Carnival Ecstasy, Spend your days on the sapphire Pacific Ocean aboard the Carnival Ecstasy, a fantastic floating resort that gives cruisers the same glitz and glamour found on the entertaining Las Vegas Strip. Book your Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Today For Less.
4 Night Western Caribbean Itiner
Carnival Cruise Lines
Departing Date: December 8, 2014
Departing From: Miami, Fl Dock
||Ports of Call: Miami, Fl Dock | Key West, Fl Dock | Cozumel, Mexico Dock | Miami, Fl Dock|
|Mon Dec 8, 2014||Miami, Fl Dock||--||4:00 pm|
|Tue Dec 9, 2014||Key West, Fl Dock||7:30 am||1:30 pm|
|Wed Dec 10, 2014||Cozumel, Mexico Dock||1:30 pm||10:00 pm|
|Thu Dec 11, 2014||Fun Day At Sea Fun At Sea||--||--|
|Fri Dec 12, 2014||Miami, Fl Dock||8:00 am||--|
Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.
|Dining / Dinner||Entertainment / Recreation||Gratuity Policies|
Dining Rooms - 2
No. of Dinner Sittings:
| Art Gallery
Bars/Lounges/ Night Clubs - 12
Photo Shop and Photo Gallery
Pools - Outdoor - 3
$5.50 per guest/ per day
$1.00 per guest/ per day
$3.50 per guest/ per day
|Services||Shopping||Health and Beauty|
Shore Excursion Desk
|Shopping Mall|| Health Spa (with whirlpools)
| Aerobic and Exercise Room
| Conference Center
| Baby Sitting Services
Children's Playroom - 2
Kids Pool Area
Identical in all but décor, Ecstasy and her seven Fantasy-class sister ships (Fantasy, Fascination, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise, Sensation & Elation) always seem to have something of interest going on, and thus are ideal for the up-and-at-'em style cruiser. Carrying 2,052 passengers, the ships are big enough to provide a week's diverse entertainment, ample deck space for those whose idea of being entertained is basking in a warm sun shine glow, and separate facilities for passengers of all ages.
Having been launched in 1991, in today's whirlwind pace of change in the cruise industry, Ecstasy is not so full of neon, chrome and mirrors as her one-year younger sister ship, Fantasy, is. This is the ship that caught fire on her stern back in 1998, and was shown adrift at sea live on CNN. She was also assigned to be one of the ships to house relief workers after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. After all that, she needed a good scrubbing up and she received one in mid-2005; a 35-day refurbishment that updated almost all of her staterooms and public areas.
In any case, this is an older ship by today's standards, and as such one can expect to find bargain sailings on her.
Ideal as it is for the sort of person who likes to have loads of activities planned, Ecstasy also offers lots of out-of-the-way places to read or just contemplate the sea. During summer cruises, however, when there are hundreds of kiddies aboard, quiet contemplation might become a luxury reserved for another ship.
The prime entertainment venue is the 1,300 seat Blue Sapphire Lounge theater, but karaoke draws big crowds to the Stripes Dance Club, while the Starlight Lounge offers a variety of dance-music combos from pop standards to even folk and country musicians. A variety of dance music is spinning nightly in the Chinatown Disco. Regardless of what sort of music you like most, you're pretty much assured of hearing it.
By day, there are bingo and Trivial Pursuit contests, not to mention such highbrow events poolside as the men's hairy chest contest.
With no fewer than 12,000 sq. ft. devoted to fitness and spa facilities, these ships are a dream come true for those who like to keep in shape during their cruise, and don't mind doing so in either uninspiring (the spa) or aggressively pink (the gym) surroundings. The gyms have a private trainer and 35 state-of-the-art exercise machines. There's a day-long schedule of aerobics, and stretching yoga, and Pilates classes (usually around $10 each), as well as body composition analysis and personal training sessions, $75 for 60 minutes. There's a fully jogging track and a volleyball court. Women who want to sunbathe topless will find secluded areas in which to do so.
Those who prefer to skip shore excursions and snorkel on their own can rent equipment for $26 for three days. The inescapable Steiner's of London operates the ship's spa, which offers lots of different kinds of massage – and pushes its beauty products rather more zealously than most passengers would prefer.
Carnival's celebrated Camp Carnival program offers a full schedule of supervised activities, from finger painting and singalongs for younger children to photography workshops, late-night movies, and pool parties for their older siblings. The ships' 2,400-square foot "Children's World" play areas are stocked with a computer lab, a climbing maze, an activity wall, and an assortment of toys, games and puzzles.
From the best pizza afloat (available 24 hours per day) to haute cuisine in the main dining room, Carnival really delivers on the food front.
Total Choice Dining provides for four dinner seatings in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening, and an increased number of service staff. Passengers are assigned a table for dinner in one of the two main dining rooms -- The Wind Star on Atlantic Deck, mid-ship, or the Wind Song on Atlantic Deck, aft -- at one of four seatings; 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. There are very few tables for two in either of the two main dining rooms; expect to dine with four, six, or eight fellow voyagers.
You typically have a choice of six starters, a couple of salads, and six or seven main courses (pan-fried fillet of red snapper, sweet and sour shrimp, rack of New Zealand lamb and Beef Wellington). The menu also includes Spa Carnival selections for those trying to reduce their intake of calories, sodium, cholesterol, fat, or meat.
Additionally, the poolside Lido eateries are converted into Seaview Bistros between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each evening, offering buffet dinner with no reservations or advance notice required. The informal Panorama (T-shirts and shorts are OK) Restaurant on the Lido Deck offers both inside and poolside seating. All meals here are served buffet style, with open seating for all three meals.
Other alternative eating options include a 24-hour pizzeria, a complimentary sushi bar and 24 hour room service. Themed midnight buffets ensure that no passenger will be rendered sleepless by the rumblings of his empty belly.
Don't expect formality. Indeed, expect wacky dances after dessert – and then to come back to your cabin to find that your cabin steward, cutup that he or she is, has left a towel folded to resemble a dog on your bed. The hi-jinx never stop!
Carnival automatically adds $10.00 per person per day in gratuities to your Sail & Sign card unless you're under two years old, and if you're reading this, you're probably not. This includes $3.60 for the stateroom steward; $5.50 for the Dining Room team, and $.90 for service in the alternative dining rooms. Visit the purser's desk during the cruise to raise or lower this amount.
You may also prepay gratuities for all service personnel at a rate of $10.00 per person per day. On Cruises-to-Nowhere, gratuities of $10 per person per day must be prepaid.
A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Tip the maitre d', room service, spa, casino and other staff as you deem fitting.
On the two "formal" nights per week, most men wear a dark suit instead of tux. By day, nearly everyone wears shorts, T-shirt, sneakers/sandals, bathing suit, and a hat.
The unifying idea behind Ecstasy's interior decor is a New York City theme. You'll find the the Stripes Dance Club, the Society Bar, the Chinatown Disco, and the Blue Sapphire Lounge as the main theater. They are all more or less connected by the City Lights Boulevard (the walkway between public areas) on Promenade Deck. The Grand Atrium still has bits of the old glitz style remaining from the early days of Carnival. The glass elevators in the atrium are actually trimmed with neon lights.
The ship consist of 10 decks with most of the public rooms concentrated on Atlantic, Promenade and Lido decks (decks 5,6 and 7). The cabins are mostly concentrated on decks one through four; Riviera, Main, Upper (which is actually a lower deck 3) and Empress decks.
You can stroll on the entertainment promenade called City Lights Boulevard, or plop down into a soft banquette to ogle passers-by. The two-level, 1300-set show lounge Blue Sapphire at the front of the promenade presents live production shows, comedians, magicians, and passenger talent shows, with exemplary sight lines and good seating throughout.
The ship's most fanciful decor is in such entertainment venues as the popular piano bar. Ecstasy's is known as the Neon Bar and it features an enormous circular piano which doubles as a bar for those who like to sing along. You'll also find a vibrant disco and cabaret lounge along the boulevard.
Other public areas include the Galleria shopping mall, the Virtual World arcade, and the ship's photo gallery. The Internet cafe offers access for 75 cents per minute; for those who plan to spend more time on the computer, there are 100 minute packages available for $50 (50 cents per minute) and 250 minute packages for $100 (40 cents per minute).
Because they were built just before the shift toward lots of verandahs, just the 26 demi-suites (250 square feet) and 28 full suites (400 square feet) have them.
Carnival's cabins are fairly spartan in decor and skimpy on amenities (a color TV with CNN, telephone, radio, no hair dryer, and a basket of "free-sample" toiletries), but among the largest in the cruise industry: inside measure 185 sq. ft, outside 190 sq. feet. Even in the minimum category inside or outside stateroom you'll still enjoy ample space. Cabins for four and five are understandably popular with families, and go fast.
Oceanview staterooms and suites offer a mini bar, bathrobes, and fairly large bathrooms with a hand-held shower and medicine cabinet. There are also 26 mini-suites (226sq.q. feet plus 36 square foot private veranda) and 28 suites measuring 350 sq. feet with 71 sq. foot balconies.
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