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Carnival Elation is a Fantasy-class ship sailing from Jacksonville to Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Launched by Carnival Cruise Line in 1998 with a capacity of 2,052 passengers, Elation is actually one of the smaller ships in the Carnival fleet. Smaller doesn’t mean boring though, as Elation is just as vibrant and festive as other Carnival vessels. A diverse mix of families, couples, and single partiers create a lively onboard atmosphere, and passengers should be ready for a high-energy adventure.

The ship’s design reflects the festive atmosphere, with loud and colorful interiors that early Carnival ships are known for. Children (and kids-at-heart) love Elation’s the three-decks-high Twister Waterslide, as well as the City Sports Park area with mini golf, ping pong, and volleyball. Adults will enjoy the Serenity area, Duke’s piano bar, and the Drama Bar filled with live music. When it comes time for dinner, go for the Mongolian Wok, Pizza Pirate for a quick slice, the lido buffet, or the main dining room. Those looking for family fun at sea can check out the Hasbro-inspired “board games come to life” show, A variety of Broadway-style musical productions are also presented in the ship’s theater.

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Sails from:

Jacksonville, Florida , Port Canaveral, Florida

Cruises to:

Caribbean - Bahamas , Caribbean - Eastern , Caribbean - Bahamas , Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises on Carnival Elation

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4.9 out of 5

Excellent First Cruuse by cbutler7878

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Everything was excellent. We did wish on sea day there were more shows during the day but they had plenty to do. My husband was disappointed that there was not a cigar lounge anymore.The food was great, the staff were superb. We enjoyed snorkeling at Paradise Cove in Freeport. In Nassau we walked to Queens Staircase, ate conch fritters, and shopped. We were on the ship in about 20 minutes and off in about the same or less with Faster To The Fun supplement. I highly recommend it. We will be cruising again!!

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3.8 out of 5

Good Trip with Some Complications by cwalden323

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

The trip itself was good, the room accommodation was not. I have two small children and requested something that had the lower pull out bed as my kids cannot sleep on the upper bunks even with rails (the sleep incredibly wild). We arrive and there are 2 upper bunks in the room. After speaking with guest services there was really nothing they could do according to the supervisor. The stateroom staff ended up providing 1 cot w/ mattress and then 1 additional mattress and the kids slept on that. I think carnival really needs to rethink the upper bunk layout for families with small children.

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4.2 out of 5

overall, good trip to Bahamas by jennl23423

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Good cruise and many things to do for kids. (their first cruise, our third) DJ could have done much better with music selection (DJ Select) Kids Club was fantastic. Very organized and daily itenary for activities. Comedy shows were great. Food, wish there were more vegetarian options, otherwise expected satisfaction.

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4.2 out of 5

Enjoyed, but will use different cruise line. by jabrywho3

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

The ship was ok. The food was excellent. The entertainment was good. The cabin on the other hand was unbearably hot. We couldn’t rest well. It was so warm that I slept with a cold rag on my forehead and would wake up often!! The refrigerator never got our drinks cold. We were told it is not like our refrigerator at home when we complained. So, I assume a refrigerator is just a storage box for drinks. This was our second cruise. Our first with Carnival. We will not use Carnival again because we did not have this problem with the other cruise line.

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3.5 out of 5

Lots of fun by earlzeqharr

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/ Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The staff on the boat was amazing. Everyone was nice and helpful. Housekeeper Julian made sure the room stayed clean and that we had everything we needed. The liquor staff work from Jamaica was very knowledgeable about the liquor selection on the cruise. Pan Guru was a amazing performer. Overall I had amazing time on the cruise.

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Mar 25, 2013

anyone that goes to Progresso BIG TIP:::: ride the free shuttle to the town, they sell excursion there. SAME AS CARNIVAL and 1/3 the price we paid $35 for an all inclusive and upon arrival saw people from Carnival that said they paid $85. Every cruise on the ship can be bought on the free bus ride into town

Feb 05, 2015

Ask your room stewad for a hair dryer before you need it. Sandwitches at the deli are fresh made/grilled. Had a Ruben that was better than most shore restaurants. Not a luxury ship - but is priced accordingly and I'd sail on the Elation anytime it fits in with our plans. All things considered A+

Feb 01, 2015

Afternoon Tea Time is worth attending. The service is good and there are some good treats offered.

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