Carnival Elation Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars 4.0
  • Expert Rating:3.0-stars 3.0
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.7
    • Couples: 3.7
    • Families w/ young children: 3.7
    • Families w/ older children: 3.6
    • Singles/Friends: 3.7
    • Groups: 3.7
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Refurbished: 2014
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,026
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 3

How it Ranks: Carnival Elation ranks #8 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Introduced in 1998, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation is one of Carnival's smallest ships. And thanks to a renovation in 2009, Carnival Elation lures cruisers with fresh onboard entertainment offerings along with three cabin category choices geared toward a wide range of traveler types and budgets. Carnival Elation's Interior, Ocean View and Suite cabins all offer living areas with seating and televisions. Guests who spring for an Ocean View cabin or a Suite-category stateroom are rewarded with additional space and features like picture windows and balconies; suites also boast VIP check-in and more closet room. Beyond the cabins, guests can venture to the three pools and waterslide or head to City Sports Park, where there's mini-golf, pingpong tables, a basketball court and a volleyball court. Grown-ups seeking a little alone time can send the kids to one of the ship's youth programs, which are split according to three distinct age groups (Camp Carnival for guests ages 2 to 5, Circle "C" for guests ages 6 to 8 or Club O2 for guests ages 9 to 11), before heading to Serenity, an adults-only space featuring a whirlpool and bar service. Guests can also order drinks at Gatsby's Great Bar and Duke's piano bar before dining at one of the ship's versatile restaurant venues, including the Taste Bar, the Lido Buffet (the Mongolian Wok is especially a hit among past cruisers) or the two main dining rooms. Afterward, sweet-toothed travelers can head to the cafe and coffee bar for specialty drinks, milkshakes, pastries and more. Though Carnival Elation is by no means intimate with a capacity for 2,000-plus passengers, it maintains a higher level of service than gigantic 4,000-plus passenger competitors, which lack the customization you would expect to find on smaller ships. Plus, past cruisers agree that the crew members — from the wait staff to the room stewards — are especially friendly and accommodating.

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Carnival Elation Cabins

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.