The Carnival Elation is one of the cruise line’s oldest ships, and it is preparing to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. This Fantasy Class ship was launched in 1998 and sailed from Los Angeles until it relocated to Jacksonville, Florida.

It is currently a 2,040-passenger cruise ship sailing from Jacksonville year-round to the Bahamas. She received a major refurbishment in 2017 and is home to Fun Ship 2.0 features, including Guy’s Burger Joint, Red Frog Rum Bar, Blue Iguana Cantina and Camp Ocean children’s programs.

Food & Drink

Carnival elation is one of the older ships in the Carnival fleet, but it still has some really great dining and entertainment. There’s a wide variety of cuisine to choose from, and most meals are included in the price of your cruise.

The buffets have something for everyone, and the main dining room has classic cruise line dining experiences. Then there’s the Lido Marketplace, which is a help-yourself global cuisine buffet.

You can also enjoy some of the fun bars onboard, like Gatsby’s bar or Duke’s piano bar. If you’re looking for some high-end seafood, Rudi’s Seagrill is a good place to start.

The ship also offers a wide selection of different kinds of drinks, and you can find them at all the bars onboard. You can get a drink package that includes alcoholic drinks, non-alcoholic frozen drinks, and wine by the glass.


Designed to provide an entertaining holiday experience for an active, younger audience, Carnival Elation has a lot of activities for the whole family. Whether you want to relax with a spa treatment, bust a move on the Jekyll & Hyde dance club or try your luck at the casino, there’s something for everyone!

Guests are also sure to be entertained by the onboard stage shows that are sure to razzle and dazzle. Performing a variety of crowd-pleasing songs, each show features performers in extravagant costumes and awesome sets.

The comedy club is another top-notch place to watch professional comedians flex their funny muscles. Alternatively, enjoy a drink in Tiffany’s bar and grill, which offers beautiful ocean views on one side of the room and intricate stained glass panels on the other.

If you’re looking for some grown-up fun, there’s also the adults-only Serenity retreat that offers ocean vistas and whirlpools. And if the kids are in need of some age-appropriate supervised fun, the three youth spaces onboard are ideal.

Staterooms & Accommodations

Whether you choose a simple Interior or Ocean View cabin or go all out in an expansive Balcony or Suite, the staterooms at Carnival elation are designed to make you feel like home. A steward will come by every morning or night to service your accommodations, plus you can select a slew of sweet cabin perks, including bathrobes, extra pillows and blankets.

On Carnival ships, a large percentage of cabins are balcony cabins — the most popular cruise ship accommodation these days. However, the ratio of balcony cabins to non-balcony cabins on some of the newer Carnival ships isn’t nearly as high as it is on rival lines such as Royal Caribbean.

For families, there’s a kids’ pool and an entertainment venue that includes video arcades and waterslides. In addition, supervised activities for 2-11-year-olds are offered by Camp Carnival. Several onboard restaurants also offer kid-friendly menus. For adults, there are a number of spots to grab a drink or an upscale meal.


If you’re looking to get active and have a good time, Carnival Elation has a lot to offer. There’s a fitness center on board and a few top-deck attractions, like a ropes course, sports courts and mini golf.

Aside from these activities, there’s also a Punchliner Comedy Club and Seuss at Sea programs to keep kids entertained. For grown-ups, the Serenity Retreat is an adults-only deck and several bars and lounges are open on the ship’s other decks.

One of the best things about a cruise is that there’s always something fun to do. Whether it’s trying a new cuisine at a complimentary restaurant, or taking a cooking class with a Carnival chef. Or perhaps you’re simply in the mood for a cocktail or a glass of wine onboard.