First cruise disappointment

Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

1.0 out of 5
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Sail Date: February 07, 2008
Ship: Carnival Imagination
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Although we were in one of the few VIP suites with balcony, it took HOURS after embarking the ship until we received our luggage. The hallways in general smelled like a sewer; smoking areas on the ship were horrendous. TONS of "hidden" expenses. A $10.00 per person/per day gratuity is added to your bill. Any activity that seemed like fun was at an additional charge. Excursions were very expensive. Any (not just the alcoholic ones) bar drink, including sodas, water etc... were AT A CHARGE! Overall, this was a disappointing experience. We traveled with three kids, ages 5, 6 and 7 and they even complained about being bored. The food was a positive exception. Overall, the quality of the food, at the buffets or in the dining rooms, was very good. One final remark; although we were VIP, with VIP printed on our luggage labels etc. it certainly didn't seem to make ANY difference. As mentioned before, we were among the last ones to recieve our suitcases, then at arrival back in Miami, we were among the last ones allowed to leave the ship. VERY UNTHOUGHTFUL (because we DID pay the extra $$).

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food was good, but you really have to eat at times when it's quiet (typically early). During travel days, when everyone is on the ship, be prepaired to stand in line a long time to order your omelet.

Entertainment

1 out of 5
I'm not a gambler, so I didn't care about the casino. However, even if I would have been interested, I would NOT have been able to use the casino. The place SMELLED AWFUL, a TOTAL turn-off.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
The children's programs were good, but the staff, although friendly, were TOTALLY inflexible. NO EXCEPTIONS WERE MADE TO ANY RULE... As a result, our 3 kids, aged 5, 6 and 7 could NOT be together during activities. Our 5 year old HAD to be in the 2-5 year old group, seperate from his two siblings. Ridiculous.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Some friendly, others seemed disinterested. Certainly not the same quality as we had experienced at "all-inclusive" resorts like Sandals, Swept Away etc..

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
The ship never gave us a clean impression. The ship looked and feeled and SMELLED old. Mind you, this ship has smoking areas... AWFUL.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
We had a VIP State room with balcony to accomodate our family of 5. The "mattress" on the double bed was a pad that was approx. 2 inches thick. After one night my back was killing me. So we moved the kids to the big bed, while my wife and I each took a single bed (with a REAL mattress). There is a flatscreen tv, but NO dvd player in the room.
3 out of 5
Cozumel was nice and friendly. Unfortunately, almost every store sold the exact same stuff as the other ones. Also, the US$ clearly doesn't get you that much anymore. (Thank you W.). Instead of paying in excess of $60.00 to go snorkling, we discovered some bars right in town on the waterfront, where we paid $4.00 for snorkel sets and we saw TONS of gorgeous fish right there!
Don't Miss: The waterfront bars/restaurants on the
3 out of 5
Cozumel was nice and friendly. Unfortunately, almost every store sold the exact same stuff as the other ones. Also, the US$ clearly doesn't get you that much anymore. (Thank you W.). Instead of paying in excess of $60.00 to go snorkling, we discovered some bars right in town on the waterfront, where we paid $4.00 for snorkel sets and we saw TONS of gorgeous fish right there!
Don't Miss: The waterfront bars/restaurants on the
1 out of 5
Very tacky. Key West is filled with tourist type shops. Printed T-shirts with VERY TACKY lines were ever present. NOT a place for kids.
Don't Miss: Just miss it
1 out of 5
Very tacky. Key West is filled with tourist type shops. Printed T-shirts with VERY TACKY lines were ever present. NOT a place for kids.
Don't Miss: Just miss it

Pros: The food

Cons: Certain parts of the ship smelled like ashtrays

Recommends Carnival Imagination? No.

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