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Fantastic Fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 21, 2015

This was our first cruise and we had a wonderful time, we are already planning on taking another cruise.It was very relaxing sitting on the back deck and just watching the water, then going to the casino and enjoying the shows.

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Good experience, but cost more than we expected

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 16, 2015

This was our first cruise and it gave us the rest and relaxation we were needing. The food was excellent, especially in the main dining room. The food was very high quality. We will be dreaming about the chocolate melting cake and the bitter and blanc dessert. The dining room staff was awesome. We asked the 2nd to last night if they were going to serve the bitter and blanc dessert the last night. They said they weren't, but they had it special ordered for us that last night. They seemed more than happy to serve us, which was incredible, since they weren't working for tips. Jerry and Percival dancing was the best! They cracked us up! We also thought Catalina was lovely and did an excellent job serving. However, the very disappointing thing about the cruise was all the charges for gratuities and drinks. We were excited to have found an "all-inclusive" vacation, but we found out about the gratuity charges after we had already booked the cruise. If we had known how much drinks costs, the gratuity charges, and how much the off-the-boat entertainment was, we probably would not have chosen a cruise. Now we know, but unless we can find an incredible deal with lots of on-board credits, we probably won't do a cruise again. 

Something that was unfortunate was the Lido buffet closing at 2:30. We were in the "late risers" category, so we ate breakfast late (around 10). We got hungry around 2:00, which didn't give us much time at all before they closed the buffet, so we were always rushed when eating lunch. No one wants to feel rushed on vacation. 

The room was fine. We had a port hole room, which ended up being more spacious than I expected from other reviews. One morning we ordered room service for breakfast and sat in the little cubby hole and enjoyed our view of the ocean. We had plenty of storage space and hangers and the bathroom gave us plenty of space for our toiletries. The best advice we received was buying a shoe rack for the back of the door for toiletries, shoes, and straightener, and anything else we don't want sprawled out everywhere. And our room steward, Yadnya, remembered our names and brought us ice for the champagne we brought without us having to ask him.   

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It was ok

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 16, 2015

I would do this cruise again. Food, staff, service and ports were great. The ship is older and noticeable in some places; chipped furniture, missing or mismatched paint, water faucets flopping around on sinks, doors not shutting, etc. The 'fit and finish' is suffering in some places. The entertainment is not what we'd expected, lots of trivia contests, same man singing every nite in atrium, one show in the stage. The life preserver box at the end of the bad required me to step over it to get to the window side of the bed, extremely inconvenient.

That said, it's always good to cruise, the food was excellent, the gym had new equipment and was amazing and the steam room was very nice. It's a 'party' and fun, relaxed atmosphere which is good. Actually sailed with people that walked around in pajamas and house shoes. There were more smokers than we'd seen before.

Room was clean, staff was awesome. I'd do it again. But we look forward to trying a newer Carnival ship next time.

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First cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 16, 2015

Great! All went well! Nice getaway. Ship was nice, cabin was nice also. Dinner in the dining room was really good. Wait staff and housekeeper were excellent

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First Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 11, 2015

For a first ever cruise, I learned a lot.  #1 - don't let them take your bags unless you pay the exorbitant insurance rates.  They don't give claim checks and they just leave your bags in the hallway outside of your room so anyone can take.  We had a laptop bag filled with electrical and phone cords disappear and we are just out of luck because we did not take the insurance.  I think someone walked off with it because it was small and just laying in the hallway and someone might have thought it had a laptop in it.

Food was OK and entertainment was minimal.  There were only 2 stops and 2 full days at sea. for my next cruise, i would like more stops.  Cozumel was very nice and many excursions to pick from. Progreso was not very nice unless you wanted to visit ruins.  it was NOT a place to just roam around in.

Our intent for this cruise was a family get together and that went very well so all in all, a successful first cruise.  Almost every worker we encountered or walked past on the cruise gave a cheerful greeting every time.

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Love the Comedians!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 11, 2015

This was our 6th Carnival Cruise. Overall experience was very good.  We found the food to be less tasty than in previous cruises and the staff not as friendly as previous cruises.  The ship was clean and there were adequate supplies and activtities.  We just love cruises and will continue to go on them, but just overall we noticed a difference, that they have cut back on expenses.  

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Eh...

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 07, 2015

This was our first cruise, so I have nothing to compare our experience to. We enjoyed several things about our trip, and also found ourselves disappointed by stuff. Good: Most of the staff was friendly, ship was clean, pizza and deli were good, serenity deck for adults was appreciated (but crowded), comedy club was entertaining. Bad: Food overall was underwhelming, poor service (and food) in the dining room, pool area was small and packed, not a lot of amenities. Honestly, we probably will not pick a Carnival cruise in the future, but for a first cruise experience, we enjoyed ourselves for the most part.

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Excellent Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 02, 2015

Our cruise was excellent from the time we boarded the ship. The service we received was excellent.

The menu was excellent every night with excellent choices Our server Ariyana was excellent with his suggestions for dinner and wine. (excuse the spelling of his name if incorrect)

The room was always kept up to par and clean.

The choices of food at all the locations was varied and enjoyable.

Overall, we give the cruise a 10+ rating out of 10.

Thanks for the memories.

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Definitely worth going once

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: May 02, 2015

This was my 4th cruise, and 2nd time on Carnival. I feel that all ships and cruise lines are different. I didn't feel that this one had as much entertainment as the other ones in the past. For example, it had a nightly comedy show, but it didn't really have the variety shows. My last cruise had a comedian/magician that was hilarious. And I was expecting more battle of the sexes games. 

As for the food, the dining room experience every night had amazing food options. The buffets open throughout the day didn't have as much options. They would chose a theme for the day and that was your only options besides the main grill (hamburgers, chicken strips), deli, or pizza. For example, it would be only French food, and was the same on both lines. On a past cruise, they had several options  every day, such as Chinese, Italian, American, etc.

As for the cruise itself, in terms of destination, I loved being able to stop at different Mexican cities. One thing I wish I would've know before, was that at these ports you basically have to sign up for an excursion in order to do something. The beaches are not near the ports, and would need to take a taxi for both. For Cozumel, there were more shops and restruaunts you could walk to from the ship. We didn't do an excursion here, so we walked around the city for a little bit, going into different shops. But that was basically all we could do. For Progresso, we did the Dzibilchaltun Ruins with Beach option excursion and was very happy we did this. It was a quick ride, compared to the other ruins, and wasn't too long. After the ruins, they brought us back to the beach for drinks and chips. Again not too long, but just enough time to enjoy the water and some food. So if you do the Mexican ones, I would highly recommend doing excursions at both stops as otherwise you can't do much. On my other cruises (Bahamas, and Alaska), I was able to walk off the ship at all ports and find something to do and pay for on land that was cheaper and just as fun as the excursions. On this Mexican cruise, you can't do that :(.

Overall, it was a fun experience. I would recommend doing this at least once!! Of course, my next cruise will be different destinations, as I want to see different places :).  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great 1st cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Elation | Sail Date: Apr 27, 2015

I spent my 30th birthday with family on the carnival elation and it was awesome. The staff was great, the cabin was small but very nice and clean. The food was good. My only issue was that it wasn't very much for my child to do. I wasn't interested in leaving her in the camp carnival play area alone so my husband and I was going to take her for a little while, when arrived we were told that the parent's weren't allowed to stay unless it was family time which wouldn't be again until that next day..late evening. The day that we were in Progreso was a bummer..my daughter uses a wheelchair which was no surprise to carnival nor the travel agency however I wasn't told that we would have to take a shuttle from the pier to get to the main area in progreso. The shuttle was not wheelchair accessible so we weren't able to go. Overall it was a great experience and I'm looking forward to going on another cruise on another ship. 

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THE OUTDOOR GRILLING AREA SERVES THE BEST HAMBURGERS THROUGHOUT THE DAY!!!

Ask your room stewad for a hair dryer before you need it. Sandwitches at the deli are fresh made/grilled. Had a Ruben that was better than most shore restaurants. Not a luxury ship - but is priced accordingly and I'd sail on the Elation anytime it fits in with our plans. All things considered A+

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