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Carnival Elation

97 reviews
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Itineraries for this ship
4 Night Cruise to the Bahamas
Departure date
Thursday, 25-01-30
Jacksonville, Freeport, Nassau, Jacksonville
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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
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Robert B wrote a review May 3
1 contribution
I booked the Carnival Elation as a special gift for my mom's 75th birthday, but unfortunately, our experience fell short of expectations. Firstly, we received a last-minute notification of a delay, pushing back our departure time. Mechanical issues further disrupted our schedule, with changes to our itinerary and extended periods at sea due to the ship's problems. The onboard experience was marred by unpleasant odors, unsupervised children, and inadequate customer service. Many passengers, including myself, suffered from seasickness exacerbated by the slow 8mph pace of the ship. The ship's condition was concerning, with sewage smells and even instances of puke in the hallways. Carnival's response to issues such as flooding in cabins was inadequate, offering $25 on-board credit only as compensation. Despite spending a significant amount on the cruise, Carnival refused to provide any credit or partial refunds for the disruptions and disappointments. In light of these issues, I recommend exploring alternative cruise lines such as Norwegian or MSC for a more enjoyable and reliable experience. Ultimately, while the time spent with my mom was precious, the overall experience aboard the Carnival Elation left much to be desired. Save your money!
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Sightsee00962101972 wrote a review Apr 2024
1 contribution
We sailed on Carnival Elation to the Bahamas and felt it was an incredibly chaotic experience. There was something wrong with the boat which delayed our departure time and ended up canceling one of our port visits. Communication was very confusing and disjointed. Our morning in Nassau, our catamaran and snorkeling excursion was cancelled due to "not enough interest." When we arrived at the information desk we saw a long line of people who received the same message. Come to find out the cruise actually meant to say it was cancelled due to weather. We booked a dolphin excursion instead. As we got off the boat we learned the dolphin excursion was cancelled and same man who minutes before had sold us the dolphin excursion got us to book a swimming with the pigs excursion. We got on a small boat, arrived at the island, and learned the pig excursion was cancelled but we were trapped on the island for the next four hours. As soon as we arrived back on the cruise ship they informed us the second excursion was also cancelled. Overall incredibly poor communication and customer service. Nothing was done to assist besides a $100 cruise credit per stateroom not passenger. I felt very disappointed with this use of half my vacation days for the year and very disappointed in the response from carnival. I would not recommend carnival to anyone.
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R G wrote a review Jan 2024
36 contributions8 helpful votes
Returned 3 days ago and husband is still ill from a stomach bug. Read recent news articles before booking! Overall, I'd still give this ship a 2 compared with other ships/lines I've been on. Suite was good sized, and crew were very friendly. Even with 2017 refurbishment, it's an old ship. Lots of crying kids aboard. Food was passable, but except for burgers, deli, and pizza, passable is about the best I can say. Lots of small issues like a chunk of glass on our room's floor when we went in, elevators out of service when I had an appointment on 12 and our room was on 6 (and I am currently unable to do stairs after surgery), spa appointment time changed but we were not informed, issues with Carnival Hub and QR codes provided in room, announcements cutting in and out, technical problems with online boarding passes, dining menus, etc. All minor frustrations that could have been avoided by a cruise line that was at the top of their game. Carnival is not that line. Took the cruise because we live near Jax, but next time, I think I'll drive to Miami/FLL. It's cheap and convenient, but it is a "2" for sure compared with the other dozen cruises I've taken.
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Michael A wrote a review Oct 2023
Jacksonville, Florida1 contribution
I have been a loyal Carnival fan up till now. It was the most crowed cruise I have been on in the 15 years since we started with Carnival and the staff was overwhelmed. My husband and I have been on the Elation a few times and have noticed a decline in quality over the years. It never bothered me that people called Carnival the Walmart of the seas but this particular crowd took it to another level. I personally have never witnessed some of the fights that have become common place in today's society but on this cruise I did see some particularly disgusting, selfish, loud, ignorant, unacceptable behavior. Who bends over and twirks in the lobby to show their rear? Who? Two women on a Carnival Elation cruise. Did I need to see that, you can't unsee that people. Get some class! Women in lido wearing thong bathing suits, no shoes, etce. Carnival apparently doesn't care. We decided to splurg on the Chef's Table. I have no words for the behavior of at family who decided to join us 45 minutes late. One walked through the kitchen barefoot! One was so high she could couldn't keep her eyes open. They scoffed at the food like it was disgusting. The kept leaving the room to go to the bathroom and each time we had to pause the dinner. They had disgusting table manners and all around the most rudest, ignorant, disrepectful people I have ever had the unfortune to meet. I will not be on Elation again and not sure if I will do any Carnival ship.
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Elon N wrote a review Sep 2023
Columbus, Ohio165 contributions37 helpful votes
I went on the Carnival Elation onna family reunion cruise and we had a great time. This was not my first to.e cruising. This was my first time however on a carnival cruise. At first we were a little skeptical about going on a carnival cruise because of all the negative experiences that some people may have had. I am so glad that my family and I decided to go on this family reunion vacation. The ship was older but, it was still very nice. My Aunt and I shared a room. We had an ocean view room and my parents had an ocean view room as well . The relatives we traveled with also had either an ocean view room or balcony. The entertainment was pretty good. We went to the heart and soul motown show the second night on the ship. I really liked the Karaoke lounge( that was a lot of fun), and the lime light lounge. The food was also pretty good. The elegant night or captain's dinner was pretty good. I had a pasta dish that was good. I also likes the buffet. There we're many options to choose from. My favorite restaurant spot was Guy's burgers. It was very good. We didn't see any for experience any fights, arguments, disrespectfulness or anything. We also loved visiting the Nassau port. This was all of our fourth time visiting Nassau but, they made a lot of improvements which we hadn't seen. We also loved the Princess Cays port as well. All in all it was a great time.
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