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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Carnival Elation

5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail Date: November 03, 2012

Ship: Carnival Elation

Cabin Type: Inside

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review Summary

The ship was very loud. There was no place other than your cabin that you could go and have quiet. The area around the pool was so loud that you could not speak to your companion. Nearly every activity we went to to tried to go started late. At least one activity we tried to go to didn't even happen as no staff from Carnival showed up.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food in the dining room was excellent\, however food at the buffet was often poor quality. Most breads were stale. Some food options were not open at the published times.


3 out of 5
The only \"shows\" we saw were the comedy shows which were OK\, but were repeated later in the week instead of a new show. The main shows all started so late that we didn't see any of those. The \"informational\" activities were merely commercials for the stores the cruise line supports. The information activity for hints to book your next cruise was no help at all\, again only a commercial and \"come see me to book your next cruise\". Most things did not start on time. The published schedule in the Fun Times often did not match the actual times of open hours. Times posted on doors of the gym and library didn't match the Fun Times and at least for the library\, it didn't match the times it was open either.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Overall\, the staff was friendly and helpful\, however when we first boarded and were trying to find places\, we encountered several staff who were not helpful.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
I found the decor verging on gaudy. Too many different colors and patterns in one space. Better deck maps would make getting around better also. Some decks have no access areas which are not clear on the deck map.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Stateroom and stateroom service were excellent.

Pros: The food in the dining room was excellent. Also the stateroom was very comfortable and the stateroom service was excellent.

Cons: Entertainment was fair at best. Food\, other than in the dining room\, was mediocre cafeteria food.

Recommends Carnival Elation? No.

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