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The seventh Fantasy-class liner for Carnival Cruise Lines, was delivered February 24, 1998 at Kvaerner Masa-Yards' Helsinki New Shipyard
By Stefano Fermi (24/3/98)
The Fantasy-class vessels
Elation, continues the series of Fantasy-class cruise liners of which a record total number of eight vessels have been ordered.
Fantasy, the first in the series, was delivered in 1990. Her sister ship Ecstasy was delivered in 1991 and the Sensation in 1993. Fascination was delivered in 1994, Imagination in 1995 and Inspiration in February 1996.
These Fantasy-class vessels form the longest single series of cruise liners ever ordered. Elation has a lenght of 260.6 m, a gross tonnage of 70,390 and carries 2,600 passengers in her 1,020 cabins. The passengers are served by a crew of more than 900.
Creative spirits of mythological Muses
The design of the public spaces of Elation features a decor that celebrates the spirit of mythological Muses and the diversity of art they inspire.
The central idea is composers and their compositions, not just musical works, but also drama and literature.
The ship's vast six-deck atrium and attraction-filled promenade are embellished with graceful floor-to-ceiling columns and finely crafted classical reliefs. Symbols of the Muses, such as the scrolls of Clio, Muse of history, decorate entranceways, while the Muses of music and poetry - Euterpe and Erato - are represented by flute and harp in Elation's longues, along with Thalia's comic mask and dancing Terpsichore's lyre.
The general layout
It fallows mainly that of the previous in the series.
Crew accommodation and the ship's stores, laundry etc. and the ship's machinery spaces are below deck four. Decks four to seven are passenger cabin decks.
On deck seven (Empress deck) is the main passenger entrance to Atrium Plaza, the ground level of the six deck high Atrium with panorama elevators which at Sun deck level, deck 13, is covered by a glass dome.
On the Ground Plaza there is the Plaza Bar replacing different type of artistic sculptures found on the previous vessels of the series.
The Conference Room
At the same deck at the Elation Atrium are the Duke's piano bar, the Mark Twain library, the Card Room and the Galleria Shopping Mall and aft, behind the Inspiration Restaurant, the Conference Room.
The Elation is the first Carnival vessel to have this dedicated facility to accomodate small meetings and incentive groups.
The mahogany-trimmed, private room features state-of-the-art equipment and full-service amenities for on-board conferences. It can also be used for private dinners.
On the previous ships, this area facilitated a disco club for teenagers and a playroom for children.
On deck eight, the Atlantic Deck, are the two main dining rooms, the Imagination Restaurant, that guests 658 passengers, forward and the Inspiration Restaurant aft (650), with the galley in-between.
The two decks high main show lounge, the Mikado, seating more than 1,000 guests is placed forward.
The ship's main promenade Elation's Way is on deck nine, the Promenade Deck.
On this deck is the Cole Porter Club night club aft seating more than 500 guests, in front of which is the Gatsby's Great Bar, a jewellery shop, the Jekill & Hyde disco, the Musical Cafe' with the Apetizer Bar, the Romeo& Juliet, a distinctive lounge in Italian style, the Drama Bar, and the huge Casablanca Casino.
In front of the casino there is another new technological feature on Elation, the Virtual World, an electronic-game playground for children and adults.
The highest decks
The Lido Deck (deck 10) above is the open sun deck with a large swimming pool and several snack bars. Aft is the large Tiffani's Restaurant and forward the officer's accomodation and the ship's bridge.
The open Verandah Deck, deck 11, surrounding the deck below, has an area with passenger suites forward and a pool area aft. The Sports Deck holds the Children's World, the Nautica Spa with aerobic rooms, a beauty saloon, saunas, massage areas and a gymnasium.
The Children's World is now on the Sport Deck (deck 12), and has been expanded to offer youngsters a spacious, engaging activity centre with computer and video games, playground equipment and crafts.
On deck 13, the Sun Deck, is the rubber coated Nautica Jogging Track.
Elation is the world's first cruise liner with electric azimuthing Azipod propulsion. She is fitted with two 14 MW Azipod propulsion units.
This new propulsion system gives several benefits, in addition to savings in weight, space and construcrion hours. These include, higher ship's speed, increased propulsion efficiency, improved manoeuvrability, increased safety in an emergency, reduced vibration levels, which adds to passenger comfort onboard.
Elation stopped in Miami on March 20 to pick up passengers before sailing for a Panama Canal cruise to Los Angeles, where she will be based year-round for cruises down the Mexican coast.
The new vessel will launch year-round seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera. Port of call on this itinerary include Puerto Vallaerta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
For further information: Carnival Cruise Lines