Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Mexico

Contributor Level: Third Mate

1 cruise (first)


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5 out of 5

We are hooked on cruising!

Sail Date: March 22, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

We decided on the 4 day to try cruising for the first time and can't get over how great it was. All but one of our children are grown so, finding a vacation where our youngest can be entertained without having to drag along an extra kid is always a bonus. Our daughter loved the Circle C club and stayed busy the whole time. We had done our research and took full advantage of everything Carnival had to offer. We went during college spring break week and while I have seen a lot of people call it a party booze cruise atmosphere, we had a great time. We are not big drinkers and found plenty to do and had the option of joining in on the high energy fun or finding a quiet place. I enjoyed all the young people. The staff is great and we will definitely cruise again. 

Best Advice:

Buy the Faster to the Fun (makes embark and debark a breeze), if you don't want to do all the excursions, port days are quiet on the ship. Read the chat rooms sites for great tips to make the most of your trip. Make sure you read the daily fun times and tear off the schedule for the day. A highlighter will help you take full advantage of the activities and schedule.


Ship Quality
We found we could find our way around fairly easy by day 2.
Food and Dining
Lot's of options, don't be afraid to order more then one dinner to try something. Many people do this.
Service and Staff
Cabin Steward really was helpful.
Make sure you take advantage of this.
Children's Programs
Something for all ages.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Not a lot of room for toiletries so we brought a clear plastic over the door shoe organizer. Really was helpful. ($11 online)
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Catalina Island, California Rented a golf cart and saw the whole island. Walking would be fine too.
Ensenada, Mexico
Bazaar right off the ship had great shopping. We got back on the ship and enjoyed a quiet day to ourselves by the pool.


Go informed! With this site, Pinterest, Facebook groups and chat sites you can get really great tips to make the most of your vacation.

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