I am extremely well traveled and sometimes hard to please and I just wanted to say that this cruise was absolutely amazing. We had sailed one other time in the past with Royal Caribbean on one of their newly refurbished boats and yes, that ... Read More
I am extremely well traveled and sometimes hard to please and I just wanted to say that this cruise was absolutely amazing. We had sailed one other time in the past with Royal Caribbean on one of their newly refurbished boats and yes, that ship compared to the Paradise was a bit nicer, but we read online that was to be expected. We are from Tampa, so we were happy for the easy in and out convince as well as the great price!
Spectacular customer service! Although this will not be the newest ship in the fleet to cruise on, it is seriously clean and well cared for and not to mention THE STAFF IS AMAZING!!!! Every single person who waited on us even in passing new our names (they must train them on remembering names and drinks because everyone who even waited on me once, remembered my name and preferences- it was truly awesome!). The customer service blew Royal Caribbean out of the water. I am sold on this company now just because of their effort and literally, I could feel how hard everyone was trying to make it a truly memorable experience and to which I am grateful.
There were tons of things to do on the ship! The comedians (2 guys) were just hilarious. We were there for 4 nights and I didn't get bored once. We went to multiple shows a night, every night and came out laughing and happy! There was ping pong, mini golf, a basketball hoop, big chess, bean bags and tons more. During the day they have big bingo tourneys, activities in the casino, trivia, sales in the ships stores. They kept us busy to the very best of their ability and it worked! We had a blast around the ship.
I would also like to say the FOOD WAS AWESOME! I feel like i gained 5 pounds from how good the food was on the ship. I guess they have 100 people that work in the kitchen and every one of them has a culinary degree and 3 years at a high end restaurant and it showed in the food! We did the Chef's table event for $75.00 per person and I highly recommend it! It was worth every penny. We were served Kobe beef, which the chef said alone cost them $75.00, so everything else was just icing on the cake. 7 courses of awesomeness. The Chef was such a great man and he even used to work for the King of Dubai, which is really cool.
We do not have kids, but the kids I saw were entertained and having a blast. To lay out and hang out, we stayed on the Serenity deck for adults 21 and older and it was amazing!
The excursions were awesome. We did a snorkeling package with a little company we saw at a stand as we walked into the port called El Dorado Snorkeling Tours and it was a blast. It was $40.00 per person and they dropped you off and let you swim to your hearts content. Compared to the other boats out there with people from our cruise, ours was the way to go- it was much more relaxed and they guides were so awesome. Plus, included in the price they had all you can drink beer, sodas and water. We also took a taxi for $8.00 into the downtown and just walked around the shops for a bit. We found this little hole in the wall bar behind the Hotel Barracuda and it was so fun with a swim up bar and right on the water with great drink prices. I think the ship crews hang out there when they are in town. I highly recommend stopping in while passing by.
In short, this will not be the most luxurious cruise you will ever take, but it will be the most fun. I would do the same cruise over and over if I had room in the budget. I highly recommend!!! Read Less
My wife and I went on our first cruise ever on January 25 thru 30th on the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation. We went through customs and security with out any problems at the Port of New Orleans. Just make sure you pack only authorized items ... Read More
My wife and I went on our first cruise ever on January 25 thru 30th on the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation. We went through customs and security with out any problems at the Port of New Orleans. Just make sure you pack only authorized items provided prior to departure. We had our birth certificates, suit cases properly tagged and we boarded the fantasy ship Elation about noon. I filmed a short video and posted on my "YouTube" channel (see Roger L) for posted video.
My wife and I really didn't have any prior experience to compare so we didn't know what to expect other that reading reviews prior to departure. The first thing everyone should do is get a pocket map provided in your welcome packet and keep it with you. Learn the forward (front) from the back of the ship by studying the lay-out map given to you. Learn what floor has what restaurant or venue you want to go to. The elevators are usually slow and sometimes crowded. The stairways are wide and used often much quicker than waiting on the elevators. The service was great everywhere we went. Staff was available to refill your soda pops (we don't drink alcohol- however; that is a big money maker for the cruise line..be careful of that.) Staff, security, waiters, all were busy, cleaning, picking up dishes promptly and was prompt to assist you.
The cabin we were assigned was on the 4th level..a good level as the movement of the ship was minimum. The lower and more centrally located the better for those susceptable to sea sickness. I do recommend everyone get dromimine sea sick medication and take prior to boarding ship and take it as directed. The cabin was clean, the hot water was very good! The t.v. had limited channels..good to view various cameras for viewing in cabin to see weather conditions or how crowded area was. The cabins was stocked well with your issued blue towels and other items. Good experience with our cabin..very quiet!
The excursions was fun; however; my only complaint was that they listed them as 5 hours when actually some excursions to Cozumel or Progresso was shorter in time that specified in advertised publications. Overall in a scale from one - being least and ten being most...I give our wonderful Cruise on the Carnival Elation ship an ..8. Enjoy the cruise and be careful not to run up your tab or issued universal identification/purchase card issued to you in the very beginning of boarding the ship. Bon Voyage!! Read Less