We scheduled a mid-winter cruise on Carnival Elation as a " practice cruise" for our big cruise to Alaska in May. We were excited and ready for a new experience. We stayed one night at a Biloxi casino in a new and modern luxury hotel and were spoiled for what we expected on the ship. Looking back at the catalog, our cabin was not at all like the one pictured; it was old fashioned, cramped, and had one stool that was size appropriate for a child. We had to crawl over the bed to look out the window.
I was pleased with the storage space, enough for our suitcases and hung clothes. There was a service area to iron clothes if needed, however, we didn't need to go there this time.
There was certainly a lot of action going on for family as well as adults. Despite some cold weather, kids were in the pools and people ate outside on the decks. We enjoyed a cool drink while waiting to depart Cozumel. Service staff was everywhere, waiting on everyone; very easy to get service . Our compliments to the staff, especially our room stewardess, Tapa. Embarkation was out of New Orleans, easy and smooth, once we found the terminal. Thank goodness for Garmin as there were no signs in the city for the terminal areas. Disembarkation was also smooth. We were off the ship in a matter of just a few minutes.
It appears to us that the Elation is certainly an older ship and is due to be updated. We probably would prefer another ship if we take this cruise again.