I have moved your message to our Carnival section, where it should receive better attention. How exciting! Your first cruise! I fondly remember my "first time". It launched me on a journey that is still in progress.
The Elation is a fine ship and will offer you a good first cruise. Carnival strives for consistency and good value. I am very fond of their cruises. The private islands, as they are called, are really great stops and I enjoy them. Half Moon Cay is one of the best.
Please ask some specific questions. We have a very fine membership here and you will receive some great responses!
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