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Carnival Elation Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1094 reviews
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Review for Carnival Elation to the Mexican Riviera
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: May 2009

I've never cruised before, but after this trip I can't wait to book my next one! Swine flu diverted us from Ensenada to Catalina Island. My husband and I have already been to Catalina, it's awesome but we were enjoying ourselves so much that we didn't want to leave the ship.The embarkation process didn't take even twenty minutes. We got there early and because I had already printed and attached our luggage tags it took less than a minute for a porter to take our suitcase. After embarkation, we waited for about twenty minutes before we got into our cabin. We had an ocean view, meaning a decent size window. The room was bigger than I expected, very comfortable and the bed and pillows were great too. We lunched at Tiffany's and I threw my diet to the winds...the desserts were fantastic mouth watering delights and the Ruben sandwiches were toasted to perfection. For dinner, we got early seating with two other young marrieds and surprisingly had a few interests in common. I enjoyed my tablemates very much. The service was outstanding of course and the food was phenomenal. I've read the other reviews about the food on this ship and let me tell you something, as an Army veteran, what was put before me was bliss. Fish seared expertly, fantastic roasted veggies and fresh bread was a mouthwatering delight compared to Tuna Noodle MRE, (meals ready to eat!) Other vets know what I'm talking about.  Believe me, the food was goo-oo-oood!My husband and I got the upper deck hot tub pretty much to ourselves the day everyone decided to go to Catalina. Five hours later without sunblock of course we regretted it a little, but the pure enjoyment of sitting out there, no phones, no work, no bother, just bubbles and waves, well I seriously cannot wait to do it again.The on board entertainment was fun, kind of cheesy, but it did remind me a little of a Vegas showcase. The dancers however were talented and in synch and it was fun to watch. I also enjoyed the bingo, I had a "hot card" but even though I didn't win, we laughed a lot and I had a good time.There was so much to do, we enjoyed the comedy show, the sushi, the other guests, definitely the drinks!! and overall this trip. We are hoping to go again when we earn enough leave (vacation time). Here's the scoop, sometimes you don't get what you pay for. I paid 239 per person plus tax and insurance. I wasn't expecting a whole heck of a lot but what I got was the best American vacation I've ever had in my life! We're not rich. I saved for four months, brown bagging it so that I could surpise my husband with this trip. It was most fun, romantic trip we've had in a while, a second honeymoon. Believe me, save your money, plan this trip, go into it with an open mind, and most importantly, HAVE FUN, YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE IT!!

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