Carnival Elation departing San Diego Bay in 2007 before refit
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Operator:||Carnival Cruise Lines|
|Port of registry:||Panama City, Panama|
Western Caribbean and CozumelDeparture Port: New Orleans, 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|
|Class & type:||Fantasy-class cruise ship|
|Length:||855 ft (261 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two ABB Azipod propulsion units|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)|
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-day cruises to the Western Caribbean (including the ports of Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico) out of New Orleans, US.
The Elation is 70,367 ton ship and is 855 feet long. It has a guest capacity of 2052 and a on-board crew of 920. 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.
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.
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.
Current and former voyages
Accidents and incidents
- On March 9, 2013, Elation was followed into port by a tug after a steering malfunction during a cruise.
- Photos of Elation departing New Orleans in 2013
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