Carnival Elation poor vs Royal Caribean

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
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5 Night Baja Mexico (San Diego Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 19, 2009
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Tenderloin more like round steak - very tough. Other food selection more like a cafeteria menu than a cruise ship.


3 out of 5
Excellent singers and dancers.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Food service staff sub standard. Officers scarce if seen at all. Cabin staff by far the best onboard.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Older ship I thought at first...but it was only 10 years old. I found the decor tacky and out of the 70's.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
State room was larger than previous ship and very comfortable. Service for the state room was excellent and personal.
3 out of 5
The usual peddlers as soon as you got ashore. Time share sellers greeted everyone at the end of the dock.

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.

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