Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Mexico

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5 out of 5

Baja 4 Night - Ensenada

Sail Date: March 08, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Suite

Cruise was our family's 1st so our expectations were not HIGH and we purchased late to get a the BEST DEALS.  We read all the available negative reviews to get the worst possible situations by customers.  This set our expectations ...

But to our surprise, we were over satisfied.   The Cruise overall was 4.5 Stars and fantastic.   Pricing was Great a $275 room with oceanview + a $409 Junior Suite for 4 Night trip.  The accomodations were fine, although the SHIP was a little OLDER than we wanted, but it was clean and tighty.  So, if you are interested in this, check you SHIP's age before you go, but Carnival did a great job in keeping the SHIP working, clean, and comfortable.  The FOOD was the most surprising, after reading the reviews.  We found the Buffet Food very satisfying and the quality HIGH.   Given the convenience over the restaurant wait lines, formality, and just the time getting IN and OUT .... we choose the buffet for every meal except 2 dinners.  General restaurants have small portions, so if you wish for larger portions ... go to the BUFFET.  At the BUFFET, the variety was huge, the quality and taste was very good and just as good the a HIGH END CASINO buffet, if you are acquainted with this type of Buffet.  With the exception of breatfast the menu changed daily for the main entrees. 

The Shore Excursions were good and well planned.  We went on a City Tour of Ensenada, but were somewhat disappointed in that the Guide was only so-so and they seemed to stop and shop at places where they received a kick-back ... to many wine tasting and tourist spots vs general local consumer shopping.

There was a big complaint about "nickel diming" 24hrs a day, but we did not find that to be true.  Sure, if you ordered Steak/Lobster, which I did ... there was an extra charge, but it was well labeled on the menu.  But if you didn't get drunk everyday ... your extra charges would not be crazy.   Drinking is were most people get zapped !  Alcohol and COKE are the source of 100's of dollars of extra, so if you manage it well you should not be surprised.

Also, complaints existed on minor repairs, but we tested this a plugged drain and they came by immediately when we left the room and had it fixed PRONTO !  Also room servicing was really GOOD, as I would expect in any 4 Star hotel.

The PEOPLE servicing your every need was amazing.  They were plentiful in every dept, respectful, and happy to service you.  This was 5 Stars

Overall I give Carnival on this cruise 4.5 Stars.   Specifically,

Value    5 Stars

Food     4 Stars

Service 5 Stars

Accommodation 4 Stars

Entertainment 4 Stars

Happy Boat 5 Stars

 

I definately would go again and Carnival would be a proven choice.

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Cabin / Stateroom
This picture is a false representation ... its really much smaller.
SHIP was OLDER and not as represented in picture.

But the overall accommodation was FINE.

Tip

If you drink Alcohol or Coke .... bring it. Buying it on the cruise is costly.
EXTRA TIPPING ... watch it, because it is already included as an extra charge so any TIPPING is generally an Extra Tip to anything you buy. I'm not saying don't do it, but recognize it may be double added later.



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