This 2,052-passenger Fantasy-class vessel debuted in 1998, and public spaces offer an homage to the past with the Cole Porter Lounge, Gatsby’s Great Bar, Romeo & Juliet Lounge, Casablanca Casino, and Mark Twain Library. In March 2016, the ship will sail out of her New Orleans home port for the last time and move to Jacksonville, Florida, to offer four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, including a stop at private island Half Moon Cay.
What We Love
Hasbro, the Game Show: This new interactive activity takes place in the Mikado Main Show Lounge and gives you a chance to be a star. Shoot hoops in Connect 4 Basketball, knock down pin “dice” in Yahtzee Bowling, match displayed colors in Simon Flash, roll a fist-sized ball into target holes in Operation Sam Dunk, and ease tokens into point position in Sorry! Sliders.
Towel Animal Theater: This whimsical show is preceded by a tutorial on the art of folding the creatures.
Best Known For
Menu Options: Carnival does a good job of providing variety when it comes to food. In Tiffany’s buffet on the Lido Deck, you can select from Italian, Asian, and American staples, including grilled items and deli sandwiches. At the Taste Bar, you can sample Italian, Mexican, and Caribbean specialties from restaurants across the fleet.
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Who It's Best For
First-Time Cruisers: This simple ship, with its short sailings, provides a good introduction to life at sea.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
The Safety Drill Has Two Parts: Before you sail away from shore, Carnival carries out what’s called a muster drill, which is required by maritime law in case of an emergency at sea. For Fantasy-class ships, the drill has two parts: One is meeting up with the other people assigned to your station indoors; the second is going out on deck to where you would actually board a lifeboat.
You Won't Find a Water Park: The only waterslide on this ship dumps passengers right into the main pool.
Lana Gates is a Phoenix-based contributing writer for ShermansCruise.
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Carnival Elation at a Glance
- Line: Carnival Cruise Line
- Class: Fantasy
- Number of Passengers: 2052
- Ship Size: Large
- Launch Date: 1998
- Refurbish Date: 2009