1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Just got off the elation it was a great trip, what surprise me was the food was amazing on the ship, the best I have had in 12 cruises, I had an obstructed view suite and wont do that again, we had crew members outside the cabin early in ... Read More
Just got off the elation it was a great trip, what surprise me was the food was amazing on the ship, the best I have had in 12 cruises, I had an obstructed view suite and wont do that again, we had crew members outside the cabin early in the morning and often. The Jr Suite are not suites just balcony cabins and the sofa/bed was unbearable to sleep on, they never resolved that issue and the air condition through out the boat was poor. Overall the boat was extremely clean had good comedians and other than that was entertainment was so-so. The itinerary was at sea-nassau-half moon- at sea which was great. The anytime dining was always backed up I would recommend either early or late if you want to eat at a certain time. This is a great cruise and was very relaxing, It seemed that there were smaller groups on the boat. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Keep in mind I have nothing to compare to, but they sure did make my first time great. The cabins were of decent size, similar to a small hotel room. I chose a cabin with the round window and it had a little nook so I could set and look ... Read More
Keep in mind I have nothing to compare to, but they sure did make my first time great. The cabins were of decent size, similar to a small hotel room. I chose a cabin with the round window and it had a little nook so I could set and look out. The constantly had people cleaning the dinning buffet dining area. The main dinning room I only visited twice. It was a long wait for the main dining room. The had an app i downloaded that told us everything happening on the ship. So I booked marked what i wanted and app just sent alerts to phone.... I never missed anything i was interested in. Some food was awesome, Guys Burger Joint, and fresh omelettes. However overall food experience average, not bad, was just expecting more I guess. I didn't like the pizza at all! Overall EXCELLENT FOR THE PRIZE. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Ship is to small for the number of guests. Trying to eat was always a hassle. Food was terrible. Service was terrible. Trying to get a drink was almost impossible. Bartenders would look at you and turn their heads. One small pool that was ... Read More
Ship is to small for the number of guests. Trying to eat was always a hassle. Food was terrible. Service was terrible. Trying to get a drink was almost impossible. Bartenders would look at you and turn their heads. One small pool that was very over crowded. Not much for kids to do as there is no basketball, dodge ball, rope course, water park is a joke. The casino staff was the best part of the cruise. Our hallways was very loud every night so we didn’t sleep. The whole boat smelled like marijuana from day 1. Getting off the boat was a nightmare. 100 degrees in a line for over an hour and we even took our own luggage to try to avoid this. After 10:00 they charge for room service now also. Seems like they keep adding more and more charges so even if carnivals cruises are cheaper by the time you get charged for lots of stuff you can cruise Royal Caribbean for the same money. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this cruise because it was the best deal and the one of the shortest drives to the port. We had been to Nassau (not by cruise) before without the kids and enjoyed our time there. We had never been to Half Moon Cay, which was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the best deal and the one of the shortest drives to the port. We had been to Nassau (not by cruise) before without the kids and enjoyed our time there. We had never been to Half Moon Cay, which was beautiful!! We did the Blue Lagoon excursion in Nassau but still had time to walk around town as well. It was a great experience! The island was beautiful, and you could watch and interact with dolphins if you wanted to. No one in our group did this but it was fun watching others. Half Moon Cay had plenty to do and the lunch provided by Carnival was great! The water area was fun for smaller kids and there were plenty of chairs for everyone. The activities in the ship were fun. My children didn’t do any of the camp experiences but they loved Waterworks and my youngest daughter enjoyed the Build a Bear Workshop. We loved our cruise director, Melissa, she was amazing and fun!! She was literally everywhere all of the time. She made the trip really special. Their was also a man in the Tiffany restaurant who would go around and tell jokes, the kids loved him but I didn’t get his name. We definitely enjoyed this vacation, it was amazing! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Worst. Cruise ever to Princess Cays and Nassau. Been on several. Staff talked down to us. Disrespectful staff. Would not get the manager when requested. Elevators closed half the time. Food always dry. Food on shore burgers only and not ... Read More
Worst. Cruise ever to Princess Cays and Nassau. Been on several. Staff talked down to us. Disrespectful staff. Would not get the manager when requested. Elevators closed half the time. Food always dry. Food on shore burgers only and not fit for a dog. Burgers were hard, dry and could not even eat it. Ports were nasty, dirty, and smelly. People tried to sell you drugs as soon as you exit the gate. Live entertainment was very poor except for ship director and the crew singing and dancing. Bands really bad. Comic was okay but told way to many racial jokes and pissed off a lot who left. Very disappointed that we spent over $6000 for a cruise that I would never recommend to anyone. Embarkation and Disembarkation was a hassel. Two disabled people and no help with luggage once on the ship. Held up for no reason when leaving and they would not tell us why. Went into customs and one of our kids luggage was check with nothing found and them released. Asked to speak to manager of photography about their staff and they would make up excuses why he was not available. Worst cruise ever!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
This was an amazing cruise. The staff went above and beyond to make the cruise amazing. I highly recommend this team!! -We used the faster to the fun and highly recommend it for anyone with children. We were from terminal door to ship ... Read More
This was an amazing cruise. The staff went above and beyond to make the cruise amazing. I highly recommend this team!! -We used the faster to the fun and highly recommend it for anyone with children. We were from terminal door to ship in 25 mins. -my child has a food allergy and the staff when above and beyond to help us with this. -Food was yummy and they had things my kiddos would eat. -Camp Ocean staff is amazing and great with the kiddos. -My oldest begged to go to Camp Ocean/Putt Putt every morning. -New water area is great. The slides are so much fun! -The updated balcony rooms are very nice and spacious. We had 4 people and had plenty of room to move around. We only used on upper and had a crib in the room. -Housekeeping staff always kept our room clean (even with 2 young kiddos). They even brought us extra pillows for the kiddos. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I was very disappointed on this 5 day Carnival Elation cruise, I expected much better. The food was awful, there was limited food variety, substandard and rude service. There was very little direction to find the events and which dining ... Read More
I was very disappointed on this 5 day Carnival Elation cruise, I expected much better. The food was awful, there was limited food variety, substandard and rude service. There was very little direction to find the events and which dining room we were assigned too. We stood in line 20 mins for the captain’s dinner only to get to the front of the line and be told that we were at the wrong dining room. We had asked our cabin Stuart prior to dinner and was giving the wrong info. Departing the ship was extremely hectic, we carried 4 suitcases up the stairs because we weren’t allowed to use the elevator on departure morning. We then stood waiting in line and hour and a half waiting with our luggage for staff to corral the guest down one elevator to the main exit. The balcony cabin was only thing positive on this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
Embarkation Once we got on the boat we were informed of the safety training. There were only 18 life boats. Very clear..that's not enough. They made several announcements as to what time the training would be and the designated area. ... Read More
Embarkation Once we got on the boat we were informed of the safety training. There were only 18 life boats. Very clear..that's not enough. They made several announcements as to what time the training would be and the designated area. When everyone was in place..the staff wasn't. They were very unorganized. The sail away party was fun. Great vibes. My luggage wasnt at my door even after all that! My room attendant was very nice! Lee was his name. He knew my entire family by name. He gave me a $50 gift card to the spa for the inconvenience. They took my wine out of my luggage when one of the workers told us to put it there. I called member services about. One guy told me that i should have hand carried it on then a lady got on and said it was supposed to be in my luggage which it was. Its like they didn't know their own regulations. Cabin My room was okay. The only thing bad i would say is the bathroom smelled like mold. It was a family vacation so i visited all of my family's room and all of the bathrooms smelled like mold. Food The crew members that cleaned up and served at the buffet and burger area...not one of them looked happy. I honestly felt bad for them. some of the crew had to stand in line to eat like everybody else. I feel like theyre already working all day long. Carnival should have something in place to where the crew doesnt have to stand in line and wait for food. overall the food was good. The Brunch was amazing. the bartenders in the atruim were nothing less than great. Very friendly and fast. The blue iguana bartender was very rude. He refused to serve my sister because she had reached her 15 drink limit but she wasnt intoxicated. Theres no way if youre drinking kiss on the lips hrs apart. Then he laughed in her face and threw her sign and sail card back to her. Most of the elevators didnt work. So when one showed up to your floor everyone was jammed packed because it take so long to catch one. the food in the dining area did not taste too good but the servers were nice. Again it was a family vacation. We booked everything together and ensured our table setting would be together and it wasnt but they found us a spot where we could be together. Entertainment There were plenty to do on the boat. Game show night by hasbro (prizes are a deck of cards haha). Casino Dance club Spa Trivia Magic show (fake) Excursions A bit pricy Getting back on the boat in Nassau we saw the Norwegian crew singing and dancing welcoming them back on the boat but carnival crew member had a exhausted look on their faces. So sad. No singing or dancing. Besides the staff being overworked and the smelly bathrooms it was a great experience overall. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I was in a junior suite. Used my wifes casino offer to get it for practically the same price as an oceanview. So embarkation was a breeze due to being priority. This ship is smaller than the newer ones but that means less passengers as ... Read More
I was in a junior suite. Used my wifes casino offer to get it for practically the same price as an oceanview. So embarkation was a breeze due to being priority. This ship is smaller than the newer ones but that means less passengers as well. It was never crowded on the ship and there were almost no lines, besides next to the pool on a sea day (which is the same on every ship). The new junior suites on deck 14 are nice. Bigger balcony and fairly spacious rooms. I was really glad I got it over the other room I wanted. Got the cheers plan and never had much of a wait at any bar. The shows are the same as any other carnival cruise so they were pretty good. One thing I did miss was the movies on the deck. This ship doesn't have the big screen. They showed a movie in the lounge one of the sea days to make up for it. Casino was decent, smaller of course, but my wife always found something fun to play. Pools and hot tubs were pretty crowded on sea days but I don't use those so it doesn't bother me. I just like to sit on the lido deck and read my book or enjoy the scenery. Oh the other thing on this ship i noticed is that the lifeboats are on deck 11, right above Lido. Having sailed on a lot of the conquest ships I was used to just going up the stairs and looking out into the ocean right above the Lido deck. Well with lifeboats in the way I had to find other places to gaze off into the ocean. My 9 year old daughter had a blast. Made some friends the first day at the kids club thing. She hung out with those friends the entire cruise either at the pool or at the kids club. She was sad to see them go. 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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