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Carnival Cruise Line

Information about Carnival Elation
Year Built
Space Ratio

General Information

The Carnival Elation started sailing in 1998. Former names: none. The Carnival Elation is registered in Panama City, Panama. The Carnival Elation has 1094 cabins.

You can expect between 2188 to 2626 passengers on a typical sailing. This means that at the higher number (usually peak and holiday sailings) Carnival Elation has a space ratio of 26.8. (A space ratio less than 33 means that you may find the ship crowded in areas. A space ratio greater than 39 means that there should be plenty of space for each passenger.) When this ship isn't sailing at capacity the space ratio can be as good as 32.2.

The Carnival Elation has 980 crew members on board. There are 3 passengers for every crew member on board. There are self serve laudromats on this ship.

Sister Ships

The following ships share the same class as this ship. This means the basic design and layout of the ship is the same. For the most part the cabins will be identical among these ships, but may be decorated differently.
1990- Carnival Fantasy - No longer sailing
1991- Carnival Ecstasy - No longer sailing
1993- Carnival Sensation - No longer sailing
1994- Carnival Fascination - No longer sailing
1995- Carnival Imagination - No longer sailing
1996- Carnival Inspiration - No longer sailing
1998- Carnival Elation
1998- Carnival Paradise


There are 34 special needs cabins on this ship. These cabins have been modified for accessibility purposes.

14 Decks

There are 14 on this ship. The highest deck number is 15. The number of decks with passenger cabins is 7.

17% Balconies

This is the percent of the staterooms on board have balconies.

Other Information

The abbreviation Carnival uses for this ship is EL. Maiden voyage was on March 20th, 1998. The décor is a blend of 1970s color and geometrics, which some say is a little outdated. This is a smaller, more intimate ship than some others of its class.

ELATION is a member of the Fantasy class series of buildings delivered throughout the 1990s to Carnival Cruises lines.

This ship is great for families with children with its Camp Ocean kids club, and Club 02 for teenagers. This allows time for adults to have quiet time in the Serenity Retreat deck and bars and lounges. The Punchliner Comedy Club is great for all ages.

During drydock is Aug 31 to Oct 4, 2017:
- Cole Porter lounge moved and the area turned into staterooms.
- Guys, Blue Iguana Cantina, Red Frog Bar, Cherry on Top were added.
- Water Works added sometime after drydock is complete.
- There were some major cabin modifications. On deck 5 - 32 Oceanview cabins were converted to balconies. One deck 6 - 26 Oceanview cabins were converted to balconies and 8 grand suites received extended balconies. On deck 7 - 40 Oceanview cabins were converted to balconies and an interior cabin was added in place of the forward laundry room. On deck 11 - 1 interior cabin was added. Deck 14 received 22 junior suites, 10 inside cabins, 2 grand scenic suites and 2 scenic Oceanview staterooms. Several cabins were also converted into connecting cabins during this drydock.

During March 2020 drydock, routine hotel maintenance, cosmetic enhancements in lounges and public areas such as new carpeting, wall coverings and tile work in lounges and public areas, Bonsai Sushi Express added to Deck 9, Dreams Studio replaced Special Occasions on Deck 9, JavaBlue Café replaced the Musical Café on Deck 9, Cherry on Top added to Deck 9,Limelight Lounge replaced Jekyll & Hyde Dance Club on Deck 9, Alchemy Bar replaced Gatsbys Great Bar on Deck 9, 30 new cabins replaced the Cole Porter Club Lounge on Deck 9.

Completed during dry dock: 1/21/23 - 2/10/23
- Routine hotel maintenance and cosmetic enhancements
- New red, white and blue hull design and paint scheme
- Spa Carnival branded as Cloud 9 Spa
- Pool lift added to Lido Pool
- ADA sections added to pool bar counters

Carnival Elation Ship Stats

Item Detail
Year Built 1998
Years Old 26
Tons 70,390
Speed 19.5 knots
Length 855 feet
Beam 103 feet
Total Cabins 1,094
Crew 980
Expected Passengers 2,188 to 2,626
Expected Space Ratio 27
Total decks 14
Decks with cabins 7

Carnival Elation Features


  • 2 Outdoor Pools swimming
  • 6 Whirlpools (hot tubs)
  • No Rock Climbing Wall
  • No Flow Rider
  • No Ice Rink
  • No Bowling
  • No Zipline
  • Waterslide
  • Water Park
  • No Ropes Course
  • Mini Golf golf
  • No Sports Court
  • Jogging Track


  • Casino casino
  • Cigar Lounge
  • No Chapel
  • Video Arcade
  • Show Lounge
  • Hair Salon
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Library library
  • No Bridge Viewing Area
  • No Outdoor Movie Screen
  • Teen Lounge
  • Passenger Promenade Deck
  • No Upper Deck Sea Viewing Lounge
  • Adult Only Outside Lounge Area

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Smoking Policy

  • All staterooms and suite accommodations are entirely smoke-free, including balconies
  • Cigarette and electronic cigarette smoking will only be allowed in designated exterior open deck areas, in the nightclub and in certain areas within the casino and casino bar
  • Cigar and pipe smoking will only be allowed in designated exterior open deck areas.
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  • Carnvial Vista will allow smoking in the casino and casino bar and also on deck 11 port side aft.

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