AMAZING 1st cruise!

Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
Carnival Elation

5 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 19, 2019

Ship: Carnival Elation

Cabin type: Balcony

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Great 1st cruise - definitely will not be our last!


4 out of 5
We were able to board as soon as we got to the terminal. Because it was raining, everyone seemed to be hanging out on the Lido deck. Because it was our 1st cruise, that was a little overwhelming...but overall, everything went smoothly!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We mainly ate in the dining rooms - service was exceptional, food was wonderful. We enjoyed getting to meet different people at each meal. Loved the sea-day Brunch!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The only thing we really did was the Trivia games (which we did horribly with). Pool area was always packed. Karaoke was fun but always a huge wait to get to sing.


5 out of 5
Stage shows were great - very talented group of performers. LOVED the Comedy Clubs. Our Cruise Director, Chris, was the BOMB! He made everything entertaining!

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Room was always clean. Our in-room refrigerator wasn't working and it was swapped out - never got really cold though. Dinner crew were very entertaining and made sure we always had what we wanted.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
We were on the aft of the boat - it was sometimes hard to navigate what decks could be accessed by elevator/stair. We didn't find out until the last day that we could actually make it to the middle of the ship without having to go to the Lido deck and walk across.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
LOVED sitting on the balcony - it was definitely the most relaxing part of the cruise.

Ports of call

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic

3 out of 5
We scheduled an excursion but it was cancelled due to lack of interest. We ended up just doing some shopping. It isn't someplace that I'd like to visit again.

Grand Turk Island

5 out of 5
We did a private beach excursion (Home away from home) exceeded all expectations. Jackie, our hostess, was very charismatic and friendly. We were served a tasty lunch and all beverages were included. They had snorkel equipment, floats, kayaks and plenty of beach chairs.


5 out of 5
We did the express disembarkation with carrying our own bags. We went straight from our room to off the ship in less than 15 minutes.
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