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Brenna McNamara

Age: 28

Occupation:n/a

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: April 20th, 2003

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

The grand atrium is the first thing you see when you walk in, it is beautiful. The room had plenty of space for my family of four. With two bunk beds. We had a window and getting a window room is so worth the extra price. We had some family members in an interior and it seemed tiny! The food in the dining room was awesome which is half the reason you go on a cruise) We went during Easter break...tons of kids. Great if you have kids but I heard many singles complaining about it. Camp Carnival was a big hit for my 7 year old. He was even in the talent show and did great!

We took the Eden tour in P.V. It was beautiful, with natural waterslides and a rope swing. My kids are not at the swimming level where they could participate in this (too deep) and they had to sit at the table. I wish I would have known about that before. Then we went to the beach right by the port (ask a local how to get to it, through some weird alley) The resort hotels wont let you pass through. Anyways, beautiful, warm water, white sand beach. Mazatlan was my favorite but everyone else I talked to hated it. Maybe they didn't go to the right spot. we took one of those little cabs to the golden zone. It was 8 American dollars. There is good shopping there and a beautiful beach. We had lunch outside at a nearby hotel. There are lots of peddlers in Mazatlan but they seem friendly and it is not a big deal to just tell them no thank you. In Cabo we tool the sail and fiesta snorkel tour. It was a really good one. Great Margaritas included. A perfect spot to see lots of fish.

My In laws took the Santa Maria snorkel tour( write this down) Don't take it. Bad food, they take you way out in the ocean and they only saw a couple fish. We had to be back on the boat by 11:30 am. Not nearly long enough but I heard in sept. they will stay in port until 4:00 The Las Vegas style shows are really good. The comedian is rude but very funny. I wish they had more big shows. They only had 2. Plus the children's talent show that is(: The staff was great, The boat is really beautiful. The ports are warm and friendly so I definitely recommend it. I talked to some people on the cruise who hated it. They didn't like the food. They prefer down home cooking....fried chicken, mashed potatoes, apple pie etc.

You won't get that on this ship. They have filet mignon, lobster, baked Alaska etc. Some people didn't like Mexico because the shops and things were not kept up like in America. They never have a solid price for their wares and you need to haggle. There are peddlers that will ask to braid you hair. It's a different country, different culture but I like it. It was a nice vacation. I think the Elation is best for families or young singles. But I would recommend it to who ever is thinking of cruising.

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