Don't be so quick to want to write off cruising based on your first cruise. Keep in mind, the Carnival Imagination is 21 years old! Over those 21 years, at a passenger sailing capacity of 2634 2 times a week (based on 4 day sailings), that is almost 6 MILLION people that have graced the ships passage ways! That is a lot of wear and tear on a ship. Before giving up on cruising, might I suggest you try a newer ship. I think you will find the sailing on a newer ship apples to oranges when compared to your sailing on the Imagination.