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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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"Much better in dining rooms." in 128 reviews.

"we enjoyed it so much we will being doing it again, carnival cruise is the best." in 63 reviews.

"We sailed to Key West and then to Cozumel." in 64 reviews.



Carnival Imagination departs from:

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

Carnival Imagination sails to:

Mexico

1750 reviews from our community




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Great inexpensive way to get away!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Mar 15, 2015

My friends and I went on this trip for spring break, first cruise ever. We had a great time, the boat never felt crowded, great shows, unlimited food and it was good. The staff is kind, great trip for families or friends. I am now thinking of bringing my family on this cruise for the summer.There is a like a mandatory 30-40$ service fee charge that is charged once you leave the boat, i wished that would have been included in the price but it was really no big deal. That is charged per person in your group, so expect to pay that. It is so worth paying a little more to be in the middle of the boat, on the 3rd day (Day at see) it helped so much with the motion of the ocean because you felt the boat moving less.I recommend on the last day to to the early bird check out if not you are looking to get off the boat around 10am-12pm. Overall great first time cruise experience!

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Waking up to this.. worth the upgrade!

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mcsaad
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A fun relaxing time

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Mar 08, 2015

This cruise ship was as good as any of the others I have been on (and there a been a few!).  It only lacked a sports court for my sons.  Ping pong games and mini golf only take up so much of their time and then they got bored.

Dinners were excellent!

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hrmchan
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Baja 4 Night - Ensenada

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Mar 08, 2015

Cruise was our family's 1st so our expectations were not HIGH and we purchased late to get a the BEST DEALS.  We read all the available negative reviews to get the worst possible situations by customers.  This set our expectations ...

But to our surprise, we were over satisfied.   The Cruise overall was 4.5 Stars and fantastic.   Pricing was Great a $275 room with oceanview + a $409 Junior Suite for 4 Night trip.  The accomodations were fine, although the SHIP was a little OLDER than we wanted, but it was clean and tighty.  So, if you are interested in this, check you SHIP's age before you go, but Carnival did a great job in keeping the SHIP working, clean, and comfortable.  The FOOD was the most surprising, after reading the reviews.  We found the Buffet Food very satisfying and the quality HIGH.   Given the convenience over the restaurant wait lines, formality, and just the time getting IN and OUT .... we choose the buffet for every meal except 2 dinners.  General restaurants have small portions, so if you wish for larger portions ... go to the BUFFET.  At the BUFFET, the variety was huge, the quality and taste was very good and just as good the a HIGH END CASINO buffet, if you are acquainted with this type of Buffet.  With the exception of breatfast the menu changed daily for the main entrees. 

The Shore Excursions were good and well planned.  We went on a City Tour of Ensenada, but were somewhat disappointed in that the Guide was only so-so and they seemed to stop and shop at places where they received a kick-back ... to many wine tasting and tourist spots vs general local consumer shopping.

There was a big complaint about "nickel diming" 24hrs a day, but we did not find that to be true.  Sure, if you ordered Steak/Lobster, which I did ... there was an extra charge, but it was well labeled on the menu.  But if you didn't get drunk everyday ... your extra charges would not be crazy.   Drinking is were most people get zapped !  Alcohol and COKE are the source of 100's of dollars of extra, so if you manage it well you should not be surprised.

Also, complaints existed on minor repairs, but we tested this a plugged drain and they came by immediately when we left the room and had it fixed PRONTO !  Also room servicing was really GOOD, as I would expect in any 4 Star hotel.

The PEOPLE servicing your every need was amazing.  They were plentiful in every dept, respectful, and happy to service you.  This was 5 Stars

Overall I give Carnival on this cruise 4.5 Stars.   Specifically,

Value    5 Stars

Food     4 Stars

Service 5 Stars

Accommodation 4 Stars

Entertainment 4 Stars

Happy Boat 5 Stars

 

I definately would go again and Carnival would be a proven choice.

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Good cruise but one disappointment

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Mar 01, 2015

It was a good cruise, the crew was very good. The disappointment was we got to Catalina Island and we could not get off the ship. The tenders could not handle the swells even though it did not look too bad. You figure they would use bigger boats. We only got a credit back for the excursions we bought and 2 more hours in Ensenada. If I knew I was only going to Ensenada I would of booked the 3 days and saved money.

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Good trip, one stop was cancelled though

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Mar 01, 2015

It was a great trip. I was just disappointed that our stop at Catalina was cancelled due to inclement weather for the tenders. The stop at Ensenada was really enjoyable, though. There is good shopping down the main strip but I would recommend an excursion because that is about all there is. 

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kku8mg
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First time cruiser - LOVED IT

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Mar 01, 2015

My husband and I just went on our first cruise as a big hoorah before we have a kid. It was EXCELLENT! The Carnival Staff is incredible. We were continually impressed with their friendliness and that some even learned out names. They go out of their way to ensure a unique and memorable experience while on board. We unfortunately did not get to get off the ship at one of our stops but the crew promptly made plans to ensure the passengers still had fun things we could do all day. There were plenty of activities to fill our time and ample lounge chairs to simply take in the sun by the pool. Great food options. Very pleased!

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elabry
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Good Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 26, 2015

All was fun and well organized.  As an elderly person I had a hard time with your online processes.  Not all was clear and we did not know where to go until I called and asked.  Would I do it again?  Yes!

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1st time cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 26, 2015

The whole process from parking at the garage to boarding to ship was very smooth. There's nothing we need to worry about because there are a lot of workers there to help. The buffet food was ok. But the dine-in restaurant was excellent. If I know it ahead of time, I will take the restaurant everytime instead of buffet area. They have great service.  I definitely will come back for the future with my kids.

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food poisoning and Harry potter trivia

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 26, 2015

We got food poisoning and weren't impressed by the activities. ..the activities are a big part of why I rated the cruise this low.. Norwegian had better food, shows, dance classes (line dance, tango, salsa, etc) & daily activities that made for a much better experience ..I didn't find watch sales and Harry potter trivia fun activities (& they were actually listed in the top 10 list) on carnival

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not bad for a very inexpensive cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 22, 2015

I took this cruise because I needed a few days of sun and warmth to break up a cold winter. The ports of call were OK, but I would have been just as happy if I'd stayed aboard the entire time. The food was good (not great, not bad), the entertainment was fine, and the sun deck was exactly what I needed to thaw for a bit.

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kku8mg
Purser

Try everything! Even if an activity doesn't sound that fun or like you'll fit it, go anyways. The crew makes everything fun for everyone.

smithervi
Deck Hand

Rent a golf cart at Catalina Island to get around, well worth it. But if you do, reserve it in advance. You'll get it for 3 hours vs 2 hours if you rent one on site. The extra hour will make the difference and you won't feel as rushed to return it.

The Empress Deck with its large windows was great. Worth the extra cost.

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4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Mar 29, 2015

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4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Apr 26, 2015

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4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Apr 12, 2015

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