Elation.....Not Elated: Carnival Elation Cruise Review by jackh2009

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Elation.....Not Elated

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: USA
Embarkation: San Diego
1st cruise for a family of 4, including 2 daughters (aged 17 & 12). This appears to be a budget cruise. The ship is generally clean, but decor is dated. We chose the least expensive cabins and they were adequate in size and accomodations. The only real complaint I would have with the cabins is that there is no hair dryer. The bathroom/hallways smell slightly and while not overpowering, also not pleasant. The food was mediocre. Even on lobster/seafood night, I expected more. the lobster was overcooked and dry. However, the flatiron steak, which I got twice, was great both times. Service in the Imagination dining room was usually good. The pool was under maintenance the day we boarded and not availble until the 2nd day which was a disappointment for the kids. The entertainment was mildly entertaining. A moment doesn't go by with Carnival looking for ways to get more money out of your pocket via pictures, bingo, shopping, extra charges for internet, tipping, overpriced drinks. If you More don't drink, smoke, gamble, and eat excessively, cruising may not be your thing. Because we had only one port (Catalina Island - Ensenada was pulled due to swine flu) we were bored. Cruising us just too slow a pace for us. Less

Published 05/30/09

Cabin review: 4a30

Good beds. Quiet. Lots of drawer/storage space

Port and Shore Excursions

Lots to do in Catalina. We recommend the parasailing, even though it's pricey. Skip the yellow submarine!!!  Overpriced and cheesy! Good shopping. Nice little beach. Lots of photo opportunities.

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