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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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531 Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

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Dave1974
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
9 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
Shar179
Member Since 2011
1 review
24 forum posts
6 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
6 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
4 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
138 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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

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NextCruisePlease
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
166 forum posts
5 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
wickedstepmother
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
21 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
4 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
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
4,232 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

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bigtimefoody
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 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
Steve551
Member Since 2011
8 reviews
1 helpful vote
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
1 forum post
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
56 forum posts
4 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
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

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xrobin
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
4 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
283 forum posts
4 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
dustybunz
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 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

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NPjohn
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 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
3 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
3 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes
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
Delta8221
Member Since 2015
1 review
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

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