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235 Charleston Cruise Reviews


kindergartencrocodile avatar

kindergartencrocodile

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Pleasantly surprised & pleased

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We had not been on a Carnival cruise for almost 50 years! We were VERY pleased with our 5 day cruise and as far as VALUE for your money it really was pretty awesome. My husband and I are "Seniors" and do a lot of ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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corvetteatthelake

6 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

GOOD 5 DAY GETAWAY FROM LOCAL CHARLESTON, SC

Booked this cruise because we could drive to the port and do a "Snooze and Cruise" at the local Best Western. Hotel provided parking and shuttle to and from the port. Embarkation was delayed an hour due to the ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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pvaickus

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Fun Cruise, better service than I remember, and some fun and good food options.

We have done about 10 or so cruises, so not sure we are quite experts, but hopefully insightful. The short of it was, we really enjoyed this cruise, and Charleston is pretty easy to get in and out of if you live ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Quillylurlean

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Good Cruise That Could Be Great!

I picked this cruise for my husband's birthday celebration as it departs from our hometown port. We had a 12th deck spa balcony room. To be concise, I will list pros then cons of trip from our experience. PROS: ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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scliq

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Christmas At Sea

Last year was our 1st Christmas without Mama. She was all about Christmas and had wanted to go on a 2019 Christmas Cruise. Sadly she passed in March 2019 and we were all depressed having Christmas without her at ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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bzinkhan

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Rough start but fantastic ending - Love MIKEY & Serenity Deck!

We went on this cruise to join some family and it was my very 1st cruise. Embarkment was delayed due to a medical emergency, but it felt good to know that I was boarding a ship that they made sure to take care of ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Mushinatsea

7 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Fun, food and Mikey!

We choose this cruise mainly for the price and location. We were able to spend a couple of days in Charleston prior to boarding the ship. Granted embarkation was delayed due to a medical emergency but Carnival saved ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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ddyer248

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Fun & relaxing time in Bermuda

This ship stayed overnight in Bermuda, an Island we had wanted to visit. Also a smaller Carnival ship. Please understand that every ship isn't perfect, even your grand Mother of ships.Sunshine has around 3200 ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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Travel N

6 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

Good little short Cruise

1. Name of ship-Ecstasy 2. Room #M76 3. Date: Oct 20-25 If you find anything helpful, please let me know with a helpful vote! 4. Pros-Good service staff and the small ship with small crowds was a nice ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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pambecause

5 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Good time

We went on this cruise with casino offer and port is close to home. So price was very good travel to and from was easy. Was a bit concerned about the bus between to get on ship but it went very smoothly not much ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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shelnj18

4 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Enjoyable cruise

Although we are seasoned cruisers, this was only our second cruise on Carnival. Last year, we cruised on the Triumph out of NOLA and had a really great time! With the exception of rain we had a great time! We did ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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MrBossHK

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Nice Cruise, but could have been better

I recommend Carnival Sunshine for the convenience and pleasant experience of sailing out of Charleston, South Carolina. The ship was comfortable and energetic. We were fortunate to have Adam as our Cruise ...
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Sail Date August 2019


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TrinaLC

2 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

We’ve loved our Sunshine Cruise

I’m shocked at the negative reviews, other than a few that compare cruises that cost twice as much. This is our 15h Carnival cruise, though we are not Carnival loyalists. Many NCL cruises, quite a few MSC, one ...
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Sail Date June 2019


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jenniferrogers55

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Don't be scared by bad reviews!

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 ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Admin

24 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Relaxing Spring Break to the Bahamas

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 ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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beachbums69

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

UNFILTERED honest mini review (NSFW)

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 ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Embem

2 Reviews Written

Fun but small ship

We chose this cruise as an inexpensive getaway for a group of women. The ship is small and is on the older end of cruise ships. Carnival manages to pack most of the amenities offered on the larger ships onto the ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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honeychile

13 Reviews Written

27 Helpful Votes

Carnival Ecstasy -- six years later, still a solid experience

This was an all-gal trip for three of us in our sixties. We have all cruised before and two of us cruised on this ship in January of 2013, almost exactly 6 years ago, although we left from a different port and the ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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ANRR722

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Solid 3.5 out of 5 experience. First timers!

As first time cruisers, traveling with children, we wanted to make our experience as simple as possible. With Charleston being an easy 5 hr car ride, we chose to leave from there and traveled down the day before ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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earlduke325

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

Chef's Table highlight of the cruise

Embarkation was very easy. We were on the ship early. No waiting for ID photos any longer. They scan the picture from your passport, on the ship in 20 minutes. We had a great time. Dining room every night. ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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r5516

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Good time, excellent entertainment

My wife and I wanted a short cruise within an easy drive of our home near Wilmington, NC. While we normally cruise with Celebrity we were pleasantly surprised with our experience aboard the Carnival Ecstasy. ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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patthecma

4 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Nice 12 days - and we made all the ports this year!

This trip was a "Pack N Go" that we booked probably 3 weeks in advance. We were in an inside room on Deck 4, but it was still very nice and roomy. Typical of Fantasy class - no extra mirror in the bathroom which was ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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wisnir

22 Reviews Written

100 Helpful Votes

New Salt Shakers in the Main Dining Room

This is my fourth cruise on this lady, Carnival Ecstasy, she is in good shape for an old gal! EMBARKMENT: My wife and I drove down from North Carolina and utilized the new cruise port parking arrangement. We used ...
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Sail Date November 2018


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Patty8

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Sailing 5 Days on Ecstasy

Port: Charleston- My mom is handicap with a placard. So we got free parking, otherwise it is $20 a day. Crew members directed us to where you give your checked luggage. Then they directed us to the handicap parking ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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kels94

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

10/18

It was our first cruise and I was a little skeptical after seeing the reviews but I really enjoyed myself! The ship was a little rocky only because a hurricane came through the day before. Lots of entertainment and ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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