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Carnival Elation: Photo tour & overview
Carnival Elation is designed to celebrate the muses who inspire the arts, themed around literary, musical and film greats.
There are plenty of spots for a drink on this Carnival cruise ship, from the laid back Gatsby's bar to the jumping Jekyll and Hyde Dance Club to the always-swinging Duke's Piano Bar. There are places for a tasty bite as well, with Tiffany's on Lido Deck to one of two grand dining rooms, and even the Musical Cafe.
For kids, age-appropriate, supervised activities are available from one of three youth spaces. There's also a video arcade and waterslides on board.
Where Carnival Elation sails
Home port: New Orleans
Destinations: Carnival Elation sails in and around the Caribbean during the summer and winter on two- to five-day itineraries. She visits the Mexican ports in Progreso and Cozumel.
Top dining options
The Steakhouse menu features premium cuts of beef cooked to your exact specifications, as well as a selection of seafood, entrées, gourmet appetizers and an extensive wine list.
Enjoy a multicourse dinner hosted by one of Carnival’s master chefs. The VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a select group of 14, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation and then a full-service dinner of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus. The experience is $75 per guest, and reservations are required.
Carnival's Lido Restaurant is your one-stop destination for casual dining options such as Carnival Deli, Chef’s Choice, Mongolian Wok and Salad Bar. Seating is available indoors and outdoors.
The Taste Bar
Stop by for a taste of the flavors awaiting you at dining venues across the Carnival fleet. The Taste Bar offers complimentary appetizers before dinner for a taste of something different.
Take a break and revive in style at the coffee bar, stocked with premium coffees and delicious pastries.
Entertainment & activities
The Punchliner Comedy Club
Carnival teamed up with renowned comedian and TV personality George Lopez, who helped select talent for the fleetwide Punchliner Comedy Clubs. Guests can enjoy an evening laughing along to the comedians’ jokes.
Serenity Adult-Only Retreat
Adult guests can enjoy some time to themselves in this adults-only retreat, where you can read, grab a drink or simply soak in the sun.
Feeling lucky? Head over to the casino to try out a wide selection of poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and more.
Carnival's DJs have all been trained by DJ IRIE, the Miami Heat's official DJ, to drop beats that inspire dancing in all areas of the ship, such as the Liquid Nightclub and at deck parties.
Bars & lounges
Piano Bar is the swanky, jazzy bar setting designed for laid-back, fun times. The live music may even encourage a sing-along or two.
Staterooms are put into different categories based on size and amenities as well as the location on the cruise ship. You have 11 decks from which to choose. Depending on what your budget or occasion, you might decide to go all out and stay in one of the suites with large balconies or on the veranda deck with an ocean view. There are also inside cabins, quads and triple room categories available.
Camp Carnival is the place where the youngest cruisers (ages 2 to 11) will experience games, finger painting, story time, movies and more in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. Carnival's babysitting program also offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 am.
Youths ages 12 to 14 can enjoy video games, scavenger hunts and dance parties at Circle C, as well as enjoy getting outside with sports, pool parties and special shore excursions. Plus, they can enjoy all of this excitement with kids their own age.
Teens 15 to 17 can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties at Club O2, as well as video games and movies from the club's comfy seating and video monitors all over the place. They'll even have fun outside of the club, with pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Relaxation in the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat
- Listening to beats by DJ Irie
- Singing along to old classics played at the Piano Bar