Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

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7+ cruises

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3

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4 out of 5

More Positives than Negatives, Worth It

Sail Date: September 10, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This cruise was a good value for the money. Even though we had a cheapo cabin, it was modern, plenty big and kept spotless. The shows were good and we especially liked the band in one of the lounges. While most of the ship is nonsmoking, all of the lounges are smoking. We like to dance, so that was sometimes a problem. A big negative is that Carnival seems to equate yelling with having fun. You dress for a formal dinner and then find everyone is expected to yell their lungs off. Does anyone notice an incongruity here let alone the strong probability of ear damage? We left the dinners early because of this. Also, the dress code for dinner is barely followed. On formal night guys in short sleeve shirts and no tie were admitted. Some of the ladies were miffed since they had brought dressy clothes but many "gentlemen" had apparently not. They should either drop the code or enforce it to at least the extent of requiring a jacket.

Pros: Good cabin, good food, good service

Cons: Red Team/Blue Team yelling in dining room, all dance floors had smoking

Grand Turk Island
You can catch a taxi to the main town from the port area and walk around on your own. The fare was $5/person one-way in Sept 2006. The fares are posted at the taxi stand.
Don't Miss: The small museum in town is a must see. Admission was only $5, Sept 2006.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
The walking eco-tour could have had a more qualified guide.
Don't Miss: Just go ashore and walk around. Enjoy the beach and lunch.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)
The walking eco-tour could have had a more qualified guide.
Don't Miss: Just go ashore and walk around. Enjoy the beach and lunch.
Grand Turk Island
You can catch a taxi to the main town from the port area and walk around on your own. The fare was $5/person one-way in Sept 2006. The fares are posted at the taxi stand.
Don't Miss: The small museum in town is a must see. Admission was only $5, Sept 2006.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Despite what they tell you on the ship, you can negotiate for a good, less expensive tour than what at the ship offers right at the dock or a short distance away. Women go wild in the jewlery stores. The prices are much lower than in the US.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Despite what they tell you on the ship, you can negotiate for a good, less expensive tour than what at the ship offers right at the dock or a short distance away. Women go wild in the jewlery stores. The prices are much lower than in the US.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
You can walk around Old San Juan on your own or take an inexpensive tour with a guide starting near the docks.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
You can walk around Old San Juan on your own or take an inexpensive tour with a guide starting near the docks.


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