Wasn’t a great experience for our first Cruise

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5
Carnival Elation

5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 08, 2019

Ship: Carnival Elation

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We enjoyed the entertainment and the different shows. They were the highlight of our experience on the ship. The excursions were nice. The food was terrible, we met some great crew members and some not so great crew members. The cruise director Chris was awesome! Overall although I have to say our next cruise adventure will be elsewhere if we even decide to do another cruise. Just wasn’t what we expected and we’re hoping for.


3 out of 5
Me and my daughter got checked in through the first check in went to the second check in and had to do it again. Which took another 30 mins.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food wasn’t that great , the sweets were bland and even partially frozen at times. The only good place was the guys burgers and the blue lagoon.

Tiffany's Lido Restaurant

2 out of 5

The only thing good was the Omelettes.


2 out of 5

Pizza crust was very thin. Didn’t have the best tasting sauce.


2 out of 5

Food was bland , didn’t have any sort of flavor.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We enjoyed bingo and the kids enjoyed the pool, water slide and putt putt golf.


5 out of 5
They did an amazing job! The cruise director Chris was our favorite!

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Our kids didn’t care for them, nothing really interested them.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
A couple of the staff members made rude comments when asked if they could dispose a paper product (cup) that the chocolate covered strawberries came in.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The staff were always cleaning, but for some reason the ship smelt like sewage the whole time we were on it.

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
The cabin was way too small for 5 people. No room to move around. The main bed had two mattresses put together and there was a gap in between so you would fall in the crack every night on the hard board. Our room wasn’t cold the first several hours there. However it was fixed later in the day and we were brought a fan. The mini refrigerator didn’t work and we had to order ice each night for a couple of nights to keep our drinks cold for the next morning. Until they brought us a different refrigerator.

Ship tip

Honestly I wouldn’t recommend anyone to cruise on this ship. It’s sad because their are several great staff. Other than the few that were negative.

Ports of call

Jacksonville, Florida

3 out of 5
Smelt like sewage, no excursion was attended

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island)

5 out of 5
Beautiful island

Nassau, Bahamas

4 out of 5
The people there are very pushy and don’t really let u enjoy exploring without trying to get u to do a tour or tax. Not what we expected.


5 out of 5
Great we took all our luggage and got off quickly
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