391 Charleston Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Reviews

We just returned from a 6 day cruise on the Ecstasy. I booked late and you were able to arrange a table for 6 at our preferred time. I admit I had low expectations for our 19th cruise as we just wanted to insure our friend William ... Read More
We just returned from a 6 day cruise on the Ecstasy. I booked late and you were able to arrange a table for 6 at our preferred time. I admit I had low expectations for our 19th cruise as we just wanted to insure our friend William Schaecher had a great 1st cruise! Imagine our amazement that this older craft gave us a wonderful experience and based upon the crew possibly our best cruise ever! You guys even arranged perfect weather, calm seas and bubbly passengers to entertain us. Our dining experience was excellent ! The Matri’d Aaron is a phenom! Not only did he arrange our dining but he managed the most active dining teams I have ever seen. All of the staff danced and sang and Aaron led the way! Well done sir! Well done all! Every single night! Our personal Dining team (Rudy Head waiter, I Gusti and Carlo Table 343 Windsong) were prompt, efficient, personable and very kind. What a wonderful team. (Team- Station 241.. Team Head Waiter-Fernandez, Rudy Gallardo; Team Waiter-Castillo, Carlo Castillo, and Ass’t Team Waiter Adhi, I Gusti Ngurah Rismayana) They took great care of us (6) and several other tables (2-12 seaters) with flair, gusto and a FUN outlook! We had a chance encounter with a head waiter- Reluca (Also WindStar ) in the Windsong dining room for breakfast. She is on her way home for a vacation and judging by our experience it was well earned. She always smile, waived and spoke with us where ever she saw us! Our Cabin Steward I Madi (R200) was very attentive and always a presence. His Towel animals were grand (Susan Squealed every night to see the next animal). We had only requested evening turn down but most days he neatened 2 times. Wonderful The ship is well maintained and meticulously groomed. The highlight for me was the CD the lovely Kyndall Fire! She is a bouncy, happy entertaining presence! From on stage to back stage or non-stage (We had missed our zone call out and when she saw our lanyards she escorted us out of line and had a fun-staff member escort us off the ship. And the entertainment staff (Playlist cast)! The harmony, movements and talent of each dancer and singer was clearly part of a team effort. The America Rocks stage show integrated at least four of the multiple person music group that usually provided excellent entertainment just outside of the Casino! They were blended with the Playlist cast it was wonderful! Never noticed it done before and what a wonderful sound and vibe. So thanks John and Ecstasy! What a wonderful time was had by so many ! Thanks! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Well where do start. I know how about Sunday morning at 7am where the crew was dragging some big item across the floor and banging with a large hammer. How about the disgusting smell at the elevator entrance that makes you want to commit. ... Read More
Well where do start. I know how about Sunday morning at 7am where the crew was dragging some big item across the floor and banging with a large hammer. How about the disgusting smell at the elevator entrance that makes you want to commit. I realize it's a cruise and your not suppose to set in your room but maybe having more than 5 TV channels that repeat programming over and over. Now let me get to the main complaint. The food on this ship is horrible. Why do you only have one buffet that is a hodge podge of nothing. Why is it shut down multiple times a day. Why does the most popular thing in the ship the burger place close at 6 everyday. Even the Mexican place closes. If you choose to wait till after 6 to eat you either go to the nicer dining hall or eat the crappy buffet. Sorry I have been on other ships and this was not an issue. Even the nicer dining hall sucks! Our room was decent but that's about it. Rumor has it this ship is leaving and a different one is coming to Charleston. Hope so because if not this is my families last one. Oh one last thing. My wife can occupy herself and have fun about anywhere but she is bored out of her mind because there is nothing to do on this boat. Be warned, drive on down the coast and get on a other boat. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was our second cruise (cruised on the Magic last year), and we were prepared after reading reviews and watching videos- for the fact that this is an older, smaller ship. Plain and simple- your cruise is what you make it. Yeah, there ... Read More
This was our second cruise (cruised on the Magic last year), and we were prepared after reading reviews and watching videos- for the fact that this is an older, smaller ship. Plain and simple- your cruise is what you make it. Yeah, there were some weird smells in the mornings. Yeah, it was a little rocky the first night (it's a boat). We actually enjoyed a smaller ship. We could walk the whole thing, there was way more outdoor and indoor seating than the Magic. The buffet food was okay. If you don't like anything on the buffet, go eat at Guy's or get a pizza; it is always good. Breakfast and desserts were great, we ate in the dining room twice. There wasn't quite as many activities during the day, we got some books and read a lot. We were on the Ecstacy for 8 days and had a great time. Kyndell Fire was our CD, she and the Fun Squad did an amazing job and brought the best energy. Because of the reviews, we were a little nervous about the Charleston port and had only sailed from Orlando. We were very pleasantly surprised. It was easy to find, the staff/security/drivers and porters were super efficient and friendly! Embarkation was super fast with no confusion. We went from our car to the boat in like 20-30 minutes. This included the shuttle, check in and all. We boarded an hour and a half before our scheduled time with no issues. Debarkation was also smooth. We were on Deck 4 and were able to leave before our scheduled deck time, staff had designated elevators and it was easy and fast. The cabin was bigger than we expected. Im not sure how we ended up with 2 pull down beds, but we didnt need them. Room was clean and steward was super nice. We visited St. Maarten, San Juan, and St. Thomas. We didn't have any excursions booked when when we boarded. We went to a presentation with Kyndell and they went over the excursions offered- we ended up booking two and I'm so glad we did! We did the Kon-Tiki party boat in St Thomas (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) and the top 10 Best of St Maarten. The ports were beautiful! While we are looking forward to cruising on the Sunshine out of Charleston next time, we have good memories on the Ecstacy. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The ship was built in 1991. This wouldn't be relevant except for the fact that the whole ship stinks. In every area during any time of the day or night there would be a sewer smell. In our cabin, off and on there would be the smell of ... Read More
The ship was built in 1991. This wouldn't be relevant except for the fact that the whole ship stinks. In every area during any time of the day or night there would be a sewer smell. In our cabin, off and on there would be the smell of a skunk smoking a cigarette. No kidding. Distinct skunk smell pumped in through the air conditioning vent. We were on the 11th floor and still had the sewer smell coming up through our drains in the bathroom. The food was so far below par too. I've never had such bland cold food. I think I actually lost weight on this cruise. We have never rocked and rolled so much either. The ship shudders and shakes more than the others I've been on. There were a lot of sick passengers. The staff was very good. No complaints there. The shows were good too. Will never sail on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
So, I did an 8 day trip to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan. I was very hesitant on this because it was 1. My first cruise 2. I was going solo and 3. All the negative reviews. I did it anyway. One thing I learned, people will ... Read More
So, I did an 8 day trip to St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan. I was very hesitant on this because it was 1. My first cruise 2. I was going solo and 3. All the negative reviews. I did it anyway. One thing I learned, people will gripe if you hung them with a new rope. Was there a smell? Yes, it was hardly noticable. Did the ship list and rock? Yes, the best part about the whole trip was the rocking me to sleep. I will be going on this ship again, it's small enough to be able to walk without getting worn out but big enough to hide from the world. Don't get stuck in the negative. It is a vacation, things will happen....as is life. Take the trip. Enjoy the uniqueness of the ship. Repeat. The food was outstanding save for being lightly seasoned (bring garlic salt). Tacos were spot on, Guys burger excellent. Entertainment options got sparse during the 2 day haul back to port, but who cares, hang out on the deck and enjoy the sun. All of my excursions were cancelled due to weather, or no interest. No big deal, made my own excursions. Get the drink package. Fruity drinks are $10 plus, coffee $3 plus. I would suggest to get an interior room, I didn't spend much time in mine. Embarkation was speedy enough, debarkation was like hearding cats. Ship was clean, always. They were constantly cleaning, painting, shampooing and vacuuming carpets. I have only one complaint.....wanted to stay a few more days. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first cruise and Ecstacy sure did set the bar high. From the moment my 11 and 8 year old boys seen the ship till the last day unloading the excitement never stopped. Kyndall Fire was our CD and she was amazing. She interacted ... Read More
This was our first cruise and Ecstacy sure did set the bar high. From the moment my 11 and 8 year old boys seen the ship till the last day unloading the excitement never stopped. Kyndall Fire was our CD and she was amazing. She interacted with all the kids, danced with them and of course for one last time, unloading, had to say, BYEeeeeeee ok bye, to my boys. They loved her. Boarding was a breeze. Not knowing what to do at customs, they were amazing in assisting us. The food was absolutely incredible. Highly suggest the burger joint. Our room steward, I Made, no his name is not pronounced the way it is spelled but anyways, he was amazing. Asked our name one time and never fumbled the whole time. Always had our room cleaned and amazing towel animals made which also excited my kids. The water slides were a big hit for the boys along with putput and a huge chess game. The entertainment was off the chain. Amazing staff and performers. So would have paid more for this trip without a hesitation. If you were board, or your room was dirty and smelly its because you stayed in your room. Thank you Carnival Ecstasy for making our week an unforgettable one. BYEeeeeeeeee! Ok bye. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Chose this cruise due to its close proximity to our home. I wish beyond wishes I would have read reviews before booking. As soon as we walked on boat my husband and I looked at each other in horror. The smell is so overwhelming. Complete ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to its close proximity to our home. I wish beyond wishes I would have read reviews before booking. As soon as we walked on boat my husband and I looked at each other in horror. The smell is so overwhelming. Complete and utter sewage smell ALL the time. The boat felt so unclear as it is outdated, old, rusty etc. I could barely sleep...it felt like I was sleeping in an RV camper and I HATE camping. We were so bored...had 5 kids with us and hardly any activities, overcrowded pool etc. Our 3rd stop was supposed to be half moon cat which is the one place I could not wait to go and the captain determined the waves were too high so we could not get off boat. While I appreciate them keeping us safe the thought of staying on that boat for one more sea day made me cry. I woke up with a migraine every night from the boat rocking my head up and down so hard every night. I will say the staff was absolutely incredible and made our trip somewhat enjoyable. They deserve a medal for living with that sewage smell and The constant rocking of that ship. NEVER AGAIN!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I went on c.c. to check out this ship and a lot of bad things I had seen written about this ship and I was trying to change my cruise but it was too late, I just got off this ship Monday april 15th and we had A BLAST, my wife and I, this ... Read More
I went on c.c. to check out this ship and a lot of bad things I had seen written about this ship and I was trying to change my cruise but it was too late, I just got off this ship Monday april 15th and we had A BLAST, my wife and I, this is a smaller ship, but the biggest I have been on and it was real NICE,the crew was always sweeping mopping cleaning up trash and even cleaning the ceiling , food was good and everytime we ported they were cleaning the side of the boat ,we went to princess cay Island and they will take u to the island in a shuttle boat where there is a nice beach(no excursion necessary) and then went to Freeport which u do need an excursion if u want to go anywhere, but there is on the island little shop[ can shop at , at the port, cabins were great, entertainment was good and we wouid. go again, CRUISE DIRECTOR WAS '' AWESOME'' KYNDALL FIRE was her name, it was really hard getting off the ship Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
The boat swayed, rocked and rolled even in calm waters. Smelled like sewage the whole trip. Even when we were docked the boat vibrated like driving down a dirt road. Seemed the bars were always understaffed, wait time could be long. ... Read More
The boat swayed, rocked and rolled even in calm waters. Smelled like sewage the whole trip. Even when we were docked the boat vibrated like driving down a dirt road. Seemed the bars were always understaffed, wait time could be long. Not sure why they would wait for your pizza order before they would make a pizza, line was long and they made pizza when you ordered It instead of a pizza buffet. Daycare was great, my 3 year old loved it! this was a great kid cruise other than the smell and swaying. I would take Carnival again but not this boat. I also didn't like the drink package, it was time consuming having to provide a drink card so they could swipe it and you had to sign a ticket afterwards, I prefer the all inclusive "free at Sea" cruises, NO Hassle! The Charleston port was kinda dingy as well compared to other ports but we could drive there saving on the costs of flights. But the drink package as about the same as our flight cost would have been so that's a wash. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Chose this cruise because it was 5 days and at a port not too far from where we lived. Easy drive. Embarkation went smoothly. Cabins weren't ready until 1:30pm so we went to Lido Deck buffet. When we got to the cabin, our room ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it was 5 days and at a port not too far from where we lived. Easy drive. Embarkation went smoothly. Cabins weren't ready until 1:30pm so we went to Lido Deck buffet. When we got to the cabin, our room attendant came in and asked us when we wanted our room made up. Morning, afternoon or night. We chose morning. That means they don't appear again till the next morning. Surprise. No more evening turn down. The ship, the Ecstasy, is old. And it shows. Outdated décor, so much paint, you can count the layers. The ship smelled bad, especially afternoons and evenings. Other people commented on that too. We were on the 4th floor. It smelled like a nursing home. We ate the first two nights in the dining room. We had dine when you want. We were seated promptly. The first night we ordered salmon. Overcooked as was the baked potato. The food was not hot. The second night we had prime rib. It was okay, but again it was cold. The other nights we ate in the buffet. The food was at least hot up there. The best thing about the food was the desserts. They were great. Guy Fiery's hamburger joint was also good. We have been on many cruises and always looked forward to lobster night. Well, no more, That will cost you $20. I also got a glass of wine the first night. $11. I can buy 2 bottles of wine for that. The entertainment was good. Their private island is beautiful. We didn't take any excursions from the ship. Too expensive. You can arrange sightseeing off ship for a lot less. Overall, we were very disappointed with the condition of the ship and activities. Thank God they had a place where adults could go. IT's at the back of the ship. Disembarkation went smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Everything excellent . Driving to port saves on cost. The ship was clean, staff friendly. I cruise a lot and carnival suits me fine. The food was great. Cabin was great (interior to save money. I usually cruise 2 times a year. I just like ... Read More
Everything excellent . Driving to port saves on cost. The ship was clean, staff friendly. I cruise a lot and carnival suits me fine. The food was great. Cabin was great (interior to save money. I usually cruise 2 times a year. I just like the casual atmosphere of carnival. I do this cruise at least one time each year When I want to splurge I go on RCCL. Not stuffy but more elegant in some ways than carnival is. I really don’t see that much difference in the cruise lines. Go to enjoy and you will. Try to find a cruise line you like and stick with that line.. the more you cruise on the same line the more. “Perks” you get. Don,t be timid haggling about the price and extras. Sometime it works and you get more at a lower fare. ENJOY. Your cruise, eat dance and be merry. You, Ha e earned every second of it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This ship is small, outdated, and poorly kept. Stateroom feels like staying in an old camper. We experienced a disgusting septic backup in our bathroom and guest services refused to offer anything other than a credit for a $50 bar tab. ... Read More
This ship is small, outdated, and poorly kept. Stateroom feels like staying in an old camper. We experienced a disgusting septic backup in our bathroom and guest services refused to offer anything other than a credit for a $50 bar tab. Beds and bedding are cheap and uncomfortable. Ship was cold with no heat available in room. No specialty restaurants are available. The food offerings are repetitive and boring. Free drink selection was limited to water, coffee and rancid tasting "tea." No indoor pool or solarium available in case of inclement weather. The outdoor pool, hot tubs and sundeck are ugly and overcrowded. The onboard shops were very limited and tacky. Very limited tv options in room. Other than the Atlantis excursion in Nassau, there is nothing to see or do in either Nassau or Freeport. I will not ever sail with carnival again. We were very disappointed in the condition of the ship and the ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our eighth cruise and it was terrible. There was something being drug overhead and banging noises on things outside of the ship all hours of the night. My husband woke up around four in the morning and was met with the floor ... Read More
This was our eighth cruise and it was terrible. There was something being drug overhead and banging noises on things outside of the ship all hours of the night. My husband woke up around four in the morning and was met with the floor outside the bathroom being flooded. Called customer service and they sent someone down to check. Had to put up with fans in the room and the hallway drying the floor. Also they came in and caulked the floor in the shower and we had to put up with the smell for the rest of the cruise. This was the same thing that my other family members in the adjoining rooms experienced. Obviously from the review I just read it was not just our two rooms that we affected. Dining was not what we expected. Food options were limited and when we asked for the table for four we were shoved in between other tables. I am a avid tea drinker but did not drink tea on this cruise as it was nasty. I have tried to maintain my loyalty to Carnival but after this experience I am not so sure. Bad thing is I was planning another cruise in December. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise as we received an offer on a reduced room rate. Also as we live near Charleston, it just seemed right. This was our second cruise with Carnival, and it was enjoyable. The Ecstasy has some age on her (1991), but ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we received an offer on a reduced room rate. Also as we live near Charleston, it just seemed right. This was our second cruise with Carnival, and it was enjoyable. The Ecstasy has some age on her (1991), but she is a good ship. There are rust and mechanical issues, but... What really impressed us was the staff. They were first class. The day at Princess Cay was a nice beach-day. The lunch line-wait seemed a bit long. and the tenders were interesting. In Freeport we took the City Tour. It was a Sunday, so many stores were not open. Carnival "works" with the local vendors to open on Sunday. The tour bus we were on was not in the best condition (interior). Our driver was quite entertaining. I took the "Behind the Fun" tour - do not miss it if you like to see how Cruise ships operate. We are starting to plan our next Cruise on the Sunshine. It is just so nice to drive to the dock and gat on the ship! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We are a family of four and this was our first cruise. We did not have high expectations as we knew coming on that this was an old shop....we chose it because of it being within driving distance from our home. The ship itself isn’t ... Read More
We are a family of four and this was our first cruise. We did not have high expectations as we knew coming on that this was an old shop....we chose it because of it being within driving distance from our home. The ship itself isn’t terrible (aside from the tiniest pool I’ve ever seen). Most of the crew really do try hard to make it a pleasant experience. The food is absolutely horrendous. Don’t waste the calories on eating the buffet. You will be really disappointed. The deli sandwiches were supposed to be served with fries but we were told everyone that the fries would be five minutes only to never receive any. You also can’t customize what is on the sandwiches - who wants a grilled cheese with mayo and mustard? Absolutely ridiculous. The best option during the day is Guys Burgers but who can eat burgers every single day? We had the late dining time and they were really slow. One night we were literally the last table left to get our food. I believe we left the dining room around 10 pm. Who wants to do anything with a full stomach at that time of night? They also do not rotate the menu very much. I’m glad my kids are teenagers because there was nothing for younger kids on the menu. The food was really bland. Certainly not worth what we paid for. Our ship was full of college spring breakers who took over all of the hot tubs, pool and were very drunk and obnoxious. We are not people who get offended very easily but seeing scantily clad women and hearing foul language all week long got old very quickly. The entertainment was really lame. They have lots of venues but they were only open at designated times. The Hasbro game show was plain cheesy. My kids were bored the whole time. My 13 year old daughter who is very outgoing went to her club one night and the worker was very rude and basucally stated “there is no one else here so there are no activities” and sent her away. The weather didn’t help matters much. It was cold and rainy the entire time in Freeport. The boat was really rough the last two days and my 16 year old daughter was sick in bed despite taking sea sickness medication and wearing her sea bands. My husband and I purchased the alcohol package but it was impossible to get waited on st most bars. Don’t waste your money. We did a dolphin swim and Atlantis day excursion in Nassau that was really disappointing. Lots of standing around and waiting so very little time to enjoy the amenities. The line to purchase pictures of the excursion took longer than the actual excursion itself and the staff at Atlantis in the photo area were the rudest people we encountered the entire trip. Three counters open and they had groups of probably 60 people every 45 minutes doing the dolphin swim. Unacceptable. My 16 year old daughter and I had a mother/daughter massage and it was a good experience other than having to go check back at the desk after waiting15 minutes last our scheduled time. Overall our family was very disappointed. We work hard for our money and felt very taken advantage of. We will never sail with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 12th Carnival cruise. We drove to Charleston the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites about 20 minutes from the port. Check in in Charleston was seamless. I prepaid for parking at the port. We ... Read More
This was our 12th Carnival cruise. We drove to Charleston the night before the cruise and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites about 20 minutes from the port. Check in in Charleston was seamless. I prepaid for parking at the port. We booked a grand suite with extended balcony. We got in the building, went straight to priority check in, got our boarding passes stamped and off we go to the ship. So quick and we arrived at a peak time, noon. The guy that checked us in said our room cards would be on our door and that our stateroom should be ready now. Not sure if that’s a suite perk and I wasn’t expecting the room to be ready but the check in guy said it would be. We got to the room and our keys weren’t there and the room wasn’t ready. No big deal for us. We had just changed to that room so guest services probably had our keys. We did ask the room steward in the hall if he’d let us drop off our carry on bags. He initially said no and, how do I know who you are? Fair point but I showed him our boarding passes and he let us drop the bags. That person ended up being our room steward. He wasn’t overly friendly but I don't need him to be my best friend. He was an OK room steward. He did the minimum in our room. We got a few towel animals. He did most of his job but he wasn’t as friendly as we usually experience. At guest services, QiQi got us our cards and apologized for the inconvenience. I told her it wasn’t a big deal to us. No harm done but she still gave each of us a drink receipt for a free drink from the bar. I wasn’t expecting that at all and thought it was very generous considering how NOT inconvenienced we were. Next up we signed into the HUB to get the kids onto chat so they could communicate with me. My youngest son had the same difficulty he had last October. He was unable to use chat because a message read for him to get his parent’s permission but then nothing. Back to guest services. Tatiana saved the day and got it figured out. Lifesaver! Big high fives to QiQi and Tatiana. I gamble on cruises. I get many offers from the casino program. They like that I give them so much money. I usually lose what I budget for gambling and that’s how it goes. This time I’d upped my gambling budget a bit and I did terrible! TERRIBLE! I did nothing but lose. LOSE LOSE LOSE What are ya gonna do, right? It’s called gambling not winning. The staff was great though. Kuda, Slavcho and Federico were super. They checked in with me often. Losing didn’t feel as bad when a friendly face would stop by. Slavcho especially made the rounds and would talk to the machine trying to give me luck. He’s very personable. Kuda sent us some cookies to the room. I finished the five days with 12,800 points! The waitstaff in the casino was mostly good. One waiter was not as efficient as others. Never gave a napkin or offered a straw or called you by name. Momo, his real name is Momcila, was so wonderful. Smiling, happy, efficient, always hustling. One thing I miss in the casino is lower bet options. A penny machine sounds great until you see max bet is $5 or $8.88! Dining was good. I do wish the American Table menu would get some updates but it’s all still very good. Nikita at table 129 was very good. Our waiter at table 220 was hilarious but I won’t ask to sit at table 220 ever again because it’s in the pathway for everyone being seated in the center of the dining room. Every person walked by you. Half of them bumped my chair. The other half wore very strong perfume or after shave. You got a good whiff of everyone passing by. We ate at the sea day brunch both days. The bagel breakfast is my favorite. It’s the perfect salmon bagel. We ate at Guy’s Burgers a few times. As always, the best burger ever. I had tacos from the cantina twice as well and they are consistently good. I relaxed and crocheted a lot this week which was my goal. I don't go to shows or most other activities. I skipped dessert most nights and I regret that now. The elevators seemed out of service often so I walked a lot of stairs. That’s probably a good thing because of all the burgers I had. I could never figure out if there was a coffee card. I drank my share of lattes from the Royal Café. Disembarkation was also seamless. Just like that…poof…vacation over. Time to book again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We boarded on the ship within 20 minutes of parking the car it was truly a breeze. Once we got on at around 1:20 the room were not quite ready so we explored a little bit and went to are room. The location of a interior upper lower on deck ... Read More
We boarded on the ship within 20 minutes of parking the car it was truly a breeze. Once we got on at around 1:20 the room were not quite ready so we explored a little bit and went to are room. The location of a interior upper lower on deck 7 aft was amazing. Up the stairs one level was the main dining room and up another was city lights (Promenade) and up one more was the buffet. The Entertainment started right that night although we did not see any whole shows the whole week it was still a blast. Lip sync battle was amazing on board it was loads and of fun and was quite entertaining. The interior state room was perfect because their was still lots of room to walk around the stateroom. Although when we got into port at Freeport and Nassau the whole ship rattled and made a lot noise which woke me up. The Promenade was always fun at night with lots of people in the Casino and one night there was even a “Mardi Gras” party which was loads of fun. On board this ship there were 3 water slides technically but 2 were identical racers and they were both really fun but note it would be better when everyone gets off so there are no lines. There was a mini golf course there on board the ship it was not very decorative like RCI ships but it was still fun. The ship gym on deck 12 is very nice with its own dance studio were there are spin classes. The food on board was pretty good but unlike RCI the pizza is made to order and there is none ever pre made. The comedians on board were very funny. The staff were always so funny and are room maid was the best he always cleaned are room to perfection and replaced are ice. The best thing about this ship is the fun never ends and I think carnival does a good job with this. The ship would remind me of Las Vegas on a boat in the middle of the ocean with all the wacky colours in the carpet, light fixtures, bars, casino, everything pretty much. This was an amazing holiday and I would recommend Carnival Ecstasy or at least Carnival Fantasy Class to anyone because it is a lot of fun and worth every penny! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This ship is a joke. Room had several patched jobs with different colors. Smelled and broken furniture. Women’s dry sauna was registered at 230 degrees wet sauna had no steam (reported it twice) never changed all week Numerous medical ... Read More
This ship is a joke. Room had several patched jobs with different colors. Smelled and broken furniture. Women’s dry sauna was registered at 230 degrees wet sauna had no steam (reported it twice) never changed all week Numerous medical emergencies. Rust filled Lido deck, broken down elevators. Entertainment suitable for the gereatrics ward. Save your money because Carnival doesn’t care. Day 2 man died in E37 and family members crying and screaming. People near the room confused as man brought out wrapped in towels and rushed down the hall into the elevator. Zero words said to the customers standing in hall way. No one knows if there are physically or medically safe and Carnival only paste a red sign on the door saying “do not enter under authoring of the captain”. Red tape across the lock. Upon debarkation, federal and local law enforcement outside the room. This is a low budget cruise. SAVE YOUR MONEY! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
So, the Carnival Ecstasy.........heard it called a lot of things: 1. Rust Bucket 2. bad 1970's Porn decor 3. falling apart 4. dirty and smelly Honestly all those are true, except the smelly part - we have no bad ... Read More
So, the Carnival Ecstasy.........heard it called a lot of things: 1. Rust Bucket 2. bad 1970's Porn decor 3. falling apart 4. dirty and smelly Honestly all those are true, except the smelly part - we have no bad olfactory distress on our cruise. The Carnival Ecstasy is an old ship. It looks unpleasing and could use a serious makeover. Its true the interior decor looks like a bad XXX movie minus the "brown chicka brown cow" music. We honestly didn't pay attention to the rusty hinges, screws and door handles. The interior isn't falling apart too badly, we were able to open all doors, drawers, and closets. This old ship wasn't dirty, just old and zero smells other than the smoke bellowing from the casino area, which is normal. After saying all that, if you are gonna continue to read this review, it’s not all bad. The Carnival employees aboard are super nice and helpful. I suppose they oughta be considering the appearance the ship portrays. I have an assumption that this is the ship Carnival sends employees to train before moving them onto a better ship. Everyone from the fella vacuuming at 4:45am one morning to the art auction people always greeting us with pleasantries. Please don't let the appearance fool ya. Lets' break it down: Embarkation - arrived 11:45am - 8 in our party - 4 different cabins. Onboard by 12:15 = smooth as roller girl in Boogie Nights! Debarkation - smooth as silk Cabin - ES - Great except TV - super grainy and horrible sound, but who cruises to watch TV. Also had a visit by security - told us to take down the hammock on our extended balcony. Guess that's a no-no like handcuffs, hotplates and hookahs. We complied with no complaining. I think we apologized too but we were hanging out with Ron Bacardi that day, so details are a little fuzzy, kinda like the TV. Dining - late assigned dining (8:15pm) WindSong Dining Room - top notch service. In fact, it would have been the best dining service we ever received on a Carnival Cruise BUT there was no escargot on any nightly menu. Claimed it wasn't in season - my guess is another cutback or the ships too clean for snails - you decide. Food quality was spot on - no complaints. Seriously folks, the service was downright awesome, even cocktail service in the MDR was prompt. Entertainment - CD was a boring. not naming names but the 12-year-old fella for a CD on the Sunshine deserves EMMY nominations compared to the current Ecstasy CD. Nothing memorable about her. The Punchline comedian, J.R., freaking hysterical! Don't miss his late-night set. Pool, Hot tubs and Lido deck stuff - never very crowded, hardly any chair hogs. We learned a trick to getting children outta SWIMMING in the hot tubs. *Stand in the middle in the hot tub you wanna get in that is occupied by kiddos snorkeling and jumping around and ask the honeymooning couple "Is this the hot tub you had sex in, or is it the other one?" This works like a charm; no children were in that hot tub for the rest of the cruise. Itinerary and Shore Excursions - decent......no excitement.... we paid for zero excursions. Princess Cays is an extension of the ship. We coulda stayed on the ship and kept sand outta our cracks but went ashore only because we had never been to Princess Cay. Nassau is Nassau. Been there done that........hells bells we got married in Nassau in 2012 it has not changed too much. Figured after seven years that something would be different like waistline, eyesight, or date night......wait, wait, wait that is the being married 7 years, not Nassau. Its still the same! Overall it was a good vacation for the amount spent. We got our money's worth! We had a positive time, and nothing is ever perfect. If you have high exceptions of your cruising decor, you might skip the Ecstasy. If you have expectations of superb service and great food on a smaller ship, then by all means give the Ecstasy a whirl. Would we rush to book the Ecstasy again? Yes Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Booked the Ecstasy out of Charleston for a fun getaway with friends. Cost and close port made it an easy choice. Embarkation was fast for anyone with a drop of patience. Ship is old, but well cared for and they work on it constantly. ... Read More
Booked the Ecstasy out of Charleston for a fun getaway with friends. Cost and close port made it an easy choice. Embarkation was fast for anyone with a drop of patience. Ship is old, but well cared for and they work on it constantly. inside cabin was nice and clean. Gladys took great care of us. I enjoyed the food. not sure why it gets so many bad reviews. Dinning room was great Silviu and Shainia rocked as our wait staff. Aaron was the best Matre'de (sp?) we've had on 7 cruises. Saw him busing tables in the buffet one day at lunch. hard working, good example. I really think too many people have unrealistic expectation for this cruise. If you want everything to be perfect you're going to have to pay for it, and it's still no guarantee you'll get it. Relax and enjoy this ship and its staff, they are outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I have cruised before with carnival a great experience on Fantasy but this cruise on Ecstasy was terrible. The food was disgusting the only thing i could eat was Guys burger joint and ice cream. The ship and my room had a horrible smell ... Read More
I have cruised before with carnival a great experience on Fantasy but this cruise on Ecstasy was terrible. The food was disgusting the only thing i could eat was Guys burger joint and ice cream. The ship and my room had a horrible smell like a septic tank. I was not given a bootle to open on the last nighth of the cruise the bar tenders were rude. The stateroom steward was awesome. The ride going was rocky and the entire boat was sick. No storms so I was confused why it was that bad. Icalled to report all my issues to carvial, I was told they would research and call me back based on this site everyone was complaining so unsure what you need to research. I havent heard from them yet.I read this was training ship no wonder it was horrible. I would never go on Ecstasy again!!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Restaurants: Food was horrible. The Buffet(s) was closed almost every time I went to it (5:15pm, 7:15am, 6pm, normal times) The Guy's burgers were good but the rest sucked. I ate soft ice cream with a fork, got served a warm coke ... Read More
Restaurants: Food was horrible. The Buffet(s) was closed almost every time I went to it (5:15pm, 7:15am, 6pm, normal times) The Guy's burgers were good but the rest sucked. I ate soft ice cream with a fork, got served a warm coke with 4 ice cubes, I had a flat iron steak that was as tough and tasted like a boot sole, the service was atrocious and I waited well over an hour in the dinning room for pasta which tasted like it was prepared 2 weeks earlier from a can. Bars: they close early so there's no way to get 15 drinks from you Cheers Package, there's not enough time in the day. You have an 18% gratuity included but if you don't tip, they aren't coming back. The Casino Bar stays open late but it's tiny and the only bar open so it takes even longer to get a drink. Shows: I'm not big on shows but most people we talked to liked them generally. Princess Cays, Nice, beautiful, same crew as the ship so service was bad and we had to pay for all drinks and tips and the lunch was long line and dry hamburger (1). Ship: Nice weather and smooth till we headed home and with a 60 mph wind we go tossed around. Boarding and Debarkation was fairly easy. I will never, ever, never set foot on the Carnival Ecstasy again, Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This cruise was booked last minute. We decided to sail out of Charleston SC for the first time. Usually sail out of Baltimore or one of the Florida ports but decided to try Charleston as it was only a 2 hour drive from home. Was a little ... Read More
This cruise was booked last minute. We decided to sail out of Charleston SC for the first time. Usually sail out of Baltimore or one of the Florida ports but decided to try Charleston as it was only a 2 hour drive from home. Was a little concerned after reading reviews of the port and the ship. Have sailed on this class ship before so we were somewhat familiar. We arrived at the port at our assigned time of 1130 and there were no lines. Dropped off our luggage and got into the pay to park line.This line seemed very unorganized. the people taking your credit card just kind of walked around complaining about there job.Thankfully the lines were short. Were directed to the parking lot took the shuttle to the terminal. Have to say this the crappiest port I'll ever sailed out of.The area looks like it should be condemned.What an eyesore. Check in was easy and fast and we were soon on the ship having lunch. Went directly to Guys Burgers,and had a great burger and then to the pizza place. Pretty good pizza.The deli also had good sandwiches. By this time the buffet was getting very crowded so we left. Most of the cruise we could not find a seat in the buffet. The weather did not cooperate as was cold except the one day in Nassau.Went one time to the dining room for the Sea day brunch. This is 95 % breakfast and 5% lunch. Not a lot of variety there and if you are hungry just order 2 of everything because the portions are very small. Never went back for brunch! Had anytime dining for dinner never had to wait. Service in dining room was ok. The food was kind of hit or miss.Our cabin was a basic outside cabin and we had enough room. The cabin guy did a good job.Shows were ok and the comedy shows were great. Did self walk off and were driving home at 8 oclock. Bottom line if you are looking for a cheap no frills cruise this is it. I will give the Carnival Sunshine a try when she arrives in Charleston later this year. Every one seems excited about that. Just remember you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This cruise was a gift to my Mom. It was her first cruise and my second. The ship is dated. Everything needs a facelift. Boarding the ship This was very smooth if you know what you need to do. Boarding passes need to be ready ... Read More
This cruise was a gift to my Mom. It was her first cruise and my second. The ship is dated. Everything needs a facelift. Boarding the ship This was very smooth if you know what you need to do. Boarding passes need to be ready as soon as you get off the shuttle. The first day all we did was walk and explore the ship. The first day we took the stairs all day which was exhausting after a while. Stateroom We had a room with a balcony. It was very clean and had lots of storage. The TV channels were not good. The shower was great. Small but the water came out fast and was warm. The Pool Very small. Forget the hot tubs because that is where is kids like to hang out. If you wants to get a chair pool side or on one of the lower decks you need to get up early to get a chair. The food The food was terrible. The hamburgers and the pizza were the best. The food in the dining rooms was especially terrible. I lived off pizza and soft serve ice cream. Water The water and ice are not good. The only thing we could actually drink was the lemonade. It is very tart. Staff The staff is very friendly. They are all from different countries so it is hard to communicate because if the language barrier. Princess Cays The island was beautiful. I would recommend water shoes because there are lots of pieces of rocks and corral. It was very hot. We went at 9:30am. The water taxi was no problem. It was fast and a great way to take pictures of the ship. The lunch served on the island was the best food I had. The line was long for lunch. The sand is very deep where the lounge chairs it is a work out. Nassau Crazy. 4 cruise ships were there at once. You are being screamed at to get your hair braided, rent a taxi, rent an ATV etc.. We walked around for 2 hours then boarded the ship. Days at Sea I am not a big drinker so it felt like ground hog day. The shows are okay. You can really feel the ship moving when you sit down at the shows. Would I cruise with carnival again? Probably not. For a girls trip, bachelorette party Carnival works but if you want to relax and enjoy some piece and quiet...Carnival is not for you. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Why the Ecstasy- We chose to sail on the Ecstasy because it left out of Charleston, which is about a 3-4 hour drive from us and because it allowed all 5 of us (2 adults and 3 kids) in one room. So, for just $1600ish before gratuities ... Read More
Why the Ecstasy- We chose to sail on the Ecstasy because it left out of Charleston, which is about a 3-4 hour drive from us and because it allowed all 5 of us (2 adults and 3 kids) in one room. So, for just $1600ish before gratuities and excursions, we were able to take a 5-night cruise to the Bahamas in January. It also had a sail date that coincided with some days the kids had off from school. I also don't like being cold. General stuff- We found pretty clear direction for parking at Charleston and parked in an open lot by the water. The embarkation process and line was very similar to airport security. We did wait in line, but it wasn't an hour. I think the main thing that helped us enjoy this cruise was that we have only cruised once before, almost 20 years ago and separately in our early 20s. Our kids have never cruised, so this was a good starter cruise to see if they liked it. Because we have not sailed in so long and knew the price we had paid and how old the ship was, we did not have high expectations. We figured the room would be like camping, the ship would be old, the other people would also be the type of people looking for a cheap cruise, etc. We decided the make the most of it and be joiners to as many fun activities as we could find. I have celiac disease, so this was also a chance for me to try out how Carnival does gluten free. Kid stuff- Our kids were so excited to be on the ship, and they loved the towel animals. We have a 5, 7, and 10 year old. As soon as my outgoing 10 year old experienced the kids club, he was hooked. The 7 year old did not like it at first because she is a more reserved girl and didn't like feeling like she had to participate. She would avoid the club in the afternoon when the ages were mixed and they were playing games in the conference room, but she liked going in the evening when they were actually in the Camp Ocean room. The 5 year old didn't like being in with the 2-5 year old group as he is almost 6 and wanted to be with his siblings (or at least one of them). We found upon asking that he could move up one age group level, and after that he was happy. Even when his sister wasn't in there with him during the day, we had to convince him to take a lunch break on our last sea day. My daughter enjoyed making a paper maiche volcano, and my older son enjoyed giant speed stacks as well as all the other games and occasional access to the pre-teen club. They would also bring the kids together for dance parties in the night club sometimes. Camp Ocean has their own schedule, and their opening times and activity schedule is not in the regular schedule that is delivered to your room. You need to pick up their schedule from them early on. Camp is open most of the time, but they close from 5-6. They will feed the kids on the Lido at 6 so that you can have dinner without them. That is nice, but because they close/cost extra at 10, it made it a challenge for us to get dinner and also see one of the shows. The shows were usually at 7:30 and 9:30, and so we couldn't finish dinner in time to catch the first one usually, and the shows didn't usually end in time for us to get kids by 10, so we didn't get to see the 9:30 one either. If you eat dinner on the Lido, you can avoid this problem, but because of being gluten free, I preferred to eat in the dining room. We finally figured out on the last day which server was the best, skipped the appetizer, and got to a show in time. Day 1- So, let me say this to you first as your friend, esp if you have kids. Leave earlier than you think you need. Bring Dramamine. Our son puked in the car before we got out of town. Yes, he puked the day we were getting on a cruise ship. While finding a place to clean him up, my husband and I were trying to reassure ourselves that it was motion sickness from the morning rush hour stop and go traffic but also internally freaking out that it could be a virus. We were not out of our city but not close enough to home to turn back, so we just tossed the clothes he was wearing in the closest Dunkin Donuts and pulled some clean clothes from the suitcase. I thankfully had Dramamine for Kids ready in my backpack that I was going to give them about an hour before sailing, but I gave him 2 right away. He asked for a donut, and so we felt a little reassured that it probably wasn't a virus. We bought one for him, gave it to him when we got out of traffic, and he ate it and immediately fell asleep from the dramamine. He never puked again, but there were a few times on the ship that I could tell him tummy was turning and had a chewable dramamine at the ready. Definitely bring those. My friends went on this same cruise in November and had very rough seas and a lot of trouble. You can buy Dramamine for adults and for kids on Amazon, and keep it on your person on in your carry-on. We had dinner all together in the anytime dining room the first night. I had called to warn them of my dietary special needs ahead of time, but I hadn't gotten on the ship early enough to pre-order a dinner. They were still able to accommodate me very well for dinner. That night, I got the menu for the following night and pre-ordered my dinner. I ordered off of the regular menu, and they generally were able to specially make anything I wanted gluten free unless it was just very clearly gluten-based. There was a balloon artist there to entertain the kids a bit as dinner does take a long time. That first dinner took the longest. Day 2- Our second day was a sea day, and I had gluten free pancakes for breakfast. The kids swam as much as they could in the cold water and went down the slides once or twice, but they mostly stayed in the hot tubs. I tried to get a burger at Guy's burger because I heard that they could do that gluten free, but it was difficult to tell the guy what I needed due to the loud music. He did finally tell me that it would be 10 minutes to get the gluten free bun. That was fine with me, so I stayed put and waited. He didn't seem all that comfortable with me waiting though and asked a chef for help. I told the chef I would eat just about anything as long as it was GF. He told me to wait there, and he came back after a while with a delicious plate from the Blue Iguana. I wish I caught his name because I really appreciated that special service. We did go to the CLUE show, which was a little scary for young kids. Once the scary part was over though, the kids were into the whole Clue thing. Unfortunately, I didn't think that the staff made the most of the game, perhaps because it is a smaller ship and they have less staff. All of the other CLUE events were just showing up to have cards revealed. At the end, as far as I know, you still had to guess as you didn't have enough clues. Some of the details on the Clue card that they give you did not happen on this cruise (there were never characters wandering the ship available for you to ask questions, for example). Still fun to follow though. Day 3- Our third day was at Princess Cays, and our kids marveled at how beautiful the water was. The water was a little chilly, but the air was warm. The kids were fine to play in the water with the toys I bought. We never found much of a reef, but there is a little pier, and there were some zebra fish to check out over there. We also found fully intact conch shells that we of course let stay where they were. Water shoes would be a good idea here - even the swimming areas are a bit rocky. We did not do an excursion. If you go to the right when you get off the tender instead of going straight, you go around to the back of the tender and cross a bridge to more dining and beach chairs if the area straight ahead is busy. We enjoyed eating our buffet lunch over there, but I think the buffet was the same. There were some little food truck on that side though that may have had different options. Gluten free is never easy on a buffet line. There were a couple of things that actually said "gluten free" on the sign, but the music was blaring, and I didn't have much luck asking about the other items that might have gluten in them. For example, if you also follow this diet, you know that hot dogs and hamburgers can sometimes have wheat in them but don't usually. There were some dishes listed as gluten free, but the burgers and hot dogs were not. I had to just take my chances and grab a hot dog. At any rate, I had enough to eat, and it wasn't bad. There was plenty of fruit that I could have for dessert as all of the regular desserts had gluten. The clamshell blue shades are not free; you can rent them. If you wait long enough though, some people may go back to the ship and you can use theirs. :) Beware the buckets of beer. They are more expensive than you can think after gratuities and tax are added. Day 4- Our fourth day was at Nassau, and we did the Blue Lagoon family beach day excursion. It was clear where to go when we got off the ship as there were Blue Lagoon staffers right there on the pier. We did not have to go through a market. We had previously considered getting a resort day pass near the pier and walking there, but I am glad we didn't. Blue Lagoon took us to their island on a two story boat, and the ride was lovely. The island is beautiful, and the lagoon is shallow and fun for kids to play in. There are some games like giant Connect 4 on the island, but there wasn't a whole lot else. You can rent snorkel gear or kayaks, but I don't think kayaking would be much fun there. It says that tubes and mats are free, but I never saw any mats. We had to wait until the Royal Caribbean people left to get a tube. (Did I mention that we docked next to the giant Symphony of the Seas at Nassau? I was trying to tell my kids that our ship was waaay better, lol.) We had a great time here, lunch was delish, mostly because it had fried plantains. I also had to kind of just guess what would be safe and gluten-free for me as it was loud, and the person that I asked was not helpful though he tried. We took a walk around the animal encounter side and got to watch people having dolphin and sea lion encounters. It was a lot of fun to watch and not have to pay, esp since I think there was a minimum age requirement anyway that the kids could not have met. We watched them leaping in the water and being trained by a trainer to make a toot sound with their blow holes. That was a big hit with the kids, of course. Blue Lagoon island has a very interesting history that they don't advertise, by the way. We noticed a canon on the way in, and I looked it up on Wikipedia after we got back to SC. Pirates, WWII training, etc. Look it up! Day 5- We enjoyed the Dr. Suess breakfast on the final sea day. You must reserve this ahead of time and it costs $5 per person. Call guest services after you get on board - don't wait in the line - and they will tell you what number to call or transfer you to make the reservation. There are some good reviews of it on youtube - they have themed food, character photos (they didn't come to individual tables though), and decorations. My 10 year old was a bit too old for the story time and parade on the first day, but we did it as a family anyway, and my 5 and 7 year olds seemed to like it ok. I had the gluten free pizza from the pizza pirate. It took a little while to make, and the crust was thick, which I didn't expect. I actually prefer thin crust, but I was really happy just to be able to have pizza. It's pretty special that they make it fresh instead of just heating up a frozen one, and I am grateful that they offer it at all. We also did two scavenger hunts on the final sea day - the regular one (got a medal for completing in 20 minutes) and the Camp Ocean family one (got some swag but came in second and didn't get a ship on a stick). The pictures from those digital scavenger hunts are worth it alone. We did the final lip sync challenge show that night, which was fun, and the 80s trivia music night. We were being joiners, and my husband got chosen for his bad dad-dancing to compete in a dance-off. He finally won us not one, but two ships on a stick! (They gave him an extra one for doing the "Dirty Dancing" lift with Kyle.) Debarkation- On debarkation day, we left our luggage in the room and had breakfast in the Wind Song dining room around 7:30ish. That was very nice and not crowded, and they were able to give me GF toast. We had to be out of the room by 8:30am I believe, and there was a long line to get off the ship. It wasn't all that terrible of a wait though, and we were warm during that wait (it was cold outside now back in Charleston). After getting back through customs and everything, we did have to wait outside a little bit to get the parking bus. We were sad to leave that smelly, old ship! Unsolicited Advice- Here's my suggestions if you go on this cruise (which will only be a short time as the Ecstasy is leaving Charleston) - bring dramamine for adults and for kids. Bring a little cold, pain, and fever medicine just in case. Maybe bring something to neutralize odors. I did not find the various smells on the ship appealing, including in our room. I can't describe it, and it didn't ruin it, but just be warned. You do not need to bring beach towels. Bring games and books in case the kids don't want to go to Camp Ocean. Bring a book for yourself in case they do! The alchemy bar area is a nice indoors place to read. Bring plenty of sunscreen for the Bahamas. You might want to bring a way to play a movie for the kids, although there were more stations on TV available than I expected. Bring an extension cord or power strip that is not a surge protector. You do not need to bring a hair dryer, even if you are not in a suite. Our interior room had one in the drawer. Join in the activities. We especially enjoyed the scavenger hunts and trivia parties. If you want to see the shows and eat in the dining room, eat early and skip either the app or the dessert. Crispin is the best server. Bring cash for extra tips if you like - they work hard! Consider the Blue Lagoon excursions in Nassau. If you have the space and have kids, bring some inflatable beach toys and snorkel gear. That will help them be entertained at Princess Cays and maybe save you some money. You can bring a bottle of wine per person and a 12 pack of soda per person (no bottles). We brought the wine but not the soda (not expecting much room in an interior stateroom for 5). We didn't miss the soda. I would have been ok without the wine, but my husband had some. We put a corkscrew in our checked bag, and it was fine. I expected this cruise to be a ship in fairly poor condition with possibly bad food, constantly loud music, heavy drinkers, and smoke smell everywhere. The ship is not in great condition, but because I expected that, it wasn't that bad. The food was just fine in my opinion and often quite good. There was occasional loud music, but it wasn't all that bad. It was mostly annoying at the buffet when I needed to ask a question. All of the other times, I did what you are supposed to do and shook my booty. I didn't encounter any music or drinking behavior before 10pm that was inappropriate for the kids. It wasn't always Disney-level kid-friendly, but it wasn't therapy inducing either. No one was funneling beer near the kids or anything. There is a smoking area in one section of the upper Lido deck and allowed in the casino also. Because the casino is so open, it smells of smoke pretty strongly in that area. The kids weren't hanging out there though, so it was only annoying when I wanted to enjoy the live music in that area. Overall, we had a really good time, but I rated it a 3 because I know that it is not all that great compared to other ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Carnival Ecstasy Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.5 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.7
Family 3.5 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.7
Enrichment 2.5 3.3
Service 4.5 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.8
Rates N/A 4.3

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