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Carnival Elation
by CA Cruiser
Mexico
August 6, 2007

We drove to San Diego from Irvine, CA. There was a parking garage that had shuttle service to the pier. The lines moved quickly. They stop you to take pictures as you board, and that slows the process a little, but we were onboard in no time.

Food

They had usual fare at the grill. The lunch buffet was standard buffet, though each day one side of the buffet had a theme...neat way to try new foods! Breakfast was always the same whether in the dining room or buffet. We ate our lunches and breakfasts at the buffet and our dinners in the dining room. Service was good, though getting bar service in the dining room was sometimes shaky. The warm chocolate melting cake was awesome!

Ports

Cabo San Lucas was a beautiful port. We took the Sea Trek Helmet Dive....something different! The port itself was gorgeous. Tendering is usally a pain, but it was a fun port to take tenders with all the rocky cliffs near the port.

Ensenada was not much...we found some of the shop people to be a little pushy and would probably take an excursion to get away from the "city" next time.

Entertainment

They had the Vegas-style revue shows, which were good, though similar to other ships. The hypnotist show was hysterical, though we did not go to the adult show the next night, as we don't care for R-rated material. We LOVED the Legends show. Worth checking out!

The cruise director was good...not original, but personable. His staff ran a lot of the activities, and they seemed to be having a good time.

Debarkation

We carried our bags off, and this is the way to do it. We got right off, though a little bummed because we were heading back home after a great five days!