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Feb 2009

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I recommend this cruise for anyone that has never been on one, it is a MUST! The staff is very friendly, the food is good and the drinks are strong! :) 

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Springbreak

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


We missed half our trip because airline cancelled. Leg of flight to New Orleans.  I have to remember this is older ship, so it can't be compared with some newer ships we have been on. With that said,  I was impressed with taste and quality of food.  I would rate that. A 5.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Mar 27, 2014


It was a very enjoyable and great experience-- from the food, shows, service, and different people that you meet.  It was during spring break & there were a lot of people having a very happy time.  One thing to caution on, make sure you have your motion sickness patch or pills, because it can go from great to not so great.  Wish we would have had more time in Cozumel, but did enjoy the time we did have there.  Another couple, my wife and I booked a taxi to give us a tour of the island while we were there. We had an awesome time.  Would highly recommend taking a cruise if you have never been.  The service is top of the line.  I hope this heips!

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Paradise Beach Pier pier

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Spring break

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Mar 22, 2014


Would not do spring break again. To many 18 to 22 year olds. When they start drinking. Wow!!  Not the brightest people. There was not a live band. We really like the live band. No hair dryers. It is 2014 why no hair dryers. Adult pools are great but when they are full of 18 to 22 year old drinkers it is like a kids pool. Excursion were fun if you timed them right. Overall the cruise was fine. Once again would never do spring break again. 

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New Orleans to Cozumel

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Mar 13, 2014


It was an enjoyable cruise--the cabin was nice and quiet.  It was during spring break & there were a lot of young people having a very happy time.  So much of the common areas were noisy.  Wish we would have had more time in Cozumel, but did enjoy the time we did have there.  Unfortunately I lost my cell phone while there (with many photos that I had never downloaded)   The food onboard was good but not exceptional--the one area that could be improved. The NewOrleans port was great, the embarkation process was very good. Enjoyed New Orleans afterward was very enjoyable.

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great fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Mar 08, 2014


This was a great cruise and we enjoyed it so much.  The shore excursions were the best both in Cozumel and Progresso. On board charges were a bit high...$25 to play bingo and having to buy even bottled water left us thirsty most of the time we were not at meals.  The wait staff and the casino people were just great and the ease of getting on the ship was great.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Feb 27, 2014


We were treated awesome and made to feel special at every opportunity. The staff paid special attention to our grandchildren. They made sure we did not want/need anything. From the room steward to the dinig staff, they all remembered our names and were friendly and courteous when ever they saw us.

Frequently, they anticipated the children's needs before I could. We were very relaxed in the morning and throughout the day but always rejoined as a family for dinner in the main dining room. Dinners were very special each night. This was NOT the Carnival Cruise Line I have experienced in the past. We will be booking another cruise with them.

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February Cruise to Cozumel and Progresso

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Feb 22, 2014


The ship was wonderful- smaller than we usually sail on but that made it alot less crowded and to me less stressful. The boarding process and debarking process were both quite easy. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. The highlight of the entire cruise was The Chef's Table. That was the best night with a really nice group of people. And The Chef- what a wonderful man. My only issue was with the excursions. I love Cozumel- would go there again and again. But Progresso- not so good. The ship is too far away from anything. We went on the "shopping" tour to Merida. Crowded into a little van- long ride- and the shopping was for about 30 minutes to what I think was the most expensive shop in the entire city. And they did not easily deal with the US dollars. ALOT of walking. To be honest I was a bit scared to venture out to anywhere else. Our guide took us to the middle of the town to this shop then disappeared. Did not see him again until we made our way back to where the Van was supposed to be. Merida was not a pleasant excursion for me. It was a waste of money.  I'll sail on the Elation again- have already booked the cruise. But will not be getting off the ship in Progresso with a planned paid for excursion.

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Food Fiasco for Vegans

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Feb 22, 2014


Unfortunately, this vacation was really dampened by the food service on this cruise. I went with high hopes and an optimistic attitude. The first night at dinner our table server suggested I order the Indian food, which I did and found quite good. He then confirmed I am not quite vegan (I am vegetarian and cannot consume dairy, but I eat eggs.) and thus would not need the vegan menu and then asked me to make selections for the following day. I did tell the server I would happily order off of the vegan menu, if it would be easier but he declined. As they were serving eggplant/zucchini parmesan as the vegetarian entree and also a pasta dish with peas, turkey, and a cream sauce, I thought it would be simple to prepare some veggies with pasta and marinara sauce with a salad. I also ordered the roasted tomato soup and some steamed vegetables for the next morning with eggs. I was also advised that I could get the veggie patty at the grill.

 

The following morning, we were seated, and I ordered as I had previously indicated but the soup arrived with cheese in it, though this was not listed as an ingredient on the menu. Apparently, I was supposed to speak to someone about the preordered meal, but no one bothered to tell me this, so I assume there was a non-dairy bowl of soup that went to waste. I tried to visit the grill for the veggie patty but there was not one ready. When I asked for one, the person behind the counter rolled his eyes and then hollered down the line for someone to put one in the microwave for me. It appeared as I was eating it that it contained cheese, as strings formed when I took a bite, but I am not certain it contained cheese. That night, I was presented with a pile of (cold) zucchini and eggplant without sauce or spice of any kind and a separate dish of turkey, peas, and pasta, again without sauce. I reminded them I was vegetarian and was presented several minutes later with a dish of plain pasta. I barely touched the dinner.

 

I ordered for the following day and played it safe by ordering al la carte from the every-day menu. I requested a baked potato, plain, and some steamed vegetables. This was moderately better but again cold, and some of the vegetables and the potato had black spots. Also, on the following day, there was no brunch served, as it was a shore-excursion day, so I went to the buffet to find something to eat. The buffet had just closed, so I was forced to visit the grill, where I discovered that only fruit (which I had to beg for from the people dismantling the buffet) and a roasted tomato were avaible to me. There was no utensil with the tomatoes, so I requested one and was presented with the tongs used for the sausage. I said I was a vegetarian and thought that, regardless, separate utensils should be used and was met with a glare. (We had no issues accomodating my dietary restrictions in Cozumel.)

 

The following day was again a shore day, but my husband was sick, so I managed to get to the breakfast buffet for some fruit before they closed it up. I intended to go to the Mongolian grill for lunch, since I figured I would finally be able to get my hands on a large quantity of fresh vegetables. I went to the grill for lunch, compiled my vegetables, and presented them to wok cook. He asked what meat I would like, and I told him I was a vegetarian and did not want any meat. He continued to put my veggies in the wok and added some liquid from a small pitcher. I asked what it was, thinking it might contain fish sauce or something, and he stated it was chicken broth. I reiterated that I was vegetarian, and he told me to put together another pile of vegetables and he would redo it. He put the new vegetables in the wok and added about 1 1/2 cups of water instead of broth, so when I received my food, it was soup. By this time, my hands were shaking as I was angry and starving, and I took my plate to the customer service desk and explained my problem. They called the head person from the deck grill and buffet who arrived about 10 minutes later. I reveiwed my complaints with him, and he promised to correct my food from the grill and again mentioned a vegan menu. I said I had been informed there was one but had not seen it. I again said I would happily order from it, but he declined since I eat eggs. (I am in doubt of the existence of this menu, as I also find no mention of it anywhere online.) He did fix my Mongolian grill food, but the battle with the food situation continued the entire cruise. I had three more dinners, all of which were lukewarm to cold and most of which included very few actual vegetables. I assume the temperature issue is because the meals are prepared early and are not adequately kept warm. With regard to the quality of the food, I can only guess that the chef never actually tried any of the food he prepared for me, as it was incredibly sub par - Subway, Chipotle, any Asian food place, and most fast food joints offer food that I can consume and that tastes better than what I was served. It was dry and flavorles and showed a complete lack of imagination or understanding of cuisine, vegan or otherwise. For desert, they made some kind of pudding with soy milk (every night except one). It was okay but nothing special, not what I would eat on a vacation for sure.

 

The entire situation was embarrassing. I actually had brunch the last sea day and requested a salad with vinaigrette dressing and no cheese (the only salad on the menu was Caesar), and the waitress acted like a change of dressing was going to cause her incredible distress. The continual public notice of how difficult it was for me to find food suited to my needs was humiliating and only served to draw attention to a subject I don't really care to discuss anymore - why I'm vegetarian. I am not sure my husband and I will take another cruise, but, if we do, we will be researching who has the best vegan options beforehand. It just did not occur to me that, with all of the options now available to me (different from when I became a vegetarian in 1991), it would be so difficult for them to accommodate me as a guest.

 

I can recommend the Indian food and sincerely wish I had simply had this every night of the cruise. I hope this helps anyone out there with questions about finding vegan food on this cruise.

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Hard to beat for the money

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Feb 22, 2014


My whole family had a great time on this cruise.  The only complaint that I have is maybe the food.  While it was pretty good, I don't know that I had anything that I would say was great.   I understand that they have to prepare thousands of meals a day and it's hard to make high end food for that many people, but I think they could improve a little on the food. The staff on the cruise was outstanding and I can't say enough about how good of a job they did with everything from cleaning our room multiple times a day to giving excellent food and drink service thoughout the whole cruise.  My kids had a good experience at camp carnival and overall we enjoyed the cruise and plan on going on another one before too long.

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About Carnival Elation

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Ship Staff Quality: 82%
Destinations & Excursions: 70%
Children's Programs: 63%

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Cabins of Carnival Elation

Interior Stateroom on Carnival Elation Size:
185 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a king size bed individual climate control wall-safe closet chair and coffee table private bathroom with shower telephone and a television with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
M298, R298, E80, E81, E116, E119, E120, E123, E52, E53, E56, E57

Available On Decks:
Upper, Main, Riviera, Empress, Verandah

Oceanview Stateroom on Carnival Elation Size:
185 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a king size bed picture window individual climate control wall-safe closet chair and coffee table private bathroom with shower telephone and a television with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
E64, E65, E66, E67, E68, E69, E70, E71, E72, E73, E259, U243

Available On Decks:
Main, Riviera, Empress, Upper

Grand Suite on Carnival Elation Size:
330 sq ft.; Balcony: 70 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A private balcony two twin beds that convert to a king size bed sitting area with sofa arm chairs and coffee table individual climate control private bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower walk-in closet with wall safe telephone refrigerator (un-stocked) and a 26" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Wheel Chair Accessible Cabins:
U69

Available On Decks:
Upper

Junior Suite on Carnival Elation Size:
220 sq ft.; Balcony: 30 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A private balcony two twin size beds that convert to a king bed sitting area with sofa (single sofa-bed) chair and coffee table individual climate control private bathroom with shower telephone refrigerator (un-stocked) wall safe and a television with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Available On Decks:
Verandah

Interior Bunk Bed Stateroom on Carnival Elation Size:
185 sq ft.

Amenities:
- One upper bed and one lower bed (bunk bed) a sitting area desk private bathroom with shower telephone and a television with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms.

Available On Decks:
Empress, Upper, Riviera

Porthole Stateroom on Carnival Elation Size:
185 sq ft.

Amenities:
- Two twin beds that convert to a queen two porthole windows individual climate control wall-safe closet chair and coffee table private bathroom with shower telephone and a television with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms.

Available On Decks:
Empress, Upper, Main, Riviera

Junior Suite (obstructed view) on Carnival Elation Size:
220 sq ft.; Balcony: 30 sq ft.

Amenities:
- A private balcony with an obstructed view two twin size beds that convert to a king bed sitting area with sofa (single sofa-bed) chair and coffee table individual climate control private bathroom with shower telephone refrigerator (un-stocked) wall safe and a 22" flat-screen TV with first-run movies.

Please Note: Smoking is prohibited in all guests staterooms. Guests will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony.

Available On Decks:
Verandah

Deck Plans for Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation

 

Sun

Enjoy panoramic views while you walk along the Sun Deck's Jogging Track or try you luck as sinking a hole in one on the mini-golf course.

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2 Upper Beds
2 Upper Beds
1 Upper Bed
1 Upper Bed
Twins/King Bed & Double Sofa Bed
Twins/King Bed & Double Sofa Bed
Queen Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen Bed & Single Sofa Bed
2 Porthole Windows
2 Porthole Windows
Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Restroom
Unisex Wheelchair Accessible Restroom
Twin Beds Don't Convert to King
Twin Beds Don't Convert to King
Twin Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twin Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twins/King Bed & Single Convertible Sofa
Twins/King Bed & Single Convertible Sofa
Twins/King & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Twins/King & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen Bed
Queen Bed
Queen & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Queen & Upper Bed & Single Sofa Bed
Connecting Staterooms
Connecting Staterooms
Twin/King Bed & Single Sofa & 2 Upper Beds
Twin/King Bed & Single Sofa & 2 Upper Beds
Wheelchair Accessible Stateroom
Wheelchair Accessible Stateroom
Obstructed View
Obstructed View

Dining

Your Time Dining on Carnival Elation Dine in the main dining room anytime between 5:45 and 9:30 PM. Guests are usually seated within 20 minutes on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending on party size. Parties of 10 or more may need to be accommodated at different tables.

Seating Times: 5:45 - 9:30 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual dress attire. On formal evenings, formal dress is required. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Imagination & Inspiration Dining Rooms on Carnival Elation The Elation's main dining rooms offer a variety of delectable selections in a full-service, sit-down setting.

Seating Times: Breakfast: 7:45-9 AM; Lunch: Noon to 1:30 PM; Dinner: Early: 5:45-6:15 PM or Late: 8-8:30 PM.
Dress: We suggest smart casual dress attire. On formal evenings, formal dress is required. Shorts and swimwear are not permitted.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
Reservations required.

This exclusive dining event for 12 lucky guests features a multi-course dinner hosted by one of Carnival's master chefs. The evening includes a private cocktail reception, a tour of the galley led by the chef, and a sumptuous dinner in a non-traditional dining venue, such as the gallery or the library. (Dining location depends on the vessel).

Seating Times: TBA
Dress: We suggest formal attire.
Costs: $75 per dining guest; the fee does not include specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks which are offered at current bar menu prices.
Reservations are required and need to be made onboard at the ship's guest service desk.

Tiffany's Bar & Grill on Carnival Elation Tiffany's Bar & Grill located on the lido deck is a self-service casual buffet restaurant that's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Multiple hot and cold food stations feature pastas, stir-fry, carving stations, a New York Deli, rotisserie chicken, freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, a pizzeria, salad bar and tempting desserts.

Seating Times: 7 AM to midnight.
Dress: We suggest casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Mongolian Wok on Carnival Elation Indulge your craving for Asian fare at this design-your-own-stir-fry bar. Experienced chefs man the woks while you choose your preferred noodles, veggies, meat and sauce.

Seating Times: Late morning to early evening; check onboard for exact hours of operation.
Dress: Always casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Sushi Bar on Carnival Elation Watch the sushi chef prepare fresh Nigiri salmon, California rolls, Nigira Toro, and other delicious Japanese delicacies for your enjoyment. Then grab some chopsticks and sample these colorful creations.

Seating Times: Open nightly prior to dinner: 5:30 - 8:30 PM.
Dress: Always casual.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, Saki, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

The Taste Bar on Carnival Elation Sample complimentary bite-sized appetizers before dinner for a taste of flavors that await at the ship's most popular dining venues.

Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operation.
Dress: Always casual attire.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Stop by for a warm delicious slice of pizza, burgers and other light fare fresh from the grill any time, day or night.

Seating Times: Open 24 hours.
Dress: Casual.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservation required.

Conveniently located poolside, this snack bar serves fresh made sandwiches, salads, cakes and desserts.

Seating Times: Noon to 6 PM.
Dress: Always Casual.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.
No reservations required.

Musical Cafe on Carnival Elation This coffee shop offers a variety of designer coffees and baked goods. Catch up on a book while savoring the flavor of a robust cup of coffee.

Seating Times: Check onboard for hours of operations.
Dress: Always Casual.
Costs: Nominal fee for each item.
No reservations required.

Room Service on Carnival Elation Nobody goes to bed hungry aboard Carnival ships. No matter what time your appetite catches up with you, complimentary and cheerful stateroom service is just a phone call away.

Seating Times: Available 24 hours.
Dress: No dress code.
Costs: No cost. Specialty beverages, beer, wine, and soft drinks are offered at current bar menu prices.

Entertainment

Art Gallery on Carnival Elation Deck: Lido
Type: Other
Description: Browse the diverse and stunning array of fabulous artwork.

Casablanca Casino on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Gaming
Description: Charm Lady Luck in the Casablanca Casino. Try your hand at slot machines, blackjack, roulette and poker - Go ahead, roll the dice, or cut the cards.

Casino on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Gaming
Description: Charm Lady Luck in the Casablanca Casino. Try your hand at slot machines, blackjack, roulette and poker - Go ahead, roll the dice, or cut the cards.

Circle C on Carnival Elation Deck: Verandah
Type: Kids Zone
Description: One of the coolest spots on board is Circle C and it's just for kids 12-14... video games, dance parties, late night movies, Karaoke and more. What could be more fun?

Club O2 on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Kids Zone
Description: We know just what teenagers 15-17 like... Music, video games, food, new friends and BIG fun, Club O2's got it; the perfect 'round-the-clock hangout full of funtastic things to do.

Drama Bar on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Bar
Description:

Duke's Piano Bar on Carnival Elation Deck: Verandah
Type: Bar
Description: Check out the piano bar for the ultimate in fun. Listen to live music, make song requests, sing along or just chill with others.

Elation Atrium on Carnival Elation Deck: Lido
Type: Other
Description:

Elation Atrium on Carnival Elation Deck: Sun
Type: Other
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Elation Atrium on Carnival Elation Deck: Verandah
Type: Other
Description:

Elation Atrium on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Other
Description:

Elation's Way Promenade on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Shop
Description:

Formalities on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Other
Description: Rent your formal wear here.

Internet Cafe on Carnival Elation Deck: Lido
Type: Other
Description: Send friends and family a quick email and don't forget to include a picture. They'll be so jealous.

Java Cafe on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Snack
Description: Take a break and recharge in style at Java Cafe. This European style coffee bar is located on the Carnival Promenade deck and specializes in premium coffees and delicious pastries.

Library on Carnival Elation Deck: Verandah
Type: Other
Description: Catch up on your reading, write family and friends back home or stimulate your brain with a game of Chess, Checkers, or Scrabble in the Library.

Mikado Main Lounge on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Entertainment
Description: Seen any great performances lately? Well you will in the Mikado main show lounge. It features a revolving turntable, orchestra pit and a recessed speaker system. Come, see, and rave all about it.

Mikado Main Lounge on Carnival Elation Deck: Verandah
Type: Entertainment
Description: Seen any great performances lately? Well you will in the Mikado main show lounge. It features a revolving turntable, orchestra pit and a recessed speaker system. Come, see, and rave all about it.

Musical Cafe on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Snack
Description: Take a break and recharge in style at this European style coffee bar, specializing in premium coffees and delicious pastries.

Photo Gallery on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Shop
Description: The photo gallery is loaded with some of your best Fun Ship moments. Pick your favorites; then take home your fondest and most fun memories.

Resort Style Pool on Carnival Elation Deck: Sun
Type: Pool
Description: Think palm trees, a cool breeze and relaxing with your favorite drink in your hand. Take a swim or just chill out. Nothing says vacation like the new resort-style pools.

Serenity on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Other
Description: Chill out in this kid-free oasis that's the hub of relaxation. Take in the ocean view, hop into one of two hot tubs, or just kick back and chat with friends and enjoy the serenity.

The Fun Shops on Carnival Elation Deck: Verandah
Type: Shop
Description: Everything from t-shirts to high-end timepieces, trinkets to your favorite spirits (duty-free) - That's what you'll find at the shops of Carnival. Find the perfect Fun Ship gifts for friends, family and yourself.

Video Arcade on Carnival Elation Deck: Sports
Type: Kids Zone
Description: If you love to play video games we've got just the spot for you - no matter your age. Check out The Warehouse video arcade, which is equipped with the latest high tech games.

Tips for Carnival Elation

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!

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

If you don't want to be bothered by the waiters selling drinks (and you are over 21), go to Serenity deck. They don't go there as much. However, if you want to have constant drink service, you may want to stay on decks 10 or 11.

Serenity for adults without kids is the place to be!

Go to the dine in restaurants for breakfast. The food is made to order and has a more personal touch compared to buffet. A lot of people did not know about this until it was too late.

Morning breakfast in the restaurants have the same food as Tiffany's, but you wait much longer to get it. The chocolate molten cake dessert served at night is a MUST! My husband got it every night!

Take a fleece or something cozy - sometimes the ship was a little chilly.

Don't ever sweat an inside cabin........you are there to sleep only! Why sit in a room with a window when you can have the entire horizon!!

For omelets for breakfast go to the back of the tiffany restaurant on the Lido deck .They are great and made the way you want.

Don't go to the Lido deck for dinner the lines will always be long

Adults go to Serenity. It's for 21 and older. The cushions are on the deck chairs are about 3" thick. Also, the two hot tubs are kid free (no pee).

We had some rough weather during the trip. the boat was rocking pretty good. If you have a tendancy to get sea sick, I would recommend a cabin in the middle of the boat!

Order room service at least once!! Quick service and great food.

hold on to your hat.

They offer a formal wear evening and everyone dresses up. It's nice but remember you can make any night a formal night.

If you drink a lot of soda, bring a case (4 people) along with water. You will have access to ice in your room or the Lido deck unless you have a fridge in your room, you can keep it in the fridge. If you do not use it up, you can leave it in your room.

If you do any excursions that may take all day, make sure to pack a lunch. My love does not eat ham and the lunch they provided was a ham and cheese sandwich with potato chips and a banana along with water. He made it a cheese sandwich and was ok but it was not enough. Bring lots of water.

Decide which way you want to pay for things on board and stick to a budget. For example, you can do a cash account but they will return whatever balance you may have in a check. If you use a debit card, they will place a 3 day hold so you need to make sure not to go over or it will cause issues.

Enjoyed breakfast the most because you had such choices and the relaxed atmosphere was great for relaxing. However our evening meals were delightful mostly because of the wait staff.

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