The week before we took our cruise on the Carnival Elation, we made the mistake of reading the reviews on here and were suddenly scared to death that we had burned our vacation on a potentially horrible experience. After our five days aboard, our only question is what everybody's problem was.
Maybe it's because we don't go out to eat all the time and when we travel we don't stay at the Ritz, but we had an AMAZING trip that more than met every pre-review reading expectation we had.
The staff was friendly and helpful, we were certainly never wanting for food or drinks and we were never short on things to do.
Not huge, but even with four people in it, never really felt crowded. Carpet a little dated, but nothing catastrophic. We didn't really spend any time there unless we were asleep.
Even without an official excursion we had a great time here.Walked across the street from the port to a local market and really enjoyed it. People were friendly and not terribly aggressive. There was what looked like it was intended to be a more mainstream shopping center that was either not quite up and running or was on its way out. Don't walk up that far unless you REALLY want to go to the Hard Rock there.Cabs were readily available and not expensive. We took one to Ocean Beach. Cab captain told us it was free access, which I guess maybe it was, but the guy out front wanted $12 a person. That at least included chairs, umbrellas, water inflatables, kayaks, snorkel equipment. Even though it was an unexpected cost it was way worth it. Also cheap beers!Cab was an easy trip back. Made the boat without any trouble.