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Age: 62


Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: 2010-11-29

Itinerary: western Caribbean

This was our third Carnival cruise but we have cruised on other cruiselines 16 times. Overall we enjoyed this cruise and considered it excellent value for money. However, because it was so cheap many things suffered and I think I'd rather pay more in the future to get more. The entertainment schedule was very light and was non-existent on port days. When we have cruised with Princess we have had to make choices as there are so many activities. On this ship we had hours and hours of down-time as there was zero on the schedule.

The food was nicely presented but was frequently bland. The tiramisu tasted like a package mix; nothing creamy or fluffy about that concoction. When everyone at the table turns down seconds on lobster night you know that the lobster was less than interesting. Overcooked and tasteless. The buffet was dull and unchanging. They attempt to make it classy but it falls way short. Also, I dislike the waiters having to do a song and dance routine each night. I'd like to see them perform well as waiters not singers. Our head waiter gave us a 15 minute monologue on his life, eating habits, views of ships, all the while we were eating our entrees. The maitre d' never once came around the tables to check on his guests or the quality of the staff service. Sadly in need of supervision.

The stateroom had portholes and was priced as an interior room and that was very nice. It did seem a little short of drawer space. It was clean and well maintained except for the mirror on the door which was filthy. The door is blocked open each time they clean and the steward had never looked behind the door in a long, long time. The sink clogged but was repaired promptly.

There were two production shows which were quite nice with good dance routines and fine costumes. There were also two comedians on board and I liked both of them. Entertainment otherwise was sketchy. We had previously done this cruise four times on different ships and when we stopped this time at Calica we decided to stay onboard ship. Bad mistake as there was zero entertainment left on board. The library/game room was closed except for two-three hours through the entire cruise. Often the onboard activities are provided by the passengers, such as game shows and karaoke. Makes it nice and cheap for Carnival to operate the ship! I think though that I am probably in a minority in my view of the entertainment as clearly many folks were really enjoying the ship. Carnival is in the business of making $ from photographs and from selling drinks. I personally don't like to be pestered with either.

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