Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation current position

Carnival Elation current location is at North West Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 25.86145 N / -77.60848 W) cruising at speed of 10.5 kn (19 km/h | 12 mph) en route to BS FRE>BS NAS. The AIS position was reported 12 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation current cruise is 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas. Prices start from USD 629 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 20 Jun, 2024 and ends on 24 Jun, 2024.

Date / TimePort
20 Jun 15:30    Departing from Jacksonville, JAXPORT, Florida hotels
21 Jun 12:00 - 19:00    Freeport, Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island
22 Jun 08:00 - 16:00    Nassau, Bahamas, New Providence Island
24 Jun 08:00    Arriving in Jacksonville, JAXPORT, Florida hotels

Specifications of Carnival Elation

Year of build1998  /  Age: 26
Flag state Panama
BuilderKvaerner Masa-Yards (Helsinki, STX Finland)
ClassCCL FANTASY
Building costUSD 250 million
Engines (power)Wartsila (47.52 MW / 63725 hp)
Speed22 kn / 41 km/h / 25 mph
Length (LOA)260 m / 853 ft
Beam (width)31 m / 102 ft
Gross Tonnage71909 gt
Passengers2188 - 2626
Crew900
Passengers-to-space ratio27
Decks14
Cabins1094
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2023
Sister-shipsCarnival Ecstasy, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sensation
Christened byShari Arison
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCarnival Cruise Line

Carnival Elation Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 May 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $579
2024 Jun 01 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville
2024 Jun 06 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville
2024 Jun 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville
2024 Jun 15 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville
2024 Jun 20 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $629
2024 Jun 24 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $629
2024 Jun 29 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $629
2024 Jul 04 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $634
2024 Jul 08 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $569
2024 Jul 13 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $609
2024 Jul 18 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $584
2024 Jul 22 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $579
2024 Jul 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $579
2024 Aug 01 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $459
2024 Aug 05 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $449
2024 Aug 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $409
2024 Aug 15 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $364
2024 Aug 19 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $364
2024 Aug 24 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $334
2024 Aug 29 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $354
2024 Sep 02 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $299
2024 Sep 07 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $299
2024 Sep 12 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $289
2024 Sep 16 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $294
2024 Sep 21 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $284
2024 Sep 26 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $289
2024 Sep 30 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $274
2024 Oct 05 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $359
2024 Oct 10 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $322
2024 Oct 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $339
2024 Oct 19 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $319
2024 Oct 24 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2024 Oct 28 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $319
2024 Nov 02 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $309
2024 Nov 07 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $279
2024 Nov 11 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $304
2024 Nov 16 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $307
2024 Nov 21 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $319
2024 Nov 25 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $479
2024 Nov 30 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $309
2024 Dec 05 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $289
2024 Dec 09 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $332
2024 Dec 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $309
2024 Dec 19 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $409
2024 Dec 23 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $709
2024 Dec 28 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $719
2025 Jan 02 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $299
2025 Jan 06 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $299
2025 Jan 11 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $289
2025 Jan 16 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $279
2025 Jan 20 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $309
2025 Jan 25 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $279
2025 Jan 30 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $269
2025 Feb 03 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $299
2025 Feb 08 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $299
2025 Feb 13 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $309
2025 Feb 17 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $309
2025 Feb 22 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $309
2025 Feb 27 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $309
2025 Mar 03 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $379
2025 Mar 08 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $389
2025 Mar 13 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $369
2025 Mar 17 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $409
2025 Mar 22 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $419
2025 Mar 27 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $369
2025 Mar 31 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $399
2025 Apr 05 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $399
2025 Apr 10 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $369
2025 Apr 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $419
2025 Apr 19 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $409
2025 Apr 24 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $359
2025 Apr 28 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $399
2025 May 03 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $409
2025 May 08 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $389
2025 May 12 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $419
2025 May 17 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $429
2025 May 22 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $459
2025 May 26 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $519
2025 May 31 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $569
2025 Jun 05 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $539
2025 Jun 09 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $569
2025 Jun 14 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $569
2025 Jun 19 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $539
2025 Jun 23 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $569
2025 Jun 28 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $569
2025 Jul 03 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $549
2025 Jul 07 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $569
2025 Jul 17 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $539
2025 Jul 21 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $574
2025 Jul 26 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $564
2025 Jul 31 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $489
2025 Aug 04 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $484
2025 Aug 09 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $454
2025 Aug 14 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $394
2025 Aug 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $374
2025 Aug 23 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $364
2025 Aug 28 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $364
2025 Sep 01 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $344
2025 Sep 06 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Sep 11 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $324
2025 Sep 15 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Sep 20 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Sep 25 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $324
2025 Sep 29 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Oct 04 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $344
2025 Oct 09 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $334
2025 Oct 13 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Oct 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $304
2025 Oct 23 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $324
2025 Oct 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Nov 01 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Nov 06 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $324
2025 Nov 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Nov 15 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Nov 20 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $324
2025 Nov 24 6 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $514
2025 Nov 30 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Dec 04 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2025 Dec 08 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $324
2025 Dec 13 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $374
2025 Dec 18 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $364
2025 Dec 22 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $574
2025 Dec 27 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $624
2025 Dec 31 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $694
2026 Jan 05 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $279
2026 Jan 10 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $304
2026 Jan 15 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $314
2026 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean Jacksonville $504
2026 Feb 16 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $349
2026 Feb 21 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $364
2026 Feb 26 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $384
2026 Mar 02 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $434
2026 Mar 07 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $454
2026 Mar 12 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $424
2026 Mar 16 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $474
2026 Mar 21 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $449
2026 Mar 26 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $424
2026 Mar 30 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $449
2026 Apr 04 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $474
2026 Apr 09 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $414
2026 Apr 13 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $454
2026 Apr 18 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $454
2026 Apr 23 4 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $414
2026 Apr 27 5 days, round-trip The Bahamas Jacksonville $429

Carnival Elation Review

Review of Carnival Elation

The 1998-built Carnival Elation cruise ship is the 7th of CCL's eight Fantasy-class liners, with sisterships Sensation, Fascination plus the "no balcony ships" Fantasy, Ecstasy, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise.

The vessel (IMO number 9118721) is currently Panama-flagged (MMSI 355831000) and registered in Colon.

History - construction and ownership

Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) is a US shipping company, trademarked brand and subsidiary of Carnival Corporation (shipowner). CCL was founded in 1972 as an independent company by Ted Arison (1924-1999, co-founder of NCL Norwegian). 

CCL has the Corporation's largest fleet as number of vessels and GT-tonnage (ship sizes/volumes and passenger capacities). In 2023, CCL had ~9% (by revenue) and ~19% (passengers) share of the cruise industry's worldwide market. In 2024, the parent company (Carnival Corporation) had ~51% stake in the US$64+ billion industry.

Carnival Elation cruise ship

The 2200-passenger ship Carnival Elation was floated out on January 4, 1998. Elation was retrofitted with part of Carnival's "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades. The Serenity adults-only area was installed, but not the WaterWorks park. Carnival Elation also had 28 balconies installed, all on Deck 6. Although the ship did not receive the full upgrade "Evolutions of Fun", in 2014 she received "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades.  Elation is the world's first cruise vessel equipped with Azipod propulsion, the state-of-the-art technology that substantially improves maneuverability in addition to saving hull space. The ship is also the world's first with a conference center (capable to accommodate small to medium groups for meetings and special events).

Decks and Cabins

Carnival Elation staterooms (1094 total, in 25 categories) include 79 Suites, 98 Balcony, 528 Oceanview and 378 Inside cabins. Most cabins are sized 170-185 ft2 (16-17 m2). CCL Elation ship has 33 wheelchair-accessible cabins (ADA staterooms adapted for passengers with disabilities). The largest (Grand Vista Suites) are sized 350 ft2 / 33 m2 plus 60 ft2 / 6 m2 terrace and accommodate up to 5 passengers. Grand Suites feature large sitting areas and spacious bathrooms (with whirlpool bathtubs, separate shower), VIP services and amenities.

The boat has 14 decks, of which 11 are passenger-accessible and 7 with cabins.

During drydock refurbishment 2017, a total of 38 new cabins were added, of which 2x Grand Vista Suites, 22x Junior Suites, 2x Scenic Oceanview, and 12x Interior. A total of 98 balconies were added to existing staterooms, which were upgraded to 230 ft2 / 21 m2 sized balcony cabins. The number of passenger staterooms was increased from 1026 to 1094, which increased the boat's passenger capacity from 2052 to 2128 (max 2462 to 2554).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Carnival Elation does not offer alternative dining, so every meal onboard the ship is served in one of the two MDRs or the Tiffany’s Lido buffet. Passengers can thus avoid the nickel-and-diming, equated with newer and larger ships, but you might wish for more variety. However, excellent service is one of the bright spots: bar servers are close by throughout the ship. The informal Tiffany's Bar and Grill is located on the Lido Deck and offers inside and poolside seating. Meals are served buffet-style with open seating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A 24-hour pizzeria, 24-hour room service and complimentary sushi bar are the other alternative eating options. Carnival is one of the few cruise lines that still offer midnight buffets.

Carnival Elation cruise ship

The real foodies who are curious about how the galley feeds so many people, have to check out Chef's Table. For US$75 per person, you'll be able to meet the head chef and tour the galley, as well as dine on a multi-course meal at a private table, while watching the chefs at work. 

Follows the complete list of Carnival Elation restaurants and food bars.

  • Imagination Dining Room (650-seat forward restaurant, with two fixed dinner seatings and “Your Time Dining”, as well as “Seuss At Sea” themed breakfasts for US$5 cover charge)
  • Inspiration Dining Room (658-seat aft restaurant, with two options for dinner seating)
  • Tiffany’s Lido Buffet Restaurant (722-seat, complimentary self-service restaurant with various food stations; operates as a bistro in the evenings)
  • Sushi Bar (complimentary)
  • JavaBlue Cafe (patisserie/specialty coffee bar)
  • Bluelguana Cantina (poolside Mexican fast food bar / complimentary)
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar
  • Guy’s Burger Joint (poolside burger bar / complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Carnival Elation will not waste time to convince you as she is a ship where "participation" does make the experience. There are a lot of spots for a drink, from the laid back Gatsby’s Great Bar to the jumping Jekyll and even Hyde Dance Club to the always-swinging Duke’s Piano Bar.

Carnival Elation cruise ship

A variety of live bands entertain nightly on Carnival Elation, and virtually every musical style can be heard. The prime entertainment venue is the Japanese-inspired Mikado theater, showcasing Las Vegas-style revues and performances by individual comedians and musicians.

Carnival Fantasy-class cruise ship WaterWorks slides (Fantasy, Elation, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise, Fascination, Sensation, Ecstasy)

Follows the complete list of Carnival Elation lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Elation Atrium Plaza (7-deck high midship open area served byPlaza Lobby Bar)
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour Internet computers room)
  • Art Gallery; Photo Gallery and Shop (digital platform / Pixels-brand); Formalities Shop (tuxedo rentals, special occasion gifts); The Fun Shops (offer “Bon Voyage” store menu, souvenirs, watches, jewelry, logo merchandise, duty-free liquor, fashion boutiques / Guess Store, Pandora Store)
  • Mikado Theatre (1300-seat, 2-level main show lounge for musical productions; also used for game shows, bingo, movies)
  • Duke’s Bar (92-seat piano bar)
  • Mark Twain Library; Conference Room (70-seat)
  • Casablanca Casino (450-seat, served by Drama Bar)
  • Elation’s Way Promenade and Bar (230-seat)
  • Musical Cafe (72-seat specialty coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Cherry On Top (Carnival's signature candy shop)
  • Alchemy Bar (Carnival's “cocktail pharmacy” lounge served by professional mixologists)
  • RedFrog Rum Bar (frozens, beers, Carnival’s private label ThirstyFrog Red/draught beer)
  • Romeo and Juliet Lounge and Bar (109-seat, with dance floor and karaoke)
  • Jekyll and Hyde Disco and Nightclub (230-seat Dance Club)
  • Gatsby’s Great Bar (92-seats cigar bar/smoking lounge with patio)
  • Punchliner Comedy Club/brunch shows)
  • Elation Lido Pool area (features one pool, two whirlpools, two poolside bars and stage for live performances, as well as 3-deck high Twister Waterslide which ends in the main pool); Aft Pool area (features one Whirlpool, one Splash Pool and one rounded pool)
  • Circle C (kids' complimentary club lounge with movies, video games, parties, planned activities)
  • 24-hour Video Games Arcade; Club O2 teens' lounge for movies, karaoke, parties
  • Serenity (adults only relaxation area with padded lounges, hammocks and two Whirlpools)
  • Camp Ocean (marine-inspired play area for children 2-11 with more than 200 ocean-themed activities)
  • Camp Ocean (kids' club lounge with complimentary supervised program, indoor and outdoor playground areas)
  • Carnival WaterWorks (aquapark with the 300-ft long waterslide Twister, 2x 82-ft long racing mini-slides, kids splash zone)
  • Spa Carnival (Spa and Fitness complex with Relaxation Room, Steam Rooms, Saunas, Massage Rooms, Beauty Salon, Gymnasium with Aerobics Studio)
  • Basketball/Volleyball Court, Jogging Track, Tennis Tables, 9-hole Mini Golf Course, Bocce Court, Shuffleboard.

During drydock 2019, the Cole Porter Club (540-seat bar lounge with a dance floor and a stage for live performances) aft on Promenaded Deck was replaced by the Alchemy Bar and 30x new staterooms.

Itineraries

Carnival Elation itinerary program is based on 4- and 5-day short breaks from New Orleans LA to Mexico and the Western Caribbean. Feature port destinations include Progreso and Cozumel. On April 23, 2016, Elation starts new Bahamas itineraries from Jacksonville.

In December 2017, Carnival announced the 2019 deployment of Carnival Elation to Port Canaveral (Orlando Florida) (new homeport). Starting on May 12, 2019, the ship will operate a year-round schedule of 4- and 5-day Bahamas cruises. Departures are on Thursdays (4-day itinerary to Freeport and Nassau) and on Mondays and Saturdays (5-day itinerary to Amber Cove Dominicana and Grand Turk Island).

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Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade was done in 2014. In 1998, MS Elation made the "cruise news" as the first cruise liner with AZIPOD propulsion (azimuth thrusters/electric podded units). The vessel was christened by godmother Shari Arison - daughter of Ted Arison (1924-1999) - co-founder of NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines (1966) and founder of Carnival Cruise Lines (1972).

The Carnival ship Elation is one of the company's oldest (Fantasy-class) vessels with sisterships EcstasyFantasy, Fascination, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise, Sensation. A fleet-first feature for a Fun Ship is CCL Elation's dedicated conference center able to accommodate small groups for private meetings. As part of Carnival's 250 million "Evolution of Fun" program ("Fun Ship 1.0"), Elation received some upgrades in 2009, including the new facilities "Circle C" (kids club for passengers between 12- and 14-years-old), the adults-only deck "Serenity", as well as expanded buffet dining options.

The vessel was constructed by STX Finland (at Kvaerner Masa-Yards/Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki) under yard/hull number 491. It has volume 71909 GT-tons, DWT/deadweight 7036 tons, max draught 8 m (26 ft). The powerplant is based on Wartsila marine diesel engines (models 12ZAV40S and 12V38) with total power output 47,52 MW.

Carnival elation was launched/floated out from drydock on January 4, 1998, and delivered (as MS Elation) to Carnival on March 20, 1998. The Maiden Voyage was a 16-day Panama Canal transition itinerary from Miami to Los Angeles, visiting ports in Colombia (Cartagena), Panama City (Balboa), Costa Rica (Puerto Caldera/Puntarenas) and Mexico (Acapulco). The inaugural cruise season started on April 12, 1998, and was based on homeporting in LA and 7-day Mexican Riviera itineraries visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

In 2003, Elation started homeporting in Galveston (Texas) with 7-day Western Caribbean itineraries. In 2007, Elation started homeporting in San Diego (California) operating short breaks to Baja California (Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas). In the following years, the boat was also homeported in Mobile (Alabama), New Orleans (Louisiana) and Port Canaveral/Orlando (Florida).

Carnival Elation refurbishment 2020 review

In 2019 (March 2-26) the ship entered drydock at Grand Bahama Shipyard (Freeport Bahamas). During the refurbishment, aft on Deck 9/Promenade (in the space previously occupied by the Cole Porter lounge) were added 30 new staterooms and the Alchemy Bar. The new cabins' modules were delivered by ALMACO (drydocking project's management company).

Other changes included remodeling several venues and adding JavaBlue Cafe (patisserie/coffee bar) and Bonsai Sushi Express (complimentary take-away dining option/made-to-order sushi).

During drydock 2023 (Jan 21-Feb 10, in Freeport) were conducted general maintenance works and only parts of the ship were updated/upgraded (new carpets and cosmetic enhancements). Cloud 9 Spa was fully refreshed (new steam and sauna rooms), and some maintenance works were conducted on some venues and staterooms. Works included hull cleaning and repainting with CCL’s new livery (red-white-blue design).

Carnival Elation refurbishment 2017 review

The list of deck plan changes after the ship's 2017 drydock refurbishment (August 31 - September 27) done in Freeport Bahamas included:

  • A total of 38 new cabins were added, of which 2x Grand Vista Suites, 22x Junior Suites, 2x Scenic Oceanview, 12x Interior. Balconies were added to 98 cabins (on decks 5-Main, 6-Upper, 7-Empress). This changed the vessel's passenger capacity from 2052 (max 2606) to 2128 (max 2554).
  • The newly added staterooms were modular (delivered in a block consisting of 7 sub-blocks), pre-manufactured by ALMACO Group - a full-service provider of marine vessel cabins, wet units, galleys, provision stores, crew living quarters). The ship's elevator lobbies and stairs were also renovated.
  • (Lido Deck 10) Guy's Burger Joint was added (complimentary poolside dining venue serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries )
  • (Lido Deck 10) BlueIguana Cantina was added (complimentary poolside Mexican eatery for fresh-made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, with salsa bar and a variety of toppings). Also here was added the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar (Mexican-themed outdoor bar for frozens and beers).
  • (Promenade Deck 9) Here was added the RedFrog Rum Bar (rum bar for frozens and beers, serving Carnival’s private label ThirstyFrog Red /draught beer).
  • (Promenade Deck 9) In the area of "Elation’s Way Promenade" (near Drama Bar) was added to Cherry On Top (bulk candy store, also selling Carnival Cruise Lines logo apparel, gifts, toys)).
  • (Verandah Deck 11) the old Camp Carnival kids complex was redesigned and transformed into Camp Ocean. Also here (aft) was installed Carnival Waterworks (aquapark with Splash Zone, 2 mini racing slides for kids, and the Twister Waterslide).
  • (Deck 14) the 9-hole Mini-Golf Course was relocated and redesigned (added bocce court).
  • Retail Shops were completely redesigned and upgraded with new brand boutiques (Guess Store, Pandora Store). The Photo Gallery was replaced with a digital platform (Pixels-brand).
  • Various technical enhancements were implemented, including shoreside power capabilities.
  • Routine maintenance works included new hull coating.

During refurbishment 2017, the crew area was also renovated.

The vessel was last drydocked in 2023 (January 21 thru February 10) at Grand Bahama Shipyard (Freeport). The scheduled drydocking was for routine class works and general maintenance (hotel and machinery).