This was my 23rd cruise, my 13th with Carnival, and my second cruise through the Canal. I've cruised on Elation three previous times, once in 1998 when she was brand new and twice more in the last year. Elation is one of my favorite ships: the decor is fun, the layout of the ship is very easy to navigate, and the crew is superb.
I was in a 1A cabin on Riviera deck and it was perfect. New carpeting complimented the standard Fantasy-class color scheme.
Your Time dining works extremely well aboard Elation. Monika, the Imagination dining room hostess is superb and makes sure your table is just what you want. I only had to wait a couple of times in two weeks for seating; usually seating was instant.
This cabin is next to the forward elevator bank and is very convenient to the atrium. It is plenty big enough and for one or two people, was perfect. I didn't notice any noise at all from the elevator lobby, and because the corridor is a middle one, there is very little foot traffic past the door.