Carnival Ecstasy in Port Canaveral, Florida
Carnival Ecstasy (2007-present)
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Carnival Cruise Lines|
|Port of registry:||Panama|
|Route:||Western Caribbean and Bahamas|
Helsinki New Shipyard, Finland
|Identification:||Call sign: H3GR
IMO number: 8711344
MMSI number: 353479000
|Class & type:||Fantasy-class cruise ship|
|Length:||855 ft (261 m)|
|Beam:||103 ft (31 m)|
|Draft:||7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)|
|Installed power:||2 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 8ZAV40S
4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12ZAV40S
42,240 kW (combined)
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|Capacity:||2,056 passengers (lower berths)
2,634 passengers (all berths)
Carnival Ecstasy is a Fantasy-class cruise ship, which began operation with Carnival Cruise Lines in 1991. Features include a pool, four whirlpools, a variety of dining options, nightclubs, a casino, and duty-free shopping.
Ports of call
Carnival Ecstasy offers four- and five-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries out of Port Canaveral, Florida, where she sails with her sister ship Carnival Sensation and Carnival Dream. Carnival Elation replaced her in New Orleans and in Port Canaveral she sails alternating four-day and five-day cruises. The four-day cruise departs every Thursday, stopping at Nassau, Half Moon Cay or Freeport, while the five-day will stop at Nassau, Freeport and Half Moon Cay or Key West, which departs on Mondays and Saturdays. For 2013, few Key West calls were replaced by Coco Cay, a private island owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises. This was in order to spend more time in the other ports of call that are part of the itenararies. Starting in January 2014, Carnival Ecstasy will move to Miami, Florida, replacing Carnival Imagination which will move to the West Coast. This is will be its return to that port since over a decade.
After Hurricane Katrina, the ship spent six months in New Orleans serving as quarters for evacuees and relief workers. Carnival Ecstasy travels on four and five day itineraries throughout the Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral Florida.
Accidents and incidents
On the afternoon of July 20, 1998, Ecstasy departed the Port of Miami, Florida, en route to Key West, Florida, with 2,565 passengers and 916 crewmembers aboard when a fire started in the main laundry room shortly after 17:00. The fire migrated through the ventilation system to the aft mooring deck where mooring lines ignited, creating intense heat and large amounts of smoke. As Ecstasy was attempting to reach an anchorage north of the Miami sea buoy, the vessel lost propulsion power and steering and began to drift. The master then radioed the U.S. Coast Guard for assistance. A total of six tugboats responded to help fight the fire and to tow Ecstasy. The fire was brought under control by onboard firefighters and was officially declared extinguished about 21:09. Fourteen crewmembers and eight passengers suffered minor injuries. One passenger who required medical treatment as a result of a pre-existing condition was categorized as a serious injury victim because of the length of her hospital stay. Carnival Corporation, Inc., the owner of Ecstasy, estimated that losses from the fire and associated damages exceeded $17 million.
The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of fire aboard Ecstasy was the unauthorized welding by crewmembers in the main laundry that ignited a large accumulation of lint in the ventilation system and the failure of Carnival Cruise Lines to maintain the laundry exhaust ducts in a fire-safe condition. Contributing to the extensive fire damage on the ship was the lack of an automatic fire suppression system on the aft mooring deck and the lack of an automatic means of mitigating the spread of smoke and fire through the ventilation ducts. Passengers received a full refund and were offered a complimentary cruise for the inconvenience. 
On July 1, 2007, David Ritcheson, the victim of the April 22, 2006 Harris County, Texas assault incident, jumped off the deck of Carnival Ecstasy and died.
On April 21, 2010, at approximately 12.55 pm U.S. central time, the ship was forced to perform a maneuver to avoid an object in the water which resulted in the ship briefly listing to the port side. The object was a large buoy which was adrift and mostly submerged thereby preventing it from being detected by the ship's radar. Carnival Ecstasy was on the final leg of a five-day cruise that departed Galveston on Saturday, April 17 with stops in Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico. 
According to a passenger, "The ship was shuddering. Just shake shake shake and that's when all the dishes were coming out. It was a mess, it looked like a food fight and that's when everybody jumped up screaming and running trying to get outside ... We thought we were going over. We really thought the whole ship was going to be tipped over ... They had to close down stores, all the glass went flying and it broke the glass on the outside of the liquor store. People were crawled all over everybody and screaming and it was horrible and we finally got out to hang on the side of the balcony railing because it was tipped so much, if you didn't, you'd be sliding back into the restaurant." Subsequent reports from Carnival Cruise Lines indicate 60 passengers were treated for minor injuries after the ship listed 12 degrees. From passenger reports of half the water being dumped from the pool, and the amount of damage to fixtures aboard ship, the approximate list is estimated to be between 25 and 30 degrees. The list of a ship is measured by a device called an inclinometer. The maximum list which a standard inclinometer can measure is designed to be 28 degrees from vertical, either port or starboard.
On April 17, 2013, Carnival Ecstasy experienced a mechanical problem that caused a power failure at sea for 12 minutes, which affected the propulsion system. This delayed her return to Port Canaveral by a few hours.
"Evolutions of Fun"
Carnival announced their new program that applied to all Carnival Fantasy-class ships that involves many upgrades to the Fantasy ships. After Ecstasy completed her Hurricane Katrina charter, she went into drydock where she received some of the upgrades that are part of the Evolutions of Fun program. These include a new mini golf course on the sports deck, refurnishing of all the staterooms, new children's facilities, and the remodeling of the gift shop and Lido deck restaurant, The Panorama Bar And Grill. In 2009 the ship received the Full Evolutions of Fun which includes the children's water parks and "Camp Carnival" where parents can drop off their child, the card room converted into the "Circle C lounge" for 12 to 14 year-olds, "Serenity" adult only decks, refurbishing of the ship's aft lounge, additional 98 balconies and other small improvements.
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- Official website
- Carnival Ecstasy ship location with Google Maps
- Carnival Ecstasy Ship Review at Cruise Critic
- Carnival Ecstasy Photo Gallery at HanBan Photos
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