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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

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

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Baja Mexico (San Diego Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 10, 2009
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago

We were looking for a sun-break and have never considered ourselves cruise people. We got this killer deal through Alaska Airlines and decided to give it a try. We were struck by the tight organization of all the operations on this ship. We rarely waited in line, every concern was anticipated and addressed, the staff were friendly and skilled. The food was incredible and endless. It was a great balance of relaxation and fun activities. They do a great job of matching people for who sits at your dinner table.
We were pleased with the range of people on-board. All ages were well represented, as well as all nationalities!
The entertainment ranged from okay to great. The Vegas styles shows demonstrated talent by the performers, but the shows themselves lacked interest. The hypnotist was stunning!
The biggest negative is that they clearly almost give the cruises away so they can make their money on all the other things they try to sell you on the cruise. Some are more tolerable than others. The shore excursions, for instance, are not pushed overly hard, and ours was excellent. It does get a bit old having someone asking you to buy a drink every 5 minutes, 24/7. But the endless quest to sell us pictures of ourselves, wanting us to open a Carnival Visa card, encouraging us to call home on our cell phones from on-board (expensive), those were over the edge. In the net, I can tolerate the constant selling with that great price.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5


3 out of 5
Wish we didn't have to pay extra for yoga, pilates and spinning

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Thought there would be a "swimming" pool, but only "bathing" pools (they were pretty small and you couldn't get more than one or two strokes before hitting the other side). Loved the water slide!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Bigger than we had expected
3 out of 5
We took the Wine Country tour, and it was nice to get out and see a more authentic part of Mexico. Great tour, great price, great guide.
3 out of 5
We found a nice beach and just settled in. The town itself was not notable.

Pros: Diversity of people, quality of food, cost-effectiveness

Cons: Constantly being sold on extras

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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