Carnival Elation Cruise Reviews

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bravesfan114
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My husband and I took this cruise for our 20th anniversary. We sailed out of Jacksonville for a 4 day cruise. Initial first impressions of the ship were that it is older. The decor inside is a bit gaudy with all the brass and loud ... Read more
GeorgiaPeach1211
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
18 helpful votes
First the pros: VERY inexpensive cruise Easy access from JAX airport to the port Fastest check-in I have ever experienced Musical entertainment was good Dinners were good to very good Evening Dining room service was good ... Read more
ott
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise because it left from Jacksonville, FL and went to Key West, FL and Nassau Bahamas, two places we had never been. Our travel agent warned us that it was an old ship. The ship did show its age, but everything was clean ... Read more
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RNLovetocruise
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
5 helpful votes
This was our 19th cruise, 17th on Carnival. We had been on the Elation 2 previous times, so we were familiar with the ship. The only disadvantage on taking one of the Fantasy class ships is the lack of balcony cabins. Other than that, ... Read more
Vincegfan2
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
10 helpful votes
After reading all the negative reviews of the Elation I didn't know what to expect. I was greatly surprised. The ship was clean, The Grand Suite was awesome ( a few signs of aging) The Service EVERYWHERE on the ship was excellent. The ... Read more
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kodipepper
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise because we thought it would have a lot of children's activities. Our 4 year old was too little for the slide. The daycare was mostly free play and tv in a small room, not the educational cruise we thought. To ... Read more
crazyfrazee
Member Since 2010
1 review
452 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was cruise number 10 with carnival. This cruise was a complete let down by carnival. I knew it was an older smaller ship so the badly worn out ship was ok for me. I normally book 3 rooms per cruise but this cruise we booked 10 for a ... Read more
happyatsea2323
Member Since 2011
1 review
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
First warning, we are Platinum and I had a knee scooter due to an ankle injury. The priority embarkation is a free for all. I was literally trampled as they don't actually allow Platinum and Diamond guests to board first. Once we were ... Read more
PanWife
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this sailing because we wanted to see Half Moon Cay, and it was near enough to drive to the port. The people that work on the Elation were wonderful, always smiling and saying hello. They worked very hard so that we had a ... Read more
gurupat
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
I wanted to take some time and let you know how our cruise on the ELATION went. I don’t like to start with this BUT it needs to be addressed. Our first afternoon on board we went to the LIDO deck to get a bite to eat. We got ... Read more
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dlina1
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Beware!!!! Don't waste your money and time, you would spend more money on medications after your trip!!! I would never recommend anyone to travel on Carnival Elation Cruise Line!!! Don't spend your money on such a disappointing vacation. ... Read more
Jenn1133
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
This was our 21st cruise with Carnival. We'd cruised out Jacksonville in years past several times on the Fascination. We decided to give the Elation a go as it had recently moved to Jacksonville. Embarkation went fine, was quick enough ... Read more
NancyandTom
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Planned a family Christmas Cruise with 5 adults for a year. The ship was old, dirty, and just plain worn out. Carnival sails at capacity but I think this ship was overbooked. So crowded you could not relax. Drunk, disgusting, smelly people ... Read more
mastersonsherry
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise because the date and port were the most convenient for us. My expectations were not high because the last Carnival Cruise we went on had gone way down with its quality of service. This was our 8th Carnival cruise. ... Read more
dougdowds
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We cruised to the bahamas and were thoroughly pleased with the staff,food,ship and the shows.Our steward Herald was the best steward I could have wanted. He knew everyone by name and took care of you to make your trip pleasant.We stayed on ... Read more
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allenray
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Jacksonville is a convenient drive-to port, and we had not been aboard the Carnival Elation previously. Booking our first back-to-back cruises, total 10 days, we were optimistic that we would not be bored. As 80+ though active ... Read more
knowfere
Member Since 2013
1 review
25 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I chose this cruise because more than any other location I wanted to go to Half Moon Cay. This was my 3rd cruise and all have been with Carnival. Jacksonville is an 8 hour drive from where I live. I liked the idea of it taking a full night ... Read more
Dennisgal
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our first cruise, we are a couple in our mid 40's. We choose this cruise based on the date, departure port, and the cost. We had a great time! Our cabin and bathroom were plenty roomy. It was kept neat and clean by Eugene. The ... Read more
jason80inky
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because it was affordable and it fit my week of scheduled vacation. Almost everything was as I expected it to be based on my last cruise. This ship had the exact same lay out as the last cruise so it was very easy to ... Read more
sallyranisme
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was our first cruise. We chose this cruise because my husband didn't want to fly. I had a good time but I would not choose a ship this small again. We are not drinkers and most of the activities centered around alcohol. The pool is ... Read more
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gmanjesh
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
This is our first cruise ever and a familly of 14 adults and 8 kids. We were pleasantly surprise. My parents visiting from India had apprehensions of a ship being dirty and wet but were completely awed by the ship and cleanliness ... Read more
Nollymer
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Boy we just get out of the ship yesterday and booked again! The ship is showing its age but they were doing maintenance all the time, that was great to see! We had a blast! I will sum up our experience: Faster to the Fun: Yes, spend ... Read more
rskater59
Member Since 2007
1 review
89 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as it was during school vacation week and the DW is a secretary in the school system. It fell within our budget. Embarkation was fine. Uber had an issue at the port and got a ticket, but we were fine. Ship: ... Read more
SnowbirdWannaB
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
21 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
For our kids' first cruise with our boys aged 16 and 11, we chose Carnival's 5-night Bahamas cruise aboard the Elation. This was only the second cruise for myself and DH; our first was 7-nights aboard Celebrity Reflection. So, we've kind ... Read more
Kacot
Member Since 2014
1 review
13 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Just got back early this morning from our 5 night cruise on the Elation. Once again I was pleasantly surprised by our experience, especially after reading some of the other reviews on this forum. We took a taxi directly from the airport ... Read more
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