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We chose this trip due to being close to Charleston and having been on the Ecstasy in October, 2016. It was also a celebration of our tenth anniversary. When we arrived in Charleston, the line to park cars was non-existent. It went much more smoothly than in October. Upon entering the cruise terminal, there was a line, but it never stopped moving and had a painless check in process. Upon entering the ship, it was clean and well maintained. Granted the ship was launched in 1991 and being in salt water service, the natural damage to a ship could be seen, but it did not hamper our fun. The new Guy's burgers were fantastic. The employees were always smiling and asking how we were doing. When we meet our cabin steward, he asked if we wanted once or twice a day cleaning, and we chose the two times a day, and tipped a little extra for choosing that option. Our room was always clean. In the main Dining Room, we had I Made, Jayrus, and Ita. Being our third cruise, each cruise the main dining room service got better, and this time, these three set the bar even higher. The food in the main dining room was great, and we did not have a bad meal there. I Made was very knowledgeable of the Menu and gave us great advise on what to order. The theme had been changed to the American Table, and oh my word, no table cloth. Actually, the tables were in such good shape a table cloth was not needed. (I still do not know how someone complains about the lack of a table cloth.) In Nassau, it rained, but we were able to walk to the Queens Staircase and the fort at the top. Thankfully a vendor let us sit under her tarp for about thirty minutes during a heavy storm. If I do not go to Nassau again, I do not feel as if I will miss anything. Then in Freeport, the weather was perfect. We found Paradise Cove through trip advisor and booked directly with them on their website. The Cruise Line wanted double what it cost us to go direct with the company. The price online included transportation from and to the ship. The water was very clear, and I saw at least ten sea turtles, many different fish as well as one ray. If you go, get an underwater case of camera to take pictures. I would highly recommend this trip if in Freeport. At the cruise port, the people were nicer than in Nassau and were not pushy at all. The seas were in perfect shape and as result, the ship barely rocked. Also, we went without our children on this trip, and it was very relaxing. Anthony the cruise director was very engaging and did a good job in the entertainment. The shows in the theater were the same, but had seemed to be improved. I will say the cruisers on this trip are what you would find in the south. Very pleasant and were always engaging with the employees and gracious. Fellow cruisers set the mood for the employees, and on this cruise, that positive mood was shared both ways. Getting off of the ship was very easy and organized. The day before, you are given a schedule of when you can get off of the ship. We carried our luggage off and left before our time to disembark with no questions asked. Clearing customs was a quick and painless process as well. The only issue is how to get to the parking lot. You can take a shuttle bus which requires you to place your luggage in a trailer, board, and then unload the trailer with you belongings, or you can walk to your vehicle. We chose to walk, and clearly arrived at or car before those who took the shuttle bus. We would go on this ship again in the future should the opportunity present itself. While it is indeed the second oldest ship in the Carnival fleet, it is clean, the service is great, and the atmosphere is just as comparable. Overall, the cruse was excellent.

A Great Second Trip on the Ecstasy

Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Review by bsulfridge

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We chose this trip due to being close to Charleston and having been on the Ecstasy in October, 2016. It was also a celebration of our tenth anniversary. When we arrived in Charleston, the line to park cars was non-existent. It went much more smoothly than in October. Upon entering the cruise terminal, there was a line, but it never stopped moving and had a painless check in process.

Upon entering the ship, it was clean and well maintained. Granted the ship was launched in 1991 and being in salt water service, the natural damage to a ship could be seen, but it did not hamper our fun. The new Guy's burgers were fantastic. The employees were always smiling and asking how we were doing. When we meet our cabin steward, he asked if we wanted once or twice a day cleaning, and we chose the two times a day, and tipped a little extra for choosing that option. Our room was always clean.

In the main Dining Room, we had I Made, Jayrus, and Ita. Being our third cruise, each cruise the main dining room service got better, and this time, these three set the bar even higher. The food in the main dining room was great, and we did not have a bad meal there. I Made was very knowledgeable of the Menu and gave us great advise on what to order. The theme had been changed to the American Table, and oh my word, no table cloth. Actually, the tables were in such good shape a table cloth was not needed. (I still do not know how someone complains about the lack of a table cloth.)

In Nassau, it rained, but we were able to walk to the Queens Staircase and the fort at the top. Thankfully a vendor let us sit under her tarp for about thirty minutes during a heavy storm. If I do not go to Nassau again, I do not feel as if I will miss anything. Then in Freeport, the weather was perfect. We found Paradise Cove through trip advisor and booked directly with them on their website. The Cruise Line wanted double what it cost us to go direct with the company. The price online included transportation from and to the ship. The water was very clear, and I saw at least ten sea turtles, many different fish as well as one ray. If you go, get an underwater case of camera to take pictures. I would highly recommend this trip if in Freeport. At the cruise port, the people were nicer than in Nassau and were not pushy at all.

The seas were in perfect shape and as result, the ship barely rocked. Also, we went without our children on this trip, and it was very relaxing.

Anthony the cruise director was very engaging and did a good job in the entertainment. The shows in the theater were the same, but had seemed to be improved.

I will say the cruisers on this trip are what you would find in the south. Very pleasant and were always engaging with the employees and gracious. Fellow cruisers set the mood for the employees, and on this cruise, that positive mood was shared both ways.

Getting off of the ship was very easy and organized. The day before, you are given a schedule of when you can get off of the ship. We carried our luggage off and left before our time to disembark with no questions asked. Clearing customs was a quick and painless process as well. The only issue is how to get to the parking lot. You can take a shuttle bus which requires you to place your luggage in a trailer, board, and then unload the trailer with you belongings, or you can walk to your vehicle. We chose to walk, and clearly arrived at or car before those who took the shuttle bus.

We would go on this ship again in the future should the opportunity present itself. While it is indeed the second oldest ship in the Carnival fleet, it is clean, the service is great, and the atmosphere is just as comparable. Overall, the cruse was excellent.
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Cabin 4C U23
This is an older ship, so the cabins are smaller. However, based upon the amount if time spent inside your cabin, it is a plave to sleep and shower. Our room was always clean, and very well taken care of. The upper deck on the Ecstasy is in a great location and the stairs can be easily used to go where ever you want to go so you do not have to wait on an elevator.
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