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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Carnival Elation

5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 08, 2018

Ship: Carnival Elation

Cabin type: Oceanview

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I will definitely cruise again, most likely with Carnival due to their excellent costumer service and spacious standard rooms. I will definitely not cruise again in a ship that allows smoking in so many public areas though. I have a history of cancer and radiation to my lungs, so the smoke was a major issue.


5 out of 5
I purchased faster to the fun. I HIGHLY recommend it! I skipped in front of Hundreds of people and went straight to my stateroom.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
All of the extra restaurants ( with exception of the sushi bar) were on the Lido deck . Lunch time was often a nightmare! Thousands of people trying to cram into one area at once. . . Pretty overwhelming! And there were no other restaurants to go to, to avoid it for lunch.

Imagination Dining Room

5 out of 5

Beautiful, spacious, and the dining staff were incredible.

Tiffany's Lido Restaurant

2 out of 5

Overcrowded due to all of the restaurants ( aside from main dining ) being next to the Lido restaurant.

Sushi Bar

5 out of 5

Great price for very generous portions.


5 out of 5

Their Pizza is SO yummy!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
The pool was TINY and constantly taken over by children. I never got the chance to swim on the boat. Days at sea were kind if boring, but I learned to take naps! There was really no activities aside from the pool, casino, and mini golf. The pool was ALWAYS full day and night . Also, the most upsetting part of the trip was that smoking was allowed indoors, on deck 9 which includes the casino, cafe bar, comedy club, and sushi bar. The entire floor was smokey and it was a struggle to enjoy the casino. Just walking to the comedy club caused me to reak of smoke for the rest of the day. I was very dissatisfied with Carnival for allowing this.

Guest Services / Shore Excursions

3 out of 5

My experiences at guest services were 50/50. Some wonderful, other times I felt spoken down to in a rude manner.

Elation Atrium

5 out of 5


Casablanca Casino

2 out of 5

I am completely shocked that smoking was allowed in the entire casino. This really ruined it for me.


5 out of 5
Wonderful! Very well coordinated and entertaining.

Mark Twain Library

5 out of 5

Nice and quiet! Beautiful design and there were books/ games whenever we needed to hide from other passengers.

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was BEAUTIFUL!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
There was FAR more space than i expected! Two huge armoires, a lit vanity and chair, and even a retractable clothes line to dry swimsuits in the shower!

Ship tip

It's one of their smallest ships , BUT the tradeoff is less people. There was usually a quiet space in one corner or another .

Ports of call

Jacksonville, Florida

3 out of 5

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5

Nassau, Bahamas

1 out of 5


5 out of 5
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