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Carnival Elation Review

4.0 / 5.0
1,118 reviews

We knew what to expect on a smaller ship

Review for the Bahamas Cruise on Carnival Elation
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: May 2023

Price point was great, location of port was good for us and easy to get to. We knew this was a smaller/older ship so our expectations were based on that understanding. This was our 8th cruise total , but first one since COVID. The embarkation/debarkation at Jacksonville was the smoothest I have ever experienced for any cruise line taken. The staff for the entire ship was exceptional. Our room attendant and his cleaning crew were seen daily, often multiple times a day. Our room was one of the newer sets of cabins added by the Serenity deck and were quiet, easy to get to and the location was great. The food options were limited. We knew this before we even booked. The buffet is small, there are fewer bars, etc. due the size of the ship. The bars and bartenders on board though were all good. Some exceptional like FJ at Alchemy and Vincent in the Atrium. We at sea day brunch in the dining room and one dinner meal. All the food we chose was very good, not excellent but very very good and enjoyable. We only at the buffet a few times and only for small bites. Again what we chose to eat was very good (salad, prime rib, desserts). The deli was wonderful. I think the same girl worked it most of the time we were there and she was able to make great made to order BLT or grilled cheese sandwiches. Guys and the Blue Iguana were also great, ate there several times and had very good made to order food. The Piano Bar with Donald was a whole lot of fun. The comedy shows were always very busy due to limited seating capacity. The main shows were pretty good too. Karaoke was a lot of fun (the karaoke hosts were super friendly),as was trivia. Carnival Conquest was hilarious. The music by the two violinists, the mostly Argentine band, the guitarist Dave and the duo from Scotland/Spain were all really good. This was Lia, the cruise director's last week on board and she was so high energy and friendly. The staff on board at every level was friendly, competent and really willing to go the extra mile. The ports Nassau and princess cays were fine. Yeah been there before but weather was great and there was only one other ship in Nassau and their new port area is soooo much nicer than when we were there last. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts in Nassau have free wifi. We did not bother with wifi onboard ship and just checked email/etc while in port. Private island , we were only ship there and it was so peaceful and relaxing. We did not bother to eat there as the food did not look that great. All in all we went into this knowing this was an older ship with a lot less to offer with food variety than most others. We knew this ahead of time and had a very good time.

Cabin Review

Our cabin was right by serenity deck and added to ship a couple years ago. It was my first cruise in an inside cabin and it was surprisingly spacious, quiet and comfortable.

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