There is no water slide on the Elation...................and we did not try the hot tub (wish I had), but the Elation is a wonderful ship and you will have an amazing time! I would cruise her again in a heartbeat, but until then I will just have to wait 13 more days to set sail on the glorious Glory.............here I come!
So, I don't know whether you didn't pay attention to the stairs over in the middle of hte pool area starboard making you walk around, or the line of kids using it, or the big blue slide winding down into the pool, or what......but there is a water slide!
If there isn't a water slide on Elation.....then I don't know what my husband was doing, he sure seemed to be going down a slide into the pool to me when we were on her.....maybe I was dreaming????? <S>
Trust me, there's a slide! It was the highlight of my last sea day because it was so hot, and what better way to cool off!
I concur on the hot tubs, also. In '02 the hot tubs seemed pretty hot, but then again, that was at night in the Pacific. May in the Gulf wasn't even worth the hot tub, IMO. I think the outdoor temp has a lot to do with how hot the hot tubs feel. I'd check out the hot tubs in the spa - they're usually pretty quiet, never any kids in there, and might be a bit warmer.