Carnival Elation Cruise Review by lexbuergers: Not Sure What Everybody's Problem Is. We Had a Blast
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Not Sure What Everybody's Problem Is. We Had a Blast
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: New Orleans
The week before we took our cruise on the Carnival Elation, we made the mistake of reading the reviews on here and were suddenly scared to death that we had burned our vacation on a potentially horrible experience. After our five days aboard, our only question is what everybody's problem was.
Maybe it's because we don't go out to eat all the time and when we travel we don't stay at the Ritz, but we had an AMAZING trip that more than met every pre-review reading expectation we had.
The staff was friendly and helpful, we were certainly never wanting for food or drinks and we were never short on things to do.
We took our two teenage sons with us and they enjoyed both the scheduled activities for their age groups and spending time with the new friends they had made.
We all thought the food was terrific. Maybe it's not five star, but it was very good. Our head waiter int he main dining room (Edmund) was great and we really enjoyed our time with him. More
Our room (an outside ocean view -- bigger window than the porthole) was small and there were four of us in it, but guess what, this is A SHIP. Of course it's small. What else was it going to be? Although I thought the upgrade for the window ended up being money well spent. Nothing like waking up and immediately seeing the water, and the window made the room feel bigger.
And the ship did some wear and tear on it, but nothing beyond what I would have expected for a ship of its age and that spends as much time as it does on the water.
If you drink, I do recommend the CHEERS program. With no effort at all we more than got our money's worth on that one. Same way with Bottomless Bubbles for the kids.
Entertainment was really good, especially the musicians. The Erin Michelle Band that played by the casino almost every night was a lot of fun. The comedians were pretty good -- especially Billy D. Washington.
We had an amazing experience that was more than worth every penny we spent on it. If you read all the other reviews and get freaked out, come back to this one to reassure yourself that those were written by folks with what I can only imagine are wild expectations. Less
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Cabin review: E202
Not huge, but even with four people in it, never really felt crowded. Carpet a little dated, but nothing catastrophic. We didn't really spend any time there unless we were asleep.
Port and Shore Excursions
Even without an official excursion we had a great time here.
Walked across the street from the port to a local market and really enjoyed it. People were friendly and not terribly aggressive. There was what looked like it was intended to be a more mainstream shopping center that was either not quite up and running or was on its way out. Don't walk up that far unless you REALLY want to go to the Hard Rock there.
Cabs were readily available and not expensive.
We took one to Ocean Beach. Cab captain told us it was free access, which I guess maybe it was, but the guy out front wanted $12 a person. That at least included chairs, umbrellas, water inflatables, kayaks, snorkel equipment. Even though it was an unexpected cost it was way worth it. Also cheap beers!
Cab was an easy trip back. Made the boat without any trouble.
REALLY glad we went with an excursion at this port. Didn't seem as well organized as Cozumel.
We wanted to go to a Mayan ruin site and this one was a great option. A short 30-minute bus ride to the ruins (as opposed to a 2-hour drive each way on another ruins excursion) and plenty of time to look around. Plus there was an opportunity to swim in a beautiful sink hole at the site.
After we left the ruins we took the bus back to the beach where we were taken to the Corona Beach Club. The "open bar" wasn't open in the U.S. sense. You could have Corona beer, daquiris or margaritas and the drinks were small, but they'd bring you one (or two or four) every minute if you asked. The free snacks were just chips and salsa (pico de gallo), but they were good, and again you could have as much as you wanted.
Overall it was a great time and worth the money.
Wouldn't do Carnival again.
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