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Carnival Elation

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What people said about this ship:

"Food, outside of the dining room experience, was just fair at best." in 73 reviews.

"The Elation from Carnival Cruise lines is a dirty ship and smells real bad." in 28 reviews.

"I definitely enjoyed the customer service from the employees." in 16 reviews.


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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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The best day ever!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Jul 03, 2014

This was the best vacation ever! This our first cruise and everthing was simply fabulous. The staff was very professional and personable. The food was the best. There was plenty of entertainment. I will be planning my next cruise before the end of year.

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jminx
Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Cozemel and Progresso Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014

This was a consistant Carnival Cruise with average food, average excursions and ports.  The staff is always friendly and professional.  This is a family friendly cruise with many children on board. Cozmel had alot to offer for shopping and sight seeing. Progresso was not interesting at all, just alot of junk shops.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Jun 14, 2014

MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS , OUR ROOM WAS DIRECTLY BELOW THE OVER 18 DISCO. I WOULD NOT RECOMEND BOOKING ROOM E2. I HOPE OTHER PEOLE HAD A BETTER EXPERIENCE THAN MY DAUGHTER AND MYSELF.

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bradleyballard
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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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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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Good Cruise if you dont have a toddler.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Jul 26, 2014

This was my sixth or seventh cruise.  The staff was awesome! The waitstaff and my cabin steward were the best.  The food at the sit down dinner was not as good as the other cruises I have been on. The entertainment was good. I enjoyed the shows.  I wouldn't recommend the cruise if you have a toddler. I got calls from Camp Carnival all the time to pick him because he was crying. I am sure it was because he was fighting with his cousin. They made me feel guilty when I dropped him off that I stopped taking him to Camp Carnival the last two days. Other than the toddler Camp Carnival issue, I would recommend the cruise.  It is nice to be waited on and your room cleaned!

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Popular Tips for Carnival Elation


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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Sail Date: Oct 13, 2014
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