This was my ninth cruise, and my fifth with Carnival. The Elation was, bar far, the worst ship I have ever been on. We decided on a short girls cruise, and the price was right for this 5 day cruise to Cozumel and Progresso. There was a group of 9 of us.
Embarkation was a breeze, but the lady checking us in was having a bad day. We were on the ship quickly and had no problems. Upon boarding, the shuttle you up to the Lido deck to eat. I was surprised at how small the ship seemed compared to the Conquest that I had been on the previous year.
Food on the ship was OK, it's just something to eat. Nothing special, nothing wow'd us, EXCEPT the food we tasted at the Taste Bar. Too bad that food wasn't available at dinner or lunch anywhere. However, the staff at dinner was awesome. They went out of their way to make us smile, make us laugh, and enjoy the evening with them. We had dinner in the main dining room every night we enjoyed them so much!
The ship doesn't have any standard balcony cabins, so we were in a ocean view. If you wanted a balcony, you had to get a suite. We could not get the temperature regulated in the room. We'd wake up at night sweating, then a couple hours later, freezing. The television was old (not flat screen) and didn't work well. Could not see the picture with the reflection of the lights in the room. Also didn't have the channel to view your billing - you had to go stand in line for a kiosk which were strewn about the ship.