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  1. Three Carnival ships are supposed to stop at Freeport this week. Its hard for some reason to find if they will be rerouted. I know Pride is there today with supplies. Anyone scheduled on any of these ships that would know? Thank you! I heard a rumor that they are rerouting to HMC and Grand Turk if possible but strictly second hand info.
  2. Are there any other options other than the buffet?
  3. I could not find the answer on the website - is there a charge for the steam room and sauna on the Carnival Elation?
  4. Does anybody know the name of the band currently on the Elation? Does anybody know who the casino host is?
  5. So DH and I were toying with a Thanksgiving cruise but for several reasons now we're looking at an after Christmas, and I LOVE the itinerary of the Elation post-christmas with Amber Cove and Grand Turk, 2 stops we are interested in. However, I'm reading reviews of Elation and most of the Dec 2018 ones are bad. Really bad. Our only other cruise experience is on the Allure and I know that I can't compare as she's like the mother of all ships, but this time we're going child free. It's one of the only cruises that fits our timeline and goes places we want to see. But... I also know the possibility of being rerouted are there and being stuck at sea. Is Elation really that bad as a ship? What are the possibilities of missing those ports? Should I scrap this all and book us a ski vacation that week? lol
  6. Why is July 13 Elation cruise not on roll call
  7. Is R43->E195 for $24 worth üpgrading"? We'll be cruising with kids if that makes a difference.
  8. We just got back from a five day cruise on the Elation and had a fantastic time!! We went to Grand Turk and Amber Cove. We LOVED Grand Turk and had the best time at Jacks Shack. Amber Cove was fine and safe, wish we could have left port had we had more time. The food was quite good. I didn't have anything that I didn't like. We splurged for my girlfriend and her hubby's 20 anniversary and went to the Chefs Table last Thursday. It was $90 per person and so worth it. We had so much fun! The food was amazing, it also included wine. Dinner lasted three hours and was so informative. We enjoyed the comedy shows and all the music trivia. The best one was the last night in the atrium bar and was 80's and 90' trivia. It was packed. Deepak at the bar was always awesome there!! We never went to the pool as it was WAY too crowded. Wish it were bigger. We spent a lot of time at the slide where there were always empty chairs and the seven of us had a ball on the slides. The Serenity deck was nice....even on warm days the hot tubs felt a bit refreshing. We all had the drink package. Twice we, (well a few of the seven) met the limit...........but we met the limit at like 1am and probably had our first around 11. We recommend to get a bottle of water with every drink. It makes a difference. Feel free to ask questions and I am happy to answer. Sandi
  9. I was under the impression that all cabins have fridges? When I look at my booking for my inside stateroom it doesn’t list it. Am I mistaken?
  10. First time cruiser on Carnival ships. Booked on Elation for September 2019 5 night Amber Cove and Grand Turks. Booked a Grand Suite with extended balcony. Does anyone know if the extended balcony has loungers or just chairs. Platinum Plus on NCL and when there are no loungers I will ask the cabin steward to get us 2. Anyone done this on Carnival with success? $$$ talk?
  11. Which dining room is used for Your Time Dining?
  12. Goin on the Elation for July 4th and would love any help with knowing themed events that we should plan for. Full fun times would be great!
  13. I apologize if this information is somewhere else, but I haven't been able to find it. We are sailing on the Carnival Elation on June 10th. The cruise director is Chris Malliate. I can't really find any information about him. He doesn't have a cruise director type FB page, just a personal page. I am just curious if anyone has had him as a cruise director before. In my opinion, a cruise director can really make a cruise and they can also bring down a cruise. I have experienced both. I am traveling with a group so I am hoping he is a fun guy! I'd appreciate any input. Thanks.
  14. Hi cruise friends, Just wanted to see if anyone had these to share? We leave on Monday and wanted to check them out. Thank you, Sandi
  15. Someone in our grouped asked when do the bars close on the ship. I thought midnight? thank you sandi
  16. Booked for the July 13th Elation 5 day cruise out of Cape Canaveral. I'm wondering if anyone know which night is the Captains Dinner?
  17. Traveled with a group of 7 (should have been 8, had one illness). We had to do some re-arranging of rooms, all this was done in advance on the phone with Carnival, got to the port--disaster. Took several people and a bunch of time to do what should have already been done. Yes, we all got on, but definitely not a good start. Didn't like Port Canaveral. Long drive from the airport, not much going on. Prefer Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Bought Cheers, needed a drink after that ordeal, lobby bartenders were pretty grumpy. Headed to the pool area for happier times, crowded, but at least the staff had their happy faces on. Our room E193 ocean view was cramped, but kept clean. We were right under a restaurant. Big noises in the early AM. Why??? This restaurant only served breakfast on the last day. MDR dinners were a highlight of the cruise for us. Good service and food. All 7 of us always got seated (anytime dining) at a round table within 10 minutes. Buffet food was surprisingly good, lines amazingly long. Sometimes they shut a line down with people still in it! At least there's a bar in the buffet area--staffed by a great bartender. Comedy shows were the entertainment highlight of the cruise for us. Both comedians were great. Music on the ship is below average. NCL hires better musicians. On sea day the pool was PACKED! As in you can't even move in the pool. Chairs near the pool all claimed by 10--but plenty of chairs one flight up. Stayed on the ship on Nassau day, enjoyed the lack of crowds. Freeport, traveled by broken down taxi for $7 per person to Taino Beach. For a $5.75 admission charge, the beach has chairs and is kept clean. Enjoyed our beach time there. When you get back on the ship in the late afternoon, the only food available is burgers!?! I understand the galley must prep for dinner, but can't they at least keep the salad bar open? I've included some menu pics. Happy to answer any questions.
  18. We will be on the Elation 9/21-9/26. I see where Carnival offers GF options and even a GF beer. We have also talked directly with Carnival and had them add the GF note to the booking for my wife. I was curious if anyone had any experience with GF on the ship. If I read correctly, they have GF bread, and Pizza crust, even GF desserts, and the beer. Are the GF items readily available? Can my wife get a sandwich at the deli on GF bread? Does the Blue Iguana have corn tortillas? Anyone had the GF pizza? Is the GF beer available at all of the bars? One more thing, she drinks Almond milk, and uses an Almond milk coffee creamer. You think we could just bring a bottle of her creamer in our carry on? Any input you have would be greatly appreciated. First cruise we are pretty excited! -Chris
  19. Hi. I am wondering about the Elation? I have sailed on the Sensation and loved that ship. It looks like Elation is the same class of ship. For those that have sailed on her what are your thoughts? How is the Casino? Are there enough deck chairs? I just got off the Liberty for the third time last week and love the Liberty. Anyone want to share any feedback on Elation that would be great. Thanks, Jennifer
  20. Good morning, Wondering if anyone has done the Chefs Table on the Elation? We have signed up for it on our upcoming 6/24 cruise to celebrate our friends 20th anniversary. It looks/sounds fun, so just looking to see what others have to say. Happy Friday, Sandi
  21. Just off the Elation. Not sure if I will post a review but I will share a few thoughts and I am happy to answer questions if I can. This was our first Carnival cruise. We have done multiple NCL and Royal cruises. I will say up front we had a great time and would sail Carnival again. On and off. Pretty painless. Jaxport has tons of workers guiding you along and keeping things moving. We arrived prior to our assigned time and were put in a larger line but still on board in 30 minutes or so. Getting off, we chose to let them pull our bags, woke up and had a nice breakfast in the dining room, then found a window table in the buffet. They called our group at 9:30 and we walked downstairs and were through customs and curbside in 30 minutes. The cabin. We had an oceanview on deck 5 near the aft elevators. Great location for us as those elevators open at the buffet and pool on 10, Gatsby's Bar on 9 and dining room on 8. The cabin was rather plain compared to NCL'S new ships but felt bigger and had everything we needed, And the shower had awesome water pressure and immediate hot water. The food. We thought our dinners were good to very good and compared favorably to the other lines. We really liked Guy's Burger Joint for lunch and loved the steak and eggs on sea days. The entertainment. Fun times in the piano bar and we liked listening to the steel drum player (usually in the Atrium). Seemed to be a lot of music going on at night. One negative is they did trivia in a linear bar adjacent to the casino. Very noisy and hard to hear. We did not attend any stage shows because we were usually in... The casino. My wife and I like to gamble, mostly blackjack and video poker. Casino staff was for the most part friendly and I had a couple of big runs and was able to return with more money than i took! Our ports were Nassau and Half Moon Cay. We have been to Nassau many times. We got off to visit the Bearded Clam for some cracked conch and a Sands beer, then back to the ship. We did a couple hours on HMC but opted to return to the boat for a Guy's burger. Cheers package. I recommend you do the math and see if it works for you. It does for us. I like single malt scotch and was able to get Glenmorangie but the pours were tiny - I would order one, wait the required 5 minutes, and order another to combine the. We tip an extra buck for our drinks and on NCL they would fill my glass. Not Carnival but not a deal breaker. Final thoughts. This is a smaller, older ship than we have sailed recently but that's not necessarily a negative. The ship was well kept, it was easier to get a drink and get food and to get a deck chair. Thanks to those who have previously posted on the Elation and I am glad to pay it forward.
  22. Just booked a Grand Suite (first suite ever) for next year!! Can anyone give me good hints and tips for this specific ship!! Looking forward to a smaller ship again!! Stops are Amber Cove and Turks!! Thinking we will probably not get off the ship though!! Thanks in advance for any info!!
  23. I haven't done a trip report in years...usually because I have no time. What's different this time around? Nothing! But I wanted to share the escapades of sailing with two close friends who had never cruised before! So, here we go! The cast of characters included... Susan - 64, from Tennessee and determined to cross off a bucket list item even if it means having to stroll with a bum knee a couple of weeks before surgery Jamie - 44, a Chicagoan who is always up for a good time even if she has no clue what to expect Cindy (myself) - 53, transplanted Chicagoan now living in Jacksonville, FL who is willing to walk anyone through their first cruise because that means...a cruise! How do we know each other, you ask? Funny (but true) story. We all have a love of furbabies, and we all have large furbaby families (our husbands are either as crazy as us, or just humor us well). Each of us over the years have created pages for our "children" who have become part of a larger community of furkids with their own identities on social media. And guess what? I'm pretty certain Jamie and Susan were far more interested in meeting my kitty, Luna, than in seeing me (Luna has never made it to our little community's annual picnic...she is not much for car rides!). Jamie and Susan both flew into Jacksonville the night before the cruise, within about an hour of each other. With the airport being about 40 minutes from my house, it was an easy evening the night before, and getting the show on the road Thursday morning was quick and painless. Of course, we had to do the obligatory pre-cruise before we leave photo. And then we were on our way! The drive between my house and the port is roughly 30 minutes, and we made it in just about that time pulling into the parking lot shortly before 11 a.m. I'm thrilled to say Jacksonville has revamped their port parking lot (yes, I use the expensive lot...I know, I know...better options) which now has actual "toll booths" to pay at (I did the pre-pay, which was easy peasy). After dropping Susan, Jamie, and the luggage off at the curb, I quickly parked the car (again, Jax cruise port = best cruise parking situation...it's close to the terminal!) and headed to the line. We had FTTF (I purchased it to get a feel for what it would be like to have it, and also to get the ladies on the ship fast and pain free with bag drop off in the stateroom), so we were whisked inside and on the ship within just a few minutes. The priority boarding had just begun with the Platinum/Diamond folks having just boarded, and FTTF folks on their way to embarking just as we sailed through security. We swiftly went up to Deck 14 (Grand) to take a quick peek at our cabin and drop off our luggage. Since Susan decided she wanted to save her funds for shopping and such, we agreed early on to book an inside stateroom. I snagged one about a year prior to the cruise on the new Grand deck so we would have a couch for the third bed, and must say we were all quite happy with both the room itself and the location. Jamie and Cindy selfie The stateroom would still be there for the duration of the cruise, so we quickly decided to head to the Lido for some lunch at the buffet. As a vegetarian, I must say I was pleased with the selection of veggies available, and the choice to make as large of a salad as I wanted. (Lettuce is like one of my favorite foods!) Surprisingly enough, there were plenty of seats to choose from, and Susan and Jamie were already loving the FTTF option after seeing people lugging around their carry-on bags during lunch. We had joined a cruise meet & mingle group, and were anxious to get to the official meet down in the Romeo & Juliet lounge where we met tons of awesome people who would be sailing with us. And we also enjoyed the first of many fruity drinks! (No, the straw is not actually in my nose! LOL!) As it always seems on that hectic first day right after embarkation, the safety drill was soon upon us, and we were mustering on the pool deck with our fellow cruisers in no time. Now, that we have all of that out of the way...let's get the party started! (And before I move on to our adventures, FunTimes are attached here...) Carnival Fun Times.pdf
  24. Just did a spring break cruise with my 21 yr old daughter on Elation. I know a lot of people don't like the smaller ships but we felt there was plenty of room, never had an issue finding a deck chair and loads of activities to choose from. We did faster to the fun for the 1st time. I would definitely book this again. It was worth the money for embarkation and debarkation and for the ability to get an easy tender on the day we were in half moon cay. Our cruise director was Chris Malliate and he was fantastic. We did the behind the fun excursion which I'd never done before. It was very interesting. There were 9 of us on the tour, it lasted about 3.5 hours and each member of the crew in every department took a ton of time and answered every question from every participant. If you are at all interested in the innerworkings of the ship and how it operates I would highly recommend this tour. In Half Moon Cay my daughter swam with the sting rays. While she absolutely LOVED it and said she would do it again. I was a bit irritated that the tour before our's was very large and ran late so they didn't start our tour until 30 minutes late. but then they cut us short because the tour after our's was arriving. So they skipped the last part of excursion. Which actually in the end worked out because since they started so late if they hadn't ended early we would not have been able to make it to the BBQ in time to get anything to eat. Even going straight there from the excursion with the excursion charter dropping us off at food we got there only 5 minutes before it closed. So I would say if you want to do this excursion I would make sure to book the 1st one of the day. One thing I was disappointed in was the bar/coffee service. There never seemed to be enough bartenders or barristas and they did not move fast. So you spent a lot of time waiting for a drink or a coffee. At one point I ordered a drink well before a show in the lounge was due to start. I didn't receive it until the show was almost over almost an hour later. Another time I ordered a mimosa when we sat down to sea day brunch. And I didn't receive it until our meal was almost complete. While I'm not a big drinker and never anticipated drinking anything close to the 15 drinks a day I initially thought between drinks, water and specialty coffees we would break even or better on the Cheers package. But with the long waits it would have been cheaper to just pay by the drink. So I wouldn't do Cheers again. Both my daughter and I are gluten intolerant so needed to be gluten free. We were both very happy to say we got off the ship and neither of us have been accidentally glutened at all. The dining room and kitchen staff were all over being accommodating. The maitre d' did warn us on the first day that we needed to watch anything we ate on Lido deck as they weren't necessarily as cautious as the dining room staff. The one thing I did notice so we didn't eat at the deli was that while they had gluten free bread and they did change gloves between sandwiches and used a fresh knife and they had GF butter to use on the bread before putting in panini maker they took the spreader that they used on the regular bread stuck it in the GF butte and used it on the GF bread then stuck it back in the regular butter. So major risk of cross-contamination. All in all we had a wonderful time and are already trying to find a date to cruise again around school and work schedules.
  25. Hi all! I plan on doing at minimum a picture trip report (with the hopes of doing an actual trip report if time permits), but wanted to at least get these out here for anyone in need of current Fun Times. These are from the 4-night Carnival Elation cruise out of Jacksonville on Feb 21-25, 2019. Port calls were Freeport and Nassau. Enjoy! Carnival Fun Times.pdf
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