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Carnival Imagination was one of the original "Fun Ships" and now, after a costly 2008 refurbishment -- to the tune of over $40 million as part of the lines' $350 million Evolutions of Fun Fantasy-class ...
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508 Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

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Tufstuf71
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
The three night cruise is worth it to get away from work and the craziness of life. Not much entertainment during the day, so if the weather is good you're fine during the day to hang out by the pool. Unfortunately if the weather is not ... Read more
cdm289
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My sons (12 and 14) and I really enjoyed our cruise on the Imagination. This was their 8th cruise and my 12th (9 with Carnival). I read through the negative reviews and I cannot understand why so much negativity. It was a really ... Read more
Ashackelford19
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My family and I have cruised on carnival before so I had some expectations about this particular cruise line. Embarkation was a breeze .. We paid extra for the faster to the fun (FTTF) and I thought it was worth the $49 per cabin. It ... Read more
nicmthr@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
It's been a while since I've been on a cruise and was excited for this trip, although I didn't have very high expectations. Overall, it was a fun time, but we were very happy to disembark. Pros: The staff and crew were all very ... Read more
Galileo777
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Didn't have high expectations for this 3 night Ensenada cruise, but have been on many cruises and thought "how bad can it be?" Unfortunately, it was worse than expected. The Carnival Imagination is in desperate need of an ... Read more

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twoo0647
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Me and my husband have been on a couple of other cruises before but never with Carnival. We decided that we should try out this cruise to see how it compares to other cruise lines! The ship was smaller compared to other cruise lines and ... Read more
gregmattersen
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Cabin - will attach photos, U69, was upsold from an oceanview room to this one about a week before sailing, Carnival rep promised whirlpool tub, couch, and other grand suite amenities. As we were cruising with friends and love to play ... Read more
gaynoll
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was the first cruise for my husband and I. It was a birthday present for him. We did not know what to expect. Boy were we in for a surprise! From the moment that we started at check in, we were greeted by very friendly and helpful ... Read more
mamabear52
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We got the super cheap 90 day ticker rate for this three night cruise over Valentine's day. This was no luxury cruise. However, we did have fun. We did not do any port excursions, just walked into Ensenada, which is an amusing tourist ... Read more
Dave1974
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We went on this cruise with 14 friends for a birthday celebration this past weekend. I think every one of us had extremely low expectations. In fact leading up to the cruise we were all calling it Walmart on Water. Ive got to tell you ... Read more

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Shar179
Member Since 2011
1 review
24 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My mom, dad and I sailed on the Carnival Imagination on February 7, 2016, which was Superbowl Sunday. This was a belated 50th anniversary cruise for my parents. The fun started the week before when I got the call from the Upgrade Fairy ... Read more
mel7350
Member Since 2013
1 review
22 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Hey all! If you're about to cruise on the Imagination, be prepared to have a blast. The staff was AMAZING! For example, Riki and Adi would be on the Lido all day long and maybe serve me 4 drinks, along with 100s of other people. Then ... Read more
gormanv
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My sister-in-law proposed a quick get-away vacation cruise using some of their airline miles which saved us a bunch. We chose the Catalina Island-Ensenada Mexico 4 day cruise out of Long Beach (her sister lives there). The weather can be ... Read more
flcruiselovers
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
127 forum posts
1 helpful vote
YES it can get very cold in Jan-Feb-Mar on the 4day Cat Island-Ensenada cruise..IF you want ANY HEAT.. you will have to use your Imagination..because there isn't any thru out the ship, including your cabin. No thermostat, only a vent in ... Read more
NextCruisePlease
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
155 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We enjoy starting the New Year with this short cruise. This year it was Jan 10-14. We have sailed aboard sister ships Paradise and Inspiration to Catalina Island and Ensenada 4 of the past 5 Januarys and Imagination did not disappoint. We ... Read more

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wickedstepmother
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My husband & I decided not to sit home for once on New Years Eve. We booked the Imagination for a 3 day cruise to Mexico. It did not disappoint. We paid a little extra for "Faster to the Fun" which got us in a shorter line to ... Read more
MDDermanelian
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our 4th cruise in 2 years. This was also our 3rd cruise line we have used. We were not really excited about going on Carnival, but the length, date, and price was right. My wife and I hadn't always heard the nicest reviews ... Read more
4bliss
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Cruise from West Coast is limited. Carnival cruises to Ensenada are inexpensive option. Embarkation was an hour wait in line, however cabin was ready by the time we came aboard. First lunch buffet was poor quality. First dinner was ... Read more
fyree39
Member Since 2011
1 review
4,027 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
The Carnival Imagination is smaller, older, but still in good shape. With only one pool, plus the hot tubs back in the Serenity area, swim time can be crowded. If you like a high energy cruise with a younger crowd, this is the type of ... Read more
bigtimefoody
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was my first cruise. Please see below for my review of each aspect of the cruise (cabin, service, food, etc.) We went on the Ensenada only cruise. I am a single 35 year old female and had an amazing time with my friend and my parents. ... Read more

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Steve551
Member Since 2011
8 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
My wife booked this cruise for two reasons: (1) We needed 2 more days to become Platinum and (2) we received a very good deal. This was only the second time we have sailed in a non-balcony cabin (our first cruise was an Ocean View also). ... Read more
cruzhape
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was our 7th cruise with Carnival - second on the Imagination. We were traveling with 24 family members, celebrating 3 anniversaries. The service was as always, excellent, as was the entertainment. The food was fair. The excursions ... Read more
mg194
Member Since 2005
1 review
44 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We booked a cruise out of Miami for our 25th anniversary for September 2015. It seemed far away so we wanted to do something to bridge the gap. I booked this cruise for my wife and I back in June. I got a pretty good VIFP deal that ... Read more
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Bootstrapper1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We sailed on the Carnival Imagination to Catalina island and Ensenada from October 25-29. Because the Best Western hotels and Holiday Inn were all booked, we stayed at the Comfort Inn who also offers a park and cruise package. The ... Read more
xrobin
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
I just completed your 4 day cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. Boarding the Imagination went smoothly. Our cabin was on deck 7 which made it convenient as soon as we boarded. Cabins are clean and tidy. No complaints here. ... Read more

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