2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was perfect for our two first time cruisers. Not too big, not too long and ports that have lots to choose from. Same great Carnival food, service and dance parties as the big ships. Benefits of a smaller ship and carnival include ... Read More
This was perfect for our two first time cruisers. Not too big, not too long and ports that have lots to choose from. Same great Carnival food, service and dance parties as the big ships. Benefits of a smaller ship and carnival include fastest and friendliest dinner service at sea. Also way easier to get on and off of than a mega ship. It was a younger, rowdier crowd than we’re used to seeing on cruise ships out of Florida. Older ship with no rock climbing walls or ropes course and only one pool. But maintained very well. It works for a short cruise with one sea day. I wouldn’t want a longer cruise with more sea days on this ship. Drinks were way more expensive than any cruise we’ve ever been on. You need to have planned excursions tours or daypasses in Bahamas. We always go to Atlantis in Nassau. We got a day pass for viva Wyndham fortuna in Freeport. Was really great day. Kayaking some snorkeling pools great beach buffets snack bars and drinks included. They have a scuba shop but we did not use it. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
I sailed with a group of ladies. The dining seated was constantly messed up to keep us together. I realize we had a large group, but what happened to assigned seating. Breakfast in the Imagination Room, we were always told that we had to ... Read More
I sailed with a group of ladies. The dining seated was constantly messed up to keep us together. I realize we had a large group, but what happened to assigned seating. Breakfast in the Imagination Room, we were always told that we had to wait for the rest of the group to show up. We would then look around and find other members of our group already seated. When we asked to be seated close to them, we were told they couldn't do that. The food wasn't like I remembered it was either. No special dishes like duck or escargot, many American dishes like mac and cheese and fried chicken for a main dish. Two elevators were down and being worked on. While we were at Freeport, there were maintenance workers everywhere I looked working on the ship. The ship rocked back and forth the entire trip. I am not sure if it was the Captain sailing to fast or the age of the ship not have stabilizers to avoid to rocking Many people said that they weren't going to sail again. Our window leaked water into the room on the last night. I called maintenance. They didn't send anyone to look at it. I really think that Carnival needs to retire the Elation. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Great to be with an older girls cruise for the long weekend. Friendly service. Food so-so and always only mildly warmed in dining room. Bread very hard. As for entertainment, the dance shows were LOUD electric music with flashing ... Read More
Great to be with an older girls cruise for the long weekend. Friendly service. Food so-so and always only mildly warmed in dining room. Bread very hard. As for entertainment, the dance shows were LOUD electric music with flashing lights. Singers going to the top of voice range which means I had to put hands over ears. Nice costumes and movement around stage. Avoid Kirk as a comedian. Saying the best part for last was the newly appointed cruise director——Chris. So full of life! Makes everything he does so fun Whether it is Harry Potter trivia or atrium music. Awesome!!!! This was his first cruise director position and he was ready for it. He had an accessory for each event he was doing. He was entertaining just to talk to. Boring destinations but only ones if leaving from Jacksonville. Parking easy, Embarked within 30 minutes. Could have been sooner if Elation could figure how to disembark. Total headache. Easy walkoff took until 10:00. Poor ports, mediocre food, and terrible disembark gives it a three. On deck, Guys burgers and burrito bar are good. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
19th cruise, 9th with Carnival and this was the best ship out of Jax so far! M148 was large with converting twins, no elevator noise and excellent room stewards! Don’t buy the alcohol package, the ship ran out of Budlight and Michelob ... Read More
19th cruise, 9th with Carnival and this was the best ship out of Jax so far! M148 was large with converting twins, no elevator noise and excellent room stewards! Don’t buy the alcohol package, the ship ran out of Budlight and Michelob Ultra day 4 so everyone hashtagged Facebook to complain- crew bar below deck had to give up theirs so we had beer by end of day. Ship was clean, employees were polite and the ship didn’t not smell of sewage like other reviews complained about BUT no free lobster, yes we had a bar fight and a couple went to jail. A lot of pot smell but security and housekeeping cleaned house and more people went to boat jail. People who drank too much and yes we saw a few were escorted to their room, card cut off and all alcohol removed for 48 hours! Guys hamburgers were okay but definitely ask for a double and don’t take no for an answer. They have to give you what you ask for! Pool was drained and cleaned everyday, tables were always stocked...to be honest the only problem our group had was was rude cruisers with an attitude that they should be treated like royalty. The Jax Port is being refurbished so here is the best tip I can give you...get there early and forget what your boarding pass says..people who were scheduled at 2 pm were on board at noon! They have no where to make you wait at so just get on board as soon as you can or you will be standing in the heat sweating your butt off! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my first time on a Carnival Cruise. I didn't like it at all. The service was great from everyone that worked there though.however the cruise itself was disappointing. This ship is really dated and it shows. The handicapped ... Read More
This was my first time on a Carnival Cruise. I didn't like it at all. The service was great from everyone that worked there though.however the cruise itself was disappointing. This ship is really dated and it shows. The handicapped room we had was very small and claustophobic like. The bed that came down from the ceiling made sleeping on the one below it feel like a casket. It had wood on top of you and on the side of you which didn't allow u to be comfortable in the bed. You can hit your head and won't be able to watch TV from it. The way the room is setup is very weird. The TV needs to be placed where everyone can see it. There's a lack of walking space in between the beds and the cabin itself. The bathroom was spacious and comfortable.it was nice to sit on a shower chair and have great pressure come from the hand held shower. The floor does get wet but the water drains thru the drains on the floor. There is good space for putting things away like clothing and personal items. There's a small fridge and a safe. This cabin was R298. It was in the middle of nowhere as far as trying to access any of the popular area from it.It was quite a walk. I recommend a scooter not a wheelchair on this ship and in the Bahamas. Way too much walking and the heat on the island is extremely hot and fatiques you easily. the elevators were small and took a very long time to come down to you and a lot of the time they were already filled with people so you had to continue waiting even longer for the next elevator. the ship itself had barely any gift shops to shop at and they were very small not to mention very expensive. I highly recommend to have any medications or toiletries with you from home instead of buying them on the ship. My mom got sick on the ship with a cold and had to pay $12 for a small package of cold medicine. There were a lot of bars and lounges on the ship, however I didn't feel that there was enough of a choice of food to eat. The buffet had two sides to it and both sides had the same kind of food which was very limited as far as what they were serving. I was looking forward to the Mongolian station but I never did get to see it. Guys burger joint and blue iguana Cantina are located outside near the pool area which is extremely crowded and very hot. There were two main dining rooms and I did not like the food on the ship at all regardless of where we ate. The temperature of the food a lot of times was just warm not hot. The room service selection was extremely limited unless you were willing to pay a few dollars extra to get something better such as quesadillas. otherwise you were mostly stuck with a couple of salads and some sandwiches to choose from. There was also a deli located around the corner from the buffet which was okay. It's served some sandwiches and hot dogs. I was under the understanding that there was a place called The Seafood Shack on this ship but I did not find that either.The lemonade and the ice tea that are served on the buffet are ok in taste. There is only 1 pools in this ship that I found.It was the main one that had two small hot tubs on either side. A lot of the time the pools were extremely crowded and the hot tubs were filled with children so I was not able to experience either of them. The Serinity part of the ship is completely outdated, it is dosent have the relaxing blue colors they are dull gray colors. I think I saw a small hot tub and no pool. I don't even remember seeing any umbrellas over you while you sat there. There is no bar located there, I did however see someone coming around taking drink orders. We're okay there was a lack of activities to do on the ship. The Spa was extremely small and it did not have a relaxing atmosphere at all almost felt like you were in a doctor's office. my fifteen-year-old attended the teen club once however the club was barely open and it seems very outdated and it also was small. for kids with disabilities they do offer a phone that you can get where they will call you if they are any emergencies for a deposit of $100. I did attend an art gallery showing which was fun it allowed me to learn a little bit more about art and also to enjoy looking at some art and attempting to get some prices and relax with some free champagne. the embarkation process was very simple and organized and the disembarkation process as well however I cannot strongly suggest this enough to have someone with a scooter if you have any mobility issues because it is a lot of walking and it is extremely hot.I would recommend another ship I will try Carnival again but definitely not this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
The food on the ship was very good. They had different types of food all week. Whether you were eating in the dining room or were eating on the Lido deck. The cabins were always clean and anything that was needed was taken care of promptly ... Read More
The food on the ship was very good. They had different types of food all week. Whether you were eating in the dining room or were eating on the Lido deck. The cabins were always clean and anything that was needed was taken care of promptly by the great crew. The entire Effy store crew was just incredible. They made everybody feel welcome, even if you didn't buy anything, their demeanor never changed. The crew at Park West art gallery, when once they found out that you were not buying anything, they became rude, and very dismissive. The men were decent, but the ladies there had very nasty attitudes. There was one thing that was depressing, I went on the cruise for my birthday, and when I booked I was told that they would do something for it, but never heard or seen anything. I enjoyed the entertainment including the shows and BINGO. I would go again on a Carnival cruise, and recommend this to my friends. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
This was my third cruise. The previous two were also with Carnival. This time, I realized that the cruise director is an integral part of the experience. The first two cruise directors were amazing. They were visible and had loads of ... Read More
This was my third cruise. The previous two were also with Carnival. This time, I realized that the cruise director is an integral part of the experience. The first two cruise directors were amazing. They were visible and had loads of activities. This guy, Kevin, sucked. I felt like we were attending a conference or something. There were mostly zero fun activties during the day for adults. Most of them were either various seminars or shopping events. Me and my crew meandered that ship every day in search of something to do only to end up sitting aroun or napping in our rooms. Anything worth attending happened at night during dinner, but the show were all the same and not even exciting. The last day at sea was the most exciting and most reminiscent of past Carnival cruises. There was trivia and karaoke going on all day just how I was expecting. Why couldn’t all the other days be like that? Anyway, what I really wanted to say was that any and all complaints most people had on this ship was of no fault of the employees at all. This ship was severely understaffed, and the services were extremely slow—especially dinner service. The wait staff worked hard to to give us the five star service we’re all used to, but they simply couldn’t. There weren’t enough of them. We even saw this in housekeeeping. One person in our party had a balcony room. She noticed that her room steward was the one who cleaned the balcony instead of someone from the team of people who used to take care of that. All of these cutbacks are being mad to the staff, yet Carnival is making bank right now. They are having a banner year at their employees’ expense, and it isn’t right! The cabin was typical: clean and tidy. Our bathroom often smelled like pee, but I think its because of the toilet brush. It probably has never been replaced. Our head server was Senvil, and he and his helpers were amazing. We had a baby in our party, and they had his high chair and an appetizer ready for him even before the dining room opened so he could eat as soon as we sat down. They treated us like royalty, but he told us about the shortage as well and urged us to complain so perhaps changes could be made. I wouldn’t mind taking this ship again to a different destination as long as Kevin is not the cruise director. I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars again just to be bored. I don’t want this whole thing to be negative, so I will say this. Despite the fact that Carnival doesn’t take the best care of their employees, they certainly train them well! Everyone remembers your name which is so impressive to me. They all act like they really care (and not the fake I’m-just-getting-paid-to-do-this type care). I love that about Carnival cruises, and from what I hear, not every cruise line is like this. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
A few years back I sailed on Carnival from Charleston and was very disappointed by the overall lack of quality on board, especially in dinning options. But three friends and I needed a break after the holidays so we booked 5days on ... Read More
A few years back I sailed on Carnival from Charleston and was very disappointed by the overall lack of quality on board, especially in dinning options. But three friends and I needed a break after the holidays so we booked 5days on Elation. I was so surprised by the changes Carnival has made. The ship was newly out of dry dock last October and in perfect condition. The cabin was fresh and clean and comfy. The food choices were all excellent from self serve to seated dinning room. Loved the Blue Iguana Grill, and the deli sandwiches. And the staff, all kind friendly and hardworking. Now, this is a more boisterous clientele, and Carnival does a good job attracting a younger group, but there were plenty of places to find quiet if that is your choice. My only small complaint was the professional entertainment was not as good as I’ve seen on other cruises, but I don’t cruise for that. And if you choose late dinning you miss out on most of it as 9:00pm was the spot that had the most offering. Also in cabin tv had little to offer as most movie were for kids. Other than that it was terrific for the price we paid and I’d do it again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I choose this cruise due to ports. I have wanted to go to HMC for sometime. I drove up night before and stayed at Jacksonville Plaza and had shuttle to/fro port...hotel and shuttle only had 2 pick up times as if not there your on your ... Read More
I choose this cruise due to ports. I have wanted to go to HMC for sometime. I drove up night before and stayed at Jacksonville Plaza and had shuttle to/fro port...hotel and shuttle only had 2 pick up times as if not there your on your own. A cruise is what you make of it. I made friends via facebook and we still keep in touch. The ship was nice and did note a few repair needs such as chipped paint on rails and decore also sometimes the elevators did not all work..If you book G cabins there is only 1 elevator for them. I won a tour during the fun ashore show and that was an extra for us,nice to learn about the culture and upkeep of Island. My cabin was same,beds were set up when we boarded,Only 2 drawers to put clothing in..Still has small one under desk for meds and brushes.Closets were good. put luggage under beds. Safe is larger now to hold a laptop if you need one.Still choice late clean up since I have teens as travels mates. Had early dining...felt rushed ...will keep YTD option ... The schedule for entertainment...was good...had plenty to choice from; Kevin the CD was awesome...he keeps the cruisers cheerful and laughing,,,love name that tune and singing every night...we even got the teens involved. If you get dropped off and need picked up from port I was told you they need to pay a 10$ fee to enter.... Over all I enjoyed the ship and will sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Price was right, They have upgraded added meal options and bars on Lido deck. It does not have Alchemy but it does have a bar that serves Martinis & drinks like the Alchemy which is great. Also had new EFFY store on ship with great ... Read More
Price was right, They have upgraded added meal options and bars on Lido deck. It does not have Alchemy but it does have a bar that serves Martinis & drinks like the Alchemy which is great. Also had new EFFY store on ship with great prices. Kevin,cruise director was a hoot. Went to PG puchline which were both very good. Room service by Japhet was excellent. Inspiration dining room service was great at times & other times think they probably could have used more help. They worked hard to keep us happy which they succeeded mostly. Maitre de did accommodated us in arranging 6 of us to 1 table. We really appreciated that. Also enjoyed the new app Fun Hub, I liked being able to isolate my favorite activities. On a bigger ship will add texting for $5 for each phone. I really enjoyed 101 on Thomas Kincade & learned a lot. And had fun with Yatzee. Next time may do more games. We had a great time & will do again. Read Less
Meh
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
The shop was very old and outdated. There wasn't much to do with kids except the kids club and pool. The service was great but one of the staff members lost my kids sail and sign card. The food was average nothing to exciting. The ... Read More
The shop was very old and outdated. There wasn't much to do with kids except the kids club and pool. The service was great but one of the staff members lost my kids sail and sign card. The food was average nothing to exciting. The arcade games cost a lot of money to play and our kids spent all our money. The mini golf corse was nice even though it was always crowded and windy. Our room was horrible. When you book the room you don't know if your going to get the renaveted side or not. We got the 1990s side and it was terrible the floor and tiles were very dirty. And they advertise it like everybody get the new room. The private island was okay there wasn't any excursions but Nassau was nice. The app was helpful and it helped me remember formal night. Over all we had a average cruise adventure. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Jacksonville is a convenient drive-to port, and we had not been aboard the Carnival Elation previously. Booking our first back-to-back cruises, total 10 days, we were optimistic that we would not be bored. As 80+ though active ... Read More
Jacksonville is a convenient drive-to port, and we had not been aboard the Carnival Elation previously. Booking our first back-to-back cruises, total 10 days, we were optimistic that we would not be bored. As 80+ though active passengers, we especially appreciate the perks of being "platinum" Carnival cruisers. With early check in, we went directly to our prepared cabin to unload minimal carry-on bags and then had an early lunch; afterwards, we retreated to our cabin during the boarding process for most passengers. Platinum level guests also receive free laundry, depending on the cruise length, a chocolate tray delivered to the cabin, a platinum/diamond party, and other amenities, depending on the ship. The safety drill always seems to take longer than necessary since most passengers appear to wander to their assigned stations in a leisurely manner; more emphatic announcements could help this issue. Overall, our cabin was quite comfortable despite drawer handles that are loose and aged furnishings like the wall-mounted, older TV that is a hazard for those walking to the window. An extensive dry-dock call in September, 2017 should address many issues. We love the art deco lighting fixtures and also the smaller, more intimate feel of the ship. A special spa treat gave me sparkling toenails in the luxurious setting with skilled providers. Since we are not concerned with rock-climbing or zip-line adventures, we were quite content with our accommodations and activities. The library's offerings could use updating though I did find a few books to read. My husband downloads several books on his ipad for a trip, and I enjoy games, investigating the ship's offerings, and meeting people. The art show/auction seemed inviting rather than pretentious, and I won two pieces of artwork that I am enjoying. Some ports on the two five-day cruises were the same though we did get to enjoy Half Moon Cay on an amazing day......ours was the only ship in port at the time, so the luxury of beautiful surroundings, ample chaises, and a picnic lunch ashore made for an excellent stop. We do wish for more ports like this one as shopping for jewels and over-priced merchandise (made in China with the port logo stamped on) are not appealing. Our cabin steward and dining room servers were excellent; perhaps those who complain should consider that others should be treated the way they would like to be treated. What if your entree is a bit late? Really, where are you going? You are on the ship. Overall, we are quite happy with a smaller ship and hope to sail again on the Elation, following its renovation. We are platinum members, by the way, because of the number of days on previous cruises. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We were suppose to go to the Bahamas but because of Mattews we had to go to Key West which was great. The Captain keep us away from the storm .I don't think we even had rain . This ship is old but still looks good.The staff was ... Read More
We were suppose to go to the Bahamas but because of Mattews we had to go to Key West which was great. The Captain keep us away from the storm .I don't think we even had rain . This ship is old but still looks good.The staff was great.The food was okay.The shows are not very good. The Jacksonvlle port was great. I have been cruising since 1989 on all size ships and I have found out you are the one who makes the cruise and you get what you paid for.I have seen people having a great time.on all of them. When you have people waiting on you hand and foot and all you have to do is watch the sun come up and go down it is worth every penny.I can't wait to book my next cruise. We have fun watching roll call and counting down the days PS They should get rid of smoking in the casino .It was so bad you could smell it on the floor below Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We had a great time... the staff was all very friendly... and, the food was great! Our dinner staff headed by Danilo and his team was super. And our breakfast every day at Imagination was excellent and one of the best breakfast we ever ... Read More
We had a great time... the staff was all very friendly... and, the food was great! Our dinner staff headed by Danilo and his team was super. And our breakfast every day at Imagination was excellent and one of the best breakfast we ever had. Also, our housekeeper named Norman and his partner bent over backwards to do everything they could for us. The show at night was very entertaining and all professional. It was our first time to be on a cruise and it was such a fun and memorable experience.The food on the buffet everyday are all good. And going to Half Moon Cay was such a fun experience. The only thing we miss was the lobster dinner.We would definitely sail on this Carnival vessel again! We would like to thank the whole staff who really went out of there way for us to have this wonderful experience Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
I cruised out of New Orleans with three friends. We booked two ocean view rooms on the Riveria deck midship. This was my 17th cruise (9 of them on Carnival). One of my friends was on her second cruise and the other two were on their first ... Read More
I cruised out of New Orleans with three friends. We booked two ocean view rooms on the Riveria deck midship. This was my 17th cruise (9 of them on Carnival). One of my friends was on her second cruise and the other two were on their first cruise. We all had a great time! We went to two ports - Cozumel and Progreso. I had been to Cozumel at least 5 times before. I decided to try something different so we went to Paradise Beach. It was very beautiful here. It is a $15 cab fare (for 4 people) each way. We stayed here about two hours and had lunch. I would definitely return. Our next port was Progreso. I had never been here before so we decided to take the public bus to Merida. It costs $5 each way and was about an hour drive each way. Merida was nice. We had lunch right across from the park in the middle of town. We got back to Progreso with about an hour and half to spare so we did a little shopping by the port. Prices were a little cheaper than Cozumel. The food on board Elation was very good. The lines were long at several places like the Mongolian Grill. I did have lunch here one day. There was only 5 people in front of me but it still took about 15 minutes to get my food. We ate in the MDR every night with anytime timing. We were quite happy with the quality of the food as well as the service. We saw several of the shows and went to the piano bar 3 different nights. The only shows I did not care for was the comedians. These are usually my favorite shows. We saw all of two family friendly shows and about 5 minutes of an adult show. I just didn't think any of the 3 shows were that funny. Embarkation and disembarkation were both painless. We parked our car in the parking garage at 11:30 and was eating lunch on the Lido deck before 12:30. They called our number at 9:30 to disembark and we were loaded up with our luggage on the road by 10:20. This was a very relaxing cruise! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Our vacation in New Orleans included this short cruise because my daughter wanted to go on a ship with a water slide. No other cruise line sails out of New Orleans this time of year. Our hotel, which she chose, doesn’t have a pool. ... Read More
Our vacation in New Orleans included this short cruise because my daughter wanted to go on a ship with a water slide. No other cruise line sails out of New Orleans this time of year. Our hotel, which she chose, doesn’t have a pool. Elation fit our budget and schedule perfectly and delivered a memorable experience. Our cabin was exceptional, a corner in the very transom of the ship with a view overlooking the wake. Some vibration but it didn’t bother us at all. The storage locker forces you to step over the bed to get to the porthole. My kid loved to curl up in the recess and close the curtain. Cabin service was superb and although the grout in the shower floor was darkly stained I personally witnessed some guy scrubbing it with some noxious liquid and wire brush so I know it was clean. The antique CRT television was so bad the letters and graphics on the screen were hard to read but we weren’t there much to watch it. The cabins are pinkish and look dated but are comfortable and functional with ample storage. As others said, bring a power strip—serious outlet shortage in these cabins and we brought several devices that needed charging. Having been on Fascination , a sister, and other Carnival ships, I knew about Joe Farcus and his concepts of interior design and architecture so seeing life-size robots with gears for a heart, fanciful depictions of Renaissance Verona and splashy use of neon and LED lighting were no surprise. This ship uses wood-tone laminate to keep public areas looking warm, particularly in the atrium. My favorite was the Mark Twain Library, with gorgeous model paddle-wheelers and sumptuous seating for reading, games or computing. One thing Carnival’s interiors do well—force you out of your usual visual mindset and get you to forget you’re on a ship. There is plenty of open deck space and a sufficient stock of lounge chairs to keep everyone happily sunning. The Serenity Deck, aft, is adults-only and provides a nice respite from the noise and hubbub around the main pool. You will not, however, be able to escape the boorish ignoramus who is unaware of lounge-chair protocol no matter where you go so be prepared. Sailaway deck party was the usual to be found on most ships, what made this unusual for us was the difference sailing out of this port when our only previous experience was sailing out of South Florida. We COULD NOT BELIEVE how long it took to reach the open water of the Gulf of Mexico. This was almost like two cruises in one: a Mississippi River cruise coupled with an ocean cruise to Cozumel. Entertainment on board seemed to please everyone. Although I didn’t particularly enjoy either comedian (walked out, actually) and the stage show was cheap and cheesy (recorded music, no set changes, basic choreography) I was most impressed by the magician who performed for us both at dinner in the MDR and at Chef’s Table. The card trick involving his tie was a jaw-dropper as well as the hand-rubbing floral fragrance trick. Karaoke is divided between “family” and “adult.” We sang at both. Everything else you expect from hairy-chests and belly-flops and muffin-tops and bingo and champagne art auctions are there in abundance. My kid was so busy with the instant BFFs she made at Circle C (the “camp” for 12-14 year-olds) I only saw her at dinner and occasionally when I walked through the buffet restaurant to get to the Serenity Deck. No one (except maybe Disney) takes care of kids better than Carnival. I recommend the Bottomless Bubbles or you’ll get nickel-and-dimed to death on drinks. At the end of the cruise I asked her how she liked the waterslide. She had such a great time she only used it once. Dining in the MDR was fine. I always said Carnival’s food was glorified cafeteria, salty to sell drinks but served with style to overcome shortcomings in quality. I have to admit they’ve upped their game. It’s a pleasure to eat my words. The escargot was deliciously unchanged, meats were served at the right temperature and doneness (rare to medium-rare for me), and the lobster tails were small (expected), tender, moist, not at all stringy. Chocolate desserts were flavorful and rich as always, better than Royal Caribbean’s by a mile. The Baked Alaska was a bit of a disappointment, a slab sliced onto a plate. Breakfast in the morning was a highlight—I’m an Eggs Benedict addict. Smoked salmon was uniformly good, the bagels adequate. Plentiful fruit and cheese available. I honestly can’t say anything about the Lido Deck buffet restaurant because I didn’t try it, nor did I sample the Deli, Mongolian Wok or pizza. You know they’re there. I know they’re there. Big lines. Not for me. I’m convinced that’s where most people who get sick on ships pick up the bug—waiting in line to get food. Big splurge was for the Chef’s Table. This was the experience that made me realize how hard Carnival is willing to work for my buck. A seven-course meal with unlimited champagne, drinks, a private reception, a galley tour, a private banquet in the ship’s most beautiful public room, free 8 X 10 color group photo by the ship's photographer, a custom menu of dishes prepared in ways no one else aboard will ever see or taste, entertainment between courses provided by the ship’s magician, a team of professionals led by the Executive Chef preparing, saucing, finishing and garnishing the courses in front of your eyes. Dishes ranged from “Crab Stack with Corn Custard, Polenta Cracker Tangerine and Passion Caviar” to “Wagyu Bone Marrow Souffle with Scallion and Garlic Panisse and a Gremolata Crisp.” The sea bass dish had “Lobster Foam.” Seriously. I can honestly say this little cruise aboard this now-little ship was about as good as it gets on this line. The harder Carnival tries to keep me, the better they do at it. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
We had a wonderful time on the Elation August 9-14. There were good and less-than-good things about it, but as we said before, there's no such thing to us as a "bad" cruise! The Elation is an older ship, which we knew, but ... Read More
We had a wonderful time on the Elation August 9-14. There were good and less-than-good things about it, but as we said before, there's no such thing to us as a "bad" cruise! The Elation is an older ship, which we knew, but the only way you could really tell that was from our cabin...no couch (just a backless stool under the desk/dresser), very old tv set, chips in the paint/porcelain in the bathroom, medicine cabinet doesn't close all the way, but the shower was very big, great hot water (actually can scald yourself if you aren't careful!) and good water pressure, plush robes in the closet that you could use (all VERY large, one-size-fits-all), and the beds are very comfy. Our room steward, Purna, was from Bali, and he was the sweetest, happiest, and most attentive guy! Always went out of his way to call us by name and greet us any time we saw him, even way down the hallway! Enjoyed our towel animals and chocolates on the bed each night. Our cabin, and the whole ship, are kept spotlessly clean, as you would expect. So we were fine with our "cheap" inside cabin.. We used the Fulton Parking garage...that's definitely the way to go if you are driving. $8/day for parking on the top (uncovered) deck of the garage, then they shuttle you to the cruise port, pick you up after the cruise, and drop you at the garage to get your car...we were on the road 20 minutes after debarkation! Embarkation process was very fast...we arrived at the cruise port at 11:15 am and were on the ship eating at 11:30. No lines, no waiting, no hassles...just do your check-in online the night before and print up your boarding passes/luggage tags so everything is in order when you get to the port. Cabin was cleaned and ready for us by 12:30. Luggage was delivered around 1 pm...one bag was later, but not a problem....Purna delivered it to us himself, with a big smile and apologies for being late. Debarkation was delayed a little by slightly later arrival back into New Orleans, so we got to eat a good breakfast and wait in the restaurant until our number was called. We were in no hurry to leave, so that was fine. Waited about 20 minutes in line because they were calling multiple numbers of groups to debark...got off the ship about 10:10 am, shuttled to Fulton Garage and were on the road home by 10:30. Food was good, but not outstanding. Some things weren't very hot on the buffet, and some things were obviously left over or re-used from previous meals. Hamburgers were cooked ahead of time, so were pretty dry. The main dining room was pretty good for our nightly meals...we were put on the late dining, which we didn't really like, but the early dining was already full by the time we booked our cruise, so that is understandable. They also have an option for "anytime dining" but I'm not sure how/when you have to sign up for that - I think you have to do that when you book your cruise, if you want that flexibility. We just felt that the later dining made us miss out on a few of the evening entertainment options...but more about that later. The "elegant" night was the second night of the cruise (first sea day) and they did have lobster & shrimp, and prime rib on the menu...some reviews I saw said they didn't offer lobster, but our cruise did. Hubby got the lobster/shrimp, and said it was just OK...my prime rib was rather tough, and I had a flat iron steak and a "filet mignon" later in the cruise that looked/tasted exactly like that prime rib, just with a different sauce...like I said, I think they re-use things they have left over, so no food is wasted. But our waiters Luis and Luis were both very kind, attentive, helpful, and friendly, and we only had one other couple at our table of 10 each night (2 nights we had one other couple join us). So the food wasn't bad...we tried some things we weren't used to, like Strawberry soup (wonderful), frog legs (hubby ate those, not me..I'm not that brave), etc. Each night's menu has one item like that (something you've never tried, but wish you could) like escargot (snails...really?...I'm not that curious!), sushi, alligator, etc. So if you're braver than me, you can try that... Entertainment was probably the biggest "disappointment" we found on the Elation. There is a Welcome Aboard show the first night, a Rock and Roll show, and a Win show at night. We sat in the balcony the first night, and it was so incredibly loud that we were miserable. So if you go to the shows stay on the main floor. Tried a few minutes of the Rock and Roll show and walked out before the first song was done (had hoped it was 50's kind of rock and roll, but way too modern for us!). Tried the Win show (game show format...how can you mess that up?), but again walked out before the end when they went to a Las Vegas-style revue. So we didn't enjoy those nighttime shows. We did a few trivia games in the daytime, and watched a little bit of karaoke, but for the most part we didn't think the entertainment was nearly as good as other ships we've been on. There was one comedian that we liked, his name is Mutzie, and he is a Christian man from New Orleans...he was clean and funny, and had large crowds at his shows, since there were a lot of families on board. He had a lot of interaction with the audience, and tended to base his comedy on talking to the people in the crowd, so everything he did was very impromptu. He liked to tease people from Alabama (putting in his "Bubba" teeth and acting like a redneck)...very funny. There were two comedians on board, and they both did a little bit during the Welcome Aboard show so you could get a taste of their comedy...now they both did a "family-friendly" show early evening, and an "adult" show late...we steered clear of the adult one, even though Mutzie says he never cusses in his shows. There were a couple of "game show" type shows, like a Newlywed game, and a Family Feud game, but they asked some "shady" questions...we just heard a few minutes of the Newlywed game while window-shopping outside the theater...glad we didn't try those. I had heard they had some 40's swing music on the ship somewhere, but they didn't...we checked everywhere, and it was non-existent, so that was disappointing. They had lots of bingo games, and everywhere they were pushing stuff that cost extra, like shore excursions, jewelry, "coupon books," raffles, etc. There was one thing we discovered on the last day...a "piano and tea" party in Dukes lounge on the 8th (?) deck in the middle. It was actually a tea party, with table service, hot tea with a variety of herbal teas, scones, tea cakes, and tiny sandwiches (cucumber, salmon, etc) and a guy playing the piano and singing. It was "older" music, not as old as we like, but still restful and soothing while you drink tea and watch the water out the big windows. We really enjoyed that...I think they do it several times during the cruise, but it's not advertised a lot. Just check on your daily schedule for the Piano and Tea time at Dukes, around 3-4 pm. Ports...we didn't do any shore excursions. We went to Cozumel, but have been there a couple times before, so this time we didn't go into town. Depending on what pier you are docked at (we were at Puerta Maya, the farthest one from town) there are shopping and dining places right there at the pier. Our cruise director told us we were at the newest/best pier, and that it had the most shopping places (he was right...tons of shops, and not bad prices if you want souvenirs). We went to the port/shopping talk on ship the day before (they give you ideas of where to buy the best stuff, and give away some free prizes during the talk), but it really wasn't that worth it (hubby was bored stiff). Only if you are looking for diamonds/silver/gold/jewelry/watches it might help. I only go for the freebies...and they give you a coupon for a free charm bracelet that you pick up at the Diamonds International store in port, then when you go to other stores, they give you another free charm for that bracelet. They're cheapie, but I still like the adventure of going to find all the free stuff I can...even though you have to put up with the salesmen always trying to sell you expensive stuff. So we didn't even go into Cozumel this time, but went around to look in all the shops and get my freebies. I ended up with 7 charms for my bracelet, a free necklace, and 2 pearl pendants to wear on the necklace. We walked outside the pier, past where the taxis into town are parked ($8 one-way for 4 people to take you the 5 miles into downtown Cozumel, where lots of the same shops are). Looked at a lot of junky tourist stuff, then walked back into the port area to those nicer shops some more, then got back on the ship for lunch and sat out by the pool all afternoon until the rest of the passengers came back and it got too crowded again. We really enjoyed being on the ship when most everyone else was off in port...had never done that before. The buffets were very un-crowded, you could find a table by the windows, there was nobody by the pool or in the hot tub, so we could enjoy that a little while, and the music was quiet(er) than usual. So that was a nice day! Progreso was a new port for us...they have the longest pier (4 miles long) so once you get past the touristy shops, they have free air-conditioned buses to shuttle you into the downtown area. Once we got to town, we signed up for a tour of the town on an open-air bus. It was a 45-50 minute tour around Progreso for just $9 per person. There is only one bus, and it was just leaving when we got there, so we had to wait for them to come back for our tour, so we walked around the bus station (little shops all over). (Be sure to go to the bathroom on the ship before you go into town..."Banos" in town cost $ and are...well, less than clean!). Just outside the bus station, there was a double-decker bus, very colorful, that also does tours for only $5, but I think it only stays in the main part of town. Our tour went all around the area, showed us the marinas, naval station, schools/government buildings, even the swamp (somehow our tour guide, Fabian, was very proud of their swamp!) We were very happy that we did this "cheap" tour on our own. Progreso is a very typical Mexican town, dirty, poor, run-down, smelly...walking around the downtown section, I expected to be murdered at any moment. Ha! After the tour, we walked from the bus station down to the beach...it's only about 4-5 blocks and easy to find. Beach is pretty crowded, and tons of places they try to get you to have a massage on the beach for $10...we just put our toes in the warm water and walked around a bit, then headed back to the shuttle bus and back to the ship. Water in Cozumel is that beautiful clear aqua blue, but the water in Progreso is an emerald green color...funny how that works, since they aren't that far apart... The pools on ship are very small and crowded. We enjoyed sitting on the back of the ship on the Serenity section...it's a little hard to find, but you can get to it by going out the doors at the end of Tiffany's (the buffet) by the pizza section. Serenity is for adults only, so no children are out there...there are 2 hot tubs, a towel station, and padded lounge chairs and umbrellas you can use to avoid getting burned. We like watching the wake of the ship from there, and the wind is blocked so you get a nice little breeze, but don't feel like you're going to blow away. We always take canned sodas with us (can you tell we are "cheap" cruisers?), so we'd go thru Tiffany's, grab a glass full of ice for our Cokes (or an ice cream cone), and go out the back door to Serenity to watch the sunset or get a little sun. So nice... So overall, we were pleased with the cruise. We aren't cruise experts, by any means, but from the 3 different cruise lines we've been on, I'd say this was our 3rd choice (Holland America being our favorite, Royal Caribbean our second). Just seemed like this was more of a "party" atmosphere overall, with a little lower standards of food/entertainment/clientele than the other 2 lines. But we had a great time...we relaxed, we ate, we people-watched, we laughed at some of the funny things/people on board, and we were together. It was a fun and restful time...we could sleep late, or stay up late (one night we sat up late on the upper deck behind the basketball court and watched the beautiful, full, "super-moon" shining on the water), play mini-golf, read, or just do nothing. We loved it, so don't be scared by any negative reviews you may read on this forum....also, this ship is going into dry dock for 17 days at the end of the month for a scheduled upgrade. I'm sure you will at least get some nicer features in the cabins...maybe even a new TV set! Enjoy your cruise...wherever you go! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Our 5 day cruise began with a very nice embarkation experience. My wife and I arrived very early to the Port of New Orleans and we were the second couple to arrive and the check in had not yet even begun. By the time check in began about ... Read More
Our 5 day cruise began with a very nice embarkation experience. My wife and I arrived very early to the Port of New Orleans and we were the second couple to arrive and the check in had not yet even begun. By the time check in began about 50 or so cruisers were also waiting. The Platinum Cruisers and the Faster to the Fun cruisers were called first and then a Carnival worker named Mrs. MiLu had remembered that we had arrived very early and came over to us and the other couple that had arrvied early and led us to an available check in rep. That was very thoughtful of Mrs. MiLu. Once boarding was announce our boarding process took about 5 minutes and we were on the Lido deck in no time. After a bite to eat at the Lido buffet we were in our ocean view room on the Empress deck in about an hour where we met our cabin steward Julio. Julio did a great job throughout the cruise. Our room was always neat and cleaned on time and he always made sure we had everything we needed. It seems I have been reading many negative comments about the food on the Elation. We only had two food items that we were not satisfied with. Once it was very undercooked chicken from the buffet and my wife had some sort of vegetable dish she did not care for in the MDR. Other than that, we found the found the food to be quite good. We had the early seating in the MDR and our wait staff was the best. Maria, Sanjin, and Raul did a fantastic job. They new our dinning routine after the first seating and were organized, efficient, and very friendly. They made sure we were 100% satisfied with out dinning experience. One night, one of our table mates did not care for the seared redfish she was served. Maria brought out another entree for her straight away. Overall, we found the meals in the MDR to be very good. There was always something that we liked. On three mornings we had breakfast in the MDR. It was not as crowded as on the Lido deck and service was very good. The Sea Day Brunch was excellent. Breakfast at Tiffany's (no pun intended) was fair. the food was good but the long lines made it a chore. The Mongolian Wok and the Deli was also very good. Carnivals famed Chocolate Extravaganza was somewhat disappointing due to the fact that there was not much of a spread as we have found on other Carnival ships. Our two ports of call were Progreso and Cozumel. In Progreso, we took the Salsa and Salsa tour to Merida. Our tour guide, Casandra, really did a great job. She was very informative and made sure our trip was memorable. We toured historic Merida with stops at the Cathedral of San Ilfanso and the Governors Palace. We went to a local hotel where we taught how to make several different kinds of salsa (which we were able to enjoy eating) and washed them down with complimentary drinks. Later we were taught a basic salsa dance step which was very fun. In Cozumel, we went on a helmet dive at Sea Trek Blue Water dive and snorkel. My wife and I were the only two on the dive at that particular time and were given the royal treatment. We definitely got our monies worth. We also purchased a CD with many still shots of our dive along with a 6 minute video. We were pleasantly surprised by the entertainment on the cruise. We enjoyed a band called the Crescent City Swingers several times. Susan, in Duke's piano bar, was great. She had us all singing along and and having a grand time. Edd played acoustic guitar in the Atrium bar. He was extremely talented on the 7 string acoustic guitar. On the last night he had a guitar legends show in the main show room. He was backed by the Swingers and they all put on the best show I have ever seen on a Carnival cruise. Edd covered guitar greats like Eric Clapton, George Benson, and BB King. We saw two other shows in the Mikado. Just Rock was very good and Win was ok. We were late getting into New Orleans on the last day due to inclement weather. We chose self assist debarkation and, once our floor was called, we were off the ship and through Customs in less than 10 minutes. Overall, we considered this one of the best cruises we have been on in quite a while. There were many young cruisers on their graduation trip and there were some complaints about rowdy behavior but we didn't personally witness much of that. I would certainly take another cruise on the Elation again and would recommend it to anyone.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
This was my third cruise with Carnival and it was OK; a bit above average ... but that is all. We were really needing to get away for a vacation (it had been several years since we had gotten away) so at the point we were at in our lives, ... Read More
This was my third cruise with Carnival and it was OK; a bit above average ... but that is all. We were really needing to get away for a vacation (it had been several years since we had gotten away) so at the point we were at in our lives, anything was a welcome change. The port in New Orleans is an easy-on / easy-off kind of place and the porters really make the difference here. Tip them $1 a bag (or more if you like) and your luggage will be well taken care of. Remember to ensure you remove your ID, boarding pass, etc. and have your bag tags affixed before you get to the port. Also, if you can get priority boarding (with a suite it is automatic) by all means DO IT ... the time you save is WELL worth the extra few dollars you will spend in advance. There really isn't a faster process for getting through customs on the return unless you use a porter and again, tip them for their effort. The Serenity area in the aft of the ship was a perfect place to relax and let the hours drift by, although our final day of sea was rainy so we were stuck inside with everyone else (no worries there, just a comment but you could tell cabin fever was killing some folks). The night-time shows on this boat were, in a word, TERRIBLE. I have been on other Carnival ships before and the shows were really good but these two (one was called "Win" and whatever the other one was that had to do with the 80's) were absolutely horrible. I've seen better shows at a middle school with teenagers singing and dancing. Really ... they were VERY bad. The comedy club was great and the fact that it was non-smoking was really a pleasant treat. There are plenty of places on the ship to just sit down and relax, and yes, even plenty of quiet places as well if you spend a few minutes just wandering around on Day 1 you will find them. The food was OK, but in most cases it seemed like they were trying to elegant when what they pulled off was the equivalent of something like a Longhorn stake-house environment/menu. The service was pretty decent, and in most cases very attentive, but getting the bar staff to come back to the table was a constant struggle for our entire table several nights of the week. On previous cruises our wait staff had the beverage at the table when we showed up, and this one just seemed to go through the motions. I am not certain I am a big fan of the gratuities being added in BEFORE we got on board (by the way that is new) because in some cases, they really weren't earned. Perhaps that is why the service was mediocre in the dining room (and without much effort) ... because they already knew they were being "tipped"? Just a random thought, but it does match with the effort we had. Our room was a typical junior suite and our housekeeping staff was on target. They were always prompt and had our room arranged each time we stepped out. I swear, it's like they live under the bed or something (smile). This staff was fantastic and always met our needs/requests with a smile ... to include getting all my shirts pressed on the first night (the luggage did a real number on them - LOL)! Overall this was a good vacation for us and we will sail on Carnival again ... perhaps though (since this is my third cruise on the Fantasy class ships) we will "upgrade" to a newer one. If you are a couple looking to just go and relax this is a pretty good cruise for the price, just don't expect "heaven on the seas" and you will enjoy yourself just fine. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
Embarkation Day was Monday, Apr. 28th. We had spotty sprinkles throughout the day but cleared by the time we were ready to leave port at about 4:30 PM. The trip down the River was smooth sailing. Once we hit the Gulf of Mexico, we ... Read More
Embarkation Day was Monday, Apr. 28th. We had spotty sprinkles throughout the day but cleared by the time we were ready to leave port at about 4:30 PM. The trip down the River was smooth sailing. Once we hit the Gulf of Mexico, we experienced a slight rock and roll of the ship all the way to Progreso. Not so bad that you couldn't stager down the hall ways or isles, lol. Our first day at sea was a time to find out where everything was located. I quickly appreciated the size of the ship in regards to walking distances. The Elation really surprised me as it was the smallest ship I have sailed so far (Conquest & Sunshine). It is a beautiful ship and I really loved the layout of everything. With the exception of Guest Services and a couple of other services located in the Atrium area, Everything else was on Decks 8 & 9. On deck 10, Lido, was the pool and sports areas. We had Karaoke every day and it was very enjoyable along with the Superstar LIVE Karaoke 2 nights. Carly was our Karaoke Host and she did a fantastic Job. Steve was our CD and he did a fantastic job also. He was making sure people knew what was going on and made sure people were having FUN. The rest of the crew were great too. My Room Steward Rosuaro (Ros) and his crew did a great job keeping my cabin fresh and ready at any time. In the MDR Imagination, I was fortunate to be seated in the same area every night for diner even though I was Any Time Dining. My Service team, lead by the Team Headwaiter Fernando, did a superb job. I was greeted by name at every dining experience. Any request I made was promptly fulfilled without question. My day in Progreso was probably my worst day. It started off being an overcast day as we docked at the world's longest pier (4 miles long), Thank God they had free shuttle service into town supplied by Auto Progreso. Once we arrived at their bus station, the day went downhill from there. I did not have an excursion booked and was planning to take the city double-decker bus tour for only $5. Well, I asked where I could find the bus and due to language issues got sent in the wrong direction. I did get to see about 4 square blocks of downtown area before I stopped a cop and got directions to bus. Lo and behold the bus loading area for the Double-decker tour was right at the rear entrance to AutoProgreso's Station.. Hmmmmmm! Well boarded the bus and I was only one there, We sat for 30 minutes and operator finally came to me and said they needed 6 riders to go and offered me a refund which I took. Being tired and hot I went back to the ship and showered and relaxed the rest of the afternoon. The next day we docked in Cozumel. This was my 3rd time there and took a small excursion to Discover Mexico Park & Taco Tasting. This was very enjoyable and will have pics posted. Did a little gift shopping before returning to the ship. Later that evening I was invited to be the Star Contestant on the Showtime Production of "WIN". Ryan was a part of the Entertainment staff and was a great guy and made the experience awesome. The Dancers and Singers were all great and so friendly. Along with our CD Steve, the show as great. WIN is a takeoff of the old game shows like, Let's Make A Deal, Dating Game, Match Game and Price Is Right. After playing the games I won the top prize which was a trip to Las Vegas and the final act was coming on stage as Elvis in Vegas. It was a great show and I hope to post some video of the performances. On our final day at sea, I took the Fun Behind the Scenes Tour of the ship and it was great. Did have a lot of stairs up and down and that was a bit much for this old man but I made it. Saw so much about the ship didn't know before. My best part was the Galley and meeting the Captain on the Bridge. That Galley is amazing!! I have to say that I met some great people on this cruise.. 3 Sisters who were a riot and so many others that were happy to see Elvis. I have to mention one very special young lady, Baylee, this young lady was my biggest fan at karaoke and about the ship. She is 6 1/2 years old and even sings a bit at karaoke. She is definitely a sweetheart. I had dinner on our last night with her , along with her family chaperones. I presented her with one of my scarves and a karaoke disc of some Michael Jackson and Elvis Songs that she can learn. We had a great time that night at the final karaoke. I know she will have very fond memories of this cruise. Overall, It was a Great Cruise! Would I do it again? You Betcha! Arrived back in New Orleans on Sat. May 3rd and since I had FTTF was off the ship by 8:15 and got home by 8:55 AM. Ah Home Sweet Home! posting pics on my other page.   Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
This was our 11th cruise and 2nd on Carnival. The first time we had taken 24 family members on a 5 day cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy out of Galveston and all had a great time with no problems. Since we were planning a visit with our ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise and 2nd on Carnival. The first time we had taken 24 family members on a 5 day cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy out of Galveston and all had a great time with no problems. Since we were planning a visit with our granddaughter attending college in New Orleans, we found this cruise offering a "Junior Suite." In the past we had chosen inside cabins, ocean view cabins and balcony cabins, so we saw this as an opportunity to experience a suite. Perception is often tainted by expectation. Well our expectation was quite high because we had experienced most other arrangements so believed this suite would be above the others. There were no real balconies on the Elation so there were a few Grand Suites and 41 "Junior Suites" on the 11th deck, the highest of the cabin decks. We were able to get a suite with an unobstructed view. There were only a few perks associated with the suite but the most appealing was priority embarkation/disembarkation. Embarkation was easy and went well except no directions were given as to where to go after check in except "out those double doors." Then you just get back in line with everyone else. So, how great was the "suite life?" Absolutely horrible. So we get to the "suite" to discover it is tinier than any room we have ever experienced before with a tiny balcony just 3' x 10' with some of that space taken up by the door swing. Still OK except the people next to us were smokers and the smoke blew back on us so we were not able to use the balcony very much. Despite our disappointment, we had little choice but to make the best of it. Then the real surprise! If you were designing a ship, where would you choose to put the gym? Of course, over some of the most expensive rooms. The gym was opened from 6 am to 10 pm so you can imagine the bumps and thumps ALL day long. But, they probably rewarded this idiot by then appointing them entertainment director. Only 2 shows over the 5 days and these were so load and bad, we walked out of one. We've seen better shows put on by high school students. There were a number of children on board and some of the costumes and skits boarded on pornographic. Then there was the dining. Dinner was great 2 of the 5 nights, the rest were mediocre. Waitstaff was incredibly inefficient. Constantly mixed up orders, didn't bring baked potato condiments, no jelly for bread at breakfast, and on and on. One waiter did a great job of filling our half full tea glasses with WATER. Usually just went to the buffet for breakfast and lunch. Not bad except for the lines. Once was a 30 minute line for an omelet. There were only two beverage stations in the buffet area, both on the same end of the dining hall. There were signs at the entrance restricting bathing suites, which were promptly ignored. Threw food away on more than one occasion because of some passenger with gross body parts showing. Elevators were another story. There was only one set of elevators for our floor, two on the starboard side that stopped at Deck 10 and two on the port side that went to 11 and 12. When the up call button was pushed and the elevator on the starboard side arrived first, it cancelled the port side call button. Had to wait until the starboard side elevator door closed before pressing the up button again. We sat thru this cycle sometimes as many as 3 cycles before catching an up elevator. Then there was the ultimate slap, the perk of priority disembarkation. So those with priority disembarkation were told to meet at the back of the ship on deck 9. So, we get the elevator down 2 floors and trudged to the back of the ship where the area filed up with people and those in the know filled in the hallways ahead of all us with the "priority" perk. Then, one hour later, we trudged back to the front of the ship and bounced our pull behind luggage down 2 flights of stairs to deck 7 to get off. My advice, this cruise is Ok if you want a quick get away and don't expect much. However, if you really expect a first class experience, join us on Princess or Royal Caribbean. You won't catch us on Carnival again. We do have one positive. Our cabin steward was fantastic, was there with a smile and greeting whenever we saw him or needed something. He even remembered our names. At least we got to visit our sweet grand daughter! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
The cruise started with me driving from the Nashville area to the boot heel of Missouri to pick up my parents. I left on a Saturday afternoon to drive there and spent the night. I went the my mom's clothes to see how many too many she ... Read More
The cruise started with me driving from the Nashville area to the boot heel of Missouri to pick up my parents. I left on a Saturday afternoon to drive there and spent the night. I went the my mom's clothes to see how many too many she had packed. She has not been too bad but we moved a few things into my suitcase and were ready for bed. We vowed to leave for New Orleans by 7:00 am and we were on track until dad could not find his keys. He finally decided to use his spare and they had a spare house key as well. The trip went well on the way to New Orleans. We made a mandatory stop at Cracker Barrel on the way down. The over night stay was booked at the Ramada Inn in Metarie. This hotel was very well rated and did not disappoint us. They also have free cruise parking with a shuttle to the ship, but you have to taxi back to the hotel. The cab is supposed to be about $33-35 but our driver charged $40 so he got no tip since he added it in. For dinner we were recommended to go to the Acme Oyster House by the front desk attendant. It was great. I had the catfish and shrimp platter and we had fried crawfish as an appetizer. I would highly recommend this place for a pre-cruise meal. Day #1 The hotel has a nice breakfast included in the price so we did that before hitting the shuttle for the port. we got to the port a little before they were ready to let us on the ship, but we were on board and having a burger on the Lido deck by 11:30. We found our way around the ship, this was my third time on her, my dad's second and mom's first. She was like a kid in the candy shop! We selected early dinner so we didn't go to bed stuffed. We were assigned the Imagination dining room which is also used for the anytime dining. We had a great couple that was celebrating 58 year of marriage and their daughter. I had shrimp cocktail for the appetizer, flat iron steak (not the best ever) and the chocolate melting cake. Dad went to bed early and I took mom on the grand tour of the ship, we went to a show called game show mania that was hosted by Petaaa and TJ. Very fun show. Mom played her first bingo game and actually won $2 on the pull tab. First time I ever saw any one win at that. Following bingo was the welcome aboard show. This was great and we laughed a lot. After that mom went to be and I went for a piece of pizza. We were still in the river and it was very foggy. The ship whistle (horn) was going off about every 30 seconds to let people know we were there. I could hear a horn as we were near the casino but I thought it was just a slot machine or something. While walking across the Lido deck the things went of and I almost jumped out of my shoes. This is bone rattling. I decided to take a burger patty and fries back to the room and even know it was going off on my way there I almost thru my burger overboard when it went off again. Luckily you could not hear it on the Riviera deck where we were staying. I was in R-82 and my parents were in R-78. Day #2 Sea Day I woke up about 8:45. I always joke about the only thing I want to do early in the morning is be the last person for breakfast before the break down to get lunch out. I had a little sinus thing going on for a week or so before the cruise and I woke up with my eyes a little goopy. I took some Tylenol sinus and was good after about a hour. I was a little shocked my parents were still in their room when I called over. Dad is a very early riser. Mom was fixing her hair so the wind on deck could mess it up. We did the sea day brunch in the main dining room. I had never tried this before. It was pretty good. I did try the fruit loop crusted French toast and will not try that again, but the omelet and hash was very good. We got to the serenity deck about 10:30 and all the chairs in the sun were taken. There were no chair hogs, all were full. A couple sitting in front of us offered their two chairs to me so I moved mom and dad up there. I moved to the main pool deck since there were no open chairs at the serenity deck. There were more kids a the pool than I remember seeing, but they said there were only about 180 kids on the ship. I found mom at 1:00 and we went to Tiffany's for lunch. The had some really good roast beef and cheesy mashed potatoes. After lunch I went to my cabin to try to nap but that did not work so back to the pool from 2:30 -4:00. I snagged a little salad and some chips with salsa for a snack. When I was getting ready for Elegant night I noticed a few red spots on my leg. Aloe Vera time. We had a lot of pictures taken that night before dinner. I had lobster and prime rib, and diet banana cake. We also had another couple join the table tonight. They are from New Orleans and we joked about the long drive they had to get here. After dinner we went to the show Just Rock. I have seen it several times and it was good again. Day #3 Progreso We got off the ship at about 8:00 to go shopping before our tour. Before we could get to the shopping place mom and dad decided to stop for massages. We had booked the Dzibilchaltun tour with a stop in Merida as well, We booked thru Autoprogreso. They are the company that runs the buses from the ship to town at this port. We had Ivan for a tour guide and his knowledge of Mayan history is really a great addition to this tour. He is part Mayan so that helps. While on the tour we stopped at the Cenote and mom put her feet in and had little fish giving her a pedicure. We ate at a restaurant in Merida called Main St. Café. My dad and I ate their on the last cruise we took. I had the pibil chicken and it was great. Dinner that night was a casual night and we had Jerk pork and apple pie. After dinner dad went to bed and mom and I went to look at photos from the night before. We also played in a game called "in the bag". What fun! Everyone should highlight this one on the Funtimes to make sure you do not miss it. Get involved in it and bring lots of stuff with you. This is like Lets Make a Deal meets a scavenger hunt. I ended up shirtless and missing a shoe and a sock during this. I also had to get on the stage and act like I was having a baby. Mom had to kiss a bald guy on his head and had to donate her watch to the cause. That game was followed with the Love and Marriage show. This was a good show as well. We went to the Mexican Party which was very weak compared to other ships I have been on. There was no buffet, just some dancing with the staff. I went down and read my book until I fell asleep. Tomorrow Cozumel! Day #4 Cozumel We had breakfast about 7:30, I suggested 8 because there was no need to hurry to get off the boat. I was vetoed and we started earlier. We did the obligatory shopping and my mom actually said the words I never thought I would hear. She was all shopped out. We took our (her) stuff back to the ship then we went to My Cozumel. We caught a cab to Paradise Beach club. The place was very busy with 4 ships in port but after a small wait time under palm trees we got to the sunshine. I got mom out into the water and showed her how to dodge the underwater rocks to try to get where you wanted to go. She floated a little bit but she would not get her head under. "Mom doesn't get her hair or face wet!". We had some food and goofed in the pool a little while before heading back to the Elation. I did some walking on the ship track then went down the slide into the pool. Remember me talking about sinuses earlier. This cleaned them out. After dinner (I cant remember what we had that night), we went to purchase pictures from elegant night. I left mom and dad for date night and went off for some piano bar and karaoke. Day #5 Sea Day Rain Day. We spent most of the day inside looking for things to do. I started at the pool deck until it rained too much. After Dinner we went to get the pictures mom had ordered and then dad went to bed. I took mom to karaoke and the piano bar for a little bit then we went to bed. I may have a few details from day 4 and 5 mixed up because I did not write in my journal after getting back in from Cozumel. I don't remember why I did that. Day #6 Debarkation We were a high number getting off the ship. We had breakfast at Tiffany's, sounds like a movie or song. We waited until about 10:15 to get off the ship. Once thru customs we tried to find a cab. The process was very confused and I don't remember it being that way the last two times we were coming back to this port. There was another ship in port that morning, but this is not the only time that happens so I don't know what was up. We were back at the hotel to get our car at about 11:00 and started driving back to Missouri. Mom said this was her favorite vacation ever and dad has been looking for another cruise since they got home. I got them back home and then headed to Tennessee. I made it home around 11:30 that night. Overall a good trip, but this is probably my last cruise on the Elation. It is a close port to go to and a cheap cruise. I think I am starting to believe the people on the boards talking about Carnival turning into a cheaper cruise line to suck people in and move them up to a higher priced ship. The only problem with that is my next cruise will probably not be with one of their other companies. Maybe it was because it was a smaller ship and my third time on it, but there was definitely something missing. No goodie stash in the bathroom, the meal portions seemed smaller, which isn't all that bad. They used to put cokes in the room that you could drink, you had to pay from them, but they were there. They also did not do ice buckets unless you asked for them. Some of the entertainment that I was looking forward to were not on the schedule. I really liked the Liar Club but they did not do it. I may give them another try on one of the bigger ships once we try another line just for a comparison.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
Sailed on the Elation on Sept.30. Our sixth cruise with carnival. Have to say that the entertainment and food left a lot to be desired. I guess with the economy going south so does the quality of your vacation. Getting away from everyday ... Read More
Sailed on the Elation on Sept.30. Our sixth cruise with carnival. Have to say that the entertainment and food left a lot to be desired. I guess with the economy going south so does the quality of your vacation. Getting away from everyday work and responsibility was wonderful. The staff was perfect, even tho, due to Tropical Storm Karen causing us to spend two extra days on the ship, going back and forth, it was as good a trip as it could be. Usually the entertainment would keep you busy all day and time would fly by ending your trip too soon this trip I was bored on day three. Land vacations are looking a whole lot better. I am a non smoker and usually the ship don't allow smoking in many places, this trip the weather was bad making smoking inside hard to breath in many areas. Disembarking was total crazy. Staff could not control the crowd and when it was time for the diamond and platinum passengers to exit the ship, they allowed everyone to slip around the corridors and get off the boat instead of looking to see what levels they had actually been assigned to. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Embarkation at NOLA was quick and easy. Once on the ship, I realized how much I liked the decor on this vessel. Yes she is showing her age but the crew is constantly cleaning and repairing to keep her nice. The Romeo and Juliet lounge is ... Read More
Embarkation at NOLA was quick and easy. Once on the ship, I realized how much I liked the decor on this vessel. Yes she is showing her age but the crew is constantly cleaning and repairing to keep her nice. The Romeo and Juliet lounge is beautiful but a closer look shows how badly the furniture needs to be redone. There are so many fabrics out there that do not stain, if Carnival does not know about them--just ask any company that makes furniture for nursing homes! The food on the Elation was good and at the right temperature. I am always amazed at people here complaining about the food. If you want 5 star dining, do not book a discounted cruise on Carnival! The food is tasty, properly done and plentiful. There were more than enough choices to please any palette and the staff bent over backwards to make sure you were satisfied. One of my table mates was not happy with a dish she had ordered and was almost immediately brought another entre. The steaks and seafood (including the lobster) were cooked perfectly! The ribs were delicious and falling off the bone. Entertainment was so so. The comedians, "Mo" included, were not to my taste but they were very typical of this level of show. It is not Vegas or Branson, for sure. The library is a very nice space but is only open for short periods of time. What a waste! It could have been used for card and board game tournaments, some kind of enrichment classes (maybe lectures on the Mayan ruins or Inca traditions) There was very little to do during the daytime hours. Since many of us were older and not of the "Drink Yourself to Oblivion" set or the "Cook in the Sun" set, it would have been nice to have something other than overpriced Bingo and "the marriage game." Since there was almost no sun and high winds closing off the Serenity deck and the aft pool deck, something going on inside would have been nice. We did not get off the ship in Progresso, there is so little there and it is so depressing. Not much has changed in the 4 years since we were there last time. The people that did get off returned quickly and many asked why Carnival continues to go there. I was hoping Carnival's presence would lift the town up but it does not seem to be happening. Very sad. If you do go and want to get off the ship, go to Flamingo's Restaurant. The food and service are excellent. Cozumel is very touristy. Skip the restaurants in the port area and get out in the community if you want good food. Unfortunately we hit very bad weather on this cruise, so for me, one afternoon and evening and two nights of a 5 night cruise were lost to severe motion sickness. Our breakfast companions (on their 19th cruise) said this was the worst weather they had ever encountered on a cruise. Certainly not Carnival's fault and the staff did everything to try and make the trip pleasant. Just one of the risks you take when you book a cruise. All in all the cruise was well worth what we paid for it. The staff on the Elation are fantastic! I know they live a hard life for little pay but everyone was more than pleasant and always had a smile for us. Our room stewards, Dean and Akbar, and our waiters, Rudi, Eddi, and Wayan were so nice and so much fun. They made our voyage fantastic! A word on tipping--read the Carnival breakdown of where your "automatic" gratuities go. I felt it was important that the staff behind the scenes get those gratuities but I also felt my room stewards and my waiters were not getting what I would tip onshore. We tend to tip heavy for good service and we certainly received that on the Elation. I hope you will tip these hard working people well. Many of the staff are there to support their families and they are not paid well by the cruise lines (hence your cheap prices). Debarkation was slow and long. Getting that many people off the ship is difficult. If you have any problems walking or standing in line for long periods--take the wheelchair assist. The only good thing about debarking is that you are going downhill. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Let me say right off that the overall rating of this cruise was great. Sure there were some less than great moments, BUT overall the rating was great. I only booked us a 5 day cruise this time because we had talked another couple into ... Read More
Let me say right off that the overall rating of this cruise was great. Sure there were some less than great moments, BUT overall the rating was great. I only booked us a 5 day cruise this time because we had talked another couple into taking a cruise with us and they had never cruised before and our lady friend has motion sickness problems...even on land and in a car or in/on other transportation as well. She wears a patch behind her ear and has tried multiple other "solutions" over the years. The Jazz Fest was going on just prior, during and after our cruise date of April 29th, so to everyone, take note, because the available rooms during this time period each year have gone through the roof in pricing and are also very limited for booking within three months of the cruise. The Jazz Fest attendees book their rooms many months and even a year in advance of the event. Hence the high cost of New Orleans area rooms during Jazz Fest. Even out in Kenner, LA, room rates were doubled from what they usually cost. Oh well. It was a good thing that I didn't search for rooms prior to booking this 5 day cruise in NO because I may have decided to drive to Galveston, TX instead and book a cruise on the Triumph for the same time period. We all know now how that cruise would have taken place. NOT! CANCELLED! So our problems in NO were better than the problems in Texas. So to start... The 5 of us left Iowa on Thursday April 25 early in the morning in two cars and arrived in Kenner,LA at our hotel destination outside New Orleans two days later around noon. We had rain on and off the whole trip. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Kenner over Saturday and Sunday with the cruise sailing out on Monday. Excellent facility with really nice rooms and a great morning buffet included each day. We traveled to and from NO each day to see the city and had a blast. Saturday night was dry so we went and had a good dinner and then walked Bourbon Street from one end to the other. The street performers were all out because of Jazz Fest and people were throwing beads from their balconies. I would raise my shirt, catch some beads and then give them to my DW or DD and our friends to wear. When I finally had caught five strings of beads I could quit raising my shirt. It was hot, so raising my shirt was a nice cooling off process also. Yes it rained both days in NO, with a torrential downpour on Sunday, so we spent several hours in the morning in Harrah's gambling and people watching. About 10 am the skies cleared and the sun came out again, so we went for a carriage ride tour of the French Quarter. The cemeteries are closed on Sunday so we didn't get to see them again this time. After the carriage ride it was still a little early for lunch, so walked across the street to the Cafe Du Monde for beignets. After everyone had finished their beignets and had their powder sugar mouth ring on, we walked the square and looked at all the art work. After an hour, the skies threatened with their rumbling, so we walked back toward Harrah's, arriving inside just prior to the rain....AGAIN. Monday morning we both drove to the port garage, arriving around 10am (no rain), we each paid our $80.00 for the five day cruise and went inside to check in. The five of us had booked two grand suites next door to each other on the Upper deck so we were allowed priority boarding. After checking in, everyone waited until around 11:15 when they started boarding. Within 10 minutes we were on the Lido deck enjoying lunch, the fresh air and the sunshine. Yea...SUN! We had a Cruise Critic "Roll Call” meet and greet scheduled on the Veranda deck right after the safety meeting. We left our safety meeting place and headed out to go to the Veranda deck and the RAINS had caught up with us again. Scratch the "Roll Call" meet and being on deck for the sail away party, so we walked around the ship for a while, letting our friends absorb all the sights before them. The next day there was a Cruise Critic meet and greet scheduled in the fun times for 12:15 I believe, at the library. We went, but the small group standing outside didn't have a clue what a Cruise Critic meet was all about. We stuck around for a short while and then left, so unfortunately I did not get to meet anyone on our "roll call" board. Note to self...NEXT TIME SCHEDULE AN ALTERNATE MEETING PLACE ALSO, JUST IN CASE OF POSSIBLE BAD WEATHER TOPSIDE! We had the rains again for the next sea day also, no topside sunshine. Lots of things to do below. This good sized storm followed us almost all the way to Progresso. We left the rains behind in the early morning of our Progresso arrival. Beautiful weather the whole day ashore. About 85 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze. Our ladies wanted to just shop so we didn't schedule any tours this time. We had breakfast in the MDR and then off the ship and into town. We took the free shuttle parked just outside the ship for a trip down the 4 mile pier to town. It is free, but they will try to sell you their tours prior to getting off the bus at the terminal. We were polite and listened, but after 5 minutes we got up and left the bus. Time is wasting and the town is calling the "shoppers" We went to the front of the terminal and found the double decker city tour bus and took the 1/2 hour tour of the city. We all sat down below so we didn't have to duck the overhead wires during the tour around town. After arriving back at our starting point the ladies had an idea of what shops they wanted to visit. ALL OF THEM! So we walked, and walked, and walked, and walked until we came upon "Corona's" restaurant 'by the beach'. It was time for some nourishment as noon was upon us. We were escorted into Corona's and we requested an outside table as I was very HOT from all the walking I had mentioned before. Note to self...SIT INSIDE THE RESTAURANT IF YOU DON'T WANT EVERY SEA URCHINS AND PEDDLER VYING FOR YOUR TIME AND MONEY ASKING YOU TO BUY THEIR WEARS OR PRODUCTS AS YOU SIT, RELAX AND EAT. I noticed they didn't go inside the restaurant its self, they were staying only outside in the beach area and near the pool. They delivered fresh warm fried tortilla chips with salsa and beans to our table along with our initial bottled drink order. We ordered different appetizers to be shared by all. All the food was very tasty and plentiful. After an hour or so we left so our ladies could shop some more. We were back on board about 3pm as we were sailing at 4pm. After leaving Progresso, our dinner was scheduled in the MDR at 6pm. Sometime during dinner around 7pm we noticed the seas were gathering white caps and the rains had began again. An announcement during dinner said that the topside outer decks were closed because if the weather. After dinner I checked the weather channel on TV in our cabin and notice that the northern storm that had been following us this whole trip had JOINED FORCES with another good sized southern system coming up the coast from Beleze and the WHOLE peninsula of Mexico and much of the gulf was showing this red storm area. ...AND THE ROCKING AND ROLLING BEGAN... The three ladies decided that it was Dramamine time and they were in bed by about 10pm with my male counterpart deciding to sack out also. Me...I hit the casino and went back to my cabin about 12:30am, (Cozumel tomorrow, so an early day again) I crawled into the sack and slept like a baby rocking in a hammock! I was up about 7am and checked the weather channel again. The storm had actually split in two, with the northern piece moving farther north of Cozumel and the southern part moving east of Cozumel. These cruise ship ports must have an agreement with the Good Lord that when a cruise ship arrives...the port will receive sunshine for the day. Again we did the MDR breakfast and then off the ship so our ladies could once again shop, shop and shop. It was beautiful weather of about 90 degrees with a slight breeze We stayed ashore until around 2:30 pm and then returned to the ship for a light lunch because dinner was in 3 hours. As we pulled away from port we ran into the winds and then the rains again, which didn't really matter to us because we needed to go get changed for dinner anyway. That night after dinner it was a calmer sail for the ladies, but after having two days back to back of ports at calls and all the walking, everyone was tired, so off to bed they all went around 11 pm except of me. I went to the casino again for an hour or so before retiring to our cabin. Friday the weather was dry and the sun was shining on the deck, which beckoned everyone topside. It was a very nice day except for about a 10 minute rain in the afternoon. That night the storm that had followed us across the Gulf was once again with us most of the way back to NO. Now some of you might wonder how I could say from the get go that the cruise was great? IT WAS A CRUISE! Way too many things to do aboard ship to be concerned about some rain and wave action. Our cabin was Grand Suite U107 on the port side. The cabin was clean upon arrival and stayed that way with the hard work of 'I Made' our cabin steward. For those that demand perfection...the Elation has had many passengers aboard since her last refurbishing and her age showed some what as our carpet was stained (but clean), the wood work had some mars and scars showing, you could see some rust if you looked for it, BUT things were clean and the maintenance crew worked on her our whole trip. Painting, cleaning, repairing, varnishing. etc. so it isn't like Carnival is just letting the Elation go to pot, but when it is its turn to receive the 2.0 upgrade it will sparkle anew again. If we lived closer, I would cruise her again this week. The food...in the MDR for dinner for the most part it was very good, some dishes stood out among all those that were ordered at our table of 10. Of course the 'lobster and shrimp' dinner was the highlighted fare of the cruise in my opinion. The seafood pasta dish offered one night required additional sauce to be brought to the table as it came out very dry. There were some comments that the fried chicken pieces were very small in size, (Bantam, Cornish or very young hens?) so they just ordered another meal. Problem solved! Some dishes were not favorites of some, but liked by others who ordered the same meal, but that is with everything in life...different tastes for different people The ONLY dish ordered deemed NASTY was on the last night of our cruise. It was ordered by 3 at our table and all 3 plates were sent back with the request for a different meal, was the MEATLOAF. Everyone at our table tried a bite to see if it really was as bad as was being said. IT WAS! The meatloaf's meat had such a very fine ground consistency and not a lot of flavor that that bite tasted gritty with the uncontrollable desire to take a very large gulp of what ever liquid was at hand to wash it down. Sea rations 45 " 50 years ago use to taste better. So if any of your group or a tablemate has been a real pain for the whole cruise, you might suggest the MEATLOAF to them that night. LOL There were 6 out of the 10 of us that had adventurist palates, so we tried a variety of extra meals or appetizers each night. As with most things in life, some we liked, some we didn't (but all still edible, EXCEPT THE MEATLOAF). I believe every night most of the deserts offered were ordered at the table and I don't recall any negative comments on any eaten. My DW had the melted chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream each and every night for dinner. She never looked for anything else the whole cruise. The Lido buffet...is a buffet and as with any and all buffets I find you go through the line and get a little of what looks tasty and if your guess was correct, you go back for more. I had the Mongolian Wok 4 out of 5 lunches with black bean and double schezwan sauce. I tried the burgers twice (without any bun) and they were too dried out and had no seasoning to speak of for my taste. I am hoping that the burgers available at the 'Guy Fieri's' hamburger station aboard other ships with the 2.0 upgrades are better and can be received medium and nice and juicy. Everyone in our group of five enjoyed the nicely seasoned chicken strips that were available each day and the chili for the hot dogs was pretty good. The grilled onions and mushrooms able were unseasoned and tasteless. It was like they were cooked in water then served. The omelets were very good and the thin crusted goat cheese pizza was still the best. All the fish offered on the buffet line on different days were nicely seasoned and very tasty. We never tried the lunch menu in the MDR and always ate at the buffet if we ate aboard. The morning of disembarkment we went again to the MDR for breakfast around 8 am. We had a leisurely breakfast and stayed there until about 9:30 when our zone 2 was called. We made sure we tipped our waiter well for all his time and work. We had filled up our cars prior to going to the pier so all we had to do was head on down the road. We were back in Iowa two days later. Our friends did comment that even with the bad weather, they had enjoyed the cruise and might consider another. HUM?? Read Less
Carnival Elation Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 5.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.5 3.9
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 5.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.5 4.0
Rates N/A 4.4

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