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541 Carnival Charleston Cruise Reviews

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TBandKcruisin
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Let me start by saying my wife and I love to cruise. Best adventure in the world.... Breaking down the good and the bad for this cruise. Location: Port of Charleston - 3 hour drive vs 8 hours was thought to be beneficial. ... Read more
Jenniferd143
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We had a great vacation on the Carnival Ecstasy ship to Nassau and Half Moon Cay Bahamas. This was my daughters (6 years old ) first cruise and she loved it! The water park on this boat was a huge hit with her and the Kids club was a lot ... Read more
glynnis_thorpe@yahoo.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because it was the cheapest and I had kids, in laws, parents....basically a large group of people traveling with me. I had been on this ship before and knew it wasn't a luxury cruise. However, I was expecting ... Read more
rtibits
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This is a very smelly ship. Cigarette smoke was everywhere and they even allowed it in a common area. There is a bar that you must walk by and sit next to for many of the activities and this is a smoking bar. You will reek of smoke all day ... Read more
jennyrieswilson
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We went on the Carnival Ecstasy on June 15. When we got to the port, our car overheated and broke down. This could of been an absolute nightmare for our family of five. Instead two wonderful men by the names of Jeff and Michael came to ... Read more

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Rbk123
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Let me start out by the few positives 1) excellent and attentive cabin steward, Rigoberto 2) excellent waitstaff: we had anytime dining and the waiters and waitstaff remembered all of our names even when they saw us out ... Read more
littlebeachcomber
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this is my first cruise and I think that might make me a bit more forgiving. My husband and I chose to cruise out of Charleston because it's only an 1 1/2 hour drive from our house. This was to be our ... Read more
Eddie-1
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We got an extended balcony cabin on the back of the ship, we were excited to spend a lot of time on the balcony, But! that didn't happen because it was just dead air & hot out there, the way it was designed there is absolutely no ... Read more
gamecoc430
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Port of Charleston is near our home (less than 2 hrs drive) and all our previous cruises with Carnival have been great. We traveled with our daughter, son-in-law and grandson, his first cruise. We had connecting rooms that made it easy ... Read more
jsfromsc
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
856 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Embarkation: We chose this cruise because we were taking our whole family, kids and grandchildren and would be able to drive to Charleston in under 2 hours. Port of Charleston was very disappointing. It was unorganized. The AC was not ... Read more

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chvygrl10
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Embarkation is always easy from Charleston. I did hear of some nightmares but if you gt there around 10:30 or 11 you will be fine. Going through customs only took us 15 minutes. We only had to walk straight from the xray to the counter to ... Read more
Andersoncd
Member Since 2005
1 review
46 forum posts
22 helpful votes
We have sailed on the Sunshine before, but mainly chose this cruise due to the itinerary and the embarkation port in Charleston, very close to home. Speaking of embarkation in Charleston, try your best not to arrive until they tell you to. ... Read more
wwoodham
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
28 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I booked this cruise last year and after doing so, I read numerous bad reviews of the Carnival Sunshine and how Carnival was cutting back. I went in hoping for the best, but not expecting as much. I also heard that getting on in ... Read more
CharlestonD
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from what we could classify as a 2 star experience cruise remarking that this will probably be our last cruise with Carnival. Which is unfortunate. Our previous experiences on Carnival Fantasy and Legend ... Read more
lisaharbour45@comcast.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Great time on this older ship. We had cabin M3 (porthole) and had plenty of room. Our steward I Kommang was an absolute delight. He went above and beyond making sure that we had everything we needed. Since I bought alcohol for my room, he ... Read more

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ReginaKing
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
22 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
Let me start out by saying I choose the Carnival Ecstasy that sailed out of Charleston S.C on May 29,2016 because of the ports and the convenience of sailing out of my home port. That is the only decent thing I can say about my experience ... Read more
mcrob62@hotmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
22 helpful votes
First off let me say that I was super skeptical after reading all of the negative reviews about the Carnival Sunshine and to my delight I experienced nothing that was said about all the negative reviews. My family and I ported out of ... Read more
bingo3
Member Since 2001
6 reviews
1,225 forum post
10 helpful votes
Just off the Sunshine for a 4 night cruise out of Charleston to Nassau, Bahamas. This cruise was with myself, hubby and our 2 grandchildren, 6 and 8 years old. I chose this one because I have wanted to take the kids while they would still ... Read more
carolina797
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We had a great time, I recommend the Sunshine Ship, they have a lot of activities, the services from the crew members are incredible, the room was little, but the staff always kept it clean and neat. The only thing I would add to this trip ... Read more
Judya2505
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
I went on this cruise with a friend, my second cruise (first one on Carnival). We choose this cruise since it went out of Charleston, close to where I live in Myrtle Beach. First off, I was not impressed with the parking situation at the ... Read more

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fathead22
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
This was the first cruise for my husband and myself. The others in our party had been on cruises before. I read lots of books beforehand so that I would know what to expect and I must say I was extremely disappointed in almost ... Read more
jessltappy
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Initially the excitement for our cruise was beyond belief, however when arriving to Charleston it dramatically decreased. Everyone was rushed through the embarkation process as if we were in a cattle barn. The customer service during the ... Read more
schoolathome2012
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
We would never do this cruise again. We are in our 50's & our kids 23 & 13 yrs old. If you are not interested in drinking, gambling & partying, forget it. There was very little to do with our kids. I should have listened to ... Read more
Nomorecarnivalcruises
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
My cabin was nice. My cabin steward did a great job. After that, the service was at best below average. The dining room and bar service was horrendous. It took us as long as 2 and 1/2 hours to have dinner on 3 different nights. I ... Read more
lakemurraykid
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
1,828 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
The reason we chose this cruise is because we were invited to join a group of 14 friends and was a college graduation cruise. My DH and I were on the 5/21 sailing along with 14 of our friends. I think all 14 had issues with this ... Read more

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