The Carnival Elation was built in 1998. It was renovated in 2020. It's considered a small size ship. Coming in at 855 ft long and 103 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 2.4 football fields, as wide as 1.9 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 10-story building.
The Elation can hold 2,052 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Elation has a space ratio of 34. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship has less space per person than average.
|Passengers (double occupancy)||2,052|
|Passenger to Crew Ratio||2.2|
|Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)||34|
The Elation is one of two Fantasy-class ships currently sailing with Carnival. Ecstasy-class ships are the oldest in Carnival's fleet. There used to be 8 ships in this class, but only 2 remain. They're on the smaller side, making them easier to get around, but they might be missing a lot of the activities and features found on larger ships. These ships also aren't built with a lot of balcony cabins, making balcony cabins harder to get and more expensive. The Elation is very similar to its sister-ships; Paradise, although each ship may have some differences.
Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Carnival Elation. You have 10 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 7 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 3 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. 70% of the dining options are included which means if you're watching your budget, you won't feel like you're missing out by not going to a lot of extra fee dining places.
|Restaurant||Restaurant Type||Cost||Type of Food|
|Blue Iguana Cantina||Quick serve||Included||Mexican|
|Bonsai Sushi Express||Quick serve||A la cart||Sushi|
|Carnival Deli||Quick serve||Included||Deli|
|Coffee Bar||Quick serve||A la cart||Coffee|
|Guy's Burger Joint||Quick serve||Included||American|
|Main Dining Room||Sit down||Included||Main dining room|
|Pizza Pirate||Quick serve||Included||Pizza|
|The Chef's Table||Sit down||Flat fee||Foodie|
In terms of drinks and cocktails, you have a variety of choices. Carnival serves the Pepsi family of products. That means Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Starry, Mug Root Beer, and Mountain Dew, although the selection can vary by ship.
There are also plenty of bars available on this ship. You can check outrecent bar menus for the Elation below.
Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.
The Carnival Elation has a total of 1 pools and 4 hot tubs.
Tired of loud kids and splashing? 2 of the hot tubs are adults only.
|- Pools - General Access||1|
|- Pools - Adults Only||0|
|- Pools - Exclusive||0|
|Total Hot Tubs||4|
|- Hot Tubs - General Access||2|
|- Hot Tubs - Adults Only||2|
|- Hot Tubs - Exclusive||0|
Cruise Coloring and Activity Books for Kids
Get your kids ready for their cruise or keep them entertained while on board with our custom made coloring and activity books. These are the Carnival editions with featuring places Pizza Pirate and mini-golf.
Cruise Ship Coloring Book for Kids 3-5 - Carnival Edition
Let's Get Cruising Activity Book for Kids 6-8 - Carnival Edition
There are quite a few things to do on the Elation. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.
|Adult Only Relaxation Area||Included|
|Arcade||A la cart|
|Casino||A la cart|
Carnival is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.
Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.The cost will also vary depending on the type of cabin you book. You can see the differences between the Carnival cabins and how to choose the best one here:
Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.
Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.
The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Carnival ship.
|Base Daily Gratuities*|
(Per Person Per Day)
|Tip added to drinks & services||18%|
|Domestic Beer Price||$7.50|
See drink menus
|Drink Package Price||$59.95 - $69.95|
|Internet Plan||$12.75 to $18.70 per device per day|
|*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.|