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641 Carnival Charleston Cruise Reviews
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dprice1834
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Charleston is a great port to sail from. It was easy to get into and parking was fairly easy. The embarkation process was mostly painless. The entire process took about 45 minutes. The ship is one of the oldest in the fleet but I knew this ... Read more
wisnir
Member Since 2015
6 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This is my second Carnival Ecstasy five day cruise out of Charleston SC. It is an easy drive from NC. EMBARKMENT: parking is somewhat unusual, as they don't open it up until 11 am and then you snake through to the check in canopy, then ... Read more
jaynorris
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for. I loved leaving from Charleston, S. C. It was so convenient for us and apparently a lot of other people. The food was ok, not great, not bad. We all thought it was sort of Applebee's quality. ... Read more
jimm942
Member Since 2009
1 review
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
I'll try to keep this short and hit on the highlights. We are a couple and traveled with about 6 other couples from the Carolinas. We drove to Charleston and stayed the night before downtown. Took Uber to the port in the morning around ... Read more
Staci0615
Member Since 2001
4 reviews
160 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The Good- Not much, got to spend time with family. Able to switch our group of 9 from Anytime Dining to a set table at the early seating on the second night( Spend a whole day wondering if they could accommodate) The Bad- We got a ... Read more
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Fin4Fun
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise due to its price and timing for our family. We were also interested in visiting the Bahamas. We found leaving out of Charleston, SC was much more affordable at this time of year than Florida. We did not have too ... Read more
msalkeld
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
I think I have been really spoiled by Royal Caribbean. Pros: Cheap, good for a first cruise. Ports were good. Party boat. Free Room service for a bunch of foods and pretty cheap for other things. Cruise Pictures were good. Gym was ... Read more
BBjrod
Member Since 2007
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The only way you can NOT enjoy a holiday cruise on the Ecstasy is if you make up your mind NOT to enjoy the cruise! We left Charleston on December 22 and returned to port on December 26 so we were actually on board over the Christmas ... Read more
Introvert_Cruiser
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Overall I have rated it 4 stars because overall we did enjoy it and I was aware of its shortcomings and such prior to booking. My party consisted of the parents and 3 children 10-16. Bottom line upfront: This is a cruise geared ... Read more
peramsey
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
If your Handicapped and have a Placard or Number plate you park free at the cruise port The choice of rattier at dinner was rather causual. At the Chef's table one young man wore his hat all through dinner and the food was not ... Read more
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Jolly Fishermann
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
For our second cruise to the Bahamas we chose to again sail from Charleston SC because it is convenient to our golf condo. it is easy to get to the port in Charleston and the procedure for embarking is rather straightforward and simple. ... Read more
Edreilly70347034
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Ninth carnival cruise, twenty fifth over all. If this is your first, have fun. If otherwise, prepare to be horrified. Menu was nursing home quality, pay up for steak or lobster, and slow. By fourth nite diningroom was half empty. Cabin ... Read more
kc_2001_nicole
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This ship is overpriced and old. There were only families on this cruise. Being a single 30 year old female, I would like activities geared towards someone like myself instead of just families. Our room was not even serviced for the ... Read more
TDAtchley
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I chose the Ecstasy for the price and ports of call for shore fun days. I read a lot of so-so and even negative reviews and had second thoughts about my booking. Glad I didn't change it! My family of 5, with our sons over 21, had the ... Read more
uncleg
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
682 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Its hard to have a bad time while on a cruise. That said I had a good time, but of my 12 cruises this was my least favorite cruise and ship. The ship, to me appeared to be run down and not nearly as clean as other ships I have been on. ... Read more
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5starchick
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We normally cruise with Royal Caribbean, but we didn't want to drive to Florida with our toddlers. We've never been to Dominican Republic,so we chose this cruise. We heard negative things about Carnival, but we like to see for ourselves. ... Read more
Tobyti
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2016
We chose this cruise because it was going out of Charleston, and we would not have to drive a long distance. It's an old, small terminal. The process getting on and off went fast. We visited 3 ports. On 2 of those days, it rained. ... Read more
rosepimj
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our 5th Carnival cruise in the past 6 years and our first from the Port of Charleston. Parking in Charleston was very troubling - mostly from a process perspective. Long lines to check our boarding passes twice before we ... Read more
Speedricerh
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
First we went on the sunshine because of the convenience (only 6 hours to the port of Charleston SC by car) and also for the ship. With carnival we have gone on two different Fantasy class ships and we wanted something bigger/nicer. As ... Read more
gamecoc430
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We love cruising from the port of Charleston, SC. Only about a two-hour drive for us from home. This was the first time we have cruised on the Sunshine, and boy, were we surprised! What a great ship! We usually take the Ecstasy class ... Read more
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Juliema
Member Since 2016
1 review
We wanted a fun cruise we wouldn't have to travel far for for our family reunion cruise. Value of cost we thought was good, but the embarkation was a nigthmare , we weren't allowed to get on board till 8 pm that night. It was like ... Read more
cruznjan
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1,482 forum post
3 helpful votes
My cousin chose this cruise to celebrate her retirement. The service was great, the meals were okay and the crew was very friendly. It was good to be able to drive to a cruise port. Because I have a handicap placard, I was not charged for ... Read more
cherrycokezero
Member Since 2010
1 review
162 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Cruised the Sunshine out of Charleston on 11/6/16 to Nassau & Freeport. Worst embarkation EVER! Will never cruise out of Charleston again. But, despite the embarkation fiasco, it was an enjoyable cruise on the Sunshine. We had an ... Read more
Bill568
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
83 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Whenever there is a new different ship or itinerary out of Charleston we try to make it . Bermuda is a place you need to make sure you go when you can . It is NOT in the Caribbean . All of the island is very pretty . Having arrival times ... Read more
Hairychestrunerup
Member Since 2016
1 review
Never been there before and the ship was suppose to be docked for 3 days ,. carnival estascy , cabin was noise from engines , away from couples we were traveling with ,not what we had ask for . Dining was also not what we requested due to ... Read more
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