Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

Very good, but not as good as Princess

Sail Date: February 15, 2009

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

The ship is reasonably spacious and the crew has a good service orientation. There are not as many shows and show lounges as on larger ships and the quality of the shows was not very good. Lots of kids, although the kid programs keep them occupied pretty well.

Pros: Service

Cons: Shows & entertainment

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

There were numerous of the "normal" cruise activities - art auction, trivia contests, bingo, etc. But the shows were very bad - poor choreography, marginal dancers and singers, and one of the worst trumpet players I have ever heard.
Food and Dining
Good food with reasonable variety. Overall quality of food and selection not as good as various Princess ships we have cruised. Not many other options besides the dining room and the Lido deck buffet...
Cabin / Stateroom
Room size is rather small and almost no cabins have balconies. Room was clean and cabin steward was very good. Few amenities - no hair dryer.
Children's Programs
We did not have children, but it seemed as if the children's programs kept the numerous children occupied and generally out of the adult cruisers way.
Ship Quality
Decent size ship - never felt crowded. Clean and well kept.
Service and Staff
Key service staff (cabin steward, dining room wait staff) was excellant.
Ensenada, Mexico
A small and fairly typical Mexican port. Shore excursions are OK, but nothing spectacular. La Bufadora is the "place to see" but I would not recommend it - fairly boring with lots of pushy sales people. Ensenada is not nearly as interesting as Cabo, Mazatlan, or Puerto Vallarta...
Don't Miss: Wine country tour is about the best option, but not "must see"
Catalina Island, California
Catalina is a cute and quaint town. There are not a lot of activities or interesting shore excursions, but it is fairly easy to explore one your own. Ship to shore access is via tender, so weather can be a factor.
Don't Miss: Rent a golf cart and explore on your own.

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