We enjoyed our time on the Elation. She is a lovely ship, very well maintained and the staff was excellent. Cruising with kids is a little different than cruising without, but it is a very hassle free vacation for a single parent like me. I will break the review down into sections.
Embarkation: We loved New Orleans, driving in New Orleans was interesting with all the one way streets. At the port, no one helped with our bags and this was bit problem as my 11 year old had a cast on his arm and we had a stroller to push and luggage. As soon as we got in line, we were sent 4 steps over to the porters who then took our bags. We purchased the faster to the fun pass, which I highly recommend. Let them know you have the pass or you will get directed to the wrong line. We got on the ship quickly. Our room was ready and our luggage arrived shortly after we took our carry on's to the room.
Room: Yes, it is pinkish orange but not nearly as unpealing as it looks in photos. The room was dated but clean. Our room steward was amazing. Friendly, knew our names, kept our room super clean and of course I tipped extra for that. We were in R266. Our layout was two lower twins, and two upper bunks. We requested a crib, which we placed under the one upper bunk that we used. It was perfect. We used extra sheets to give our little girl some privacy. (okay, it was really so that the boys could stay up later without disturbing her.)
Our room was on the r deck (lowest and aft) but it was quiet and close to the elevators. It was two twins, and two uppers, but could not configure into a king with the uppers in use. We did use a crib and it fit nicely under one of the uppers. The room was clean and well attended. Definitely dated but the cleanliness and price more than made up for that.