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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 13, 2011
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 6 years ago

Overall great experience. We had our two kids (8 & 11) with us and they thoroughly enjoyed the Camp Carnival activities. Food service was a little slow for dinner but food quality was better than average In the main dining room. Ship does appear a little worn but still seems very clean.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was best,of course, in the main dining room. The buffets and grills left a lot to be desired. We made sure we got up in time to eat breakfast in the dining room and always had dinner there as well.


3 out of 5
Did not seem to have as much going on as previous cruises. Would have liked more comedy shows or something along those lines.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Our kids loved every minute of the Camp Carnival program.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
At least half of the forward elevators were not working for most of the cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
3 out of 5
We only did the shopping tour here and wish we would have done the Passion island tour based on the discussions with others on the ship. Sounds like it is the best tour for Cozumel.
5 out of 5
We wanted to see the Mayan ruins while we were there but failed to sign up for the excursions on the boat. We were actually happy for that. We ended up getting an excursion for $15 each that would have cost $65 from Carnival. It was a 25 minute ride there and back and about 45 minutes at the ruins. Save your shopping for Cozumel.

Pros: Destinations and food.

Cons: More than half forward elevators were not working for the entire cruise.

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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