To commemorate the Jacksonville arrival of Carnival Elation, a traditional maritime plaque exchange was held on board between officials from Carnival Cruise Line, JAXPORT and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Carnival Elation kicked off a year-round schedule of four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville on Monday with a five-day cruise to Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas.  Carnival Elation is expected to carry 170,000 guests annually from the port.

Carnival Cruise Line has sailed from Jacksonville since 2004 and is the only cruise operator offering year-round departures from JAXPORT.