SHIP REVIEW
CARNIVAL ELATION

 
Year built: 1998
Passengers: 2040
Crew: 920
Passenger / crew ratio: 2.2:1
Gross Registered tonnage: 70,367
Passenger / space ratio: 35
Cabins: 618 oceanview, 402 inside
Passenger Decks: 10
Pools: 3 - all outside
Bars & Lounges: 10
Officers: Italian
Hotel Staff: International
Cruise Staff: International
Chefs: International
1998/99 Itineraries: Mexican Riviera from LA

VALUE FOR PRICE: 9.6

PUBLIC AREAS:
Cleanliness: 10.0
Condition: 10.0
Decor: 9.7

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Size: 9.4
Storage Space: 9.4
Soundproofing: 9.4
Cleanliness: 10.0
Decor: 9.3
Condition: 9.9

SERVICE:
Bar: 9.4
Dining Room: 9.6
Cabin: 9.7
Cruise/hotel staff: 9.5

 
CUISINE: 9.4
GYM/SPA FACILITIES: 9.7
ACTIVITIES: 9.3
FITNESS/SPORTS PROGRAM: 9.8
ENTERTAINMENT: 9.3

APPROPRIATENESS FOR:
Families: 9.8
Singles (all ages): 9.8
Well-traveled: 7.0
Upscale: 9.9
Action/fun seekers: 6.6
Low-key: 9.8
18-35 year old: 9.5
35-60 years old: 8.5
60+ years old: 9.0

 
Strengths: "Food options", "Outstanding decor", "Value for price",
Weaknesses: "Blocked visibility in showroom", "Tight booths in dining room"
Observations: Great value. Spacious public areas encourage fun. The public areas are well designed and appointed -- the atrium in particular was sensational. Prettiest Carnival ship, yet. The ship made me feel comfortable and relaxed. This is toned down from he earlier Fantasy-class ships. However, the subdued look does not carry over into the lounges which are still a visual feast. This classy ship offers many activities. I would recommend her to anybody. Ship appeals to all ages, 1 to 99. Service was of an upper-market level. Staff was not always sensitive to diversified passengers. Wonderful service. Food was excellent; much better than past Carnival cruises. Breakfast menu is weak. Dinner menus are fantastic. Food could be better. Excellent food presentations. Cabins are spacious and well laid-out. Best value is Cat. 7 or 8, mid-ship outside. Lower deck is a good value. Worth the extra money for an outside cabin. Cat. 12 suite is the best but Cat. 8 & 9's are good substitutes. Library is nice quiet escape. Disco was a bit unusual in decor. Marble floors around atrium and grand piano bar area are very nicely done. Seating in showroom was uncomfortable and had obstructed views. Great Pizza! Good variety of activities offered. Spa area could be bigger. Gym facilities were top notch. Wonderful children's area. Sushi bar and coffee/pastries areas were big hits. Nice to finally have a conference room on a Carnival ship. Not enough pool side music.

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