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Art Jalinsky

Age: 44

Occupation:Plant Supervisor

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: 2013-02-23

Itinerary: Progresso-Cozumel

Went for an onboard family reunion. Had a very large group. I will have to say, with very little cruising experience, the Port of New Orleans was by far the best experience. The staff was incredible, very friendly, and since we were dealing with a young child, they did their best at getting us on and off of the ship in a very quick and efficient manner. The cruise itself was okay. We had several extremely friendly staff members assist us, including our room steward; but overall the staff seemed very gruff and abrasive, and very overwhelming almost harassing bar staff on the lido deck. Ports of call were great, had a great time off the boat. But not being experience cruisers we were not prepared for things like set dinner times and lengthy waits for food.

Food in the dining rooms were good. Variety was excellent. Service here was decent and they did do a very good job of catering to the younger kids. Lunch time? Forget about it! You better get in line before you even get hungry, because the minimum time we waited in line was 30 minutes (try doing that with a two year old). All that wait was for mediocre food at that. On the culinary side the highlight of the trip was the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake served in the dining room at dinner!

Staterooms were fine, a little cramped with kids, but our steward did such a good job making sure our 8 and 2 year olds were comfortable. Water pressure in the shower was surprisingly good, but be sure to pack conditioner if you use it, because it is not offered on the ship. Beds were comfortable. Overall rooms were decently cleaned.

Activities were okay. A lot of them were inside the ship, and when you are cruising to a tropical destination who wants to be sitting inside for a good portion of the day? The activities on the Lido deck were great if you are a twenty something. Less than to be desired if you have children. Kids activities seemed to all be inside, or I just wasn't in the right place, because I never saw anything geared for the kids outside at all.

We did not do any excursions that Carnival offered.

Best part of the trip was the family we were with. Overall not a terrible experience, a few bumps along the way, but not a stellar enough experience to want to do it again.

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