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As the parade of new ships continues and major cruise lines construct increasingly grandiose vessels each year, there is the tendency to neglect attractive ships that are not among the most recent to enter the ...
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816 Carnival Elation Cruise Reviews

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RozElation0502
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
Leaving from Jacksonville was smooth-parked at the Parking Mall across the highway. Cheaper than the other parking area. Embarkation was a little slow but moving. The ship was obviously decorated in the 90's, feels outdated a bit but I am ... Read more
rburkart
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
11 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was the first sailing of the Elation out of Jacksonville and in spite of an earlier delay, the ship set sail around 7 PM. The Elation is an older ship in the Carnival line, and from appearances, is just about past its prime. I have ... Read more
nursehartley
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
LOCATION OF THE PORT:We chose the cruise because of the cost and location of port. We live only an hour away from Jacksonville, Florida. This was only our second cruise, our last was with Carnival more than 16 years ago and it was seven ... Read more
Mctiff24
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
I went on the Elation because it was out of Jacksonville and not far from home plus we used our RCI certificate on it. I have been on one other cruise 10 years ago on the Valor. The Valor feels like a Marriott while the elation seems more ... Read more
FITFABULOUSFORTY8
Member Since 2016
1 review
25 helpful votes
My partner & I cruised on the Elation from Jacksonville, FL on 4/23-28 and I must say I had an AMAZING time! I read 100's of reviews before we left as this was to be my very 1st cruise and I'm grateful that I'm the type of person that ... Read more

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kenlmhc
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
The Elation is a somewhat dated ship, and some of the amenities on other Carnival ships are not present on the Elation. Things such as more intimate dining, and some other eateries. As always, he staff were excellent. This was a longer ... Read more
abby1257
Member Since 2016
1 review
42 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Was not very elated with the Carnival Elation. We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, 4 ports we had not been to yet. Embark was quick...and pretty painless. They need a new cruise director that might add some lido sea day ... Read more
colewade
Member Since 2000
4 reviews
10 forum posts
6 helpful votes
My partner and I have done 10+ cruises on several other cruise lines including Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and a few others. This Exotic Sothern Caribbean itinerary took us to ports I had never visited. I set my ... Read more
YoYoCruzin
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
The Carnival Elation is not as bad as everyone keeps saying. Yes, it is older, smaller, a little worn, a few outdated styles & can feel the waves a bit more than the bigger ships, but I enjoyed the smaller ship with less people on it. ... Read more
AFuncruiser
Member Since 2006
1 review
936 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This was the Elation's initial cruise to it's new port Jacksonville, Fl. my home town. Our recent ten night cruise on The Elation was a disappointment. Our cabin M-182 was unbelievably noisy , Guest Services was very hard to reach and ... Read more

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aschippang
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
97 forum posts
This was actually two cruises back to back. The first being 11 days from New Orleans to San Juan and the second being 10 days from San Juan to Jacksonville, Fl. Upon reaching Jacksonville, we have now sailed 15 times with Carnival. We ... Read more
libbymruss1@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
This was my 1st time cruising. We have a 10 & 11 year old (and brought my mom as well), so we thought this would be a nice short trial run to see if we liked it for future opportunities. We had already planned to visit New Orleans ... Read more
MamaAnne
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Check-in and embarkation went smoothly - no complaints. First meal - lunch buffet - the best meal, other than the pizza, the entire cruise. Endless ice cream - no complaints. Dining room - meals mediocre and cold. Desserts - dining room ... Read more
thecarlanthony@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Left port out of New Orleans. Parking was $90 up front before you park. This was organized and very quick from time you pull in the garage to the time you begin boarding. 5 to 10 mins max. Once your on the boat you are immediately in tje ... Read more
fice
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I always wanted to visit New Orleans, and found some cheap air tickets and this not so cheap cruise. Embarkation went smoothly, We bypassed an horrible background used to sell pictures and had lunch at Mongolian wok. Be advised that thai ... Read more
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adam238946
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our first cruise and we were really looking forward to it. So lets start with day 1. Everything went pretty smooth getting on the boat, except for one rude lady that gave us our boarding pass telling my wife that she looked ... Read more
draggonsgate
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
We spent a week in New Orleans before ending out vacation with a quick 4 day cruise to Cozumel. We sailed on the Fascination last year, Elation's sister ship and enjoyed it. Too bad Elation didn't have the added on balconies like her ... Read more
crs8803
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
234 forum posts
23 helpful votes
I have sailed on quite a few Carnival ships and always had a good time until recently. The last few cruises seem to be going down from what carnival used to be. I am Platinum. I have just returned from sailing on the Elation and I must ... Read more
lbeveridge
Member Since 2016
1 review
23 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
After reading previous reviews, I was worried about this cruise but we had a wonderful time. I can't say enough about the service. Our dining waiters, Norman and Daniel, were excellent as well as our cabin steward Ayu. The food in dining ... Read more
Robfromcharlottesville
Member Since 2015
1 review
51 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I had a great time on the cruise, travelling with my parents, my sister and her family. I thought the rooms were fine -I was happy with the cabins. They were clean and a little bigger than I expected - particularly the bathroom. The Ship ... Read more

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lothar418
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I took the family on a short cruise during the Mardi Gras break. Kids were out of school all week, so the wife and I decided on something different. My wife and I cruised Carnival out of Miami 25 years ago and the kids have never cruised ... Read more
abbyedson
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
The biggest impact for me was the cruise staff. They were professional, confident, always smiling and made us feel like we were the only people on the ship. Our stateroom was magnificent (although definitely aging) but quite wonderful. The ... Read more
FULL TIMERS
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
Out of 12 cruises, this was our first time on the Elation and selecting an Ocean view stateroom instead of a balcony. We have been on several older Carnival ships (Fascination, Imagination and Sensation) that were in great shape. Our room ... Read more
cougar65
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
the service was excellent. everyone was super helpful and everything was very organized. our cabin was spotless. the bed was very comfortable. embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. i thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and our ... Read more
Rjadams615
Member Since 2012
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
After reading the reviews, I was really worried about this cruise...but we didn't have any problems at all - and had a wonderful time. I was traveling with my husband and our three children, 18, 16 and 10. The staggered check is new ... Read more

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