Our first cruise experience and we had a great time with many wonderful experiences.

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Carnival Elation

4 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 21, 2019

Ship: Carnival Elation

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: E21

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

First time cruise for us. Destinations were good, ship was fine, services and staff were very professional and attentive. We would take this cruise again.


5 out of 5
We used "Faster to the Fun" and it was worth every penny.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Over all the food was abundant and fresh. The main dinning room service was exceptional but some what slow. The staff placed us in the same seating area 3 times in a row, even though I requested a different side of the room. Food in the dinning room was exceptional;.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Chris our cruise director was great, he made set the tone and made the activities fun. Adam was the perfect compliment to Chris: these guys were a dynamic duo for us.


4 out of 5
We were entertained .

Children's Programs

No kids.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff worked to do a good job. Our cabin attendant Henery was great; he made us feel valuable and important while maintaining a friendly next door neighbor feel.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was ok overall. No bad but not great. We noticed many mechanical issues that needed to be addressed. Broken elevators, broken ice machines, drink dispensers out of order. I would have thought more of a priority would have been spent maintenance.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was clean and delivered as advertised.

Ship tip

For being one of Carnivals smaller and older ships, the Elation is a fine ship and we would ride on it again.

Ports of call

Jacksonville, Florida

5 out of 5
No excursion just arriving and departing. Parking and loading and unloading were close and easy.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

4 out of 5
We did the See and Sea. We enjoyed the scenic ride around the island, our guide was informative and entertaining. The Nature Center has 3 birds and 2 snakes. The glass bottom shark seeing adventure was delivered as advertised and we had an incredible time on the water.

Nassau, Bahamas

4 out of 5
We did the Top 10 excursion and we had the opportunity to see a lot of the island in a small period of time. Our guide was extremely professional and very energetic; he gave us a great amount of knowledge in a short period of time with structure and personality.


5 out of 5
Had "Faster to the Fun" option and we were off the ship in record time. It was worth every penny. Do yourself a favor, take the option, and move to the front of the line.
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