We live in central GA so to drive to Jacksonville is an easy trip for us. Four nights are just enough get away to relax. Freeport was disappointing for there is not much to do there. We've been to Nassau several times and shopping for jewelry is great. The Elation has been refitted since we first sailed on it. It's clean but smaller and older than some of the others in the fleet but now refitted it was good. Nightly entertainment was lacking. The comedy club star only used 4 letter words and we left after a few minutes. Hasboro the game show is a waste of time and boring for multi time cruisers like us.
sorry for the neg review, but my bronchial infection has taken on a life of its own. This boat should be renamed to old and moldy of the sea. State room smelled like a frat party the morning after. Black mold all over the bathroom, dust bunny colonies throughout the room. The decor is straight from the 70's and has not been touched since. The general vibe of the passengers is that you must have at least 2 visible tattoos to gain entry. As for the crew/staff, they are all great people, I'm sure it's because life on the ship is much better than the remote Asian village they were living in before. Thankfully I have a good sense of humor and was able to have a good time, considering the money spent for me and my wife was about 3.5k fully in, it was not a bad way to see the Bahamas.
I swore I would never cruise with carnival again because the first experience was terrible until I decided to give carnival one more try. The food was great, the staff was incredible and the comedy shows were perfect for my kids in their early twenties.
My favorite part of the cruise had to be Mr. Minor our waiter in the restaurant. He was charming, attentive, and comical, even though we posed a problem for him the first night. We were on the cruise with our daughters family and were assigned to two separate dining rooms. So when we showed up as a party of 8 and not 6, he didn't even blink an eye and just set out two more place settings, and every night after that. My granddaughters thought him hilarious.
We also loved our room attendant. His name was Damingo, and he was johnny on the spot whenever we were out of the room. Our room had clean towels, and made up beds every time we turned around. And the thing was....he would come and go without our noticing. I never found him in our room, and yet everything was tighty and hip shape at all times.
The entertainment was superb, and the food even better. I would recommend this cruise to everyone. Thank you Carnival Cruises!
It was a disappointing ship. The pool was not large enough for the number of passengers. The salt level in the pool was extremely high, leaving a coating on your skin. There was also nothing exciting going on around the pool.There were not enough for the children to do. No ice skating, rock climbing, bungee jumping, a really small arcade. The shower in the cabin was nasty. It was larger than most but there was heavy mold in the grout. It needs a heavy bleaching. The shows were outstanding and above average. The food was also pretty good. I probably won't sail on Carnival again.
If you are looking for gambling and alcohol this is the place for you! However we were cruising to spend quality family time together w/ our 13 and 18 year olds. Not enough family shows, not enough activities for older kids besides karaoke. Although, if your children are younger, it did seem like the small kids had plenty of supervised activities to do.
Ping pong tables were always occupied, only about 6 putters available for the mini golf and they were for small children, only 1 basketball and half court on ship and it was always crowded and of course both of the 2 pools were always crowded. All board games that were furnished in the library were missing pieces and pretty much made it impossible to play.
Most all of the shows interfered w/ dining times. entertainment consisted of comedy show ( out of 2 comedians w/ 2 show days 1 comedian did same show twice). 1 hasbro game show but interfered w/ late dinner so we had to leave early. 1 rock tribute show but it interfered w/ comedy show and late dining so we missed 1/2 of it as well. Love and marriage show was funny but it was 18+ so our 13 and 18 yr old children didn't have much to participate in. Poorly planned entertainment and not enough of it.
Our steward kept us stocked w/ clean towels and kept our cabin clean and neat. the closet door would not close all the way and neither would the vanity mirror in the bathroom. the room was decent size/manageable. the windows were so dirty we could barely see out them. What was the point in paying for ocean view if windows are not cleaned on outside?
I was disappointed because our docking activity on Nausau was cancelled because there were not enough people who signed up. It included a tour to the Gilligan Island set, snorkling and a beach activity. Instead we were forced to walk to a near by beach that was not the best. Our room attendant Poespo did a great job. The food was fair at best, especially for the evening meals. A positive was the adequate size of the room and a window location with a good room location.
Loved everything about the cruise but my favorite was coming together as a family each night to have dinner. I have 3 kids ages 16, 14, and 5 so it was wonderful that each of them had something to do that they all could enjoy!
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
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