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Carnival Elation Review

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We wanted a long snooze but instead we got a booze cruise!

Review for Carnival Elation to the Mexican Riviera
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Apr 2010
Cabin: Interior

On Thursday, April 15, 2010, my wife Jackie and I took a short vacation, our last one before our baby arrives, aboard the Carnival Cruise Ship, Elation from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas.

Here's what the itinerary looked like:

Day 1 Depart San Diego Day 2 Day at sea Day 3 Day in Cabo San Lucas Day 4 Day at sea Day 5 Arrive in San Diego

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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is located at the very tip of Baja California. One of the most notable features of Cabo is El Arco at Lands's End. El Arco is a distinctve arch formation in the rocks at the tip of the peninsula. There are lots of activities there like deep sea fishing, scuba diving, paragliding, sailing, golfing, and snorkeling.

Getting off the boat was a mess. It literally took over 1 hour and 30 minutes to go from the ship to the shore. The line to get off the ship wrapped around an entire deck in the hallways of guest rooms and when the ship is anchored the air conditioning is turned off so it got warm quick. I sort of felt bad for guests that were trying to sleep with hundreds of people right outside their door. Those who booked the overpriced shore excursions through the ship were able to leave the ship first. Others were on a first come, first served basis.

The port in Cabo is too small to dock a large cruise ship so instead, the ship anchors out at sea and several little boats, called 'tenders', make their way out to the Elation to bring guests, approximately 80 at a time, to shore.

Fishing is a huge part of the culture and attraction of Cabo so there are fishing boats as far as the eye can see. The bay is beautiful and lined with many very upscale yachts. Unfortunately, having only one day in port there meant that we were somewhat limited in what we could do and see so we decided to spend our day walking around the bay and taking in what the vendors had to offer.

We had lunch at Cabo Wabo Cantina which was easily the best meal we had the entire trip and not because my lips and tongue were numb from the tequila (I know you were thinking it!). Cabo Wabo Cantina, which may be more popular for the brand of tequila, is a famous nightclub and restaurant owned by Sammy Hagar and is said to have been one of the main reasons for the rising popularity of Cabo San Lucas as a vacation destination.

One thing that caught my attention was how 'Americanized' Cabo has become. A visitor can buy a Starbucks Latte, a Burger King Whopper and then head to Costco for some shopping in the same afternoon.

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