I concur. Our trip on the Elation was a blast. I traveled with my roommate who is also gay. People thought we were a couple. We met a several other gay men on board. Everyone was friendly to us and I didn't feel out of place being a gay man on this ship even though there wasn't a gay group.
The ship is very beautiful in an over-the-top sort of way, though not quite so over-the-top glitzy as some of the other Fantasy class ships built earlier - seems like they toned it down half a notch on Elation. Stepping onto the ship and looking up at the atrium is neat. The ship is exraordinarily clean and they keep it that way.
+The variety of music - every evening they had classical, jazz, dance, accoustic rock, party rock, big band, sing-along piano bar, and karaoke going on in different venues on the ship. I bounced around a lot to listen, sing, and/or dance along.
+The Nautica Spa gym - a nice run on the treadmill followed by a soak in the jaccuzzi there was a good way to start the day. Nice view from the treadmills through windows facing forward.
+Not having to go to the port talks or the debarkation talk because I knew they'd show it again on the TV later on in the day several times.
+The dining room - good food, friendly service (a lot of people don't go to the dining room for breakfast but it is worth it - compared to the Lido buffett the food seemed fresher and hotter)
+Playing dressup on formal night and attending the captain's cocktail party
+Having the pizza guy make a hot calzone for me at 2:30 am just because I could
+The comedians on board that did shows
+The big production shows (though they might have been a bit long).
+The tuna salad sandwich from room service - one of the best ones that I've had in a while - the room service is fast too - they showed up in like five minutes all three times I called.
+Hanging on the gay beach in PV - met lots of folks - it was nice.
+The dance party on deck when we left Puerto Vallarta especially cause I met a cute guy in the conga line
+The fact that even though I had an inside stateroom it was still pretty big compared to what I've heard about on other ships.
+Drinking a banana daquiri on deck while watching the sunset.
+Seeing the acrobat show on the tour in Mazatlan - the "flyers" - those guys were pretty good and the pole they flew on was big.
+Not having to do anything I didn't want to do for seven days except pack on Saturday evening and leave on Sunday morning.
Cruising is just the best vacation, the Elation seems like a good ship to do it on, and I'm sure you'll have a great time.