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Carnival Elation

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About
Passengers: 2,130   |   Crew: 920
Passengers to crew: 2.32:1
Passengers to space: 34:1
Launched: 1998   

Decks

  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
Additional decks
Deck 4 layout
Cabins
  Interior (4A)  
  Ocean View (6A)  
  Interior (4B)  
  Ocean View (6B)  
  Interior Upper/Lower (1A)  
  Porthole (PT)  
 

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Balcony
Cabin size: 185 - 185 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 8
Accessible rooms: 5
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 98
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Alainaandjoe wrote a review 20 May
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Our cruise was may 13-18 worse cruise I've ever been on. Staff not friendly, elevators not working, A/C not working in our cabin, ship dirty, same choice of food every day, ice machines always out of ice. Save yourself some disappointment and use another cruise line
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Ebony M wrote a review 18 May
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Carnival Elation boat - old, needs updated, steam room wasn't working, fridge in room didn't work, only one pool, no track, elevators not working, repairs being done throughout the cruise out in the open and in show rooms, lights in the cafeteria weren't working, automatic doors squeal, USB ports in the room don't work, beer station down Carnival Elation staff - never had a staff act like they didn't want to be there or help, no friendliness, boat was not upkept Carnival Elation itinerary - itinerary changed one day before sail, we were told via email that an engine issue was causing the change in stops, were supposed to stop at two islands, changed to one island and it was the worst island in Bahamas, refund was not available, sail off time changed and we were not alerted until boarding the vessel Carnival Elation food - never thought I'd experience bad cruise food, food was horrible, same food served EVERY NIGHT (and I've been on 10+ cruises and I've NEVER experienced bad cruise food or such a lack of selection in the buffet)
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Robert B wrote a review 3 May
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I booked the Carnival Elation as a special gift for my mom's 75th birthday, but unfortunately, our experience fell short of expectations. Firstly, we received a last-minute notification of a delay, pushing back our departure time. Mechanical issues further disrupted our schedule, with changes to our itinerary and extended periods at sea due to the ship's problems. The onboard experience was marred by unpleasant odors, unsupervised children, and inadequate customer service. Many passengers, including myself, suffered from seasickness exacerbated by the slow 8mph pace of the ship. The ship's condition was concerning, with sewage smells and even instances of puke in the hallways. Carnival's response to issues such as flooding in cabins was inadequate, offering $25 on-board credit only as compensation. Despite spending a significant amount on the cruise, Carnival refused to provide any credit or partial refunds for the disruptions and disappointments. In light of these issues, I recommend exploring alternative cruise lines such as Norwegian or MSC for a more enjoyable and reliable experience. Ultimately, while the time spent with my mom was precious, the overall experience aboard the Carnival Elation left much to be desired. Save your money!
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Sightsee00962101972 wrote a review Apr 2024
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We sailed on Carnival Elation to the Bahamas and felt it was an incredibly chaotic experience. There was something wrong with the boat which delayed our departure time and ended up canceling one of our port visits. Communication was very confusing and disjointed. Our morning in Nassau, our catamaran and snorkeling excursion was cancelled due to "not enough interest." When we arrived at the information desk we saw a long line of people who received the same message. Come to find out the cruise actually meant to say it was cancelled due to weather. We booked a dolphin excursion instead. As we got off the boat we learned the dolphin excursion was cancelled and same man who minutes before had sold us the dolphin excursion got us to book a swimming with the pigs excursion. We got on a small boat, arrived at the island, and learned the pig excursion was cancelled but we were trapped on the island for the next four hours. As soon as we arrived back on the cruise ship they informed us the second excursion was also cancelled. Overall incredibly poor communication and customer service. Nothing was done to assist besides a $100 cruise credit per stateroom not passenger. I felt very disappointed with this use of half my vacation days for the year and very disappointed in the response from carnival. I would not recommend carnival to anyone.
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R G wrote a review Jan 2024
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Returned 3 days ago and husband is still ill from a stomach bug. Read recent news articles before booking! Overall, I'd still give this ship a 2 compared with other ships/lines I've been on. Suite was good sized, and crew were very friendly. Even with 2017 refurbishment, it's an old ship. Lots of crying kids aboard. Food was passable, but except for burgers, deli, and pizza, passable is about the best I can say. Lots of small issues like a chunk of glass on our room's floor when we went in, elevators out of service when I had an appointment on 12 and our room was on 6 (and I am currently unable to do stairs after surgery), spa appointment time changed but we were not informed, issues with Carnival Hub and QR codes provided in room, announcements cutting in and out, technical problems with online boarding passes, dining menus, etc. All minor frustrations that could have been avoided by a cruise line that was at the top of their game. Carnival is not that line. Took the cruise because we live near Jax, but next time, I think I'll drive to Miami/FLL. It's cheap and convenient, but it is a "2" for sure compared with the other dozen cruises I've taken.
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