Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

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2 out of 5

Carnival Elation poor vs Royal Caribean

Sail Date: January 19, 2009

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We had high expectations after our Alaska Cruise on Royal Caribean so when Carnival Elation served Mac & Cheese along with 2 of the 3 main courses at dinner, we were disappointed. The evening meal service lacked the friendly professional decorum we enjoyed on the previous cruise and we chose to skip dinner twice when the menu lacked anything appealing. The Chateaubriand steak was tough and more like round steak then tenderloin. Fellow diners also commented how the food and service was sub standard compared to previous cruises.

Pros: Cabin service was very personal and meticulous

Cons: food like Mac & cheese at dinner and servers reaching over other guests substandard for a cruise

Recommends Carnival Elation? No.

Ship Quality
Older ship I thought at first...but it was only 10 years old. I found the decor tacky and out of the 70's.
Food and Dining
Tenderloin more like round steak - very tough. Other food selection more like a cafeteria menu than a cruise ship.
Service and Staff
Food service staff sub standard. Officers scarce if seen at all. Cabin staff by far the best onboard.
Excellent singers and dancers.
Cabin / Stateroom
State room was larger than previous ship and very comfortable. Service for the state room was excellent and personal.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The usual peddlers as soon as you got ashore. Time share sellers greeted everyone at the end of the dock.

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