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We booked our cruise on the Carnival Elation at the last minute for Spring break 2011. We drove to the port of Mobile and prepared to board the ship. We booked a "funsaver" rate that they assign your room, NEVER do that!!!!! The lines were extremely long to check in and board the ship. It was about two hours waiting in long lines. When we finally got on the boat, the buffet was so crowded, there wasn't anywhere to sit!! Our room, E299 was very tiny and cramped for four people. There was two "bunks" that the kids slept on. It was near a maintenance closet, there was loud banging at all hours of the night. The dining room was wonderful and the staff in the dining room was tremendous. The food was delicious. The dining room staff made my 10 year old daughter feel right at home, bringing her food from the kids menu and of course warm chocolate melting cake! The ship always felt crowded, with no seats near the pool or at the shows. The ship is too small for that many people!!

Last Minute Cruise Spring Break 2011

Carnival Elation Cruise Review by iowa_nurse

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We booked our cruise on the Carnival Elation at the last minute for Spring break 2011. We drove to the port of Mobile and prepared to board the ship. We booked a "funsaver" rate that they assign your room, NEVER do that!!!!!
The lines were extremely long to check in and board the ship. It was about two hours waiting in long lines. When we finally got on the boat, the buffet was so crowded, there wasn't anywhere to sit!!
Our room, E299 was very tiny and cramped for four people. There was two "bunks" that the kids slept on. It was near a maintenance closet, there was loud banging at all hours of the night.
The dining room was wonderful and the staff in the dining room was tremendous. The food was delicious. The dining room staff made my 10 year old daughter feel right at home, bringing her food from the kids menu and of course warm chocolate melting cake!
The ship always felt crowded, with no seats near the pool or at the shows. The ship is too small for that many people!!
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Cabin 4D E299
Our room, E299 was very tiny and cramped for four people. There was two "bunks" that the kids slept on. It was near a maintenance closet, there was loud banging at all hours of the night.
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