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K Nas

Age: 29

Occupation:bookkeeper

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: 2009-07-26

Itinerary: Sunday- Thursday

We went on this cruise as a family reunion to celebrate Grandma & Grandpa's 60th anniversary. We have small children. It was great for the large family group. The kids loved the pool with the slide. Note: pools are filled with sea water. So it is cold and saltwater, but the kids don't mind. We had a cabin that sleeps four. I was concerned about how this would work but it was great. We had 1 queen size bed, a lower twin size and an upper fold out bunk twin. The cabin seemed a little larger so we weren't too crowded with 4 of us.

The food was OK. The presentation was very nice but tasted mass produced as it is (e.g. Lobster was pretty but rubbery).

The entertainment was fair. We attended one evening show that was supposed to be family friendly, but the dancers wore thongs for part of it!!! Not family friendly.

This was our 3rd cruise and embarkation/disembarkation has never been so painless as at San Diego. The terminal was very industrial looking but quick. There was 24 hour access to food which was nice with the kid, they could have a snack whenever they got hungry. No waiting. We didn't check out much of the shopping but the liquor store which had GREAT deals. A $55 bottle of patron for $30 and $22 bottle of Absolute for $10. Overall a very nice cruise but I would go for warmer water and more interesting ports in the gulf of mexico next time.

The food was average for this grade of cruise. Never ending food, massive buffets. There was excellent presenttation in the dining rooms. But as I have experienced on previous cruises, the food tastes mass produced, because it is. So most of the deserts an entrees look very appetizing you may find that they taste a little like cafeteria food.

The accomodations were roomy. We had a stateroom that slept 4 and it was comfortable for all 4 of us. But badly in need of renovation. It was all pink and red, very 1980s. The TV was ancient. THe bathroom was also tacky pastel pink and green. The water pressure was great, but there was a very high risk of scalding. The water was soooooo hot and temperature changed drastically with the slightest adjustment. I was very concerned about the kids burning themselves. I read that the ship had been redecorated in 2008 and all the TVs had been replaced with flat screens. If they did this they skipped the Riviera deck. The room was decorated in tacky 1980s pink and red with a TV that looked like circa 1984.

The on board activities were ok. The day activities were pretty lame and we werent out much at night because of the kids. The camp carnival wasn't as useful as I had hoped. The day at sea they wouldn't take our age of kids 'till 2pm. The build a bear thing was an extra $20 per kid. I heard people complaining that they didn't open on time.


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