• Jacksonville-based Carnival Elation to resume service Saturday

    By: Brittney Donovan , Action News Jax

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    Carnival Elation is expected to resume operations out of Jacksonville Saturday after a multi-million-dollar makeover.

    The renovations to Carnival Elation include a new water park, 38 new cabins, 98 balconies to existing staterooms and new food and beverage concepts.

    The ship’s new features include: 

    • Guy’s Burger Joint: a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries enjoyed amidst a décor that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture.
    • RedFrog Rum Bar: a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red. 
    • BlueIguana Cantina: a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar.
    • BlueIguana Tequila Bar: a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.
    • Camp Ocean: a colorful marine-inspired play area designed for kids ages 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, science-oriented  programming, and more.
    • New Cabins, Stateroom Enhancements:  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 verandahs have been added to 98 existing staterooms, creating spacious new 230-square-foot staterooms balconies. All staterooms will offer new island-inspired interiors with bright colors and soothing pastels inspired by Carnival Elation’s tropical itineraries. 
    • WaterWorks:  Located on Verandah Deck, this expansive all-ages water park features an enclosed 300-foot-long Twister water slide full of exhilarating twists and turns, 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, providing a fun and relaxing pastime for families to enjoy in the fresh sea air.

    The ship will resume its year-round schedule of four- to eight-day cruises from Jacksonville beginning Oct. 7.  

    Read more about the renovations here.

    The 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 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 the following month. 

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