This is a ship that isn’t a big topic on the boards (unless there was something to complain about it seemed) so I am happy to add some information to future cruisers considering the Elation or some info for those of you already booked!
To give some context for my review – on this cruise it was myself and husband (both 45) and our 16 yo daughter. This was our 6th Carnival and 7th cruise. We are big fans of travel – multiple All-Inclusive trips throughout Mexico, Cuba, VRBOs in Mexico and 20+ trips to Las Vegas filling our cold Canadian passports.
We booked this trip to follow our 5 Day adventure in Disneyworld. The ship and itinerary were the only ones that worked into the schedule so that was the one and only reason we booked this ship. We booked directly with Carnival via the website – no PVP or other agent used for our planning.
We travelled on our 5 Day from Port Canaveral to Amber Cove and Grand Turk. We stayed in cabin U243 – an extended Aft Balcony, our first in this category. We normally stay in a regular balcony.
Over All Impressions (as it is pretty long below):
• Staff were fantastic, super engaging, hard working and always had a “Good Morning” or “Good Evening” as we walked by
• The ship is clean, sure its older and ready for dry dock to tighten up a few things but no complaints at all on the cleanliness or the state of the public areas or staterooms
• Food and drink were awesome and plentiful – YTD worked great
• Casino was fun but smoky
• Didn’t attend any big shows – but everywhere we looked people seemed entertained and happy
We had an extended aft balcony which was lovely – cabin U243. I absolutely loved the view from the back of the ship. In port we saw dolphins swimming between the ships – so cool to see! We had a king bed with an upper pullman that was right overtop the head of the king bed. I was nervous about the comfort and ability for my daughter to sleep in this but she found it super comfy and we only cracked our heads and arms a few times in the night (
Amber Cove we booked our very first Carnival excursion. Typically, we get out hail a taxi and find a cool local beach. Based on travel warnings and travelling with our daughter we decided to take the more secure route and book with Carnival. I am so glad we did – we spent most of the day (11 – 3) at the Serenity VIP Lifestyle’s Resort. It was beautiful all-inclusive resort. It was easy, so many gorgeous day beds throughout the resort with fantastic drink and food service. They talk about the buffet being included but all the offerings were included – we had the beach menu and ice cream on the beach. We liked this spot so much we are looking at booking it in the future for our next All-Inclusive getaway!
Grand Turk we were up and off the ship after the first rush of folks and marched down the beach to Jack’s Shack for the day. Best of all the beach worlds – great chairs and umbrellas in the sun (chairs were free but umbrellas were $10) and a fantastic lunch spot. We enjoyed some rum punch, local beers and the special of the day – jerk chicken with cracked conch and fries! Along with an extra order of conch fritters. All were delish! The food and drinks were pricier than we are used to for an island, but it is T&C and we expected it to be a bit more. It was the perfect spot for the day in the sun. We were hot and lazy when it was time to head back so instead of the walk we went out behind the Shack and hopped into a taxi – I think it was $15 for the three of us.