Picking the Best Cabins on the Carnival Elation

A deck-by-deck analysis of the Carnival Elation's best and worst cabins.

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Carnival Elation Best & Worst Staterooms: Summary

Best Cabins onboard the Carnival Elation: staterooms on Deck 6- the Upper Deck. Deck 9, 10 and 11 also have very good cabins.

Cabins to be wary of onboard the Carnival Elation: stateroom on deck 7--the Empress Deck.

Deck-by-Deck Breakdown of the Best and Worst Cabins onboard the Carnival Elation

Deck 4 -- Riviera Deck

Cabins on Deck 4 of the Carnival Elation have cabins above them -- this means that they are typically quieter compared to cabins beneath the disco or sunbathing areas (the noise of moving deck chairs late at night / early in the AM).

  • On the Carnival Elation's Riviera Deck, cabins R199-R248 (in the stern / rear of the ship) may notice a bit of propeller vibration.
  • Cabins R154, R141, and R299 are right by elevators, so there may be a noise factor particularly for light sleepers. Looking for another cabin on the Elation's Deck 4 to avoid this situation is one suggestion. Otherwise, we recommend you bring earplugs, or consider investing in a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds). 

Related: Carnival Elation Riviera Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 5 -- Main Deck

Deck 5 has cabins both above and beneath, which does rule out noises you'd expect from Carnival Elation's entertainment and dining venues.

  • All but 20 of the exterior cabins feature ocean views on the Main Deck of the Carnival Elation.
  • Interior cabins M148 and M149 abut elevators, so we do suggest looking for another cabin on the Elation's Deck 5 to avoid noise.

Related: Carnival Elation Main Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 6 -- Upper Deck

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The Upper deck is without question the high-rent district of the ship. This is where Carnival Elation's penthouse category cabins are located. There is also at least one deck of buffer both above and below this deck, so noise tends not to be an issue from common areas for most of the Upper deck cabins. Given that this is where the high-dollar cabins are, this is also where the best cabin stewards are usually assigned. So, if your budget only affords you an inside cabin, reserving one right across from a penthouse might be a very wise investment! Some of the best cabins on the Elation are on the Upper Deck!

  • Midship on Deck 6 of the Carnival Elation, inside cabins may experience some noise from the Plaza & Atrium Bar located one deck above them. These cabins are also less roomy, but are in the Penthouse service zone.
  • Aft on the Elation's Deck 6, cabins U230 and U243 are larger than average cabins.
  • All but 12 exterior cabins on Carnival Elation's Upper deck feature ocean views on Deck 6 of the Carnival Elation.
  • All Exterior staterooms from U69 through U115 are Penthouse Suites which do have balconies.

Related: Carnival Elation Upper Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 7 -- Empress Deck

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Some cabins on this deck with potential problems

Cabins on the Empress Deck are likely going to be less quiet than any others to be found on the Carnival Elation. While we do not suggest this deck be avoided, some of the worst cabins on the Carnival Elation are on Empress Deck! This is due to the stage, galley, and dining rooms on Atlantic Deck (one deck above), and the Atrium Bar, and Guest Services & Shore Excursions which are also located just aft of cabins E66 and E 67. That said, most of the noise occurs during hours in which most of us are up and around enjoying these public venues!

  • Cabins E66 through E79 are closest to the action in the Atrium, so we suggest that you reserve a cabin further away from these areas if you prefer a quieter atmosphere on the Elation's Empress Deck.
  • Once again, Inside Cabins E124 and E 127 are right next to elevators, which may increase the noise factor.
  • Aft on the Elation's Empress Deck, cabins E244 and E259 are slightly more spacious than average outside cabins.
  • All but eight exterior cabins on the Empress Deck feature ocean views.

Related: Carnival Elation Empress Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


Deck 11 -- Verandah Deck

While Verandah Deck has Spa Carnival directly above and Lido Deck beneath, this is where you will find some of the best cabins to be reserved on the Carnival Elation! All outside cabins on Verandah deck feature balconies, and it is our understanding VIP check-in service is available for guests staying in these staterooms.

  • On the Carnival Elation's Deck 11, V21, V23, V25, V27, V30, V34, V38, and V42 are exterior staterooms, but do have obstructed views.
  • Unless there is a tailwind, all of these balconies can be breezy.
  • While not Penthouse level in terms of accommodations, the Carnival Elation's Verandah Deck outside staterooms are more luxurious than the average cabins.
  • Once again, frugal cruisers may want to book an interior cabin on this deck. Some of the best cabin stewards will be right across the hall!  

Related: Carnival Elation Verandah Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


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