Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

Excellent value

Sail Date: August 17, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

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.

Pros: Buffets and flexibility in schedule

Cons: Late night announcements, thin cabin walls

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Larger than expected. Stateroom service was excellent. Turn down service every night was nice - complete with towel animals and chocolates.
Service and Staff
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.
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.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Buffet had great variety. Lines were not bad except for the sushi lines.

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