The ship of the month for August is the Carnival Elation!
The Carnival Elation was built in 1998, is a Fantasy-Class Cruise Ship, and can carry up to 2,054 passengers. She is 855 feet long, 103 feet wide, and comes in at a total of 70,367 tons. The Elation’s top cruising speed is 21 knots. She features 13 decks with 10 bars and lounges. There are three types of staterooms offered on board. The types include interior staterooms, ocean view staterooms, and suites.
The Carnival Elation sails four to five night cruises from Jacksonville, Florida, year-round. Ports of call include Freeport, Grand Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Carnival’s private island); and Nassau, Bahamas.
On October 27, 2002, a 7-day Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego was cancelled due to propulsion problems causing a reduced cruising speed. The ship then entered dry-dock for repairs in San Francisco CA.
On October 20, 2009, while transiting the San Diego Bay, the vessel had a propulsion issue with one of its Azipod units. The cause for the incident was failure of the unit’s electronic control system.
On March 9, 2013, while on a 7-day Mexico cruise from New Orleans, the ship experienced a steering problem with one of its 2 Azipods. A tugboat escort was requested as the ship maneuvered away from the dock and into the Mississippi river.
On July 31, 2000, a 42-year-old male passenger jumped overboard off the coast of Mexico.
On January 26, 2003, a 35-year-old female passenger jumped overboard. The woman was reported missing by her husband the next morning. Unfortunately, she was never found.
On June 24, 2005, a 40-year-old passenger travelling with her family went overboard. The woman was reported missing at 11 AM, when the ship was off the coast of Mexico. A full search and rescue operation was conducted, but the body was never found.
July 16, 2009, FBI agents boarded the ship to investigate the murder of a 55-year-old woman. The vessel was on the second leg of a Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego, California. The incident was a result of a domestic dispute between the woman and her husband.
On April 24, 2010, a male passenger died from natural causes on a 3-day cruise, San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico. Passenger disembarkation was delayed 3 hours due to the FBI investigation on the ship.
On November 6, 2006, 4 passengers suffered minor injuries due to an incident during disembarkation in home-port, Port Canaveral, Florida. A welded part of the gangway gave way and fell 1 foot and was stopped by the safety ropes. The jolt threw 4 of the passengers off of the gangway.
On April 7, 2011, a 19-year-old male passenger was arrested for abusing a minor.
On April 8, 2011, on a Western Caribbean cruise from Mobile Alabama, a male passenger experienced cardiac arrest. He was disembarked in Cozumel and transported to Cancun, Mexico.
On November 24, 2012, an intoxicated male crew fell on a carpet floor, suffering a spinal injury. He was transported to a local New Orleans hospital.