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610 Carnival Charleston Cruise Reviews
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TDAtchley
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
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
676 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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
5starchick
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
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
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
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
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
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Speedricerh
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 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
1 helpful vote
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
cruznjan
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1,482 forum post
2 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
3 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
1 helpful vote
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
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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
cruise_mojo
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
970 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We are used to sailing Sensation, Fascination and Fantasy so familiar with the class. We had a good idea of what to expect on the E. On board ship, most everything we liked. Service, room steward, bar service was all great. The ... Read more
mamawsnest
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
684 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We took this cruise for my grandsons graduation(early)/birthday. It was during his fall break from school and the closest port to home. Embarkation was quick and painless once out of the line to park. Our check-in time was 11;30-12:00 . ... Read more
scookie1
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose to set sail out of Charleston SC. Mainly because we have never been there and it was a shorter drive. No problem with getting on or off the ship. Everything went smooth with that. The Cabin was small as to be expected. Pillows ... Read more
5funhills
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our 3rd cruise 2nd with carnival. The housekeeping was very friendly always greeted us by name ask for ice one day and got ice all week. We loved the dining room, service was always friendly even doing our time. I always found ... Read more
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MelodyLChambers
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2016
embarkation - you were suppose to pick a time for your arrival to the ship. I did carnival did not follow through every one showed up regardless of their time they picked. disembarkation went very smooth with the exception we turned to ... Read more
bsulfridge
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
What a fantastic cruise to take. The service on this cruise was the best I have experienced thus far. Our room stewardess, Esperanza, was fantastic and made a point to seek us out on the first day of the cruise and learned our names. ... Read more
bluewaterlovers
Member Since 2015
1 review
61 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We have taken quite a few cruises in the past and Carnival is still our favorite cruise line even though we are sailing with Norwegian in February. Carnival felt bad about our cruise being shortened by hurricane Matthew and really ... Read more
cal3san
Member Since 2016
1 review
I booked this cruise for me and my lady friend through Travels and Tours aboard MCAS, Cherry Point, NC. Given that it was not known to us until we boarded the ship the destination had been changed from Bahamas to Cozumel, Mexicio due to ... Read more
dcwalker
Member Since 2011
1 review
161 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Best cruise ever! My husband and I (yup! just us this time - all kids in college - no break for them in October) were on the ill-fated Ecstasy out of Charleston and into the whirlwind of Matthew. Carnival had to make some changes. First ... Read more
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CountryCruiza
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
We were acheduled for a 6 night cruise to the Bahamas, however due to Hurricane Matthew, we changed itinerary to go to Cozumel, Mexico. We did not do any excursions in port,however we did get off the ship, and walk around port for a while. ... Read more
judagar
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We planned this cruise for a fall break. Little did we know that "Matthew" had other plans! Kudos to Carnival for getting the ship out and to a different port. Original ports were Nassau, private island and Freeport. ... Read more
jjhoover100
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I've cruised Carnival 6 times. The last cruise was a horrible experience and will be the last. Carnival has increasingly pinched pennies over the last decade to increase their profit margins and it's more evident now than ever. They sale ... Read more
sadiecat
Member Since 2006
1 review
779 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We were apprehensive about this ship but all turned out wonderful. The crew was one of the friendliest we have ever encountered on a cruise ship. The room steward was very attentive and helpful. Entertainment was very good. Food is ... Read more
nat12168
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
This was my first cruise and after this experience it will definitely be my last ! The ship had a sewer odor the entire time. My room was never cleaned and I never got any fresh towels, I had to sit my trash out in the hall if I wanted it ... Read more
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