Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

Booked this last minute - definitely worth the value

Sail Date: October 02, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

I found a great deal on for less than $50 per night so I booked this the week before it sailed.


At that price, I more than got my money's worth - the food was good, entertainment was entertaining, and the amenities were as expected, if not slightly better.


The ship is obviously one of Carnival's oldest, but it's been kept in good condition and was clean and big enough for a quick sailing.  I'd sail it again in the future.

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Ship Quality
It's an older ship, but kept in good condition and big enough for a quick, three-day trip.
Food and Dining
I had a couple really great meals an only one that I didn't prefer. I sent it back and they happily brought me out a couple lobsters.
Cabin / Stateroom
The cabin was larger than expected and clean. A foul smell (common on the lower decks) was barely noticed throughout the three days.
Service and Staff
Staff is very friendly, particularly the dining room and room attendant staff.
I only saw the comedy show - the comic was pretty funny.
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
The Piano Bar is fun at night. The Serenity area is great for avoiding the annoying games and stuff held at the pool. I also spent a lot of time in the casino, which could have been a lot funner had I ever won.
Destinations and Excursions
We went to Ensenada, which is known to be a garbage port. I stayed on the ship having been there before.
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Long Beach is actually a beautiful port to leave from. Compared to San Pedro, which is about five miles away (I know because I accidentally went there first), it's probably 10x more scenic.
Ensenada, Mexico
There's nothing to do in Ensenada. It needs some serious love.


The Serenity area is tough to find - it's at the very rear of the ship and can be accessed through the back of the buffet area, then going down two floors. It's a great hideout from loud kids and the annoying pool games, during which the announcer is screaming in a piercing voice.

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