Review by akeel76
In response to review, speckfisher says ...
I hope you find what you are looking for in a cruise, if not with Carnival, with another line. We find cruising such a good value. We have sailed with Carnival 31 times and we know that now and again there is a sailing that everything seems to go awry.... but that is exception not the rule.
It's too bad that you didn't enjoy your cruise on the Elation. Where did you need to tip more after paying your gratuities? If it was for alcoholic drinks, the FAQs mention that. We've never had to tip more, but we do tip when we order room service.
It would have been disappointing to board the ship so late, but there may have been a medical emergency or maybe the ship was going through their regular tests and the officials would not let guests on. Sometimes they notify guests of the reason for late embarkation, but they are not obligated to.
i hope you give cruising another try. We've only cruised with Carnival, and only a jandful of times, but we find it to be cost effective, relaxing, and so much fun!