First time traveling with our best friends on a cruise we took time to enjoy two days in New Orleans before hopping on the Elation down the mighty Mississippi.
The Elation is in wonderful shape for her age. No issues there whatsoever.
Our cabin steward Willy did a good job throughout the cruise, but he real wasn't that personable. There were two cabin maintenance issues which were quickly fixed.
Started off on the Lido for our first meal and naturally beat everyone to the punch as Platinum members. Parked myself in front of the Deli line and proceeded to wait there for about 13 minutes. The two guys running the deli, for lack of a better term, sucked. Possible the worse two Carnival employees I have ever seen. They really didn't care to even be there. Hopefully, they will be removed soon.
The Lido food was good and the lines were not bad, but the employees all looked whooped. No enthusiasm at all.
In the main dining room, the food, once again, was fabulous. Very awkward with our head waiter as we really didn't know who it was until day #3. He warmed up by then, but that was a first time experience not knowing who our wait staff was.
Personal in the gift shops was fine and they had a decent selection of items.
We spent a lot of time in the casino and the staff there was excellent except for the casino host who was very impersonal and uninterested.
The Cruise Director, Steve Knisley did a excellent job throughout the cruise. One of his assistants who ran the comedy club and other functions was extremely weird, mad scientist types who was uncomfortable to even watch.
We managed to watch the opening show and it was well done. The dancers and singers, as usual, were great. We only got to one other show and whoever produced it should be shot! The name of the show was "WIN" and it was the worse production show I have ever seen in my life. We walked out, with others halfway through because we just couldn't take any more of it. I felt really bad for the dancers.
Overall, we always enjoy our cruises and this one was great too. The staff has issues, overall, and I don't know why but it need to be fixed. A first time cruise would have been turned off.