Carnival Elation Overview

By Thomas Faddegon - Updated Sep. 30, 2019

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 Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,697
  • Total Crew: 926
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.91
  • Built: Mar 1998
  • Refurbished: Oct 2014
  • Number of Decks: 11
  • Total Cabins: 1,026
  • Cabin Categories: 29
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Length: 855
  • Beam: 103


  • 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


1026 cabins and 29 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(284 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $80/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(378 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $95/night
Balcony Balcony
(23 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $152/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(63 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 257 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $168/night

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Mongolian Wok Mongolian Wok
(3 Reviews)
Musical Cafe Musical Cafe
(2 Reviews)
Inspiration Dining Room Inspiration Dining Room
(23 Reviews)
Imagination Dining Room Imagination Dining Room
(38 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Beauty Salon Beauty Salon
(4 Reviews)
Special Occasions Special Occasions
(1 Review)
Taste Bar Taste Bar
(1 Review)
Elation''s Way Promenade Elation''s Way Promenade
(4 Reviews)

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WONDERFUL by jjleblanc13

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

The cruise was enjoyable. Me and my 22 family members thoroughly enjoyed being together. We traveled from Louisiana, Texas, and Maryland.

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It was okay by LDStuckey

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

This ship although cozy and nice should undergo some refurbishments. There were obvious signs of wear.

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Amazing Cruise by nicholeallen05

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Amazing cruise and vacation. Will definitely book with Carnival again!!!!

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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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