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Kevin Mitchell

Age: 53

Occupation:Dentist

Number of Cruises: 5

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: 2011-02-28

Itinerary: Cozumel and Calica

You get what you pay for, hopefully. Overall reasonable value for your hard-earned dollar, with some issues that were not experienced on other ships.

We almost exclusively ate in the dining rooms because of the variety of foods offered and the service available. I ate the fish entry every evening and was totally impressed with the presentation as well as the taste! Couldn't wait to have the warm melted chocolate cake for dessert to top off an extraordinary experience.

Ample size with large bathroom. Little or no drawer space with 4 in our cabin, so luggage stayed on the floor the entire trip. We probably overpacked like most people but I was expecting somewhere to place my luggage.

Not terribly impressed compared to other cruise lines. No dating game or other activities for married couples. My children tended to avoid the ship's camp because the activities were somewhat boring for them(age 6 and 12). The towel folding experience was well attended, as well as bingo. Many people seemed to enjoy the games played around the pool during the day; last man standing, hairy chest competition and ice carving.

I purchased online before the cruise; Xel-ha was an excellent value in Calica. We rrented a vehicle and drove ourselves around Cozumel.

I will probably travel Royal Caribbean or Holland America next cruise. There were many subtle little things about Carnival that I found frustrating. The overall bang for the buck was decent, but I will spend my money elsewhere next time.

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