Maiden Voyage April 1, 1998 refurbished in Oct 2018
Length: 855 ft
Capacity: 2,130 including crew
13 passenger used decks
I sailed the Carnival Elation ship on October 5, 2019 out of Port Canaveral located in the sunny state of Florida! I love Port Canaveral cruise port! Our sailing was a 5 night Caribbean sailing that went to the ports of Amber Cove in The Dominican Republic and Grand Turk in the Caicos Islands. We had a junior suite stateroom which entitled us to priority boarding and tendering along with luxury linens and amenities. Boarding was painless at Port Canaveral Cruise Port.
Once on board, the usual crowded hallways and elevators was present. Boarding day always has the hustle and bustle of people coming and going, crowding on the elevators etc. No matter what ship you sail, boarding day is busy! We noticed the two sets of elevators with another set across that just went up to Deck 10. The double elevators only had one working so the line was really long and being that our stateroom was on Deck 14 we could not take the other elevator since it only went to Deck 10. We ended up walking up the stairs 10 flights with our luggage! What a workout that was! Once we arrived to our stateroom we were pleasantly surprised by how cozy it was! After boarding day the elevators were very easy to get on and off and we had a very relaxing cruise!
Our Stateroom G29
We had a Junior Suite Balcony on board the Carnival Elation Ship. Our stateroom number was G29. This stateroom was conveniently close to the elevator yet snugged in a corner. You could also get to the outside deck easily from this stateroom with just a short walk. Once outside on the deck you would run into the Miniature Golf and excellent photo opportunity with the beautiful high view we had. It made for an excellent sunrise and sunset view! We absolutely loved it! The newly refurbished stateroom was very spacious and offered a pretty good sized bathroom with all the amenities we needed. The two twin beds could provide a King is you preferred, the sofa bed was a nice sitting area during the day and could be turned into a sleeper at night. A large flat screen tv sits on the wall to save space. A refrigerator, large closets, a desk with stool and plenty of shelves and storage drawers. The balcony was a very good size with 2 chairs and a small table. I want to add that this stateroom also had 6 USB ports, American outlets and a European outlet. We really enjoyed this stateroom.
Check out my Youtube video below the photos to see a video of this stateroom tour!
Dining on Board the Carnival Elation
The Carnival Elation had a lot of options when it came to eating. Tiffany’s Lido Buffet offers a variety of options to choose from. It is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. You can also find Carnival Deli to serve up panini’s, wraps, grilled sandwiches and deli sandwiches, french fries and cookies. Guys Burgers has hot fresh hamburgers with french fries along with a topping bar with hot and cold toppings. Condiments are also on the bar. Pizza Pirate offers up 24 hr Pizza. Take advantage of the pizza delivery anywhere on the ship for $5.00. The BlueIguana Cantina offered up some great burrito’s and tacos for breakfast and lunch. There is a toppings bar included too. The Carnival Elation only offers The Chef’s Table for specialty dining and has an up charge. The Main dining rooms are the Imagination Restaurant and Inspiration Restaurant. The Imagination Restaurant offers Your Time dining from 5:45-9:30 pm. Your time dining is an option to dine when you want. For traditional dining time of early and late dining, that will be offered in the Inspiration Dining Room. The Main Dining room will have morning breakfast times and Sea Day brunch! Room Service is available 24 hrs a day. Sushi at Sea is available with a limited menu for take out sushi. There is an up charge for sushi. Below I have posted a Youtube vlog that shows our lunch at the Lido Buffet on boarding day!
Entertainment Bars and Fitness
On board you will also find a variety of Bars and lounges. The Atrium Bar is a winner when it comes to grabbing a drink and listening to some live music! There is Duke’s Piano Bar with a New York City inspired look and feel. The late night live interactive entertainment is a nightly favorite. Cole Porter Club is a lounge area that has adult entertainment such as the Punch liner Comedy and movies, adult game shows and karaoke when no comedy is being done. Jekyll and Hyde Nightclub is a way to dance your night away with a cocktail. It has a late night opening. Romeo and Juliet Lounge is hosts band and karaoke. Gatsby’s Great Bar is a nice place to enjoy a pre dinner cocktail with it’s short distance top to the Inspiration Main Dining Room. Blue Iguana Tequila Bar is located on the lido area of the ship and offers up your best Mexican inspired drinks. RedFrog Rum Bar is located on the lido area also on the opposite side of the Blue Iguana. It has a nice island feel and offers up some great rum inspired drinks. Do you like people watching? Well head to the and grab a seat and a drink! Tiffany’s Lido Bar is in the aft of the lido restaurant. Grab a drink and head outside to have a seat while viewing the great wake views!!
The ship has Bocce ball, Miniature golf, Shuffleboard, Ping Pong,Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, Children’s water areas, slides. Camp Carnival has activities planned always for different age children. The Serenity area for adults is also available in the back of the ship. This area is 18 years old and older. You will find hot tubs and plenty of loungers for relaxation while watching the wake. Towels are available in this area that are to be returned here when finished. Bar service is available if you want a drink!
The Casablanca Casino was one of our favorite spots! There are a variety of slots and tables, scratch off tickets and tournaments are also offered!
The ship does not have a Basketball Court. The Ship offers Spa Carnival which offers a variety of relaxation services to meet your needs. Massage, facials, nails pedicures, teeth whitening , hair services are just some of the options you can find. Be sure to book your services ahead of time of your online reservations area to be sure of availability and to receive some money savings. The Fitness Center has a variety of free weights and machines along with cardio machines, classes and .
We had a great time on board the Carnival Elation! The ship is a small ship but she had just enough on board to allow our time to pass by. The ship offered us relaxation areas that gave us great views! We had an amazing time on our ports we visited. I will have a section available for these two ports as soon as I get them available. I invite you to visit my Youtube channel to see all of my travel video’s. Please consider subscribing to the channel and hitting the notification bell so you do not miss any of my uploads~!! Below is a link to my channel! I appreciate your support!
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Arriving to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort is a nice little drive in with the lush landscaping and beautiful flowers that are added to this little country paradise nestled in Central Florida. Fort Wilderness is a campground that has been a part of Walt Disney for many years and has been a yearly tradition for our family. We have visited several times per year for over 15 years now. It never gets old, every time we visit, it is another great memory! As you come in to the property you will be greeted by a security personnel that will check your drivers license and verify your reservation. You will be directed either to the right and circle around to walk in the guest services building or you will go to the left and do the drive up check in. No matter which way you go, you will have a Disney Cast member eager to help you get started on your magical vacation! When you check in you will be given some paperwork which includes a map of the campground and a direction of where to find your place you have reserved whether that be a cabin or campsite. You will also be given a form to take to the Golf Cart attendant if you are renting a golf cart during your stay. You will also be given a magic band which is your ticket to the world: it is your key to open your door, an easy swipe when you shop since your credit card on file is attached to it, and it is your tickets to the park, also you can use it to open the gates when coming in and out of the resort. It is light and comfortable on your wrist. Your magic band can get wet and it can also be kept for souvenir.
Tip: If you go to your reservation online prior to your trip you can design your band to the color you prefer, otherwise you will have what is available at check in.
Golf carts are available for rental at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Golf cart rules are the same as driving a vehicle and is enforced by Orange County Sheriffs Office. You will see local sheriffs riding through at times along with Walt Disney security. Drivers must be at least 16 years of age to operate the golf carts and hold a valid drivers license. Rules of the road apply and they appreciate the same courtesy for buses too. Do not pass a bus, when you see a car or bus behind you find a safe place to gently pull over so the vehicle can pass by and then move back along. The rules are placed on top of the steering wheel. Always remember to charge them when not driving them. You will have electrical outlets at the Trails End parking, cabins and campsites to charge them. During our trip this last time we entered into the Golf Cart Parade for the 4th of July!! What fun! The cart as of July 2019 was $68 per day to rent, that can change without notice. It is very much advised to place your reservation for your cart with the Bike Barn when you book your reservation for the resort to be sure you are guaranteed a cart. The Bike Barn’s phone number is (407) 824-2742.
Campsites come in different options. There is a Tent or pop up campsite that will allow for two tents and a pop up camper or vehicle camper. Up to 10 Adults are allowed.
There is a Full Hook Up Campsite the accommodates a RV plus tent. Sewage hookup is available. Allows up to 10 Adults.
A preferred Campsite that allows for a RV and one small tent. Sewage hookup available and is Close to the Marina and allows up to 10 Adults.
A premium campsite is for a larger RV with a concrete pad of 18 ft by 60 ft. Allows up to 10 adults. Sewage is available and allows up to 10 Adults.
A premium meadow campsite is for a larger style RV with a concrete pad of 18 ft by 60 ft, sewage hookup available, up to 10 adults and is located by Meadow Trading Post, Meadow Recreation, Bike Barn and Campfire area.
Each campsite loop will offer a full service restroom facility that has showers and changing areas. A launderette will be available and ice machines. Bus stops are nearby too!
Tip: You will need your magic band if you use the restrooms after certain hours to unlock the doors and the door to the laundry! Don’t forget the band!
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The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness are really a nice retreat for a single person all the way to 6 adults. Each Cabin offers a driveway for one vehicle, parking rates apply per night. An outside power outlet, patio deck, BBQ Grill, Water Hose, Picnic Table. Inside you will find a full kitchen with sink, stove NO oven, Microwave with Oven, Full Dishwasher, trash can, recycle can, pots and pans, utensils, dishes to serve 8, coffee cups, drinking glasses, a pitcher, silverware, BBQ grill utensils, can opener, mixing bowl, measuring cup, Full refrigerator with ice maker, paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher soap, garbage bags, lots of cabinet space to store goods in. There is also a booth table with chairs for dining. Anything you need that is not in the cabin, call guest services and usually they can find it for you. Items will vary with stay and what is available. The cabin has a full bathtub with shower, installed complimentary shampoo conditioner and body wash in shower, towels, toilet paper, blow dryer, garbage can, drawers to store things, hooks to hang up clothing. In the living room area you will find a couch that pulls out to a bed, your linens for the bed was in the cabinet that is next to the couch. If you need extra linens contact the housekeeping department and they will bring you what you need. There is a coffee table and a sitting chair, full screen tv and drawers for clothes along with 2 separate cabinets that sits between the large tv. In the back bedroom, you will find a Queen size bed and a bunk bed, tv with drawer area, closet with room safe and area for storage, you can also slide suitcases under the bed. There is an alarm clock, plenty of lighting and a separate door that goes outside. The cabin sleeps up to 6 people comfortably. **The video above this paragraph is a full cabin tour for you to view**
Pools: There are two pools at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground resort. Meadow swimming Pool is the Main pool and is located in the center of the resort, it has a water slide, plenty of lounger chairs, table with umbrella and chairs and picnic tables under the pavilion for eating. There is a snack bar and is nearby to the tennis courts and volley ball net. This pool area does have lifeguards available along with a kids splash area and hot tub. Large restrooms are available.
Wilderness swimming pool is in the cabin vicinity and is near a basketball court. It is a quiet larger pool with plenty of lounger chairs, a few tables with umbrellas and chairs are available. There is a hot tub and NO life guard is present at this pool. There is a handicap assist chair if you need that to lower you in the pool. There is a vending snack machine, restrooms and launderette is in the same building.
Archery: Archery is available and is for ages 7 yrs old and up. 90 minute sessions and may be booked by calling 407-939-7529. (407) WDW-PLAY.
Carriage Rides, Holiday Carriage Rides and Wagon Rides are available by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.
Pony Rides: Pony Rides are given to guests that are no taller then 48 inches and under 80 pounds. The child must be at least 2 years old to ride. For more information contact: (407) 824-2832.
Bike Rental: You may rent bikes by contacting the Bike Barn when you arrive at Fort Wilderness, they are first come first serve. There are bike trails and jogging trails. For more information contact the Bike Barn at (407) 824-2742.
Chip N Dale Campfire Sing a Long: Every evening by the Meadow Pool there is a outdoor campfire sing a long (weather permitting). You will find a snack bar selling all kinds of goodies like popcorn, drinks, Smore kits and sticks etc. There is also a food truck that is usually there that will sell different menu items. A chip n dale meet and greet, a sing along entertainer, and there are two fire pits to roast marshmallows on. There is also a MOVIE on the big screen that starts after the sing a long. The Bike Barn will have a schedule of the movies or it will be in your information packet they give you when you check in.
Other recreation found through the Bike Barn is Volleyball, Basketball, shuffle board,Kayak rentals, canoe rentals, fishing poles. ( Catch and release only) More information is available by calling the Bike Barn at (407) 824-2742.
There are 2 arcades that are located at the resort. One is at the Meadow Swimming Pool and the other is located in the Trails End building.
Food and Drink
There are 2 retail stores at the resort. Each store offers up a variety of snacks, food items, ice, alcohol and beer, souvenirs, home items, clothing, ice cream and other items for sale.
Meadow’s Pool Snack Bar: Offers light snacks, sandwiches, drinks and other refreshments. It is located at the Meadow’s Swimming Pool.
Crockett’s Tavern: Offers Bar Service with Draft and Bottle Beer and wine along with liquor spirits and snacks.
Trails End Restaurant: This full service restaurant has a full Buffet meal offered for Breakfast Brunch and Dinner. Meal price includes drink. Reservations are recommended. There is plenty of seating and accompanies P&J’s Southern Take Out which offers Breakfast Lunch and Dinner items to either dine outside in the picnic tables or take back to your campsite or cabin.
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue: This is a 2 hour dinner show that is sure to get you some good laughs from what I am told. I do plan to attend this dinner show one day. If you have done it before let me know in the comments how you liked it! To book a seat for this dinner show please call (407) WDW-DINE to make your reservation. Prices vary with seating section. This is a prepaid show and 2 seating times should be available.
Fireworks and Electrical Parade
Every evening you can go to the Marina and watch the fireworks that are shot from The Magic Kingdom. The electrical parade will also be every night. Be sure to take your bug spray so you do not get eaten by mosquitos. If you take the later Wagon ride with a group it will stop at the Lake for an up close view of the fireworks. The Magic Kingdom always has great fireworks!!! Do not miss them!
At the Marina you will find a variety of different watercraft for rental. They offer jet ski’s, mini speed boats, up to 6 person Montauk Boats and up to 10 person Pontoon Boats. You may get information on pricing and availability by visiting the Marina. They also offered charter catch and release fishing too.
Transportation at the Fort
You can choose from a variety of transportation at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Golf Carts are available for rental to provide you transportation within the resorts. (Golf Carts are not allowed off premises)
Bus Transportation is available throughout the resort with stops located in walking distance. Bus runs in 20 min intervals. Buses run between theme parks, resorts and Disney Springs.
Water Transportation: At the Marina you can go to the Boat Launch and find two areas of water transportation. One side will take you to the Magic Kingdom resort and the other side will take you to the Resorts available from Fort Wilderness which are The Contemporary Resort and The Wilderness Lodge Resort.
If you wish to take the Monorail to another resort or to the Magic Kingdom Park, you will need to water taxi to The Contemporary then catch the Monorail on Level 4 at The Contemporary resort. The Monorail will then go to The Transportation Area, The Polynesian Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort and The Magic Kingdom then back to The Contemporary Resort.
We have always had a Magical time at Fort Wilderness, it has been a yearly tradition for our family with so many memories! If you and your family have a chance to visit I highly suggest it. Any information you may need for reservations or just information you may find it on the website at: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com