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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ 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: November 15, 2014
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: U20
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

This cruise was a gift to myself to celebrate retiring from a very tedious 4 year volunteer position.

As usual the services & amenities were excellent.   My one complaint concerned the actions of our table server at the last night's dinner.  He (Topu/Topo/Puto/??) pressured the last 6 of us still seated to consider extra tipping to him for the time & effort he put in to providing his good service & entertainment and to help his family back home.  I personally saw 2 of the ladies each give him a $10 bill.  To me this is extortion and put us all in a very uncomfortable and embarrassing situation.  I refuse to give tips under duress.  


Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining Room, Mongolian Wok & Tiffanys was great. Don't bother with Pizza; no flavor & tough.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
Way too many trivia gatherings. Need workshops: How to make Sushi, Q & A on the ships services, Learn how to play Bridge, Small vegetable carving techniques, Guided ship tour including the galley,


3 out of 5
Need more couples competitions, they are the funniest!

Children's Programs


Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Cabin staff was very courteous and always delightful to talk with.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Well maintained, clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
My first experience with an inside room and it was great. This cruise was initially booked for myself only but a friend showed an interest in cruising so I invited her to accompany me and she accepted!!!
I didn't mind not having an ocean view on this short cruise.

Ship Tip

Dining room breakfast is the best as I tend to over indulge at Tiffanys breakfast buffet.

New Orleans, Louisiana Did not visit port

3 out of 5
Only visited the port shopping mall. Nice

Progreso (Merida), Mexico Did not visit port

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