Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Lots of fun!

Sail Date: January 15, 2011

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Oceanview

It was nice, but seemed a bit worn and somewhat outdated.

Pros: Food, ports of call, mini golf

Cons: Stateroom, too few shows, schedule

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

Ship Quality
Size was perfect for learning your way around easily, and yet having enough to see. Pretty clean. Decor was interesting, reminding me of Mardi Gras. Some areas seemed dark, wheras I prefer a light and airy atmosphere
Food and Dining
Loved the warm chocolate melting cake and enjoyed having lobster dinner. It was the "fancy" food one would expect on a cruise. A treat for us since we don't often go to upscale restaurants.
Cabin / Stateroom
The stateroom was clean. It had low quality, unattractive furnishings, and not enough storage. Our oceanview room had a nice size picture window.
There were only 2 main theater shows, whereas I expected one each night of the cruise. The first night, there was a welcome-aboard show which didn't start until 10:30; my family would have preferred something closer to 8:00. In the 2 main shows, the female performers often wore costumes that were provocative and inappropriate for a family audience (or anyone, really), and greatly detracted from enjoyment of the show. The special effects (lights, sounds, etc.) were good. We enjoyed the comedians.
Children's Programs
Our 6-year-old really enjoyed Camp Carnival. The staff seemed attentive enough to their job. Not sure how much they truly enjoyed their job, though. Safety precautions were in place to ensure only adults specifically approved by the parents could sign the child out of the program.
Service and Staff
We were regularly called by name by our waiter and stateroom attendant, and they seemed to take an interest in our needs.
Cozumel, Mexico
We took a taxi to Mr. Sancho's Beach Club, as it was the only one we found that didn't charge admission just to get in. They just like for you to order something from their restaurant. It was a nice beach with chairs, umbrellas, etc, and water trampolines (for a fee). We enjoyed our day there. This port was much nicer than Progresso, and felt safer.
Progreso (Merida), Mexico
Not a place I would visit for an extended vacation, but the local flavor was interesting, and this is the place to shop for local souvenirs, as the prices are more negotiable. The beach was disgusting because a storm had blown seaweed up onto the sand and in the water. Weather was beautiful.
Don't Miss: Shopping at the handicraft market where you get off the shuttle bus in town.

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