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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Someone in our grouped asked when do the bars close on the ship. I thought midnight? thank you sandi
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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?
  9. Which dining room is used for Your Time Dining?
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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!!
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Leaving on the Elation in 2 weeks, and was wondering if anyone out there had the most recent up to date Fun Times available? Cant seem to find any anywhere! Thanks in advance! 😎
  19. 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
  20. About us: my DH & I are both 53, and this was our tenth cruise, first on Carnival. We are platinum on NCL, and sailed once on Royal's Enchantment of the Seas (liked it just fine, and would sail on RCCL again if the price and itinerary were right). Anyway, we were reluctant to try Carnival for the usual reasons people say. However, we both had so many friends who had sailed Carnival and loved it! We were looking at a warm location getaway for February - I'm a teacher and so I don't have a lot of leeway in dates and driving to a port is more budget-friendly for us. It seemed like all the NCL choices were all 7 day cruises to places we've been numerous times out of ports that were a full day's drive away...so, I started exploring what Carnival had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Carnival offers 3 - 5 day cruises out of ports a little closer to us, and we decided to give the Carnival Elation 5 day to Nassau a shot. We like to pre-pay as much as possible, so we pre-paid gratuities and bought the Cheers program. I did not prepay the spa or excursion we did, since they were kind of last minute decisions, but I love that the option is there. Embarkation - Jacksonville: Holy moly, this was, by far, the easiest embarkation we've ever done. Getting to the port - easy. Setting up the on-board account - easy. Getting on the ship - easy. We arrived a little early, and went to the longer line, but we were still on the ship in 30 minutes or so. Really pleased with Carnival on this one. Muster: I wouldn't normally review the muster drill, but this was so much easier and a lot more fun than any others, so I thought it deserved a shout-out. The ship: The size was fine - we prefer ships of that size in general. It seemed like it has a lot of nice features that families would enjoy. The Serenity area was small, but very nice with the aft view. The refreshed spaces from the last dry-dock were really nice. The one thing that really was odd to me was the décor...I'm not even sure how to describe it. On the two sea days the pool deck and Serenity were very crowded, and there was a lot of chair-hogging going on - that was frustrating, but obviously a problem on other lines, too. Our room: Very nice inside room - more spacious than the one I had on the NCL Epic. Comfortable bed, decent storage - though I wish it had a few more drawers. I liked the bathroom set-up a lot - one of my favorites from all the ships I've been on. Good sized shower (and I don't mind the shower curtain). We saw our steward a couple times, and he was very friendly and personable. We opted for morning only service, which was also fine. The drinks: This is one area where Carnival really knows what it is doing! First of all, the Cheers package was great - NCL has their "free" drink package perk where you only pay gratuities, but if you paid out of pocket, it is really expensive, and doesn't cover as much as the Cheers package does. I love that bottled water and specialty coffee were covered as we took advantage of both every day. The drink menu for the two pool bars were out of this world - so many terrific drinks. The guava margarita and blue margarita were two of my favorites. The food: I didn't think the buffet was as good as some of the NCL ships I've been on - it was kind of small, crowded, and oddly laid out. The choices didn't thrill me. Desserts were meh, but the soft-serve ice cream was a favorite. However, Blue Iguana and Guy's Burgers were FANTASTIC! I love that those were both included options. I also really, really liked the Pizza Pirate. We had late dining, which was a first for us - NCL does "Freestyle" and we had any time dining on our one RCCL cruise - so we were ready to try something new. Turns out it was just like having a standing reservation for dinner - we ate at a table for 2 - no "Marge from Dubuque" to entertain with tales of her grandchildren, lol. We did like having regular wait staff each night - that was really nice. I thought the food was decent, and the Carnival chocolate melting cake really is something else! Finally, we loved the Sea Day Brunch - that was a real plus for us. Also a real plus is that Carnival still does complimentary room service. We were tired after snorkeling in Nassau, and it was really nice to just order up a couple sandwiches. I hope Carnival doesn't go the way of NCL and start charging a "convenience" fee. We also ordered a pizza on the last night - it was worth the $5. The entertainment: We went to two shows and found them to be decently entertaining. We also went to Duke's for singalong, but that was kind of weak - there was a group in there that kind of dominated the venue, and some of their song choices were not really fun in my opinion. We played trivia and Trivial Pursuit - I love the different variety of trivia offered. The ports: We went to Nassau and Half Moon Cay. We've been to Nassau several times - we did the straw market, Pirate Museum, and Junkanoo beach in the past and Atlantis holds no appeal for us. We were thinking about staying on the ship, and then my husband suggested snorkeling. We hadn't been snorkeling in a few years, but we were going to have a beautiful warm day, so we decided to go for it. We had a great time and saw so many beautiful fish - really glad we went. Our other stop was Half Moon Cay which we knew was going to be a beach day. Oh, my, what a beautiful stop! By far the nicest of the three private islands (NCL's Great Stirrup Cay and RCCL's Coco Cay) that I've been to - just a stunning beach. We were too busy in the water to eat at the buffet, so we headed straight for Guy's Burgers upon return to the ship. Disembarkation: Here's one area that was strange for us. We were taking our own bags off - no big deal. We had a forward room on deck 4, right near the stairs to disembark. However, on the last day, they wanted us to take our stuff up to 9 to wait for the all clear, however, they shut off the elevator bank closest to us. That whole situation was a real head scratcher. Once things got going, we were off quickly, through customs, and out to our car in under 30 minutes. Final thoughts: Not only are we happy that we gave Carnival a chance, we're looking at them for our mid-winter escape next year. As many have said on all three boards, NCL, RCCL, and Carnival all have a lot more in common than not. Each has things they do really well, and being on a cruise sure beats being at work! We'll be sailing Carnival again.
  21. So I am looking into planning my 2020 cruise now. For the dates I need to go the only itienrary that is working for me is the Carnival Elation 5 Night out of Port Canaveral. I know this is one of the oldest ships and I am just curious what you think I would feel like after having experience and loved the Breeze, Glory, Liberty, Sunshine and Victory. I feel a cruise is better than no cruise at all but I am just looking for advice on this one. Its a nice 5 night itinerary I like I just wish it was a different ship. If it was up to you to do Elation or no cruise would you take the Elation? Thanks for taking the time to read this
  22. Does anyone have a late 2018 or 2019 Elation Fun Times for the 5 day Nassau/HMC sailing?
  23. Just got back from a 5 night cruise on the Elation out of Jacksonville, FL yesterday. Will be glad to answer any questions you might have. Embarkation was a piece of cake. Our boarding time was 11:30 to 12:00. We pulled into the port at 11:35, dropped our bags off with porters, went and parked the car, walked over to the terminal, went straight in, waited in line less than 5 minutes and were on the ship by 12:00. Could not have been any easier. We went straight up to the lido deck and ate at Guy's burgers and the Blue Iguana for lunch. Food was great from both and visited both of these everyday. The burgers speak for themselves, you cannot eat just one. The shrimp from Blue Iguana is great and highly recommend their breakfast burritos. We went to our room at 1:30, it was a ocean view on deck 4. While there we met our room steward Nengah, he ask if we wanted once or twice a day service. We ask for twice. He did an excellent job. The room was great a location mid ship, plenty of room and storage. It even had a small refrigerator. Only thing was a night time during the middle of the night it seemed that it would warm up some in there even with the air turned as low as it would go. It was fine at all times during the day, just seemed like some nights we would wake up hot. We never complained about it so it was not that big of a deal. We did late dining and our wait staff was really good. I only felt like one night that things were on the slow side. Our staff was very attentive. The food was very good. It came out prepared like we ask and at the right temperatures. It was the American Table menu. The entertainment was very good, I highly recommend the Rock of Ages show. Also the two comedians on the ship were really good as well. One was Jim Brick and the other was Tom Simmons. Both were good, but Jim Brick was really good. Really like the location of the Serenity area on the Fantasy Class ships. We spent a lot of time there. We visited Nassau and Half Moon Cay. Being that we have been to Nassau a lot over the years, we did not rush to get off the ship. We got off at about 1:00 and were back on the ship by 3:15. Just hit a few shops that we wanted to visit and then went down to Junkanoo Beach for about an hour. The next day we went to Half Moon Cay which to us is a great port. This was our second time there and one of the main reasons for booking this cruise. Tendering did not start until about 9:00 due to high winds. They called our number about 9:10 and we were on the island by 9:45. Spent the morning snorkeling and rode wave runners that afternoon, then hit the beach one more time before taking the last tender back to the boat at 3:15. Water was a little cool when you first got in, but fine after you adjusted to it. I highly recommend this port if you like a relaxing beach day. Debarkation was a breeze as well. We opted to take our own luggage off the ship. We were suppose to be out of by room by 8:30. We woke up at 7:30, got ourselves ready and packed our bags. They called our floor at 8:10 for passengers taking their own luggage off the ship. Left our room at 8:15 and headed down to deck 3. Made it off the ship, through customs, and were in our car by 8:40. Port of Jacksonville is very easy for both embarkation and debarkation. Overall, we had a very cruise. Let me know if you have any questions that I might can answer for you about the ship.
  24. Just got off the Elation would anybody like a review?
  25. My daughter and her boyfriend are going with us on the Elation saturday, but her boyfriends uncle past away this week and they are going to the wake/showing/funeral. Question, what time is the latest are they able to get on the ship?
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