Just Average

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 21, 2011
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 7 years ago

Recent cruise on the Carnival Elation, first time on Carnival. It was a spring break time cruise so ship was loaded (probably overloaded, ship was streched to the max) with a young crowd many teens and families. Ship seemed to handle the kids well. Our groups one problem was we had a group of 10 girls, 2 of which were 17, the 17 year olds could not get into the 18 and up areas and the 18's could not get into the 15-17 club area. The ship had very limited areas the girls could hang out together with music. Overall condition and atmoshphere on ship was average, food was average. Deck was crowded on days at sea, sport deck with bent rim on the basketball court was used but seemed like questionable use of deck space. Rooms and showers larger than expected, although when tv was turned on it came on to loud static everytime, very annoying. Ship does not have a level where you can walk around the entire ship

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food quality average nothing great nothing bad. Food variety has been better on other cruises.


1 out of 5
Not impressed with the variety or quality of the entertainment.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Crew good but did not seem to go above and beyond.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was ok, decor a little dark, huge crowd streched crew with clean up. Keeping up with cups and plates seemed impossible, not uncommon to find a glass or something sitting in some random location. Sight lines in Mikado Lounge not very good upstairs.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Room size decent as was bathroom. Shower really good controls and water pressure.
3 out of 5
Nice port, although dock is not near "downtown". Chankanaab Park is a nice escape although experience does not feel like Mexico. Dolphin experience is a money making machine!
3 out of 5
The actual port in Calica is as scenic as a gravel pit. Short taxi ride into Playa del Carmen easy with nice beach and shops.

Pros: Crew was pleasant, rooms decent sized, showers excellent.

Cons: Long lines at check in, need for a second pool, photograhers everywhere.

Recommends Carnival Elation? No.

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