Carnival Elation gains cabins, balconies, new F&B outlets

A Guy's Burger Joint is one of several food and beverage additions A Guy's Burger Joint is one of several food and beverage additions (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

Carnival Elation is in the final stages of a multimillion-dollar makeover at Grand Bahama Shipyard that includes the addition of a WaterWorks park, 38 new cabins, 98 balconies to existing staterooms and a variety of food and beverage concepts.

Following the extensive renovation, Carnival Elation will resume its year-round cruises from Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday.

Among the food and beverage additions are poolside favorites Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina and BlueIguana Tequila Bar. Guy's serves burgers designed by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, while BlueIguana Cantina offers burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas with a salsa and toppings bar. Food at both venues is free of charge.

Carnival Elation is also adding Camp Ocean, a colorful marine-inspired play area for kids 2-11 that 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.

The 38 additional accommodations include two Grand Vista suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows, 22 junior suites, two ocean-view cabins and 12 inside rooms. Additionally, private balconies were added to 98 existing rooms, creating spacious new 230-square-foot balcony staterooms.

All accommodations have new island-inspired interiors with bright colors and soothing pastels.

The WaterWorks park, located on Verandah Deck, features an enclosed 300-foot-long Twister water slide, two 82-foot-long racing slides and a splash zone for kids.

The nine-hole miniature golf course has been relocated to Deck 14.

Carnival Elation is Jacksonville’s only year-round cruise ship, offering four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas with stops at Freeport, Nassau and the private destinations Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays. The vessel 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 the following month.

Posted 05 October 2017

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Anne Kalosh

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