Cruise News: Carnival Ecstasy is Back In Action

"The Carnival Ecstasy has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that has added a variety of new dining and beverage innovations and is now back in Charleston," said Carnival Cruise Line, in a recent statement. The features were incorporated during a two-week dry dock that took place from January 10th to 24th, in Freeport, The Bahamas, at Grand Bahama Shipyard. Following the renovation, the ship returned to Charleston to resume its year-round schedule of 4 to 10-day departures from that port.

Among the new additions to the Ecstasy are Guy's Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, Alchemy Bar and Cherry On Top. Guy Fieri's complimentary burger station will replace Off the Grill and Rotisserie, near the pool. BlueIguana Cantina, also near the pool, will replace Mongolian Wok. The Mexican eatery is complementary and boasts fantastic breakfast burritos. The Alchemy Bar is a pharmacy-themed cocktail lounge with expert mixologists who prescribe their best concoctions. It replaces Society Bar. Cherry on Top is a new candy store that replaces Special Occasions. 

In addition to the new spaces, Carnival Ecstasy also houses the BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar, WaterWorks Aqua Park, and Serenity (adults only) sundeck. During the dry dock, the ship also got a facelift with new paint, carpets, and bedding, as well as, an overall maintenance check. With so many new features, the Carnival Ecstasy is a great pick for your next cruise. 

If you are interested in planning a cruise, you will need to consider a few things. First, where would you like to go? Are you thinking about a warm tropical climate or are you interesting in sightseeing? How long would you like to travel? Do you prefer to spend more time sailing, or more time exploring different cities? Is there a cruise line you prefer to use or are you keeping your options open? Is the size of the ship important to you? Some people prefer a larger group experience, while others enjoy a more intimate experience.

Since the Charleston dock is a short drive from most places in the Carolinas, it is the perfect place to set sail on your 1st or 41st cruise. Before you take the drive, be sure to get your car inspected at your local AAA Car Care Center. You don't want to miss your departure becuase of a flat tire or dead battery

Once you climb aboard, all your worries will be swept away. You can unpack your AAA discounted cruisewear from New York & Co. and take a tour of the ship, before settling into your new home at sea. You can obtain a detailed itinerary from guest services so you can learn about your options on board. If you haven't already done so, be sure to book your excursions on land so you can maximize your time.

AAA Travel can help you pick the cruise that is right for you. Cruise to Alaska or the Mediterranean, sail for six or nine nights, depart from the U.S. or another country, the choice is yours. Our knowledgable agents will handle everything so you can climb aboard and enjoy your days at sea. Additionally, if you book your cruise on your AAA Visa, you will earn triple points.


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