almost O.K. for an older ship but will not chose this ship again

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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10 Night Southern Caribbean Carnival Journeys (San Juan To Jacksonville)
Sail Date: April 13, 2016
Ship: Carnival Elation
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

The crew kept this older ship in clean and pleasant condition.  The drawbacks are from the design of the ship which makes traveling from one venue to another a little convoluted as there are elevators which go to certain floors on one side of the ship and not the other and there is only one floor which you can pass on the starboard side from the front to the back.  There is also no exterior path to circumnavigate the ship.  There are also only maybe 100 seats in the showroom where there is an unobstructed view of the rear of the stage. The rooms are set up so if you have both beds placed together, there is a corner cabinet that you must climb over to get to one side of the bed.  The T.V. was the original CVT model from around 1996.  I could not read the bulletins scrolling on the news channel because the resolution was so terrilble even after maintenance tried to make it better. The sauna and steam room were available without an additional charge which I appreciate but were not working numerous times I went to the spa area to enjoy them. The food in the dining room was of good quality and flavor but about 50% of the time the main dishes were only lukewarm. We enjoyed the production shows and the comedy venue.  We were a little disappointed in the main showroom entertainment that did not include live musicians. Vocalists with only canned music does not satisfy my entertainment criteria.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
50% of the time dining main course lukewarm.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
Bad showroom design. Not enough live musician backup.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Needs new TV. Redesign so no corner cabinet needed.
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