Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

Relaxing Getaway

Sail Date: September 29, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The Elation was a nice ship. We were skeptical of cruising again because the ship we took before wasn't very nice (The Holiday). The Elation was clean and had more activities.

Pros: Tons of activities

Cons: Alcoholic drinks were expensive

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

Ship Quality
The layout of the ship was perfect. The miniature golf was fun. The decor in public areas was up-to-date and nice.
Food and Dining
There was plenty of food and desserts! There were tons of options. The downside was I gained 6 pounds!!!!!!
Cabin / Stateroom
The stateroom was nice. It felt bigger than the prior ship (The Holiday). The bed was a little hard. The bedding (the down comforter) was awesome. It kept me warm!
Service and Staff
The staff was wonderful. We had the best servers in the dining room. They referred to us by name and even went above and beyond to make a special dessert for me that wasn't even on the menu!!!! The only negative experience with staff was with the pit boss in the casino. He was a jerk!!! So we just didn't go back into the casino.
There was plenty to do, even while in port. The games were fun. The Fun Guy (Stu) was great.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Tender ports are kind of a pain because you have to take a boat from the ship to the port. Cabo was nice. Everyone spoke English. We had a blast at Cabo Wabo. There was a Hooters, too, but we didn't see it until we were already headed back to the ship.
Don't Miss: Don't miss Cabo Wabo.
Ensenada, Mexico
This is our second time cruising to Ensenada. It actually looked cleaner this time. More people spoke English compared to last trip. The bars in the area were all competing for our business. The company shops (Papas & Beer, Hussongs, etc.) were not cheap. The little stores were cheaper, but they all carried the same "junk".
Don't Miss: Papas & Beer was probably the best bar.

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