Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Desination more important than ship!

Sail Date: December 13, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

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.

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!

Cabin / Stateroom
1992 colors everywhere. Our room was bright orange.
Ship Quality
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
One good comedian turned into a major disappointment when on night two he recited his act VERBATIM!
Calica, Mexico
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.
Cozumel, Mexico
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

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