Bahamas Cruise (Nov./Dec. 2016)

 

This page details information about the cruise we took on Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) from 11/27/16 to 12/02/16 for 5 days out of the seaport in Charleston, South Carolina.

We opted for a inside cabin and purchased the cruise during a double discount period; we received a discounted price from CCL during the last 30 days before the sail date, plus another discount for being a past guest with CCL. We were lucky to get this cruise for $720.08 total cost for two adults (including cruise, port charges, and govt. taxes). The advertised price for this cabin in the CCL brochure was $1,049.00 per person (not including any of the add on charges). During the last month or so you can often get a cruise at 70 to 85% off of the brochure rate. So it can pay off in big ways if you can hang on for the huge sales that occur during the last month or weeks before a particular sail date.

Since our RV was parked at CarrollWoods RV Park in Tabor City, NC at a cost of $5.00 for 5 days parking; we simply drove our SUV to the port parking lot in Charleston, SC. The Charleston Cruise Port Parking is $17.00 per day with no available discounts, and no alternative discount parking options. Total cost for parking our SUV was $70.00 total.

Our retirement goal is to take one or two cruises per year. Anytime we are near a cruise port, we plan on trying to capture some last minute deals. We love cruising and want to go on many of them while retired. Cruises we have been on in the past (before taking this cruise) include Alaska, Hawaii, Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, and twice to the Mexican Riviera. We are more than happy to go to the same cruise areas numerous times. We feel that cruising, especially at a discount, is one of the best bangs for the buck since cruises include your room, meals, entertainment, and most soft drinks. The only thing not included in a regular cruise package is alcohol, soda, day tours, and specialty restaurants. If you have never been on a cruise, you absolutely need to go on one. As full-time RVers, cruising makes for a great vacation destination that you really should take advantage of. You should be able to acquire most cruises at a discount price of $40 to $100 per person per day; port charges, taxes, and gratuities will always be extra so have some fun finding the best cruise deals you can.

Ship Stats for Carnival Ecstasy (for additional info about this cruise ship on Cruise Critic, click here: Carnival Ecstasy)
 
Crew: 1,154
Launched/Refurbished: 1991/2014
Decks: 10
Tonnage: 70,367
Passengers: 2,617
Registry: Panama
Ship's Star Rating (1 star lowest/6 stars highest): 3.5

 

Carnival Ecstasy

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Carnival Ecstasy

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Itinerary for this cruise:

 

Date

Port

Arrive

Depart

Sun., Nov. 27

Charleston,
SC

 

4:00 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 28

Cruising at sea

 

 

Tues., Nov. 29

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

9:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Weds., Nov. 30

Nassau, Bahamas

8:00 a.m.

5:00 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 01

Cruising at sea

 

 

Fri., Dec. 02

Charleston,
SC

8:00 a.m.

 

 

Some of the wonderful destinations during this cruise:

 

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas:

Half Moon Cay is a private island shared by Holland America and Carnival. The island is nine and a half miles around and has nine miles of beach (including an exquisite two-mile crescent-shaped beach), an exterior lagoon and an interior lagoon. The Bahamas National Trust has designated part of Half Moon Cay a wild bird preserve, leaving all but 55 of the island's 2,400 acres untouched and unspoiled and creating a plentiful habitat for a variety of land and seabirds. Spend the day horseback riding or hiking the island's nature trails through the lush broadleaf forest. Enjoy swimming, sunning and relaxing on the beach, or go scuba diving, snorkeling or kayaking. Deep-sea fishing, parasailing and glass-bottom boat rides are available. A variety of water toys are available for rent, including Hobie catamarans, Sunfish sailboats, windsurfing sailboards and kayaks.

Nassau, Bahamas:

This capital city is a constant reminder of British influence in the Bahamas. Shoppers will want to hit the famous straw market, while those looking for some relaxation will find their place on the white-sand beaches of Paradise Island. Snorkeling and diving excursions and outings to Crystal Cay and Blue Lagoon Island also are popular. Ships dock just steps from downtown, making it easy to explore on foot.


  


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