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I was disappointed on my Carnival Elation cruise taken last week (10/11). I've only been on 5 other cruises, some with Carnival, and did not appreciate having a buffet employee dole out my bacon alotment each morning (2 slices)- the ... Read More
I was disappointed on my Carnival Elation cruise taken last week (10/11). I've only been on 5 other cruises, some with Carnival, and did not appreciate having a buffet employee dole out my bacon alotment each morning (2 slices)- the only breakfast item they monitored, by the way. A polite young lady would be standing behind the bacon "pile" and dole out literally 2 pieces of bacon. Of course you could ask for more, but who wants to be glared at and hold up the buffet line? Also, in the desert line, the same? young lady almost had a heart attack when I attempted to cut my own piece of cake. I cut!! I cut!! well geeze.....but my biggest complaint comes from the shore excursion desk.My friends and I purchased the shore excursion "The Amazing Cozumel Race" before we embarked on our cruise. As this was my 3rd trip to Cozumel (my friend calls it the "atlanta terminal" of the Caribbean), we were very much looking forward to this excursion, the only one we planned for Cozumel. Once we arrived and got dressed for this excursion, we "raced" down the pier to meet up with our fellow racing participants. We waited. and waited. and waited. We asked other excursion employees if we were in the right place, etc. Finally, after an hour, my friend walked back to the ship & was told that the excursion was cancelled due to nonparticipation. They had sent a note to us the night before... Once back on the ship, we did find the notice--in a pile of papers on the vanity. We never saw it. A complaint was made; the least they could do was have someone meet us at the end of the pier where they were expected to let us know PERSONALLY that it had been cancelled. We were also disappointed to not have ANY craft classes on the sea days. We are crafters and on past cruises I have enjoyed learning new crafts and having the souveniers I made. It's a great way to pass time on sea days & all the classes I had previously attended on the other cruises were filled, so there is an audience for this type of entertainment. This was the last month of cruising out of Mobile, Al for Carnival & by the end of the 5 day cruise we certainly noticed a decline in the service. Not quite so helpful, not quite so willing to go the extra mile. However, we really enoyed and appreciated our cabin steward, Made. He was always helpful, polite, cheerful, and professional. It was all in all a good cruise, but there certainly were some disapointments to be found. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
My family (Dad and his wife are 70 and 74 sons are 16 and 13)drove from snowy South Carolina to the Mobile port the day after Christmas. We booked a night at Admiral Semmes thru Expedia ($109 per night) and did park ($55) and cruise. We ... Read More
My family (Dad and his wife are 70 and 74 sons are 16 and 13)drove from snowy South Carolina to the Mobile port the day after Christmas. We booked a night at Admiral Semmes thru Expedia ($109 per night) and did park ($55) and cruise. We packed in the hotel shuttle and headed for the terminal at 11:15 am and we were on board in less than an hour. My Dad booked a suite (U88)and we could not board VIP with him, however, we got through check-in just as fast. Everyone in the port was very friendly and pleasant and the process was far better than expected based on reading all of the complaints. It was freezing in Mobile (in the low forties) when we sailed. The Elation was as expected--older Fantasy class ship, very clean, with a friendly crew. The pool deck has not been upgraded. As we boarded, we were treated to unlimited Champagne while we waited for our rooms (available exactly at 1:30). The boys and I had a 3 person cabin with two bunks and a bed. We had plenty of room. Fortunately, the cruise boards saved me--there are NO HAIRDRYERS in the suites or other cabins and I packed one. Plush robes, plenty of towels and a fantastic steward delighted us all week. Our steward filled my soda cooler with ice every day. The activities crew did a good job with the typical cruise fare--dance lessons, trivia, marriage game, karaoke (lots of choices!)and the Carnival obligatory hairy chest contest. There was plenty to do. After multiple cruises, ( 1X Big Red Boat, 1X Holland, 1X Celebrity, 2X Norwegian, 3XCarnival)in Europe, Caribbean, Hawaii, and Alaska -- the Carnival crew seems to enjoy their jobs more than any other line. The result is that the crew seems to actually like people and not just go through the motions. Food on Carnival is very good with choices for everyone--we ate the breakfast buffets on Lido, lunch in the Imagination dining room and dinner, come as you wish in Imagination. My 13 year old is a cruise ship pizza expert--he has ranked Carnival pepperoni the best out of all lines above. We ordered a wine package and after running out, brough our own bottles the last two nights. We were not charged the corkage fee and we upfront about the wine. (Adults can bring one bottle each). Evening shows were good--funny comedians (3 on board this 5 day trip) , a great hip hop act, and the two shows were very good and not so good. (The brand new WIN dance show just wasnt very good). I did a Spa sampler package with massage and facial which was excellent and the obligatory sales pitch wasnt too pushy. In Cozumel we took a taxi ($11 for 5 people each way) in for shopping and in Playa del Carmen we spent the day at XCaret "eesh ka rit". In port stop at the 3 Amigos for some cool partying next to the ship's dock and you won't have far to get back on board. The weather was great--mid to high 70s in port and all the way back to Mobile we enjoyed warm weather. The hot tubs stayed full because the pool water was very chilly. On Dec 30, I was not happy to miss the Clemson bowl game--Kentucky fans monopolized all four TVs in the sports bar and when they left-ESPN wouldn't work. Since Clemson didn't show up to play, it was all for the best.For New Years Eve, Cruise Director Steve Knisley gussied up in a kilt ensemble (Kind of weird for a chap from Canada but Steve was great) and arranged a festive deck party for us to celebrate the end of 2010. The last 15 minutes wait staff made sure everyone had a glass of Champagne to toast. The Captain and Cruise Director did the countdown and as midnight struck, Captain ordered the ships horn to sound. What a blast! People of all ages were dancing like crazy--old young and in between. My Dad's suite allowed all of us to leave the ship as priority guests--we docked at 7am and we off the ship and on the shuttle breezing though customs in and schlepping luggage through the terminal in 30 minutes. If you don't mind families/kids and you want a good bargain--Elation will deliver. The newer ships have more to offer but Elation was a great quick and inexpensive holiday in the sun. Kudos to the FRIENDLY and helpful staff and crew. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
Keep in mind that my husband and I are in our 30's and we have a 9 and an 11 year old. I will try to keep this short.... FOOD...honestly, nothing to write home about. I had steak two nights in the dining room, one night is was great ... Read More
Keep in mind that my husband and I are in our 30's and we have a 9 and an 11 year old. I will try to keep this short.... FOOD...honestly, nothing to write home about. I had steak two nights in the dining room, one night is was great and one night it was way overcooked. My husband has ribs one night that he said tasted "old". The Caesar salad and fried shrimp were great and so was the chocolate cake. Tiffany's on deck is just traditional "greasy" food including burgers, fries, and chicken tenders which tasted fine. The deli inside had great deli wraps. The 24 hour pizza bar was a little bland for our taste. Desserts were not that good, but the ice cream was good. CAMP CARNIVAL.....was very good. My kids picked what things they wanted to attend such as towel folding, magic show, and the All Night Party which they loved! The folks in charge were very nice, but a little slow. Be patient when checking your kids in and out. BOOZE.....You can carry on two bottles of wine, but I took on one 5 liter box of wine in my carry on luggage. No one even checked my luggage when boarding. Also, we carried vodka in a wine bladder which is like a Rum Runner in our checked luggage. It made it to our room just fine. Of course, this saved us quite a bit of money. We still bought drinks out and they tasted great. The service was pretty good, too. ENTERTAINMENT....We only attended one show which was "Las Vegas" type dancers which was okay. We did leave a little early. I heard that the comedy show was funny, but we didn't attend. The Marriage show was really funny and so was the Friendly Feud game. Bean Bag Toss was fun since all four of us played. My daughter participated in the Country Line Dance and Thriller Dance Classes and got to see herself on the room TV. You could even buy the video they last day on board. The Piano Bar had to be our favorite (other than all of the LOUD Alabama fans). PORT ~ COZYMEL.....We just took a cab to Mr. Sancho's Restaurant/Bar which is right on the beach. We paid for my husband and I $100 for all you can eat and all you can drink (alcohol included) for the day. We just paid for the kids as we went and think we spend $21 on them. If you don't drink alcohol then don't go with the $50 package. Note that the sand here is very BIG and is very annoying when cleaning up. I didn't know if we would ever get the kids cleaned up to go back to the ship. The seaweed was really bad the day that we went, but that could have been because of Hurricane Alex. The folks at Mr. Sancho's took really good care of us and we had a great time. Make sure you carry lots of sunscreen!!! If I had it to do over, I may have shopped in Cozumel and played at the beach at Playa de Carmen. PORT ~ CALICA......We were so sunburned from Cozumel that we decided to just do some shopping in Playa de Carmen. We took a cab to Playa de Carmen to do some shopping which cost $13 each way. We asked the cab driver about some Mayan Ruins and for an extra fee he took us to some private ruins in Playa de Carmen right along the beach for $20. Don't know that you would ever get this lucky, but I am sure glad that we did!! It was great and we got to see two iguanas up close while there and getting a full history lesson. While shopping there, be ready for people to get your attention and bargain with them! My kids had fun getting everyone down on their prices. I thought that it was a neat little row to shop down with lots of places to stop and get a drink. We were back on the boat for lunch. POOLS..........The pools are small. Don't go thinking you are going to hang out in the pool all day. On Fun Day at Sea days, it seems like everyone is on the Lido Deck wanting to swim. The first Sea Day, we couldn't get a chair and didn't even attempt it the second sea day. I do recommend packing a swimsuit in your carry on so the first day you can swim early. There is few people at the pool on the day you get on the ship. My kids swam and went down the slide on the day we boarded and on Port Calica day while there were few on ship. Also, note that the pool is sea salty water. STEWARDS....are super nice. They filled our cooler up every day without even asking. My kids told them thanks many times for the towel animals and we tipped him extra money early in the week. They were great! CABIN.....was bigger than I thought it would be. We had a king size bed and two bunk beds. Linens were comfortable and shower had great pressure! We had an ocean view window which I recommend if you have kids. It kept our entertained while waiting for different things throughout the cruise. Plenty of storage space and life jackets are in your room. COMPLAINT.....There was an Alabama (Roll Tide Roll) Booster Convention going on during our cruise. We are huge Tennessee Vols fans, so this really sucked for us! We were so tired of hearing Sweet Home Alabama and Roll Tide Roll that we could scream. I would have like to have know about this convention ahead of time; however, I wasn't. I will call next time to ask what type of convention is being held on our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010

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