Carnival Elation -needs work: Carnival Elation Cruise Review by physguy

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Carnival Elation -needs work

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Mobile
Pros: Newly renovated public areas with very colorful(or garish) decorations. Very nice pool, 4 hot tubs (2 adult only. Very clean everywhere! Typical Carnival service in dining areas, always exceptional. Good ports, Montego Bay, Grand Caymans, and Cozumel. We ate mostly in Tiffany Buffet, had been assigned late seating in Dinning area and that was too late for us. Only went to one entertainment presentation which was fairly good. In general we have found that we did not care too much for the Carnival Entertainment which is typically too loud and rather obnoxious, but others said they enjoyed it. So its a personal preference. We do not cruise for the entertainment but for the relaxation.

Cons: Food serving were up and down. Some items were very good, several others were consistently poor. We found that the bread served (usually french bread slices were hard and dry almost always and resorted to have a bun toasted for us at the sandwich station. With the exception of ice cream, More desserts were pretty to look at, and poor to eat. By picking and choosing and using the Pizza station we generally food something we liked. Since we only ate once in the assigned seating I cannot comment on that. I found customer service to be exceptionally bad. We made 2 requests, one about cabin noise, and one about our TV, and got absolutely no help except for a brush off (ex. well its the satellite signal making the fuzzy picture, when TVs all over the ship were showing clear pictures!). Cabin clean up was not as good as on the Carnival Fantasy which was completely unobtrusive. Cabin steward tried to freshen our cabin 4 or 5 times while we were present. Avoid cabins around U42 since noticeable ship noise occurs all night long.

Embarkation and Debarkation were chaotic though this may be due to the fact that it was a first cruise from Mobile. In conclusion, in comparison to a 5 day cruise on the Fantasy, the Elation needs work. It was rumoured that Elation was being moved to the West coast, if so I would avoid a first time cruise because or boarding/exiting problems. Despite the glitches we enjoyed our carnival cruise and will cruise again if possible. Less

Published 05/26/10

Cabin review: 6CU42 Ocean View

Cabin U42 : too noisy, lots of ship noise at night. When beds arranged as queen the window side was blocked by furniture, had to climb over bed to reach that side. Cabin needed some renovation (lavatory was rusty). AC difficult to control, ceiling mount knob very hard to turn.

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Port and Shore Excursions

As at Grand Caymans we got off the boat and hired a Taxi to take us around the island for about 3 1/2 hours stopping at several sites and at a beach property. Again it was inexpensive, about $70 for the 2 of us. You can get such rides to any site on the island, though you will have to pay any admission fees yourself, but it is still much cheaper than on board tour reservations which usually involve a bus with lots of people. You can easily arrange with the driver to be sure you are back at the dock in plenty to time to re-board. If you want to swim for a while, the driver will wait there until you finish, or if you get tired and want to go back, you can do that anytime.

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Beautiful and clean port. You feel very safe everywhere. You must ride a boat to get from the ship, however, unlike debarkation, this went very smoothly. We found numerous people offering tours in Taxis and small vans. We decided to get a taxi tour of the island (~ 3 hours) for $65 for both of us. This was very enjoyable as the taxi driver told us much about the island and its people and took us through the city and then through the center of the island and around the coast. We stopped several places and got out and wandered around and then went on.

Based on reviews I had read, I elected to make tour reservations online before arriving instead of just walking off the boat and making plans. This worked well, the government personnel in the port area were extremely helpful (this was true at all 3 ports). We went to a banana plantation and enjoyed it and the ride there and back very much (total cost $55 for 2 people). We could have duplicated almost every carnival tour on the island at about half the cost.

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