Carnival Imagination Cruise Review to Mexico

Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Empress Deck cabins not a good idea on Carnival Fantasy class ships

Sail Date: August 28, 2016

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Two days after I booked cabin E139 thru Online discount seller, I realized why a block of available Empress Deck cabins were in the same general area that the seller was so proud to offer as a 2 category "upgrade". Those cabins are directly below the galley/kitchen.  Don't buy this "upgrade" because you will hear all kinds of noises from the galley all night long.  I have since learned you want to be "sandwiched" between other cabin only decks for the best comfort. Staying clear of elevators, stairwells, and children's areas which is also a concern when shopping what discount seller's have to offer.  Bottom line is use the deck plans to pick your location wisely.  

Cabin / Stateroom
Beware of what Online discount sellers have in their inventory. Most cabins are in poor locations for one reason or another. Ours was directly under the galley and kitchen noises could be heard at all hours of the day and night. Don't be fooled by an upgrade to the Empress Deck on Carnival Fantasy class ships.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Arrive early to avoid long lines and waiting.
Ship Quality
This ships interior is like a Las Vegas nightmare. It is keep clean, however.
Destinations and Excursions
Catalina is the only reason we booked this cruise. Did not get off the boat at Ensenada, not worth it.
Onboard Activities
The usual stuff.
Service and Staff
The staff works hard to please the guests. Drinks were made well.
Food and Dining
There is a $20 pp upcharge for any steak or lobster or surf & turf combination. Food was OK.
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Catalina Island, California
Have breakfast and lunch on the island.
Ensenada, Mexico
Stay on the ship and enjoy the freedom to move around without the hordes.


Use the Serenity deck for piece and quite and the shade that it provides. No kids allowed.

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