2 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Caribbean - Western Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

The Carnival Imagination was very nice. It is an older ship (about 8-9 years old) but it was very well taken care of and extremely clean. Our outside cabin was facing aft, so we could see the wake when looking out the window. The cabin ... Read More
The Carnival Imagination was very nice. It is an older ship (about 8-9 years old) but it was very well taken care of and extremely clean. Our outside cabin was facing aft, so we could see the wake when looking out the window. The cabin steward was extremely nice and very accommodating. The entertainment was pretty good. . . .2 great production shows and a wonderful and funny cruise director. The two comedians on board were not particularly funny, so we only went to one of their shows. There was no entertainment show on Halloween because we were in port until 10:00pm. They did have a deck party but we didn't stay up for that. I couldn't believe the number of people that dressed up in costumes on Halloween! We did watch the costume parade at 9:00pm and that was entertaining. The food was pretty good. We ate at the buffet most afternoons and the selection was good. The salad buffet, deli section, pizza, and desserts were all in a separate station from the main buffet line. Also, by the pool they had a grill, rotisserie, and Mongolian Wok. At dinner we ate in the main dinning room and the food was very good and the presentation was great. Service wasn't great on 2 of the nights, but the other two were fine. We chose anytime dining and had different waiters each night. I guess it just depends on who your waiter is. We mentioned it to guest services and they adjusted our gratuity without us even asking. All in all, it was a great 4 night getaway. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
This was my 8th Carnival cruise. I haven't been in a couple years.I took a Royal Caribbean and Norwegian for my last two cruises. I find myself coming back to Carnival because it is a "fun" ship. I will start off to say ... Read More
This was my 8th Carnival cruise. I haven't been in a couple years.I took a Royal Caribbean and Norwegian for my last two cruises. I find myself coming back to Carnival because it is a "fun" ship. I will start off to say the embarkation process was smooth. I stayed at a Comfort Suites in Miami Springs pre-cruise. I stayed because they had transport from the airport and to the cruise port. The hotel was nice, new and clean. Don't book the same transport company to take you home. KSA. They made us wait in the sun for well over an hour and then dropped us off on the wrong side of the terminal. I would recommend by hire the first shuttle you see when you get off the ship. They run you $10 per person. The port experiences were great. We did the Key West bar crawl. Funny tour guy, Beau. Drinks were great and strong. In Cozumel we did the beach buggy snorkel. Be sure you have someone who is good at stick shift. In the description they say they have automatic available. They don't. The drive was an experience to be sure since I haven't driven stick in about 15 years. The fish were amazing and lunch was good. They took us to a hut for shopping and drinks. The people will bargain with you. Stick to your guns about what you want to pay. The sellers will come down to your price. The service on Carnival, sadly to say, is slipping. The My Time Dining option is not good. It takes much longer to complete your meal and causes you to miss the shows. It takes forever for them to clear your plates and forget it if you want more bread. It doesn't come. The food was cold much of the time. The drinks were watered down. The choices for the higher end cuts of meat and seafood were much less available. The highlight of the cruise was the Chef's table. They only seat 12 people per cruise. It is $75 but was worth it. It was a 7 course tasting menu with wines and champagne. It included a picture with the chef, a magic show table side and the most amazing short ribs I have ever tasted. The chef was funny and gave us a tour of the kitchen and some inside information about how the food service works. Carnival cut out the part for returning cruisers. This was a disappointment as it is usually a highlight of my cruise. The comedy show was amazing. The live music was great. We also enjoyed tea time. For first time cruisers, it is still a good deal but for Carnival veterans, you may be disappointed by this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Carnival Imagination Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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