Excellent Cruise from Coast to Coast: Carnival Elation Cruise Review by LaJollaCruiser
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Excellent Cruise from Coast to Coast
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego
I was in a 1A cabin on Riviera deck and it was perfect. New carpeting complimented the standard Fantasy-class color scheme.
Your Time dining works extremely well aboard Elation. Monika, the Imagination dining room hostess is superb and makes sure your table is just what you want. I only had to wait a couple of times in two weeks for seating; usually seating was instant.
The cabin steward, Romeo, was also superb. He kept everything spotless and kept the wash-and-fold laundry coming and going on schedule.
Those who wanted non-stop activity may have been disappointed on this sailing as there seemed to be a dirth of More scheduled fun, but then, this was a long cruise with an older clientele and the frat-party atmosphere one finds on three- and four-day Carnival itineraries would have been out of place on this very tranquil, slow-paced cruise. Comedians and magicians flew on and off during the course of the two weeks so there were plenty of new entertainers in the evening.
The ports-of-call were the usual Canal-itinerary ones and did not disappoint.
One thing I personally missed was any sort of on-board lecturer: it might have been nice to have had lectures about the Canal and about the historically significant ports we visited, at least on this particular sailing.
All in all, Carnival did a wonderful job with this sailing, and if it were possible to repeat it, I definitely would. Elation is an excellent ship and the crew is a happy one. Less
Cabin review: 1AR50 Interior Upper/Lower
This cabin is next to the forward elevator bank and is very convenient to the atrium. It is plenty big enough and for one or two people, was perfect. I didn't notice any noise at all from the elevator lobby, and because the corridor is a middle one, there is very little foot traffic past the door.Read All Interior Upper/Lower (1A) Reviews >>
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