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Gene

Age: 39

Occupation:Teacher

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Elation

Sailing Date: 2010-07-19

Itinerary: Western Carribbean

Carnival has a great idea for those interested in cruising...low price, great ports of call, lots of fun on the ship. However, Carnivals low price fare attracts a very low class of people. Severe obesity was the norm instead of the exception. Plan on waiting in the dining halls behind people who have no business eating anything for days or even weeks. Parents with absolutely zero parental skills ruined many of the on-board activities. Signs reading no children in hot tubs were ignored. Our excursions were delayed or shortened by our severely obese passengers who could not keep up (walking, snorkeling). Our next cruise will be with a more expensive cruise line. We enjoyed the ship and the ship's activities, but we will not vacation again with Carnival due to the type of low class people on the cruise. I understand my review sounds as if I am a snob...well I am. The majority of Carnivals passengers seemed to be uneducated, unskilled, unprofessional welfare recipients.

The food was good...not great. We enjoyed the fine dining experience. Our children enjoyed tasting the different types of exotic foods. My suggestion to Carnival is to stop serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and fried chicken; they should cut out all desserts outside of the fine dining hall. People who have no business eating hot dogs and hamburgers were lined up for several hours a day every day gorging themselves. By changing the menu, Carnival would turn away many of the low class people from cruising thereby attracting a more profitable clientele. There is absolutely no way Carnival made a profit on these obese passengers. I believe many people cruise just so they can eat all day long.

Our room was great. The four of us slept great and our room was neat and clean.

The on-board activities would have been fun for our family, although far too many children and teenagers were running around breaking things and cursing like a bunch of drunken sailors. On our last day, we attempted to play mini-golf. About 25 kids and teens were playing on two holes refusing to advance for almost an hour. They were cursing and acting like fools. If you do not retrieve a ping-pong ball and paddle by 8:01am, you will not get to play ping-pong with your children. Kids would check-out the ping-pong paddles at 8:00 and keep them until 8:00pm so that no one else could play. Forget about the swimming pools unless you like children and teens jumping on you while you are standing in one place. The hot tubs are not hot. I asked one of the employees if the hot tubs were broken; they told me they do not heat up the hot tubs because of the children. I found that strange due to the no-children signs posted. Of course, there would be 15 children in a 8 person hot tub at all times.

Stay away from Progresso, Mexico. Not much to do unless you visit a private club.
Jamaica was O.K. We visited the Rose Hall Plantation. They rush you through too fast. Our friends snorkeled and loved it.
Cozumel is always Great! Snorkeling, shopping, beaching, etc.. Take a taxi to the ruins or the beach and save a lot of money.
Grand Cayman is a must. Snorkeling and swimming with the stingrays.

We love Carnival, but we will not cruise again with Carnival. I would suggest that Carnival increase the cost of its fares by 50-75% in order to weed out the low end class traveler.

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