Carnival Imagination Entertainment
The two-story Dynasty Lounge is a multi-purpose showroom. My boat drill took place there, and it is where I watched a couple of excellent production shows, attended the Captain's and Repeat Guest parties and heard the cruise director do his debarkation spiel. The casino is well-designed and offers Texas Hold 'Em poker (but of course), blackjack and craps, in addition to Caribbean Stud and other trendy variants of the poker phase.
Daytime activities include a "hairy chest contest" and wild and wacky pool games.
Karaoke and dancing are big on Carnival Imagination and the sound of music prevails: Whether it's a cowboy-dressed musician with a guitar, some classical offerings, reggae or big band dance sounds, the ship hums.
Carnival Imagination Public Rooms
The two-story Dynasty Lounge offers fairly good site lines, but there are some seats with a limited view. A new very expensive sound system has been installed and bar service is always available. Entry to the Dynasty Lounge on Deck 9, the Promenade Deck, takes guests past the photo gallery, and the Deck 8 entry is via Galleria shops. The glittery gold curtain on the stage, metallic tables and blue/purple/gold color scheme is a warm setting for the entertainment offered in the room throughout each cruise.
The Promenade Deck (9) is where everything happens. There's Dream Bar, a piano bar. Shangri La and Illusions Dance Club come to life when the sun goes down, and the Pinnacle Club and Xanadu Lounge (one side permits smoking) attract before and after dinner crowds. El Dorado on Deck 9 is a magnet for late-night partiers and gaming enthusiasts. All rooms have been refurbished with a contemporary decor. Those winged deities remain, but colors and furniture are more current looking. And anywhere along the Promenade one can find a front-row seat for people watching.
Curiosity Library and Mirage Bar are on Empress Deck (8). The Library features a Victorian setting and is a comfy place to park with that bestseller you picked up at the airport. (Another great place to read is camped on one of the window seats on Lido Deck or along Promenade Deck.)
The Internet setup is based on Empress Deck across from the Atrium Bar and near the Shore Excursions Desk. Rates are fair and Wi-Fi hotspots are available around the ship. Carnival Imagination has sufficient computers on this vessel, but you might want to bring your own laptop.
Carnival Imagination Spa & Fitness
Spa Carnival is a 12,000 square ft. area for beauty salon, fitness center and spa. You may run into a spa therapist with a sales pitch, but if you firmly state you have all the products you need, she'll turn off the pitch. I had one of the best facials I've ever enjoyed.
Use of the Fitness Center -- with new state-of-the-art equipment -- is complimentary, but some yoga classes carry a modest fee. Eight times around the deck equals a mile, and the stairs provide good exercise. The top deck features a jogging track.
Carnival WaterWorks, the new waterpark, is fantastic. Spigots and slides, and water, water everywhere attract kids and some older kids as well. Located aft on Deck 11, it is a great addition to the ship's amenities.
Live musicians entertain at the main pool every afternoon.
The best thing to happen to Carnival in years is the creation of Serenity, located aft on Deck 9. The adults-only area features approximately 120 beautiful and comfortable lounges, new decking and two whirlpools. There's no "mommy, look" or "daddy wait for me" -- instead, it's just some background music and waitstaff on tap. It is an oasis of quiet -- serene, if you will -- in a Carnival atmosphere.
Golfers don't have to give up the game to go to sea: An opportunity exists to received personalized lessons and play a number of challenging courses. Shipboard lessons are conducted at a covered and lighted "driving range" and utilize teaching computers.