Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: July 01, 2013
Ship: Carnival Imagination
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: M37
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
Review SummaryI chose 4 stars because the ship arrived in Cozumel 1 hour late (maybe due to bad weather, i don't know). Another thing, when considering an excursion off the island (we chose the jeep/cavern trip), which was expected to last 7 hours (that's what it says on the brochure inside the ship), please take in consideration this:
1 - We lost 1 hour arriving late
2 - Be advised if the trip is on the Cozumel island (where the ship arrives), or in Playa Del Carmen. If the trip is at Playa Del Carmen, you will have to take another boat as soon as you get off the cruise ship to the mainland in Playa Del Carmen. And that is 1 hour each way. So, that is 2 hours less from what the brochure says.
3 - Take also in consideration that there will be people speaking different languages. With that being said, our guide (Very sweet guy), spoke English and Spanish. That also took some extra time because now he needs to repeat himself after someone asks a question in Spanish, therefore having to let everyone in it in English. Now, he gets into the rushing mood due to time restraints.
4 - DO NOT GO TO SENOR FROGS IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN. THEY KNEW THAT OUR GROUP WAS FROM THE CRUISE AND THEY CHANGED OUR MENU. ME AND MY WIFE PAID 50 DOLLARS FOR 3 BEERS AND 3 TACOS EACH. WE ASKED FOR CHIPS AND SALSA AND WE WERE CHARGED EXTRA FOR THAT. IF YOU GO TO THE BAR AND ASK FOR SOME DRINKS(IN CASE YOU DON'T WANT TO EAT), AND PAYS WITH AMERICAN DOLLARS, THEY WILL GIVE YOU MEXICAN PESOS BACK. IT'S RIDICULOUS!!! AGAIN, DO NOT GO!!!!
So, in other words, it was a great trip after all. But some things are not what they are supposed to be. Like the time for this jeep/cavern trip. It is not 7 hours long. you lose at least 3 to 4 hours on extra transportation and the guides pushes you to their "drops" so they can make an extra money for taking you there. He will ask you for any receipts that you may have, so he can go there afterwards and collect some extra cash because he pushed you there. You feel me? Nothing wrong with it, but it may be kind of strange for some of you. The guys on the boat sells Tequila shots for 5 bucks each....we had some. Good tequila.
I would highly recommend this trip and the folks on the Carnival Imagination were great! Great food and fun times. I will definitely go again for sure!
Food and Dining
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Cabin / Stateroom
Arrive for breakfast and dinner a little earlier than schedule.