Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Mexico

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
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2 out of 5

Last Weekend Cruise with Carnival

Sail Date: October 15, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Oceanview

I have to say this was such a mediocre cruise experience. The ship was clean and the rooms were very well serviced each day. However, the things you look for on vacation like good food options, 21+ drinks, and onboard activities were just blah. The buffets had very basic and limited options. I think for three days, I saw burgers, hot dogs, and chicken tenders as a regular menu item. The Cheers program had no details online or when you sign up on the ship. It includes 15 cocktails per day 6am-6am. If you reach 15 drinks, they cut you off completely from being served. The program only covers up to $10 a drink. If you want top shelf (grey goose, patron, etc), you're limited to shot, or mixing with a soda or juice. No luck substituting on a specialty cocktail. However, $49/day for 15 cocktails is a deal considering the average cocktail costs $7.95-$9.95 each. The onboard activities were another bore. A few DJs were good. The Illusions nightclub was fun but there needed to be a second nightclub so you didn't have to wait so long for the themes to change. It usually cycled every hour or so from 80's, 90's, house, then hip hop/top 40 after midnight. The casino was also fun. Surprisingly, there was roulette and craps on a cruise ship. 

Embarkation and Disembarkation
Took forever to disembark. Next time, I'll keep my luggage with me.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Most were very friendly but you know it takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch. One waiter on the pool deck, where travelers spend a lot of time, was unforgivably rude.
Food and Dining
Food was just average. Not many options compared to other cruises

Tip

Get all the details about the Cheers program before signing up. That had to be one of the bigger disappointments.



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