Carnival Imagination

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 yrs ago    
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Carnival Imagination is a large ship, carrying 2697 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from Long Beach (Los Angeles), California.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Compared to former cruises

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

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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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

Great first cruise!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

 I would recommend a cruise through carnival. The staff were extremely nice and made us feel welcome a board. The food was delicous and they had lots of options. They had plenty of activities and entertainment options to keep us busy all day. The only thing I'd suggest is to make sure you bring lots of money everything extra costs and nothing on board is cheap. But overall it was good first cruise experience and ill probably do another one in the future. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Fun time good value

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Everything was excellent from the food to the staff.  Boat  was kept very clean at all times. Only negative was one of the adult jacquzzis  in the adult area was broken.  They need more adult only tubs.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

good value

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

good food and entertainment. Seemed like lots of programs to try to get you to buy something.Nice that bathrobes were provided. Great showers in the spa. Would be nice if milk for coffee were available before 6AM. Was nice that at least coffee was out.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

The Crew was amazing, friendly and helpful. Food was also amazing. The Ship showing its age. Swimming pool too small and additional "Serenity" areas would have been nice.The next cruise I will chose a window or balcony. The location of the Casino which allowed smoking was difficult. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

What happened?!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I've been on this cruise five times.  This time it was different.  The food, entertainment wasn't as good as before.  Called room service 3 time to get a blow dryer... never got one.  Went to dinner with wet hair.  Anyhow, I won't be sailing with Carnival again.  The staff as great.  Very cheerful. Although ever time I ask a for direction I was sent in the wrong way.. Enjoyed being with my honey but disappointed.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Nice Getaway

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

This was a great cruise for a quick getaway.  We had a great time in Catalina, renting a golf cart and exploring the area.  Lots of beautiful vistas for photo ops.  Have lunch on the waterfront, it's beautiful and the food was good.  In Ensenada we took the wine tour, what a treat!  I had no idea Mexico produced wine!  We were pleasantly surprised at the depth of the tour and the quality of the wine.  We brought some home!  On the boat we participated in the "Chefs Table" dinner.  It was really good, but it was too long.  They served the appetizers in the kitchen which was "un-appetizing".  The rest of the dinner was great.  However, because of the length, we could not attend the show we had anticipated going to that evening.  Things on the boat that need improvement:  When walking on the deck, there were a lot of dirty plates on tables that sat a long time before being picked up.  Not very nice to sit by....

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Cruising with carnival

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Service from our chamber maid and the comedy show with  Doug Williams was the best part of our cruise. Over all the cruise was very enjoyable. The food buffet and dining service on occasion was horrible. Cold or had HAIR in it. I even had a waiter ignore me, the bus boy took our order, never the less he was well compensated.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Best way to releax

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Wonderful get away for the person who never has enough time.  Just right to recharge. The staff was friendly. The ship had a variety of activities to accommodate everyone's taste.   I will definitely do this trip again.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Ensenada in February

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

We booked a room on level 4 (R) which was great for us...not a lot of wave action. The stateroom was a good size for 2 friends with a nice window for full moon exposure.  Beautiful.  The drapes were a bit on the old side and didn't close properly but we left them open in case something fantastic passed by.  Did see a cruise ship or two. The dining room food and service was excellent.  The buffet was good, too unless you are a picky eater with temperature variations of the food and the bacon was really greasy.  The wines offered with the dinners were great and you need to have a Chipotle Pineapple Margarita.  Awesome. February is not the best time to plan a trip to Ensenada, at least not this year.  We had a sunny day and then a foggy day where we just sat around with our friends and chatted.  Too many almost forced photo intrusions.  One or two would be nice but a lot of photos are too many. Embarking, Debarking, Ensenada, Pirates, Dinner, with the Aztecs, etc.  Eduardo, our head waiter and I Made, head waiter for 1 night were excellent. One of the staff members, Cameron, (I think) brought me a new lip balm when I had lost mine and couldn't find it anywhere on the floor.  Had only been missing 3 minutes but you must have the fastest sweepers in the west because it was GONE.  Bed was comfortable and had 2 different types of pillows so you could find the one that worked best.  Boarding wasn't bad, but debarking was horrible.  There were staff members to guide people but they weren't doing that.  Every time the elevator doors opened, they would disgorge more people who did not really know they were cutting into the wait line when they immediately got in.  There were people already waiting but the line was invisible around the corner.  There should be stancions with guide barriers.  When we asked the staffers for help, one just said whe you get off, get in line.  They were already doing that, but in the wrongs places.  It was very frustrating.  Still, all in all I would do it again and just tell you to watch for problems before they arrive so the trip will be better.

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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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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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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: 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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