We arrived at NOLA on the morning of May 23rd. We paid the $65 parking fee (it's only $30 in Galveston) and starting the process of boarding the ship. I must say that it was a pretty straight-forward process and flowed pretty quickly. We were on the ship in less than an hour.
Once onboard, we went straight to the Lido deck to get lunch. Being that I've said Carnival before I knew what to expect: burgers, chicken strips and hot dogs. I was also looking forward to that awesome salsa and pita chips they serve. YUMMY! I also love their potatoe salad for some reason, quirky I know. I never ate from the Tiffany Buffet because none of that food appealed to me. I did, however, take advantage of the dessert bar and ice-cream machines several times.
Okay, back on track.... After lunch we found our cabin.. 220 on the Upper Deck. This was on the back of the ship. I have always had a cabin mid-ship and now I know why. I felt every gear that was shifted and lots of movement. Not too bad since I don't get sea-sick but if a person does, this would be a problem. Our cabin Steward was I Putu and he was very good. There was only one electrical outlet in the room, and since I use a C-PAP and run a fan at night, plus needing to charge my iPod, I Putu brought me an extension cord with 3 plug. It was very much appreciated. The room was adequate for the two of us. It was clean and cool, which is my two main things. The bathroom was roomy enough and stocked with clean towels at all times. Yeah, the decor is outdated but so what. I wasn't in my room alot except for sleeping and showering anyhow.
Night one we skipped the dining room and went back to the Lido Deck and had a burger. We watched the Superstar Karaoke show and this was a highlight of the cruise. I can't remember the ladies name who hosted it, but she was a riot. She acted out every song with dance, facial expressions and was just hilarious. GREAT CHOICE CARNIVAL. All of the folks who performed with the live band that night were just exceptionally good singers.
After this show, we went to the Welcome Aboard show. It was a waste of time and we left. We are country music lovers and found a goldmine across from the Drama Bar. Ron, the one-man band, was performing classic country and souther rock-n-roll. He was just amazing to me because he could make his guitar sound like any instrument. We enjoyed him so much the entire cruise.
We caught the casino for a while and I actually won about $50 the first night. After that, we retired to the cabin to find our beds turned down and the towel animals. So cute!
The next day was a day at sea. I got up around 9 and had breakfast on the Lido deck. French toast was very good. I also had an omlette. Yummy! Their grapefruit wedges are also awesome. After breakfast, I showered and strolled around the ship. We did a trival game, played and lost my $50 casino winnings, and met some new friends. Lots of laughter. We had early dining, and it was formal night, so off we went all dressed up. We took lots of pictures enroute to the dining room which was fun. I was not impressed with the food in the dining room any night we went. I don't care for seafood, so that was out. I tried the steak two nights and it was never cooked well done enough for me. The wait staff was good. Not having teriffic food in the dining room is not a big deal for me, although of the 6 cruises I've been on this was the worst. Oh well. There's always pizza and it was good!
After dinner, went to the see the Rock-N-Roll show and it was just terrific. We ending the night with Ron.
Next day was Cozumel and I didn't even get off the boat. I've been so many times. My companions went to Paradise Beach and had a great time. I stayed onboard and slept until 10 am, had breakfast, lunch, had plenty of room in the pool and hot tub and took a nap before the others came back around 3. At 6 we did the dining room again and that night we went to see Ron, casino and then the Fiesta on Lido with Mexican buffet. Yummy! We had a great time.
On the final day at sea we just relaxed and followed the same routine as the prior days with breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was great weather and we enjoyed the deck. We did catch the late comedian who was not very funny in my opinion.
We were up early for disembarkation. We ate a good breakfast and waited for the cruise director to call our deck name so we could get off the boat and head home.
I had sailed on the Elation back in 2005, right after Katrina. It was just as I remembered. She's a little weathered, but still a beautiful ship. I would recommend it.
We are sailing on the Magic in October and we are very excited about that!