Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

Deck Hand

Experience
7+ cruises

Reviews
2

Helpful Votes
7

4 out of 5

Excellent value

Sail Date: April 14, 2008

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Since we were paying a low fare for a 5 day trip on a 10 y/o Carnival ship, my expectations were somewhat subdued, but they were greatly exceeded. The Elations comfort, cleanliness, condition and interior appearance was better than just fine; the entertainment very good and in mostly good taste; food excellent; good gym; nice room; superb service; and the water slide was fun. I won the speed slide contest, woo hoo! We got off in Cabo San Lucas and enjoyed a water taxi ride around the Baja peninsula and close to 2 hours on Lovers Beach. I snorkeled much of the time and wished wed had a bit more time just to soak up the ambiance. We stayed on the ship in Ensenada, and even I enjoyed just sitting around and reading a lot on this one. Though the ship was very full, it didnt seem overly crowded, could always find a decent place to sit and take in the views while relaxing with a book or napping. This was our 8th cruise (counting our 14 day HAL Alaska trip as 2 back-to-back cruises), and 2nd on Carnival. Well go on another Carnival cruise in June, and they have something to live up to!

Before the cruise, we checked our bags as early as theyd take them, and headed to the Maritime Museum next to the cruise port. At the last minute, we changed our minds and went to the Midway Museum. Excellent change of plans, as we spent 3 hours there and could have easily spent another 2. San Diego is a nice place to cruise out of, as the airport is less than 15 minutes from the port, and with inexpensive direct flights from Denver and Colorado Springs, it would be pretty easy to fly the day of a cruise and be one of the first on the ship (or take in one of these museums). We had a one night Marriot certificate that was close to expiring, and didnt want to chance the weather in April, but would probably fly on embarkation day most other times of the year. We also easily made an 11 am flight home, and could have made a 10 am without trouble.

Pros: Service, but most everything was good or better

Cons: Non-smokers poorly accommodated in some public areas. Got baited into an 'R rated' show by a comedian who claimed it wouldnt be offensive.

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Don't Miss: Take a water taxi around the peninsula and spend some time on Lover's Beach


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