Wonderful Cruise!: Carnival Elation Cruise Review by Pollywog72
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Destination: Mexican Riviera
We did the Chef's table, and it was absolutely incredible! It was well worth the extra money.
The Elation was very clean. Our suite was perfect! The favorite part of the ship for me was our balcony. I had read some bad reviews before we cruised. Now I have come to the conclusion that some people just cannot be satisfied! If you don't have a good time on your Elation cruise, then it is your own fault.
There are many different activities going on daily. They will be listed in your funtimes news letter that is delivered to your room daily. Everything from trivia style games, afternoon teas, dance classes,karaoke,exercise classes even the men's hairy chest competition. Plus you can pick up an extra copy at guest services. There are laundry facilities with coin operated washers and dryers and a free iron. The Las Vegas style shows on the Elation were both wonderful. I went to see "Rock". I still can't believe those dancers can perform like that on a moving ship. The Mikado is gorgeous too! My mom went to see "Win", and she like it even better than "Rock". I heard the comedians are very good! They have a family friendly plus an adult performance. There are all types of live music. Piano players to rock bands. The internet cafe is right across from guest services, and there is always someone there to assist you. There is some very nice duty free shops on the ship. Great prices on jewelry, alcohol and cigarettes.
We took the Dzibilchaltun ruins, horse show and Mexican buffet excursion through Carnival in Progreso. I would highly recommend this excursion. In Cozumel we did the City, Shopping, beach and lunch excursion through Carnival also. We had a great time. I would recommend doing your silver and gemstone shopping in Progreso instead of Cozumel. The prices were much better in Progreso than Cozumel. There are many different lectures on the ship about shopping at the ports. If you go to some of these you will find out some great information plus get some good coupons.
The worst thing about our cruise is that we had to go home. LOL We put our bags outside on our last night. We were zone 1. We just went to our designated meeting area for our zone, and got right off of the ship after the self assist group left. We were off the ship, and through customs in about 15 minutes.
I would disregard some of these bad reviews about the Elation that are out there. If you go with an open mind and realize nothing is perfect, then you will have a blast. I just booked a cruise on the Elation's October 15, 2011 last sailing out of Mobile. Less
Cabin review: GSU102 Grand Suite
We were in GS U102. We were almost directly mid ship. We had a nice size bathroom with whirlpool bath plus a shower. We had plenty of closet and drawer space. 2 twin beds that convert to a king size. The beds and linens were very comfortable. The Carnival robes were so nice! Our balcony was my favorite part of the whole ship. We had a nice large couch that folded out into a bed. We did not use the couch as a bed, because we only had 2 in the room. There were at least 2 different outlets in the room, and the temperature was controlled by a lever in the vent in the ceiling. We never heard a peep from our hallway or neighbors. I would love to book this cabin again.Read All Grand Suite (GS) Reviews >>