Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: November 05, 2011
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago
This was my 6th or 7th Carnival cruise, sorry I lose track. I've been on Conquest class, Destiny class, Triumph class, and Spirit class carnival ships. This was my first Fantasy class carnival ship. Since the fantasy class ships are smaller I was hesitant. No need to be, it was a beautiful ship with loads of activites and lots of space and places to see... I didn't even get to see them all!
I also downgraded to a window room for the first time in over 10 years. Although I missed my balcony I didn't miss it as much as I thought I would as there were plenty of places on deck to enjoy the outdoors. Also there is a private place aft called Serenity. Its for Adults only, have two hot tubs and spaces to lay out and read. Great place to go if you don't have a balcony room.
The real reason I wanted to write this review was because of the over and above the call of duty service I received from each and every member I came in contact with over the 5 day cruise. From the embarkation station to the debarkation station every crew member was AWESOME! I've had good service on Carnival before (or else I wouldn't keep coming back) but these people were well beyond the customer service I received in the past.
I don't know if its just this particular crew or if Carnival has implemented a new training program on customer service. Either way it was impressive. So much so until we left tips beyond the $10 a day that is automatically charged to your sail and sign account. I will be going on the Elation again, that is for sure!
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Don't Miss: If you don't dock at Puta Maya port in Cozumel, be sure to walk over to it from your port. Fat Tuesdays there make a mean frozen drink and there is shopping etc there.
Don't Miss: If you don't go on any tours, take the free bus ride into town. Once at the in town market stop you can get a $3 open air double decker bus ride for a quick view of the sites in the area.
Pros: Crew customer service
Cons: room temp regulation