Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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2 out of 5

Carnival Imagination: Disappointing

Sail Date: November 29, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

What a mistake to select Carnival's Imagination as the one to introduce my friends to cruising. Over the last ten years, I have cruised at least 15 times, short and long cruises on several of the major cruise lines, including Carnival. Carnival employees greeting us at the airport made a poor first impression. They were less than enthusiastic, acting tired and uninterested in us. Once on the boat, we had no hair dryers and only one electrical outlet per cabin. In one of our cabins, the phone didn't work, and room service was a no show each time we tried. The major show of singers and dancers was no better than a Kings Island show; the male-female leads were overweight, and one dancer had a hole in her fishnet stockings. Two comedians were on board. One was good; the other SCREAMED about how beating children was the correct way to discipline them. One night there was no entertainment to be found other than music in the lounges.
At the meet-the-captian formal event, drinks were a $1 off. On every other cruise I've sailed, drinks were complimentary and appetizers were served. Also, there were no perks for being a return Carnival guest. On other ships that is not the case. We booked a South Miami Shore excursion for the day we disembarked. Our arrival at the airport for our 3 p.m. flight was guaranteed. However, the excursion bus was late at two stops. I asked the tour operator for his name and phone number, and he refused to give it to me.
We were dropped off, late, at the wrong terminal and had to rush to make our flight. Not a good way to end a vacation.

Pros: The ship (Imagination) was very clean.

Cons: Weak entertainment and activities

Recommends Carnival Imagination? No.

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Cozumel, Mexico
Due to a storm, our excursion here was cancelled. The rain and wind kept us restricted to the shops by the dock. Jose Frogs charged $14 for a single margarita, $7 for a coke.
Key West, Florida
More time in Key West would have been good.
Don't Miss: Irish Kevin's

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