ship this summer and our experiences were very different this trip. Overall, we had a good time, staff did everything to make us feel welcome adn took care of our basic needs. We just sailed on this ... Read more
kicker
Member Since 2005
15 reviews
4,485 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our cruising history includes an old Carnival cruise 30 years ago, and, since getting back into cruising about ten years ago, 12 Royal Caribbean cruises, one Celebrity, one Princess cruise. This Carnival cruise was chosen for the ... Read more

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Seasoned firefighter
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
819 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We went on this cruise to have a short cruise for our grand-daughters' first cruise. They had a great time....It took a long time once we entered the parking area to actually get parked. Don't know why we waited so long to get sorted ... Read more
DanusLight
Member Since 2006
1 review
625 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
This was a last minute booking. We booked a suite guarantee and we were assigned U103, a grand suite. Parking and getting to the ship is just short of chaos. The line of cars to drop off luggage, pay for parking and then be directed to a ... Read more
mmatwood7
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
As someone who has lived in Charleston for five years, I often saw the Carnival Ships at port and was so curious. I finally decided to book one with my boyfriend, for our anniversary. Embarkation went smoothly and quickly. We purchased the ... Read more
Montauklady
Member Since 2013
1 review
327 forum posts
6 helpful votes
wanting a quick short getaway cruise, we choose this ship because we live right outside Charleston. Embarking was well run, took us no time to get onboard ship. Suite category gets priority embark. Disembark was even better. We left ... Read more
Hkenn35
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and will probably be my last. The Carnvial Ecstasy is so outdated...I felt like I was in a time machine back to 1991. We sprung for the larger room which I highly recommend, as it will be the only place to regain ... Read more

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BenjiRodney
Member Since 2010
12 reviews
3,731 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was a nice get away to the Bahamas. First time in 14 Carnival Cruises that we wold be going to Half Moon Cay. Booked this last October while sailing on the Breeze. We wanted a cruise in the summer to fill the gap until the December ... Read more
map92
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
44 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise for 2 reasons, 1, We wanted to visit Charleston and 2, we wanted to go to Half Moon Cay. Both were great! Can't say the same for the ship. Its old, made LOTS of noises, and smelled bad in the bathroom the whole time. ... Read more
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cruisinpack2
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This is a short review of our cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy out of Charleston SC 8/20/2016 – 8/25/2016. I have read many reviews on this older ship, but do not agree with some of the negative comments. The Ecstasy was clean and ... Read more
simonluxmt
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as we had family visitors and wanted to combine a cruise with a stay in Charleston. Compared to Port Canaveral, this port is slightly more disorganized. I suspect that there is not enough cruise passenger volume to ... Read more
gatormom108
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
62 forum posts
6 helpful votes
If you are currently booked on this cruise, please do not panic by the reviews you have read. I know that I sure did! This was my 15th cruise, but my first time sailing with Carnival. I was sailing with my husband and two of our older ... Read more

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tmcpherson
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We've now been on 4 cruises. The way we have originally chosen cruises was price, destination, and where it's leaving out of. Now, we are at a point where we would probably start choosing the cruise based on the boat. Went out of ... Read more
jfelliott@live.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
This was my second cruise with Carnival and my daughter's (12) first one. She LOVED the Circle C activities and met many friends, leaving me to enjoy the ship! I know now why it's the "Fun Ship". The Comedy Club and the Stripes ... Read more
redsoxnel
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
29 helpful votes
My wife and I went on this cruise out of Charleston with another couple. This was my 5th time cruising with carnival, (all in the last 5 years) and my 2nd time out of Charleston. My very first cruise was out of Charleston in 2011 on the ... Read more
TheCuzaco
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
The embarkation was full of carnival employees that seemed bothered by their job. No smiles and all seemed irritated to be working there. This seemed to be the mood of most on the ship as well. The food was sub par to the royal Caribbean ... Read more
jljnsuger@sc.rr.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the convenience of sailing out of Charleston (only a 2 hour drive from our home.) We had a wonderful cruise and would cruise again on the Ecstasy and from Charleston. We are a family of four with 2 early 20's adult ... Read more

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