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Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Mexico
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Review: 1
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Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Carnival Imagination

4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: October 04, 2015

Ship: Carnival Imagination

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: U114

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review Summary

My husband and booked our first cruise two months in advance in a suite; I was very pleased with the cabin but not the food and my husband was a little disappointed in the cabin but thought the food was good.

I knew the drinks were going to be expensive, very expensive, but I did not expect it to be so inconvenient and time consuming just to get a beer.  

As soon as we embarked, we learned that although only one of us would be drinking only beer, we had to purchase two drink cards or pay AL la care for each drink.  After purchasing the drink card, there were always reasons to charge even more in addition to the initial price, added gratuity, tax, etc.  

I am not used to spending so much of my day, let alone my vacation, obtaining a six-pack of beer (and it wasn't even my usual brand of beer).  I am uncertain if getting our drinks via the drink card or AL la carte would have been less expensive or easier to obtain.  That really soured our trip -- which was a concern of mine prior to the cruise.  What a suckered punch that turned out to be for us, thanks Carnival, thanks, !  

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
My only on board activity was trying to locate a beer every time I wanted one -- an activity that normally takes less than 15 minutes, once a day and, I get what I want and I don't have to get out of the car -- not my experience on this cruise. Exaspirating.


3 out of 5
We never made it to anything except the casino. We did have the television on which I watched while my husband slept. Not a good selection of channels.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
We could only understand approximately 20 percent of what they said if there were any available to ask.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I thought it was roomy, clean and comfortable, however, the pillows were not comfortable, the personal mirror in the bathroom needs to be fixed so it stays in the position it is placed, and I had a difficult time with the controls on the bathtub. No coffee maker or clock in the room, otherwise very nice.

Ship Tip

Also, I since this was a cruise to Mexico, I expected more fresh fish on the menu and Latino music to be heard -- didn't get much of either.

Ports Of Call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5

Catalina Island, California

5 out of 5

Ensenada, Mexico

5 out of 5
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