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We are a 60 year old retired couple from Arizona who have been on 8 previous cruises none of which was on Carnival. We drove to San Diego and stayed at 3 different economy motels from the Hotels.com website and were very pleased with each of them. We arrived two days early and stayed one night after the cruise to give us time to explore the San Diego area. We were impressed with the condition of the ship and enjoyed its amenities: the miniature golf, ping pong, and water slide were fun. The pool deck was where we spent the most time and we enjoyed sipping drinks and watching the varied passengers on board. We were surprised there were so many children on a November cruise but they were pleasant to watch enjoying their freedom. The service on this ship was superior to most we have experienced on other cruise lines. The employees always greeted us with a smile and our cabin steward Ronelo always greeted us by name. We were made to feel appreciated by our experience. That was not our experience on our last cruise in January on Princess. Now I'll talk about shore excursions. In Cabo we took a water taxi to Medano Beach and had an enjoyable time on a beautiful beach with nice warm ocean water. Lounge chairs and a beach umbrella were provided free at the beach and attentive waiters brought us drinks. This was an inexpensive and pleasant way to spend time on our 4th trip to Cabo. The water taxi was $5 per person each way. It was cheaper to buy a round trip - which we did but the taxi did not return at the appointed time so we had to pay another only $3 per person to return to the dock. In Ensenada we opted for the wine country tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. We came back with 6 bottles of premium Mexican wine for a very reasonable cost. Our stateroom was large and had a nice sized shower. We were not bothered by noise or excessive engine vibration as I thought we would being on a lower deck and at the aft of the ship. Food was excellent on this ship, among the best we have ever had on a ship. Our waiters were fine but a little hard to understand. We were seated at a table for ten with the most congenial folks we have encountered on a cruise. We even exchanged e-mail addresses with them. Entertainment was for us the weak point of the cruise. The shows seemed dated and mechanical. We usually spend a lot of time listening to a wide range of music on board but this time did not as most bands performed in smoke filled venues. The piano bar players seemed uninspired and the Calypso band on the pool deck seemed stuck on one sound. All of their songs sounded alike. Disembarkation was fast even though we had a high number and we were on the road to The Wild Animal Park by 10:00AM. Despite the subpar entertainment, we will cruise again on Carnival. It was a pleasant and inexpensive getaway and better than we had expected. We had avoided Carnival for years fearing wild and drunken partiers and substandard food, and we found neither to be our experience. The demographics on this cruise could have just as well been Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, or Princess - the other cruise lines on which we have traveled.

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Carnival Elation Cruise Review by Cruiser Gil

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We are a 60 year old retired couple from Arizona who have been on 8 previous cruises none of which was on Carnival. We drove to San Diego and stayed at 3 different economy motels from the Hotels.com website and were very pleased with each of them. We arrived two days early and stayed one night after the cruise to give us time to explore the San Diego area. We were impressed with the condition of the ship and enjoyed its amenities: the miniature golf, ping pong, and water slide were fun. The pool deck was where we spent the most time and we enjoyed sipping drinks and watching the varied passengers on board. We were surprised there were so many children on a November cruise but they were pleasant to watch enjoying their freedom. The service on this ship was superior to most we have experienced on other cruise lines. The employees always greeted us with a smile and our cabin steward Ronelo always greeted us by name. We were made to feel appreciated by our experience. That was not our experience on our last cruise in January on Princess. Now I'll talk about shore excursions. In Cabo we took a water taxi to Medano Beach and had an enjoyable time on a beautiful beach with nice warm ocean water. Lounge chairs and a beach umbrella were provided free at the beach and attentive waiters brought us drinks. This was an inexpensive and pleasant way to spend time on our 4th trip to Cabo. The water taxi was $5 per person each way. It was cheaper to buy a round trip - which we did but the taxi did not return at the appointed time so we had to pay another only $3 per person to return to the dock. In Ensenada we opted for the wine country tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. We came back with 6 bottles of premium Mexican wine for a very reasonable cost. Our stateroom was large and had a nice sized shower. We were not bothered by noise or excessive engine vibration as I thought we would being on a lower deck and at the aft of the ship. Food was excellent on this ship, among the best we have ever had on a ship. Our waiters were fine but a little hard to understand. We were seated at a table for ten with the most congenial folks we have encountered on a cruise. We even exchanged e-mail addresses with them. Entertainment was for us the weak point of the cruise. The shows seemed dated and mechanical. We usually spend a lot of time listening to a wide range of music on board but this time did not as most bands performed in smoke filled venues. The piano bar players seemed uninspired and the Calypso band on the pool deck seemed stuck on one sound. All of their songs sounded alike. Disembarkation was fast even though we had a high number and we were on the road to The Wild Animal Park by 10:00AM. Despite the subpar entertainment, we will cruise again on Carnival. It was a pleasant and inexpensive getaway and better than we had expected. We had avoided Carnival for years fearing wild and drunken partiers and substandard food, and we found neither to be our experience. The demographics on this cruise could have just as well been Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, or Princess - the other cruise lines on which we have traveled.
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