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My wife and decided to have a last minute get away and thought that the Bahamas cruise on the Elation would be a great choice. Overall we did enjoy our holiday but there were some areas that could be greatly improved on the Elation. The first, and biggest was the food. This started badly and did not improve. My wife ordered a fajita from the pool side taco bar and the beef used was very poor, and it can't have been on the ship too long, we hadn't even left the port at this point. The only positive from a food perspective was Guy's Burger Bar. The biggest disappointment was the main restaurant. The service, on 3 of the 4 nights was incredibly slow, so slow in fact that we missed the start of the late show. In fact, when we first arrived at the restaurant on the first night, my wife and were sat at different tables, which was frustrating and took about 15 minutes to resolve. The servers also did not know the menu and could not answer simple questions about the meals. The menu was uninspired, with one token vegetarian special, which was the same each evening. Finally, the quality was bang average, and far below other cruises we have taken. Once we did make it out of the dinner and to the entertainment, the quality was average. The Epic Rock show was better than the Divas show, which did not seem to fit the casts skills, but was still entertaining. The interactive shows were again a mixed bag. The Gender Game was awkward and not entertaining but the Couple Game was much better. Outside of the main theatre, we thoroughly enjoyed Sam's performances in the Piano Bar, as well as the man trivia competitions. The ship itself and room was nice and the room was a good size, although my wife and I arrived to a room with the beds separated. Once in the room, there was plenty of cupboard space, a nice little fridge and the bathroom was adequate, with good water temp and pressure. The service outside of the restaurant was also of a much higher quality, in particular the fun squad, who were, as expected, fun. Approachable and helpful as well as entertaining. Overall, there were certain elements we enjoyed, but we did not feel the sense of lavishness and luxury you would associate with a cruise and that was a result of the poor food quality and restaurant service. If you want a quick getaway, with a family, this could be nice for you, but don't expect to feel spoiled with the meals.

Poor Dining Lets Down Experience

Carnival Elation Cruise Review by naim_haji

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Interior
My wife and decided to have a last minute get away and thought that the Bahamas cruise on the Elation would be a great choice. Overall we did enjoy our holiday but there were some areas that could be greatly improved on the Elation.

The first, and biggest was the food. This started badly and did not improve. My wife ordered a fajita from the pool side taco bar and the beef used was very poor, and it can't have been on the ship too long, we hadn't even left the port at this point. The only positive from a food perspective was Guy's Burger Bar. The biggest disappointment was the main restaurant. The service, on 3 of the 4 nights was incredibly slow, so slow in fact that we missed the start of the late show. In fact, when we first arrived at the restaurant on the first night, my wife and were sat at different tables, which was frustrating and took about 15 minutes to resolve. The servers also did not know the menu and could not answer simple questions about the meals. The menu was uninspired, with one token vegetarian special, which was the same each evening. Finally, the quality was bang average, and far below other cruises we have taken.

Once we did make it out of the dinner and to the entertainment, the quality was average. The Epic Rock show was better than the Divas show, which did not seem to fit the casts skills, but was still entertaining. The interactive shows were again a mixed bag. The Gender Game was awkward and not entertaining but the Couple Game was much better. Outside of the main theatre, we thoroughly enjoyed Sam's performances in the Piano Bar, as well as the man trivia competitions.

The ship itself and room was nice and the room was a good size, although my wife and I arrived to a room with the beds separated. Once in the room, there was plenty of cupboard space, a nice little fridge and the bathroom was adequate, with good water temp and pressure. The service outside of the restaurant was also of a much higher quality, in particular the fun squad, who were, as expected, fun. Approachable and helpful as well as entertaining.

Overall, there were certain elements we enjoyed, but we did not feel the sense of lavishness and luxury you would associate with a cruise and that was a result of the poor food quality and restaurant service. If you want a quick getaway, with a family, this could be nice for you, but don't expect to feel spoiled with the meals.
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