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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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519 Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

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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
2 helpful votes
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
4 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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MonroviaSTR
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our expectations were low given the legend of Ensenada booze cruises. I'm happy to report the cruise was better than expected and delivered on every published claim. Departure and return were a snap using the early boarding program ... Read more
Thimbolas
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Imagination is an older ship, built in 1995. It was renovated about 2 years ago. For what ever reason, throughout the ship but especially in the hallways there was a sewer odor that was horrible. Thank God it didn't linger into the ... Read more
Rosaritobum
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was a 4 day cruise to Baja California, Ensenada Mexico. My husband and I surprised our Mom's with a weekend cruise. After booking our cruise, I received an email and phone call from Carnival asking if we would like to upgrade to the ... Read more
jagreedo
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Don't be put off by my 3 star rating. If I could use half-stars I would have rated this cruise at 3.5 stars. We had a good time and I would recommend it. So why the 3 rating? My wife and I were invited to join friends and family on ... Read more
mtrose1
Member Since 2014
1 review
52 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We booked the spring break 4 nite cruise to take our 18 yr granddaughter as a graduation present. We also tried out an interior room for the first time. Being Royal Caribbean cruisers with balconies we were curious to see the differences ... Read more

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JillySue
Member Since 2014
1 review
378 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
We love the Imagination, we did our family "wedding reception" cruise on her last October and had a wonderful time. Overall we had a great time, we did have a few minor hiccups here and there, but the superb staff fixed things ... Read more
JohnPilmer
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Internet on a cruise ship stinks. But, then why am I surfing the Internet while on a cruise ship? On the first day of our Carnival cruise along Baja California I saw many such addicted phone users trying to access their technology. On day ... Read more
addnos
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2015
We've cruised many times on differently quality ships and to different areas like the Pacific Coast, Alaska, Caribbean, etc.. This was a last minute cruise, as in we literally booked this cruise on Wednesday night and arrived for ... Read more
trippers87
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This short 4 night cruise was part of a package with prev 3 nights in Las Vegas. As not cruised west coast USA it interested me. Ship was quite small compared to last cruise we (self and 12 yr old son) took but we were prepared for this ... Read more
Jenavi4
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2015
Took the 3 day cruise to Baja, CA. I was celebrating my 60th birthday with my daughters. We upgraded to the penthouse suite and booked massages ahead of time. We spent extra money to make a great memory. I have taken 8 cruises with ... Read more

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M&SW1996
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
We booked this cruise after having a blast on the Carnival Pride previously. I had since been diagnosed with Celiac disease and require a gluten free diet or things get..."uncomfortable." I discussed my issue with the booking ... Read more
LakeLady777
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my 6th voyage on the Imagination, my hubby's 5th. He decided he wanted to see the Superbowl on the ship and the price was amazing. Our room wasn't ready but we got 4 drink coupons to help get us in the mood. We always have an ... Read more
IndyViva
Member Since 2010
1 review
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed January 2015
This was a "free trip" given by one of the "time share" presentations. All in all, not bad! We did the Drink special, where you paid the $49 a day for the whole cruise for your drinks. I'm still lukewarm on that idea. We made it worth ... Read more
HackingVegas
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
58 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Let me start by saying my first cruise with Carnival was on this ship's 3 night version of this cruise and from the booking process until weeks before I booked this cruise I hated everything about Carnival. We booked this cruise last ... Read more
SandieG
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
There's not a lot of choice out of the west coast--so you're kind of stuck with Mexico or Alaska. I've been on this cruise about 10 times and I always enjoy it on Carnival--not so much so with Royal Caribbean. Embarkation was easy-peasy-- ... Read more

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lauriefamily
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed January 2015
We booked this cruise pretty last minute, and got a good deal. one week out, we had a phone call from Carnival asking us if we wanted an upgrade to a junior suite, which we jumped on. I have read reviews on here about the balconies on this ... Read more
ACook
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
33 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
We did a little 2 night cruise on the Carnival Imagination in Jan 2015, The Imagination is a smaller ship and it is starting to show its age. With that being said, the cruise did not live up to my Carnival standards. The Cruise Director ... Read more
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imescaping
Member Since 2010
1 review
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I have been on two previous Carnival Cruises, one of them was also on the Imagination. From those two cruises to this one there has been a huge decline in many aspects of the Carnival Cruise experience. Embarkation at least for time we ... Read more
dmix315
Member Since 2009
1 review
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
I went on this cruise with my Sister, celebrating her Divorce. We had such a great time. The ship is starting to show her age, but I think they do a great job keeping her clean. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship in less than 15 ... Read more
PattiPB
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
270 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
We replicated our very first cruise 15 years ago in January for our 14th cruise. For reference, our preferred cruise lines (in order) are Disney (3x), Carnival (8x), Royal Caribbean (2x) and Norwegian (1x). After reading many unflattering ... Read more

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