Good experience for a great price!
Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico
Review SummaryMy wife and I truly enjoyed our experience aboard the Elation. We were both impressed with the service levels, especially from the waitstaff in the Inspiration dining room (Dejan is amazing!) and the cleaning service in our room. The food was quite good, thankfully considering we are complete foodies, excepting the buffet in Tiffany's, which was really bad. The pizza bar was great, as was the sandwich station, and the Mongolian grill outside was fantastic. Dinners in the main dining room were also quite good, with excellent presentation, pretty good flavor, and plenty of variety. As for the shipboard entertainment, it left a lot to be desired. We brought along a couple of good books thankfully, because the shows were pretty lame. Neither of us were remotely interested in gambling or cavorting in the "nightclubs" either, so it was rather fortunate that we met a couple of like-minded travelers who hung out with us on the rear deck, away from all the ridiculous commotion. Our cabin was nice, with a reasonably comfortable king-size bed (really just two twin beds pushed together) and plenty of space for our luggage. Our cabin was very quiet at night, and I highly recommend trying to get a berth in the rear of the ship, as it is far away from the show lounge and clubs which are very loud until about two in the morning.
Our cruise visited Cabo san Lucas and Ensenada in Baja Mexico. Cabo was a lot of fun; just be sure to AVOID PAYING FOR SHORE EXCURSIONS ON THE SHIP!!! We were able to take the exact same boating tour of the harbor in Cabo that was offered onboard, plus go snorkeling, eat a fantastic lunch, and hang out on Lover's Beach for a grand total of $65 for the both of us. It would have cost us over $200 had we booked these excursions onboard. Ensenada, of course, was another story entirely. Very affordable, yes, but not the most desireable place to visit unless you're just looking to get drunk and buy a ton of cheap prescription drugs. La Boufadora, the blowhole, was cool to see, but it held our interest for all of ten minutes. Be sure to eat the tacos at the little restaurant where the bus drops you off; they're amazing! Other than that, you'd probably be best served hanging out by the pool on the ship.
All in all, my wife and I had a lot of fun on this five day cruise, and the value for the money can't be beat. We heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a nice getaway at a great price.
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Service, food (for the most part), value
Cons: Not much with regards to decent shipboard entertainment, buffet was pretty mediocre