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Had 17 of us go out of New Orleans on Jan 11th. 12 first-time cruisers. 9 of them flew to New Orleans & spent several days there - loved it! Boarding was not lengthy or a problem - only thing I found different (13 cruises) was water/soda. We brought it w/us & after processing in, had to go thru a separate line where a Security person cut the soda 12-pack apart & checked every can, then re-taped. Same w/water. Only took a few minutes.

Ship was small, but nice. Food was OK the first night, in the MDR. Had a Coast Guard rescue the next morning - straight out of "Coast Guard Alaska," which was pretty exciting.

PRO's: we thought the food in the Imagination MDR (mid-ship, anytime dining) was very good, as well as the buffet....the kids (9 to 20) loved it. Armon (waiter in Imagination) was the best I've encountered! Ship was fairly clean - no major problems. Staff was friendly, rooms were clean, etc.

CON's: Agree w/previous review re: smoke on Deck 9 outside Casino. You could smell it from 100 feet away & from decks above & below. I smoke & it still bothered me! Had heard "bad" things from CC members re: Cruise Director & my experiences agreed w/theirs - lots of staff didn't know what they were doing; nothing started on time, etc. Also - lots of drunk 20-something's around the Pool Bars & Staff did NOTHING re: multiple complaints. Lots of adults w/families/children avoided it all cruise, which was a shame. Excursions (Uxmal & Swim w/Dolphins) were wonderful, with no problems. Several of the children did the "clubs" & all were VERY positive. Disembarkation went well, w/no problems. All in all, not a bad cruise for the money. My wife & I would give it an overall 3.5 of 5, while the first-timers ALL gave it 5's!

Elation in January 2014

Carnival Elation Cruise Review by wajowander2011

Trip Details

Had 17 of us go out of New Orleans on Jan 11th. 12 first-time cruisers. 9 of them flew to New Orleans & spent several days there - loved it! Boarding was not lengthy or a problem - only thing I found different (13 cruises) was water/soda. We brought it w/us & after processing in, had to go thru a separate line where a Security person cut the soda 12-pack apart & checked every can, then re-taped. Same w/water. Only took a few minutes.


Ship was small, but nice. Food was OK the first night, in the MDR. Had a Coast Guard rescue the next morning - straight out of "Coast Guard Alaska," which was pretty exciting.


PRO's: we thought the food in the Imagination MDR (mid-ship, anytime dining) was very good, as well as the buffet....the kids (9 to 20) loved it. Armon (waiter in Imagination) was the best I've encountered! Ship was fairly clean - no major problems. Staff was friendly, rooms were clean, etc.


CON's: Agree w/previous review re: smoke on Deck 9 outside Casino. You could smell it from 100 feet away & from decks above & below. I smoke & it still bothered me! Had heard "bad" things from CC members re: Cruise Director & my experiences agreed w/theirs - lots of staff didn't know what they were doing; nothing started on time, etc. Also - lots of drunk 20-something's around the Pool Bars & Staff did NOTHING re: multiple complaints. Lots of adults w/families/children avoided it all cruise, which was a shame. Excursions (Uxmal & Swim w/Dolphins) were wonderful, with no problems. Several of the children did the "clubs" & all were VERY positive. Disembarkation went well, w/no problems. All in all, not a bad cruise for the money. My wife & I would give it an overall 3.5 of 5, while the first-timers ALL gave it 5's!

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Cabin E228

Cabin was clean upon arrival - plenty of room for 2 of us....bath was larger then we were used to for an inside. Room steward was always available, but not very personable....did his job & we rarely saw him. On Deck 7, so was convenient to everything! Had no problems.

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