Ranked #21 Carnival fleet
Ranked #109 among all ships
One of the oldest "Fantasy-class" Carnival ships (1991), fine for short inexpensive getaways but the age shows in ...Read the CruiseMates report
Ranked #21 Carnival fleet
Ranked #109 among all ships
One of the oldest "Fantasy-class" Carnival ships (1991), fine for short inexpensive getaways but the age shows in ...Read the CruiseMates report
My wife and I took a cruise on the Elation leaving from Galveston on Jan 30, 2005. We flew into Bush Airport and since we booked the cruise with Carnival at such a late date, we could not arrange a shuttle though the cruise lines. This would be the optimal thing to do. I think they use Grey Line Tours. I found two alternatives: Extreme Elegance Limousine Service - which will meet you at the airport at your arrival time (sign in hand) or Galveston Limo Services. You are subjected to their time schedule - sometimes as much as 1 1/2 hours after you arrive. Unfortunately we chose the latter and were crammed into a 12 person passenger van, making several stops along the way to the cruise terminal. (In all fairness, the return after the cruise was in a very comfortable bus - but I saw several of the little vans there also - so I think we just got lucky on the return). First time for us departing from anywhere other than Florida. Galveston is a very industrial city and the port reflects the same - not prettyat all !. Check in was fine, as we did not arrive to the dock until 2:30p.m. - by far the latest I have ever gotten on a cruise ship. I have sailed on the Fantasy and Sensation so the interior set up was familiar to me right away. The bottom 4 decks are rooms and the higher decks are where the activities are. We had an outside stateroom on (the 2nd floor) Main deck.
I had heard somewhere that the ship had been renovated fairly recently - somewhere within the last 2 years. The only negative thing I can say about the interior of the ship is that there are some stains on the hallway carpeting on Main deck. Our room was near an elevator / stair entrance and this turned out to be not a concern of any kind. If you have been on Carnival before - you are familiar with the loud designs & bright colors that inhabit the ship's interior. There are two different dining rooms, each having a staggered early and late sitting. We asked for the latest (8:15) and got the 8:00. This actually was better because they assigned us the late sitting closest to our cabin. This is the 1st time we have cruised without at least one other couple. There is a big controversy about "personal choice dining" as on the Princess line, but as always, I found our tablemates to be very gracious and interesting people. On the subject of people, I have never encountered anything but exceptional employees on these curise lines. Always eager to please and very hard working personnel. I hope you get Otto as your head waiter, as we did. Ports of call : Progresso - not much there - a shuttle takes you to town for free (or you can catch a cab from the same place - they will give you a tour). A large "straw" market in town where you can buy souvenir type items at a cheap price. My wife and I went to a local bar and ate home made guacamole and drank Mexican beer. Locals came in performing in one way or another and passed the hat for tips - a fun afternoon. You can tell that a lot of construction is going on and some day this will be a major port by many cruise lines. Cozumel - We took a cab to D'Zhul Ha (?) where we went snorkeling. We saw many off shore excursion boats come to the same location that we were at. Downtown is right off the pier - lots of improvements - nice and safe - lots of shopping & restaurants. Save your ship excursions for another port - plenty to do here on your own. Or just go to Chankannb Park ($12) - lots of activities - (there is another port near here - not pretty). Belize - We took a ship excursion to Goff's Caye for snorkeling. A boat picks you up right from the ship and takes you to your own "little Gliigan's Island" where you can snorkel from the island or from the ship. Off the ship you are right on the barrier reef in beautiful waters - best snorkeling that we have ever done. Off the beach are crystal clear waters. Not as fun a ride as on a catamaran, but the snorkeling was great. Others took the cave tubing excursion. Ride in bumpy bus - walk for a half an hour but the tubing was great from what I hear. At Belize you have to tender into port, the ship does not dock. - which is why I chose the excursion to take us directly from the ship. A few complaints or disappointments : Seems like everything was done in the Mikado Lounge. No small trivia games or contests. It was for the whole ship at one time. A few of the smaller bars didn't seem to get enough use, like Duke's the piano bar, hardly ever open. The Cole Porter Club, the rear lounge, wasn't used much either, except art actions in the day and karaoke at night. The singers at the evening shows were just average, the dancers, probably above average. In all, I just didn't seem to enjoy the cruise director as much as on other ships. Oh, & lots of Texans !!
We took two Elation cruises (back to back) on January 9th and January 16th. We had an outside (porthole) cabin on the "Upper" deck.
First a little background. My wife and I are in our early 50's. We are from a small town in Missouri. We have cruised 16 times; and we often cruise back-to-back. We prefer Carnival, RCCL, and Celebrity. We prefer inside least-expensive cabins. We are scuba divers and enjoy active/adventure excursions. We almost always do our own excursions. Here is our humble opinion:
Bottom Line. The Elation cruise out of Galveston is an excellent value. It was a very enjoyable cruise for these reasons: a fine ship, good food, decent entertainment, three fun ports of call, and good passenger demographics.
Galveston. This is a fun departure port and embarkation was very smooth. Plan to spend an evening in Galveston; it's a neat town. Most hotels offer free parking for cruisers. If you drive there like we did it's easy to get around town and very easy to do a drop-off at the pier while you go park the car.
The ship. The Elation is a well-laid out ship and indecent shape for its age. Cabins are very roomy (a Carnival standard). The ship was generally clean and in good repair, a great gym with good equipment, and lots of stuff to do onboard. Lots of nice warm hot tubs. Restaurants were nice and the food in the restaurants and the buffet area was good (not great, but good). We felt pushed by the waiter staff to finish at the late seating; I would opt for the 8pm seating next time instead of the 830pm. Good 24-hour pizza and a great sandwich deli also. Lunches and breakfasts were good in both the buffet and the restaurant. Really enjoyed the sushi bar. Service was good; on par with most cruise ships. If you have a lower forward cabin you will definitely hear the roar of the bow thrusters going in and out of port. Ship has stabilizers and azipods; handled rough seas very well. Cabin service was good and room service was excellent. My wireless laptop worked great; but access fees are absurdly expensive so I did most of my work in internet cafes at the ports. The entertainment was OK; the production shows were good, the comedy acts and jugglers were so-so. The trio of ladies who played classical were great.
I loved the passenger demographics; very few kids but all ages of adults. Mostly Texans and folks from the Midwest; nice, friendly folks.
Progreso MX. You can take a local taxi to Merida for just 16 pesos. ($1.50). Definitely go see this beautiful proud city with its outdoor cafes and mixture of new/modern and very old Spanish architecture. It is a jewel; and it is true Mexico, not the touristy junk you see in Cozumel and Cancun. Back in Progreso you can take a fun open-bus tour for a few bucks, walk the beach and get cold cans of Tecate for 7 pesos (65 cents!)
Cozumel. We scuba dive here and nothing else, so if you want to know a good dive shop send me an email.
Belize. Cave tubing and scuba diving are both a blast here; although the diving is so expensive I could gag. Also the wood carvings from the "Ziricote" wood are just beautiful; the hammerhead shark and the stingray I bought are spectacular. The local brew is called Belikan; not too bad. This is a tender port; so allow yourself an extra 30 minutes on both ends.
If you have any questions, I love to talk cruising, so feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com
Happy cruising, Bill Grier
My wife and I just returned from a week aboard the Elation. We were on the ship from Jan 9th - Jan 16th. After having read many of these reviews I have come to the conclusion that a cruise is always what you choose to make of it. We had an awesome time. I will try to help those who read this get a feel for the cruise they will receive if they take the Elation.
Boarding the ship was fairly easy. We chose to stay at a new hotel on Galveston called "Best Value Inns and Suites". May I strongly recommend this hotel. We had a suite about a block off the water and they offered free cruise parking all for 59.95. Taking a Taxi to the port cost 9.00 and they took us right up to port. We got to the port at 12:30 and were on the ship by 12:55. Very easy. Once on board we went to our room changed clothes and then went to the Lido Deck for food. The weather was cool but not cold. We then took a walk around the shipto see the different rooms and colors. It really is a very nice ship clean and always being worked on. During the week on each Atrium floor is large pictures that they changed while there. Pretty neat to watch.
We had an inside room on Upper deck. Very basic, very Carnival. Our cabin worked and was in great shape. Each night the steward would clean and set up our room. Chocolates on the pillow and of course the towel animals. What fun to see something new every night!
Life on this ship was easy going. Eat when you want except at dinner time. The food everywhere was the best I have ever had on a cruise. I honestly did not have a bad meal. I am also always amazed at how so often we have great tablemates to eat with. This cruise was no exception. If I were you when you go on the ship eat at least your dinners in the dining room it's a great experience.
Entertainment: Here is the area where the ship failed to impress. I was on another cruise with Carnival 4 years ago and they were the same acts! Same jokes! There really needs to be a shake up in the way they do entertainment. It lacked. Oh well you can't have everything.
Ports of Call were very good. Progresso is not a great place but if you want to take a tour of Mayan ruins then this place for you. We took a tour off the ship and enjoyed the day. We heard there really was noting in the town at all but if you want cheap souvenirs this is a good port. Hint if you want something local they make GREAT hot pepper sauces in the area. Cozemel as always was awesome! I love going to this port. If you can't find something to do at this port you never will. They have lots of shopping and also easy access to great beaches. We went on our own to Choconob Park. It costs 12.00 to get in and you can snorkel or walk their many trails. Don't and I repeat don't at this stop take the ship tours. You can do it so much cheaper and at your pace on your own.
Belize is a great place except you have to tender. We again went on our own and went cave tubing with a company called X-Stream. They are very well known and do a great job for about 50% less then the ship. So if you want to do these kinds of thing do it on your own. Just be aware you will have to get a tender ticket and won't get on the shore until 9:30am earliest.
Days at sea are whatever you want to make of it read, swim, get involved in one of the many games. Just have fun. This is a great cruise at a fairly great price. My wife and I agreed we may just take this cruise again in the next year or so.
One last note, I loved the port of Galveston. Neat shops and great restaurants down right by the port. Of the 3 ports I've started off from this was the best.
First a little about me. I am a 29 year old female who was traveling with 4 other females all about the same age. This was my second cruise and by far the best.
Embarkation- The ship did not arrive until very late due to fog. We began boarding between 2 and 3. Though the crowd of people were getting a bit on the rude side the Carnival staff was wonderful. Once on board, of course, our vacation had started and none of the wait time seemed to matter. We did not pull out of Galveston until around 1 am, due to the dense fog.
Our room-we were on the Rivera Deck in the last aft inside cabin. It was very roomy and our room steward did a good job. There was not near as much noise as I had expected. In fact, I loved our room.
Food- We ate breakfast and lunch at Tiffany's. The food in the buffet was above expectations for the first part of the cruise; however, it seemed to slide the deeper we got into the cruise. No problem though, the pizza was amazing. It soonbecame our staple. We had dinner in the dining room every night. The food was wonderful. Our wait staff was outstanding. They had our after dinner drinks (coffee and hot chocolate) ready for us even as we ordered them. The one food I thought was better on our previous cruise was the soups.
Activities-the ship seemed to have something going all of the time. We are a very laid back group and spent much of our time just relaxing in one of the 6 hot tubs, or laying out reading a book. We were not overly impressed with the featured shows, but found other things to do during that time.
Ports- Progresso, we did the city bus tour and had a wonderful time. We also did some shopping in what is known as their "flea market". We did most of our shopping for the trip here.
In Cozumel, we did the royal dolphin swim. I have to say it was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. I would pay the price and do it again in a heart beat. The downtown area is under construction, this makes things a little congested, but not too bad. You are now routed directly through all of the shops.
Belize. We were so excited about going back to Goff's Caye, but were greatly disappointed. When we got to Belize, we looked for the company we had gone with before. They were no longer doing business (they are now the company that the cruise ships use). We went with another company advertising for Goff's Caye, we were then told we would be going to a beach resort and to another Caye. We spoke to several people on our tour and they were under the impression that we were going to Goff's Caye. I do not believe the place we stopped would be considered a caye. There was maybe 20 sq. feet of sand showing. There were lots of fish, but most of the coral was dead. We have decided that in the future we will take the ship tour to Goff's caye (we love that little island). I believe the carnival price for it was around $55-60. Well worth the piece of mind and that wonderful little island.
Debarkation- We carried out own luggage off and were off of the ship and on the road home by 9:00 or so. It seemed to go pretty well for everyone. The line for immigration was daunting, but moved very quickly.
We had such a wonderful time that we have already booked the same cruise for next year.
My daughter and I (age 11 yrs) sailed on the Elation out of Galveston. I was expecting a great "Camp Carnival" experience with the assurance that I could go about my business without worrying about her. Upon registering we discovered that children enrolled in the 9 to 11 yr. old program are allowed to sign themselves in and out as they please. I was very disappointed and frustrated with this. I feel this becomes a hugh safety issue when children are allowed the "run" of the ship without supervision. Many children would leave the program on their own.
I found many parents searching for the children because they had signed themselves out to join their friends that did too. While I felt the food and service were great, I would reconsider a Carnival cruise if my main priority was to have limited free time from my child. I also feel that their policy should be clearly stated for parent prior to booking the cruise so that there arn't preconceptions regarding the vacation experience.
This was a fun cruise! The entertainment was great. There were dancing/singing shows, comedians & a balancing act. The staff was awesome. They really know how to make you feel welcome and are very interesting people. Our room was on Riviera deck, inside. We slept later than normal due to the darkness in the room, so if you book an inside, set a wakeup call if you want to be up at a certain time. While Elation does not have hair dryers in every room, we found that they do have them at the Purser's desk for a $20 deposit. We had no luck in the casino or at bingo, but I did manage to score a solid gold plastic trophy playing match game!
We ate every evening in the Inspiration dining room. George & Kristina were our waiters. They were very friendly & attentive. We had a couple episodes where the kids didn't like their appetizer and they picked up on that & brought out something else. When my son wanted peanut butter & jelly, they brought it right away & with a smile.
Our 11-year old spent most ofhis time playing ping pong and enjoying the water slide. He used camp carnival mostly as a way to meet kids his age. He participated in some of their activities, but not a whole lot.
Our 16 & 19 year old daughters spent dinners & shows with us, but the rest of time were on their own. They love the freedom on the ship and met about 10 others in their age range.
We did not do an excursion in Progreso, just wandered around town a bit.
We did the helmet dive in Cozumel. The helmets are very heavy, even under water, so be forewarned. It includes admission into Chakanaab. The snuba & dolphin swim & encounter are also done here. We didn't stay at the park due to some heavy rain. I think I would have enjoyed it more if we had been able to explore in comfort.
We did shark/ray alley in Belize. The boat ride is over an hour long, but it is interesting to see the tiny islands with houses on them as well as the mangroves. It was really cool to swim with the sharks & rays. I got to touch rays, but the sharks are very shy. We got the best look at them before everyone jumped into the water and at the end of the snorkeling when most of the others had gotten back on the boat.
Overall, the 7 days went really fast & I began to feel melancholy the last evening. Oh well, back to reality never is easy.
P.S. If you get cold easily, take a sweater as some areas of the ship are very well air conditioned.
What a fun cruise! We spent the night in Galveston at Hotel Galvez on a $117./1 night cruise special (reserved 4/04!)which included a week of valet parking while on the cruise and the hotel was just great! Reserved a Cat 11 balcony suite for wife and 11 y/o son on Verandah deck and definitely worth the extra grand. Its quieter up there and much more accessible to all key areas of ship. It also gets you Skipper Club which gets you true VIP handling when you arrive for boarding (personal escort through masses to special area where we board first). On ship and eating lunch at noon. Weather was clear and water flat the whole trip so no rocking. Carnival provides service and I thought the food was great at dining room and just so so at Tiffany's, the casual dining area. It has a funky smell, too. Burgers cooked and served out in pool area were outstanding for those inclined. New pool band was good too. It's Reggae, NOT "Calypso"..and they did a decent job. Casino good (we go to Vegas annually), bars all great, karaoke at Cole Porter Loungegreat as well. Lots to do.
Camp Carnival just ok for 9-11 y/o kids so ours hung out at Arcade and met some kids on some days. He had S&S card so he would come and go from room as he pleased and we stopped worrying after 1st night. All movies in room TV were realy good. Son even used VCR for 5 key VHS tapes he brought. Shore excursions were fun (dune buggy/snorkeling-Cozumel; Snorkel in Belize). Did our own thing in Progreso (nothing much there, just beach and a place called Sol y Mar where we had guac/chips, nachos and beer/cokes after beach hang out). I think we got bug from ice (wife and myself) so stock up on Cypro with your doc before going! Carnival is all about service, I think. I heard RCCL has less service, prettier ship, smaller cabins, and worse food, but that's just heresay. Maybe we try it sometime to know for sure. The Elation food was good overall and the entertainment was pretty good, too. That Thomas Brown guy is the funniest comedian I EVER heard (R rated show). All in all, a great trip. We were off boat at 9:30am Sun and at Hotel Galvez before 10:00am due to Verandah Suite which was awesome. Splurge for the suite, its well worth it!!
Cabin: Our Cabin was a little bit lower than what we normally book..but we where very much pleased with it! We had cabin numbers R170 and R182 on the Riviera deck!!We actually liked the lower deck! The only thing about it we did not like was that for the safety drill we had to climb 9 flights of stairs because they would not let us use the elevators..!The rooms are also quite big! And in the window you can sit in it..our girls like to do that!!
Food Tiffanys: Tiffanys is located on the Lido deck the 10th deck where the pool is .They serve hamburgers, Hotdogs, And different country foods etc. But something that you should not miss is the Pizza!!Its very yummy!!
Dinning room: We ate in the early inspiration dining room. First we had waiters Joel and Rita but we had to change tables and got Henry and Nicholae !They where all the best!!In the dining room thats where the best food is!!They have a prime rib to die for! There are so many different good stuff to get in the formal dining room that i cant nameall of them!!!The day you set sail they do not do this but the very first full day you have been on the ship the waiters sing, dance(and you can dance with them)!Its really fun!!My 4 year old just had a ball!!!
Activities to do: The day you set sail there is a sail away party where you play games and learn a dance...its fun!! And also through out the cruise the ship dancers teach you different dances such as the Austin Powers dance, How to Salsa dance and tons more!!Some other activites are the mens harry chest comp.,fun ship survior, Passenger talent show, not so newly wedding game (VERY FUNNY!!),karaoke , Disco ect!!
Ports of call: Well..we went to Progresso, Cozumel and we where supposed to go to Belize but did not get to get to get off the ship because of the transportation strike!!:(..but the caption said over the speaker and said that they were going to make the we where supposed to be in Belize a fun day at sea and then the next day be in Playa del Carmen!!
Progresso: In Progresso we did not go to town because we did not want to ride the bus all the way! But instead right where the bus waiting place is there are these little shops that you can go and shop!!Very clean!!and its just anough if you do not want to ride the bus!!
Cozumel: This was our 3rd time in Cozumel! Its great! When we docked there where two other Carnival Ships there..The Carnival Fascination and Glory. After we docked three other ships docked,the Disney Magic right beside us(when they docked the Disney horn was "When you wish apoun a star!!) and the Celebrity Century and the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the seas! Cozumel was loaded with ships!!We went to Playa mia beach (the old playa del sol beach)!We had a good time there but it was just WAY WAY WAY TO HOT!!!So then we left back for the ship!
Belize: Well cant say much about Belize because of the strike..But i know it would have been fun!!
Playa del Carmen: Insted of Belize we went to Playa del Carmen..Witch was The prettiest town ever!!The only thing that we did not like where the Big tenders!!They are soooo much different then the ones that where in Belize!!In Playa del Carmen we just walked around the beautiful town!!!
Galveston :On Sunday morning we where SICK!!!We had to get off :(!!That was the worst part of the cruise!!!ughhh!!But now we are getting for are next cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy 11-11-04!!CANT WAIT!!!
Thanks!!If you have any questons about the Elation just ask!!!
Pleasing six old broads off on an annual spring fling isn't an easy task. But we came off the Elation, totally elated.
Our trip started with an overnight at the Galveston, Holiday Inn on the Beach. I cannot say enough about this hotel. I have stayed at hotels and motels across the country and have never encounterd a staff like this one. They simply cannot do enough to please their clientele. We took advantage of their free parking for cruise customers and used their shuttle service to and from the dock. Our driver was Rodney, who was more than cheerful about loading and unloading our many bags. He told us exactly where to meet him upon debarkation, we had no sooner gotten our bags together than he appeared.
Carnival seems to have boarding down to a fine science....it was fast and worry free. We had three cabins in a row on Rivera deck and were very pleased with the amount of room we had. We had read a review from an earlier cruiser advising packing an over the door shoe bag...a great tip, as it came in very handy for makeup,and various sundries that would normaly clutter up a bathroom counter. Floyd, our room steward had his work cut out for him, but he kept us well supplied with ice and anything else we needed and ran his area cheerfully and efficiently.
We had the late seating in the Imagination dining room and were well served nightly by Steven and Rommel. They were fun and very good at what they do. At the end of the cruise there seemed to be alot of pressure to tip the maitre d'...this didn't sit well with our group, as we rarely saw him and were only greeted by him on the last night. If we had any dining room criticism it would be: if the maitre d' wants a tip, he should make a point at some time during the week, to briefly visit at each table. We had prepaid our tips but were more than happy to tip over and above to those who gave over and above.
We seemed to gravitate to the Empress deck each evening for cocktails and a few minutes with the wonderful trio that plays there nightly. This bar is just outside of the Photo studio, which also deserves some mention. What a cute and friendy bunch they are...Leah, was always on hand to greet us and seemed to know immediatly in which direction to point us to find our current pictures. The entire photo staff made looking at our sometimes ghastly photos a fun part of our cruise experience.
We all took advantage of the spa, in one capacity or another. I highly reccommend Edwin in the hair salon for a cut and style....truly one of the best cuts I've had in years.
Part of our group did the Chichen Itza tour in Progresso and were very pleased with the experience. Two of us did the Hacienda Tour, which was interesting and we had darling young guides,(Mario and Vicco). The tour included one church and one hacienda, I would have liked a few more stops for comparisons. They did however, serve us a delightful snack on the veranda and were most anxious to share any information they could. We passed a public market in Progresso that I think would be worth exploring...maybe next time.
In Cozumel three of our group did the kayak trip and loved it. Three of us went to Chankanaab and did the Royal Swim with Dolphins which we had booked online prior to departure. Reccommend this highly, it was very exhilarating and showing your pictures when you get home will make you a hero to your kids. The Gardens at Chankanaab are well worth the trip. In the afternoon we took a cab out to El Sol Cabanas del Caribe for margaritas with Trinidad. If you are tired of touristy things by this time, I suggest this quiet get away. A small hotel, off the beaten path, with a lovely restaurant right on the water, and Trini's palapa bar on the beach. Quiet and restful...wish we'd had more time to enjoy the peace and quiet....next time!
Belize was a nice surprise. We all did the Altun Ha and City Tour,with very knowlegeable young guides who gave us a great overview of Belize. It reminded me alot of my early trips to the Yucatan, before cruise ships and huge hotel complexes. We had an enjoyable lunch in the courtyard of the Smoky Mermaid, an American owned Guesthouse and Restaurant within walking distance of the tender dock. Bought Belizian Cashew Wine at Altun Ha on a whim, and was pleasently surprised to find a poor mans version of Chateau d'Quiem...wish I had bought more bottles...next time!
The last two days onboard were leisurly and delightful, each of us doing our own thing and meeting up occasionally for latte or lunch on the Lido deck. The casino onboard is small but they made loosing painless. However we did see several big winners.....There's always next time!!!
We bought 100 internet minutes at the internet cafe......being slightly computer challenged, we wasted several precious minutes getting started. As it is only staffed between 5 and 7:pm there was no one available to ask for help. We all decided the shopping onboard was a nice surprise....good selections and good prices. The girls in the makeup and perfume area were very helpful. We tried the art auction, but lost interest early on. Several of us are veteran auction goers and thought this could have been more exciting...starting the bidding lower and working up would have allowed more people to get involved, a good auctioneer can always get his price. The piano bar was fun, particularly for Elton John and Billy Joel fans. We never made it into the karaoke bar, but were told it can be the best entertainment onboard. The shows we attended in the Mikado were well done and very entertaining...our only complaint being that there are far too many onboard options for a seven day cruise....There will definately be a next time!!!!
A quick PS: The unsung heroes of the Carnival fleet are all those people you pass everywhere, constantly cleaning and polishing with smiling faces...a very impressive crew.
I don't know where to start on all the complaints I had on this cruise ship. The crew and planned events are nothing short of unorganized. This was my first and last time sailing with Carnival.
If you're young and want to experience the nightlife of a cruise ship...don't look here. Everything closes at 1-2am.
Also, soak in the sun as early as you can. The pool closes at 5:00 pm. There are still 3 GOOD HOURS of sunlight left but the pool is closed. The hottub closes shortly after at 8:00pm.