Carnival's Circle C Scores Big with Our Kids: Carnival Elation Cruise Review by Fam5w/teens

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Carnival's Circle C Scores Big with Our Kids

Sail Date: October 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Mobile
Our 3 kids (ages 12-14) absolutely loved Circle C on our recent cruise on Carnival Elation. They made new friends and counted down the minutes until Circle C events began. Although the events were structured, there were short intervals of unsupervised time (i.e. scavenger hunts, ice cream breaks). Our kids had walkie talkies so they could locate us as soon as events finished as they were not permitted to roam the ship outside of Circle C activities. There were some groups of kids roaming the ship and wreaking havoc (running, yelling, smashing ping pong balls, knocking over all the giant chess pieces). Some parents seem glad to take a vacation from their kids so they let them roam free to spoil other's vacations. This is a risk you take when booking on a "family fun ship". I would book Carnival again for our kids, but if vacationing without children, my husband and I enjoyed our Royal Caribbean experience more as it was an older crowd and more relaxing.

Service in the dining More room and cabin was exemplary, as usual. The food was very good, but not the exceptional experience we had on other cruises. We absolutely loved the "Your Time Dining" option and never had to wait for a table. Unless you're on the ship's dining schedule, you will often find buffets are closed and the service at the 24 hour pizza bar is consistently slow. We walked away one day after waiting 5 - 10 minutes with no one appearing to serve the crowd that had formed. Our kids enjoyed the pizza and had more patience for waiting.

Entertainment did not live up to our expectations from past cruises with the exception of Mutzie, the comedian, who was top notch, and Bruce, the pianist in Duke's piano bar whom we wished we had encountered before the last night. He was fantastic and very engaging with the crowd. Music Power was also a fantastic band who played in various locations most nights.

Beds, linens, pillows extremely comfortable.

The gym was clean and treadmills faced the front of the ship to provide a fantastic view while running.

Teen Spa experience varied with our children. One had the full exfoliation scrub and lotion treatment with her pedicure while another did not. Mom's facial with Lynette was superb.

Smokers gather around open decks, pool and casino making these areas unpleasant for non-smokers.

Debarkation process was as smooth as it gets. Out of our cabin by 7:30 AM and we were in our car by 8:28 AM. Less

Published 10/19/11

Cabin review: 1A Interior Upper/Lower

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Port and Shore Excursions

Best excursion we have ever done. If you're a fan of the show Amazing Race, you'll feel like you're in it with this excursion. Our family of 5 (including kids ages 12-14) got our adrenaline pumping and enjoyed a variety of experiences. Extremely well organized and facilitators Eduardo and Alonso went out of their way to make it fun. They also took lots of photos with our camera for us. Highly recommend this one.

Great first time snorkeling experience for our family with young teens. Don Foster's shore snorkel was just long enough to give us a great view of beautiful fish and corals and still allow time for shopping. Mathew was a great instructor.

Enjoyed a relaxing, informative bus tour and leisurely ride down the river. Bamboo raft captains and locals on shore along the way try to sell their hand-made crafts by tossing them onto the raft to get you to buy them. Pleasant if you're looking for a short, relaxing, cultural experience.

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