Carnival Elation Cruise Ship Profile

Ship Features, Itinerary, News, Photos, Review, Accomodations, Notable Rooms, Dining Venues, Kid's Areas, Deck Plan, Outdoor Spaces, Smoking Sections

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CDC Ratings

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2009 Rating 99 (May)
2009 Rating 99 (Dec)
2010 Rating 97  (Jul)
2011 Rating 95 (Feb)
2011 Rating 94 (Jul)
2012 Rating 99 (Jan)
2012 Rating 98 (Jul)
2012 Rating 96 (Nov)
2013 Rating 99 (Jul)
2014 Rating 98 (Jan)
2016 Rating 92 (Jun)
2016 Rating 100 (Oct)

Carnival Elation News

New Ocean-Themed Children's Program for Carnival Cruise Lines

posted April 20, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines today unveiled Camp Ocean – an exciting, new marine-themed children’s program coming to its fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.” Set to debut on Carnival Freedom on May 24, the expansive new program will immerse children ages 2-11 in the wonders of the sea through fun, engaging and educational experiences. Read more...

Carnival Offers Shore Excursion Guarantee

posted January 15, 2014

Carnival is guaranteeing the lowest prices on over 1,100 shore excursions. In the event passengers find a shore excursion from another tour operator booked before or during their cruise can fill out a claim form for a 110 percent shipboard credit. Read more...


The Elation sails from Jacksonville, FL offering  4 and 5 night cruises to the Bahamas. Visit the Carnival website for a complete schedule.

Updated March 2017

Deck Plan

Sun Deck

City Sports Park, Jogging track, Mini-golf

Sports Deck

Camp Carnival, Fitness Center, Spa Carnival, Steam and Sauna rooms

Veranda Deck

Passenger staterooms, Aft pool and bar

Lido Deck

Main pool & Twister Waterslide, Tiffany's Lido Restaurant, Mongolian Wok, Pool Stage,

Promenade Deck

Serenity adults only lounge, Cole Porter Aft Lounge, Gatby's Great Bar, Elation's Way Promenade, Jekyll & Hide Dance, Musical Cafe, Romeo & Juliet Lounge, Dance Bar, Casablanca Casino, Club O2, Video Arcade, Taste Bar, Mikado Main Show Lounge, Photo Gallery

Atlantic Deck

Main show lounge, Inspiration main dining rooms, Mark Twain Library, Duke's Piano Bar, Circle C, Fun Shops

Empress Deck

Passenger staterooms, Atrium, Art Gallery, Internet Cafe

Upper Deck

Passenger staterooms

Main Deck

Passenger staterooms

Riviera Deck

Passenger staterooms

Adults Only Serenity Retreat

The Serenity area is designed as an oasis for tranquility and relaxation, offering colorful, oversized umbrellas, comfortable chaise lounges and chairs, whirlpools, and breathtaking sea views.

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Carnival Elation

carnival elation

The Carnival Elation offers a host of new facilities and features following an extensive renovation in 2009. Carnival Elation’s refurbishment included the addition of Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat, a new Circle “C” club geared to 12-to 14-year-olds, and expanded Lido-area dining options, including a new Mongolian Wok custom stir-fry station and an updated deli and dessert station. The Carnival Elation’s suites were also remodeled and cosmetic enhancements were made to a variety of shipboard areas. 

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News Notable Rooms
Itinerary Outdoor Areas
CDC Ratings Adults Only
Deck Plan Kid's Camps
Dining Venues Smoking Policy
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carnival elation

Ship Class: Destiny

Launched: 1998

Refurbished: March 2009;  Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements scheduled for 2014 (dates TBA)

GRT: 71,000

Length: 855 ft.

Draft: 27 ft.

Speed: 21  Knots

Passengers: 2,052


Carnival Comfort Beds in all staterooms with two twin beds that convert to a queen or king, sitting area, desk, bathroom with shower, phone, and TV with first-run movies and amenity basket displayed in the bathroom. The amenities are subject to change and are only sample sizes. The basket may include such things as: his/her razors; shampoo and conditioner; body wash; Tylenol; deodorant; hard candies. Supplies will be replenished by the room steward, if quantities allow.

Stateroom sizes

Inside 195 sq. ft.
Outside 220 sq. ft.
Suite 210 sq. ft. and veranda



Interior staterooms use Carnival Collection Linens, a private bathroom, three closets, and 24-hour room service. Upper/lower rooms maximize space using an upper pullman or sofa bed. Twin beds can be converted to a King bed. Some interior rooms include a porthole for viewing.

Ocean View

Ocean view staterooms provide you with views of the sea right from your stateroom from a picture window. Included in the space is a private bathrooms, three closets, and 24-hour room service. Two twin beds covert to a king bed.


All suites come with VIP check-in and balcony views. The suites have ample space to stretch out and move around. The junior suite features a standard-sized balcony and a whirlpool tub. The Grand Suite has expansive space and a dressing vanity.

Dining Venues

($) = Specialty restaurant, surcharges apply

Main Dining Rooms

Inspiration and Imagination main dining rooms offer full seating and anytime dining.

Tiffany's Bar & Grill

Grand buffet also includes pizzeria, grill and the new Mongolian Wok.

The Taste Bar

Complimentary bite-size offerings inspired by popular Carnival dining venues.

Chef's Table ($)

A VIP, private tour of the kitchen starts this experience. After signature cocktails, the chefs cook a private, multi-course meal of items not found on regular menus. A $75 per person surcharge applies.

Room Service

24-hour room service menu. Room service orders are delivered to guests’ staterooms any time of the day or night at no charge.

Notable Rooms

Mikado Main Show Lounge

Sit back and enjoy musical and stage productions. Sit forward for interactive activities like bingo, trivia and other games. And sit on the edge of your seat while experiencing action-packed, feature-length 3D movies!

Jekyll & Hyde Dance Club

Dance away to today's latest hits spun by the DJ's at the main dance club located on Promenade deck.

Romeo and Juliet Aft Lounge

Cabaret style lounge offering activities during the day and music and comedy in the evenings featuring the Punchliner Comedy Club.  Five 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night.  The two early-evening shows offer fun for the whole family while the later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy. Located on Promenade deck.

Cole Porter's Club

Cabaret style lounge offering activities during the day and music and comedy in the evenings featuring the Punchliner Comedy Club.  Five 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night. The two early-evening shows offer fun for the whole family while the later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy. Located on Promenade deck.

Casablanca Casino

Craps, blackjack, roulette, slots and more.

Outdoor Venues


From the 300-gallon dump bucket to stationary water toys, Carnival's WaterWorks is just the thing to get even the most experienced cruiser wet behind the ears again. Ride the Twister Waterslide into the main pool as many times as you wish.

City Sports Park

Located on the Sun Deck, the City Sports Park includes a 9-hole mini-golf course, padded jogging track, volleyball, shuffle board, basketball, and ping pong.

Lido Deck

Work on your tan at the Sun Pool and Deck, Sun Bar, or the Sky Pool and Sky Bar (Aft). 

Carnival’s Seaside Theatre

This 270-square-foot LED screen and poolside seating is the perfect spot for guests to sit back, relax and watch classic and first-run movies, sporting events, news, concerts and other programming, either during the day or night. Panorama deck.

Kid's Camps

Camp Carnival (ages 2-11)

Camp Carnival features games, finger painting, story time, movies and more… all in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. The fun doesn't end at bed time, either; Carnival's babysitting program offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 A.M. 

Circle C (ages 12-14)

Video games, scavenger hunts, dance parties, sports, pool parties and special shore excursions.

Club O2 (ages 15-17)

Teens can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties… video gaming and movies from the club's comfy seating, with video monitors all over the place. Outside of the club, activities include pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.

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