Sail Date: August 01, 2012 Ship: Carnival Elation Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 5 years ago
This was the first cruise for both of us and it was also our honeymoon. We basically got up each morning whenever we wanted, put on our swimsuits and cover ups, ate breakfast in Tiffany's Restaurant (the buffet), parked in a deck chair to read/soak up the sun until we were hungry for lunch, do the same thing in the afternoon and then head to our room to get ready for dinner whenever we felt like it. It was sooo relaxing after wedding activities and we loved it so much we've already picked out the cruise to celebrate our 1st anniversary.
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
The buffet (Tiffany's restaurant) was just ok quality wise as far as we were concerned. It was usually pretty crowded no matter what time we went and was often hard to find a table for the two of us. We did usually eat here for breakfast and lunch since we were in our swimsuits and couldn't eat like that in the dining rooms. We did have breakfast in the dining room one morning and it was much better quality than the buffet. We had the My Time Dining and it was great. We were both worried we might have to sit at a big round table with other people we didn't know and weren't super excited about that given it was our honeymoon and we just wanted to be by ourselves. This was never an issue during dinner as they have an abundant number of tables for 2 or 4 and we were not put at a big table for dinner. We did have to do the big table with others during breakfast in the dining room. The food in the dining room was like a very nice restaurant...very tasty!
3 out of 5
We went to two of the shows, which were the ones that had an early and late start time of approx. 7:00 and 8:30. The other nights the shows didn't start until 10:30 and we didn't want to stay up that late. There was a lot of other activities but we didn't participate in many.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Our stateroom steward was very nice and kept our room nice each day. The staff in the other areas were always very helpful, though sometimes due to different nationalities, there were some language issues in trying to ask for help.
5 out of 5
The ship layout was perfect. We stayed on the Empress deck (7th floor) and it was super convenient. This is where guest services, the excursion desk, and internet is located and it's also the floor where you board and debark. Everything we wanted to do was on our floor or above (up to 10) so we never took an elevator, which was a big plus. Everything was always very clean and in nice condition. The decor is probably a little dated with a burnt orange color carpet in our room.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Considering we were in an inside room and knew it wasn't going to be huge, I was pleasantly surprised. There was enough hanging space to hang up all the clothes we wanted to and shelves in the cabinet to allow us to unpack most of our suitcases. We just left our suitcases piled up on the floor and it worked fine for us, but if there were more people, it could be a downfall. We asked for a king size bed and it was just two twin mattresses pushed together and the crack between the two was noticeable. But it was comfortable overall. There isn't a thermostat in the room, just a vent that you can open or close to turn the air speed up or down. We were cold nearly all the time we were inside and had to both buy jackets on the boat to keep warm.
Pros: Layout of the ship, Good food in dining room, Always deck chairs available
Cons: Smoking allowed in bar areas drifted beyond those areas, Buffet food was just ok
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