Carnival Ecstasy is a ship designed for the cruiser who wants the experience to be easy and fun, but with some of the good-time features of larger Carnival ships. Yes, there are grand formal dining rooms, but they’re balanced by the grab-and-go informality of the New York-style deli. The pool decks are the center of the action, but more private sunbathing can be found in the adults-only areas.
Staterooms are basic but comfortable—and the larger the room, the more it feels like a proper luxury hotel room rather than a cabin onboard a ship. Ecstasy was refurbished in 2009, with further Fun Ship 2.0 updates to public spaces in 2014. Balconies at the rear of the ship are where you’ll want to be for the sunset. Those prone to motion sickness should find more comfort in the center suites.
Like all the ships in the Fantasy class, the main restaurants are the epitome of fine dining onboard. However, no alternative restaurants exist. The impressive formal dining rooms are Wind Song and Wind Star. Wind Song has two assigned seatings nightly, which passengers can request ahead of boarding. Wind Star accommodates flexible “Your Time Dining.” In addition to the nightly menu, the dining rooms have a permanent menu of culinary classics, plus a for-fee “Steakhouse Selections” premium menu.
Wind Star also serves breakfast and lunch—both offer open seating and are a preferable choice for people who dislike queuing at a buffet.
The buffet-style Panorama Bar & Grill is a busy place at peak breakfast and lunch times. At lunch, it opens up several specialty counters, including the extremely popular stir-fry Mongolian Wok and the grab-and-go New York-style deli. There’s also a 24-hour pizza counter and a casual al fresco grill.
The only true alternative dining venue is the Rolls Royce patisserie, where you can get espresso drinks in the early morning or perhaps an indulgent boozy milkshake. Everything at Rolls Royce is priced a la carte.
This ship also offers Chef’s Table, a galley tour and cocktail reception followed by a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Chef’s Table Is priced at $75 per person and requires a reservation.
Like all ships, Carnival Ecstasy has a limited complimentary room service menu served 24 hours.
Bars & Lounges
RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar are the two venues that were added to this vessel in the Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements – and indeed, they do amp up the fun on the Lido deck. They are bright shiny beacons, guiding people to the hard liquor. Both of these super-casual poolside venues are open to the main pool decks.
There are themed bars a-plenty aboard Carnival Ecstasy. The standout is the sing-along piano bar, a Carnival signature. The China Town Lounge and Society Bar are popular inside watering holes—great for an aperitif, a nightcap, or just because it’s 4PM on a Wednesday. The bar nearest the casino often hosts live bands.
DJ Irie, the official DJ of Carnival Cruise Lines, supplies this ship and its DJs with playlists of party tunes. Musicals and HASBRO The Game Show entertain parents and kids in the Blue Sapphire Main Lounge. Punchliner Comedy Club keeps crowds laughing with five sets in a single evening. The Lido deck itself often hosts themed dance parties, starting with Sail Away. Live music and karaoke keep people out until the wee hours. And just around most people’s bedtime, Stripes Discotheque starts to come alive.
The one and only pool on Ecstasy is the center of action. If there isn’t a DJ playing, then there’s a contest going, or maybe a trivia game recruiting competitors. It’s a good time, but it can be noisy for anyone looking for quieter sunbathing. The adults-only Serenity retreat on Promenade Deck is a lovely spot for sun tanning without distractions, and it also has a couple of whirlpools.
Children enjoy the three-story waterslide in the WaterWorks aqua park. Additional kid-friendly options can be found in supervised activities—Camp Carnival for the under-11s, Circle C for tweens and early teens, and Club O2 for older teens.
- With only one swimming pool, the only way to really enjoy a dip is to get outside at sunup.
- As well maintained as this ship is, its décor is dated.
- Most of the rooms are inside staterooms, so outside cabins and balcony cabins should be booked early.