Carnival Elation arriving in Jacksonville after 2017 refit
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Carnival Cruise Lines|
|Port of registry:||Panama City, Panama|
BahamasDeparture Port: Jacksonville, US
|Launched:||January 4, 1998|
|Sponsored by:||Shari Arison Dorsman|
|Maiden voyage:||April 1, 1998|
|Notes:||World's first cruise ship fitted with Azipod propulsion units|
|General characteristics (As Built)|
|Class and type:||Fantasy-class cruise ship|
|Length:||855 ft (261 m)|
|Decks:||13 (10 for passenger use)|
|Propulsion:||Two ABB Azipod propulsion units|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
|General characteristics (after 2017 refit)|
|Decks:||14 (11 for passenger use)|
|Notes:||Was also fitted with an aft sponson during the refit. Currently the largest Fantasy class vessel as of 2017.|
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. During 2007, in common with all of her Fantasy-class sisters, she had the prefix Carnival added to her name. She currently sails year round on four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas out of Jacksonville, Florida.
The Carnival Elation is a 71,909 ton ship and is 855 feet long. After the 2017 drydock, it has most of the Fun Ship 2.0 features that have been added to the Fantasy class ships, a guest capacity of 2130 and an on-board crew of 920. Elation has been retrofitted with all the Carnival "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades in 2017 that it did not receive in previous dry docks.
On November 5, 2011 Carnival Elation was moved from Mobile, Alabama to New Orleans, replacing Carnival Ecstasy, which was moved to Port Canaveral, Florida. With Elation relocated to New Orleans, Carnival ceased operations in Mobile, Alabama.
In October 2017, Carnival Elation completed a month long dry dock in which she received multiple upgrades including all new cabin decor, Waterworks, Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a new nine-hole mini-golf course, and revamped Camp Ocean kids' clubs. She also had a new deck added (Deck 14, Grand) that includes two Grand Vista suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, 22 junior suites, two scenic ocean-view cabins and 12 inside cabins. The previous Sundeck has been moved above the Grand deck and is now deck 15.
In June 2018, Carnival Elation was named the "Best Refurbished Cruise Ship" at the TravelAgeWest WAVE Awards.
Current and former voyages
2003–2006: Seven-night cruises to the Western Caribbean from Galveston, TX.
Accidents and incidents
- On March 9, 2013, Elation was followed into port by a tug after a steering malfunction during a cruise.
- On September 10, 2017 the Carnival Elation responded to a distress call and rescued one person from the sea who had been forced to abandon a vessel during Hurricane Irma.
- On January 19, 2018 a woman aboard the Carnival Elation ship plunged several decks down from her cabin and died from the fall.
- Photos of Elation prior to refit
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