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Carnival Elation Review

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Carnival Elation
4.0 / 5.0
1144 reviews

Pros
Families will love the water park and Dr. Seuss activities; new dining spots draw crowds
Cons
Just one pool, no movies by the pool and little onboard shopping
Bottom Line
Enough onboard to keep passengers as busy as they want to be

About

Passengers
2,130

Crew
920

Passenger to Crew
2.32:1

Launched
1998

Shore Excursions
84
Sails To
Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas
Sails From
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Karon Warren
Cruise Critic Contributor

Carnival Elation Overview

Given that Elation was built 20 years ago, it is noticeably smaller than the larger-than-life ships being built today. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. This ship is large enough that it doesn't feel crowded, yet small enough that passengers won't get lost trying to find the dining room or theater.

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Elation shows its age in other ways too, with decor that is a blend of 1970s color and geometrics overload with garish Vegas touches, depending on which spot you're in. Even so, this doesn't distract passengers from having a good time.

During a short stint in dry dock in 2017, Elation received several Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades that give it a slightly newer feel, including new restaurant, bar and entertainment options, and even refreshed stateroom corridors. Families also will find improvements to Camp Ocean (the kids' camp), the onboard water park and the mini-golf course, leading to more enjoyment for kids and their parents.

A cruise on Carnival Elation can be as busy or as relaxing as you'd like it to be. For those who want to be active, you can play in the water park, compete in a Ping-Pong tournament or join in many of the entertainment crew-led fun. If you're looking to relax, you can spend time on the Serenity Deck, hit up the library or just work on your tan around the pool. At night, take in a show in the main theater or enjoy the live music located around the ship.

One of the best attributes of Carnival Elation is its crew. They are friendly and never hesitate to answer a question, point you in the right direction and always do their best to get you what you need.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Two main dining rooms, the buffet and select other eateries
  • All theater and comedy shows
  • Use of the water park, pool, mini-golf and other outdoor activities
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($13.99 per person, per day or $15.99 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Most room service deliveries, plus tip
  • All drinks -- beyond water, tea (including ice tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet -- plus an automatic 18 percent gratuity
  • Spa treatments, plus automatic 15 percent tip
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Activities including, but not limited to arcade games, bingo and Build-A-Bear
  • Photos

Top Carnival Elation Itineraries

Carnival Elation
4 day bahamas itinerary

Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau, Freeport, Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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Fellow Passengers

The vast majority of passengers on Carnival Elation come from the United States and Canada, with ages typically falling between 25 and 60. Because we sailed before school was out for the summer, we saw many young couples, honeymooners, parents with preschool-age kids (and younger) as well as a lot of older adults. Expect that to change when kids are not in school. There also were many multigenerational families aboard, both for vacation and family reunions.


Carnival Elation Dress Code

Daytime: Daytime dress onboard Carnival Elation is quite casual, with shorts, T-shirts, swimsuits and flip-flops being the most popular.

Evening: This casual approach carries over into night on non-elegant nights, with swimsuits and flip-flops traded in for sundresses, khakis, jeans and sandals. On elegant nights (one during our five-night cruise, two for longer cruises), most passengers opt for "Sunday dress" attire: dress slacks with buttoned-up shirt for the guys and dressier dresses for women. On our sailing, there were a few women who opted to take it up a notch, wearing floor-length, almost black-tie dresses, some covered in sequins, but most men didn't opt for a tuxedo, instead wearing a nice suit.

Not permitted: Cutoff jeans, men's tank tops and swimwear are not permitted in the main dining room.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Carnival.


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Carnival Elation Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.8
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.03.7
Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Family5.03.9
Enrichment3.03.2
Service5.04.1
Value For Money4.53.8

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Where does Carnival Elation sail from?

Carnival Elation departs from Port Canaveral

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Cruises on Carnival Elation start from £222 per person.

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Carnival Elation won 2 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2013 Best for Embarkation
  • 2013 Best for Value

Carnival Elation Member Reviews

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
We were just on Carnival Elation for a 5 night cruise. Overall the cruise was good, as it had some things we really liked and some things that were kind of lacking.... Read More
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Sail Date: Jan 2020
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Sail Date: Feb 2020
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