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Tammy A wrote a review Aug 2022
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This ship is not as I expected - small, lack of good entertainment. Food limited in Lido deck and most of it was not good at all. Best food was at Guy's Burger Joint and the fancy dining. Boarding was unoraanized. Room not cleaned well when we first entered the room - I brought my own lysol wipes and cleaned toilet, sink and areas I had to touch down. Will not cruise again on this particular ship.
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Sail Date: July 2022
Cabin Type: Outside
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Destination: Bahamas
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Carnival Elation

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Passengers: 2,130   |   Crew: 920
Passengers to crew: 2.32:1
Passengers to space: 34:1
Launched: 1998   

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  • Deck 4
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  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
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Deck 4 layout
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Cabin size: 185 - 185 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 8
Accessible rooms: 5
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 98
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R G wrote a review Jan 2024
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Returned 3 days ago and husband is still ill from a stomach bug. Read recent news articles before booking! Overall, I'd still give this ship a 2 compared with other ships/lines I've been on. Suite was good sized, and crew were very friendly. Even with 2017 refurbishment, it's an old ship. Lots of crying kids aboard. Food was passable, but except for burgers, deli, and pizza, passable is about the best I can say. Lots of small issues like a chunk of glass on our room's floor when we went in, elevators out of service when I had an appointment on 12 and our room was on 6 (and I am currently unable to do stairs after surgery), spa appointment time changed but we were not informed, issues with Carnival Hub and QR codes provided in room, announcements cutting in and out, technical problems with online boarding passes, dining menus, etc. All minor frustrations that could have been avoided by a cruise line that was at the top of their game. Carnival is not that line. Took the cruise because we live near Jax, but next time, I think I'll drive to Miami/FLL. It's cheap and convenient, but it is a "2" for sure compared with the other dozen cruises I've taken.
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Michael A wrote a review Oct 2023
Jacksonville, Florida1 contribution
I have been a loyal Carnival fan up till now. It was the most crowed cruise I have been on in the 15 years since we started with Carnival and the staff was overwhelmed. My husband and I have been on the Elation a few times and have noticed a decline in quality over the years. It never bothered me that people called Carnival the Walmart of the seas but this particular crowd took it to another level. I personally have never witnessed some of the fights that have become common place in today's society but on this cruise I did see some particularly disgusting, selfish, loud, ignorant, unacceptable behavior. Who bends over and twirks in the lobby to show their rear? Who? Two women on a Carnival Elation cruise. Did I need to see that, you can't unsee that people. Get some class! Women in lido wearing thong bathing suits, no shoes, etce. Carnival apparently doesn't care. We decided to splurg on the Chef's Table. I have no words for the behavior of at family who decided to join us 45 minutes late. One walked through the kitchen barefoot! One was so high she could couldn't keep her eyes open. They scoffed at the food like it was disgusting. The kept leaving the room to go to the bathroom and each time we had to pause the dinner. They had disgusting table manners and all around the most rudest, ignorant, disrepectful people I have ever had the unfortune to meet. I will not be on Elation again and not sure if I will do any Carnival ship.
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Elon N wrote a review Sept 2023
Columbus, Ohio132 contributions37 helpful votes
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I went on the Carnival Elation onna family reunion cruise and we had a great time. This was not my first to.e cruising. This was my first time however on a carnival cruise. At first we were a little skeptical about going on a carnival cruise because of all the negative experiences that some people may have had. I am so glad that my family and I decided to go on this family reunion vacation. The ship was older but, it was still very nice. My Aunt and I shared a room. We had an ocean view room and my parents had an ocean view room as well . The relatives we traveled with also had either an ocean view room or balcony. The entertainment was pretty good. We went to the heart and soul motown show the second night on the ship. I really liked the Karaoke lounge( that was a lot of fun), and the lime light lounge. The food was also pretty good. The elegant night or captain's dinner was pretty good. I had a pasta dish that was good. I also likes the buffet. There we're many options to choose from. My favorite restaurant spot was Guy's burgers. It was very good. We didn't see any for experience any fights, arguments, disrespectfulness or anything. We also loved visiting the Nassau port. This was all of our fourth time visiting Nassau but, they made a lot of improvements which we hadn't seen. We also loved the Princess Cays port as well. All in all it was a great time.
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karen jenkins . wrote a review Sept 2023
Texas1 contribution
this cruise was awful. me and my wife got called slurs by staff simply because we are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community disgusting !!!!
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Dan B wrote a review Aug 2023
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Let me start by saying the crew were very friendly and attempted to be helpful. That said, the port staff told us the suites would be ready at the time of boarding... Wrong. The housekeeping staff allowed us to drop off our bags and said the room would be ready later (we noticed a sewer smell at the time, but the staff said it should clear). The smell stayed all five days. Maintenance and guest services came to the room multiple times, but they were only able to clear the smell for a couple of hours. We paid for a balcony suite in order to avoid crowds and enjoy the peace. Elation staff responded by giving us a bottle of wine ($20 state side) and comping our spa. This may sound reasonable (and I may be overreacting), but comping roughly 10% of our room (paid over $3K) that we spend over 1/3 of our time in doesn't seem like proper compensation. Not to mention that we couldn't enjoy our balcony with people constantly dropping things from the deck above us (soda cans, ice cream, trash, etc). The sound of kids running down the hall and on the deck above us every night made sleeping nearly impossible. If the crew had made some sort of sign or announcement that would have encouraged other guests to be courteous, it might have made some difference. However, they seemed unconcerned. Overall, not worth what we paid. Cruise at your own risk.
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