Great cruise overall BUT .....
Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: May 10, 2010
Ship: Carnival Imagination
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
The tipping is borderline abusive. We were charged 10 USD per day for tips-service was great so we were fine with that since we knew about it ahead of time. Each drink cost us 15% tip as well as the price of the drink (very high).
The photos are nice but very expensive and the photographers are very aggressive. Recommend offering a photo package up front with options when the cruise is booked-this was a huge turn off. Understand the soft drinks in the cabin being very highly priced, but a bottle of regular water was there and we couldn't drink it without being price gouged. Lastly, we had a friend who participated in one of the main deck events that they used on the cruise CD. He cut his hand badly on the underside of a rusty railing, and the ship gave him a hard time about treatment, and then wouldn't give him a free DVD of the event that he helped to make fun. How about a complimentary DVD of the cruise-this would cost just a few cents to make and would go a long way toward setting Carnival above and beyond the others. Service and Food were phenomenal-I wonder whether ALL of the gratituities charges actually go to the hard working cabin and food service workers-they are awesome. Good experience but watch your pocket-if given a chance they will get into it deeply.
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Pros: The Food and Service were outstanding
Cons: The constant gouging for tips, expensive photos and drinks