Very good, but not as good as Princess

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
4 Night Baja Mexico (San Diego Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 15, 2009
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
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...


1 out of 5
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.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
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.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Key service staff (cabin steward, dining room wait staff) was excellant.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Decent size ship - never felt crowded. Clean and well kept.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
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.
3 out of 5
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"
3 out of 5
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.

Pros: Service

Cons: Shows & entertainment

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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