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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 09, 2012
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago

This is a smaller cruise ship, so it does not offer the amenities of a larger ship. Restaurant dining is limited to one sit-down restaurant. However, the food and service was superb. The common areas, show lounges, buffet restaurant and pool area are very small and fill up very quickly. You really have to plan to get to the shows at least 45 minutes early to get a seat. The staterooms were small, but very comfortable (window rooms). Bathrooms adequate with very hot water. The crew is above excellent. Everyone was more than willing to help you with whatever you needed. Getting on the ship is a breeze, they collect your luggage right out of the trunk of your car as you pull into the parking garage. Getting off the ship was easy also, but a very slow process. Overall, I would recommend this ship. Even though it is small and doesn't have all the bells and whistles, they do an excellent job with what they have.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
I gave it a good rating because there is only one sit down dining option, and the buffet restaurants (two, back to back) are small and usually over crowded. However, the food in the restaurant was very good and service was over the top. Buffet food was good to excellent.


5 out of 5
Shows were good, they could have had more. However, the lounges are small, and seats were hard to get unless you arrived 45 minutes before the show began.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Over the top. Everyone was friendly, helpful and assisted with a smile! Couldn't ask for any better.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
I give it a Good rating because the ship is small with small common areas, and finding a public bathroom is difficult. When you are in the common areas at a show or at the pool, you sometimes have to walk a long distance, sometimes to another floor to find a bathroom. And when you do find one, the lines are long. Makes you wonder if the kids are using the pool instead of the bathrooms! Otherwise, the rating of ship is excellent, it is very well decorated and very clean. Getting around the ship was easy

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
You have to expect a small room on a cruise ship, but otherwise it was excellent.

Pros: The ship was immaculately clean. The crew members were wonderful, helpful and all very friendly. The food in the diningrooms was fabulous. Enjoyed the omelet stations for breakfast.

Cons: NOT ENOUGH PUBLIC BATHROOMS! WHEN YOU ARE AT THE POOL OR IN THE COMMON AREAS, YOU HAVE TO WALK A LONG WAY, SOMETIMES TO ANOTHER FLOOR TO FIND A RESTROOM. The pool is very small, as is the lido (pool) deck. The adults only deck is also very small, and it would have been nice to have an adult poo

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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