Sail Date: March 2019
Cheers package- we had this and it cost us about $617+ for my husband and I. Drinks range from $6.85-$15.00 each. So I’m thinking it’s been worth is as you can purchase water bottles through this as well as coffee (that’s not in main ... Read More
Cheers package- we had this and it cost us about $617+ for my husband and I. Drinks range from $6.85-$15.00 each. So I’m thinking it’s been worth is as you can purchase water bottles through this as well as coffee (that’s not in main dining and other drinks alcoholic or non) for whatever the reason- drinking water seems really far away the entire time lol. They only have water spouts in the main dining and the rest is for purchase. I learned after late in the 2nd day you can ask for water bottles at the bar with your cheer package so basically if you don’t have cheers each water bottle will cost you $1.25 (or 3.75 for the ones in your room) OR you purchase a 12 pack for 4.50 before you board which we also did but ran out. Cheers is good and we would do it again. It’s sort of like a peace of mind thing. Faster to the fun is a MUST and makes everything better. It took my husband and I about 15 minutes to check our bags and we were on the ship - in that 15 minute period. Getting off the ship was still good and only took about 30 mins. You also get off first at each port (or mostly). The service team will place letters in your cabin to let you know when and where your supposed to do what. We had a balcony cabin which was really nice. Only issue is that A LOT of people break the rules and smoke off the balconies. It sucks because it goes right into your room and unfortunately there’s no way to report it because you can’t see anyone doing it specifically but you know it’s happening! It’s sad but true the food is NOT that great. Guys burgers is good and Always has a line- Unless you get there a little before people come back from the time off the ship. Blue iguana is actually really great! The main dining room is like hospital style food ....but it seems like it gets better further into the trip. However, we couldn’t tell if it actually was getting better or that we were just getting used to it. HA! We were assigned the imagination dining room- ‘your time’ and that worked out OK. We would say the food is about 7% better than the food in the main dining- there is a wait and usually it’s 30mins - 1 hour. The service is great and they will accommodate you. For example- I really hate sitting in the very middle of anything right next to others I don’t know...any time I had an issue they had no problem giving us an empty corner booth or table and actually didn’t role their eyes or anything. I know my request can be super annoying. The wait staff are responsive but I recommend getting a drink while you wait and bring it with you. The bar drinks inside the restaurant are slow but only because the place is packed. All the servers were really nice. Entertainment was interesting also a bit cringy at times- 2 dudes lead the whole ship and you can tell they are working hard to make improvements- the biggest issue that we had and number 1 down side is that we sort of didn’t have anything to do while at sea- I feel like we spent A LOT of time walking in circles. They try and have shows or different activities throughout but the main event is laying out by the pool or walking in circles unless you like to gamble. The comedy club is fun. They did a carnival quest scavenger hunt the last night and that was REALLY Fun and hilarious. We wish they would have done it the first or 2nd night though because we may have been able to meet other couples/friends. The scavenger hunt makes you team up with a group of 12-20 so it’s a perfect ice breaker game. They should really do it every night it is THAT much fun! We purchased a Nassau hopping tour- but not enough people showed so they cancelled it. 26 were needed and we had like 17. They gave a full refund. So We Just walked around the town which was OK but not great. If you don’t like being haggled don’t do this! We Ended up at Senor Frogs and it was a BLAST!! It may sound weird but it was probably the best time we had. it’s pricey and you need to get there no later than like 11:30am to be able to fully enjoy. Half Moon Cay was beautiful- UNTIL everyone got there lol. There’s NO direction on what to do so everyone just sprints for a chair etc. There are blue cabana shells towards the back - they are $29.99 for the whole day and they make everything better!! It’s private and you get some shade. Otherwise good luck to you. I found that the furthest you are from the entrance the less people there are but it’s a walk. Again - unless you love smoke (previous smoker here too) there are tons of people that just want to smoke all up in your face so we had to move a couple of times. The lunch they served on the island and was pretty Good and better than the ships main dining. Water shuttle leaves every 30 mins or so to get back to ship and if you go back early - no lines. Overall the trip was good- The service was really great and they have outstanding organizational skills and procedures in place to manage the amount they have to. We gave it a 3 because there was just not enough to do for people that had no kids or older kids. We kind of wandered A little too much. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
First time Carnival cruiser. Cruised on holland America multiple times. Inside cabin - roomy and staff was super. Always spotless!! Shows were good though somewhat similar. Comedy was good. . Cruise director was very good. Food on ... Read More
First time Carnival cruiser. Cruised on holland America multiple times. Inside cabin - roomy and staff was super. Always spotless!! Shows were good though somewhat similar. Comedy was good. . Cruise director was very good. Food on lido was great. Guys burgers were really, really great! Dining room food was good but never hot. After asking to make hotter, they handled it. Panda, our server was super - best of any cruise we’ve been on. Always ask for her. Only bad staff were bartenders at casino bar. Slow with attitudes! Ports of call embarkation / debarkation was fast and easy. Big downer was leaving when we returned to Jacksonville. Had to be Out of our cabin by 8:30. Our deck wasn’t called till 10 and then another 1/2 hour before we were off of the ship. We got a porter which cut out 45 minutes in line for immigration. They definitely need some help there! All in all great value for the money! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Great to be with an older girls cruise for the long weekend. Friendly service. Food so-so and always only mildly warmed in dining room. Bread very hard. As for entertainment, the dance shows were LOUD electric music with flashing ... Read More
Great to be with an older girls cruise for the long weekend. Friendly service. Food so-so and always only mildly warmed in dining room. Bread very hard. As for entertainment, the dance shows were LOUD electric music with flashing lights. Singers going to the top of voice range which means I had to put hands over ears. Nice costumes and movement around stage. Avoid Kirk as a comedian. Saying the best part for last was the newly appointed cruise director——Chris. So full of life! Makes everything he does so fun Whether it is Harry Potter trivia or atrium music. Awesome!!!! This was his first cruise director position and he was ready for it. He had an accessory for each event he was doing. He was entertaining just to talk to. Boring destinations but only ones if leaving from Jacksonville. Parking easy, Embarked within 30 minutes. Could have been sooner if Elation could figure how to disembark. Total headache. Easy walkoff took until 10:00. Poor ports, mediocre food, and terrible disembark gives it a three. On deck, Guys burgers and burrito bar are good. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because the port was close to home and we wanted just a short little long weekend trip. We have cruised before with Carnival, but first time on this ship. We had all levels of cruisers from first timers to platinum ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the port was close to home and we wanted just a short little long weekend trip. We have cruised before with Carnival, but first time on this ship. We had all levels of cruisers from first timers to platinum cruisers. Getting on the ship was excellent. No complaints, but that's the only positive! Could not get drinks at the bar, completely overlooked several times. The food in the main dining room was HORRIBLE! The first night I ordered the flank steak, which wasn't flank steak. and it tasted straight up like chemicals! a mixture of lighter fluid and charcoal is what it tasted like. straight TERRIBLE! And the service was super slow!!! 2 1/2 hour dinner? Nowhere to get to, but too long to wait for dinner. Comedian, some guy on the 3rd night, TERRIBLE! all his jokes bombed. Can't even remember his name. Service on the rest of the boat was mediocre at best. Not as friendly as some of the other cruises I've been on. DeEmbarkment was a NIGHTMARE! 3 hours to get off the boat! HORRIBLE! I would recommend that they take this boat offline for a week or two and give the staff some time to regroup and figure out their lives before cruising out again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I titled this review "It's Alright" because that's what we kept saying the whole cruise. Our expectations were low since we knew it was an older ship, and because of Carnivals reputation, but I think they weren't ... Read More
I titled this review "It's Alright" because that's what we kept saying the whole cruise. Our expectations were low since we knew it was an older ship, and because of Carnivals reputation, but I think they weren't quite low enough. I will say that the cabins were a pleasant surprise. We upgraded to an ocean view and it was pretty spacious compared to other cruise lines I've cruised on. The shower, although still small, was the largest shower I've ever had on a cruise. Our housekeeper was very nice, and grabbed us on our first day to ask when we'd like her to clean our rooms which worked out perfectly. I will say though, that even though they put a card in our room saying if we hung our towels they'd conserve and we could keep them, all of our towels were taken every day and replaced with new ones. Embarkation was smooth sailing (pun intended). We were on the ship in about 10 minutes, and our bags showed up at our room less then 2 hours later which was great. The food on board was terrible. Their only saving grace was Guy's Burger Bar and the Blue Iguana which I had one of the best burrito's I've ever had in my life. We, as well as MANY other people got lost trying to find the Inspiration Dining Room our first night and after going up and across the whole ship multiple times we finally made it, only to be met with flavorless food. I ordered the Spring Rolls for an appetizer which literally tasted like nothing, and the steak and potatoes for my main. The steak wasn't seasoned at all, the potato wasn't even cut open, just a whole potato plopped on a plate which when opened was dry, and two Broccoli florets which, you guessed it, were not seasoned. Needless to say that was the one and only time we dined there. The buffet was better, but not by much so most nights we either got burgers or Pizza from Pizza Pirate. I might even go out and say the desserts were worse then the main meals. While we did find a few very nice crew members, Luz by the pool and in the Micado Lounge, and Marco, as well as Brad who was part of the Fun Squad, we found that the crew wasn't that friendly or helpful, and sometimes it even seemed as if we were bothering bartenders when ordering a drink. I will say though, that besides the one bartender that worked in the Romeo and Juliette Lounge, all of them made fantastic drinks! Raynold in the atrium bar made insanely good Espresso Martini's and the Guava Margarita at the Tequila Bar by the pool was fantastic. We really just wanted to go to the beach so we did a couple of beach transfer excursions. In Freeport we did the Beach Getaway with drinks included. We were met with a beach filled with just regular plastic chairs (not beach/lounge chairs) and some pretty subpar drinks. We did get a beautiful day though and the music was almost as entertaining as watching all of the drunk people dancing. In Nassau we did the Biltmore Island Beach Getaway. It was a beautiful island and they had normal beach chairs and umbrella's set up for you. The food/drinks were pricey but it was a very relaxing day. We also had access to a pool, and we got to watch the sting ray and dolphin experience if we wanted to. I'd say this was the better of the two excursions we did, and definitely worth the money. Entertainment on the ship was minimal. We really enjoyed the performers at the Diva's/80's Night shows. They were incredible! We went to one comedy show which was ok but nothing spectacular. But other then that it was just a lot of trivia and "beauty experiences" that were just really set up there to get you to purchase a spa day or items sold on board. We went to Karaoke every night and that was really fun. One night we went to the Jekyll and Hyde Nightclub. It was ok but nothing fantastic. The pool was cold every day, and the Jacuzzi's near the pool were filled with kids and because of that they weren't allowed to have the Jacuzzi temperature set to what you'd expect, so it was just luke warm water. The Jacuzzi's in the Serenity area were nice and hot, but usually packed with people because most days only one of them were open. We did have a lot of fun on the slides, which were probably meant just for kids but we're kids at heart! The elevators were SLOW. We were lucky enough to not have anyone in our party that needed to use them so we took the stairs most of the time to save us waiting 10 minutes for an elevator to come. I was also disappointed in that there was nowhere to just grab a snack. Sometimes you just need a bag of chips or a piece of fruit and every other cruise I've been on there's been random places to just grab something real fast but not on this one. All of the food is in one spot and besides the fro-yo machine they didn't have anything that I'd consider just a small snack. We ordered breakfast through room service one morning and half of our order didn't come, and the other half was wrong, so I don't recommend that. Breakfast at the buffet was pretty decent so I would for sure make the trek up to deck 10 for that. Our last day at sea was VERY rocky. I know that Carnival can't control the weather but the captain did say that we'd be back to normal by the evening and we definately were not, nor were there any updates on when we would be. People were throwing up everywhere and it was very hard to walk down the stairs or even just walk around without the threat of falling down. We did find after a while that the middle of the ship, especially outside, was better then anywhere else on the ship, we just wish someone told us that sooner. We did get the drink package, and it was nice to not have to worry about how much we were spending. I liked that it included the coffee bar, milkshakes, soda and bottles of water. There was a 15 drink maximum and while we never hit that mark we met some people who had and they were for sure cut off, however they could still purchase more drinks if they wanted to. For me the package probably cost about what I would of spent if I didn't have it, so it was nice to just not have that worry of what my bill would be come the end of the cruise. I splurged and scheduled a massage that was good but not worth the price. Also, what they don't tell you is they automatically charge you an 18% gratiuity. While I was prepared to tip anyway, I'm sure that could catch some people off guard, like the woman in front of me in line who had already given her massage therapist a $20 cash tip and then was met with another $20 charge on her sail and sign card. I did have to fight for it, but I managed to get them to reimburse my friend who missed her massage since she was throwing up all day from the rocky seas. It took some convincing but I'm glad that they came to their senses and refunded her. Disembarkment was a mess. We had to be out of our rooms at 8:30 and we chose to take our luggage with us. It took us almost 2 hours in all of the lines we had to stand in to get off the ship, then the line to get through customs. Communication on this ship was not good at all. We had to go to guest services multiple times to ask questions that probably should of been communicated to us. All in all the cruise itself was "Just Alright". It was nice to be away and in nice weather and not having to go to work, but I would never cruise with Carnival again. Even though we got a pretty good deal on the cruise, and our expectations were low, it still was kind of a disappointment. It's what you make of it though, and we all still had a great time with each other. Next time, we'll spend a little extra money and go with another cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Embarkation and disembarkation was very easy..I would recommend FTTF.. Cabin and luggage were ready when you board.. The ship was beautifully maintained.The cabin was very cozy,comfy bed.Our steward Gusti kept the room clean.Cam the cruise ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation was very easy..I would recommend FTTF.. Cabin and luggage were ready when you board.. The ship was beautifully maintained.The cabin was very cozy,comfy bed.Our steward Gusti kept the room clean.Cam the cruise director was awesome, he was very entertaining and energetic..Enjoyed the game shows,fun squad had lots of energy as well..There was a variety of places to eat..So many activities to choose from.. Trivia,karaoke,comedy shows.etc.. Ports were easy on and off.Freeport is mostly industrial so I'd recommend doing an excursion. We did The Grand Bahama tour,the bus driver Warren G and guide Keno made the tour fun, gave us history about the island went to Taino Beach as part of the tour and it was very beautiful,Lucaya market was great,enjoyed the conch fritters.. We didn't do any excursions in Nassau, We walked the straw market,queens staircase and fort fin castle.. the locals were very friendly.. Beautiful blue water,great food.. I would definitely do this cruise again and highly recommend as well.. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The Elation has been kept up beautifully and she doesn't show her age. New carpeting, paint, and loving care has done wonders to keep her in her original 'glory days' condition. I booked last minute and was able to snag the ... Read More
The Elation has been kept up beautifully and she doesn't show her age. New carpeting, paint, and loving care has done wonders to keep her in her original 'glory days' condition. I booked last minute and was able to snag the last available cabin, which happened to be an ocean view on the Riviera Deck, aft, port side, just above the water level; it was fresh, roomy, plenty of storage, and even a fridge! Nice size shower with good water pressure and really hot water! The food offered at the Lido buffet was always a treat, with a nice variety, and beautiful desserts; no waiting in line during the 'off' hours. Other dining options included at no extra charge are the main dining room for sit-down-service, a burger place,a pizza place, burrito bar, and an in room service menu. There is steak-and-lobster offered in the dining room for a minimal cost, and sushi is available for purchase on the 9th deck. There is always something going on around the ship, and it's always fun to try something new. The shows in the main theater were top notch talent, accompanied by fun music, and stunning special effects. The casino is always a fun option, and cocktails are avail for purchase just about everywhere. (I attended some of the raffles, which offer free mimosas!) The service was great everywhere, the entire crew was always friendly, but not intrusive. Half moon Cay is indeed a paradise for those craving beach activities, as easy or as strenuous as desired. Nassau is the place to buy souvenirs, and $4.00 buys a taxi ride to the beautiful Paradise Island where the Atlantis Resort has made certain areas available to the public at no charge, and other areas are available for a fee. Their casino is open 24 hours, and there is no charge to the general public to stroll through, or try your luck! Having cruised over 40 times and on many different lines and ships, I find Elation to be one of my favorite for a short cruise. There are bigger ships, and newer ships, but Elation never ceases to amaze me. Read Less
Carnival Elation Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.5 0.0
Enrichment 3.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.5 0.0
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