Carnival Elation

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Carnival Elation arriving in Jacksonville after 2017 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: 2017
Status: In service
Notes: World's first cruise ship fitted with Azipod propulsion units
General characteristics (As Built)
Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 70,367 GT
Length: 855 ft (261 m)
Decks: 13 (10 for passenger use)
Installed power:
Propulsion: Two ABB Azipod propulsion units
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Capacity: 2,052
Crew: 920
General characteristics (after 2017 refit)
Tonnage: 71,909 GT
Decks: 14 (11 for passenger use)
Capacity: 2,130
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.[1] During 2007, 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-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.[3] Elation has been retrofitted with all the Carnival "Evolutions of Fun" upgrades in 2017 that it did not receive in previous dry docks.


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 Punchliner Comedy Club "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrade in 2014.[7][8]

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.[9]

In June 2018, Carnival Elation was named the "Best Refurbished Cruise Ship" at the TravelAgeWest WAVE Awards.[10]

Current and former voyages[edit]

1998–2003: Seven-night cruises to Mexico from Los Angeles, California.

2003–2006: Seven-night cruises to the Western Caribbean from Galveston, TX.

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

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

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

2016–May 2019: Four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas from Jacksonville, Florida replacing Carnival Fascination.[11]

May 2019: Four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida replacing Carnival Sunshine.[12]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On March 9, 2013, Elation was followed into port by a tug after a steering malfunction during a cruise.[13]
  • 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.[14]
  • On January 19, 2018 a woman aboard the Carnival Elation ship plunged several decks down from her cabin and died from the fall.[15]


Photos of Elation prior to refit



  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 Elation Cruise Ship Emerges from Dry Dock After Hurricane Delay". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  10. ^ "Carnival Cruise Ship Named Best Refurbished Ship of the Year". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  11. ^ "Carnival Cruise Lines News". Carnival Cruise Lines News.
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  13. ^ Lateef Mungin (March 15, 2013). "Carnival nightmare: Another cruise ship reports trouble at sea". CNN. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  14. ^ "Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues Stranded Sailor During Storm - Cruise Radio". Cruise Radio. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  15. ^ Chabeli Herrera (2018-01-20). "Woman dies after falling from a 14th deck balcony on a Carnival cruise". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2018-02-02.


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