Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises


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2 out of 5

Horrible. Engine issues

Sail Date: January 10, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

We just returned home from the 5 day cruise from Mobile Alabama. This cruise was a Christmas gift to my children prior to my son leaving for the Armed Services.
We had many expectations on this trip and none of them were met. The plans included snorkeling on Cozumel and horseback riding on Calica, Mexico. Unfortunately, due to issues with your Elation Cruise ship, our trip was very disappointing. Our time in Cozumel was shortened due to propulsion issues and instead of arriving in the morning, it was mid-afternoon. We never did make it to Calica as we had to limp directly back to Mobile.
Speaking with other passengers, we learned that this is not uncommon and another couple was warned not to set foot on Elation due to mechanical issues. It is unfair when dealing with peoples vacations, to knowingly use faulty equipment and potentially lose valued customers, which in this case is quite true.
Not only was our last trip as a family compromised but also our faith in Carnival. Our comments will be directed to our booking entity as will our friends in family.
On a positive note, we were quite pleased with our dining staff. Conrad and Judit were great.

Pros: Wait staff

Cons: Engine problems. Did not go to ports

Recommends Carnival Elation? No.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
wait staff excellent
Cozumel, Mexico
Lots of shopping. Had good time. Excursions cancelled by ship due to getting there 6 hours late due to engine problems
Calica, Mexico
Port cancelled due to engine problems. Had to crawl back to Alabama. Of the 5 days, we were on land about 6 hours in Cozumel.

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