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Carnival Elation Review july,2004!


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We booked our 3rd cruise on the Carnival Elation july 18-25,2004 and had a BLAST!!Here is our Review!

(Galveston, fun day at sea, Progresso, Cozumel, Belize, fun day at sea, fun day at sea, Galveston)


Bording: On Sunday Morning really early we woke up ,got ready and left for Galveston..We got in Galveston around 9:00 and had to wait in a little waiting room until the customs opened for us to go in..Finally after waiting we got to go through all the customs and get our s/s card ect.!After a little bit more of waiting..it is now about 12:55 this guy told us how we where going to bored and all..



First look at inside of the Elation: When we walked in our first look was at the big atrium!!With the atrium bar and the grand staircase with glass elevators it was just breath taking!!!!!Also the ship smelled clean!


Cabin: Our Cabin was a little bit lower than what we normally book..but we where very much pleased with it! We had cabin numbers R170 and R182 on the Riviera deck!!We actually liked the lower deck! The only thing about it we did not like was that for the safety drill we had to climb 9 flights of stairs because they would not let us use the elevators..!The rooms are also quite big! And in the window you can sit in it..our girls like to do that!!


Food Tiffanys: Tiffanys is located on the Lido deck the 10th deck where the pool is .They serve hamburgers, Hotdogs, And different country foods etc. But something that you should not miss is the Pizza!!Its very yummy!!


Dinning room: We ate in the early inspiration dining room. First we had waiters Joel and Rita but we had to change tables and got Henry and Nicholae !They where all the best!!In the dining room thats where the best food is!!They have a prime rib to die for! There are so many different good stuff to get in the formal dining room that i cant name all of them!!!The day you set sail they do not do this but the very first full day you have been on the ship the waiters sing, dance(and you can dance with them)!Its really fun!!My 4 year old just had a ball!!!


Activities to do: The day you set sail there is a sail away party where you play games and learn a dance...its fun!!

And also through out the cruise the ship dancers teach you different dances such as the Austin Powers dance, How to Salsa dance and tons more!!Some other activites are the mens harry chest comp.,fun ship survior, Passenger talent show, not so newly wedding game (VERY FUNNY!!),karaoke , Disco ect!!


Ports of call: Well..we went to Progresso, Cozumel and we where supposed to go to Belize but did not get to get to get off the ship because of the transportation strike!!:(..but the caption said over the speaker and said that they were going to make the we where supposed to be in Belize a fun day at sea and then the next day be in Playa del Carmen!!


Progresso: In Progresso we did not go to town because we did not want to ride the bus all the way! But instead right where the bus waiting place is there are these little shops that you can go and shop!!Very clean!!and its just anough if you do not want to ride the bus!!



Cozumel: This was our 3rd time in Cozumel! Its great! When we docked there where two other Carnival Ships there..The Carnival Fascination and Glory. After we docked three other ships docked,the Disney Magic right beside us(when they docked the Disney horn was "When you wish apoun a star!!) and the Celebrity Century and the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the seas! Cozumel was loaded with ships!!We went to Playa mia beach (the old playa del sol beach)!We had a good time there but it was just WAY WAY WAY TO HOT!!!So then we left back for the ship!


Belize: Well cant say much about Belize because of the strike..But i know it would have been fun!!


Playa del Carmen: Insted of Belize we went to Playa del Carmen..Witch was The prettiest town ever!!The only thing that we did not like where the Big tenders!!They are soooo much different then the ones that where in Belize!!In Playa del Carmen we just walked around the beautiful town!!!


Galveston :On Sunday morning we where SICK!!!We had to get off :(!!That was the worst part of the cruise!!!ughhh!!But now we are getting for are next cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy 11-11-04!!CANT WAIT!!!


Thanks!!If you have any questons about the Elation just ask!!!

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Sorry to hear about Belize. I bet that was frustrating :( . Any word of when the strike had started or when it will end??:confused: My wife and I are going on the same cruise [which is also our 1st!!!] and heard Belize was a wonderful town and would hate to miss stopping off there.




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Glad to hear more positive things about the Elation, not too long until my first cruise. I just have one question, I read in another review that the main deck had dirty carpets and the walls were really beat up with people's names carved in them etc. and there was a musty smell. Did you ever go on the main deck? That is where my staterooom is and I am worried about the musty smell.



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We sailed on the Elation in July and had a wonderful time. Our rooms were on the Main deck. The carpet did have a stain--looked like a shadow, but we did not notice damage to the walls or the odor. We had M202, M226 and M42 and were very pleased.

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My friend and I are also cruising on the Elation on 9/19. We are both so excited! We've been on several Carnival cruises but it's been a number of years.


Thanks for the great reviews of the ship and of the ports. They were very informative! The Elation sounds like a beautiful ship (at least compared to the ones we were on several years ago)! We're still trying to decide how to spend the days in Progresso and Belize. I've been to Cozumel several times so we're just renting a car there and driving around the island. As a matter of fact, I don't know how I can possibly squeeze everything into 8 hours in Cozumel!


Look forward to seeing everyone in Galveston on the 19th! Our room is on the Empress deck. But you can probably just look for the two "old" ladies drinking and standing outside the casino doors waiting for it to open! ;)


Earlene Mitchell

Mary Wilkinson

Oklahoma City, OK

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Thanks for the great advice and reviews! We are booked on the Elation for 1-2-05 and we're so excited! There are 12 cabins booked in our group, and only a few of us have ever cruised before!

Did you keep the copies of the Caper? How about any other advice or tips you could share with us?

Glad to hear you had such a good vacation, and we're counting down the days until we set sail!


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