Sail Date: September 2018
We purchased FTTF so embarkation was a breeze. Seth, our steward, had our anniversary decorations hung in the room upon arrival. Ocean view was larger than expected. Room was spotless daily. Food was very good. We ate in the MDR ... Read More
We purchased FTTF so embarkation was a breeze. Seth, our steward, had our anniversary decorations hung in the room upon arrival. Ocean view was larger than expected. Room was spotless daily. Food was very good. We ate in the MDR all dinners and Sea day brunches. The food was excellent. The host staff was always friendly and accommodating. Magali and Iseth were so helpful. Komung was an awesome server. We had any time dining and never waited more than 5 minutes to get a table for 2. Guy's and the taco bar were great. Food on the buffet was lukewarm at best. Wayan, Gede and Jose were great at the pool bars. We fully utilized the Cheers program. Entertainment was amazing. Love and Marriage and the Epic Rock shows were incredible. Live music was great. We were able to dance when we wanted to and sit back with a drink and listen to lighter music also. Service was awesome. There was always someone to take care of anything you need. Always crew detail cleaning around the ship. Stayed on the ship at HMC. We had the pool to ourselves. No lines anywhere. We stayed in Nassau for about an hour. The hawkers became annoying very quickly. So we returned to the ship. FTTF enabled us to get off the ship very easily. Have a porter carry your bags at debarkation. They have a dedicated line at customs and you bypass the line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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 ... 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Embarkation was smooth as was the debarkation. The ship was spotless as well as the cabin. The main dining room was nice but 1 thing they should do especially for 1st time cruisers is to put more emphasis on the elegant night. Wife ... Read More
Embarkation was smooth as was the debarkation. The ship was spotless as well as the cabin. The main dining room was nice but 1 thing they should do especially for 1st time cruisers is to put more emphasis on the elegant night. Wife and I went to the elegant night dinner and did not realize it was elegant night. All we heard announced was make sure you get your elegant portraits taken. The fun times had it listed on top under "Tonight's Attire" but not emphasized in any way. The food was great in the main dinning room as well as as the buffets. The Entertainment was off the hook, The parties were amazing, The comedians very funny. We played more trivia than I have played in my life. The service employees were so helpful, friendly, and courteous. The room steward (Don) was awesome, room clean and stocked every morning and evening. The ports were Freeport and Nassau, we didn't venture very far at Freeport and it was raining most of the stop. Nassau was beautiful and the shopping was nice from the gift shops to the straw market. We chose not to do any excursions since this was me and my wife's first cruise the cruise itself was our excursion. I will definitely will go again. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We just got back from our cruise to Nassau and Half Moon Cay... the boat itself was okay no overall complaints. The one downside was only being one pool but still manageable. Great staff and excellent food and entertainment. We definitely ... Read More
We just got back from our cruise to Nassau and Half Moon Cay... the boat itself was okay no overall complaints. The one downside was only being one pool but still manageable. Great staff and excellent food and entertainment. We definitely had the best time in Half Moon Cay. Being our first time to visit the island we chose to do the horseback riding since we would get a view of the island. Best idea ever. The horses are so great and well worth the money for 6 adults ranging from 21-52. The views your get on horseback are absolutely unbelievable. Now Nassau on the other hand... not a fan. We got off the boat and we’re completely bombarded by locals screaming in our faces trying to take us places and give us discounted excursions. Since we were the only ship at the port that day it made it worse. We made it to the beach and weren’t even able to get in the water so after spending about 1.5 hours on land we went straight back to the boat. Definitely liked the more private beach/island better than the extremely commercialized. The boat was great but it is one of the smaller boats but it was still great. Being our first cruise in over 10 years I would say it went well. I would recommend to anyone to do the horseback riding in Half Moon Cay. It won’t disappoint. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Recently went on cruise to Bahamas on Carnival Elation and there were quite a few issues throughout my trip. 1. My LUGGAGE WAS MISPLACED. I was traveling with family and altogether we had 4 bags with us, all with tags. Three of the bags ... Read More
Recently went on cruise to Bahamas on Carnival Elation and there were quite a few issues throughout my trip. 1. My LUGGAGE WAS MISPLACED. I was traveling with family and altogether we had 4 bags with us, all with tags. Three of the bags made it to our rooms, except for mine. I assumed that it would come later, until I went to guest services to book an excursion and saw my bag sitting in the hallway near the bar. I had to retrieve it and take it to the room myself. 2. The second night of the cruise, the AC WENT OUT in my stateroom. 3. STATEROOMS NOT CLEANED FULLY. The wash cloths in my bathroom were not fully clean. Noticeable stains. The comforter on my bed also had a giant noticeable stain (about the size of a small book). Found a pair of glasses from a guest on the cruise before me and a lady I spoke with told me she had leftover sushi in her fridge from the previous cruise, causing the entire stateroom to smell. 4. Had issues with my SAIL AND SIGN ACCOUNT. They offer the option to not connect a card but to pay with cash instead, which is what I did. However, once that cash runs out, your card does not stop working, like I assumed it would. Instead, they continued to allow me to use the card until I was -$200 on my account. I went to guest services and told them I would like to pay the balance off with my debit card, then put more cash on the account for spending money. Instead of zeroing the account out, the rep just connected my debit card to the account and nothing else (which again, I did not want to do) 5. HIDDEN FEES. On the last day of the cruise, there was a $50 gratuity fee added to my bill without my knowledge. I asked why was extra gratuity added again when I had already been paying gratuity the entire time with every purchase. No direct answer was given, only that they would remove the charge. Meaning, if you don't catch it, they'll charge you extra. 6. The boat crew COULD NOT GET CLEARANCE TO DOCK in enough time, causing my family to be late getting to their excursion. The guide did not want to cheat us on our time by cutting the excursion short so he didnt, therefore causing my family to get back to the boat about 5 minutes before they were set to sail. 7. On the first day, all of the staff are super nice and friendly, however, by the final day you can see that they are tired and annoyed with everyone and they became a bit snappy at times. Overall, I didn't have an absolute horrible time, however, given my previous cruise experiences, I expected things to be A LOT better than they actually turned out to be. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose this ship mainly for the price point and the itinerary. It was our first cruise, and a lot of the recent reviews were making me very nervous about this ship. But we found it to be perfect. Yes, it's a smaller ship. But for us, ... Read More
We chose this ship mainly for the price point and the itinerary. It was our first cruise, and a lot of the recent reviews were making me very nervous about this ship. But we found it to be perfect. Yes, it's a smaller ship. But for us, that was great-- fewer people meant fewer lines, and a smaller ship meant we were able to find everything easily. The staff was friendly, and so was everyone we met on the ship. We had a perfect cruise, even without the "frills" the bigger ships offer. This ship still has blue iguana (those tacos are AMAZING) and guy's burger joint (very good), and it has lots of areas for nightlife-- there were 3 separate shows to see (Epic Rock was great), a piano bar (Laura is awesome), dance clubs, trivia games, live music in several places around the ship, and of course, pizza and ice cream whenever you wanted it. One liked to sit on the balcony and look at the stars, one liked to head to ALL the entertainment and games and play and interact with the cruise director and the staff, and one enjoyed the ability to have no schedule at all and just lay around the pool soaking up the sun. Nassau was busy-- we didn't spend much time in port since we had an excursion scheduled. Half moon cay was absolute perfection. Prettiest beach we've ever seen. We had a great time and everyone is already asking me to plan another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We LOVED it! My second cruise, my partners first. We had an ocean view room which was perfect for just the two of us. We loved waking up the sunrise every morning. My only complaint would be the food. It wasn’t nasty, but it ... Read More
We LOVED it! My second cruise, my partners first. We had an ocean view room which was perfect for just the two of us. We loved waking up the sunrise every morning. My only complaint would be the food. It wasn’t nasty, but it wasn’t the best in my personal opinion. The comedy show was hilarious. They have one tiny pool which the kids mostly took over. We went to the adult only retreat one night and just sat in the hot tub enjoying the view. The ship is a little dated sure, but it was extra clean so who cares! There was always an employee cleaning something. The employee were exceptional and our cruise directo, MarQ, was the best! Honestly, my boyfriend was a little skeptical going on a cruise but now he is a cruise addict like the rest of us. LOL Overall, we had a great time and can not wait to go on another carnival cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
The cruise was great. My sister-in-law and I booked last minute and had a blast. Staff was super nice! This was an excellent value. Can not go to the beach for week for the same price. We had an interior cabin with bunks. It was fine! ... Read More
The cruise was great. My sister-in-law and I booked last minute and had a blast. Staff was super nice! This was an excellent value. Can not go to the beach for week for the same price. We had an interior cabin with bunks. It was fine! Who spends time in the cabin anyway? Plenty of room in the shower and plenty of closet space. Suitcases fit under the lower bed so no space was taken. Ship is older and one of the smaller ones. They added the water park but paint should be updated in common areas. One of the elevators seems to always be out of use. Band and the other live music was good. The service was a little slow at the pizza and deli ... need additional help there especially in the evening. Room service calls for ice where a little slow too. Staff was friendly and we were called by name which was great. Had no issues on embarkation. Disembarkation seemed a little unorganized and slow. My friend has priority but it was still a very slow process. Overall, for the price, you can not go wrong! I do need to say to all cruisers everywhere - when in port , Nassau in this case - stay away from the Tresoe Rare store. They are very manipulative and use very high pressure sales techniques. They are cons. If you google them, you’ll find tons of complaints and scam reports. There are over 3,000 on ripoffreport.com. Don’t let something like this ruin your cruise! 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 room we ... 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
My wife and I were celebrating our 32nd Wedding Anniversary and we decided let's celebrate it onboard the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation. This would be our 3rd Carnival Cruise Ship we boarded; twice to Jamaica and this time to the Bahamas. ... Read More
My wife and I were celebrating our 32nd Wedding Anniversary and we decided let's celebrate it onboard the Carnival Cruise Ship Elation. This would be our 3rd Carnival Cruise Ship we boarded; twice to Jamaica and this time to the Bahamas. The locals were kind and friendly made us feel very welcomed. We enjoyed it very much. Back on board we relaxed on lounge chairs, taking in the warmth of the sunshine, enjoying our exquisite cocktails, snapping photos, watching everybody having fun. The Carnival Cruise Crew from throughout the clean spotless shining ship were very, very friendly, helpful, and Outstanding!! From servicing our cabin, enjoying the cuisine, excellent entertainment everyday to arriving at Nassau and returning back home. Our safety was there number one priority. We were both sad as we knew we were returning back home to our everyday chores. Time just flew by. But all is not lost, because we plan on returning back to sea on another adventure with Carnival Cruise! Yeah!! 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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