Carnival Imagination overview
Carnival Imagination is far from the newest ship in Carnival’s fleet, but careful maintenance and multiple refurbishments have kept this classic ship up to date with Carnival’s most popular venues. Carnival is all about laid-back, no-frills fun, and Imagination is no exception. This Fantasy-class cruise ship’s most recent dry dock in 2016 not only included cosmetic improvements but gave her the popular Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades, which added dining venues such as Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint along with new bars and lounges like the RedFrog Rum Bar.
Soaking up the sun on Imagination is easy, especially with the WaterWorks aqua park, but there’s truly something for everyone aboard the Carnival Imagination. Seuss at Sea is a must when cruising with young kids. Not only will they breakfast with some favorite Dr. Seuss characters, they can also experience a special onboard character parade, interactive storytime and other activities that bring classic and whimsical Dr. Seuss books to life. Camp Ocean, Circle “C” and Club O2 all have age-appropriate activities for kids and teens ages 2 to 17. Parents, don’t forget to drop your kids off at Night Owls, where kids 11 and under can have fun with kids their age until 1 am while you’re hitting one of the many hot-spots available as the ship comes alive at night.
While Carnival Imagination can be a fun and busy ship, the Serenity Retreat for adults only gives you a relaxed and quiet atmosphere to soak in some sun. Bars and lounges are plentiful, starting with the Pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar where you’ll find unique cocktails made with fresh ingredients. Carnival’s Playlist Productions featuring high-energy entertainment and comedy shows in the Punchliner Comedy Club are the top entertainment choices onboard.
In 2019 and 2020, Carnival Imagination itineraries include 3-4 night cruises from Los Angeles, California to Mexico, making stops in at Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico.
Carnival Imagination ship highlights:
- Carnival Waterworks Aqua Park and pool areas
- Eldorado Casino that seats 450 passengers
- Punchliner Comedy Show
- Spa Carnival - Premium beauty and wellness therapies at an additional cost.
- Kids Clubs: Camp Ocean, Circle “C”, Club O2
- Cherry on Top - find all the sweets you can eat!
- Playlist Productions
- Bars and Lounges: Alchemy Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar and much more
- Serenity Adult-Only Retreat - Yeah adults, it’s as good as it sounds.
- Build-a-Bear Workshop at Sea
Before you book
Why sail: Carnival Imagination is best for young adults and families who are looking for short, inexpensive sunny getaway. The ship is particularly popular among those who live conveniently within driving distance of Los Angeles.
You should know:: Since only shorter itineraries are offered, you’ll most likely find more families with young children and younger adults looking for a party. If you’re for a more quiet and traditional cruise experience, this can be an issue. Additionally, there are no balcony rooms (only oceanviews and suites) which may be a deal-breaker for some cruisers.