Carnival Imagination

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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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The weather was a bit cold and we totally packed wrong, but the scenery, activities,... Read more
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4 out of 5

Great vacation!

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HappyThe weather was a bit cold and we totally packed wrong, but the scenery, activities, food, and service made up for the shortfall. Our children were quite surprised everytime our steward Eugene and our dinner hostess Elisha called and greeted them by name. Elisha noticed that my 6 year old daughter only liked the mussels in her plate and went out of the way to grab her an entire plate of mussels. The entertainment has much improved from our last cruise with carnival. There is much more selection for the children. We would have loved to use the water slides more but the pool temperature was tolerable and the hot tub was great.  Thank you carnival!

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3 out of 5

good trip

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The cruise was a basic start to cruising. The kids had an ok time compared to the other cruises. Not kid friendly. The food was better with the new additions. The entertainment could have been better.

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4 out of 5

We had the best time!

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The best part was that everyone was having a great time. The adults and kids weee all able to hang or together. They have their own activities but we can also all hangout. For example, the 89s music trivia-- adults and children were all singing and having a great time. Also, we LOVED the shows. The 80s rock was our favorite. They were all incredible. I would go back on the cruise just to see them-- especially the two main boys. 

I give it 4 stars because the dinners weren't always excellent. The food was usually good. But the last night dinner the service was not great. We felt ignored and we had to talk fast in order to say a word and then drinks were forgotten etc. The elegant dinner night was exceptional.  We wish we would have been able to have a set dinner time because we love going on cruises and meeting people at dinner. My kids were pretty disappointed. 

Our room was great, including making my kids feel special and making cute animals out of towels. Even a turkey on Thansgiving. ;)

A lot of employees knew all of our names. My kids felt very special. 

I wish kids camp was open more. My daughter was finally able to go on Saturday at noon but when we got there we found out it closed at 2 and didn't open until 7pm. She was so sad! 

Also, my kids love the arcade but it's sooooo expensive. There has to be a way to not have it cost so much. I wouldn't let them go anymore and I wish they could have. They spent $60 in a very short amount of time. 

The alcohol package is a great value I believe and also the soda package. 

The other thing is, it was cold outside but yet the air conditioning was on full blast everywhere. It made it unbearable sometimes. I get heat doesn't need to be turned on, but maybe not blast the air! 

We can't wait to go back again! 

I went by myself and just my kids and I was able to meet some great people and have kept in contact with them since we've been home! 

My kids asked if we could live there!

Thanks again. 

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2 out of 5

Not to impressed for 1st cruise.

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Getting off the boat in Ensenada was the best part. We were very disappointed in the food. The buffet wad very skimpy but better food then the dining room .  Very disappointed in Thanksgiving dinner looked like shaved lucnchmeat with runny dressing. We left to go to buffet that served better food. Not very good. Ship is old. but staff was very nice and attentive to our needs. Shows were to late at 11 pm  but next cruise will try another line. 

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4 out of 5

Love the remodeled and upgraded ship!

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We usually go on two cruises a year but this was our first cruise of 2016 and it was on the remodeled Imagination. The ship was fresh and clean. The new food options (the Guy Burger Spot was quite the upgrade of the previous grill and the Blue Iguana Cantina options were a nice change)  were awesome!  The evening dining in the Pride dining room required a significant wait each evening which was disappointing but overall, we had a wonderful trip. 

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5 out of 5

BETTER FOOD AND GREAT STAFF THIS TIME OUT!!!!!

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OUR WAITERS AT DINNER MADE OUR DAY!

THEY WERE AMAZING AND MADE OUR TIME SO ENJOYABLE.....Happy

THE LOADING AND UNLOADING ON THIS CRUISE WAS FLAWLESS FOR US. MAYBE BECAUSE WE WERE FREQUENT CRUISERS, BUT IT WAS AMAZING AND EASY, STRESS FREE

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4 out of 5

Great 1st Time cuise

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The sailing was smooth, the food was great, the experience of being out at sea with the serene seascapes was incredible.

The shows were enjoyable.

The staff were helpful.

There were not as many activities for younger kids on board.

I personally did not like the costing of the photographs that you end up purchasing or the costing of the chat option on the carnival HubApp

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5 out of 5

We had a blast

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Everyone in our party had a blast and will do it again next year. The crew was fabulous.

The only bad part of the whole cruise was that there was absolutely no internet service even using the Wi-Fi

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4 out of 5

Fun time

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Very relaxing but was with a h/c individual that could have used a wheel chair which would have been difficult to maneuver due to cramped  space.  Great weather but had about 4 hours total of rough seas. Difficult at times to understand foreign accents. All in all it was a great cruise.

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4 out of 5

Fun getaway

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I enjoyed the cruise. The staff was excellent and took good care of my family and I. Too much high pressure sales but I enjoyed the pampering. I enjoyed the comedian and the food at dinner. 

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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.

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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: First Mate

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

3 yrs ago

Refurbished

2697

Total Passengers

2.91

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1028

Total Cabins

19

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