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Overview

Introduced in 1998 and most recently updated in 2017, Carnival Elation holds 2,130 passengers and 920 crew members. Cruisers can choose from Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suite category rooms, all of which offer flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service. Recent passengers said that while the ship is clearly older, rooms are clean and well-maintained. 

Beyond the cabins, entertainment options now include the WaterWorks water park, as well as 2014 updates like the Punchliner Comedy Club, a piano bar and the Seuss at Sea program. Kids can take part in one of the ships age-appropriate youth clubs, while grown-ups can head to the adults-only Serenity Retreat or sip a cocktail at one of the ship's bars or lounges. Guests aged 21 and older can even pour their own beers at any time of the day at the Beer Station. 

When it's time to eat, passengers have multiple dining options to choose from, including Lido Restaurant, BlueIguana Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint and a three-course main dining room. Although Carnival Elation is by no means intimate, past cruisers agree that the crew members – from the wait staff to the room stewards – are especially friendly and accommodating.

In 2019-20, Elation sails to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from Orlando

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Introduced in 1998 and most recently updated in 2017, Carnival Elation holds 2,130 passengers and 920 crew members. Cruisers can choose from Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suite category rooms, all of which offer flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service. Recent passengers said that while the ship is clearly older, rooms are clean and well-maintained. 

Beyond the cabins, entertainment options now include the WaterWorks water park, as well as 2014 updates like the Punchliner Comedy Club, a piano bar and the Seuss at Sea program. Kids can take part in one of the ships age-appropriate youth clubs, while grown-ups can head to the adults-only Serenity Retreat or sip a cocktail at one of the ship's bars or lounges. Guests aged 21 and older can even pour their own beers at any time of the day at the Beer Station. 

When it's time to eat, passengers have multiple dining options to choose from, including Lido Restaurant, BlueIguana Cantina, Guy's Burger Joint and a three-course main dining room. Although Carnival Elation is by no means intimate, past cruisers agree that the crew members – from the wait staff to the room stewards – are especially friendly and accommodating.

In 2019-20, Elation sails to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from Orlando

Ship Size
L
Price
$$$$
Year Built
1998

Pros & Cons

  • Updated in 2017 to include water park, Guy's Burger Joint and more

  • Mixed reviews on food quality

3.80Scorecard
  • 3.5Expert Rating »
  • 3.9Traveler Rating »
  • 4.0Health Rating »

Rankings

Carnival Elation ranks #12 out of 26 Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Cabins

Carnival Elation offers a wide range of accomodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Deck Plans

Carnival Elation contains 11 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Elation deck.

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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 0 guests have reviewed Carnival Elation, giving it a rating of 3.9 on a scale of 1-5.

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Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples37.9%
Families w/older children17.5%
Singles/Friends12.3%
Families w/young children10.8%
Groups7.7%
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