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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: November 01, 2009
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
We recently sailed on the Carnival Elation for the first time and it was nice. There was a good variety of places to eat on the cruise and it seemed as though food was available pretty much anytime you wanted to eat. Although the pool and hot tub areas were nice, it was too cold to go in either. Although the dining rooms were nice, the menus did not have much variety and the staff could have been a bit more attentive and more social with the guests. Shore excursions were limited and way overpriced if purchased through Carnival. It was better to just get off the cruise and buy a tour on your own. The rooms were more spacious than we have been used to seeing in the past on other cruise lines with additional storage and closet space. The bathroom was also quite larger in size with additional storage space for your personal items (i.e., medicine cabinet). The downside of the room was that our bed faced a wall instead of the TV. There was a TV in the room, but it was on the same wall that the bed was backed up to so it was hard to see the TV. We loved all the nightlife options. The shows were great! It felt like a totally different night out, every single night. The ship was really impressive, the staff was pleasant, and we would cruise with Carnival again just not to these ports of call because there wasn't enough to do and the weather wasn't warm enough to do any of the shore excursions.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Although the food was great, the choices should include more of a variety. We would have also preferred to eat at any time instead of just one set time every night due to different activities that we missed due to eating at a scheduled time every night. The ambiance was great!!!


5 out of 5
Great activities and they were spread out just right. We did miss a few things due to our set dinner time, but most of what we wanted to do we were able to do.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our stateroom attendant and dining staff were nice but weren't always as attentive as we would have liked. I think the fact that guests pay $10 a day (multiplied by the number of days the cruise will be) off the top for the stateroom attendant and dining room staff, the quality of service is average. They are getting paid regardless. On other cruises, guests tipped whatever they felt like tipping (there was no mandatory amount deducted off the top) and so staff "earned" their tips and went above and beyond! We tipped so much more than $10 a day due to the incredible service then!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Automatic hand sanitizers throughout the cruise ship and paper towel dispensers on the door of every bathroom to use to open the handles on your way out were nice to have with the flu and cold season among us.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The beds were super comfortable and the temperature throughout the cruise was great. On another cruise line, I got extremely stuffed up and was unable to breathe well making it a difficult trip. Carnival seemed to have some type of air purification system and I had no problems with the air in the cabins at all. We enjoyed our sleep!

Pros: The food and activities offered on the cruise were great.

Cons: The staff was nice, but not as nice as the staff on other cruise lines.

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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