Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: December 09, 2006
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Review SummaryWe just came back from a cruise on the Elation. It is one of Carnival's fun ships. We certainly had fun. We cruised to Key West and Cozumel. There was always plenty to do and see. They had great shows. These particular shows were great if there were any kids in the audience. They were very well orchestrated and entertaining. They also had a talent show that the guests were part of. We had some real talent on board! Not to mention some "not-so-talented" which added to the fun. There were also some adult shows available after 11:00pm which we did not watch.
The food was wonderful, and plentiful. The restaurant service was next to perfect. There is nothing that I could say they should change to make it better. The wait staff was polite and able to give great service. When we arrived on board we had a problem with the time of our dinner. We had asked for a 5:45 seating, but was moved to 8:30 seating. We had no problem switching the times back as requested, and ended up dining with a great couple. We just waited one day and then the maitre 'd knew of an opening to switch to.
The day in Key West was great. They had plenty of shore excursions to choose from. We enjoyed the Conch Train ride. It may seem silly, but we saw a great deal of the island and learned much of its history. Then we went to Cozumel. Prior to docking in Cozumel, we floated in the Gulf for several hours. That was unpleasant because the sea was rough. Many, including myself got seasick. The ships are unable to dock in Cozumel due to the hurricane damage from last year. You get to the shore by taking shuttle boats called tenders. That was not great because it was slow-going getting everyone off the boat. Once in Cozumel, we saw a lot of damage but there were still lots of things to do. Most of the choices involved snorkeling. We didnt' want to do that so we did the Mexican Folklore show. It was ok but not great. Still we had a great time. I do plan to cruise again on Carnival. They know how to do things right.
Pros: The best thing about our cruise was the service. The crew of the Elation gave top service in all areas.
Cons: We did not like having to take shuttle ships called "tenders".