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Carnival Elation

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What people said about this ship:

"We ate in the dining room for all meals." in 73 reviews.

"...i had a less than excellent experience with a prior carnival cruise ." in 27 reviews.

"The staff was excellent and great customer service." 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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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Had a great time on 5 night Elation cruise

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

On this trip we left out of New Orleans, navigating through the Mississippi river out to the Gulf is a cool experience.  This was a family trip with 4 families with people ranging in age from 68 to 15 years old.  There was something to do for everyone and we enjoyed the scheduled activities.  I know there are larger ships with more amenities but for the 5 night cruise the elation was very good with an affordable price.  If I was going to take a 7 night cruise I would choose a larger ship with more varied activities.   

 

The work out room was well equipped except a few of the treadmill touchscreens were not working properly.  The staff - our room keepers, wait staff, entertainment coordinators and others were all kind and helpful.  Onboarding and offboarding was efficient. Dining options were awesome and the food was good.

 

This cruise departed at the end of May and there were about 800 teenagers and kids out of the total 2000+ passengers due to the end of the school year.  I personally did not mind but something to consider if you have kids and want them to meet kids and make friends.  We also saw a lot of teenagers drinking.

 

I would like to see more free excercise activities/classes. I enjoy excercising and I didn't want to pay for the classes offered.

 

Our two stops were Cozumel and Progreso.  I would recommend a trip to Chichen Itza (Mayan ruins), it took a couple of hours to get there but it is well worth it.  Make sure you have a guide to explain the history of the place.  We did not purchase the onshore excursions from Carnival.

 

I have been on Carnival Triumph out of Galveston and Celebrity out of Miami.  Triumph is a larger ship with more to do on the ship which is especially good for longer cruises.  The time we cruised on Triumph they had sushi everyday before dinner, we loved that.  The food on Celebrity didn't seem as good as Carnival.

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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:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Fun time on the Elation

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

Carnival makes sailing fun for sure.  The employees are truly amazing.  Not only are they fun and friendly but they are intelligent and interesting people!  We had a blast interacting with them and watching them on stage, etc.  We enjoyed everything from our stateroom to the shows, concerts, performances and the food.  We loved the piano bar and spent most nights there.  The excursions were great as well, especially the Mayan ruins in Progreso, and the snorkeling in Cozumel is excellent!  Fantastic vacation we will never forget!

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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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Popular 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



Roll Calls


Carnival Elation
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5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 06, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Elation
42 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Elation
30
Members on Cruise

5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 13, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Elation
30 Ship Mate app members

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5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Oct 27, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Elation
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