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Carnival Ecstasy Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars 3.5
  • Expert Rating:3.0-stars 3.0
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.5
    • Couples: 3.5
    • Families w/ young children: 3.6
    • Families w/ older children: 3.5
    • Singles/Friends: 3.6
    • Groups: 3.6
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 1991
  • Refurbished: 2014
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,028
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 1

How it Ranks: Carnival Ecstasy ranks #18 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Carrying up to 2,056 passengers and 920 crew members, Carnival Ecstasy is one of Carnival's smallest ships. Built in 1991 (and renovated in 2009 and 2014), Ecstasy tends to cater to families, but also appeals to couples and groups with adult-oriented venues. Cruisers can spend their days at sea playing table games and slots at the casino, enjoying live music at the piano bar, partaking in yoga and Pilates classes and playing giant versions of beloved board games at Hasbro, The Game Show. When it's time to eat, guests can choose from varied onboard dining experiences, from casual meals at the Lido Buffet to upscale seating at one of the ship's two main dining rooms. Though some past passengers lament the lack of specialty dining options on board, others praise the ship's flexible seating options. Aside from the absence of specialty venues, an additional gripe among previous visitors is that the ship only contains one pool. But on the plus side, the onboard programming and activities found in the children's clubs for tots and teens ages 2 to 17 (Camp Carnival, Circle "C" and Club O2) were a hit among cruising clans. Plus, there's an array of lodging options to choose from, ranging from Interior Staterooms (185 square feet) to Grand Suites with extended balconies (445 square feet). Amenities found in all cabins include safes, flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service; Suite-category staterooms also offer minibars, walk-in closets and Jacuzzi tubs.

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Carnival Ecstasy Cabins

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Carnival Ecstasy Deck Plans

Carnival Ecstasy contains 10 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Ecstasy deck.

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.