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Carnival Ecstasy Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Becky Beall
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Editor's note: In February 2022, Carnival confimed Carnival Ecstasy will leave the fleet following its last cruise in October 2022.


Passengers : 2,056
Crew : 920
Passenger to Crew : 2.23:1
Launched : 1991
Shore Excursions : 166

Built in 1991, Carnival Ecstasy is the second oldest ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet. Numerous refurbishments over the years have kept the wear-and-tear to a minimum, and although small signs of age are beginning to show, the crew makes up for any physical flaws with superior levels of service.

A 2017 makeover brought some much-needed food and beverage additions that passengers have come to love on other Carnival ships, like Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar and the Cherry on Top candy shop.

Carnival Ecstasy features an easy-to-love grand atrium with a "big city lights" theme that flows throughout public spaces. The vibrant color scheme invites passengers to enjoy their time onboard participating in every activity imaginable from deck parties and dancing into the night to karaoke, trivia and bingo.

The ship also offers some family-friendly amenities that up the ante in terms of fun. Hasbro: The Game Show brings audience members onstage to compete in life-size versions of favorite childhood games, while Carnival WaterWorks provides fun, twisty water slides and splash pad fun for all ages.

At night, the adult fun on Ecstasy includes lots of bars and nightlife along with the Punchliner Comedy Shows and Playlist Productions big stage evening shows. For something different, try the Alchemy Bar where "prescription" cocktails offer a spectacle of their own.

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On the downside, the ship only has a single pool and lounge chairs are in high demand. Getting a prime position around the pool requires getting up early or staying onboard during port calls.

While Carnival Ecstasy may be small in size (at least compared to some of today's mega-ships), it is big on service. Crew remember your name with only a single introduction and dinner is a dream without having to ask for your favorite drink, an extra roll or after-dinner coffee past night one. Don't be surprised if someone on the crew recognizes you, even in port, and calls you by name.

Fellow Passengers

When school is out for summer vacation, spring break or holidays, you'll see many families with small children and teenagers aboard Ecstasy. College-aged students and first-timers are also popular groups of cruisers as well as folks looking for a bargain -- thanks in part to the less expensive cruise fares on an older vessel.

Carnival Ecstasy Dress Code

Everyday dress on Carnival Ecstasy is casual with shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits and flip-flops being the normal poolside attire. Most passengers wear the same attire into the dining areas during the daytime, adding a cover-up or shirt if they're in just a bathing suit.

In the evenings, men mostly wear slacks and collared shirts while women don skirts, dresses and other casual items. While the dress code states no jeans, it is not as strictly enforced as the policy requiring collared shirts.

Elegant nights come with a suggested attire of suits or dress pants with a jacket for men and cocktail dresses for women. We saw few passengers so dressed up, finding most on Ecstasy were low-key and skipped the fancier clothing.

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More about Carnival Ecstasy

Where does Carnival Ecstasy sail from?

Carnival Ecstasy departs from Jacksonville and Mobile

How much does it cost to go on Carnival Ecstasy?

Cruises on Carnival Ecstasy start from $159 per person.

Is Carnival Ecstasy a good ship to cruise on?

Carnival Ecstasy won 3 awards over the years.
Carnival Ecstasy Cruiser Reviews

1st time on cruise, excellent

will definitely be with Carnival! Sad to have heard the Ecstasy will no longer sail after October, she may be old & small but I loved exploring every inch of her!Read More
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First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

The Little Ship That Could

We had been notified by Carnival that we should arrive to the port between 3 and 6pm with all guests on board by 6:30.Read More
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6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

Book a Great Value

We are on day two of our Ecstasy cruise and everything is wonderful. We are in our late 60's with more than 10 cruises, and have no complaints.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Staff was outstanding

We booked the Carnival Ecstasy 5 day sailing from Mobile, AL with stops in Costa Maya and Cancun. We could not pass up the low price. 1479 passengers about 73% capacity.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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