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Great trip! We started out on a 4 night 3 day adventure to Cozumel Mexico. Sailed out of Mobile, AL. After a 5 and 1/2 hour drive to Mobile, AL. We arrived at terminal. Unloading the car was fast and easy. We found the check in process ... Read More
Great trip! We started out on a 4 night 3 day adventure to Cozumel Mexico. Sailed out of Mobile, AL. After a 5 and 1/2 hour drive to Mobile, AL. We arrived at terminal. Unloading the car was fast and easy. We found the check in process fast and easy since we had done all of paper work and fun pass on line prior to our sailing date. Got on to the ship with no problem, found our room. It was actually bigger than I had planned for. Had a nice time just relaxed. First day at sea went thru rains. We slept most of that day away! Next day we arrived in Cozumel, booked shore excursion with the ship fast easy painless. We had a great time on beach just soaking up the sun and fun. We were transported back to the port. We went shopping for a while then headed back to the ship. Next day at sea waters were ruff. Made it back to Mobile, Al had to turn around due to bad weather and go back out to sea to escape ruff waters. Got an extra day at sea that we did not plan for. All of the staff were very nice. Made back to port next day which was open and we were able to dock and get off ship with no problems. Clearing customs fast and easy. Headed back to car for 5 and 1/2 hour back home. Overall first cruse experience was great, recommend it to anyone. Have already booked next cruise 7 months from now. Cant wait! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was our first cruise. Me and my mother went on the Elation out of Mobile, AL on Feb. 26, 2011. We arrived at the Mobile port at about 10:45. There was already a line of cars waiting to get into the parking garage at the port. We were ... Read More
This was our first cruise. Me and my mother went on the Elation out of Mobile, AL on Feb. 26, 2011. We arrived at the Mobile port at about 10:45. There was already a line of cars waiting to get into the parking garage at the port. We were directed to a spot to drop off our checked luggage, then proceeded up the garage, and paid for our parking. We unloaded our carry on bags, and walked down the steps into the entrance to the terminal. We were directed to the VIP line. We booked a suite, so we had VIP embarkation. We went through the metal detectors, and were given a number. We were immediately called into the office, and received our Sail and Sign cards. We then waited about 15 min for boarding to start at approx. 11:00 am. There were 2 wedding parties that went on board before us plus any handicapped people. Then they announced VIP boarding. We walked up the gangway, and got right on the ship. There were many Carnival employees directing us to the Lido deck. There were hot dogs and hamburgers with all of the "fixings" to eat outside by the pool on the Lido deck plus there was an Italian style buffet inside of Tiffany's. We sipped a couple of fun ship specials, which was the drink of the day, then headed to our suite at around 1:30 pm. We settled in our cabin, and Bon Voyage brought us our fruit and wine basket, cookies and cake. They were all wonderful! The fruit and wine basket was my favorite. It was well worth the price. We then got ready for the muster drill, which started at around 3:15 pm. We went to our designated muster station, and listened to the safety lecture, and were showed our lifeboats. Then the captain announced that we were sailing. Let the party start! There was music and dancing, drinks and food. It looked like everyone was having a blast! We went back to the cabin and got ready for our dinner in the MDR. We had your time dining, and were meeting some friends for dinner. We had 4 in our dinner party, and were sat at a nice table for 4. We had an excellent wait staff, and they were our servers the rest of the cruise. Maitre D Vincent went above and beyond his duties to please everyone in the MDR. Our food was wonderful! There was always a nice selection on the menu. I ended up having the flat iron steak which is a Carnival Classic and always on the menu a couple of nights due to an allergy that I have. It was always cooked to my preference. We also ate breakfast and lunch in the MDR a couple of times, and enjoyed the food also. I think the breakfast on the Lido deck buffet line was my favorite. I loved the cook at the omelet station there plus the view was amazing! The breakfast at Tiffany's buffet was also great! Lots of food everywhere. There is 24 hr pizza and soft serve ice cream in Tiffany's as well. Plus a New York style deli counter with great sandwiches and wraps. There is large salad bar for lunch and dinner inside Tiffany's. Oh also a sushi bar that opens at 5:00 pm. There is a specialty coffee shop that you have to pay for on your S&S card. They have nice pastries, coffee drinks and wonderful milk shakes. I don't see how anyone could not find something they liked. There was a nice water slide and pool plus hot tubs on the Lido deck. If you go up the ladder on the Lido deck there is also another pool, hot tubs and a kiddy pool at the back of the ship on the verandah deck. I did not find them until our last sea day. LOL The view at the Serenity area is amazing. It is an adult only area with hot tubs and lounge chairs on deck 9 at the very back of the ship. There is a jogging tract, mini golf, basketball hoop, ping pong, a huge chess set on deck 11 also. The spa and gym are very modern. I loved the sunrise stretch on the stage on the lido deck. What a wonderful way to start your day! There is a video arcade, and also a casino for the adults. There are all different types of lounges and bars, even a teen dance club. We did the Chef's table, and it was absolutely incredible! It was well worth the extra money. The Elation was very clean. Our suite was perfect! The favorite part of the ship for me was our balcony. I had read some bad reviews before we cruised. Now I have come to the conclusion that some people just cannot be satisfied! If you don't have a good time on your Elation cruise, then it is your own fault. There are many different activities going on daily. They will be listed in your funtimes news letter that is delivered to your room daily. Everything from trivia style games, afternoon teas, dance classes,karaoke,exercise classes even the men's hairy chest competition. Plus you can pick up an extra copy at guest services. There are laundry facilities with coin operated washers and dryers and a free iron. The Las Vegas style shows on the Elation were both wonderful. I went to see "Rock". I still can't believe those dancers can perform like that on a moving ship. The Mikado is gorgeous too! My mom went to see "Win", and she like it even better than "Rock". I heard the comedians are very good! They have a family friendly plus an adult performance. There are all types of live music. Piano players to rock bands. The internet cafe is right across from guest services, and there is always someone there to assist you. There is some very nice duty free shops on the ship. Great prices on jewelry, alcohol and cigarettes.We took the Dzibilchaltun ruins, horse show and Mexican buffet excursion through Carnival in Progreso. I would highly recommend this excursion. In Cozumel we did the City, Shopping, beach and lunch excursion through Carnival also. We had a great time. I would recommend doing your silver and gemstone shopping in Progreso instead of Cozumel. The prices were much better in Progreso than Cozumel. There are many different lectures on the ship about shopping at the ports. If you go to some of these you will find out some great information plus get some good coupons.The worst thing about our cruise is that we had to go home. LOL We put our bags outside on our last night. We were zone 1. We just went to our designated meeting area for our zone, and got right off of the ship after the self assist group left. We were off the ship, and through customs in about 15 minutes. I would disregard some of these bad reviews about the Elation that are out there. If you go with an open mind and realize nothing is perfect, then you will have a blast. I just booked a cruise on the Elation's October 15, 2011 last sailing out of Mobile. Read Less
Sail Date February 2011
This was only our second cruise, but I've done more research than Clark Howard so I still would like to say that I'm somewhat of an expert at least on getting a good deal if nothing else. I work in the airline industry so we get ... Read More
This was only our second cruise, but I've done more research than Clark Howard so I still would like to say that I'm somewhat of an expert at least on getting a good deal if nothing else. I work in the airline industry so we get some killer deals on some of the weekday and off peak cruises. My wife and I have cruised alone twice now. We plan to take our kids on the next one, so this review is strictly for couples and not families since we didn't experience Camp Carnival or anything like that. Tips on Booking: I usually look at the rates at vacationstogo.com then once I see a good price I call Carnival directly for their interline (airline rates). They also have Military, Police, Fire etc, so you should always ask them about that if you are in one of those categories. We saved about 70 bucks per person with the interline it was only 209 interline inside cabin and the port fees were only 35 a person so this was a steal. Parking and Embarkation: for a 4 day cruise parking was 60 bucks. We walked right up to the terminal in 5 minutes time. I was told that those that stayed in hotels wait up to an hour and a half to get a lift so its definitely worth it to park on site. Make sure that you are in the parking lot by 2pm because otherwise they have to shuttle you from somewhere and that will make it a pain when you return. The line was about 40 minutes long, which wasn't too bad, so nothing special here it rained so there wasnt much to it. Cabin: We absolutely LOVE inside cabins because you can sleep so well! I will say that the cabin was very very clean, and our steward was on the ball. We were on the Embassy level which was very convenient to everything so that was nice. We are pretty clean so I felt bad for some of the party cabins where people were slobs but we are easy. Food: The food was good at the Sit Down Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. The Buffet food was pretty good, the panini's were a big hit! The Key Lime Pie was the best thing ever! They only had it on the first night but on the last night our Waiter surprised us with it (it wasn't on the menu) so that was a great surprise. I got a coke card and it was like I had food stamps, the bartenders look at you as if you are standing in line for church cheese. Next time I'm either gonna save the 30 bucks and drink water and lemonade or bring a 12 pack in my bag and wait two days then buy it because they let this lady buy it pro rated with only three days left for like 18 bucks so I learned something new :) Cozumel: We don't like paying Carnival for excursions so we wing it. We took a cab to Caribe Cozumel and stayed on the beach for free (don't know if we could do that but the taxi driver said it was ok) then we rented Wave Runners for 65 an hour and it was the most fun we've ever had! We talked about horseback riding, snorkeling but Wave Running was by far a blast! Two other couples from our dinner table rented skooters/ mopeds and they had a blast. Id be afraid to crash but they made it back in one piece even under heavy consumption of alcohol haha. The Ship Amenities: For adults the Serenity deck was great, its just below Tiffany's restaurant at the AFt and its very quiet. They have two whirlpools, if there was only room for a regular pool nobody would leave the area. Plenty of places to lay out and relax. The Lido Pool area was just too obnoxious for us and it wasn't carnivals fault, it's just the way it is. It was like spring break but for twenty to fourty olds, with the Hairy Chest contest and the horrible dancing, they should call it the Panama City Red Neck Deck cuz that is exactly what it is. I like basketball but the rim was bent sideways and the net was torn. I know it seems silly but it wouldn't take much to fix it, and a net costs 2 bucks so I just thought I'd mention it since I thought about it more than once. Most others would probably care less. Fitness: We worked out a few times and it was nice and clean, with enough room for everybody. Didn't want to spend the money for any Spa treatments. Entertainment/ Partying Well its a Fun Ship so if you want to turn in early you better pick another Ship. We like to dance so we like Carnival. The club Jekyll and Hyde had a pretty good crowd and good music the first night (mix of 70's to maybe 2008 music nothing current), the second night was 80's so we skipped that because to us it's not fun to dance to. The next night was a Michael Jackson Tribute and it was just ok. We really enjoyed the Cole Porter Lounge for Karaoke on the last night, I got up twice to do some old rap songs, and it was by far the most crowded room in the place. On the third night in the Mikado Lounge they had to switch the entertainment because a singer didn't show up, so they had a comedian from North Carolina instead, it was a clean comic and he had me rolling, I was literally crying because in my opinion he was very funny. Very cliche jokes but it worked for me at least. The Romeo and Juliet Lounge had a Filipino Band and they were pretty good. People were having a good time. All in all for the price it was well worth it. We had a great time and tried not to let little things bother us. We made some great friends at our table, and we hung out with them all night on the last day at sea so it was an excellent value cruise and we would definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2010
We just got back from our cruise to Mexico. It was a 5 night trip that left on Monday and returned on Saturday. We took carnival Fantasy. It is an older ship, holds about 2500 passengers. There were about 800 kids under 18 on the ship, but ... Read More
We just got back from our cruise to Mexico. It was a 5 night trip that left on Monday and returned on Saturday. We took carnival Fantasy. It is an older ship, holds about 2500 passengers. There were about 800 kids under 18 on the ship, but it was not a problem, other than the hot tub being full of kids all the time. They suggested getting there between 12:30 and 1:00. We got there at 12:45, which was too late. There was an awful line. Should have gotten there at 11:45, and it would have been better. Also, you can go VIP for an extra $10, and that would have been nice. They actually put us in the VIP line after a while because we had so many kids. The cruise itself cost $2600, I also spent about $2000 in cash as well. We stayed in interior rooms (2) and they were fine. They were cheap and I liked them as much as the more expensive rooms I have had on other cruises on Holland America and Royal Carribean. We took Bottled water (Took 36 bottles and 12 of propel) only needed 1 case of 24 bottles of water, 2 bottles of wine, Corkscrew, Power strip, 2 way radios (if you have kids, it is a must) Post it notes for door WATERPROOF CAMERA Wax earplugs Transderm Scope - It really works Also, for the at sea days, remember it is usually really windy, so get chairs inside the enclosed area early so you can be comfortable. We also used a porter when disembarking, which put us in a much shorter line and got us out of there quicker. At our stop at Cozumel, we took a cab to Paradise beach. The ride for 10 cost a total of $34 each way. The beach was free, but they asked us to spend $10 per person. It was very nice with some good snorkeling. At Calica we took a cab to Xcaret for $30. It was awesome. The ticket to get in was $69, and we bought a coupon from the van driver for $4 for $7 off admission. The place is beautiful and exotic. We went in a 'lazy' river and snorkeled with the whole group. It let out by the ocean. Had big turtles, hammocks and was Like no place I have ever been and thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful beaches, very relaxing. Definite place to go again. We then took a cab back for $16. Yes half the price. We did dinner nightly in the dining room at 6:00. Out waiter was Dawa and his assistant was Valentine. Our Stateroom attendant was Edis. All were very good. For Disembarkation, we sat our luggage out the night before and they took them to the terminal for us. We didn't get off the ship until 10 or 10:30. Make sure to turn phones on Airplane mode when leaving or you will be charged for expensive airtime. Food was good, not awesome, but not bad. Celebrity dining for Breakfast is much better than the lido. Will go with Carnival again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2010

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