This past weekend I returned from my cruise on the Carnival Elation to the Bahamas. Today I am going to review my ocean view cabin for you. This will begin the series of reviews on my cruise that will include Half Moon Cay, Nassau and the overall ship review.
First though we are going to start with the cabin. I was in cabin M48 Ocean View on the Main Deck.
One of the hardest things to do when booking your cabin is finding the right location. For this cruise I was on the Main Deck, Deck 5 about 6 cabins forward of the forward elevators. I was concerned about movement but that was only an issue the first night which it was all over the ship. The Promenade Deck was on Deck 9 and Lido on Deck 10 so I had a little bit of a climb to go anywhere but it was not bad since this was a smaller ship. For perspective, on say the Carnival Vista, I would have been on deck 2 with Lido on Deck 10.
The cabin was smaller than what I am used to but really just missing the sitting area that I really do not use that often. Typical layout though with a king bed convertible to twins if I wanted, bathroom 2 closets, a desk and shelving for storage. This room was also a quad stateroom so there were two pull downs in the room but of course they were never down.
The bathroom was the typical with a few differences than on newer ships. The vanity was smaller with just one shelf. Although that was enough for me, it might have been a challenge for say 3 or 4 people. The shower had the provided shower gel and soap in the wall dispensers which is nice to have incase you just don’t want to pack it.
Now this is going to sound like a small thing but to be honest I liked this. On every ship there is a clothes line in the shower so you can hang up bathing suites or clothes that need to dry. Normally though it crosses diagonal across the shower. This is a pain because you can’t have it open and hang anything while in the shower. In this shower, the line went across the back so much more useful.
There was lots of storage in the cabin with 2 closets, and a shelving area with 2 drawers. Both closets have plenty of room for hanging clothes and one had a shelf with a second hanging area for pants. I think even for 4 people in the room, it would be plenty of space.
One of the questions I get is how many outlets are in the room. Well, for the cabins on the Elation, I have exciting news. There is an outlet and 2 USB ports at the vanity and wait for it, a USB outlet next to the bed. I know this comes in hand and cruisers have been asking for this for years so I was happy to see this. Maybe it will be a trend.
Overall, I really liked this cabin and its location. It was clean with no real signs of wear. Of course, it stayed clean because of my cabin steward Erlande who did a fantastic job. I am so glad I went with an ocean view. Being able to see what the weather is before going out or watching us sail into port is a huge benefit. But of course, a balcony is my favorite.
I hope you enjoyed this review and check out my video cabin tour below. More reviews on the way.
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