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    Mar 1998
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    Mar 2020
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Carnival Elation overview

By Thomas Faddegon - Updated Mar. 4, 2020

Compared to the modern mega-ships of recent years, Carnival Elation is a relatively small vessel. Debuting in 1998, this Fantasy class ship from Carnival Cruise Line has undergone several updates over the years to increase occupancy, but more importantly to improve the fun. The most recent dry dock came in 2017 where Elation went under the multi-million dollar renovation process as part of Carnival’s Fun Ship 2.0 initiative. Venues were added including the WaterWorks aqua park, Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, and RedFrog Rum Bar. Additional cabins were also added including 2 Grand Vista Suites, 22 Junior Suites, 2 Scenic Oceanview Staterooms, 12 Interior Cabin, and 98 balconies.

Elation is great for families with young children and teens with it's onboard The Suess at Sea programming and The revamped Camp Ocean kids’ club, where children 2-11 are divided into groups and kept entertained with age-appropriate activities. Those ages 12-14 can hang out at Circle “C,” and Club O2 is the perfect getaway for teens ages 15-17 to do stuff like watch movies, listen to music, play video games and even have karaoke jam sessions.

While the kids have their fun, adults can dive into the many activities and venues that are just for them. The Serenity Retreat deck is an 18+ area that will make you feel as though you’re the only passenger on board. Several bars and lounges are available to grab and drink and get some much-needed relaxation. For the whole family, there’s no shortage of entertainment with Punchliner Comedy Club and Playlist Productions.

For 2019, 2020, and 2021 cruise seasons, Carnival Elation will sail 4-6 night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean, making calls at ports like Nassau, Freeport, Amber Cove, Grand Turk Island, and Half Moon Cay.

What is there to do on Carnival Elation?

  • RedFrog Rum Bar
  • Guy’s Burger Joint
  • WaterWorks aqua park
  • Punchliner Comedy Club
  • BlueIguana Cantina
  • Seuss at Sea themed activities
  • Serenity Adults-Only Area

Before you book

Why sail: Carnival Elation is best for couples, families, and bargain hunters who prefer a smaller, more intimate ship without all the bells and whistles of the new ships.

You should know: Elation is not for those who want the newest technology onboard or theme park amenities. There is only one pool and little onboard shopping.

Carnival Elation ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.2
  • Children's Programs 4.0
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.1
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.0
  • Entertainment 4.0
  • Food and Dining 4.0
  • Onboard Activities 4.0
  • Service and Staff 4.5
  • Ship Quality 4.1

Carnival Elation cabins

1026 cabins and 29 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(311 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $70/night
Oceanview Cabin


(408 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $86/night
Balcony Cabin


(23 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $151/night
Suite Cabin


(72 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 257 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $172/night

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Carnival Elation dining

Musical Cafe

Musical Cafe

(3 Reviews)
Mongolian Wok

Mongolian Wok

(3 Reviews)
Inspiration Dining Room

Inspiration Dining Room

(26 Reviews)
Imagination Dining Room

Imagination Dining Room

(42 Reviews)

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Carnival Elation onboard activities

Taste Bar

Taste Bar

(1 Review)
Gatsby's Great Bar

Gatsby's Great Bar

(2 Reviews)
Special Occasions

Special Occasions

(1 Review)
Romeo & Juliet Lounge

Romeo & Juliet Lounge

(2 Reviews)

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Fantastic by majorprops

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Elation

Although an older ship, Elation was spotless. Maintenance personnel were on top of every aspect of ship operation. Wait staff were on point throughout. Ports of call were clean, safe, and enjoyable.

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Relaxation by mbowen4489

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Carnival Elation

It was a very relaxing cruise. Waters was a little rough as the usually are in January. Very clean ship, friendly staff and great excursions.

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Enjoyable Cruise by booperanddoris

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Carnival Elation

We just wanted to get back into cruising. Nice ship, a short enjoyable trip with nice ports of call. We knew these ports would be warm this time of year. Plenty of sun, and we met some new friends. Good food and plenty of it. When I cruise on carnival, I always look to see if Guy's burgers are an option. Because of Covid, it wasn't a great cruise but it was very good. Carnival is the fun ships, and we did have fun.

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971 Carnival Elation tips


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+

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