The Elation is an older ship, but well maintained. It is a smaller cruise ship.
We were a bit miffed at the ban on alcoholic drinks when we boarded. You are allowed only one 750 ml bottle of wine per person. We did have a several mini-bottles of alcohol and some small, 375 ml bottles of wine in our suitcases. We did not declare them, and they successfully got through. Drinks are very expensive on the ship -- about $6.50 for a beer and similar for a small mixed drink.
Generally, dinners were very good, but with an unexplicable absence of seasoning in some dishes.
Entertainment was a bit spotty. The four evenings we spent on the ship only provided a couple of Broadway type shows. Other evenings were taken up with an "amateur hour" format.
The procedure to play in the casino was unnecessarily complicated, with a requirement of establishing pin numbers, passwords, and the like. We are not very enthusiastic gamblers. The rigamarole for passwords and the like put us off, and we stayed clear of the casino.
Entertainment was good. The ship had about five or six bars or lounges. After 9:00 p.m., every bar seemed to have a musical group playing. We especially liked the Jamaican Reggae.
The general purpose buffet restaurant, called Tiffany's, was very satisfactory but became overcrowed to an extreme, with people carrying trays wandering around trying to find a table. After a couple of bad experiences, we went to this restaurant either a little early or a little late.
All in all, we were reasonably satisfied with the cruise. We would consider going on another Carnival cruise in the future.