Carnival Elation

3.7 out of 5

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Carnival Elation is a large ship, carrying 2697 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from Jacksonville, Florida.

Sails from: Jacksonville, Florida

Cruises to: Caribbean - Bahamas, Caribbean - Eastern, Bermuda

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Pleasant Surprise

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Pleasant Surprise because i didn't expect much. Overall nice experience even though some things could be better. Kids had a good time and we were able to relax. Overall good, but would go on bigger ship next time.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Older ship

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We enjoyed the trip but we could tell the ship was older by the wear and tear we noticed. Staff was friendly especially the room steward. Next time we may try a newer ship 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great Vacation

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We sailed on the Elation and had a positive experience.  Friendly staff, very clean and great variety of food.  We would highly recommend this cruise,

 

 

 

 

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

A bad day of vacation beats a good day at work.

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Half-moon Cay was awesome. 

 

Wouldn't recommend Any Time Dining. Caused us to wait over 30 minutes for dinner if we wanted to eat whenever we wanted. Caused us to be late to a few activities we wanted to do. Shows were ok, but there weren't many of them, only 2 on a 5 day cruise. Comedy shows every night. Sea day tea time was good. Not a lot of pushy sales for alcohol. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Lots of lines, waiting, poor service follow-through

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We looked forward to this cruise for 6 months, but found things off to a rough start upon arrival at the Jacksonville Port-- which was *completely closed* during our assigned check-in time.  When they finally reopened an hour and a half prior to debarkation, everything was very rushed, porters were rude, and the porter we ultimately used for luggage made inappropriate comments in front of my small children.

 

Once on the ship, there were endless lines to stand in. Lines for food, lines for service, lines for children's activities.... you think you go on vacation to get away from frustration, only to find yourself stressed when your kids can't get into "kids club" within a 15 minute timeframe-- with only two families left ahead of you??

 

We completely missed the Carnival-provided lunch on Half Moon Cay, due to misdirected signage on the island (which we later pointed out to Carnival employees).  The lunch area is off in the trees, and signs direct you back towards the beach, AWAY from your only food/ restaurant option between breakfast and 6 p.m. Also, no one informed us that vendors on the island only accept cash, and conveniently enough, the Carnival-branded gift shop on Half Moon was inexplicably closed for the day?

 

We also had a dietary issue on board the ship (family member with celiac disease), which was brought to guest services, who assured me the maitre d' and head waiter would meet me at the main restaurant, to address and remedy promptly. This never happened. I followed up with guest services, who again made the same promises, yet 6 days passed, and NO ONE onboard the ship ever met with us or followed up on guest service's promises. Ultimately, in spite of our cruise price including meals, one of our traveling parties literally ate Caesar salads and frozen yogurt all 6 cruising days.

 

This trip would have been wonderful, and the locales visited were absolutely jaw-droopingly beautiful. Unfortunately, experiences onboard the ship were subpar, frustrating, and inconvenient, and efforts towards making those stressors right never even materialized. Was highly disappointed with my first experience onboard Carnival.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 2697

  • Total Crew: 926

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.91

  • Built: Mar 1998

  • Refurbished: 3 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 10

  • Total Cabins: 1026

  • Cabin Categories: 19

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scarlabrown
Contributor Level: Second Mate
Mar 25, 2013

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

bsconsults
Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 05, 2015

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+

jsl12343
Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 01, 2015

Afternoon Tea Time is worth attending. The service is good and there are some good treats offered.

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