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

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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What people said about this ship:

"In the end not much different from the assigned seating in the other dining room." in 141 reviews.

"We were on with friends who had never been on a carnival cruise before and we told them about how much fun they..." in 72 reviews.

"Additionally I had n't been to Key West or Cozumel so I was excited." in 64 reviews.

Carnival Imagination departs from:

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

Carnival Imagination sails to:

Mexico

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It was probably the worse waste of vacation time. It's supposed to Catalina island and Ensenada trip.well it wasn't nothing of as advertised. Only 7hrs at Ensenada and return back to long beach.

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1st Cruise

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It was the 1st cruise for 3 of the 4 of us.One of our group had been on a Carnival ship before and felt like her other cruise was much nicer.

For us 1st timers beside the bad weather we though the ship was nice and the staff was wonderful.

But the smoking on board was really was bad.

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My First Cruise Experience

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This was both my husband's and my first cruise and we had a blast!! Even though due to bad weather we were unable to port at Catalina, there was plenty to do on the boat and we didn't let it bother us. With all the delicious food, fun trivia and karaoke, plus the comedy club (BIG ROB!!), we were spoiled!

 

The wait staff and chefs did an excellent job on the dining room food. The presentation was lovely and the food tasted delicious! We also had a great time chatting with our tablemates. 

 

There was always some type of trivia each day and we had a lot of fun participating in the competition. We won a ship on a stick for sports trivia (BIG ROB!!). 

 

The food and the games were fun but the one thing that made our cruise so memorable was the Comedy Club manager, Big Rob. He was such an energetic and positive person to be around!! Even when some of the other passengers were putting up a stink about not stopping in Catalina (its January people... take a cruise in June if you don't want rain), he was always focused on all of the other opportunities for people to enjoy their vacation and was quick to point them out. He also gave us excellent service as our comedy club host. We went the first night of the cruise and were back for all the other shows!! Big Rob, if you read this, you definitely made our cruise so memorable and we cannot wait to book our next cruise on Carnival Imagination to hang with you again!! Thank you for such excellent service!

 

P.S. We are thinking of booking a cruise in late November! See you then!

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Windy and cool cruise

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Despite very cold and windy weather our cruise was enjoyable. The rough ocean was the reason we were unable to dock at Catalina Island. That was most disappointing for us. The crew was very attentive and tried to keep us from being bored. They added inside activities for the days we were on the ocean. The entertainment was fabulous!!!! The food was great.Happy

 

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Surviving the Storm

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It was the most terrible cruise experience we've ever had and it happens to be on Carnival Imagination ship! Do not take me wrong, the captain did absolutely everything to make us feel safe during the 48 hours of the worst storm ever! Thank you very much!!!!!!!

OK, the cruise management can't be responsible for the weather condition, we got it! But, all itinerary changes announcement were made at the last moment! With the present technologies the weather reports are pretty accurate for at least 2-3 days ahead. So, I don't believe you did not know about coming storm and yet, all the changes were made in the last hour???!!! 

Is there any plan B to make sure the passengers are still happy and have a lot of things to do and be entertained during that very scary time? NO!!!

The entertainment was very poor considering that the main show was cancelled due to a safety reason (very understandable). But, there was nothing offered as a substitution.

How about recent movie releases or free internet for 2 stormy days for people who can't drink, and smoke, and gamble? The choices of movies in the cabin (TV) are ancient! What should we do on the ship when the decks are closed, the pool can't be available, show is cancelled? Eat, drink, eat, gamble,eat, drink, drink, drink? I guess, that is one way for Carnival not to offer the passengers some intensives for having 2 terrible days out of 3 full days on the ship.

After this experience we will never book another Carnival cruise ever!!!!

 

 

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Fun Trip with the Ladies

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Carnival has great service and the price is right!  The nice thing is your friends can book a fun trip cheep or go big time and get a Suite.  I recommend that 3 of you split a Grand Suite.  The food is better than good and the service is professional.  The best part is that you don't get treated stuffy like other cruise lines.  Have fun drink and sail the best of everything.

 

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This cruise was a learning experience for sure. I was totally unaware of all the unexpected but mandatory fees associated with the cruise. The food was mediocre at best. Some of the employees were amazing, others seemed uninterested in answering questions or offering help. I learned a lot, and most likely the next time we travel out of the country it'll be on airplane. Not bad overall, but not what I expected.

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our first time and it was a success!!!

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we had so much fun just relaxing and not having to worry about spending since everything was pretty much pre-paid and if it wasn't the prices were affordable!!! We would definitely do a cruise again!!Love

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My 60th Birthday Celebration

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Wow! We had a spectacular time, more than I had personally bargained for. This was the first cruise for my young adult sons and I, and my sister joined us.  We had a really, really relaxing and enjoyable time.  All the members of staff were so pleasant and welcoming, the food, entertainment, etc. was good and we had plenty to keep us occupied.  My MOST favorite was Baby Bear getting lost and the Epic Rock concert.  The cast and crew were spectacular.  Everyone took their work seriously and made sure our trip was worth every penny.  We are already discussing doing another one.  Thank you!!!!

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Family Cruise Vacation

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Overall cruise was a 5 star. Nothing special this time around. The nightly show was boring. Comedy was great though.

Poor dinner service from the waiter "Oliver and Gregorio" I meant terrible. Slow and no sense of urgency. Seem like they should get a new job.

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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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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.

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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.

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