Carnival Elation

3.7 out of 5

Overview

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.

Sails from: Jacksonville, Florida

Cruises to: Caribbean - Bahamas, Caribbean - Eastern, Bermuda

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

It was so much fun and a great experience!

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It was so much fun, it was mine and my boyfriend's first cruise and it was a great experience. There was so much for us to do on the ship. The gym was a very decent size, we were happy with it.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Awesome cruise but a lot of small issues

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Overall, excellent cruise. We will plan to cruise again with Carnival but be better prepared for Carnival's changes. I'd recommend Carnival in the future, particularly those with smaller children.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Cruise was great

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Cruise was okay. Cabin we had was shaking the entire trip. Unable to move us to another room. Lack of sleep caused our trip to be somewhat miserable.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Relaxing and fun family vacation

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Relaxing, fun family cruise for the value that we paid. Entertainment was great, dining room food was fabulous and staff was extremely wonderful. Our teenagers had a blast in the Club!!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Fun Trip

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Overall a great trip. My niece who was a first time cruiser had a great time. I also had a great time. The cruise director Kevin made the shows fun. The comedians were funny also. The food was good. We loved our dining room experience.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 2697

  • Total Crew: 926

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.91

  • Built: Mar 1998

  • Refurbished: 3 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 10

  • Total Cabins: 1026

  • Cabin Categories: 19

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scarlabrown
Contributor Level: Second Mate
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

bsconsults
Contributor Level: Purser
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+

jsl12343
Contributor Level: Purser
Feb 01, 2015

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

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