Carnival Elation

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Carnival Elation departing San Diego Bay in 2007 before refit
  • Elation (1998–2007)
  • Carnival Elation (2007–present)
Owner: Carnival Corporation & plc
Operator: Carnival Cruise Lines
Port of registry: Panama City,  Panama


Departure Port: Jacksonville, US
Yard number: 491
Launched: January 4, 1998
Sponsored by: Shari Arison Dorsman
Completed: 1998
Maiden voyage: April 1, 1998
In service: 1998–present
Refit: 2009
Status: In service
Notes: World's first cruise ship fitted with Azipod propulsion units
General characteristics
Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Length: 855 ft (261 m)
Decks: 13
Installed power:
  • 6 × [Wartsila (manufacturer) Wartsila]-Wärtsilä W12V38A
  • 47520 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two ABB Azipod propulsion units
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 2,052 passengers
Crew: 920

Carnival Elation (formerly Elation) is a Fantasy-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on January 4, 1998, and christened as Elation by Shari Arison Dorsman.[1] During 2016, in common with all of her Fantasy-class sisters, she had the prefix Carnival added to her name.[2] She currently sails year round on four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas out of Jacksonville, US.


The Elation is 70,367 ton ship and is 855 feet long. It has a guest capacity of 2052 and an on-board crew of 920.[3] Elation has been retrofitted with part of, but not all the Carnival "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades, lacking such features as the WaterWorks water park. Also, unlike sister ship Carnival Ecstasy, Elation was not retrofitted to include additional balconies.


Elation was the first cruise ship to be equipped with an Azipod propulsion system.[4] 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.[5] With Elation relocated to New Orleans, Carnival ceased operations in Mobile, Alabama.[6]

Although Carnival Elation did not receive the full "Evolutions of Fun" upgrade, she received the "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades in 2014; her sister ship, Carnival Paradise, will receive the same upgrades in 2017.[7][8]

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.

On April 23, 2016 Elation repositioned to Jacksonville, Florida to replace Carnival Fascination.[9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On March 9, 2013, Elation was followed into port by a tug after a steering malfunction during a cruise.[10]


Photos of Elation departing New Orleans in 2013



  1. ^ Smith 2010, p. 35.
  2. ^ Dake, Shawn J. (January 2008). "Cruise Ships 2007 the year in review" (PDF). Ocean Times. Steamship Historical Society of America: Southern California Chapter. 12.1: 2–8. 
  3. ^ Carnival Cruise Lines. "Carnival Elation". Carnival Cruise Lines. 
  4. ^ "Elation - Cruise Liner". Ship Technology. June 15, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Carnival Confirms Short Cruise Program for Ecstasy out of Port Canaveral - Cruise Industry News | Cruise News". Cruise Industry News. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Carnival Elation's departure from Mobile leaves tourism hole that city is trying to fill, Press-Register, May 1, 2012, retrieved June 13, 2014 
  7. ^ "Carnival Announces "Fun Ship 2.0" Upgrades". October 3, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Carnival Cruise Line's 'Fun Ship 2.0' Upgrade Schedule". Cruise Radio. October 4, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Carnival Cruise Lines News". Carnival Cruise Lines News. 
  10. ^ Lateef Mungin (March 15, 2013). "Carnival nightmare: Another cruise ship reports trouble at sea". CNN. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 


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