5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Sail Date: March 10, 2012 Ship: Carnival Elation Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 5 years ago
On the whole, the crowd that goes on these cruises appears to mostly be loud, obnoxious young men and women looking to get drunk, gamble, and hook up. This was during spring break season, though. I saw a boy who could not have even been eighteen years old so drunk that he dropped a mixed drink glass over a ledge to shatter on the floor below. Luckily, no one was standing there. The cruise was constantly pushing alcoholic drinks on everyone, and announcing drink specials. There were some families with children there as well, which helped balance things out.
There were several "deals" offered by the cruise that were misleading, and almost con-like, such as their pricing scheme and discounts for buying photographs and internet minutes. These and many other aspects of this cruise felt almost insulting to an average person's taste and intelligence. I would never cruise with Carnival again.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
The "formal" sit-down breakfast and dinner were pretty good, but the food served at all other times of the day in the all-day dining cafeteria was nearly inedible. It was clear they used the cheapest ingredients possible, and were aiming to an audience that likes bad pizza (worse than Dominos) and hamburgers (worse than most fast-food restaurants). The "omelettes" they made in the morning came from a carton, were drowned in oil, and the guy who cooked them would handle dirty items and "clean" his hands by washing water over them for one second and then drying them on a dirty cleaning towel.
1 out of 5
The entertainment was extremely low brow, featuring a "hairy chest context" and a "mixed drink contest". They played the same films over and over again on the television, so there was not much entertainment to be found their either, except by watching local tv stations.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
On the plus side, everyone who worked on the ship was fairly nice and friendly. They are hired from all parts of the world. The staff were forced to do embarrassing, long dances every night at dinner, though, under obnoxious flashing lights. We felt bad for them.
1 out of 5
The ship decor was dated, loud, and glittery - quite literally like a carnival. The ship felt very small and crowded after a few days. It was hard to find an empty chair to lay out on, a lot of the time. The music was far too loud in the open deck up top. Annoying elevator style music was played in a few other public areas. The gym was decent, but there were only a handful of exercise classes at odd hours.
Cabin / Stateroom
1 out of 5
The worst part of the cruise, other than the food served 24/7 in the cafeteria, was the lack of ventilation in the "state rooms"/cabins, and even in some public areas. We smelled cigarette smoke and what smelled like raw sewage fumes wafting through the air on several occasions. Other than that, the state rooms were clean and relatively spacious.
Pros: great service
Cons: the obnoxious drunks, and most of the food was worse than bad fast-food
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