This was my second time on the Elation, first was pre-2017 upgrades.
Pros: Great crew, lots of potential for entertainment. Our stateroom (on G deck) was great.
Embarkation at Port Canaveral is the smoothest I've been through.
Some of the restaurants were good. Guys burgers is you get a burger on a bun and then build it yourself. Really nothing special, but still decent. The Taco Bar is pretty much the same, they give you a tortilla and your choice of meat, and you build the rest yourself.
The deli in the back was great, and the two or three people that served were amazing. I tried 3-4 different things and got hooked on the BLT for breakfast. A lot of people rave about the pizza, and it is okay, but not my favorite. I personally think even DiGiorno is better, but having it readily available 24/7 is good. Would like to see some other American favorites.
The Shows were entertaining. Went to 2 comedy shows on the first half, but the better of the two comedians got off the boat for the second half.
My biggest gripe about this ship is the layout seems to leave a lot of dead spaces and areas where the stage or dance floor is also a main walk way. (drama bar). Went on back to back cruises and part of the entertainment from the first cruise got off the ship for the second cruise. Second cruise had less entertainment.
The pre-2017 cruise they had a pool in the back of the ship, giving the Elation 2 pools and 4 hot tubs. In 2017 they eliminated the pool in the back to to add the water slides, which is fine, except they really need a pool back there for the kids as well. Even a shallow 2-3' deep one would do wonders. Without that, the main pool and spa tubs in the middle of the ship were constantly packed with small children.
When entertainment did happen in a club, the club was packed full. Whether it be live music or comedy, however, there seemed to be only a few happening at a time, and many of the clubs would be closed (nobody running the bar).
Lido deck entertainment is kind of hard to see. Just seems like something is always in the way. I don't remember it being that way back in 2008. Maybe equipment on the stage?
Honestly, I worked in a local music business (very small time), but one thing the DJ's would do is play to the audience. DJ Renzo played what he liked, ignored request, and would seem to deliberation drive people away.
One of the new staterooms added in 2017, it was great. A lot of people worry about the sway of the ship when up that high, but I really didn't notice it being worse than deck 8 or 9.
It had a king bed (two twins pushed together), and a couch. Balcony offered great views and fresh ocean air. Could barely hear the neighbors.
The lamps on each side of the bed had USB ports for charging.
My only gripe would be the light switch near the door turned on all of the overhead lights. There was no choice to just turn on the hall light (so you could see into the closets).
embarkation was the easiest I've ever been through.
We walked around through the shops and it was the same tourist traps you get anywhere.
We didn't get off the ship. It had been raining before we got there, so the cove was full of mud-runoff. A lot of people complained, but the weather is the weather.