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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 1 yr ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"...I I was not too impressed with the wait service in the dining room ." in 97 reviews.

"Overall, the ship was fine for what it was, which was a Carnival Cruise." in 55 reviews.

"...my and i enjoyed our first cruise with the 5 days to key west and mexico for our anniversary." in 54 reviews.



Carnival Imagination departs from:

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

Carnival Imagination sails to:

Mexico

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Lot of bang for your buck!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 19, 2015

The staff and entertainment are amazing, very courteous! The food choices were great, anyone would be pleased with the options, something for every type of food-goer. Great time!

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fun weekend getaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 19, 2015

For the value it is a very good cruise. I just felt the quality of the buffet food could have been a little better.The crew and staff are very friendly and very helpful. The quarters were kept very clean everyday

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ahhh sweet relaxation....

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 19, 2015

We had a very comfortable stay on our cruise. There were activities for all ages and also a few shows that were adult only.  The drinks were reasonably priced and the food was wonderful. There was a variety of on shore excursions, we chose the La Bufadora tour, our guide was very friendly and informative. I would have to say carnival took care of everything,  however,  I would highly recommend bringing your own shampoo and conditioner, they provide a citrus shampoo but no conditioner. 

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THE MOST VACATION FOR THE LEAST AMOUNT OF MONEY

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 04, 2015

CRUISING WITH CARNIVAL IS THE BEST VALUE AND THE MOST VACATION FOR THE LEAST AMOUNT OF MONEY. MY WIFE AND I HAVE BEEN ON 12 CARNIVAL CRUISES AND 7 OTHER CRUISES ON DIFFERENT CRUISE LINES. EVERY SINGLE CRUISE WE'VE BEEN ON HAS BEEN GREAT. THE FOOD, THE SERVICE, THE ITINERARY, THE ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT, THE SHIPS AMENTITIES, AND EVERYTHING ELSE IS VERY COMPAIRABLE. WE HAVE FOUND THAT CARNIVAL CRUISES ARE USUALLY THE LEAST EXPENSIVE. THIS LAST CRUISE WE TOOK WAS PRICED AT $110 PER PERSON FOR 4 NIGHTS. THE OUT THE DOOR PRICE, INCLUDING TAXES AND PORT CHARGES WAS $210 PER PERSON. THAT'S $52.50 PER PERSON PER NIGHT. WHERE ELSE CAN YOU EAT ALL YOU WANT ALL DAY LONG AT EVERY MEAL, GET FREE ROOM SERVICE, FREE LIVE SHOWS, ACCESS TO A GYM, SEVERAL POOLS AND HOT TUBS AND MUCH MORE FOR SUCH A CHEAP PRICE?  I KNOW OF NO WHERE ELSE THAT OFFERS ALL THIS FOR THE MONEY.

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Disappointment

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Feb 04, 2015

Very disappointed in the communication between Priceline and Carnival.  I booked my cruise 4 months prior to the cruise.  This was a Christmas gift for myself/husband and children who have never cruised before.  I requested rooms close together and we were put on opposite ends of the floor and one of our rooms was 2 floors above.  The booking agent was completely aware this was a gift for my family who had never cruised before and that we wanted to be together as a family. In a addition, all 3 cabins were purchased, paid for by myself, all at the same time and requested that we be together.  Also I requested early seating and they separated our tables...inexcusable.  It took much effort on my part to get seating together. Also, the staff of Carnival was not very helpful and not very accommodating. I have booked another 2 cabins for a cruise with 4 friends that have never cruised before in April and I certainly hope this cruise is better laid out and planned for our enjoyment or you will loose 6 travelers in the future along with my 4 children.  Had we not paid in full for the cruise, I would cancel the cruise.  I have cruised many, many times before and this was the worst experience I have ever had. Several other people we met on the cruise felt the same way. Double check prior to sailing that your requests are honored!

 

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Been on several Carnival cruises, this one was terrible.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 31, 2015

The worst Carnival cruise ever for us. We booked a suite so we would have a balcony to relax and enjoy the ocean views. Every day from about 7:00 AM to about 5:00 PM workers were grinding metal, welding and painting on the deck right below us, so much for enjoying the balcony. The smell from the fresh paint made us sick. When we entered the suite, the refrigerator was not working, we called guest services three times, advised our cabin steward one time, we went down to deck seven and talked to a gentleman at guest services, he did not even care enough about the problems to take our cabin # or our names. The noise below our deck was every day and the refrigerator was replaced at about 12:30 AM on Thursday. While eating at the seaday brunch, the gentleman delivering drinks to the table spilled three drinks on my husbands shirt, and shoes.

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Not a High Class Cruise, but a Great Carnival Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 31, 2015

I was visiting California for work and it was 0 degrees and snowing in RI, so I decided I would stay a few extra days and enjoy a cruise. I chose this cruise because it was the only one that left conveniently the day my conference ended.

It is a boat that holds just over 2000 people and about 1000 crew. It doesn't feel that large. After a day you begin to recognize people. The ship is clean and the workers work tirelessly to keep it that way. We were in cabin E2. It is all the way forward on the main deck. Instead of a big window, it had 2 port holes which made the cabin price a little less, however, being in the front of the ship, it was a fairly noisy room, especially when the anchor went out or in. Additionally, while all the cabins on board are nonsmoking cabins, at one point in time there were smoking cabins, and from the smell of stale cigarette smoke, I would wager that our cabin was one of them. The smell has permeated the walls and it lingers on. That was the worst part.

Otherwise there were things that I didn't love, but can't complain about because they are known part of Carnival cruises and I knew it and I chose to take the cruise anyway: it is a party boat (they call it that themselves). They aggressively sell alcohol. Because of some medicine I take, I am not allowed to drink, but they really push hard. For $50/day/person ($200 for the cruise) you can have a drink package that is good for 15 drinks in a 24 hour period per day. Everyone in the stateroom must buy in. Some people just have a drink in their hands all day long.

The shows were campy as to be expected. The comedians were pleasantly entertaining. We did not go to the casino. We didn't have kids with us, but if you are considering bringing yours, there were many multi generational families on board. There is a water park for kids of all ages, including varying sizes of water slides, shuffle board, human size chess, mini golf and plenty of kids programming.

The food was better than I expected, but I was not too impressed with the wait service in the dining room. Instead of clearing the forks with the appetizer and bringing a new one with the main course (or just setting the table with 2 forks), when clearing, the waiter will take your dirty fork and knife off the appetizer plate and put it back on the table. Yuck. The steak quality was quite good, the choices were varied, and the desserts were superb.

The omelette bar on the Lido deck is the best place for breakfast. The lunch buffet was our choice, sitting outside on the back deck, but I wish it was open until 3:00 instead of closing at 2:30. Soft serve, self serve, frozen yogurt and ice cream are always available.

We did not take any of the cruise land tours. In Catalina we walked everywhere, you can rent a golf cart in town. Many people did. We took a 6 mile walk on purpose. Go the the nature center. It is free and very informative, with clean bathrooms. On the way there, there is a fire station on the right hand side where there is a free filtered water dispenser where you can help yourself to free water (bring your own bottle to refill). Interesting fact: all the toilets on the island (and there are many free public toilets) all worked by salt water.

In Ensenada, we hired a cab to go to La Bufadora. We found another couple to share the ride with and it was $40 total. $22 for each couple including tip. It is a 40 - 45 minute drive. There is a street of tourist trap shops on the way to the lookout over this natural wonder. If you are planning to purchase souvenirs, this is the place to do it.  Cheaper than in town. La Bufadora itself it a natural blow hole in an ocean cove. 1 to 1.5 hours is more than enough time to see what is there. On the way back, if you are brave, ask the taxi driver to stop at a tamale roadside stand. I think the meat ones are better than the cheese and pepper ones. Yum.

So even though it was't as elegant as some of the other cruise lines, we had a perfectly enjoyable, relaxing time.

 

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Things Have Gotten Much Better

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 31, 2015

After a bad experience our first time on this cruise we wrote Carnival and they seemed to honestly address many of the issues. The ship was 100% cleaner than it was our first cruise. The staff seemed eager to please and was willing to step up and take care of anything you needed without needing to ask. Overall, this is not your luxury ship. If you are looking for a more elegant experience I'd recommend one of Carnivals sister lines. This is a fun, more party style ship. Although my wife and I found a few was to make it romantic and more elegant. If you are wanting a little romance on this party ship check out the Chef's Table. This was a spectacular addition to this ship. Once again this is a party ship and if you have done the Chef's Table on new ships this is not that but you are set in the library which is closed and you are served like no other meal you'll have and a big cruise line. Only a few spots per sailing so book it early. Overall this cruise was amazing as long as you keep in mind the type of ship it is. OH and the Serenity Deck is just that... 21 and over peaceful get away.        

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Great for the price

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 29, 2015

I brought a first time cruiser so it was nice for him to see if it was something he liked. One problem was $50 unlimited drink was marketed but once on the ship they told us they didn't do that on this ship. We would have brought wine or champagne had we known that. We did the liquor tasting and were told that it if we ordered it would be delivered no later than 7pm the next night. It got delivered  later, by then we were to tired to enjoy. I think I expected to see the cruise staff a little more and have them be more interactive with us. It was fun just be aware that the service is lower than expected. 

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Good and affordable vacation

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 25, 2015

I enjoyed the cruise and the on board activities and shows. The dancers had such a wonderful performance. The comedians were very good, and dynamic. The hosts for game shows were also good and charming. The food were okay, about the average. The gym and spa were readily available and well used. Except for the smell, somewhat unpleasant on the ship, otherwise it was a good experience overall.

I might consider Carnival cruise again but not the same cruise ship.

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smithervi
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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.

Make your reservation for your assigned dinner earlier the wait times were about 20-45mins.

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