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Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Reviews: 3
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Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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Carnival Elation

5 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 19, 2019

Ship: Carnival Elation

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: U230

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall a very nice cruise. We had not gone with Carnival (Royal Caribbean was out last two) so we did not know what to expect. The balcony room was good and the food in the dinning rooms was very good. Buffets were too crowded with long lines. The food was very similar day after day at the breakfast buffet. Wish there was more variety and more tropical fruit choices (Royal often had fresh Papaya, Mango, Pineapple and Guava for instance). Here it was honeydew and cantaloupe most days. The shows were nice and the on ship Effy jewelry stores were well priced and nicely staffed. My 12 year had a great time on the water slides and arcade. The ports were very nice and the 5 days was a perfect amount to get away form the stress of work without feeling you were away too long.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Easy entry onto boat. Fast and organized.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Buffets were average, the largest issue being long lines due to just two stations. There was always something to eat, but necessarily a buffet. The sit down dinners were very good with many options.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pool was always crowded. My family enjoyed the rear water slides more. Always something to do with events throughout the day.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Went to the Rock show and it was excellent. The game show night was fun too. Chris, the Cruise Director kept things fun.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Most staff was good, some were not that nice. It varied by day and area. Overall a step down from Royal Caribbean.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Fairly easy to navigate. You did have to go up or down to get across some decks. Cleanliness was good.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Size of the balcony cabin was good. Wish we had another inside chair which would easily have fit in the room. We had to sit on the bed most of the time.

Ship tip

Try the dinner appetizers of "food you would never think of trying". Many were very good.

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

5 out of 5
Loved the ports. Plenty of stores, mostly jewelry that were all duty free. Many places to pick up gifts and such. Did the glass bottom boat in Grand Turks, excellent. Stayed on their beach and had no need to travel. Amber Cove in DR was nice too, but in order to go to a beach, you had to take a cab. Most wanted $80 round trip to a distant beach. There was a smaller one in viewing distance of the port and was there in 5 minutes for $6, but you had to know to ask or they would drive you further for more $$.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
Loved the ports. Plenty of stores, mostly jewelry that were all duty free. Many places to pick up gifts and such. Did the glass bottom boat in Grand Turks, excellent. Stayed on their beach and had no need to travel.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

4 out of 5
Our prepaid excursion to the Serenity VIP excursion was cancelled due not enough people so we just stayed more local. Amber Cove in DR was nice, but in order to go to a beach, you had to take a cab. Most cabs wanted $80 round trip to a distant beach. There was a smaller one within viewing distance of the port and that was 5 minutes away for $6, but you had to know to ask or they would drive you further for more $$.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Overall good. It went smoothly but due to not knowing where to pick up the checked luggage tags located in one location on the ship, we ended up with one of the last zones. Overall it went by fast, but we had to be out of the room by 8:30 and did not get off the ship until after 10AM. We waited in the buffet area.
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