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341 Carnival Ecstasy Bahamas Cruise Reviews
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lynnc2015
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise because it sails out of Charleston S.C. And we are so glad we did. My husband and I stayed in an outside stateroom and were traveling with another couple. We enjoyed the cruise very much. We especially enjoyed ... Read more
tmrothman
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
The boarding process took us about an hour once we parked our car. A good tip is to arrive at 10:30 a.m. and drop your bags with the bag drop folks. You have to wait about an hour until they allow you to park your vehicle. Once you park, ... Read more
justpiddlin
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Convenient sailing from Charleston SC. New procedure for boarding, staggered time. They don't let you on the ship as early as in the past. Could not park until 11:30a.m. So you sit in car, could be hot for summer cruises. Hopefully they ... Read more
MissLuLu
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE! My husband & I went with 40 other Realtors from NC & SC for a Continuing Education trip. We were supposed to be on a 5 day Bahama cruise but we were informed Tuesday night/Wednesday morning that the ship was ... Read more
kaylacrigler
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We decided to take this cruise out of Charleston SC because we have two children and being from North Carolina it was easier for us to get to..... That being said i think thats the only positive. We recieved a phone call from carnival ... Read more
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AJJ090
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Where do I begin with all the issues we encountered on this cruise? First of all, the cruise was delayed by 6 hours (should have sailed 4:00 p.m.) did not leave Charleston port until 10:00 p.m. Carnival called us but did not leave a ... Read more
ncpiggie
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
111 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This ship was delayed in Freeport coming out of dry dock due to storms. It is a long story but it was a mess! We were to leave Charleston, SC at 4pm, It was about 10 pm or a little later that we departed the dock. I actually purchased ... Read more
thisisnotright
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining ... Read more
rogie03
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
The Bad 1.)Ship was 5 hours late, did not sail form port until after 10:00 pm 2.)Pool was empty for half of the trip so no swimming. 3.)there were multiple busted water lines causing us to walk though soggy carpet the whole trip, ... Read more
dprice1834
Member Since 2017
1 review
10 helpful votes
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
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wisnir
Member Since 2015
7 reviews
17 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
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
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
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
vette1cruiser
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We choose the Carnival Ecstasy because it was only a 4 hour drive from our home, as opposed to going to Florida to catch a ship. We understood prior to signing up for this cruise that the Carnival Ecstasy was an old ship in need of being ... Read more
jimm942
Member Since 2009
1 review
8 forum posts
6 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
5 reviews
168 forum posts
5 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
5 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
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
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
9 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
3 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
5 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
9 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
Smileypeach
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
I am sorry this review is a bit delayed. We had a wonderful experience on the Carnival Ecstasy. From the time we boarded to the time we said "Goodbye" the crew on the Ecstasy was fabulous. Boarding was simple and fast, our ... Read more
Edreilly70347034
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 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
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