We booked our 4rd cruise on the Carnival Elation July 18-25, 2004, and had a BLAST!! Here is our Review! (Galveston, fun day at sea, Progresso, Cozumel, Belize, fun day at sea, fun day at sea, Galveston).
Boarding: On Sunday morning really early we woke up, got ready and left for Galveston. We got in Galveston around 9:00 and had to wait in a little waiting room until the customs opened for us to go in. Finally after waiting we got to go through all the customs and get our s/s card etc.! After a little bit more waiting, it is now about 12:55, this guy told us how we were going to board and all.
First look at inside of the Elation: When we walked in our first look was at the big Atrium!! With the Atrium Bar and the grand staircase with glass elevators it was just breathtaking!!!!! Also the ship smelled clean!
Cabin: Our cabin was a little bit lower than what we normally book, but we were very much pleased with it! We had cabin numbers R170 and R182 on the Riviera deck!! We actually liked the lower deck! The only thing about it we did not like was that for the safety drill we had to climb 9 flights of stairs because they would not let us use the elevators! The rooms are also quite big! And in the window you can sit in it..our girls like to do that!!
Food Tiffanys: Tiffanys is located on the Lido deck the 10th deck where the pool is. They serve hamburgers, hot dogs and different country foods, etc. But something that you should not miss is the Pizza!! It's very yummy!!
Dinning room: We ate in the early Inspiration dining room. First we had waiters Joel and Rita but we had to change tables and got Henry and Nicholae! They were all the best!! In the dining room that's where the best food is!! They have a prime rib to die for! There are so many different good things to get in the formal dining room that I can't name all of them!!! The day you set sail they do not do this but the very first full day you have been on the ship the waiters sing and dance (and you can dance with them)! Its really fun!! My 4 year old just had a ball!!!
Activities to do: The day you set sail there is a sail away party where you play games and learn a dance...its fun!! And also throughout the cruise the ship dancers teach you different dances such as the Austin Powers dance, how to Salsa dance and tons more!! Some other activities are the men's harry chest comp., Fun Ship Survivor, passenger talent show, Not so Newly Wed game (VERY FUNNY!!), Karaoke, disco, etc.!!
Ports of call: Well..we went to Progresso, Cozumel and we were supposed to go to Belize but did not get to get to get off the ship because of the transportation strike!!:(..but the caption said over the speaker and said that they were going to make the day we were supposed to be in Belize a fun day at sea and then the next day be in Playa del Carmen!
Progresso: In Progresso we did not go to town because we did not want to ride the bus all the way! But instead right where the bus waiting place is there are these little shops that you can go and shop!! Very clean and it's just enough if you do not want to ride the bus!!
Cozumel: This was our 3rd time in Cozumel! Its great! When we docked there were two other Carnival Ships there..The Carnival Fascination and Glory. After we docked three other ships docked, the Disney Magic right beside us (when they docked the Disney horn was "When you wish upon a star!!), the Celebrity Century and the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the seas! Cozumel was loaded with ships!!We went to Playa Mia Beach (the old Playa del Sol beach)! We had a good time there but it was just WAY WAY WAY TO HOT!!! So then we left back for the ship!
Belize: Well can't say much about Belize because of the strike..But I know it would have been fun!!
Playa del Carmen: Instead of Belize we went to Playa del Carmen, which was the prettiest town ever!! The only thing that we did not like were the big tenders!!They are soooo much different from the ones that were in Belize!! In Playa del Carmen we just walked around the beautiful town!!!
Galveston: On Sunday morning we were SICK!!! We had to get off :(!! That was the worst part of the cruise!!! Ughhh!! But now we are getting ready for our next cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy 11-11-04!! CAN'T WAIT!!!
Thanks!! If you have any questions about the Elation just ask!!!