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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Sail Date: January 01, 2013
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago

This was a test cruise for us\, and based on our experience\, we won't be going on a cruise again in the near future\, at least not on Carnival. Our impression is that Carnival caters to families with children and teens and to young adults. It also may have been the time of year\, but there did seem to be a high number of college kids onboard. More than one of them should have been refused another drink. \"Elegant Night\" was something of a bust; fewer than half of the people in the dining room had bothered to dress for it. You know there's something wrong when they have to explicitly prohibit swimming suits in the restaurant. Also\, and this is hardly the cruise line's fault\, there is no scenery in the Gulf of Mexico. We had planned to spend a good deal of time on deck\, but there was nothing to look at and it was cold and rainy (again\, not the cruise line's fault)\, with the result that we were going stir crazy on the last day and couldn't wait for it to end. It is the cruise line's fault that there was nothing else for us to do.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food in the restaurant is excellent. It is creative and well-prepared. The tables\, however\, are very close together. The buffet is a mob scene with mediocre food. People complain about the price of drinks\, but they were no more than we usually pay in a restaurant\, and we always tip at least 15%. Although room service is technically available 24 hours\, we were never able to get through during the day.


1 out of 5
Nothing really for mature adults. Other than trivia in the bars\, which was really aimed at young adults\, most of the activities for adults revolved around shopping -- \"presentations\" on watches\, etc.\, that were sold on the ship -- and even then\, there was often a charge for it. We might have been interested in the wine tasting\, but not enough to pay for it\, especially when they were going to try to sell us wine at the end of it. The spa is extremely expensive; the gym is small; there is a charge for fitness classes.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service was excellent\, but it had better be at $11.50/person/day in tips.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The ship is certainly clean and everything is accessible\, but it is small with limited amenities -- no movie theater\, no steak house\, etc. We loved the Art Deco decor. The wait at the elevators can be rather long\, but nothing is more than a few decks away\, so we frequently took the stairs. They pipe music into the library\, so if you want a quiet place to read (etc.)\, your stateroom is your only option.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Small\, but adequate. Depending on your plans\, you might want to opt for the two twin beds; there would be more floor space. The salmon color scheme is a bit garish. The bed was very comfortable; the linens were of good quality and we really appreciated the bath robes. We never did get towel animals on our beds\, though.

Pros: Food in the restaurant; Art deco decor; service

Cons: Few activities for mature adults onboard.

Recommends Carnival Elation? Yes!

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