Carnival Elation

Repositioning and Panama Canal Transit

In 2007, we had the opportunity to take a transit of the Panama Canal cruise. Carnival was repositioning their Elation ship from Port Canaveral, Florida to San Diego, California. The repositioning cruise had stops in Aruba prior to the canal transit, and Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Acapulco, Mexico, Mazatlan, Mexico, and Cabo San Lucas after the transit.

Our son-in-law worked for Carnival. He let us know about the cruise as soon as it was released and we booked immediately. Because he was a Carnival employee, he was able to get employee price for his cabin and family prices for our adjoining cabin.

We had balcony suite cabins on deck U. These cabins were right at the level of the locks in the Panama Canal.

The departure port was Port Canaveral, Florida.

Port Canaveral, Fl

The first port call was the island of Aruba.


The next event was the reason we booked the cruise - a complete transit of the Panama Canal from Atlantic to Pacific. There were no port calls in Panama, just a transit of the canal.

Panama Canal Transit

Our first port on the Pacific was Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Our next port was Acapulco, Mexico, where we saw the famous cliff divers.

Acapulco, Mexico

The next port was Mazatlan, Mecico.

Mazatlan, Mexico

The next port of call was Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The cruise terminated in San Diego, California, the new home port for the Elation.

San Diego, CA, USA

The total length of the cruise was 15 nights.

Carnival Elation