Carnival Elation

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Carnival Elation departing San Diego Bay in 2007 before refit
Name: 1998-2007: Elation
2007-onwards: Carnival Elation
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry: Panama

Western Caribbean and Cozumel

Departure Port: New Orleans, US
Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards Helsinki, Finland
Completed: 1998
Maiden voyage: April 1, 1998
In service: 1998-present
Refit: 2009
Identification: IMO number: 9118721
Status: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Length: 855 ft (261 m)
Decks: 13
Installed power: 2 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 8ZAV40S
4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12ZAV40S
42,240 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two ABB Azipod propulsion units
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 2,052 passengers
Crew: 920
Notes: First cruise ship to have Azipod propulsion units

Carnival Elation is a Fantasy-class cruise ship owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. She currently sails year round on four- and five-day cruises to the Western Caribbean (including the ports of Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico) out of New Orleans, US.


Elation has been retrofitted with part of, but not all the Carnival "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades. The adults-only Serenity area has been installed, but not the WaterWorks water park. She also has only 28 balconies installed, all of these on the sixth deck.[citation needed]


Elation was the first cruise ship to be equipped with an Azipod propulsion system.[1] The pods give Elation better maneuverability compared with her sister ships.

On November 5, 2011 Carnival Elation was moved from Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans, replacing Carnival Ecstasy, which was moved to Port Canaveral, Florida.[2] With Elation relocated to New Orleans, Carnival ceased operations in Mobile, Alabama.[3]

Although Carnival Elation did not receive the full "Evolutions of Fun" upgrade, she will receive the "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades in 2014; her sister ship, Carnival Paradise, will receive the same upgrades in 2015.[4][5]

Current and former voyages[edit]

2007–2010: Three-, four-, and five-day cruises to Mexico from San Diego, CA as only year round ship from that port.

2010–2011: Four-, five-, and seven-day cruises from Mobile, Alabama to Western Caribbean replacing Carnival Fantasy.

2011–2016: Four- and five-day cruises to Western Caribbean from New Orleans, Louisiana replacing Carnival Ecstasy.

Beginning in April, 2016 Elation will reposition to Jacksonville, Florida to replace Carnival Fascination.[6]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On March 9, 2013, Elation was followed into port by a tug after a steering malfunction during a cruise.[7]


Photos of Elation departing New Orleans in 2013


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