Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

5 Day Bahamas. Avoided hurricane!

Sail Date: August 27, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

The ship was very clean, the rooms seemed larger than previous ships I have been on, especially the bathrooms. The wait staff and bartenders were all top notch, Allen at the Lido deck pool bar especially.


Water slide was fun, dinner was great every time.  I have no complaints.


We had to arrive 2 hours prior to our scheduled arrival time when returning to Jaxport due to a hurricane, but Carnival's top priority was making sure the guests were safe and didn't have to disembark during something like that.


The seas got a little rough on the way back because of the storm/speed of the ship, but that isn't Carnival's fault.


Overall, great time, the islands are still beautiful as ever!  Will definitely be booking another trip with Carnival in the future.

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was great, plenty of space even with 3 people.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Excellent in both directions, no issues, if you are on the Riviera deck make sure to line up early!
Ship Quality
I miss the large waterpark on the top of some of the ships, however, the Elation being an older ship was in great shape and still had plenty of the normal amenities you would expect.
Destinations and Excursions
Rained in Nassau, had fun touring Atlantis anyway. Avoid the "scalper" type taxi drivers, we found a great friendly driver who took us to Atlantis, the government regulates the price of taxis, so if they tell you more than $4.00 pp stay away!
Onboard Activities
The Rock show was awesome! The cruise director hosted a 70s/80s singalong in the atrium that may have been the best time I had on the ship! There must have been 400 people attending!
Service and Staff
Food and Dining


For parking I would use WallyPark, it is about 15 min from Jaxport and will save you 45 dollars.

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