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4 Night Bahamas Cruise from Jacksonville

4 Night Bahamas Cruise from Jacksonville

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Jacksonville
  • Day 2
    Freeport
  • Day 3
    Nassau
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Jacksonville

Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Families will love the water park and Dr. Seuss activities; new dining spots draw crowds

Cons

Just one pool, no movies by the pool and little onboard shopping

Bottom Line

Enough onboard to keep passengers as busy as they want to be


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: March 2019
This cruise was so needed after a hard 6 months with my step dad beating cancer, & some other stuff leaving him in a wheelchair. This was a huge family ordeal with 14 of us needing some serious R&R & Carnival Elation did not ... Read More
This cruise was so needed after a hard 6 months with my step dad beating cancer, & some other stuff leaving him in a wheelchair. This was a huge family ordeal with 14 of us needing some serious R&R & Carnival Elation did not disappoint. We've cruised together years before, but now some of us had children & significant others. The things I was super impressed with are: -Embarkation & Debarkation were pretty painless due to faster to the fun. I would absolutely add this on if you are considering it. -The staff was super nice. Jordan is pure sunshine, he would greet you by name at the Tiffany's buffet, & ask how you were, what your plans are for the day, & his smile is super contagious. Seriously if you don't smile after interacting with him, you should take a look at how you are living your life. -Our steward Jose was awesome as well. He kept our room super clean, & there was a towel pet waiting each evening for our daughter. -We had a room on the Empress level with a private balcony. This was fantastic! We had a king size bed, along with a pull out for my daughter. I know cruise ship rooms are small, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't knock my head on her bed a few times due to it pulling out right over our bed. -Half Moon Cay is magical. My husband was wary about getting off the boat onto the island, not having control on when we could come back, but he is so glad he came. The smaller boats ferry back & fourth all day & we were able to grab one to go back straight away. The behind the scenes work that goes into preparing all of us lunch on that island should be fully recognized. Impressive operation & it seems so smooth! We didn't go on any excursions, we were happy to just relax on the beach. There were chairs for my step dad to use to go out onto the ocean for free! This was so wonderful! -Nassau is always fun & bustling. I've been there before & done some excursions so we opted just to shop & walk around this time. It was a lot of fun. -The buffet was awesome. The casino was awesome, the fun shops, & other places to buy jewelry & souvenirs are great as well. -The 80's show & Divas were fantastic. -The professional photos we got were stunning, we went home with the canvas package. I was however, not impressed that in order to get digital copies - you are forced to also purchase the 8x10s. Things I feel could've been improved upon: -My daughter, niece & nephew's were not impressed. They never really did what the itinerary said they had planned. They wanted to hang with us instead, which of course we wanted to spend some quality time with them but my husband & I were wanting a bit of an "adult reprieve" & having a kid not stoked about the kid area was kinda disappointing. -The food at the dinners. Most of it was really good, but getting through all of the courses took over 2 hours. We were scheduled for the 8:25 dinners so we had to go directly to any shows we wanted to see, nearly missing them. The one steak I ordered had a huge tendon going through the whole thing which didn't leave me able to eat but a few bites. We had a blast. This was my husband & daughter's first cruise, & though my husband wasn't super excited about being on a moving boat (he was seasick the last day due to a rocky ride back to Jacksonville) they both would love to go back. I hope to go again next year. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We are frequent cruises and lower our expectations when necessary. The ship itself was well maintained and the food was good. Guys burgers were awesome! Room service was also very good and had many free options and the pay options were not ... Read More
We are frequent cruises and lower our expectations when necessary. The ship itself was well maintained and the food was good. Guys burgers were awesome! Room service was also very good and had many free options and the pay options were not pricey. Our room location was horrible. We were right above the metal machine shop where very loud grinding, hammering of metal and clinking continues from 7:30 am until after supper every day. I was really sick with a head cold and could not rest even with ear plugs. They offered us 150 credit at the ships shops. We got badly sunburned and the ships shop did not have any aloe or ointments to help. The cabin steward accidentally threw out a retainer that was on the bathroom shelf. It will be 500 to replace it. We are in our forties and really appreciate our afternoon rests and peace and quiet but there was none in our room. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
My wife and decided to have a last minute get away and thought that the Bahamas cruise on the Elation would be a great choice. Overall we did enjoy our holiday but there were some areas that could be greatly improved on the Elation. The ... Read More
My wife and decided to have a last minute get away and thought that the Bahamas cruise on the Elation would be a great choice. Overall we did enjoy our holiday but there were some areas that could be greatly improved on the Elation. The first, and biggest was the food. This started badly and did not improve. My wife ordered a fajita from the pool side taco bar and the beef used was very poor, and it can't have been on the ship too long, we hadn't even left the port at this point. The only positive from a food perspective was Guy's Burger Bar. The biggest disappointment was the main restaurant. The service, on 3 of the 4 nights was incredibly slow, so slow in fact that we missed the start of the late show. In fact, when we first arrived at the restaurant on the first night, my wife and were sat at different tables, which was frustrating and took about 15 minutes to resolve. The servers also did not know the menu and could not answer simple questions about the meals. The menu was uninspired, with one token vegetarian special, which was the same each evening. Finally, the quality was bang average, and far below other cruises we have taken. Once we did make it out of the dinner and to the entertainment, the quality was average. The Epic Rock show was better than the Divas show, which did not seem to fit the casts skills, but was still entertaining. The interactive shows were again a mixed bag. The Gender Game was awkward and not entertaining but the Couple Game was much better. Outside of the main theatre, we thoroughly enjoyed Sam's performances in the Piano Bar, as well as the man trivia competitions. The ship itself and room was nice and the room was a good size, although my wife and I arrived to a room with the beds separated. Once in the room, there was plenty of cupboard space, a nice little fridge and the bathroom was adequate, with good water temp and pressure. The service outside of the restaurant was also of a much higher quality, in particular the fun squad, who were, as expected, fun. Approachable and helpful as well as entertaining. Overall, there were certain elements we enjoyed, but we did not feel the sense of lavishness and luxury you would associate with a cruise and that was a result of the poor food quality and restaurant service. If you want a quick getaway, with a family, this could be nice for you, but don't expect to feel spoiled with the meals. Read Less
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