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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 they tell you to pick lane one, two or three, dependent upon whether you are just dropping off passengers and /or luggage, handicap parking or regular passenger parking. It will take about and hour for this process to be completed. It is a wait, however, the parking is covered and once you park the car, you will be shuttled to the terminal for check in. CHECK IN: The process went relatively fast as this is a small cruise ship, it took about one half hour to get checked in, get you sign and sail card and get on the ship. ON BOARD: The staterooms are usually not available until 1:30pm, you have you ship diagram, go up to the Lido deck and enjoy your lunch and explore the ship until your stateroom is ready. THIS SHIP is COLD, be sure to bring a sweatshirt, as the entire ship the AC is CRANKED UP, why, I could not get any good answers, other than it is an older ship. STATEROOM: There are limited balcony and suite rooms, most are oceanview and interior. As I travel solo, I usually get a interior room. This time it was on Deck 5 called the "Main" deck, midship, M75. It is a standard Carnvial interior stateroom, one king bed which has two twins pushed together, and this room had two upper pullman beds, opposite each other, generous closet space, but only ONE 110 OUTLET, so you may need to bring a European power adapter for a second outlet. The bathroom is a shower stall, basin with only one toiletry shelf and a commode. The shower stall has the curtain, and it is about 1/3 LARGER than on the older Royal Caribbean cruise ships. CABIN STEWARDS: Carnival has implimented a either a morning room cleaning and bed made or and evening cleanup and turn down. You will need to request a bucket of ice if needed. My cabin steward, SANTOSO, was EXCELLENT, I requested the evening cleanup and bed turn down as I sometimes nap during the day. DINING: Carnival does the "my time" from 5:30 PM TO 9 PM in the main dining room, WING STAR,which is mid ship, and traditional early and late dining with an assigned table. The WIND STAR "my time" the wait time is longer, and the first and second nights for the late dining at the traditional seating in the WING SONG is slower as some of the early dining parties linger into the 8:15 PM late dining time. I was at the traditional late dining at 8:15 PM, to table 362,which seats 10, and there were nine of us at this table, our dining room waiters, SETYAWAN and GATOT, and assistant waiter ALEXANDRA, provided excellent service, however at times the food coming out of the galley took a little bit more time than you would have expected. The dinner selections are appetizers, usually shrimp cocktail with four or five medium shrimp, choice of two soups, one hot and one cold, and two salads. The "special" appetizer rotates, such as escargot, oysters rockefeller, so you have plenty to choose. The main dishes are fish, chicken, beef and / or pork and a vegeterian dishes, and several dessert selections. The quality of the food is on par or a little better than the main dining room on Royal Caribbean ships. You will note that there are no table clothes in the MDR except for the formal nights and you only usually use one fork for all the food, it appears to be a cost savings economy. THE BUFFET: Located on the Lido deck its usually similar selections each day, its fine as you have to remember its a buffet for the "masses". ENTERTAINMENT: I did not see any shows or other activities as I spend most of my time in the Crystal Palace casino. CRYSTAL PALACE CASINO: This casino has a variety of "older" slot machine with some limited variety, There is one craps table, two roulette tables, and tables for Blackjack, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, a disappointing WSOP Texas hold em table that was virtually empty most of the time. The casino host, KYLE, was a cordial gentlemen. This was not a Carnival PLAYERS CLUB Premier VIP cruise, so the casino did not offer any "CASINO CASH", just a "ON US" drink card. If you rack up 1000 points on the slots you get the "ON US" drink card for a five day cruise and its 1500 points on the seven day cruises, but you have to get it from the casino host or ask the pit boss for it as they don't offer it to you. The casino runs a nightly give away, usually a hot seat for table and slots, pick and envelope, pick a box, BJ, Poker and Slot tournament. There is only one electronic "Poker Pro" Hold'em poker table. The casino experience is okay, the waiters are plentiful, so you don't have to wait very long for an an adult beverage. DEBARKMENT: Being a short cruise, most passengers do a carry off and they start leaving the ship about 6:30am, I was off the ship by 9 AM as I had the ship take my large suitcase and I retrieved it at the terminal. Going through CUSTOMS, took about 20 minutes. THIS SHIP IS GOING INTO DRY DOCK FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS. According to some of the crew members, they are going to convert one of the grills by the pool to a Guy Fieri Burger Joint, then add and Italian restaurant and do some other upgrades. HOPEFULLY, they will fix the AC so you don't freeze

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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by wisnir

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2017
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Interior
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 they tell you to pick lane one, two or three, dependent upon whether you are just dropping off passengers and /or luggage, handicap parking or regular passenger parking. It will take about and hour for this process to be completed. It is a wait, however, the parking is covered and once you park the car, you will be shuttled to the terminal for check in.

CHECK IN: The process went relatively fast as this is a small cruise ship, it took about one half hour to get checked in, get you sign and sail card and get on the ship.

ON BOARD: The staterooms are usually not available until 1:30pm, you have you ship diagram, go up to the Lido deck and enjoy your lunch and explore the ship until your stateroom is ready.

THIS SHIP is COLD, be sure to bring a sweatshirt, as the entire ship the AC is CRANKED UP, why, I could not get any good answers, other than it is an older ship.

STATEROOM: There are limited balcony and suite rooms, most are oceanview and interior. As I travel solo, I usually get a interior room. This time it was on Deck 5 called the "Main" deck, midship, M75. It is a standard Carnvial interior stateroom, one king bed which has two twins pushed together, and this room had two upper pullman beds, opposite each other, generous closet space, but only ONE 110 OUTLET, so you may need to bring a European power adapter for a second outlet. The bathroom is a shower stall, basin with only one toiletry shelf and a commode. The shower stall has the curtain, and it is about 1/3 LARGER than on the older Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

CABIN STEWARDS: Carnival has implimented a either a morning room cleaning and bed made or and evening cleanup and turn down. You will need to request a bucket of ice if needed. My cabin steward, SANTOSO, was EXCELLENT, I requested the evening cleanup and bed turn down as I sometimes nap during the day.

DINING: Carnival does the "my time" from 5:30 PM TO 9 PM in the main dining room, WING STAR,which is mid ship, and traditional early and late dining with an assigned table. The WIND STAR "my time" the wait time is longer, and the first and second nights for the late dining at the traditional seating in the WING SONG is slower as some of the early dining parties linger into the 8:15 PM late dining time. I was at the traditional late dining at 8:15 PM, to table 362,which seats 10, and there were nine of us at this table, our dining room waiters, SETYAWAN and GATOT, and assistant waiter ALEXANDRA, provided excellent service, however at times the food coming out of the galley took a little bit more time than you would have expected.

The dinner selections are appetizers, usually shrimp cocktail with four or five medium shrimp, choice of two soups, one hot and one cold, and two salads. The "special" appetizer rotates, such as escargot, oysters rockefeller, so you have plenty to choose. The main dishes are fish, chicken, beef and / or pork and a vegeterian dishes, and several dessert selections. The quality of the food is on par or a little better than the main dining room on Royal Caribbean ships. You will note that there are no table clothes in the MDR except for the formal nights and you only usually use one fork for all the food, it appears to be a cost savings economy.

THE BUFFET: Located on the Lido deck its usually similar selections each day, its fine as you have to remember its a buffet for the "masses".

ENTERTAINMENT: I did not see any shows or other activities as I spend most of my time in the Crystal Palace casino.

CRYSTAL PALACE CASINO: This casino has a variety of "older" slot machine with some limited variety, There is one craps table, two roulette tables, and tables for Blackjack, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, a disappointing WSOP Texas hold em table that was virtually empty most of the time. The casino host, KYLE, was a cordial gentlemen. This was not a Carnival PLAYERS CLUB Premier VIP cruise, so the casino did not offer any "CASINO CASH", just a "ON US" drink card. If you rack up 1000 points on the slots you get the "ON US" drink card for a five day cruise and its 1500 points on the seven day cruises, but you have to get it from the casino host or ask the pit boss for it as they don't offer it to you. The casino runs a nightly give away, usually a hot seat for table and slots, pick and envelope, pick a box, BJ, Poker and Slot tournament. There is only one electronic "Poker Pro" Hold'em poker table. The casino experience is okay, the waiters are plentiful, so you don't have to wait very long for an an adult beverage.

DEBARKMENT: Being a short cruise, most passengers do a carry off and they start leaving the ship about 6:30am, I was off the ship by 9 AM as I had the ship take my large suitcase and I retrieved it at the terminal. Going through CUSTOMS, took about 20 minutes.

THIS SHIP IS GOING INTO DRY DOCK FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS. According to some of the crew members, they are going to convert one of the grills by the pool to a Guy Fieri Burger Joint, then add and Italian restaurant and do some other upgrades. HOPEFULLY, they will fix the AC so you don't freeze
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Cabin 4C M75
standard cabin with a king bed (two twins pushed together) to upper pullman beds opposite each other, watch out went you get into bed as you might bang you head a few times on the lower frame of the upper pullman as the head of the bed is recessed. There is ample closet space, four drawers, a chair. The bathroom, has a comode, sink with one shelf for toiletries. The shower is larger than Royal Caribbean by about 1/3 with a shower curtain, ample hot water. Its a "standard" Carnival interior cabin.
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