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Carnival Elation

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Good cruise for the price

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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

3 star
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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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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Mexico

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

Service was great but food left something to be desired. Not a fan of being charge tips to my account if I receive good service I prefer to give what I feel is appropriate as opposed to be notified that I was being charged after I was already on the cruise. All said and done I will probably not cruise with Carnival in the future.

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curan
Purser

Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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lines. Lines. LINES!

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

The only show I want to see is adult comedy, which is held in too small a theater. Even if you arrive 30 minutes early, you only get to see one set, then the theater is force emptied, and you get to go to the back of the line. As you give up and walk off, be sure to notice the larger front show lounge that is dark and empty.

 

Everything is lines on carnival. This is not my idea of fun on a vacation.

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starmommi
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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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