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Carnival Elation

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What people said about this ship:

"My only negative comment, we did not care for the food items in the main dining room." in 77 reviews.

"I do not feel that this cruise was not as good as other Carnival cruises we have taken." in 28 reviews.

"I definitely enjoyed the customer service from the employees." in 17 reviews.



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bradleyballard
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 star
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Great Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Aug 18, 2014

A chance to "get away from it all" was just what we needed.  We chose to have a few days in N'awlins before we embarked and so chose to do a 5-night instead of a 7-night.  I won't go into minute details of our cruise experience, but I will say that we choose Carnival, having tired of all the folks on other cruise lines who like to look down their nose at fellow passengers and criticize every last detail of their cruise.

 

It is, overall, a younger more diverse crowd than the other mainstream lines.  People are nice, kind, and will invite you to sit down and join their table if all the others are filled.  I like the "feel" of the cruise, and while the line doesn't offer everything the higher-end lines do, there is still plenty of fun to be had on ship. 

 

I won't board the ship until I've told myself how much fun I'm going to have.  I think that cruises are what you make of them.  My partner and I cruise for different reasons: he wants to do NOTHING and I like to get out, do some on-ship activities or just go exploring.  We've learned to give the other their space and have both US time and ALONE time. 

 

The dining staff is tremendous in the dining room. Socorro, who is the head waiter in the Imagination Dining Room (for Your Time Dining guests) is excellent.  Again, the second night, they knew our names, our drinks and some other special things we really enjoy.  If you go, as to sit in his section.  You'll be grateful you did.

 

The only slight negative is the layout of the ship relative to the locations of the elevators.  It was no big deal, but I walked into the back of the dining room twice, when I got on one elevator bank slightly too far aft.

 

But, GO.  The sights are excellent and Cozumel is not to be missed.  Having heard about Progresso, we took a 6+ hour tour into the colonial capital, Merida, and then over a well-preserved Mayan town, Izamal.  I'm very glad we made that choice.  It was one of the hightlights of the trip.  We kept bumping into other people who were on the same excursion for the remaining three days.

 

 

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Rohit
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 star
3 star
3 star
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Wait until 2015

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Aug 09, 2014

We took the Carnival Elation cruise from 8/9 to 8/14.  The vessel itself is old and worn out and everything that's old is very visible. BUT inspite of the outdated design and worn out interiors, the overall value was good due to some exceptional customer service, great food (except for the pizza, which was horrible every day), very good entertainment and tons of kids friendly activities. The ports of call do not have much to offer and you're better off spending your time on the ship and enjoy their hospitality. We've cruised in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand before and their ports do a much better job of the excursions. We understand that the ship will be pulled out for renovations later this year and it should be much better when it starts sailing again

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 star
3 star
3 star
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Had a nice relaxing vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Sep 15, 2014

While this ship does not have some of the amenities of some of the newer larger ships I had a great time. I did miss some things that we had on the first cruise, The buffett was smaller, the shows were not first rate, But if you just want to get out and relax the price is good and the views or the Gulf of Mexico are the same you would see on the larger more expensive hips.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 star
3 star
3 star
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cruise 2014

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Jul 31, 2014

One reason why i chose this cruise was the length of days. This was my daughter's first cruise and she informed me that she was apprehensive and wanted a short cruise to determine if she would like it. Price was another reason. The food on board was average but accomodating. There were plenty of activities on board which we could do as father and daughter. We enjoyed our shore excusion. Cozumel  offered plenty of shopping which my daughter really enjoyed. My only other cruise was with Norwegian. The food there was great, but accomodations on the elation were much better. All in all we enjoyed the carnival elation. I would recommend this ship for first timers.

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starmommi
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 star
5 star
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Elation was the best cruise!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Sep 01, 2014

My daughter and I took our much needed vacation on Carnival Elation, September 1, 2014 thru September 6, 1014.  We found that taking our cruise around this time, the flight and cruise prices on Priceline  was almost half the cost than the summer prices.  The weather was hot but we had a few very short  rain showers to cool us down while on the boat on sea day.  This boat was very majestic and beautiful.  I heard the longer the cruise, the bigger the boat, which seems to be true.  We took a three day Carnival cruise 12 years ago and the boat was not nearly as big and beautiful as Elation.  Great food, great room service (don't forget our towel animals every night, beds turned down and chocolates on the pillows), great excursions. In Progresso, we did the Private Beach excursion and it was amazing and highly recommended.  We were at the most beautiful resort with all the food and drinks (including alcoholic drinks) you wanted, included in the $70 price.  Lots of pictures that day!!! We had the the dream vacation without having to go over our budget.  Highly recommended!

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The Pizza bar at the back of Deck 10 is tremendous. You might have to wait a couple of minutes while they bake your pizza, but they have six or so kinds and they are all quite good. For the adventurous: try the mushroom and goat cheese (chevre). It's to die for!

We love dinner in the main dining room, but also the dinner buffet in Tiffanys is great! Oh and then the late night pizza after dancing the night away!

The fine dining room food was OFF the CHARTS! I couldn't understand why other people ate at the cafeteria style restaurants (they were always full) when you could eat free gormet and fabulous food for all three meals a day!

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