Sail Date: December 2018
This cruise was such a great time and turned out better than I thought it would. I have a few minor complaints but there were minimal compared to the awesome time we had. This ship is 20 years old but did not feel like an old ship due to ... Read More
This cruise was such a great time and turned out better than I thought it would. I have a few minor complaints but there were minimal compared to the awesome time we had. This ship is 20 years old but did not feel like an old ship due to the awesome upgrades it got last year. Guy's Burger Joint and Blue Iguana Cantina were perfect alternatives to the buffet which I typically try to avoid. Red Frog Rum Bar and Blue Iguana Tequila Bar were both excellent and offer a variety of drink options. All of the bars were great (get the Cheers package)! The new WaterWorks splash pad/waterslides were so much fun and even though we were the only adults on them at the time we had an absolute blast. Dining was great with excellent food and service. We did the Sea Day Brunch to enjoy a relaxing meal with excellent food but unfortunately our server was not very friendly and was very short with us. The shows were so enjoyable to watch even though they were exactly the same ones we saw last year on the Splendor. Hopefully Carnival updates them soon before we go again next year. The comedians were hilarious and were a great way to end the night. The lounges were very nice and offered all kinds of activities. I didn't really care for the night club simply because the DJ wasn't very good. The club was very nice and the drinks were nice and strong but the only music played was "gangster rap" music that was incredibly hard to dance to. Everyone on the floor didn't really know how to dance and most were standing around. I would have liked more party dance music like they play at the sail away and deck parties. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Chose this cruise for a quick getaway and couldn't pass up on the price. Embarkation- got there slightly after 12:30, my boarding time was 12:00-12:30. They let us go in the shorter line since our time slot had already been called. We ... Read More
Chose this cruise for a quick getaway and couldn't pass up on the price. Embarkation- got there slightly after 12:30, my boarding time was 12:00-12:30. They let us go in the shorter line since our time slot had already been called. We were on the ship in about 10 minutes. Sail and sign card outside the room. Since you cant go to your cabin until 1:30 they will let you use the barcode on your boarding pass make purchases until you get your sail and sign. Cabin- very small interior but for the deal I got I have no complaints. Room was clean and our cabin stewardess Elsa kept our ice bucket full as requested, and room clean. Drinks-First time I got the cheers package. Nice to not worry about a bar tab at the end, but I felt like I drank more just because I had the cheers package. I had free drinks in the casino anyway so I dont think the package is worth it for me. The casino- I spend a lot of time here and the slots were the tightest on any cruise I have been on. (Yes I realize gambling is designed to separate you from your hard earned cash) Food- lido buffet-some days good(they had lamb one day:)) and some not so good. Guys burgers- delicious Blue iguana- delicious Dining room- most meals were really good, I ate in dining room whenever I could. Overall I think the food is better than it has been on some prior cruises. I did not go on any excursions but I have a favorite spot in Nassau I always to go to get some righteous conch salad and some Sky juice. I did not get off ship at half moon caye I dont go to shows so can't comment on them. The staff was absolutely amazing!! Everyone was so nice always had a smile and always interesting conversations. What I didnt like- only one pool (I realize this is an older ship and have been on it before) As a result it was too crowded to enjoy during sea days but we did enjoy it during port days when the ship was empty. Maybe on next major refurb they could add one. (If they can saw a ship in half and extend it by 300 feet I'm sure a small pool isnt impossible) I would still cruise on a 1 pool ship anyways because I like the fantasy class ships. Serenity deck- too crowded, need bigger hot tubs and expand the area . I think the serenity deck is overall a great concept but the secret's out! Use to be able to enjoy for the first few days until people discovered it and only then would it be crowded. Speaking of hot tubs, the hot tubs next to the pool were overrun with children and crowded at all times. The aft lounges do not open until later which was kind of a bummer. Debarkation was an absolute disaster, my last cruise on Elation it took about 15 min to get off ship, this time was about an hour and a half and the only reason it didnt take longer was because we had a porter fast track us through I am really glad that Carnival is not pushing the upsells as hard as they use too. If someone wanted to take your picture you could politely decline and that was it. They really need to change the photo gallery to digital (the amount of photo paper thrown out is awful) Again, the crew was wonderful, the food good and I had a wonderful time. I'm looking forward to trying the Ecstasy when she replaces Elation in May 2019. I really do like the fantasy class ships! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
A wonderful time - the jr suite was great, We enjoyed ourselves from the time we stepped on board until we disembarked. Davy Wild at the piano bar brought a room full of strangers to a small band of friends. Frank in the dining room made ... Read More
A wonderful time - the jr suite was great, We enjoyed ourselves from the time we stepped on board until we disembarked. Davy Wild at the piano bar brought a room full of strangers to a small band of friends. Frank in the dining room made dinner a treat every night. Even the chance to dance with a fellow passenger or two! Coffee at the Magic Coffee Rest was indeed Magic and the treats were amazing. Get the cheers program to enjoy adult beverages, coffee, water and soda! Enjoy yourself and have no billing surprises. Check your account summary before leaving I did find a double charge from the spa. Weather was chilly but we enjoyed all of the outdoor activities. I’m happy we went and sorry to have left. Looking forward to the next Cruise. Take a chance and enjoy this 5 night cruise. It is well worth the investment Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Took my entire family for vacation approx $2900 This was my 3rd cruise their 1st I was embarrassed by the entire cruise * the cruise events were terrible... Well the ones that weren't canceled * There were NO events held by ... Read More
Took my entire family for vacation approx $2900 This was my 3rd cruise their 1st I was embarrassed by the entire cruise * the cruise events were terrible... Well the ones that weren't canceled * There were NO events held by the pool or at half moon cay * the shows were either very late, repeats of the last 3 years or there were none to attend * the departures at the ports were complete cluster disasters - unorganized would be an understatement * the food that didnt taste like fish was okay * the room across the hall smelled like pot 90% of the time * elevators rarely worked * wallpaper peeling on almost every wall * returned my drink several times because it tasted terrible Rooms were kept clean is the ONLY positive I have to say This was over priced and a huge disappointment. Next vacation will be a different cruise line Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Our kids loved it, my Inlaws had a great time, and my husband an di had a great time!!! The staff were very kind and not robotic and depressed like. The excursions were way too expensive for us so we didn't partake, but got off the boat at ... Read More
Our kids loved it, my Inlaws had a great time, and my husband an di had a great time!!! The staff were very kind and not robotic and depressed like. The excursions were way too expensive for us so we didn't partake, but got off the boat at Nassau and took a taxi to a local beach passed junkaroo. It was alright but lots of seaweed. Buffets and all were great but not spectacular. The drink package prices are way too much for us bc we only want to drink one night, but then every drink is like $10 so, we just drank the wine we brought. Cam the cruise director was amazing. On the last day fog held us on the boat for many hours but the crew, if they didn't know what they were doing, tried their best to make us all happy!!!! I love the crew and the boat and miss it terribly!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Carnival always provides an exciting and adventurous cruise. This was our 23rd with them, and we took along 20 other friends and family. We chose this ship as it was only 5 hours from home. Also, the ship was small enough for 1st timers to ... Read More
Carnival always provides an exciting and adventurous cruise. This was our 23rd with them, and we took along 20 other friends and family. We chose this ship as it was only 5 hours from home. Also, the ship was small enough for 1st timers to get around easy. It is big enough as well to get away from everyone for some private time. Half Moon Cay is also one of our favorite ports. This private island really is a relaxing place. Weather was beautiful and sailing lots of fun. Entertainment was great, Cam the cruise director made each day fun. Singers and dancers were excellent, however we did not care for one show called "Divas". Otherwise the rest of shows were great. Only saw one comedian, he was ok. Lots of events are happening at same time, so you have to pick and choose. Get anytime dinning when possible. We were booked for early dinning and had to stick to time schedule, which caused us to miss some things we would have liked to have done. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
The staff is what makes this cruise so great. We werent overly impressed with the food options or the dining experience. Bar service was some of the best I ever received. We were disappointed that the pool was closed 2 of the 4 full days ... Read More
The staff is what makes this cruise so great. We werent overly impressed with the food options or the dining experience. Bar service was some of the best I ever received. We were disappointed that the pool was closed 2 of the 4 full days on the ship and the hot tubs are a joke (warm at best). Room service is great and he came to our room the first day to introduce himself (cant remember his name). Some of the best staff: Bartenders/Alcohol servers: Jose (tequila bar), wayan (rum bar; won as the best overall), surjeet (multiple bars), noel (casino bar), Marko (casino server), Arie (served on Half moon cay and comedy club), Bambang (rum bar), Atilla (pool server and comedy club) Servers: Achmad (imagination) Other: Room service guy and cam entertainment director Everyone had a lot of fun but just know this ship is small with little shopping, minimal pool time and a small casino. Dining service is good because they sing and dance but the food is disappointing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We had a lot of fun with everything. Two people stood out with us and made our honeymoon amazing. Eufracio and Jenny Ofreneo and he wanted me to call him Fresh because I couldn’t say his name. If I needed anything they were there ... Read More
We had a lot of fun with everything. Two people stood out with us and made our honeymoon amazing. Eufracio and Jenny Ofreneo and he wanted me to call him Fresh because I couldn’t say his name. If I needed anything they were there anytime and came back at 8 to clean my room and let me sleep in for a nap. please please please! Give them some recongnition or a promotion because they are amazing! Nassau was kind of a dump but half moon cay was awesome and we saw a stingray. I would do Carnival again but I wouldn’t go back to the Bahamas or not Nassau. I would like to go on a bigger ship next time too so we could do more activities and explore more. The cruise director cam was very nice and funny as well. All for Nassau we enjoyed ourselves and hopefully will cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We went for a mother’s day adventure. Took my mother to the Bahamas. It was a great time. Staff makes the experience even better. Every staff member says hi in passing and you can tell they truly love their jobs. Cam is extremely ... Read More
We went for a mother’s day adventure. Took my mother to the Bahamas. It was a great time. Staff makes the experience even better. Every staff member says hi in passing and you can tell they truly love their jobs. Cam is extremely entertaining and great at his job. Phillip, our photographer, was kind and takes amazing photos. Our dining team Dean, Anak and Deni made us laugh during our entire meal and gave us memories we won’t forget. Our housekeeper, Mayura, was so nice and did a great job keeping our room looking great. It was a great experience and I would go back again. My only complaint would be disembarkation. It seemed rather unorganized. Entire boat had to be out of rooms by 8:30 am and moved to level 9. This was a lot of people to stay on one level. Halls were blocked off and we were forced to sit in casino and wait. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem however, smoking is allowed in casino and the smokers didn’t hesitate to light up. It was hard to breathe in this room and I have asthma. I smelled like smoke and couldn’t wait to get away. My personal opinion is that smoking should not be allowed anywhere on the boat during the disembarkation process. Smoking is illegal in public buildings in the United States, but allowed in a crowded room on a boat. Doesn’t make much sense to me. 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 4.2
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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