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Stuart Yoon

Age: 39


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: March 23rd, 2003

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

Overall it was a memorable experience. This was my family's first cruise experience. I took my staff as part of staff enrichment/development cruise and they enjoyed it very much. My children had a wonderful time with Camp Carnival (ages 2 to 10). They really miss the "Big Boat" even today.

Being a vegetarian there was limited food selections but the waiting staff went out of their way to provide variety. There was a strong smoke odor in the cabin and the common areas there could be better ventillation.

I have an allergy to sea food that causes by airway to close - Unfortunately, when I ordered my burger the grilled mushroom on my garden burger must been cross contaminated with sea food which caused my to have a reaction. It turned out to be ok because I carried and administered an Epi-pen, however; no follow up from the cruise management nor from the headquarters as to how I was doing during the cruise nor afterward. The dining staff could use first aid training - they were all standing around not knowing what to do. We recieved more offers of help from the fellow passengers then we did from the staff. The "ticket agent" at the dock when checking in could be a little more courteous and be aware of her geography a little better. I was born in Seoul, Korea. She insisted that I fill in the state. I kept insisting that Seoul is the capital and Korea was the country and since Seoul was the capital, did not have a state. She even had follow me all the way to the gangway with a supervisor to have me fill in the state portion at which I explained to the supervisor that Seoul did not have a state.

Conclusion: If smoke bothers you this is not the cruise for you. If you have a food allergy make sure you tell the dining staff that you are allergic to food and carry your own Epinephrine such as Epi-pen. The dining staff will go out of your way to give variety veggies.

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