Had a great time on 5 night Elation cruise

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 37

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Carnival Elation

5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 26, 2014

Ship: Carnival Elation

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: GUAR

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

On this trip we left out of New Orleans, navigating through the Mississippi river out to the Gulf is a cool experience.  This was a family trip with 4 families with people ranging in age from 68 to 15 years old.  There was something to do for everyone and we enjoyed the scheduled activities.  I know there are larger ships with more amenities but for the 5 night cruise the elation was very good with an affordable price.  If I was going to take a 7 night cruise I would choose a larger ship with more varied activities.   


The work out room was well equipped except a few of the treadmill touchscreens were not working properly.  The staff - our room keepers, wait staff, entertainment coordinators and others were all kind and helpful.  Onboarding and offboarding was efficient. Dining options were awesome and the food was good.


This cruise departed at the end of May and there were about 800 teenagers and kids out of the total 2000+ passengers due to the end of the school year.  I personally did not mind but something to consider if you have kids and want them to meet kids and make friends.  We also saw a lot of teenagers drinking.


I would like to see more free excercise activities/classes. I enjoy excercising and I didn't want to pay for the classes offered.


Our two stops were Cozumel and Progreso.  I would recommend a trip to Chichen Itza (Mayan ruins), it took a couple of hours to get there but it is well worth it.  Make sure you have a guide to explain the history of the place.  We did not purchase the onshore excursions from Carnival.


I have been on Carnival Triumph out of Galveston and Celebrity out of Miami.  Triumph is a larger ship with more to do on the ship which is especially good for longer cruises.  The time we cruised on Triumph they had sushi everyday before dinner, we loved that.  The food on Celebrity didn't seem as good as Carnival.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
We enjoyed the dance classes, trivia, scavenger hunt. Comedy was average.


3 out of 5
They could improve on entertainment and activities based on my past cruises. But we still had fun.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Neno on Carnival Elation was awesome!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Inside room was sufficient, they are small but that is expected.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

5 out of 5
Its so cool to navigate through the Missippi River

Progreso (Merida), Mexico

3 out of 5
Port was ok but from the port there you can reach some great Mayan ruins.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
The water is gorgeous here and snorkeling is a must! Shopping is fun too.
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