We had a great time!

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Baja Mexico (San Diego Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 18, 2008
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
It was our first cruise and a lot of people previously said the ship looked old. I thought it was alright. The staff were really friendly and great with the kids. The cruise director warned us to only book excursions with the ship, but we did our own thing anyway and paid half the price by going ashore and finding excursions once we got there. There were three boats anchored in the harbor so it was really crowded in Cabo San Lucas and in Ensenada too, but we had a fun time anyway. The kids had fun in their clubs and the night time entertainment was so so. The main lady singer could not sing and I could not figure out why they couldn't find someone with better talent. Overall we had a great time.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The evening dining was the best! We had exceptional service and it was a great place to teach our kids maners.


3 out of 5
It was clear that if you drink and gamble you are definitely catered to a lot more, but we still had fun.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Not as many activities for the 16-18, but the younger kids had oodles to do.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
loved the towel animals and chocolates. The staff made up your room twice a day and it was awesome.
3 out of 5
We snorkeled at Lover's Beach and it was a little rough, but beautiful and then did shopping downtown.
3 out of 5
We went to see the Blow hole and the open market. It was worth the trip if you don't mind people bugging you to buy every five seconds.

Pros: The food was great, especially if you have hungry teen-agers.

Cons: Sea water in the pool and constantly being photographed. I also didn't like having to check my youngest son in and out of his Club Carnival all day. They closed down for lunch and dinner and you constantly had to check them in and out and when you wanted to go an enjoy an activity.

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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