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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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4 Night Baja Mexico (San Diego Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 17, 2009
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
My 11 year old son and I took the Carnival Elation - 4 night to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico in August 2009. We had a fantastic time. The rooms are more spacious than expected. Service was great - staterooms cleaned frequently, dining rooms bussed often, and constant drink service poolside. The big water slide kept my son entertained all day. The buffet foods were better than expected also. Enough variety to please all - Monogolian stir fried, hamburgers, roasted chicken (the best for lunch), salad bar, frozen yogurt and ice cream, desserts, and more. 24 hour pizza, made to order sandwiches and ice cream were an added plus.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Buffet had great variety. Lines were not bad except for the sushi lines.


5 out of 5
Big water slide was great for kids. Variety shows and parties were featured each night. If you wanted to turn in early, the noise didn't bother you. Couldn't hear anything from the staterooms.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was friendly and helpful. Only complaint was the lack of staff at the ship stores. They had a Blow Out Sale the last couple of nights, which featured great values for souvenirs but they only had one cashier so lines were always long.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Larger than expected. Stateroom service was excellent. Turn down service every night was nice - complete with towel animals and chocolates.

Pros: Buffets and flexibility in schedule

Cons: Late night announcements, thin cabin walls

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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