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Steve551
Member Since 2011
10 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
We chose this cruise because we had limited time. We had two cabins, V17 & V40. Embarkation was a "snap" - mainly because we are Platinum cruisers. Carnival treats its Platinum & Diamond members pretty well. The ... Read more
jjoregonbound
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We were invited to join family on this cruise. I did not have high expectations going in as I had heard negative things about Carnival. Also we just had a bad experience on Norwegian last month. That can be seen in another review. Much to ... Read more
mfilson
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my first cruise finally after 43 years. :) I really enjoyed it. I knew going in that it was an older ship with older decor and that was fine with me. I was going to have a great time, party, drink, eat and more! I met some really ... Read more
kindsche
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose the cruise based on price and time. I was bowled over! My expectations weren't high, but the cruise line was even better than the other two ocean cruise lines I've taken. It was as good or better as Viking, which is a premier ... Read more
mikemarj
Member Since 2007
1 review
3 helpful votes
I'm not a novice to cruising having been on at least six other cruises on three other lines (Princess, NCL and Royal). We wanted a quick getaway for our 40th anniversary and we hadn't been to Catalina Island. Carnival was the only option ... Read more
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Laurel1947
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
20 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
I chose this cruise as I was visiting my daughter in Los Angeles & a short trip was all she had time for. Price was right! We thought ship was nice, clean but old. The crew was nice and always friendly. We had an outside cabin and it ... Read more
EricSkat
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We got this cruise as compensation of another program's misrepresentation, but that's another review. ;-) Let's say we didn't have to pay for the basic cruise, only add ons such as shore excursions. Given the deal we got, and knowing the ... Read more
TNGALOHA
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
3,120 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We sailed on the Carnival Imagination Feb. 12-16, 2017. We chose this cruise because we had never been to Catalina before. We enjoyed our day in Catalina and Ensenada very much, they were the highlights of the cruise. The ship ... Read more
getta way mom
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
we went on the imagination in order to have a family vacation where there was something for all three of us. my husband and I went with our 10 year old son and the kids area left a lot to be desired. not open friendly hours never during ... Read more
alelexxis
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
$189 Per Person Special Offer with Free Room Upgrade & $50 On Board Credit. Room E101 is PERFECT close to everything Prefer Anytime Dinning which is 1 Floor Above Stateroom E101 Cheers Program $240 Per Person, Start Drinking ... Read more
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EvieK
Member Since 2012
1 review
39 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
A group of friends have done this cruise every year for the last few years and we decided to join them this time. They selected the Carnival Imagination because that had the right dates that were being sought. Have to tell you it was the ... Read more
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mc168
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was my 2nd cruise with Carnival Imagination with prior experience on Grand Suite. This December I decided to take my family member of 4 and relatives of 3 to cruise on this ship again from Dec 22nd and back on 25th for Christmas ... Read more
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Pbaker103
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was our family's first cruise. I read the reviews and didn't really expect much based on the ship we were sailing on. Carnival likes to charge for every little extra that they can. They charge extra for sodas and any alcoholic ... Read more
afamnheidi
Member Since 2013
1 review
26 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My in laws missed our wedding five years ago because my father in law was very ill, so we decided to renew our wedding vows on our five year anniversary this year and invite them along so they could actually see us get married this time. ... Read more
IslandBoyKeoni
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I will say from the get-go, I enjoyed getting away on this short cruise from everyday life so with regards to that, it was an worthwhile cruise. Embarkation: Since I was staying in a suite, We did not wait at all to board, got on the ... Read more
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Sin City Sailor
Member Since 2015
1 review
23 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The Imagination is an old ship in cruise ship years, but for short cruises it does the job well. The dining room food was very good, just not as many choices as other longer cruises. The staff overall was friendly and most helpful. They ... Read more
Pizza Gram
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Seven of my cousins joined me for this cruise. Most of us were first time cruisers so did not know what to expect. Everything went very well, we did not have long wait times to board and was able to get off ship in plenty of time to catch ... Read more
Sheebah
Member Since 2004
8 reviews
1,152 forum post
21 helpful votes
This cruise was the second sailing post-Funship 2.0 overhaul. Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina and Tequila Bar, the Red Frog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar and MUCH more were added. We chose the 4 night (Sunday through Thursday) itinerary as we ... Read more
mvickrey
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
The embarkation went really smoothly. We were on the ship by noon. The ship had just been refurbished to include Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and a Taco/Burrito bar. I had previously sailed on this ship in November 2015 and found the food ... Read more
veewynn
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Going on the ship, I did not expect much due solely on reviews but I really loved and enjoyed my experience! The food was good, nothing to complain about. It's all included in the cost, so what is there to complain about. All you can ... Read more
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Doxbaby
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
My husband and I had previously cruised on Cunard and Royal Caribbean (11 times total) and were looking for a short "introduction to cruising" cruise experience for his brother and wife who would be going with us. Carnival was a ... Read more
fun2cruise123
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
First time to cruise, great value for a little vacation to Catalina Island and Ensenada. The service and activities and shows were fantastic! Food was OK I give it a 3 out of 5. The wait staff always polite and the stewards did an ... Read more
Billynda
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We have been on Carnival several times and always enjoyed it and recommended it to others. The Imagination did not live up to our expectations. I realize we sailed at the end of summer so I expected to see some children, but not ... Read more
GradUT
Member Since 2010
7 reviews
2,347 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
When planning our cruise out of Long Beach, I saw few reviews of the Imagination and once I returned, the short review I wrote on the Carnvial board received few comments. My conclusion is that there is little interest in this ship or its ... Read more
JGB
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
554 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was my 3rd time on the Imagination and it just gets better and better. Like a fine wine, better with age. For those familiar with the fantasy class of ship someone has finally figured out a great use of the Atrium. The Atrium ... Read more
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