In terms of layout and function, Elation is virtually identical to her sister Fantasy-class ships. The ship consists of 10 decks with most of the public rooms concentrated on Atlantic, Promenade and Lido decks (8 - 10), while the cabins are situated on Riviera, Main, Upper and Empress decks (4 - 7). Like other Carnival ships, the public areas are designed and decorated in a fanciful, flamboyant style by Carnival's award-winning architect Joe Farcus, who has a penchant for augmenting the interiors with more than a dash of neon and glitz. While passenger opinions of the decor ranged from glamorous and elegant to gaudy and gauche, there is no denying that Farcus' whimsical design style enhances the Elation's "Fun Ship" aura.
The ship's centerpiece is its six-story Grand Atrium. The semicircular Plaza Bar on the floor of the Atrium is a favorite gathering place for pre-dinner drinks and light entertainment.
Elation's public spaces encompass a diversity of styles and design elements celebrating the arts of music, literature and cinema with references to the Muses and other Greek mythological figures added to the mix. Among the venues with an arts theme include the Romeo and Juliet Lounge, Gatsby's Great Cigar Bar, the Cole Porter Club, the Jekyll & Hyde Dance Club and the Mark Twain Library. One of the most expansive public areas is the area known as Elation Way on Promenade Deck, which is decorated with striking columns featuring crafted classical reliefs of the Muses. Promenade Deck gets especially busy at night as it connects the main "evening" lounges, such as the Romeo and Juliet Lounge, Musical Cafe, which is next to the Casablanca Casino (it sports a Moroccan design after the movie of the same name).
Other public areas include The Fun Shops, Atrium Plaza and the ship's photo gallery. There is also an Internet cafe with access priced at 75 cents per minute; for those who plan to spend more time on the computer, there are 100-minute packages available for $50 (50 cents per minute) and 250-minute packages for $100 (40 cents per minute). Wi-Fi is available in most public rooms.
There is also a self-service laundry onboard ($3 for a wash, $3 for a dry).