I went into my first cruise with extremely low expectations. It was my final college Spring Break week; I figured it would be mediocre, the food would probably stink and just overall be a cheap cruise. The boat is on the older side of their fleet but other than that I was completely wrong. The Carnival Elation staff was awesome. The first day I went to the dining hall and asked a crew member where I should bus my dishes to and he said, "You're on vacation, we are taking care of everything." It was exactly that, vacation. The food was excellent, the room was ALWAYS clean and the shows were great. I personally enjoyed the comedians, they were hysterical. Overall I would highly recommend a trip with Carnival.