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Carnival Elation Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1069 reviews
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Floating trashcan

Review for Carnival Elation to the Eastern Caribbean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Jan 2020
Cabin: Ocean View

We just got off of this ship--cruising Jan 11-16. I do not recommend this ship or carnival at all after this experience. We had 18 people on this ship, and this was the first cruise for many of us. Sometime during Sunday night, the ship had "mechanical issues" which maxed out our speed at around 8 knots or less. When we woke up on Monday morning (Amber Cove day), we checked our location on the map on the tv, and we knew we weren't going to make it to port. The captain didn't announce that we weren't going to port until 1020, and we were supposed to port at 1030. They gave each person onboard a $50 credit and refunded the port fees. We were assured that the issue had been resolved and that we would make it to Grand Turk the following day (Tuesday). All of Monday, looking at the map, our ship was headed due West (the opposite direction of Grand Turk) until about dinner time when we turned around completely and finally started to travel above 8 knots. Tuesday morning we were scheduled to dock at 8 am...Tuesday morning after 8 am, they begin making announcements that the wind was too high and the captain had made two unsuccessful attempts to dock. He was going to make one final pass to try to dock...the final pass, we didn't even make it near the dock at all, and then we just started cruising away from Grand Turk completely without another announcement. After about 20 min of cruising, they finally announced that we missed our port again and that they would try to secure a port for the following day. They again gave each passenger a $50 credit, but did not refund the port fees. Meanwhile, we checked the weather when we were close to Grand Turk, and the wind was only 13 mph, and we started heading away from the island at around 10am. We also found that another cruise ship (not carnival, but carnival owned) was able to dock only 1 hour after we left. We believe that the captain just wanted to prove that he could make it to a port but never had any intention of actually docking there. Meanwhile, this entire time, the ship had been so rocky that people were just vomiting on the floors anywhere and there were barf bags hung near the elevators because so many passengers were sea sick. You couldn't even walk straight because the ship had so much movement. They finally announced on Tuesday afternoon that we would be going to Nassau, which no one wanted to even go to at this point! If we had wanted to go to the Bahamas, we would have saved the money and booked a cruise only to there! They said we would port from 10-5, then they changed it to 10-430, then changed it again to 10-4.... Wednesday morning comes, and it's 10 o'clock, and we are not in port. No one was surprised at this point. They announced that we were running behind due to currents, and that we would be there at 11... We finally docked and got off the ship after 11 am. After 4 days of being stuck on the ship! The whole night we were traveling at around 18 knots, by the way. As we were at the beach in Nassau, you could see our cruise ship along with the other ships docked, and the elation was just billowing black smoke. Obviously something wasn't right with it! Then magically, on the way back to port Canaveral, we were able to travel at 23 knots. We were supposed to be back at 7 am initially, but they changed it to 8. And then we didn't actually port until shortly after, and they didn't even begin debarkation until after 9 am. The only reason we stopped in Nassau was to avoid fees for not stopping at any ports, in my opinion. This ship should have dry docked when it first started having issues months ago. Yet they continue to cruise this trashcan to make money. I will never travel with carnival again or with any of their other companies. I will say that the staff on board the elation was great! Especially the servers at dinner and the cleaning staff! Oh, and I forgot to mention that the pool was closed on one of the sea days for maintenance. Our stateroom had obvious vomit stains on the carpet, and the window was extremely filthy!

Cabin Review

Ocean View

The cabin was fine, minus the vomit stains and the dirty window. Our cleaning staff was good.

Port Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

The embarkation from port Canaveral was great, but the debarkation took way too long.

Amber Cove (Puerto Plata)

This port was canceled because the ship had engine troubles and could not travel above 8 knots.

Grand Turk

We did not call on this port either due to "high winds" aka 13 mph winds. The captain was unable to dock the ship.

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