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Carnival Elation

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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
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wldct97 wrote a review Dec 2021
7 contributions
This was our first Carnival cruise and it did not meet our expectations. Several areas were done well but as our title says, there was a lot of room for improvement. We had a lot of fun but our expectations was that Carnival as FUN, FUN, FUN & we did not see that. Paully (Cruise Director) & his team were awesome!! The Love & Marriage show was very funny & the contestants were easy to root for. We enjoyed the trivia, bingo, & adult 2 lies/1 truth shows. While the Fun Squad was awesome, the venues or mechanics of the games need to be reviewed. The trivia was at the Drama Bar which is some seating in a Major walkway next to the casino. Whenever the casino is open, all you can hear is the creepy clown & carnival music from the casino games. If your playing trivia, you would like to hear the questions. There also were several times when a trivia question had more than 1 answer & they only took what was on their answer sheet. There were several open venues available to have these activities in instead. We played bingo 4 times & enjoyed it even though we didn’t win. The prizes were much bigger than we anticipated & they could have made them smaller low cost prizes (free bubbles package, internet, specialty dining, etc) while charging less & having more winners. The music trivia was very rushed & could have been more of a dance party instead of hurry up & get to the next activity. We spent 3 nights at the piano bar & really enjoyed it. The nightly entertainment was very poor & brought the entertainment rating down from a four to a two. I’ve seen several high school productions that were much better than these shows. We went to the Divas & Rock shows. The production & overall entertainment was not good. After the first three Rock songs I didn’t know, we left. I’ve listened to rock music all my life, so I was very disappointed. We left & went to them piano bar & the rock songs there were much better! I gave the overall dining experience a 3 rating even though the food was tasteless & bland. The service in the main dining room was excellent if you sit on the left or odd numbered side. If on the right or even numbered side expect 2 hour service because they want to serve everyone at once instead of as soon as you are ready. We had the unlucky opportunity to eat on that side for the sea day brunch. We left after 90 minutes & took our dessert to go. It was 45 minutes before we had any food brought to us which made us miss one of our trivia times. Completely unacceptable & a waste of our time. Over the course of the cruise we found items that were good (salmon & bagels for breakfast) but the consistency overall was very poor. We learned to order more than one appetizer or dessert because of the poor quality & inconsistency of the food. The Carnival Lava Cake was my go to dessert. I ordered it 5 times, one was excellent, 2 were runny, & 2 were over cooked. Guys burgers & the taco bar was okay. The best breakfast is the omelette bar on the lido deck. We wished we found it before day 4 of the trip. We enjoyed sunset in the hot tubs on the serenity deck (adults only) on 3 evenings. The best was when we left Amber Cove & saw the island float away behind us as the sunset was on our right. My wife broke her ankle before we left & had mobility challenges so we didn’t leave the ship when in port. The hot tubs & pool are not handicap accessible. The hot tubs have four steps up to the entry and then three steps down into the water. She chose to crawl into & out of the water to enjoy this part of the cruise. She also had mobility challenges in the public restrooms with the location of dryers in relation to the sink. Our cabin was average. The steward was excellent which was a theme during this cruise. Their customer service is great but their overall product is mediocre or below. Our fridge did not cool anything. Luckily our steward brought us ice morning & night to help keep our ice packs cold. He also brought us a bath seat and together with the adjustable shower head made a nice handicap accessible shower. The space was small (expected), but the functionality could be much better. Another stool or an actual chair was badly needed. The water out of the shower is really brown & disgusting as others have reported. Not all of the water is that way as the laundered towels were white. We sent them used brown towels & they always came back white. The bed was comfy and was fine for 5 nights but is showing signs of wear on the edge because of the lack of other seating. The first night was also very rough and you could feel the waves. We asked several other cruisers why they go on carnival & no one was able to give us a clear reason. Our first cruise was on Royal Caribbean & so will our next one. We thought Carnival would be more fun & it was not.
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russpei wrote a review Nov 2021
Sebring, Florida575 contributions187 helpful votes
The staff was outstanding and the food variety in the dining room was just outstanding. Another couple with us and ourselves ordered numerous appitizers and entrees because they were so delicious. The ship is old but the small size made up for the old features. Staff here is excellent and there was always something to do. We have cruised a lot and found this cruise to be great. Itinerary was changed but it did not bother us. Amber Cove and Bimini was good. Masks all the time was ok. Cape Canaveral was great, easy on and off the ship, well organized. Parking at dock was more expensive than off site but very convenient, we were off the ship and on the highway in 40 minutes!
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brandi wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution
The first night in dining I had asked for a Caesar salad and they put anchovie sauce in it!!! Then my cabin had yellow water coming out of the faucet! Dining area waited a half hour just for a appetizer! There was NO social distancing and then they wanted 185.00 to rent a wheelchair and my fiance is a disabled vet! They just want your money they don't care!!!
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Sable W wrote a review Oct 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
I understand we’re in different times due to covid, but I personally feel they could’ve did a lot more for 5 days. Really wasn’t that much to do in the boat, childcare WAS NOT provided after 6 people told me there would be on the first day. Waited and waited around for absolutely nothing. Second day, figured out the the children or unvaccinated guests could not leave the cruise ship unless a bubbles tour is purchased. Of course they were sold out so we I ended up staying in the boat because my children ( 4&2) are not vaccinated. Although I am vaccinated they still could not go. So I sucked it up to find something for them to so, they shut down Everything on the boat, so your left with absolutely nothing to do. I did complain and received Crayons and playdoh. Very disappointed in the trip, because they definitely should’ve been more specific on bringing children. I’ve been on another cruise and it was nothing like this. Unless single or with a spouse, it’s a no for me.
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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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