Desination more important than ship!

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 13, 2010
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago

Carnival seems to have it in their minds that people take cruises to be on the cruise ship, not the destination! The biggest disappointment of the Mobile to Calica to Cozumel trip is you get arrive in Calica at 7:00am and they will rush you back on at 5:00pm for dinner but they don't leave for another 3 hours! On top of that - your next destination, Cozumel, is less than 30 minutes away BUT you spend all night floating at sea!

We can only blame ourselves for not studying oceanography and geography before our vacation, but I think Carnival should let you know your vacation is being controlled by their desire to milk money from the gamblers and drunks. I myself would have had a much better time eating Mexican food, drinking margaritas, and discovering the nightlife AT THE DESTINATION.

Also- a good tip- we paid $75 to park our car at the port and learned that many people spend that money on a hotel room with a shuttle. Seems like a much more comfortable way to disembark.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
One good comedian turned into a major disappointment when on night two he recited his act VERBATIM!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
1992 colors everywhere. Our room was bright orange.
5 out of 5
Find a taxi and go to Club Uva beach. We spent $32 for an all inclusive day including snorkeling.
Don't Miss: Club Uva (beach.)$32 all you can eat, drink, snorkle
3 out of 5
Playa Del Carmen is a must. One side of the street is ocean, the other shops. Avoid the shop keeps, they will stalk you!
Don't Miss: Beach.

Pros: Formal dining food, room service, adult deck

Cons: Not enough time at port to enjoy 3.5 days of straight cruising.

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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