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What people said about this ship:

"Staff in the dining room and room cleaning staff were beyond expectations." in 92 reviews.

"I would definetly go with Carnival Cruises again and encourage my friends to go as well!" in 52 reviews.

"...into our room the first morning( we had just docked at key west ) and could n't believe how hot and humid our room he n't..." in 53 reviews.



Carnival Imagination departs from:

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

Carnival Imagination sails to:

Mexico

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great getaway cruise

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

This cruise was fun and relaxing. Defiantly will go on this cruise again in the future. The only thing that was a miss for me was or luggage wasn't handled very well, a new rolling bag came to the room with a broken leg and torn fabric.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 18, 2015

Carnival is trying to cover their recent catastrophic losses on the backs of their passengers.

Try cabin staff reductions, not overly clean cabins or linens, absence of a  cruise director, more time dead at sea, no fuel charge rebates, and only 2, 200 passenger tenders with long lines.

I will think twice before booking again and I have had 9 with Carnival.

 

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Great service and expeditions!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 18, 2015

The crew on the Imagination was so nice and always helpful. With the exception of our room steward I don't think I had a bad experience while on board. Our steward was the most absent it seemed, we only called him twice and after answering after the 15th ring both times was only helpful one of the times. I can't speak highly enough of our dinner servers though and all the other crew members I came in contact with.The dealers in the casino were also very nice and willing to teach new players.

The kayaking excursion on Catalina was the best tourist experience! From the moment we got to shore my group felt like we were being welcomed by old friends. We interacted most with Randy, Paul, and JP and I don't think we could have been any luckier. As a nervous first time kayaker they put me at ease from the start. The accommodations they provide also make it well worth the cost of the excursion; pants, a jacket, sandals, a snack, a dry bag for your valuables, and reliable storage for what you don't want on the water? Well worth the money spent!  

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View from the door with the bed down View from the closet with the bed up

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mwcjwc
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Food had way too many food enhansers, probably to include MSG

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 11, 2015

The cruise was wonderful except problems with the food.  Carnival uses way too much MSG and other food enhancers.  I do not tolerate MSG at all and I have digestive problems with lots of food enhancers.  Both my husband (who has no problems with food enhancers) and I started having digestive problems - me on the second day and husband on the third.   It will do no good to tell us that we maybe had the flu - we did not.  I am very familiar with cheap restaurants and how they use food enhancers. I could not tell if it was the buffet food (where we had breakfast and lunch) or the sit-down dining hall where we mostly had dinner.    I have been on other cruises (not Carnival) where I had no problem with the food.  Carnival needs to upgrade their food.  Other than food, the trip was fun.  The staff was efficient and friendly.  Ship was always clean, there was plenty to do.

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Best Cruise For Young Adults

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 07, 2015

We went on this cruise with our kids and grand baby.  The staff and boat were exceptional!  The food was excellent.  The general group that was on this ship however were young adults who were having a good time.  This as opposed to families like you would have on a Disney cruise.  There is a great water area on the top of the boat, but the kids zone is pretty small and dark inside.  The evening entertainment was pretty much adult.  There was only like one thing a day you could take a child to with you.  I don't fault Carnival at all, this is the market this cruise is for.  I think next time I would pick a more family oriented cruise line for our kind of fun.  I will just reiterate that the cleanliness and the staff were 5+ stars, but the entertainment was just not up my alley.  The staterooms were the best of any I have been on by the way.  They were fresh and well kept with lots of space.  i loved hanging out in our room!   

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Fun towel animals in rooms daily! Nice kid zone on top You can eat outside

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The Experiment

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 07, 2015

Excellent service: room stewards. Lido buffet didn't have the greatest food, but run like clockwork and LOVED how long it was open everyday as opposed to Royals buffet. Staff friendly around ship. Buffet, room staff, and cleanliness around ship better than royal. Really liked mid ship elevators, always had to wait forever on royal majesty and liberty. First two nights had good entertainment, last two REALLY lacking. Royal liberty better definitely. Ship had no wow factor, although it was always really clean, except the bathrooms, but not for lack of trying. Dining room was horrible, service so so and food terrible. Desserts were super disappointing. Staff not very attentive. The other half of our table was often late and the wait staff would then slow down our food to serve us together. WHAT??? That makes no sense! Cruise director was abrasive. Kind of weird. Debarkation at Catalina was a nightmare. Funeral at sea, um, then carnival should have planned ahead for the loss of one of their tender boats to it. TWO HOURS waiting. Poor poor planning, and bizarre to boot. Camp carnival staff was the grumpy. If you don't like kids, don't take that job. The sole purpose we chose this cruise was price price price, and we were not disappointed. First time taking the kids, and if it was a bomb, I didn't want to have spent a fortune. As it was, my 9, 7, 5 year olds had a great time, and it gave me a good idea for how to cruise next time. Thoughts from an obsessive planner: 1. Rapid shuttle is the cheapest transfer from lax. 2. If a western us person, no problem flying in that morning. 3. Complete bull that best prices come from buying way in advance. I tend to check multiple times a day when we're getting ready to buy, always gotten the best price within one to two months of sailing. This time I bought the week before and got the grand suite for 381 per person! Totally worth the extra money to see what a suite was like. Fun for this, wouldn't ever pay more for the experience until we're rolling in it or something. Embarkation was pretty pathetic compared to royal. A lot more waiting. BUT debarkation was awesome, and I'll always do this in the future: do relaxed debark, switch assigned zone for last zone at guest services, then hang out on the ship until the very last: about 11:15 for this cruise. Absolutely NO LINES when we got off!!!! So great with kids. Just be sure to tell the shuttle company you'll be getting off the ship around 1130 am, or they'll be gone. Didn't do any shore excursions because of the kiddos. Plans for the future: 1. Done with short crises. Done a 3, 5, and now 4 just because of kids. But it's just long enough to unwind, only to immediately wind back up again. 2. I plan to pick dates and ship, buy plane tickets on southwest in advance (for changeability), and then buy cruise tickets last minute again. I'd love to start going the first or second week of December, consistently the cheapest week of the year that I can see. Insides pp this cruise were 80pp as opposed to 129 pp in January. I'm planning on this mostly for if and when we bring all five kids in the future. In that case, I would be fine cruising carnival again out of cali, for price, I'd go on the biggest ship, go for longer, go in December, and not worry about the suite, but pile the kids into an inside with the hubby and I next door in an inside (balconies are cool, but not a must). If just the hubby and I: I am aiming for, in this order, trying one of the new Norwegians (getaway, breakaway or epic for the food options), royal or regal princess, allure or oasis of the seas....seven day out of east coast. Ok, enough novel, I just know I always pore over reviews when making a decision so I wanted to be thorough. In the end, got what I expected, probably better.......experiment was successful.

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You get what you pay for

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 07, 2015

Cruise was a cool get away however there were a few things we did not enjoy.

- Room smelled like kitchen exhaust anytime the ship was not moving. 

- Food was poor quality. 

- Shows were mediocre at best.

- Ensenada was not a fun port at all.

- Staff were really nice. 

 

This is probably the last Carnival cruise we will go on.

 

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fialajim
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Great cruise, just a few changes needed

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 07, 2015

Possitives:

1: Great daily room cleaning.

2: SLICED meats & tenderloin great. as opposed to the mini prefab. selections at the dine in for some nights were a 5 out of 10 because they didn't have any of the grilled taste, and were not juicy.

3: Personnel nice & friendly 24/7

4: Plenty activities for all ages.

5: In room safe, nice to have.

6: Daily food buffets, good choices, and the anytime sandwich & pizza counters good selection & good tasting.

7: Enjoyed Gym, and jogging track.

8: Live music nice & varied, especially like the "Oh La La" band performing in Mid ship area.

 

 

 

 

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1: Pool= cold with salt water: We cruised Carnival 11 years ago, and this has NOT changed yet!  I took pictures of the overcrowded jacuzzi  next to the pool , yet no one in the pool because it was probably in the low 70s for temp.  When I spoke with a Carnival rep. 11 years ago, they stated that the boat didn't have the resources to make warm non-salty water.  OH COME ON NOW!!!!  after watching the behind the scenes channel about the boat, they heat & purify hundreds of thousands of gallons a day.  I love the water, and this whole cruise is centered around WATER,  and Carnival advertises PICTURES with WATER fun.  So why make the water part so MISERABLE!  The pool should be around 84-85 degrees, with NO SALT!   especially in the winter!.

2: Midnight food fruit art display: would like to have this back.  Where they cut up fruit in a fancy way for decor, then eating.  This was the HIGHLIGHT  of our first cruise, and we showed lots of friends pictures of this.

3: Deserts: Their Cherry, Apple and Berry pies are about a 2 on a 1-10 scale,  the inside of each pie is like a blended firm jello with little taste!  We would hope to have something similar to a restaurant or even a grocery store higher end pie.

4: Some TV channels lacked more programming.  & some of the movies on certain channels were cut off half way through!    Also, their featured 2 movies kept running constant previews over and over instead of PLAYING THEM.  Also they  should have at least 10 movies to view on 2+ channels.

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GOOD VALUE FOR THE MONEY, ROOM SERVICE FOOD BAD

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 07, 2015

It's hard to find a better value than this cruise. Carnival Imagination STAFF in ALL DEPARTMENTS were EXCELLENT. The bed was comfortable. The food in the dining room was good enough. The room service food was horrible. Avoid it. Horizon Grill food was below average. There is a charge for fruit juice in the dining room which made it hard to get vitamin C. Alcohol and soda are extra charges everywhere on ship. I felt that the water, iced tea, and lemonade made me ill, but I have a delicate constitution. Carnival is the cruise line for the masses. This is not the ship for the genteel, but it did its job and was pleasant.

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Anniversary Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Jan 03, 2015

I enjoyed the cruise simply because it provided for the much needed break and relaxation that is long over due for me and my husband. He booked this cruise as a surprise anniversary gift and it was very much worth it and appreciated. Another thing that made this trip a memorable one, are the crew and staff accommodation and entertainment.

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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.

First day we waited in lengthy lines for the outdoor buffet, not realizing that through the doors were line-free buffet stations. After that, had no food lines at all. If you have kids, the Carnival Imagination with full water park, is definitely the way to go.

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