Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Highly recommended

Sail Date: March 01, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Immediately upon entering the ship, you will find yourself inside the Grand Atrium. Among the sights you first encounter are the beautiful piano bar, the golden spiral stair cases and the glass elevators that smoothly escort you to the various floors and even to the top of the ship for an amazing sceninc overlook of the Caribbean's gorgeous teal waters. Overall, the ship is an excellent vacation choice and one with many chances for food, fun and photo opportunities.

Pros: The decor of the ship is very nice and of course the food is unmatched! I was on the smaller ship, Holiday, and it was very rough at night but the Elation is much larger and more stable. You will hardly notice any motion. The crew are very outgoing and will help in anyway possible.

Cons: I had my kids along with me but alot of the entertainment seemed "adult" oriented. There were few things for the kids to do other than swim or sit in hot tubs. There was too much wind to enjoy doing activities atop the ship such as basketball, giant chess and mini golf.

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

Ship Quality
The ship has a large staff of over 1,000 that constantly groom the ship inside and out. The decor is very bold and bright. As you sit in the Lido Deck Restaraunt for lunch you'll have to take a look around. The decor is so busy that it actually works, oddly enough. Colors and textures seem to explode from everywhere. Though it shouldn't be so, it is a visual masterpiece.
Food and Dining
In a word, EXCELLENT! The wait staff is exceptionally gracious and entertaining every night. We had a magician come to our table and do a few tricks. The kids will enjoy the formal dinner much more than you'd think.
Cabin / Stateroom
Though the staterooms are quite small, it's a great excuse to leave your cabin and head uptop for some fun. The beds are quite comfy and the temperature in the cabins is easily managed. I'd plan to opt in for a suite next time though.
Service and Staff
The on board staff is unmatched and rivals much more expensive vacations. You won't find better service or a more hospitable crew.
Each night of your cruise, as you come into your cabin to recover from the day's activites, you will find a nice printout of the next day's activities. All you have to do is look it over and circle what you want to do and follow your own plan. Easy enough!!

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