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Carnival Elation Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Carnival Elation Memorial Day weekend May 21-24, 2009

Review for Carnival Elation to the Mexican Riviera
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Sail Date: May 2009
Cabin: Ocean View

For a 3 night cruise, I really had fun.  I've only been on 7 night cruises so I wasn't really sure what to expect with a weekend cruise.  Due to the swine flu, we went to Catalina Island and only did a technical stop in Ensenada to meet the Jones Act requirement.  I really liked Catalina Island.  Considering my last two cruises were to Mexican ports, it was nice to enter a port without people pulling on your arms and trying to get you to buy tours or souvenirs.   All the shops were very reasonably priced.  I got a Catalina Island t-shirt for $9.99USD as an example. 

EMBARKATION: I love San Diego port.  We checked out of the hotel before 9 and headed downtown.  We hung out at Seaport Village for about an hour or so.  Bought some salsa and walked around.  Decided to drive to parking lot to find a parking spot.  We were really early because I wasn't sure we could find parking.  Five Star parking #5 was directly across the street & practically empty.  They are more expensive than some of the other airport parking locations ($15/day I think) but not having to wait for shuttles etc is a big thing for me.  I like being in control of when/where to be.  So we walk across the street and go to the terminal around 11.  Going thru x-ray was a little more intense than my last cruise at San Diego.  I had a small 12x14x14 soft sided cooler with a plastic liner that had bottles of water, a half gallon jug of water in it.  They inspected each bottle by shaking the contents (to see if it fizzed I guess.)  Line to check in wasn't long at all.  Maybe 20 people total ahead of us and some were in groups.  Got checked in with boarding #1 and only had to wait about 15 minutes before they started boarding.  We were at the lido deck by 11:45.  Cruise docs stated not to arrive at port before 1pm.  Yeah right.  Glad we didn't listen to that.  We had burger for lunch & drink of the day on the lido deck by the main pool.  Rooms weren't ready until 1:30 but one of the staff members saw us waiting outside the doors that closed off the rooms and he said "go on in & drop off your luggage.  They don't care as long as you don't stay."  Our room was ready.  Cool.  So we dropped off our stuff/stashed luggage in the closets and away we went back to enjoy the action without toting bags around.

Room Steward service was good.  Had no issues.  Tipped him a little extra to keep our water cooler filled with ice which he did daily.  The first time I've had a towel animal on my first night so I was impressed.  Usually don't get it on the first night in my experience.

Cabin Review

Ocean View

Cabin 6C

Close to center elevators but had to use aft elevators or foward elevators for most common decks such as dining room, lounges etc.  Lots of lights in the room.  Nice bathroom. Decent storage.

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