Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

First Cruise

Sail Date: May 11, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Oceanview

For a first ever cruise, I learned a lot.  #1 - don't let them take your bags unless you pay the exorbitant insurance rates.  They don't give claim checks and they just leave your bags in the hallway outside of your room so anyone can take.  We had a laptop bag filled with electrical and phone cords disappear and we are just out of luck because we did not take the insurance.  I think someone walked off with it because it was small and just laying in the hallway and someone might have thought it had a laptop in it.

Food was OK and entertainment was minimal.  There were only 2 stops and 2 full days at sea. for my next cruise, i would like more stops.  Cozumel was very nice and many excursions to pick from. Progreso was not very nice unless you wanted to visit ruins.  it was NOT a place to just roam around in.

Our intent for this cruise was a family get together and that went very well so all in all, a successful first cruise.  Almost every worker we encountered or walked past on the cruise gave a cheerful greeting every time.

Ship Quality
Seemed pretty old
Food and Dining
Service was excellent, food was OK
Service and Staff Gede was our room porter and had a very wonderful personality. He made us feel special
Just not high quality but they put in a lot of effort
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
There did not seem to be much for us to do. i thought there would be more shows, but i am a product of the Love Boat
Destinations and Excursions
We did one excursion in Cozumel and it was very nice. We did the behind the scenes tour and loved that. We just roamed around in Progreso which was not very nice
Cabin / Stateroom
TV was old and the picture was pretty green. The hot water in the shower was super hot and water temperature changed throughout one shower. Drawers were old and sticky so difficult to close. The large box that holds the life jackets was in the way so we could not walk around the bed. made it difficult for late night potty breaks. The rest of the room was really nice and spacious, even the bathroom was nice.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nothing there
Cozumel, Mexico
Learned a lot about the island on our excursion and really enjoyed the tour guides
Progreso (Merida), Mexico
we did not do an excursion - we should have. Just roaming around did not work out well. Vendors bombarded us constantly, walked with us begging us to buy something or eat at their restaurant. they never took no for an answer


The melting chocolate cake was excellent. i ate it at every dinner.

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