First cruise: the pros and cons

Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
Sail Date: October 24, 2011
Ship: Carnival Imagination
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago

This was my first cruise and I got a great deal which is why I booked. Additionally I hadn't been to Key West or Cozumel so I was excited. Hurrican Rina ruined our Cozumel trip so we were diverted to Nassau instead.

I thought that the ship was very reminiscent of an old Vegas hotel: lots of gold, carpet, casino and the lighting.

Pretty much every one we encountered was happy and professional.

I was disappointed in the quality of the food. Lacked seasoning and seemed very mass produced. After the first 2 meals being lackluster, I was pretty much disgusted with the meal options.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
My Time Dining was great! The food was bland and cheap tasting.


3 out of 5
Most of the activities were kinda corny. They had a Mexican Fiesta with a live band but once again the food was NASTY. The comedy show was decent but was rather short.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
The room stewards were diligent about keeping things clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I went with 3 other girl friends. We had an interior stateroom and it was just fine. At night it was sooo dark in the room without lights but it only helped us sleep better :-) The stewards did a great job of promptly cleaning the rooms. The beds were surprisingly comfy and the temperature was slightly chilly but perfect for me. The showers had body wash and shampoo. Beware you cannot bring a hair dryer or an iron.
5 out of 5
I thought Key West was beautiful. Reminded me of Charleston, SC or Savannah, GA in terms of the historic romantic college town feel. The locals are nice.
Don't Miss: The bars on Duval Street, Parasailing with Fury Adventures

Pros: Very organized, friendly and professional staff

Cons: The food wasn't at all what I expected

Recommends Carnival Imagination? No.

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