Carnival Imagination

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    
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About Carnival Imagination

Carnival Imagination is a large ship, carrying 2697 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from Long Beach (Los Angeles), California.

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First Time and Last Time

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Awesome experience!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

The staff onboard the Carnival Imagination was simply amazing! Especially on decks 10 and 11. Where Richard, from the Red Frog bar, and Jay, from the Blue Iguana, were waiting! Those 2 were awesome! My kids loved that they remembered our names and usually knew what it were going to have to drink. Will definitely cruise with Carnival again. Thank you for a wonderful, and memorable experience with my kids!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Awesome!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The staff was super friendly and attentive. Even captains greeted is! The pool entertainment was spectacular. The comedy show and karaoke was out favorite.

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

Memorable Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The ship was fantastic, and Carnival is truly a party ship we were never bored and never felt hungry.  The food served at all locations on board was excellent.  Ensenada was a fun town with many things to do.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

My cruise experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

this cruise was my very first and I was not disappointed at all. The cruise staff was amazing, from the house keeping services to the cruise director Alex, everyone was respectful and polite. The 2 shows we went to, Divas and Epic Rock, were amazing. The performers were always nice and when you saw them outside the show they were the most polite and friendly people you could meat. The cruise director Alex was always willing to answer your questions even when he had a very busy schedule. All in all, this cruise was amazing and I look forward to my next one.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great and fun trip

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Frankly I didn't have many expectations prior boarding although I do love cruise vacations. However, the check-in experiences were great (around 12pm) and fast. The ship is great and "Your entertainment director A....LEX" made it even fun! I definitely will come back again!

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

Awful Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

there were no favorite parts, a bunch of drunks , the food was cold and terrible, has a  junior suite V10 and don't know what was above us but it was noisy the entire  time

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Ensenada Cruise on Imagination

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The overall experience was a good one.  Dining room experience was enjoyable. The scallops with risotto was my favorite appetizer, and the main courses I had were all yummy.  My favorite dessert was the Chocolate molten cake with vanilla ice cream.  I loved the 24/7 soft serve ice cream.  I had fun with friends.  However, I would make the following recommendations.  Signage on the "Serenity" deck for either  "no music" or piping in spa music, due to young adults (20's) "rocking out", when this area was supposed to be for quiet "serenity".

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

First Time and Last Time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

We decided to go on a cruise for our 21st wedding anniversary. It was our first time. We had our two teen aged sons with us.  The service was very good. Food was excellent. But programs for teenagers were not interesting. My kids were bored a lot. The gym was my favorite place to be. Equipment there was modern but not well kept. Mini golfing was really fun. It's on the top deck. Incredible winds added some extra challenge and more fun. Dining was special each night. Waiters were fun. Food preparation elegant and the experience classy.  Room service was good too. Although the room was not that clean when we arrived on the first day. I was wishing that I had taken some bleach wipes with us.   All in all a good experience but next time we will chose a different type of vacation. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Mar 26, 2017 | 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Pros: Most Staff was very friendly and courteous.

          Suite was always kept clean and tidy.

          Dining room menu was very good.

          The comedy and singing/dancing shows were very good.

          The entertainment director was the best we have ever had!

Cons:

          When going through the line to get checked in a Cruise staff

           member asked if we had a VIP card or Priority boarding card.

          I replied no we just have printed boarding passes. My daughter

          looked at the pass and priority was printed on it. I showed it to the

          Staff member and he rudely said " That is what I asked for! You

          need to get in this line".            Not a good start! 

          The buffet food was not very good. Poor selections, very little

           seafood (Tilapia?). Most of the entrees had

           very little flavor. Frozen yogurt machine always out of product.

           Dining room servers had a hard time keeping up with customer

           requests (Looked like too many tables assigned to too few servers.

           While docked in Ensenada the captain announces over the room

           speaker "This is the Captain, All hands abandon ship". We jump up

           and look out the balcony and see no one rushing off the ship on the

           dock below. That was very unsettling.

           We tried to order room service two nights in a row and the phone just

           rang and rang with no answer.

           We asked the room staff to fix our TV as the movie channel did not

           work.  It was never fixed. We did double check that is was not a

           whole ship issue, our neighbors worked fine as well as the TV's in

            gym.

           We have stayed in suites on several other cruise ships and have

           always had much better service and treatment. We came to the

           conclusion that the comedian was not joking when he said this was

           "A Section 8 Cruise"

           The "Black" jokes were not appreciated as we go on vacation to relax

           with everyone around us no matter the race.

           Did not appreciate the comedian ending his show appealing to guests

           to buy his DVD and tip him to help support his special needs child. Not

           that we do not support charities, it just does not seem like the right

           venue to bring this out.

           This is the second time we have done this Carnival cruise.

           Will not take this Carnival cruise again on this ship.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Compared to former cruises

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I've been on two other cruises with Norwegian Cruise Line. We enjoyed our time on Carnival Imagination. If I could summarize the difference between NCL an Carnival, NCL seemed to have more family friendly entertainment options. Carnival seemed to be more of a party cruise line. We were disappointed with the comedian shows and Divas. The comedians resorted to colorful humor. The performers in Divas did a great job, it was just more of a concert than a show. Epic Rock was much more entertaining. The food was good and we enjoyed the your-choice dining option. The staff was friendly and helpful. Our stateroom attendant Tapa was great! Even knew our names before we met her.

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Boogie on down on the Promenade Deck at the Illusions Dance Club or head over to the Dynasty Lounge which features two lavish Las Vegas-style revues. The...

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Lido

On the Lido Deck you can take a dip in the pool or relax in the shade at the resort-style pool area. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch in the indoor/outdoor...

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Atlantic

The Atlantic Deck is fun for all. Kids ages 12-14 years old can attend Circle "C" while you check out the Galleria Shopping Mall. Or relax at the Spirit...

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kku8mg
Contributor Level: 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.

JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

Be sure to go to the Deli for a sandwich, good Pastrami. If you want to see more of the entertainment go for the early seating for dinner.

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

The ship is small enough to easily find your way around, yet big enough to never feel crowded. We loved having our breakfast and lunch outside at one of the bistro tables.

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Price

L

Size

Jul 1995

Built

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

2697

Total Passengers

2.91

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1028

Total Cabins

19

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