Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

totally spoiled us!!

Sail Date: August 08, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

This was our first cruise and we were a bit nervous and not sure what to expect, as we were traveling with 2 tweens and a teen. We were very impressed with the staff aboard the ship, from the cruise director to the wait staff and cabin steward and all in between. Food was fabulous and plentiful. Kids enjoyed the 24 hour pizzaria and ice cream, as well as evening activities with their peers. Good information on shopping, ports, and shore excursions and arrival/departures from port were given for us newbies. Ship was clean, a bit older dated, but we didn't notice much, we were too busy having fun. Overall, a wonderful experience for all the family.

Pros: lots of food and varying fare every day, rooms were kept clean and neat several times a day. staff overall very friendly and enthusiastic. lots to do or not to do, as you felt like it.

Cons: pool deck was crowded on sunny days and not enough deck chairs or space on deck to relax unless you got there early and saved several chairs. Pools were both small and not very warm.

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
wait staff was excellent and very attentive, food was always delicious and fresh and well as plentiful.
Cabin / Stateroom
small but clean. would h ave been nice to have a small chair in room besides bed and 3 legged stool.
Service and Staff
only reason this didn't get a 6 vs a 5 is due to medical care. My husband got an ear infection and was in agony...needed his ear flushed out. This is a chronic, recurring problem for him, so he knows how to deal with it. Went to ship Dr. and was given antibiotics, but dr. refused to flush out his ear, said his "regular doctor" needed to do it. When we got home, my husband spent 10 minutes and flushed it out himself and was 80% better. He was charged $200 for a "doctor" who wouldn't do a simple procedure that any nurse or layperson could have done. Ridiculous!
Otherwise, staff was 100% top notch and wonderful!!

adult entertainment started too late for those of us with kids, who needed to be in around midnight.
Children's Programs
would have preferred more supervision for 12-14 yr old group and more daytime activities while at sea. A late nite "overnite" or sleep in one nite would have been good, as we couldn't attend some of the later "adult only" shows as kids program ended at midnite and show started at 11:30 or 12.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
must do shore excursions...all sounded great and everyone love the ones the selected. We did sea kayak and snorkeling....must do. skip the restaurants along the dock, no matter how they try to reel you is bad and expensive. better to go back to ship and eat and go back to port...tenders move folks pretty fast. bring cash and cc, no travelers checks..they don't take them. careful with water taxis...if you take one, only pay one way, not both and negotiate. We got lucky and our guy did come back for us at the appointed time, but not so with everyone.
Don't Miss: snorkeling and a day at Medano or Lovers Beach.

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