Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

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MDDermanelian
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 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
4,661 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
13 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
9 reviews
2 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
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cruzhape
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
4 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
58 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
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
391 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
5 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
290 forum posts
6 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
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
5 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
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shellygalaxy
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
4 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
4 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
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
msierchio
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We live just outside of Los Angeles and it was only an hour drive to the peer near the Queen Mary. It really convenient and saves money leaving from LA. The boarding was easy and the line moved the entire 30 minutes from start to finish. ... Read more
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jrigey1
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 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
1 helpful vote
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
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
Studly93555
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes
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
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