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William Kight

Age: 56

Occupation:Pilot

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: 2013-06-6

Itinerary: Cozumel

The Wal-Mart crowd on the Wal-Mart of cruise lines. There is no better way to describe it.

Budget restaurant food served in a nice dining room. You won't go hungry, but don't think you're going to experience 4-star dining. The variety of food offered was very good. Even the pickiest eater should be able to find something they like. However, the best entree I had on the cruise wasn't even on the ship. It was the Grouper entree I prepared for lunch as part of a shore excursion Mexican food cooking class.

We had cabin E-2. Cheap wood furnishings similar to what one would find in a cramped college dorm room.

We were part of a group of 17 and pretty much created our own activities so I don't have a relevant comment.

The Mexican Cuisine shore excursion was the highlight of our trip. It was well-run and worth the $90.

We cruised with four of my wife's college girlfriends for their 35th reunion. The group included families for a total of 17 people. The ship was a good venue for the primary mission of their annual reunion: eating and talking. We always seemed to be able to find an area- day and night- to accommodate all of us when we wanted to gather as a group. We took in one show on the last night and it was entertaining.

I grew tired of the constant effort to get you to buy overpriced alcohol, goods, photography and personal services. It was the height of hokey on the first night to have a person dressed as a pirate visit each and every dining guest and pretend to cut the diner's throat with an over-sized plastic dagger while a ship's photographer snapped their picture. A completely bush league attempt to make a few bucks off the "guests".

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