Carnival Elation

3.7 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    
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Carnival Elation is a large ship, carrying 2697 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from Jacksonville, Florida.

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Carnival Elation

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Tired Ship

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Would not recommend sailing on the Elation.  The ship is in bad need of refurbishing.  The service was fine, however the disembarkment  was complete chaos with little or no communication was the process started.  The dress code for dinner was anything goes.  Saw baseball hats, cutoff jeans, and overall sloppy dress.  Thought resort casual was supposed to mean some type of quorum. 

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

our first trip together

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Where we boarded the ship was perfect we drove 18 hours to Jacksonville, FL and enjoy the road trip, Getting on the boat was pretty easy as for checking you on.  The only draw back was we didn't have our suits so we couldn't lay out until our suitcases came and it was like 2 hours or more later.  Then it was to late.  The housekeeper for our room was delightful and got to know us.  He remember our name every time he saw us and always had a smile on his face.  The room was always prepare and ready for us.  The food was good.    Was surprised with all the kids, and we both think we would do an adult cruise for our next one.   And I have kids and grandkids but there were a couple of times kids were not appropriate in the areas of the ship.   The food was amazing if you left there hungry it was your own fault.   Wish there was a bigger area for the Serenity area people would lay towels out and not show up for hours to lay out, and there was not room for that.  Entertainment was good. Disappointment was not being able to make one of our ports to Half Moon Cay I was told so much about it and that is why we book for this excursion and then we ported at Key West instead due to weather.  That was a bummer.  Over all it was nice to get away, the place was clean.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

1st Cruise

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McCann and Kevin!! Omg, they were amazing, along w the rest of the staff. We asked every crew member personal questions, to get to know them. All the staff was more than accommodating.  We had a reroute due to weather but well informed communications.  We had delays w disembarkment, but no biggie, kevin was fantastic. 

 

The on board entertainment was sooooooo much fun. 

 

Entertainment.com was very helpful.

 

If you are age....buy the drink package.....its well worth it. 

 

I will sail again, but not for a couple of years, need to save up.

 

Alot of us experienced sea sickness but that cant stop the fun.

 

If u r +21 w no kids....do NOT go during spring break, i had a 16 y/o on board so ni biggie here.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Cruise #15

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Food and entertainment were the favs.  Ship and ports were a big disappointment. Nassaue was announced as unsafe and to be leary as there is terrorism there against tourists!  So why did you take us there!?!?

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Enjoyed our first time to cruise!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This was our first time cruising and we had a blast!  We have 2 children 12 and 13.  They went to the Circle C group 12-14 the first night and made friends.  They hung out with them every night!  My husband and I were able to go to dinner and shows every night.  The rooms were clean, the shows were great, the food was awesome!  It was a wonderful experience and so easy with kids!

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Good but Not g Great

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Check in process was long and tedious. Food variety on board was ok but not that great. Service in restaurants was ok but not great either. Overall the cruise was fine but not what I expected. It was not bad , but internet connection was terrible, entertainment was pretty lame.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Carnival Elation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This cruise was good for the price I paid. However if I had paid more I would have expected a little more. Most of the staff were very courteous as well as the cruise director Kevin, he was very entertaining. The dining room staff seemed to be overworked as we spent well over an hour each night for dinner, also at breakfast when we went to the dining room. The food was amazing as always, but I was a little disappointed in the small amount of fruit that was offered. There was no fruit buffet at all except for the sour grapefruit or you could order a fruit plate in the dining room. In the past I seem to remember there always being a fruit buffet at some point in the sailing. Also the ship could use some updating as well. The atrium, dining rooms, library and all of the different bars were very nice, but the rooms appear to have never been updated. Our room was the basic room with a view. We never enjoyed the view due to the window being so dirty. I thought they cleaned the windows in between sailings, obviously they did not on this cruise. The bathroom needed some serious cleaning and updating too. The bottom of our bathroom door was rusted off and the shower tiles were showing mold as well as the screws were rusty. The water pressure was great tho, and plenty of hot water. This was my second sailing on the Elation, but definitely my last. I do understand that the ship is rather old and it shows especially in the cabins. The price was fair for the amenities offered.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Feb 2017 Cruise

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This is our 3rd Carnival Cruise, first time on the Elation.  The Elation is very similar  to other Carnival Ships.  It does tend to rock a bit more than others, however I like that or why be on a ship? I enjoy sitting on deck and doing nothing at all, this is my idea of a vacation and I will do it again. 

 

I was disappointed a little in their medical response.  I am an EMT so I may have expected more.  On our departure day, a lady fell while walking down the stairs (In port).  I was the first to assist, she had a 4" laceration on her leg. I instructed others to call for assistance and get a towel, even 2 crew members.  I acquired a towel and wrapped her leg.  The crew members, which appeared to have zero medical training, did their best and showed up with only a wheelchair, no medical kits. 

 

I recommend training a dozen crew members as EMTs. They should have a backpack with medical supplies with AED and be able to get to any part of the ship in 5 minutes.  This may be out of their scope, however I hope someone realizes how important this is. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Fun Girls' Cruise

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The ship itself is ok. It served its purpose of a fun party-barge, for a girls' weekend. The staff and food were excellent.  Our cabin was simple and a bit outdated, but that didn't bother us at all.  The young people in the show were great!  Honestly, the only complaint I would have would be the other cruisers.  There were some really rude people.  It was interesting to me the crowd that this cruise attracted...a number of whom were manner-less and downright crude. It was fine for a girls' weekend.  We can handle it.  But, I would never bring my children on this cruise, and I'm not sure my husband would have enjoyed it either.  

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Feb trip

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Wonderful staff and crew, clean and nice beds.  Ship is outdated and revamping.  My understanding is that it will be going in for updates in the next month or so. The Grille an Deli are excellent.  Joseph in the restaurant is fabulous! Good coffee bar and won in the casino!  Really great jewelry store, Christian, Carmen and Issac are fabulous!  comedy shows were hilarious!  If I was to take this cruise again I would avoid Freeport, they shouldn't even go there...Cant wait to see the updates to the ship!!

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scarlabrown
Contributor Level: Second Mate

anyone that goes to Progresso BIG TIP:::: ride the free shuttle to the town, they sell excursion there. SAME AS CARNIVAL and 1/3 the price we paid $35 for an all inclusive and upon arrival saw people from Carnival that said they paid $85. Every cruise on the ship can be bought on the free bus ride into town

earlwest
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Remember one thing, The Chefs Table!

tinavmadere
Contributor Level: Third Mate

THE OUTDOOR GRILLING AREA SERVES THE BEST HAMBURGERS THROUGHOUT THE DAY!!!

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Price

L

Size

Mar 1998

Built

2 yrs ago

Refurbished

2697

Total Passengers

2.91

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1026

Total Cabins

19

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