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This was a cruise with my elderly mother, teen daughter, and her friend. I've been on about 12 cruises including NCL, HAL, Carnival, RC, and Celebrity. Embarkation was great, we walked on around 11:00 almost without stopping. Thanks Carnival! Our inside room for three on U122 was fine. Smallish but no major issues. Everything was clean and in good working order. Food overall was just OK, definitely not up to our recent cruises on HAL and Celebrity. Lido buffet was below average, Guys burger joint was great, deli was a nice option. Main dining room food was hit or miss. Some choices were very good, like the tomato soup and prime rib. Custom steaks were all overcooked. Calamari was luke warm. Food choices were plain, nothing fancy like I enjoy on a cruise. Food service was mixed. We had to wait 40 minutes for a table on the elegant night. Once seated, we waited 10 minutes for water, another 5 for menus, another 3 for bread, another 5 for bread plates, and so on. We arrived at the dining room at 7:40 planning to make the 9:30 show but we did not make it. MDR was unprepared for the crowd that night - indicating poor dining room management. Service in the room also below average. They made up our room just once a day. Cheerios spilled on day 3 were not cleaned from ujnder the bed when we left on day 5. Music was good which included a six piece band, guitar soloist, and duo. I did not see the shows but our teens (who like Broadway) enjoyed them. Pool deck was fun as always - the highlight of our Carnival cruise. All in all - it was fine for what it was. A four day getaway while the kids were on fall break. This was the only ship that matched our dates.

Elation - Just OK

Carnival Elation Cruise Review by friendswithdave

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Interior
This was a cruise with my elderly mother, teen daughter, and her friend. I've been on about 12 cruises including NCL, HAL, Carnival, RC, and Celebrity.

Embarkation was great, we walked on around 11:00 almost without stopping. Thanks Carnival!

Our inside room for three on U122 was fine. Smallish but no major issues. Everything was clean and in good working order.

Food overall was just OK, definitely not up to our recent cruises on HAL and Celebrity. Lido buffet was below average, Guys burger joint was great, deli was a nice option. Main dining room food was hit or miss. Some choices were very good, like the tomato soup and prime rib. Custom steaks were all overcooked. Calamari was luke warm. Food choices were plain, nothing fancy like I enjoy on a cruise.

Food service was mixed. We had to wait 40 minutes for a table on the elegant night. Once seated, we waited 10 minutes for water, another 5 for menus, another 3 for bread, another 5 for bread plates, and so on. We arrived at the dining room at 7:40 planning to make the 9:30 show but we did not make it. MDR was unprepared for the crowd that night - indicating poor dining room management.

Service in the room also below average. They made up our room just once a day. Cheerios spilled on day 3 were not cleaned from ujnder the bed when we left on day 5.

Music was good which included a six piece band, guitar soloist, and duo. I did not see the shows but our teens (who like Broadway) enjoyed them. Pool deck was fun as always - the highlight of our Carnival cruise.

All in all - it was fine for what it was. A four day getaway while the kids were on fall break. This was the only ship that matched our dates.
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Cabin 4C
Our inside room for three on U122 was fine. Smallish but no major issues. Everything was clean and in good working order. With the third bed, there were no chairs or table in the room. Just three beds, a footrest, and movable set of drawers.
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