Carnival Elation Memorial Day weekend May 21-24, 2009: Carnival Elation Cruise Review by Yukon111
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Carnival Elation Memorial Day weekend May 21-24, 2009
Destination: Mexican Riviera
For a 3 night cruise, I really had fun. I've only been on 7 night cruises so I wasn't really sure what to expect with a weekend cruise. Due to the swine flu, we went to Catalina Island and only did a technical stop in
EMBARKATION: I love
Room Steward service was good. Had no issues. Tipped him a little extra to keep our water cooler filled with ice which he did daily. The first time I've had a towel animal on my first night so I was impressed. Usually don't get it on the first night in my experience.
Dinner - we were assigned a table for 8. I personally like to sit with my hubby only but I can handle one other couple hoping they aren't weird/rude etc. Our "rear" dining room didn't have a matre d there so we went to the center dining room and waited in line to speak to the maitre d. He found us a table for 2 for our 6pm first seating that we wanted. Now we were only about 4 inches apart from the table beside us but it was okay. We gave a $20 bill to "007" our maitre d and told him he was awesome. Food was great. Never disappointed. Service wasn't the best I've had but certainly acceptable. But I didn't tip extra like I usually do cuz it wasn't outstanding. The last night menu didn't look that great in the dining room so we opted for the lido on the last night. Worked out fine for us cuz I was kind of craving a grilled Rueben sandwich. Yum. I never went hungry that's for sure.
ENTERTAINMENT: Comedian was funny. I thought he was a little over the top with picking on gays/Chinese/Mexicans etc. But I did enjoy his show. We played name that tune and had a blast & got crazy with it. Watched the hairy chest contest. Didn't do much other shows cuz I am a karaoke cruiser so I will always choose karaoke over a show anytime. Went to karaoke every night. Too bad the host didn't know what she was doing. It would have been much better if she had a clue how to run a karaoke system or manage a rotation but I still had fun. Many songs music was either blaring or too low and you had to stop singing to tell her "turn it up please I can't hear the music" duh. Still had a good time.
Lots of partiers in the hall the last night. We got back to the cabin about 11:30 to crash for the night and people were loudly talking and yelling to one another down the hall etc. We called security and asked them to make their presence known & ask them to quiet it down a little. Less than 5 minutes later there was silence so no more issues. At least not until I was out like a light.
DEBARKATION: There were tons of Mexican names being called over the loud speaker to report to immigration. The ship didn't clear customs until 8:45am. We were doing self-assist so we had our bags with us. We were assigned luggage tag 17 but we assumed we would be called by deck for self assist like all my previous CCL cruises. Not the case. Debark paperwork said we needed to leave our cabins by 8:30am and go upstairs to the lido main pool. I really didn't want to take all my bags upstairs to have to go back downstairs again but we had to leave the cabin & didn't know what else to do. Definitely a process that needs improvement. They started calling tag numbers around 8:45. We were tag#17 so I thought we were in for a long wait. There was a passenger standing by me that heard me talking to my hubby and said "they aren't paying any attention to tag numbers so just join the pack when they call the next set of numbers." They called the next group of numbers & off we went. Yay. Walked across the street to our car and we were heading home 15 minutes later.
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