Sail Date: July 24, 2017 Ship: Carnival Elation Reviewed: 4 months ago
Where to begin? The ship is old, small, and in desperate need of refurbishment. Despite all of this it was the best cruise we have been on. If tons of activities, new gadgets, and massive size are important to you then this isn't the ship for you, however if a very personal experience and engagement with the staff that make you feel special and important are high on your list then I highly recommend the Elation. The entire staff bent over backwards to make sure our experience was special and memorable. There are far too many to mention by name, but a few that stand out are Adam in the piano bar, Simone and Cody from the stage shows, Joey in the Atrium, but mostly our cruise director Kevin. We have been on the big 3 lines and in our opinion the category where Carnival stands out above the others is the engagement of the cruise director and his/her staff and Kevin stands out compared to the other Carnival CDs we have encountered. I can't say enough good about him - he had a direct impact on the amount we enjoyed our vacation. I would sail this tired old ship again and sail any ship with Kevin. I have no doubt that after the Elation comes back from dry dock it will silence many of the critics about "old and dated" but the staff needs no update - they are great just the way they are.
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