Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews
Carnival Cruise Lines’ 70,000-ton Carnival Ecstasy – which operates a popular year-round three- and four-day cruise program from Miami – offers a truly unique vacation experience, with a host of “resort-style” amenities and an exciting array of stunning public rooms and facilities, each with a character all its own.
The Carnival Ecstasy has undergone an extensive refurbishment that added a host of new features as well as 98 balconies to existing ocean view staterooms.
The new features include the addition of an expansive new water park, an exclusive adults-only retreat, a Circle “C” facility for 12- to 14-year olds, and a redesigned resort-style main pool area.
The ship operates year-round three- and four-day Bahamas/Caribbean cruises from PortMiami. On this route, three-day cruises depart Fridays and call at Nassau while four-day voyages depart Mondays and feature Key West and Cozumel.
PUBLIC ROOMS AND AREAS
The Carnival Ecstasy features a variety of dramatic public spaces that range in style from the Chinatown Lounge, with design elements that include pagoda-style street lamps, a 1930s Chinese restaurant supply truck and hanging Chinese lanterns, and Stripes, a pulsating dance club which, like the name implies, employs a décor of black and yellow stripes and features a high-tech sound and lighting system.
Other venues include the Explorer’s Club Library, a refined reading room offering the perfect venue for curling up with a good book; the Rolls Royce Café, which features an authentic 1934 Rolls Royce as its focal point; and the Blue Sapphire Lounge, a striking multi-level theater showcasing Vegas-style entertainment.
Carnival Ecstasy offers a wide variety of formal and casual options at sea, including the Wind Star and Wind Song formal dining rooms and the poolside Panorama Bar & Grill, a casual eatery serving full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and a 24-hour pizzeria. Dining room menus also include vegetarian dishes and children’s menus, as well as Spa Carnival Fare, delicious health-conscious menu items that are lower in fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories. The ship also features a patisserie, as well as complimentary 24-hour room service and ice cream and frozen yogurt.
KIDS AND TEEN PROGRAMS – Carnival Ecstasy features the line’s popular children’s program “Camp Carnival,” offering a full schedule of fun, supervised activities, including new programming focusing on art, music, science, geography and physical fitness. The ship also features the line’s popular teen program “Club O2,” catering to 15-17 year olds. A Circle “C” center aimed at the 12- to 14-year-old set is also available and features plasma screen televisions displaying movies and music videos, a high-tech sound and lighting system, gaming consoles and a touch-screen jukebox.
CARNIVAL WATERWORKS- A signature element of the Fantasy-class upgrades is Carnival WaterWorks, a fun-filled aqua park located on Verandah Deck. Designed with an all-ages appeal, WaterWorks encompasses a 300-foot-long twisting, turning water slide – among the longest and most elaborate at sea – along with dual-lane 82-foot-long racing slides, and a wide variety of water spray toys.
In addition, Carnival Ecstasy’s main pool on Lido Deck – which includes a swimming pool and two large whirlpools – has been totally transformed to feature a distinct resort-style ambiance. Vibrant oversized umbrellas, thatched roofing and colorful tile work create a decidedly tropical feel
ADULTS ONLY RETREAT- Another feature on the Carnival Ecstasy is Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat located aft on Promenade Deck. With design elements that include teak decking, large umbrellas and thatched roofing, Serenity provides an ocean-going oasis for relaxation and comfort. Guests can enjoy icy cocktails and frozen drinks while relaxing in plush chaise lounges and chairs.
‘SPA CARNIVAL’ – Fitness has become an important part of people’s daily lives and guests sailing on the Carnival Ecstasy can take advantage of the ship’s renovated health and fitness facility, Spa Carnival. Among the largest facilities of its kind, the 12,000-square-foot “floating health club” features new private treatment rooms and updated exercise equipment, as well as a mirrored aerobics room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms and saunas, and a sophisticated menu of body and facial treatments, including a number of exotic “European-style” therapies. Also featured is a one-eighth-mile jogging track, along with a beauty salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services.
ACCOMODATIONS – The Carnival Ecstasy features 1,026 staterooms, including 54 suites and 98 balcony cabins that were added to existing ocean view accommodations during a recent dry dock. Several of the Carnival Ecstasy’s suites were modified to feature larger, extended balconies. All of the Carnival Ecstasy’s staterooms feature the “Carnival Comfort Bed” sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens, as well as terrycloth bathrobes and in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Ecstasy offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.