Try everything! Even if an activity doesn't sound that fun or like you'll fit it, go anyways. The crew makes everything fun for everyone.
Be sure to go to the Deli for a sandwich, good Pastrami. If you want to see more of the entertainment go for the early seating for dinner.
The ship is small enough to easily find your way around, yet big enough to never feel crowded. We loved having our breakfast and lunch outside at one of the bistro tables.
Rent a golf cart at Catalina Island to get around, well worth it. But if you do, reserve it in advance. You'll get it for 3 hours vs 2 hours if you rent one on site. The extra hour will make the difference and you won't feel as rushed to return it.
The Empress Deck with its large windows was great. Worth the extra cost.
Make your reservation for your assigned dinner earlier the wait times were about 20-45mins.
First day we waited in lengthy lines for the outdoor buffet, not realizing that through the doors were line-free buffet stations. After that, had no food lines at all. If you have kids, the Carnival Imagination with full water park, is definitely the way to go.
Avoid elevators, they were exceptionally hard to get.
Eat breakfast in the main dining room. Food is fresher than the buffet and there was no wait.
Choose your dining times carefully as it will impact the shows you can see.
I'd recommend adults purchasing the drink package!
Bring a warm jacket as nights can be a little on chilly side outside of ship.
Go to the shows and the 18+ shows. They are hilarious and you will have an amazing time.
wished I brought a night light
Get to know the boat layout on day one. There are some elevators that go to all floors, others only part way so you have to use the stairs. Elevators are slow to arrive, so have patience or get some exercise and take the stairs!
The Pride Dining Room is excellent and the wait staff is awesome. If you're picky about your food, probably the buffet would not suffice, but I used it for breakfast and except for the greasy bacon, it was fine. I recommend eating breakfast and dinner only. The buffet is open for lunch, too.
Live it up...try all the foods...go to all the shows and have fun.
Have to eat at the burger lounge. Some of the best burgers I've ever had
Bring double wall mug for your coffee, if you want your coffee to stay hot
Go to dinner every night, take your time in Mexico, try the nightclub at least once, and eat as much as you can!
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