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Carnival Ecstasy for Families

Carnival Ecstasy
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  • Pro: Short, fun itineraries to Bahamas and Western Caribbean
  • Con: Older ship missing modern bells and whistles
  • Bottom Line: A fun, inexpensive option perfect for families
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Carnival Ecstasy for Families

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Ecstasy has plenty of activities onboard that are suitable for kids of all ages. Waterworks, with its sprinklers, sprayers and waterslides, appeals to the younger kids, while the ship's video arcade on Deck 9 -- adjacent to Club O2 -- is perfect for tweens and teens. Ecstasy will add the Seuss at Sea experience by the end of 2014. Kids menus are available and appeal to the fussiest eaters, offering mac and cheese, PB&J, chicken nuggets and hot dogs.

Camp Carnival, located on Deck 11, is designed for 2- to 11-year-olds, and the line further separates kids by age: 2 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 11. Activities for each group are age appropriate, so the youngest kids might do finger painting, the middle group might play video games or do arts and crafts, and the oldest might have pool parties or scavenger hunts. Toys and video game consoles abound. Camp Carnival is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

After 10 p.m., Camp Carnival Night Owls opens, and kids can play, party and hang out in a supervised environment until 3 a.m. While Camp Carnival is free during the day, Night Owls costs between $13 and $20 per night, depending on the age of the children. Snacks and beverages are provided, and kids can bring blankets and pillows to enhance the slumber party feel. Onboard baby-sitting is available, too, for $6.75 per child, per hour, plus a 15 percent gratuity.

Tweens, ages 12 to 14, hang out at Circle C, located on Deck 8. This chill space has video game consoles, comfy booths, and TV and video monitors galore. There's also a dance floor. Circle C is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Located on Deck 9, Club O2 is the spot for teens, ages 15 to 17. There, teens can play games, sing karaoke, play sports or watch movies. The space has plush seating, plus bar stools (with a mocktail bar) and space to sprawl. Carnival also organizes pool parties for this crowd, as well as teens-only shore excursions. Club 02 is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ecstasy has 109 adjoining cabins suitable for families.

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