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Carnival Elation Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1094 reviews

Keep calm and cruise on!

Review for Carnival Elation to the Southern Caribbean
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Sail Date: Oct 2012
Cabin: Interior

We booked this cruise in order to take my parents, aged 78 and 82, on their first cruise ever. We thought October would be a calm time, free of many children, and we were right. The word for this cruise was CALM!

We drove down the night before and stayed at Slidell. Bought some waters and wine at Walmart and got to the port around 11:00. Check in was fairly smooth. This was the first cruise where they actually inspected all drinks - shook every water, cut open the box of Pepsi, checked the wine bottles - and sent us on our way. We were on by 12:00 and our rooms were ready by 12:30! The buffet was nice and didn't get crowded until later. First day - uneventful, had a lengthy muster drill, suitcases arrived before sail away, first dinner at 5:45 and were seated at a table with Feland, Stedwick and Fernando - just our lucky day I guess as they were some of the best wait staff we have ever experienced - what a treat.

We had Any Time dining and went at the same time each night - 5:45, a table for 6 was always immediately available and we always got the wait staff we requested. The food was VERY good. There was nothing that was disappointing - the prime rib was especially good. Dinner was always around an hour and 15 minutes and the waiters did some kind of entertainment every night but one - very good, fun, entertaining. We ate most lunches at the buffet and everything was great, same with breakfast. Although the ship was full, the buffets did not seem overly crowded this time (Freedom cruise in June had ridiculous lines). There was no fish and chips place nor was there Indian food on Elation.

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