Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


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1 out of 5

Carnival of horrors!

Sail Date: August 16, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Take the cruise if you like 1980s panel vans! After standing in line for over two hours, you are finally allowed to board the ship. Unfortunately, you are greeted with the ugliest light you have ever seen as soon as you do: the main atrium is covered with horrible gold leaf intertwined with cris-crossing blue and pink neon lights with LEDs spattered throughout. I thought I had died and went to disco hell! My retinas are still searing from the sight. To add to the class of the experience, disco balls covered in LED are sprinkled throughout along with plastic gold bare-breasted winged creaturesvery strange. You are not spared in any of the dining room either and the neon makes you feel like you and your family are enjoying a dinner in the alley behind a strip club.

Speaking of dining: bring your own food unless you are a fan of Golden Coral leftovers. Do not order the steak under any circumstances! Food was terrible to say the least and half way through dinner the waiters start (attempting) to sing and dance. I simply walked out when that started. Carnival also sat my family in two different dining rooms and both customer service and the maitred were extremely rude when we asked to change it. It was finally changed on the third day of the cruise.

If you like quality entertainment or if you have ever been to a Broadway, do not go see the Imagination dance troupe. The singers were way out of their range and did a great job massacring many great songs. The dancers were worse than the singers and were constantly tripping over themselves. It would have been funny if it was not so painful to watch and hear.

Overall, much of my vacation was spent standing in line or attempting to eat something terrible. The only times I enjoyed were sitting on the deck looking out to sea and when I could get off the ship. The rooms were clean and simple and I would also hide in there to get away from the Carnival of horrors. If you use you Imagination, you will picture yourself on a different cruise and you may actually enjoy your vacation.

Pros: The end

Cons: Decoration, rude staff, terrible food.

Recommends Carnival Imagination? No.

Service and Staff
Rude customer service and maitre'd. Bartender was nice.
Ship Quality
Decor was eye-searingly terrible. Public areas were frequently dirty.
Food and Dining
To replicate this dining experience, rummage through the garbage behind your local Denny's.
The show troupe was akin to Medival torture. Never in port long enough and forced to return to the ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
The only escape from the above mentioned horrors.
Children's Programs
Kids seemed pretty happy running freely around the ship. Did not lose any!
Cozumel, Mexico
Get a rental car and get away from the mobs. There are plenty of beautiful beaches that are almost Deserted.
Don't Miss: Drive around the island and stop where you see beauty. Bonita is a great place to start.
Key West, Florida
Duche bag paradise. Do not bother going into town or go to the beach here.
Don't Miss: Beach or sleep in.

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