Carnival Elation is in the final stages of a multi-million-dollar makeover that includes the addition of a WaterWorks park, 38 new cabins, 98 balconies to existing staterooms and new bars and eateries. Best of all, it's getting a Guy's Burger Joint! The gourmet burger eatery is a favorite among Carnival cruisers -- and it's included in your fare.
Following the extensive renovation, Carnival Elation will resume its year-round schedule of four- to eight-day cruises from Jacksonville, Fla., on October 7.
Carnival Elation's new features include:
Guy's Burger Joint: The free-of-charge poolside venue was developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries.
RedFrog Rum Bar: This poolside watering hole offers a fun Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival Cruise Line's own brew, ThirstyFrog Red.
BlueIguana Cantina: This is a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where you can enjoy fresh-made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar. This spot is a favorite of mine. Don't miss the breakfast burritos here.
BlueIguana Tequila Bar: The fun and festive outdoor bar has a laid-back atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for your day by the pool.
Camp Ocean: Ideal for families cruising with kids. The colorful marine-inspired play area is designed for kids ages 2 to 11 and showcases the wonders of the sea through fun and engaging interiors and more than 200 ocean-themed activities, including arts and crafts and science-oriented programming.
New Cabins, Expanded Suites: Thirty-eight cabins have been added -- two Grand Vista suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows, 22 junior suites, two scenic ocean view cabins and 12 interior accommodations. Additionally, private balconies have been added to 98 existing staterooms, creating spacious new 230-square-foot balcony staterooms. All staterooms will offer new island-inspired interiors with bright colors and soothing pastels inspired by Carnival Elation's tropical itineraries.
WaterWorks: Located on the Verandah Deck, this expansive all-ages water park features an enclosed 300-foot-long twisting water slide, two 82-foot-long racing slides and a splash zone for kids.
Mini-Golf Course: A nine-hole miniature golf course has been relocated to Deck 14 so you can putt in the fresh sea air.
Carnival Elation is Jacksonville's only year-round cruise ship offering four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas featuring stops at Freeport, Nassau and the private destinations of Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays. Carnival Elation will also offer a special six-day Bahamas cruise and an eight-day Bermuda voyage in April 2018 as well as a one-time seven-day eastern Caribbean cruise in May 2018.
Carnival Cruise Ships with a Guy Fieri Burger Joint