I meant to post this in the review section after I polished it up - never found the time-so here is our unproofred review of our back to back cruise this past November
Carnival Ecstasy 9 day B2B Review - November 15th - Diary of a Cruise Addict
When shopping for our third Conquest Cruise out of Galveston DW and I (both in our early 40s) stumbled upon some amazing cruise rates for the 5 day Ecstasy cruise. While we loved the Conquest and understood the shortcomings of the Fantasy Class from our Inspiration cruise (almost 5 years ago) we went ahead and booked two cabins for ourselves and DS(11) and DD(9). Having only done 7 day cruises we became convinced that 5 days just would not cut it and booked the four day "chaser" to get a nine day cruise for about 2/3 the price of a 7 day Conquest cruise! We'll do a day by day and let you know why we think we made a great decision! We did 7 of our 8 hr drive from Mission TX the Night before. We used some "choice points" to stay at a Comfort Inn about an hour from the port. Having just moved to Mission TX, (and wanting to spend dollars on Cruise Tickets instead of plane tickets) Galveston is really our only choice (though we'll do NOLA for the right deal).