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What people said about this ship:

"Overall, the quality of the food, at the buffets or in the dining rooms, was very good." in 90 reviews.

"whether it will be on a carnival cruise liner or not is of little matter but we will give to..." in 51 reviews.

"The stops in Playa del Carmen and Key West were great." in 53 reviews.



1248 reviews from our community


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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 out of 5
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The Carnival Imagination is a nice ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Dec 11, 2014

The Carnival Imagination is a very nice ship, lots of amenities for everyone including a beautiful water slide with lots of play area for the kids; however, since this ship is used for both weekday and weekend short cruises to/from Ensenada from Long Beach, this is a party ship!  There were some very rude people on board, making the muster drill and buffet lines a nightmare.  Some people don't understand that the food will still be there in 20 minutes, if it runs out, they put out more.  It was like a feeding frenzy in the buffet area.  Carnival has gotten away from the traditional buffet lines and has gone to more of an idea of food stations, like a pizza area (which was always present), Panini, salad bar, grill, and hot foods - the jury's still out on this one.  The Dining Room was probably the worst part on this cruise, and it wasn't Carnival's issue, the food and wait staff were both very good as usual, but the party cruisers were rude and came into the dining room dressed like it was McDonalds!  There was a whole group of kids who came into the Dining Room in bathrobes, one guy had shorts and flip flops, and another girl came in with her old holey t-shirt and shorts.  Why didn't the staff ask them to leave?  It was very rude and not fair to everyone else who dressed up nicely as cruise lines request and expect.  All-in-all it was still a cruise, which for us is just relaxing, regenerating, and fun.  The shopping on board and all the service / staff was great!

 

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annmynim
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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

3 out of 5
3 star
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It was good

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Dec 11, 2014

If it was not for the crazy wave, my family and I would have had so much fun.  However, we were all sick because of the wave.  I will take medicine next time just in case.  Overall, the cruise was fine just not this time.  $$$$ was not worth for the sickness.  I recommend to go around February; because when we went 3 years ago on February, we had a lot of fun.

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snelson
Purser

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 out of 5
5 star
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Best Family Vacation Ever

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Dec 11, 2014

This was the best family vacation we have ever taken.  No matter the age of our family 20-58 everyone had a great time.  Event the wind and rain in Baja, Mexico could not damper our the beauty and  fun we had exploring.  The personal attention given to each one of us by Wi our dinner server, Naye, our Casino hostess, Jo, our room master, the photographers and the entertainment staff was amazing We are already planning our next Cruise for Thanksgiving 2015.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 out of 5
3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star

The Carnival Imagination is a nice ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Dec 11, 2014

The Carnival Imagination is a very nice ship, lots of amenities for everyone including a beautiful water slide with lots of play area for the kids; however, since this ship is used for both weekday and weekend short cruises to/from Ensenada from Long Beach, this is a party ship!  There were some very rude people on board, making the muster drill and buffet lines a nightmare.  Some people don't understand that the food will still be there in 20 minutes, if it runs out, they put out more.  It was like a feeding frenzy in the buffet area.  Carnival has gotten away from the traditional buffet lines and has gone to more of an idea of food stations, like a pizza area (which was always present), Panini, salad bar, grill, and hot foods - the jury's still out on this one.  The Dining Room was probably the worst part on this cruise, and it wasn't Carnival's issue, the food and wait staff were both very good as usual, but the party cruisers were rude and came into the dining room dressed like it was McDonalds!  There was a whole group of kids who came into the Dining Room in bathrobes, one guy had shorts and flip flops, and another girl came in with her old holey t-shirt and shorts.  Why didn't the staff ask them to leave?  It was very rude and not fair to everyone else who dressed up nicely as cruise lines request and expect.  All-in-all it was still a cruise, which for us is just relaxing, regenerating, and fun.  The shopping on board and all the service / staff was great!

 

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 out of 5
3 star
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3 star
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Price

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Dec 07, 2014

Cruises are always good. Good price for what it is. The crew was not the friendliest. We have been on over 15 cruises and it was a cheaper one and you could tell the difference. But it is always fun to travel, to new places and cultures and just get away!

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

2 out of 5
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MORE SHOWS .. BETTER FOOD

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Dec 04, 2014

Yes.. The buffet was ALWAYS CLOSED when we went to eat.. And the shows for all 3 nights were exactly the same.. so it was boring.. other than that is was ok. :-) nice servers.. :-)

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

4 out of 5
4 star
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4 star
4 star
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imagination experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Dec 04, 2014

great cruise for the money.  sadden that there was lack of promotion for people to play Texas Hold em :( only promotion for poker was the one tournament to qualify for $175,000 finals.  Tournament was only able to attract 5 players.  

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

1 out of 5
1 star
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Ship needs to be retired

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Nov 26, 2014

This ship is old, outdated.  

The food is horrible, cold and bland.

Activities non-existent.

Very disappointed.  Would not recommend this cruise for anyone.

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 out of 5
4 star
4 star
4 star
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Fun, short cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Imagination | Sail Date: Nov 23, 2014

This was our second cruise, the first one being a 7 day Christmas cruise last year to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Carnival cruise ships are so fun and this short, Ensenada cruise was terrific! Ensenada was a nice stop, we enjoyed shopping, the blow hole excursion, and the homemade tacos were yum-o! The food on this cruise was every bit as delicious as our previous cruise - love the chocolate melting cake!!! The family comedy was enjoyable as was the Welcome Aboard show. The only thing lacking this time was our room service. We never saw our main cabin person who usually takes great care of us. Other than that, no complaints. A fun time for our family of five!

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Popular tips for Carnival Imagination.


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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Sail Date: Dec 30, 2014

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Sail Date: Jan 07, 2015

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