1,170 Carnival Elation Cruise Reviews

I chose this particular cruise for the stops in Grand Turk and Amber Cove, and was not disappointed! Embarkation was smooth, fast, and well organized. Because our transportation got us to the port earlier that the time I signed up to ... Read More
I chose this particular cruise for the stops in Grand Turk and Amber Cove, and was not disappointed! Embarkation was smooth, fast, and well organized. Because our transportation got us to the port earlier that the time I signed up to board, I was afraid I would have to wait until my designated time but we got right on the boat with no issues or delays. We had Faster to the Fun, which is definitely worth the money! I admit I was a bit skeptical about the Elation due to previous not-so-great reviews, but my experience was nothing like those reviews. It's a beautiful ship, despite a little rust and being older. I plan a cruise based on activities offered, not on what the ship looks like. Several of the previous reviews also mentioned mechanical issues and/or rocking of the ship. There has always been a bit of a sway on any ship I have been on, which I find relaxing. There was one day where the rocking was a good bit more noticeable, but come on...the winds were hitting 40 and 50 mph that day. A little rocking is to be expected with winds that high. Our stateroom was a junior suite on the Grand Deck. To me, the only really noticeable difference between this stateroom and a regular balcony room was the larger TV. It had the same amenities and maybe a slightly bigger bit of floor space but not a vast difference. Next time I will save a few bucks and stick to the regular balcony. Our steward, Soma, was the absolute best I have ever had on any cruise. Food was so-so, just basic cruise ship food. 99% of the staff was friendly, but there is always that handful that just doesn't seem to want to be there. The cruise director and the rest of the entertainment and leadership crew were spectacular as well. On the last night there was a couple playing violins at the atrium bar that played the most incredible version of "Free Bird" I have ever heard, all on violin. They held an audience of several floors of cruisers in awe from start to finish. We didn't do any shore excursions, but just chose to explore the cruise ports. Grand Turk was almost too crowded, with one other ship in port that day. Amber Cove seemed a bit more spread out and was more enjoyable to me. I only wish we could have stayed in Amber Cove a bit longer. It's a shorter day in port than Grand Turk, but it seems like there is more to do there. I would definitely do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise because the family took our mother-in-law who is 88 on a cruise. She did not want to be gone for more than 5 days. Rist was everywhere on the ship, this was a bit disconcerting. There was only one good ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the family took our mother-in-law who is 88 on a cruise. She did not want to be gone for more than 5 days. Rist was everywhere on the ship, this was a bit disconcerting. There was only one good entertainment, the violin players, Isabel and Juan. The Piano Bar singer was the worst. The dancers tried and did a good job with what they had to work with. The theatre had minimal props and entertainer support. The costumes were dull and looked like 2nd had store leftovers. The dining room food was flavorless and took a very long time to arrive. My favorite, the chocolate melting cake, was always room temperature and doughy. Overall, despite the above, it was a good cruise as my mother-in-law had a wonderful time. She had not been on a cruise before so she did not have anything to compare. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This is a ship that isn’t a big topic on the boards (unless there was something to complain about it seemed) so I am happy to add some information to future cruisers considering the Elation or some info for those of you already booked! ... Read More
This is a ship that isn’t a big topic on the boards (unless there was something to complain about it seemed) so I am happy to add some information to future cruisers considering the Elation or some info for those of you already booked! To give some context for my review – on this cruise it was myself and husband (both 45) and our 16 yo daughter. This was our 6th Carnival and 7th cruise. We are big fans of travel – multiple All-Inclusive trips throughout Mexico, Cuba, VRBOs in Mexico and 20+ trips to Las Vegas filling our cold Canadian passports. We booked this trip to follow our 5 Day adventure in Disneyworld. The ship and itinerary were the only ones that worked into the schedule so that was the one and only reason we booked this ship. We booked directly with Carnival via the website – no PVP or other agent used for our planning. We travelled on our 5 Day from Port Canaveral to Amber Cove and Grand Turk. We stayed in cabin U243 – an extended Aft Balcony, our first in this category. We normally stay in a regular balcony. Over All Impressions (as it is pretty long below): • Staff were fantastic, super engaging, hard working and always had a “Good Morning” or “Good Evening” as we walked by • The ship is clean, sure its older and ready for dry dock to tighten up a few things but no complaints at all on the cleanliness or the state of the public areas or staterooms • Food and drink were awesome and plentiful – YTD worked great • Casino was fun but smoky • Didn’t attend any big shows – but everywhere we looked people seemed entertained and happy Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Overall, we had a great trip! No major issues that ruined our fun. The only issues we ran into were on the second day of our cruise. The service in the Imagination dining room was insanely slow and items that were "to order" were ... Read More
Overall, we had a great trip! No major issues that ruined our fun. The only issues we ran into were on the second day of our cruise. The service in the Imagination dining room was insanely slow and items that were "to order" were served incorrectly. Thankfully mistakes were corrected but it is worth noting. I had heard the previous cruises had been rough trips and had unhappy cruisers, so I'm sure the crew was tired and they seemed it. They work so hard to make us happy, so it made sense. By the next day, service was to what we are used to and we were happier. The shows and entertainment was really good. This trip we decided to leave our kids home, but they would've had a blast. The ship definitely was in need of maintenance mechanically. The first night we hit rough seas and the ship was sounding rough. It is a 22 year old ship, so I wasnt surprised and stuff happens. She is scheduled for dry dock in March and she really deserves it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Chose cruise for price and destinations. Easy embarkation. Having lunch by noon. We'd visited Margaritaville in Grand Turk and looked forward to returning. Had not been to Amber Cove. Pleased. Zip line $20 unlimited. We did not do ... Read More
Chose cruise for price and destinations. Easy embarkation. Having lunch by noon. We'd visited Margaritaville in Grand Turk and looked forward to returning. Had not been to Amber Cove. Pleased. Zip line $20 unlimited. We did not do excursions, finding them pricey. Had Super cruise director/Jen.. Quirky and fun!!! Rico/Imagination waiter excellent. He sang 2 nights. We requested his section each night. Not disappointed. Good food, plentiful and varied. Love chocolate melting cake and cold strawberry and peach soups. . Ship clean. Updated recently. We've cruised on Fantasy class 4 times. Like the size. Shows fantastic tho a bit loud at times. Amazing dancers. Weather wasn't the best but there was always something to do. Wish something could be done with casino smoke. Piano bar performer delightful. Favorite later evening spot. Met lots of interesting and friendly people. Love cruising. Have never had a bad one. They simply pass too quickly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We are experienced cruisers who generally avoid Carnival, but in this case found a price that was tough to beat and a schedule that worked perfectly. Despite boarding the ship with a questionable attitude, we found ourselves having fun ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers who generally avoid Carnival, but in this case found a price that was tough to beat and a schedule that worked perfectly. Despite boarding the ship with a questionable attitude, we found ourselves having fun more often than not. The Pros: 1. Our oceanview cabin was surprisingly attractive, spacious and comfortable. The bathroom was perfectly functionable, if a bit simple, and the water pressure was fantastic. 2. The food was actually pretty decent, especially in the MDR. 3. The vibe on the ship was FUN FUN FUN. People of all ages crowded the public areas day and night dancing and simply enjoying themselves. 4. Add-on's like water and WiFi were reasonably priced. The Cons: 1. The Tiffany buffet - the smallest buffet I have ever seen on a ship, with only one food section (we had Italian, French, American and Caribbean for each of the four days we were on the ship) and a deli counter, salad bar and dessert section. Hardly a wide selection of food, and cooked vegetables were nowhere to be found. 2. Rust - Any parts of the ship that used to be white are no longer pristine - this ship is showing its age. However, at night it was pretty gorgeous onboard. 3. Fellow travelers - Yikes. 4. Dishevled employees - Rumpled uniforms, weird unifoms (hard to tell employees from passengers) - it just didn't feel anybody was taking much pride in their appearance. For a cheap getaway this was a good ship with friendly service. There was some noticeable rocking but nothing too nauseating. Easy embark, painful debark process. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We just got off of this ship--cruising Jan 11-16. I do not recommend this ship or carnival at all after this experience. We had 18 people on this ship, and this was the first cruise for many of us. Sometime during Sunday night, the ship ... Read More
We just got off of this ship--cruising Jan 11-16. I do not recommend this ship or carnival at all after this experience. We had 18 people on this ship, and this was the first cruise for many of us. Sometime during Sunday night, the ship had "mechanical issues" which maxed out our speed at around 8 knots or less. When we woke up on Monday morning (Amber Cove day), we checked our location on the map on the tv, and we knew we weren't going to make it to port. The captain didn't announce that we weren't going to port until 1020, and we were supposed to port at 1030. They gave each person onboard a $50 credit and refunded the port fees. We were assured that the issue had been resolved and that we would make it to Grand Turk the following day (Tuesday). All of Monday, looking at the map, our ship was headed due West (the opposite direction of Grand Turk) until about dinner time when we turned around completely and finally started to travel above 8 knots. Tuesday morning we were scheduled to dock at 8 am...Tuesday morning after 8 am, they begin making announcements that the wind was too high and the captain had made two unsuccessful attempts to dock. He was going to make one final pass to try to dock...the final pass, we didn't even make it near the dock at all, and then we just started cruising away from Grand Turk completely without another announcement. After about 20 min of cruising, they finally announced that we missed our port again and that they would try to secure a port for the following day. They again gave each passenger a $50 credit, but did not refund the port fees. Meanwhile, we checked the weather when we were close to Grand Turk, and the wind was only 13 mph, and we started heading away from the island at around 10am. We also found that another cruise ship (not carnival, but carnival owned) was able to dock only 1 hour after we left. We believe that the captain just wanted to prove that he could make it to a port but never had any intention of actually docking there. Meanwhile, this entire time, the ship had been so rocky that people were just vomiting on the floors anywhere and there were barf bags hung near the elevators because so many passengers were sea sick. You couldn't even walk straight because the ship had so much movement. They finally announced on Tuesday afternoon that we would be going to Nassau, which no one wanted to even go to at this point! If we had wanted to go to the Bahamas, we would have saved the money and booked a cruise only to there! They said we would port from 10-5, then they changed it to 10-430, then changed it again to 10-4.... Wednesday morning comes, and it's 10 o'clock, and we are not in port. No one was surprised at this point. They announced that we were running behind due to currents, and that we would be there at 11... We finally docked and got off the ship after 11 am. After 4 days of being stuck on the ship! The whole night we were traveling at around 18 knots, by the way. As we were at the beach in Nassau, you could see our cruise ship along with the other ships docked, and the elation was just billowing black smoke. Obviously something wasn't right with it! Then magically, on the way back to port Canaveral, we were able to travel at 23 knots. We were supposed to be back at 7 am initially, but they changed it to 8. And then we didn't actually port until shortly after, and they didn't even begin debarkation until after 9 am. The only reason we stopped in Nassau was to avoid fees for not stopping at any ports, in my opinion. This ship should have dry docked when it first started having issues months ago. Yet they continue to cruise this trashcan to make money. I will never travel with carnival again or with any of their other companies. I will say that the staff on board the elation was great! Especially the servers at dinner and the cleaning staff! Oh, and I forgot to mention that the pool was closed on one of the sea days for maintenance. Our stateroom had obvious vomit stains on the carpet, and the window was extremely filthy! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
A 5 day cruise that went nowhere. Many execuses why we didn't get to any of our ports. Recommend not to go on this ship. Needs to be sunk. No compensation from carnival on missing our ports of calls. Stabilizer not working, only 1 ... Read More
A 5 day cruise that went nowhere. Many execuses why we didn't get to any of our ports. Recommend not to go on this ship. Needs to be sunk. No compensation from carnival on missing our ports of calls. Stabilizer not working, only 1 engine was running, shook all the time. Many sick people on cruise. State rooms were nice. Our frig didnt work so no cold water. Wait staff was the only thing that I can say was good for this trip. Pinky was our bartender and was the best. Comedian funny as he had much to joke about how much of our trip was a joke. I really felt bad for the people that were going to cruising right after we got off. Hope they like to stay on a floating toilet. Didnt see any efforts when we got off of them fixing any engine problems. No more Carnival cruises for my family. If carnival would have acknowledged the problem with a discounted cruise or something. Shame on you Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Economical and ports of call. The ship had engine problems so we never made it to the Dominican Republic. Got a lousy $50 on board credit. The next day the water and winds were too rough to dock at Grand Turk. The ship vibrated on and off ... Read More
Economical and ports of call. The ship had engine problems so we never made it to the Dominican Republic. Got a lousy $50 on board credit. The next day the water and winds were too rough to dock at Grand Turk. The ship vibrated on and off the entire time. The stabilizers evidently were not functioning well because we rocked severely the entire trip. Several staff were rude.The ship’s condition was poor. Several leaks from the ceiling were occurring throughout the ship. The pool was closed one day because of repairs. I will question going on any Carnival ship in the future. I would expect a refund but. Finically is too cheap to do that. Good points: food was decent, Bed was comfortable and shower was good and strong. The passengers on this ship were very friendly. More friendly than the staff. Our cabin steward was great. No issues here. Dining was mostly good. The food was decent and the buffet offered variety. We did encounter one curt waiter in the dining room the very first night however. The activities were adequate. The typical offerings found on any cruise. We did notice that the service at the pool was poor. We had to clean our own table a couple of times and had to ask for a wet Wright to wipe it off. Seemed like there were only a couple of cleaners and waiters around that area. Service was hit and miss. Good at times and very slow in certain areas. For example there was a sandwich made to order section in the buffet area. At lunch the line was huge and there was only one person making the sandwiches. Help seemed to be short all over the ship. Entertainment was so so. I guess adequate for the price of the cruise and this size ship. To sum up, it would have helped if the ship was in good repair AND we had gotten to our paid for ports, but the other issues I mentioned needed improvement also. I would NEVER recommend this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
What a joke for a cruise. So disappointing. Rooms were clean and servers in dining room were excellent but: Two days on the water and the pool was closed all day for maintenance. Obviously the stabilizers weren’t working as the ... Read More
What a joke for a cruise. So disappointing. Rooms were clean and servers in dining room were excellent but: Two days on the water and the pool was closed all day for maintenance. Obviously the stabilizers weren’t working as the ship was moving from side to side and people were sea sick. Others complained of this in 2019. I ended up falling and got a huge bruise out of it. Went to see the doctor. While at the doctor, a young lady came in with her foot bandaged. A tennis table had fallen on it. People complained of a huge noise and then smelling fuel. We missed porting at Dominican Republic and Grand Turk. To save Carnival from paying fines, we docked at Nassau. Not what we signed up for. No compensation from Carnival other than $50. for each port that we missed. Even called Carnival and was told no reimbursements were being offered. Not good enough. Never again Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Booked the cruise for 1-11 to 1-16-2020. So here's the bad: This was (by plan)a cruise to Amber Cove D.R. and Grand Turks. The Elation had "mechanical issues" that limited the speed to about 10 knots. This was too slow to ... Read More
Booked the cruise for 1-11 to 1-16-2020. So here's the bad: This was (by plan)a cruise to Amber Cove D.R. and Grand Turks. The Elation had "mechanical issues" that limited the speed to about 10 knots. This was too slow to to reach Amber Cove so this port was cancelled. The next day we were to go to Grand Turks. After a couple of attempts they announced the winds were too high to safely dock. In looking at historical weather that morning winds were 24 MPH/20 knots and gusts to 36MPH/31 knots. Not sure what the limits of this class of ship are so I take the Captain at his word and have no problem being safe. The did stop in Nassau on the way back so after 4 days being stuck on the ship we did get a chance to do something even though we had been there before and IMO is not the best Caribbean port around. Carnival gave each passenger $50 each onboard credit for missing Amber Cove and Grand Turks. That is a small percentage of what we paid for an upgraded balcony room. The bad thing is I found out after returning home that I know someone who sailed the Elation in September 2019 on the same route but they had mechanical issues right away and just went straight to Nassau. He was offered 50% off their next cruise. I called Carnival and was told the $50 was all they would do. Carnival does have a 24 hours guarantee but since they did not announce the mechanical issues (which happened in the first 24 hours) until later that guarantee was no longer available. By plan? I have my opinion you can make up your own. . Ok now for the good. The main dining room food was quite good but the dining staff was excellent. The playlist production did a good job. The room though showing a little age was kept clean. Jen the cruise director did her best having to deal with unhappy customers and ones that were just plain nasty. Many of those said Carnival should give everyone drink passes. I'm thinking ya so unhappy and even angry passengers getting liquored up what could go wrong right? Fortunately Carnival did not concede this point :) This was only the second time on Carnival and will be our last. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
First of all, any of us that can go on ANY cruise need to get on their knees and thank God we can do so. That being said, this cruise on the Elation in early January was a nice little "entry level" cruise. Honestly if you've ... Read More
First of all, any of us that can go on ANY cruise need to get on their knees and thank God we can do so. That being said, this cruise on the Elation in early January was a nice little "entry level" cruise. Honestly if you've never cruised, you'll probably like it. I found it lacking in a lot of areas, but honestly, for the money, it was a good value and that's what we were looking for. The main dining room was great. We always have a great dining room experience with Carnival because we build "mini relationships" all week with the staff. And boy, they really are good! Christopher was our head waiter and was ultra attentive, even remembering we liked our water with no ice. Carnivals regular dining room meals, honestly, are always better than NCL even. This is the ONE area where Carnival shines. Also, their buffet, and their "guys burgers" and their taco / burrito shack are fantastic. There's a 24 hour pizza kitchen. So food wise, fantastic. Out of 6 Norwegian cruises and 3-4 Carnival, having even grown up in the restaurant business, I can say hands down Carnival is better. I can't figure this out because honestly, I don't mean to be negative but in every other way big and small, Carnival is the lowest end cruise line of all the big names at least. Entertainment was "meh". They had a great guitarist, Keith (Acoustic Jams with Keith). I am a practicing musician myself and he let me get up and do 3 songs, and he was very versatile and had a great voice. Otherwise average. Drinks were good. We got the drink package which is the cheapest in the industry. $600 more or less got my wife and I up to 15 drinks per day which included all alcoholic, waters, and specialty coffees. They're a LITTLE inconsistent with their drinks. First of all, you can only get one water at a time. At the main dining room you can get 1 Litre bottles but other places you can only get 12 oz. Sometimes you need your card to get water and it counts as a "drink" other places you don't. Some places they hand pour, others they measure. There is only moderate consistency with drink quality. This is one reason we liked the packages. Probably 15 times we got a drink, found it to be completely different than the previous one (because every bartender is different), and so we set it down, order another. We wouldn't do this at 10 a pop if we were paying. There is a little area called "serenity" that is adults only, and has 2 hot tubs and nice padded lounges. It is presented as kind of "upscale" but there's NO bathroom, and the presence of waiter is very inconsistent. It is anything but "high end". Not a huge deal but it's a 5 minute brisk walk to the nearest bar or bathroom. So end of story....Yes, this cruise was kind of a "low end" experience but really, based on our cost, a GREAT value, or at least very good. If you keep that in mind, you'll be happy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was not my first Carnival cruise and have had several very pleasant experiences in the past. We booked this cruise with my Mother-in-Law after the recent passing of my father-in-law and wanted to spread his ashes in the sea. I was ... Read More
This was not my first Carnival cruise and have had several very pleasant experiences in the past. We booked this cruise with my Mother-in-Law after the recent passing of my father-in-law and wanted to spread his ashes in the sea. I was initially caught disappointed when we found out we would have to pay full-fare for my 1-year old. According to the Carnival booking agent, it was because this was a holiday cruise even though he wouldn't be able to do much or even eat a whole lot. But regardless, we wanted to go in support of my wife and her family. For starters, the service provided around the ash spreading was awful, we had assumed the possibility of a chaplain or a nice location for the spreading would be provided, however, we were rudely shuffled down to the lower back-end of the ship and told to toss his ashes through a small hole on the side of the ship with very little space and extremely loud engine/ship noise where we could not hear each other speak, making it completely impossible for us to say any words before sending him off. Most staff encounters were rude. A lot of the staff seemed bothered by us. At one point I was walking to the buffet and the sliding doors were not opening. When I asked a crew member about it he told me "What do you want me to do about it?" Then, once a line began to form on both sides of the door, he decided to pry it open. Another time, we were at Guy's Burgers and were told we could not have any of the specialty burgers and we could only get a plain burger with no cheese. I would understand this if it was a supply issue, but the crew seemed as if it was just that they did not want to make them. Our room steward was friendly, but after asking us when we wanted our room cleaned and agreeing to come twice a day, he only came once a day, never came for turndown service. Even when the room was cleaned, I feel like the towels were either re-hung or replaced with dirty ones. They always seemed to have a bad odor to them. The dining room staff was also friendly but, even though we would arrive on time for dinner, it would take the entire time allotted and we would always be one of the last parties in the dining room. It would take extremely long to get food and we always had to hound the staff to get drinks. Additionally, we had numerous orders come wrong or not at all. We had 3 children at our table and my wife and I have our 1-year old son. By the end of our almost 2+ hour meal time every night, he was justifiably upset which created more stress for us. We purchased the Cheers plan, but, more often than not, the bartenders either took forever to serve us or didn't have the alcohol we were looking for. They would tell us the alcohol we wanted was at other bars and when we would go try to find it, they would give us the same run-around. Overall, I am extremely disappointed. Like I previously stated, we have cruised several times before with Carnival and had amazing experiences, this was the opposite. I really would like to think this was just one bad experience, I would love to cruise with Carnival again, but I don't know if I could trust it. We spend a lot of money booking these cruises and expect the service and experience to reflect that, however on this past cruise I feel like It was a loss. We have already put a deposit down for another cruise in 2021, however, I will definitely be debating on keeping this reservation. I may have to consider trying out other lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Family cruise for Christmas vacation. We had four cabins and eleven family members. Eight adults and three children. Cabin service was not up to standard. We came back from a beach excursion with wet towels. We all took showers and ... Read More
Family cruise for Christmas vacation. We had four cabins and eleven family members. Eight adults and three children. Cabin service was not up to standard. We came back from a beach excursion with wet towels. We all took showers and went to dinner. When we came back to our room after dinner, the room was not straightened and all of our wet towels were still sitting on the bathroom floor. I called for room service and the attendant was put out that we had bothered him. He said they were all done with our areas. We have been on over 25 cruises and on several different lines and never had this type of service before. Food variety was very poor. One night I had their Southern fried chicken and it was hard as a rock. Another night my husband and myself ate alone and we sat there for over 15 minutes without anyone waiting on us. I finally had to call a waiter over and ask him to help us. The bathroom had several areas that were falling apart. Plaster breaking. I was very disappointed on this trip and probably would not go on Carnival again except, I have another vacation on Carnival lines booked for this Spring. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I chose this cruise as a Christmas Birthday treat for my Mom. I normally cruise with NCL or RC. We were more Interested in the ports of call more so the ship at the time of booking. If it weren't for the awesome time we had on ... Read More
I chose this cruise as a Christmas Birthday treat for my Mom. I normally cruise with NCL or RC. We were more Interested in the ports of call more so the ship at the time of booking. If it weren't for the awesome time we had on the excursions, this trip would have been a bust. Embarkation was easy. We had a 12:30 schedule and walked straight through. We are at Tiffany's, and our luggage was being dropped off as soon as we got to our cabin. We were in U161 ocean view aft, right near the elevators. The window was dirty. The cabin was spacious, with a nice bathroom layout. The only thing I didn't like about the cabin was the bed on the wall. It was ugly to look at and should not be in a room with two people. I decorated our door and the stewards complimented it. Food: we chose my time dining for flexibility. The service was extremely slow. The dining room decor was dull and outdated gray. The early and late dining room was prettier with aqua to brighten up the gray. Both menus were the exact same. We found the buffet dinner food in Tiffany's to be better and served at warmer temps. Guy's Burger was okay; nothing to write home about. The meat was not seasoned, just greasy. It was annoying to smell the grill on the Lido deck all day. This would annoy me if I were vegan. IguanaCantina was good and fresh! Chefs Table was a highlight of this ship. I highly recommend it! Overall, the food was better than Norwegian. Entertainment: there was a lot of dead space in this ship with small club areas and lounges. They were pretty empty when I walked by. Atrium: old and outdated. The steps were not pretty like other ships I've been on. The holiday decor was dark and old looking. Serenity Deck: a joke! Cramped up loungers. Nothing fancy at all. Two hot tubs that got foamy and dirty very quickly. People were boiling in them with drinks for hours at a time. I stayed away when I noticed no one was getting out to use the restroom. Waterworks: cool feature. Ironically, I found this deck (11) to be the most serene. The water from slides was relaxing. The lounge chairs were not crowded at all. Issues: the first night there was a lot of rocking as mentioned in most recent reviews. There was also a lot of rocking on the last sea day. The Captain said it was due to a swell. A lot of people were sick in their cabins. It took me a couple of days to gain my equilibrium back and I'm a fit, distance runner. Kids- there were groups of teens were were unsupervised and straight up disrespectful. I know for sure parents booked cabins and allowed girls a slumber party type of vibe because no adult in room. They ran up and down the halls all night. They told the steward to "Shut the @$% up" when told to go to their cabin. There was a group of teen boys who stared like they were plotting something. I woke up on the lounger feeling someone around me. They were steps away looking at beach bag like they wanted to take something. Smaller kids were running all over the place too. I understand it is a vacation and holiday, but lack of home training. Dress code: was not enforced in main dining. I saw doorags and baseball caps. Ladies were coming in the buffet with bonnets and PJs you know they slept in. There were two Spades games with a loud family in Tiffany's. Super ghetto Spa: can you even call it that? The sauna was decent, but the steam room was musty and not working. The whole area needs to be updated. They gave my mom a $50 spa credit for her birthday. They wanted $75 for a pedicure. Yeah right! Entertainment: we went to the divas show. It was good. Ship overall: I will not sail with Carnival unless it is on a new, mega ship. It was embarrassing to see our ship in port next to others. To be honest, the other Carnival ships were larger, but had rust on them too. For the price we paid for a holiday sail, customers deserved much better. I'm glad I saved money booking independent tours. Disembarking took a long time because Customs was backed up. We left the ship around 9:00. Last thing...the Carnival Hub app was useful. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was the most rockiest ship I have ever been on. The boat rock to hold trip. Every one was talking about this boat I did not enjoy this trip. I am glad I made it off safe. This make you not want to go on another cruise again. They ... Read More
This was the most rockiest ship I have ever been on. The boat rock to hold trip. Every one was talking about this boat I did not enjoy this trip. I am glad I made it off safe. This make you not want to go on another cruise again. They charge you even if you didn't have any services. The food was ok , not the best like we have had on other cruises. Things for the children to do was good. I didn't like that if camp is include we had to pay $18 until 1am. Other cruises charge $1. The dining room staff, some were good and some ppl had a nasty attitude. The food took to long to like a hour. The breakfast food in the dining room was was nasty. Thick raw French toast that look like a half loaf of bread. I just didnot enjoy this cruise and will not recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My wife and I sailed on the Elation for the December 14th-19th Amber Cove/Grand Turk cruise. We are from SC, and booked a night at the Radisson Resort at the Port for the evening before the cruise. Had planned to park at the port, but ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Elation for the December 14th-19th Amber Cove/Grand Turk cruise. We are from SC, and booked a night at the Radisson Resort at the Port for the evening before the cruise. Had planned to park at the port, but instead opted to park at the cruise parking lot at the hotel. The hotel staff was very competent, parking was a breeze, and the shuttle service was excellent. When it came time to embark, there was a situation on board that delayed boarding. We were not told what it was, and it delayed boarding by about an hour and a half. All the embarking passengers were held in the terminal until boarding. Boarding commenced at 1:45 PM. Our suite was ready when we boarded, so we dropped our carry on bag off, and picked up our room keys. Off to the Lido deck for lunch at Guy's Burgers. The burgers do not disappoint, but I feel they could be better. As far as the food was concerned, for the most part it was standard cruise fare. I have always compared most of it to Golden Corral food, and that pretty much describes most of what was served on the Lido Buffet. The dining room food was your usual fare, served competently by the staff, and usually doesn't vary much from ship to ship. I once again did not get to eat at the Blue Iguana Cantina, so I cannot comment other than it looked pretty busy every day, as it is a pretty popular venue. I did try the Bonsai Sushi bar, and I found the sushi rolls to be excellent. As other cruisers have said, the menu is a little limited on the sushi, so there may not be something for everyone. The pizza was just adequate, nothing to write home about, but was pretty popular also. I did not care for the deli order I had. Ordered a reuben, it had a weird taste. It wasn't really a reuben. My wife and I attended the Chef's Table dinner the fourth night, and I somewhat enjoyed it. My wife found very little she liked, but she can be pretty picky. The danish style roll served at the start was by far the best piece of bread I have ever put in my mouth! A lot of what was served was good, but just not to my taste. The sea bass was the best fish I have ever eaten, bar none! The last courses were a lamb roll with lamb pate, and smoked veal. The veal was smoked right at the table, and was an entertaining display. While the last courses were good, both the veal and the lamb had a "wild" taste, like what venison tastes like, and I really cant tolerate that taste. So...points deducted for the wild taste. While there were several things I liked during dinner, there were two things missing from the table......Salt and Pepper! Each item served would have been much better with salt and pepper, and there were several people looking for both items. For the items I liked, I do not feel it was a good value for the money, and I would skip future Chef's Table dinners unless I saw the menu in advance. For the port visits, we disembarked in both Amber Cove and Grand Turk. We took shore excursions each day, booked through the Carnival app. The excursion in Amber Cove was an all inclusive visit to the Lifestyle resort. All inclusive included open bar and buffet lunch at the resort restaurant. This excursion was well worth the money paid for it, and I would not hesitate to book again. The excursion in Grand Turk, however, was not as nice. It was called "Home Sweet Home". It amounted to use of a house and beach for the duration of the allotted time, and included lunch and an open bar with rum punch, a few mixed drinks, and beer. Lunch was the highlight, it was very good. Water toys were available, and a lifeguard was on duty while people were in the water. All in all, I do not feel it was worth the money, and I would not repeat this excursion. The ports themselves were what you would expect from the area. Amber Cove was nice, somewhat clean, and the resort was fantastic. Grand Turk was not nearly as nice in my opinion. Skinny dogs running around, not much infrastructure, slummy looking out in town. The beach area around the cruise port was nice, however. Our cabin was a suite on the 14th deck, G5. Very nice, extended balcony, and was very roomy for a married couple. The bed was incredibly comfortable. Linens were nice, towels kept fresh. Room was very clean, almost spotless! Shiela was our room steward, and she did an outstanding job the entire cruise. I tipped her for a job well done the last day. As for cruise activities, we attended a couple of shows, and they were nice. Your standard cruise shows. My wife and I just sort of vegged out this cruise, and did not attend many activities. We did hang around the Deck 7 atrium bar. Romy and Satria were the two main bartenders, and they both did an excellent job! I tipped them both on the last day as well. As for the ship, I found it to be incredibly clean and well kept. The ship's staff were very nice. The room steward Shiela know our name the first day. We booked a suite this cruise, and I must say I am sold on the suite experience. Priority boarding/disembarkation, free water in the room, robes, large TV, complimentary laundry service..the list goes on and on. Will never sail again except in a suite! As many people have said, the ship did have a "rock' to it. During the cruise all over the Caribbean there were high winds. I honestly found the rocking to be enjoyable. We did, however hit a patch of bad seas the last night, and at about 2:30 AM the last night it woke us up with the violent pitching up and down. Apparent wind at the time was 70 mph, and all the weatherdecks were secured. It only lasted a couple of hours though, and we were able to go back to sleep. Disembarkation was smooth, and was part of the suite experience. We were offered early disembarking, and took it. Had to be in the theater at 7:00 AM. The ship docked at 7:00 AM, we were off by 7:30, and were back to our car by 8:15. Very smooth indeed! Overall I would not hesitate to sail on the Elation in the future! One last thing, and others have brought it up. Carnival is starting to nickel and dime cruisers for every little thing nowadays. Most notably we had to pay 5 bucks for each device to be able to use the Carnival app to text. Seems like I remember this service being free on our last cruise. So, be prepared to pay out of pocket for a few things not originally budgeted for. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
My Husband and I went on this cruise to go to Grand Turks and Amber Cove DR. From jump bad experience cause in the flyers they put out they said laundry is across from room U154. Well for 2 and a half days people was knocking on our door ... Read More
My Husband and I went on this cruise to go to Grand Turks and Amber Cove DR. From jump bad experience cause in the flyers they put out they said laundry is across from room U154. Well for 2 and a half days people was knocking on our door asking for Laundry. Dilma at guest services did all she could but was only able to give us Chocolate Strawberries and a bottle of Champagne. We wanted to move rooms, but none was available. So every night approximately 20 to 50 people outside our room talking loudly. Well it didn't help the boat was rocking back and forth very badly everyday on the sea. We did make it to both ports, but my husband got sick on Amber Cove and we didn't get off the ship. He was still sick the next day, but felt a little better thanks to dramamine. Then coming out of Amber Cove the motor broke down and we was going 6miles per hour for about 4 hours and then it was back to rocking back and forth. Sick again. Then we was supposed to debark at 8:30 that changed to 9:30 then 10 then we finally got to disembark at 11:30. Mind you people had flights to catch, but was Late, We drove from Alabama so we have to drive back and Carnival doesn't care. The staff was great. But nothing else was Great. Never again!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We chose this cruise for a family event. It was terrible. They need to take time and just repair this old ship. Give it a break, it seems like money is outweighing safety!! There seems to be little empathy for them delaying you, this boat ... Read More
We chose this cruise for a family event. It was terrible. They need to take time and just repair this old ship. Give it a break, it seems like money is outweighing safety!! There seems to be little empathy for them delaying you, this boat is super rocky, no peace and quite. You can't get good rest because the ship is so rocky. You pay for a 5 day cruise to be rocked for 3!!! The ocean view cabin is a joke, the windows on the outside are so dirty you can't see a thing ( barely). They don't care, they let you off and board the next group it's like Wal-Mart!! This cruise was the absolute worse!!! They are understaffed and it shows. Some of the attitudes are rude, it's like they got their money so who cares. Any concerns you may have they just brush it off like yeah yeah just get through your 5 days we have another group coming. I don't see them taking pride in this ship nor their customers. It's just about the money. Well that's not business minded. You might always keep this ship booked to capacity but the question will start to rise with what type of crowd? This ship had a bad engine in September, constantly having mechanical issues, here we are in December still having rocking issues, and mechanical issues. You don't think it's time to skip a sail or two, give your staff a break and fix this ship?? Quality over quantity!! Safety first ?? Or you just about the money, offering 200.00 per person that had to change flights, then got the nerve to want the proof submitted back causing another Delay. You don't need proof you was delayed !!! Your not covering difference in people's fares!! Take time to fix this ship, or change the name to HELL at SEA. Or Carnival Rock A Lot Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We drove down from the Atlanta area on Saturday, November 23 and checked into the Country Inn and Suites. We reserved the Cruise Park and Stay package, which I highly recommend if you drive in. We wanted a little down time before we sailed ... Read More
We drove down from the Atlanta area on Saturday, November 23 and checked into the Country Inn and Suites. We reserved the Cruise Park and Stay package, which I highly recommend if you drive in. We wanted a little down time before we sailed away on Monday for our Thanksgiving cruise. We played Putt-Putt, shopped, went to the beach, etc. Great hotel, great staff. I recommend going to Preacher Bar if you get the chance. It's a brief walk from the hotel. We reserved the Cruise Park and Stay package, which I highly recommend if you drive in. We chose this particular cruise for the ports, the convenience of Port Canaveral, and, since we were bringing our adult children and grandchild - the price couldn't be beat! Plus, I didn't have to cook on Thanksgiving :) We are Platinum members with Carnival, having sailed with them on over 20 cruises, but this was our first sailing on a Fantasy Class ship. I will say, though it was smaller than most of the ships we've been on, we never felt cramped or too crowded, nor did we feel the movement/rocking that others have mentioned. We had perfect weather and perfect seas for the entire cruise. Port Canaveral has embarkation down to a science. We've never boarded a ship in 15 minutes - EVER! After reading all of the negative reviews I was a bit concerned, but when we boarded, I knew we were going to be just fine. The ship is a little dated and a little rusty; but was clean. We booked inside cabins, which were just fine - plenty of room and well maintained by our cabin stewards. We enjoyed the Sea Day Brunch, the Deli, and of course the ice cream/frozen yogurt. Guy's Burger Joint was great, as always. We always seemed to miss The Blue Iguana since it was only open for limited hours. Jen, the Cruise Director, was amazing. She has the perfect personality for the job! We saw two great comedians in the Punchliner Comedy Club, and only went to one musical production - DIVAS. It was O.K. Our ports were Amber Cove, D.R. and Grand Turk. We didn't book and excursion in Amber Cove, choosing to instead hang out at the cruise port at the pool. We did reserve a poolside cabana at Margaritaville in Grand Turk, which was a great experience. I highly recommend it - we had great service, air conditioning, privacy. Just perfect. We won't think twice about booking another sailing on a Fantasy Class ship in the future. All in all, don't let the negative reviews sway you from booking on the Elation, and remember, a vacation is what you make of it. Go out and enjoy yourself - it's better than being in the office for a week. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Just got off 11/21/2019 and had mostly read cruise critics reviews. Find you another set of reviews to read. Pro: Ship was majored updated 2 years ago. It ain’t gonna be dry docked. Crew and staff very positive & friendly. ... Read More
Just got off 11/21/2019 and had mostly read cruise critics reviews. Find you another set of reviews to read. Pro: Ship was majored updated 2 years ago. It ain’t gonna be dry docked. Crew and staff very positive & friendly. Almost 2/1 ratio. No shortage except in Casino cashier. Don’t play slots last day. Activities plentiful and entertaining for a senior citizen. Very few children on this cruise. Rooms have plenty of phone charging stations. Shelf in bathroom. Had window room M89. Very comfortable. Cons: Ship Rocky in calm waters. Captain said stabilizers are working. Rumors of not is Fake News. No High class restaurant. You have to pay $20 to get surf & turf at you regular dining room meals. Refrigerator in room did not work. Tips: Don’t pay for water in room. Use free room service for ice bucket and glasses of water. Use GoPort transportation if your coming from Orlando airport. Half of Carnivals price. Effee shops don’t have free necklaces until Last sail day and do not look like picture. Get Percifal for waiter if possible. Wife had fire & ice pedicure with $50 off coupon your room staff leaves for you. For a 20+ year ship, they are doing a great job. If you like the larger ships and double the people you probably won’t like this smaller version. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I convinced my husband to go on a cruise for our 20th anniversary. I am now afraid I will never get him on another one. First, let me say that service, room steward, food were wonderful! I loved going to the dining room every night. ... Read More
I convinced my husband to go on a cruise for our 20th anniversary. I am now afraid I will never get him on another one. First, let me say that service, room steward, food were wonderful! I loved going to the dining room every night. The buffet food was ok, it’s just massed produced food, nothing spectacular. Guy Fieri’s Burger restaurant was great. The problem with the ship is the constant rocking. It is a smaller ship and habitual cruisers were saying this was the reason why (though a few said they heard it had a broken stabilizer). We had calm seas and you would stumble between the walls walking down the corridors to your stateroom. The decor is outdated and a little garish, more suited to a Vegas casino than a ship going to tropical locals. If I can get him on my dream Alaskan cruise I will definitely look for a larger, wider, newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
The positive is that the ports of call we loved ... Amber cove and Grand Turk. Our cabin we had was a grand suite u98 . Room was clean and comfortable. Out cabin Stewart was great along with the dining staff . On the down side. Food on ... Read More
The positive is that the ports of call we loved ... Amber cove and Grand Turk. Our cabin we had was a grand suite u98 . Room was clean and comfortable. Out cabin Stewart was great along with the dining staff . On the down side. Food on buffet was fair at best. Terrible selection. Dining room was hit or miss. 2 nights paid for an upgrade for surf and turf. One was good. The other was half the portion size. The last 2 nights dinner was good. Casino was way tight . Couldn't hit a nickel. . The worst part was the ride. This was my 5th carnival cruise with the last one being through hurricane Michael. This ship rocked horrible the whole cruise. Won't be going back to Elation.... But still like carnival. I think this ship needs overhaul to stabilize it better . Going through hurricane Michael was smoother than calm seas on the Elation Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our family cruise. Nine of us sailed aboard the Elation and had a wonderful time. We had sailed on this ship before and were not disappointed. We had 3 first time cruisers with us, and now they are hooked. This ship made a great ... Read More
This was our family cruise. Nine of us sailed aboard the Elation and had a wonderful time. We had sailed on this ship before and were not disappointed. We had 3 first time cruisers with us, and now they are hooked. This ship made a great impression on them. Crew and staff were extremely helpful and quick to respond on all matters is or concerns. Our cruise director did a fantastic job and was everywhere making fun for all. Shows were good and we enjoyed them all. Had seen couple of them on another cruise, but these guys and girls really put Their heart in it! Great singing and dancing. Tried to enter corn hole competition but filled up too quickly. Bummer! We did have 2 of our family make it on stage for Hasbro game, although they did not win they enjoyed playing. Played shuffleboard and enjoyed pools and slides. Lots of room for working on tans, and played putt-putt. Was wanting to play bocci, but no pieces? Went to art show, however I did not stay. Have bought several pieces prior, but seemed to be same art on each ship. Had a 7 year old that had a blast! Loved kids camp and eating ice cream. Made lots of new friends. Food was good as usual,dinning room staff was superb. Always attentive to each of us and fun to be with. Made us feel at home and worked very hard. We did early dinning,and enjoyed some new items on menu, I think 1 was called mungo and the other was la Madera. Both were very tasty, recommend! Grand Turk was beautiful, took your of island through local taxi service. Driver was not very talkful,perhaps because we said we had been there before. Saw lighthouse on far end of island, and previous area where navy used to be. When you get off ship here, swimming area is to the left. A little rocky but still nice and calm. Ship is right there. Carnival has chairs and umbrellas, but got to get there early. Go to your right however and get a great massage from a mother and son team that are great and reasonably priced...not $150 like on board ship! Amber cove was nice as well,took your here from locals too. This guy was great! Went to amber museum, saw government houses, beautiful church and street full of umbrellas. The beach was nice, but the waves of were awful. Need to be a good swimmer here. Very strong under current as well. Word of warning,don't be taken in by ladies offering free foot massage. They do 1 minute free and continue on without asking, then want to charge you. Overall this was a great cruiseship and cruise. Look forward to our next one. This was number 26! Never enough cruise!! Had porthole room, which was kept spotless. Had anawesome issue with smoke smell, I which was addressed quickly and room sterilized. Great team on this ship! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Getting on the ship was great ... and that’s the only thing !!! They lost our luggage, we went looking for it ... found it on a different floor sitting in the hallway. Buy the way they didn’t even care that it was missing. Never a ... Read More
Getting on the ship was great ... and that’s the only thing !!! They lost our luggage, we went looking for it ... found it on a different floor sitting in the hallway. Buy the way they didn’t even care that it was missing. Never a letter to all the staterooms or anything. But thank the Lord we found it. Next .. room Stuart was horrible barely cleaned. Had to always call if needed towels or ice or toilet paper... ect... The ship rocked the whole cruise ... THE WHOLE CRUISE !!! It was awful!! We DID NOT have bad weather either. Casino was fine.. the waiters were great in there. The dinners were just ok. The comedy was funny. We did go to Grand Turk and Amber Cove and the ports were great as always !! We will never go on this ship ever again !!! We wrote to Carnival.. but haven’t heard back from them yet. Maybe we should try another cruise line just because of no response. Think twice about getting on this ship. Better yet.. just don’t do it !! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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 4.1
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 3.9
Rates N/A 4.4

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