Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Good times with family!

Sail Date: December 01, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Inside

Our Christmas Cruise on the Elation was a great experience for our family. Having never sailed on Carnival, I was wondering how the cheaper carrier would rate but the boat/crew were surprisingly good.

Pros: Time with family

Cons: Food was hit and miss

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

Children's Programs
Mostly uninteresting. We were hoping for Grandma to participate with our kids but she wasn't allowed, so our kids mostly didn't participate. Also wanted our 8-yr old to get to be with his 9-yr old cousin but they weren't allowed to cross age groups.
Food and Dining
The food was hit and miss - most of the formal dining fare was lame tho there were some notable exceptions. The self-serve lines were mostly pretty decent. Food would tempt us to look at another cruise line, but not sure the higher prices elsewhere would be worth it.
Only took in a couple of shows - they were ok. Personally I would have enjoyed a cinema.
Service and Staff
The staff were quite friendly and helpful but didn't have much above and beyond. Our formal server was excellent however.
Ship Quality
Again, for a "cheap" party boat the Elation was really nice overall.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had two adults and three kids in an interior stateroom but it was more than adequate. Our kids slept better on this cruise than they have in years.

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