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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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514 Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

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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
jnojr
Member Since 2008
1 review
390 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
I'm left with the impression that this cruise (short duration, old ship) is used as a training event for staff. Overall, I was happy, and would do the same itinerary & ship again, but there were a lot of rough spots in service. There ... Read more
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donnerblue
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Hello I have returned I had fun except I wanted to bring a few things to your attention you should be made aware of … The Dining Room Dinner experience was Awful. We all were in line waiting to go in without instructions .. ... Read more
Qcruise
Member Since 2005
11 reviews
282 forum posts
3 helpful votes
The wife and I live here in Long Beach, so wanted to try the easy four day over to Catalina then Ensenada, it was actually less expensive to do this than to pay for the Catalina Express shuttle for us. We bought the FTTF to see if we ... Read more

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dustybunz
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The wife and I just took our 4 kids on the Carnival Imagination for the 4 day cruise from Long Beach to Catalina, then to Ensenada Mexico. This is the second year in a row we took the kids and 4th year in a row for a Carnival cruise. ... Read more
NPjohn
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
We took this weekend 3 day cruise with friends who were celebrating their anniversary. We live outside of Los Angles so this was very convenient. My wife and I had been on the "booze cruise" about 8 years ago on the Carnival ... Read more
Scooter Weibels
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
I really enjoyed this cruise. I chose this cruise as a first cruise not knowing how my teenage special needs daughter and I would like cruising. The Long Beach terminal is close to my home (only about a 30 minute drive) so we just drove ... Read more
shellygalaxy
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I was very pleased with Carnival Imagination as my first solo cruise. This was my third cruise on Imagination and I find it very relaxing. A new feature that I took advantage of was the wifi. It was offered at $5 per day or $15 for the ... Read more
StarryC84
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We purchased "Faster to the Fun." I think it was worth it. Our flight got in at about 9:30 at Long Beach airport and we were on the ship at 11:30. Since we got up early, Faster to the Fun meant we got to eat lunch on the ship. ... Read more

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Delta8221
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
Our first cruise ever started off with a 3 1/2 hour wait to board thanks to a power outage in long beach that carnival had no idea how to manage around. We were herded like cattle from one never ending line to another. During this time ... Read more
crystalc0012
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2015
This is the second cruise my husband and I have been on and all I have to say is this was the absolute best!!! We went to Ensenada Mexico for a 3 day cruise so one day was spent out at sea. I cannot say enough good things about this ... Read more
jrigey1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
I have to start by saying we have cruised before, and had bad experiences on both. We had not cruised in 10 years, so we really were giving it a try again, hoping for a better experience. We up graded to a suite, and paid for a balcony, ... Read more
chrissyt
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Got a good price. Ports were catalina and Ensenada. Found the crewmembers on this ship to be more content/ happy than those on other Carnival ships. That made a positive difference. Enjoyed dining room service and food. New items ... Read more
IEBear
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Jr Suite V1 After a hectic first quarter and busy second quarter my friend and I wanted a quick break before Summer rates start going sky high and our workload increases. About three weeks out as luck or good yield management would ... Read more

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Studly93555
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my family's first cruise and we loved it. I'm an old (50) dad of a 6 year old and have been looking for a vacation we all could enjoy. I wanted a short cruise to see if we would like it. I read reviews and Carnival was definitely ... Read more
workingjoe
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our cruise was fantastic! We sailed to Catalina Island and Ensenada and enjoyed this trip even more than the before. We booked a suite this time and obviously loved the spaciousness. The food was plentiful and delicious. One piece of ... Read more
Sandra billito1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
This was our first cruise, not bad.. Room was comfortable and clean thanks to Ray, he was in charge of the housekeeping at Deck 4 room R135. He was always pleasant and very helpful. The food was ok, our formal dinner started with a ... Read more
JanisH
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We took our 8year old grandson on a cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico because he got straight A's on his report card all year as a second grader. We had been on this same cruise, with another couple in January, therefore we ... Read more
mylesmorgan91@yahoo.com
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
We went to Ensenada Mexico. My first cruise. I was expecting more. The boat was old, 21 years old. All the clubs and restaurants they advertised were not one the boat, that was a lie. There was 1 club which was great and like 2 or 3 ... Read more

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cruise-a-holic oldude
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
this was so bleak that--as a platinum level carnival cruiser--i registered to warn you. low lights include: no showroom cast entertainment, poor quality lounge acts lots of broken cabin and ship and food service fixtures, poor selection ... Read more
msCaveCreek
Member Since 2012
1 review
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
As a veteran cruiser on a variety of cruise lines, I had not taken a Carnival cruise until this cruise on their Imagination ship. It was a 4 day cruise to Ensenada Mexico and Catalina Island. I had heard that Carnival Cruises were for ... Read more
stephadams
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My 2 good friends and I chose this option because it wasn't terribly expensive. We were supposed to go to Catalina Island and then Ensenada. The day before we leave, we get an email stating that due to poor weather we weren't able to go to ... Read more
Springs Gal
Member Since 2007
1 review
38 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This classic Carnival weekend cruise is a good value for a weekend away, on a budget. The ship is older, but well maintained considering the constant party atmosphere and cruisers. The food is hit or miss, but starve, you will not! Some ... Read more
DDrury
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed April 2015
We have cruised before on Disney. I wasn't expecting it to be like Disney but I didn't expect it to be a horrible floating bad casino. The ship was dirty, damaged and decorated in the worst bordello type decor. The muster drill was ... Read more

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