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Carnival Elation

66 reviews
Traveller (263)
Common Areas (1,143)
Dining and Bars (489)
Itineraries for this ship
4 Night Cruise to the Bahamas
Departure date
Thursday, 02/12/21
Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau, Princess Cays, Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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Passengers: 2,130   |   Crew: 920
Passengers to crew: 2.32:1
Passengers to space: 34:1
Launched: 1998   


  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
Additional decks
Deck 4 layout
  Interior (4A)  
  Ocean View (6A)  
  Interior (4B)  
  Ocean View (6B)  
  Interior Upper/Lower (1A)  
  Porthole (PT)  


Cabin size: 185 - 185 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 8
Accessible rooms: 5
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 98

Activities & entertainment

Activities (40)
  • Alchemy Bar
  • Art Auction
  • Beauty Salon*
  • Bingo*
  • Bocce Ball
  • Dance Classes
  • Deck Parties
  • Disco
  • Evening Kids Programs*
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes*
  • Fitness Studio*
  • Green Eggs n Ham Breakfast*
  • Groove For St. Jude*
  • Hot Tubs (4)
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations
  • Karaoke
  • Mark Twain Library
  • Massage Rooms*
  • Mini Golf
  • Photo Portraits*
  • Pools
  • Relaxation Room*
  • Sauna
  • Sauna
  • Seuss-A-Palooza Parade & Storytime
  • Shops
  • Spa Carnival®*
  • Spa Parties*
  • Steam
  • Steam
  • Trivia
  • Video Arcade*
  • White Party
  • Wine Tasting*
  • Waterslides (2)
  • Serenity™
  • Circle "C"®
  • Camp Carnival®
  • Club O2®
Entertainment (11)
  • Casablanca Casino*
  • Cole Porter Club Aft Lounge
  • Comedy Shows
  • Elation's Way Promenade
  • Elation's Way Promenade
  • Jekyll & Hyde Dance Club
  • Live Nightly Music
  • Mikado Main Lounge
  • Mikado Main Lounge
  • Piano Bar
  • Romeo & Juliet Lounge
Dining (15)
  • Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Imagination Dining Room - American
  • Inspiration Dining Room - American
  • Mongolian Rotisserie Grille - Asian
  • Drama Bar - Casino Bar*
  • Buffet - Casual
  • Buffet - Casual
  • The Patio - Casual
  • Tiffany's Lido Restaurant - Casual
  • Musical Café - Coffee and Pastries*
  • Taste Bar - Light Bites
  • Gatsby's Great Bar - Martini Bar*
  • Duke's Piano Bar - Piano Bar*
  • Pool Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Pool Bar - Pool Bar*
* May require additional fees
Traveller rating
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Daka33 wrote a review Mar 2020
Waterford, Michigan2 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and my self recently returned from a cruise on the Carnival Elation Cruise leaving Port Canaveral on February 22, 2020 and returning on February 27th, 2020. I was very displeased with Carnival management on this trip. We did not make one of our two scheduled stops in Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. In my opinion, Carnival knew that we could not make this Port before we ever embarked on the trip. We were not informed that we could not make this port until the evening before we were scheduled to stop. We received a letter that evening that had a multitude of excuses including: a late turnaround, weather conditions, a medical emergency (which took about 15 minutes) and a ship issue affecting the maximum speed. Based on what I had heard from others on the cruise, the ships stability system was broken not allowing the ship to reach maximum speed. If Carnival didn’t know about this ahead of time, they certainly should have, and I assume that is why the ship was late getting into port from the trip prior. The ride out to sea the first night was extremely rough and in talking to many experienced cruisers, the ships do not rock anywhere near the extent that we encountered on this trip. I believe that Carnival Management waited until the last minute to tell us to avoid the 24 guarantee that is advertised on the website. Carnival provided a $50 credit for each person which had to be spent on the ship. This seems woefully insufficient for the ship not making one of only two stops that we were scheduled to make. Also, finding out that the ship was going in to dry dock for significant repairs the week following our cruise dates does not help the case for all of the excuses. I have no problem with the workers on the ship including the cruise director Alex who all did their best making the bad situation as good as possible. I realize many of them had to work on their scheduled day off and they all handled it in a very professional manner. This is the first time in 31 years that I have traveled with Carnival and was hoping for a great experience. This has definitely left a bad taste in my mouth. It appears to me that Carnival Management is more concerned with getting as much money as possible from their hard working customers versus providing excellent customer service.
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Dee T wrote a review Mar 2020
Longwood, Florida78 contributions13 helpful votes
This is one of the oldest ships in the Carnival fleet and it does show because there is no Lido deck big screen and a lot of the specialty restaurants and other ships are not there but all in all it was a very good cruise. The cruise director was a surprise, Jenn Baxter. I have cruised with Jenn before and she is always a blast to be around and does an excellent job at entertaining us on board but I expected her to be on another ship and was surprised to see her on elation but very happy. I have Chris with Jen before and she is always a blast to be around and does an excellent job at entertaining us on board but I expected her to be on another ship and was surprised to see her on Elation but very happy. She is amazing. The ship did have stabilizer issues and we lost power for a while which affected dining and other things but Carnival handled it all very well I hope you. The ship did have stabilizer issues and we lost power for a while which affected dining and other things but Carnival handled it all very well.
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interstateking wrote a review Mar 2020
Rapid City, South Dakota108 contributions7 helpful votes
This is my very first cruise I ever went on. Most of the people I met were really nice, I met the captain Mark Harlow and he was a nice man. He asked where I was from and I shook hands with him. I went to a couple dinners at the dining and the food was great, Yes a pirate tried to kill me. Just kidding, it was a actor in a pirate costume with a prop knife for pictures. I swam a couple of times. Me and my cousin tried out luck on the slots but no luck. The adult only area has a couple of nice hot tubs. I also played mini golf and it was windy. They also had a nice buffet.
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Robert I wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
Our trip on the Carnival Elation was a disaster.We had a very tiny room with a small dirty window. Our room had a foul septic odor most of the trip. We complained but though they cleaned the bathroom the rancid smell remained. We hit our heads on the tv and a bar in the bathroom. There wasn't any electrical outlet in the bathroom and the fridge was actually a cooler. Because of engine problems we did not stop at the Dominican Republic where we were planning an excursion. I am told they had engine problems on this ship before. The Amber Cove was nice and the entertainment on the ship, led by Alex, was very good. Because of the inconveniences Carnival gave us $50. I think that was very poor considering what we experienced with this very old dilapidated ship.
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Lori G wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
This was an amazing trip and we could not feel better about our decision to go! Guest service was unlike anything ever and it appeared the staff went out of their way to ensure all guests had everything the could think of. Our lead housekeeper was Shelia. She was always happy to greet us and even decorated our room for my husband's birthday. The dining staff was Judyliz, Sulis, and Jerico. Jerico stole the show but they were all wonderful and again, went above and beyond to make our time there truly special. Ten out of ten, we'd do it again!! Thanks so much for taking excellent care of us!
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4 Night Cruise to the Bahamas
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Thursday, 02/12/21
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