Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

Mixed Reviews from First time Cruiser

Sail Date: April 30, 2009

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

I had a mixed experience my first time out. We were first time cruisers on the Carnival Elation that was supposed to port in Ensenada, Mexico. As one of the first cruises to go out after the Swine Flu news broke, we were a little dismayed at the lack of information Carnival released about their porting plans. Once onboard, we expected the cruise line to somehow "make up" for the fact that we weren't porting in Mexico, but they did nothing. Not a free drink or $5 for the casino - nothing. I always thought you go on a cruise to have everything taken care of for you. We were lucky to get a smile from cruise staff, let alone have someone hold a door for us. All was not lost. We had three or four excellent staff members that took care of everything we asked and the group I was with made the trip a lot of fun.

Pros: easy access to food, the bar servers on the pool deck, LOTS to do onboard

Cons: The majority of the cruise staff, lack of pre-trip information

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

Ship Quality
Service and Staff
With a few shining exceptions, the staff was the LOW point of our cruising experience.
Food and Dining
Having pizza available all night was a plus. We would have benefitted greatly from obviously posted times for all the cafes and restaurants.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our room porter was extremely friendly and helpful.
Excellent assortment of activities.

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