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Carnival Elation
by Virginia I.
Western Caribbean
April 4, 2004

This was my first cruise and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely! I am 26 and my husband is 27. There is a wide age variety on this ship.

Sunday April 4th: The whole boarding process took one hour. Everything went smoothly and the staff was friendly and helpful. We found our rooms easliy and were impressed with the size of our oceanview window! I expected a porthole, but it was quite large! Samples of lotion, rolaids,floss, toothpaste, hair gel, soap and razors were supplied. Also a shampoo and shower gel dispenser in the shower. We were four hours late leaving but it was due to someone trying to bring something onto then ship that was not allowed. Our luggage arrived at 8:00 pm. Enjoyed dinner: tilapia and lamb to choose from. We were seated in Inspiration dining room late seating. Nice tablemates.

Monday 5th: Breakfast:eggs benedict (lots more to choose from: pancakes, omelettes, etc.) Went to the "Shopper's Talk" with Eddy Murphy. I recommend attending this:very infomative.
Lunch: shrimp and crab baguette..yum! Lots of activities. Go to the art auction! Free champange and beautiful artwork! Formal Captain's Cocktail party. Free cocktails! Romantic dancing.
Dinner: Formal Night: We had lobster! Our head waiter,Walter, was fantastic. As was Roxie, our assistant waitress.

Tuesday 6th: Had breakfast at Tiffany's (the casual dining room.) Self serve buffet of many items. Good food. Arrived at Progresso on time. Progresso is a poor town with quite pushy local salespeople. Be aware and stand firm! Free beach in town by the restaurants. Colorful markets and you can haggle!
Dinner:ate at Tiffany's: pizza, salad, ice cream and pie.

Wednesday 7th: Arrived in Cozumel at 10:00 am. Beautiful!!! It was recommended to us to take a taxi into town, but we decided to walk. Its five miles. It was a very nice walk, cool and breezy and we enjoyed seeing wildlife and exotic foliage. Nice shops in town. Clean McDonalds!
Pretty good shows on board.
Dinner: Had scallops and pastsa! Excellent! For dessert you can choose a Nautica Spa item that is no-sugar-added! Delicious!

Thursday 8th: Don't care too much for the scrambled eggs. Go for the omelette.
Took the tender(boat) out to the pier in Belize City. Most people didn't care for this city, but I enjoy seeing the Caribbean style homes and friendly people. The salespeople were a bit pushy here too, though. Took a carriage ride through town. Fun! If you buy a cocnut drink, do not let them pour the milk over ice! Just drink it straight from the cocnut shell! Saw two wild marine iguanas living by the nice shops at the pier.
Dinner:Red snapper.
Later, Mexican Deck Party on Lido. Dancing and lots of fun.

Friday 9th: Participated in Saturday Night Fever dance lesson! FUN!
Formal night again. Jumbo shrimp and baked Alaska. Later, Midnight Gala dinner buffet. Magnificent! Be sure to attend. Ice sculptures, hand-carved fruits and vegetables. Plus, you get to eat the beautiful food!

Saturday 10th: Go to debarkation talk. The television in your room will also air it. Very infomative.
Lunch: calamari rings and grilled salmon. Sugar-free coconut cake.
Not a whole lot going on today.

Sunday 11th: We were pink tags so we were the last group to disembark the ship. But we were allowed to wait at Tiffany's so we ate and sat and talked with friends we met on the cruise. Customs went smoothly. We returned to our car happy and utterly amazed at what a fantastic time we had.