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The cruise had great service but the food was horrible almost everywhere we ate. Sabatini's was the best but even that could have been better. The shower curtain in the bathroom reeked and it smelled like pee. The cruise would have ... Read More
The cruise had great service but the food was horrible almost everywhere we ate. Sabatini's was the best but even that could have been better. The shower curtain in the bathroom reeked and it smelled like pee. The cruise would have been fun if I was with my family or was older. Mostly everyone was 65+, which is fine, but the activities were not for a younger crowd and that made it boring. The "club" is a super small dance floor lodged in the corner of the lounge. This was my first cruise and I will probably never go on one again unless it's Richard Branson's... The ice cream they served on the fountain pool deck was not good, the pizza everywhere sucked - apparently Princess is known for their pizza but I think that that review came from someone who has never had pizza. Alfredo's Pizzeria was not that great either as far as the pizza goes. The bartenders and wait staff were all very friendly, however, not everyone was knowledgeable and we got different answers from anyone on any one topic. The comedy show was great and was the our favorite activity. The elevators run terribly and because almost everyone on the ship was super old and could not use the stairs, the elevators were always running slow. Not a big deal because I have legs and they work great but might be good to know for someone else. I don't know what I was expecting for my first cruise but I was disappointed and wished I had spent my money on a different vacation. Hopefully your experience is much better!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Our short trip from LA to Cabo on the Royal Princess was very relaxing and refreshing. Just what the doctor ordered. We arrived a little before our scheduled embarkation time, but we just got in line and wound our way through. I had ... Read More
Our short trip from LA to Cabo on the Royal Princess was very relaxing and refreshing. Just what the doctor ordered. We arrived a little before our scheduled embarkation time, but we just got in line and wound our way through. I had already received our Medallions, so we didn't have to show anything other than that! It really couldn't have been easier. Once on board, my husband, who was a first time cruiser, was amazed at the grandeur and beauty of the Piazza. Even though I had shown him pictures, seeing it in person is amazing. We dropped our luggage off at our room and then hit the buffet. Again, my husband was amazed at the selection and quantity! Our room was M535, a balcony room, just below Horizon Court. I was worried there would be noise from there, but it was insignificant compared to my husbands snoring. I brought earplugs for the later and apparently it blocked out the former :) Our cabin steward had our room looking great and kept it that way the whole trip. He really did a great job and was always friendly when we passed in the hallway. The wait staff in the traditional dining room, Allegro, was delightful. My husband enjoyed chatting with our waiter, Victor, so much, that he didn't want to miss a meal. We had a gift meal at Sabatini's (which was very nice) so we did miss one meal there, much to my husband's chagrin. I loved the food. I'm not hard to please, I will admit. If someone else makes it and cleans up, I'm fairly certain that I will be happy with any food that is not too adventurous. The very first night I had the prime rib. It was so good I wanted to cry happy tears! The next night was filet mignon, and another night was chicken and another night was salmon. I wish I could eat there every single night of my life! Again, I am not a foodie, far from it. But my husband and I both enjoyed the food. Horizon Court was great for lunch and breakfast. My husband loved the cookies! We watched the movies in the afternoon and napped. I got caught up on several movies that I didn't see during the summer. That was a bonus! The bed was comfy. I was very pleasantly surprised at how awesome the dancers and singers were for the big show performances. We saw "Soul" and "Encore" on this cruise. Both were wonderful and had my husband standing up and cheering at the end. I was cheering too, but that isn't remarkable :) Jeff the Juggler was super funny and very entertaining. Getting off the ship to go into Cabo was the only glitch, but it wasn't anyone's fault but the weather. We eventually got into Cabo and stayed about 30 minutes. It is true what people say about bartering. Decide what you are willing to pay for something, and you will probably get your price. We also had the free tea every day at 3:00pm. I loved that so much I want to continue it at home! Their scones are so delicious. The tea itself was only meh, but I like regular Lipton tea, so bear that in mind. Disembarkation was a little tedious (be prepared to wait for elevators), but since we were walking off with our luggage, we just left when we were ready. Typical lines to wait in, but honestly, when you are off-loading about 3,000 people, what do you expect? Overall, it was a wonderful time to relax and getaway from the daily grind. I honestly didn't want to come home and have to think about what to fix for dinner the next day! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Love Princess and wanted to travel somewhere different. The staff was absolutely phenomenal. The food was wonderful. Entertainment so-so. There really wasn't a whole lot on this cruise. Perhaps because it was only five days. We ... Read More
Love Princess and wanted to travel somewhere different. The staff was absolutely phenomenal. The food was wonderful. Entertainment so-so. There really wasn't a whole lot on this cruise. Perhaps because it was only five days. We paid for transfer from the airport and that went well. Our arrival at the cruise terminal was a cluster. There were no designated areas for priority boarding at all. I had to track down someone to help. That took a while. Then once we did on board, we ended up having to take the stairs because there was no one handling access to the elevators. They were coming up from decks below and were over full. Our steward was fantastic. He was very courteous and attentive and very helpful. Our cabin is described below and was a total disappointment. Smaller than the pictures on line show and being in the absolute rear is terrible. Noisy and the rocking makes you sick. Service was great which is why I guess we keep going back to Princess! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It promised a short getaway and definitely lived up to it ! We were able to relax in the Spa’s Enclave. The pool there is so therapeutic, the steam and sauna rooms are a must. Then top it off by lying on the warm stone bed. I also ... Read More
It promised a short getaway and definitely lived up to it ! We were able to relax in the Spa’s Enclave. The pool there is so therapeutic, the steam and sauna rooms are a must. Then top it off by lying on the warm stone bed. I also benefited from the seaweed detox treatment and massage. For anyone who needs to rejuvenate this is the place to be. Fasted embarkation and disembarkation ever!! It was very organized and everyone along the way was helpful and so friendly. The food was delicious and always fresh. We had two great dinners in the Symphony Dining room and the rest of the time we frequented the Horizon Buffet and enjoyed the convenience and variety there. And don’t forget the delicious pizza on Deck 16! We took advantage of room service in the morning and it was always on time and exactly what we had ordered. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I chose a Princess cruise because of how highly recommended Princess was by many friends. I knew I did not want to add the time or price of flights to or from another port, so I chose a round trip from my local Los Angeles port. The ... Read More
I chose a Princess cruise because of how highly recommended Princess was by many friends. I knew I did not want to add the time or price of flights to or from another port, so I chose a round trip from my local Los Angeles port. The destination was really not much of a factor in my selection. I was so impressed with the service all over the ship. I've never experienced service like this anywhere else. Everyone was so friendly, helpful, attentive and welcoming. It was amazing! The ship itself is beautiful and the room was much larger than I expected. The food was really good too. I couldn't believe the speed of the service in the restaurants on a sold out cruise. It blows my mind how they can serve so many people so fast. Everything about the cruise was top notch. The bartenders in the Good Spirits at Sea bar were truly memorable. Agus, Don and Patricio were just amazing. Their service was the best and their sense of humor had us in stitches the whole cruise. Matt "O", our cruise director really made the whole cruise enjoyable. He was so nice, friendly, knowledgeable and full of energy day and night. I can't wait to cruise with him again! Amazing crew and ship!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The Good: Alfredo's Pizzeria - best food on the ship (and complimentary!) Afternoon Tea - we went every day and it was always the highlight. Loved watching the NFL games on the big screen. Exceptional steward/stateroom ... Read More
The Good: Alfredo's Pizzeria - best food on the ship (and complimentary!) Afternoon Tea - we went every day and it was always the highlight. Loved watching the NFL games on the big screen. Exceptional steward/stateroom service (shoutout to Rashid!) Crew was friendly and attentive, particularly in food service. The Medallions are pretty slick. Good variety of entertainment. Not too many kids. Roundtrip from of San Pedro (convenient to where we live; no airplanes required). The Less-Good: Coffee tasted like dirty water. Other than the aforementioned, food was generally mediocre. Stateroom carpet and upholstery are in desperate need of updating and the shower curtain was pretty gross. The Library has no comfortable seating, no view and practically no books! There is very little room for weight lifting in the Fitness Center and it was always crowded. Promenade Deck does not go all the way around - you can't promenade on the Promenade! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The ship and class of service is what I expected from Princess. The ship was nice, staff was great and the entertainment was fun. This was a 5 day cruise with one 24 hour stop that is a bit different than any other cruises I have been ... Read More
The ship and class of service is what I expected from Princess. The ship was nice, staff was great and the entertainment was fun. This was a 5 day cruise with one 24 hour stop that is a bit different than any other cruises I have been on. There is plenty to do, the "Princess Patter" was packed with activities throughout the day. Dining room and Horizon Court food was good, plenty of variety. The variety of public spaces, music and bars was good. The Disco was not in a great place and the only place that was too crowded, tiny dance floor and slow bar service, I think that needs to be looked at. The "Medallion" class, use of the medallion for your cabin and purchases is innovative but is sort of creepy as they know where you are, all the time ... weird ... Princess is my favorite line and I will return. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise due to multiple reccomendations. A wonderful experience and our first cruise! We will return! The dining room experience was awesome We used the buffet for breakfast and lunch. There were many healthy choices. ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to multiple reccomendations. A wonderful experience and our first cruise! We will return! The dining room experience was awesome We used the buffet for breakfast and lunch. There were many healthy choices. We exercised each day and were pleased with the work out choices. The highlight of our cruise experience was the Balcony Dinner and th excursions in Cabo. We did the snorkeling and swim with the dolphins. The experience in Cabo felt save and relaxing We were glad we were able to stay 2 days. Getting on and off the ship in Cabo was easy and effortless. The return back to the U.S. port in San Pedro was just the right amount of time being on the ship Leaving the port, we took the airport transfer provided by Princess, the bus was reasonable and air conditioned All in all no negative incidences. This was my husband and my first cruise, we will be back! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The ship was absolutely beautiful and very elegant, not to mention, huge and well maintained! Everything you need is conveniently found on the ship; variety of shops, restaurants and other eateries, casino, theater, spa, pools/jacuzzis, ... Read More
The ship was absolutely beautiful and very elegant, not to mention, huge and well maintained! Everything you need is conveniently found on the ship; variety of shops, restaurants and other eateries, casino, theater, spa, pools/jacuzzis, bars, cafes with specialty coffee, Internet cafe, gym, The Sanctuary, the private adult only pool area, plenty of seating throughout the entire ship on nearly every level, AND MUCH MORE... including a medical area!! They provided exceptional service from our stateroom attendant, (MARIO!!) to room service, the Horizon Buffet waiters, and every other staff member aboard the ship. There were great sights on and off board. The views were exceptional! The excursions were great, but please note, the Princess excursion options are much better than private shore ones! The best part of all, we truly were treated like royalty, which is very fitting for the "Princess" line of cruise ships! We will be back cruising again SOON!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Crew was fabulous and friendly. Cabin steward For room 1043 fantastic. Lee was so kind. Food not so great. Even the steakhouse upstairs very small Portions, waitresses were snooty at steakhouse. Ship itself was easy to walk through ... Read More
Crew was fabulous and friendly. Cabin steward For room 1043 fantastic. Lee was so kind. Food not so great. Even the steakhouse upstairs very small Portions, waitresses were snooty at steakhouse. Ship itself was easy to walk through and not too long at food lines. Shows were awesome. Comedians not so funny. Our one tour to stone Island beach was a big joke. Peddlers wouldn’t go away. We couldn’t even view beach. We thought it was a secluded spot. It was a cement venue building. Not enough chairs or loungers. Food was also so so. Not worth the money at all. After that tour we decided to not book another tour. Someone from carnival should actually go as a regular person and scope out these tours and get a true feel for these excursions. Pictures shown don’t reflect the true excursion. Also tour guides and tip jars everywhere. cruisers beware bring tons of tip money cause you will be bombarded. splendor ship needs some TLC by the pool areas and window washing. Couldn’t see out of windows at dining. Don’t play the 5000.00 bingo at end of trip. The catch is you have to get a coverall card in 49 numbers or less and when you don’t , they drop it to 500.00. Spa steam room and hot chairs didn’t work most of the cruise. Went to speak to front desk lady last Friday and she could care less. No where to sit in jacuzzi in spa. No seats and you had to hold on To rails to hold yourself up. Our gold pearl waitresses were awesome Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Reasonable prices... yet the cruise is crying out for remodeling looks like an old vegas casino. Smells very much like one too, alcohol n cigarettes . I don’t feel is family friendly as the bar is right next to the pool. People were too ... Read More
Reasonable prices... yet the cruise is crying out for remodeling looks like an old vegas casino. Smells very much like one too, alcohol n cigarettes . I don’t feel is family friendly as the bar is right next to the pool. People were too drunk we saw 3 fights not something I want my kids to experience on our family vacation. The pool I feel is too small for everyone on board it gets too crowded... the main activities took place on the days where you can get offthe ship, and the actual day when everyone stays on board not much to see or do.... In regards of the food not much vegan or vegetarian options but like anywhere else is all about getting creative with your options. But the high light of the trip has to be dinner, the staff is amazing made us feel like royalty..... Not sure if I would spend my money on a cruise again maybe I can try a different cruise line, definitely a resort is the way to go, for us as a family. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Embarkation - Terrible: To begin, parking at Long Beach is an absolute nightmare; the staff are extremely rude and unhelpful, and they refused to open the parking structure until after noon (regardless of priority boarding). Once we got ... Read More
Embarkation - Terrible: To begin, parking at Long Beach is an absolute nightmare; the staff are extremely rude and unhelpful, and they refused to open the parking structure until after noon (regardless of priority boarding). Once we got into the terminal, faster to the fun helped to skip most of the lines, but after we checked in and headed to the ship we were stopped at the gangway because apparently the agent who checked us in failed to check in my son, so he had to get his picture re-taken and passport re-verified. The Ship - Average: he Splendor is an older ship with older decor and that was apparent. The staff did a good job of keeping everything clean and presentable. But the upcoming dry-dock should do wonders for this ship. Dining - Mostly good: On the first night my son was having a meltdown at dinner and a waiter from another section came to the rescue getting him a new pizza and a 'milkshake' (strawberry bisque in a cup). This same waiter sought us out on Lido and got my kids 'special' drinks two days later as well. The second night, we did the steakhouse - the staff were darn near rude, basically snatching glasses and menus from us and overall acting as if we were an inconvenience. The remaining nights we ate in the main dining room and requested the 'savior' from night 1. He did little things like getting special cups for the kids, getting them off menu items and boxes of cereal for snacks. he was great. Kids activities - Mostly Good: Camp Ocean was wonderful for our 2 kids (2 and 4). They thoroughly enjoyed the activities, and always wanted to go back. Also, the staff would acknowledge our kids by name even outside in the elevators when they were off the clock; great people. The downside, the camp closes in the afternoon each day for 'family activities'. They didn't do the best job of explaining that you can drop them back off at 6 on Lido for 'kids only dinner', the 'closures' were kind of weird to try and line up dining and or other activities. Cabin - Exactly as expected: We had an inside cabin that fit the four of us just fine. I wouldn't recommend the Pullman for any kids due to an accident that we had. But we were able to fit a crib under the Pullman, next to the king bed. Cabin was clean, quiet, and the steward took great care of us. Entertainment - Disappointing: As far as the fun squad goes, great. The activities around the ship were awesome, and the 'Lip Sync Battle' was awesome. The comedians were decent, some were more interested in laughing at their own jokes than doing their act; definitely had funnier ones on prior cruises. But the production shows were terrible, the dancing was okay, but the singing was absolutely terrible. I am not one that expects Broadway productions, but I think the cast of Glee probably did better covers of some of those songs. Ports and Excursions - The Same: I've been on this cruise before and there didn't seem to be any variety in the excursions from before. We were not able to get off the boat in Mazalan due to an injury, but it appeared to be a very industrial area anyway, but the 'jungle' area across from the port looked very pretty. Cabo seems to be getting more 'Americanized' in the shopping near the port. Less small vendors, but still a ton of guys trying to sell you an excursion. Puerto Vallarta has a mall and a Walmart directly across the street which is convenient if you need anything or want that type of shopping. Walmart has a bunch of the same types of souvenirs as the street vendors. Disembarkation - Okay: Disembarkation was much easier because we had faster to the fun, and self carried our luggage off. However, Carnival packed all of the 'priority' guests into the dining room with all of their luggage to wait for the disembarkation process, this was a total nightmare, no room to move at all. Service - AMAZING: I saved the best for last. I have been on several cruises before and i have never experienced the hospitality and service that I experienced on this cruise. EVERYBODY addressed me and my kids by name, some of which we hadn't met before, which was odd. but everybody seemed to bend over backwards to make our experience special. The medical staff gave my son a build a bear, the dining staff sent cookies to our room, the waiter gave special snacks and cups to my kids... aside from the steakhouse, it truly felt like we were treated better than family while we were on this cruise. The kids had an amazing time and were constantly asking to go to Camp Ocean, and if we hadn't had the couple of mishaps and the injury that we encountered, this would have been the perfect trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my first cruise. I do have to say the embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. All the crew/staff members were extremely helpful and nice. My Stateroom Steward was Sebastian. Sebastian was very helpful, caring, kind and ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I do have to say the embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. All the crew/staff members were extremely helpful and nice. My Stateroom Steward was Sebastian. Sebastian was very helpful, caring, kind and hardworking! I did encounter a couple of issues, my bedding had some stains on them and our sink was plugged up. I reported my issue to Sebastian and he had the issue resolved in a blink of an eye. I do have to say I was not impressed with the pool area- The pool appeared green and about 300 people in it at one time. There is an adult (21+) area that had two jacuzzies and gave me the same feeling as if the water was dirty. So I did not go swimming in the pool areas at all. As for the food, everything was GREAT! I felt that the menu accommodated to all people. The shore excursion we chose to do was the ATV. Our tour guide was Diego. Diego was funny, knowledgable, friendly which made for a fun and entertaining ride. TWO THUMBS up for Diego and his crew! One thing that I did not like about the ATV was the route/course that Carnivals promotes on the website, is not the actual course you will be riding through. Carnival needs to update the website cause that is false advertisement. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Excellent 7 day itinerary, loved this ship and staff and especially our ocean view room. Very quiet and peaceful. Skip the excursions booked on board, much better value in port (Same tour half price) Camp Ocean is Amazing, they took ... Read More
Excellent 7 day itinerary, loved this ship and staff and especially our ocean view room. Very quiet and peaceful. Skip the excursions booked on board, much better value in port (Same tour half price) Camp Ocean is Amazing, they took wonderful care of our kids, made it seamless, and were super chill (not too many unnecessary rules) CABO: Had a beach day in Cabo, walked to Cannery Beach (Playa Empacadora) rented an umbrella for the day for $6 (they were asking $10). MAZLATAN: Took the 3hr city tour that you can book from the terminal, $30US and kids were free! PUERTO VALLARTA: Took our 4yr old on the "Dolphin experience and sea lion kiss" tour, it was perfect! The brochure had a min height requirement of 4'5" so we didnt book, but the Vallarta Adventures people had a booth on the dock and we asked and they said he was fine, so booked it from the dock. Included lunch but it was pretty average. Tour was awesome, I paid $46 to be an "Observer", but they yelled at me not to take a photo at the sea lion kiss (i did anyway, I'd paid almost $50 to be there!). BEHIND THE SCENE TOUR: Available on the last sea day, you can go on a 3hr behind the scenes ship tour, only 32 spots available, so book early, hightly recomend it if your interested in seeing what most passengers dont. $96 and you get to visit the bridge, engine control room, galley, back stage of the show, etc. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise because of the close proximity to Long Beach. Plus it was my birthday and did not have to fly anywhere. I read a previous review about calling the cruise a Wal-Mart cruise. It was every bit of that review and more. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the close proximity to Long Beach. Plus it was my birthday and did not have to fly anywhere. I read a previous review about calling the cruise a Wal-Mart cruise. It was every bit of that review and more. The ship was over run with young screaming kids. One fellow passenger asked a father of a screaming child to control the child. The father wanted to fight this passenger an elderly man. We sat in the dining room and after a party had left the table the personnel sorted through the silverware that looked unused and reset the table. Even the same coffee cups! At the formal dinner the place setting only had one fork. No salad fork. On other cruise lines there were several more utensils for appropriate usage. Last evening we sat in the buffet area and the bussing staff was no where to be found. Counted 12 plus tables with dishes that had not been cleared off for over 30 minutes. The dress code was not enforced at the main dining room.. People in shorts tank tops and hats on backwards. Stayed in a suite that had an outdoor balcony. The room was spacious and clean. The run frog bar has an amazing knowledgeable bar tender by the name of Spartan. He is the best ! The crew was friendly throughout the ship. The crew director, Savannah is totally annoying with her barrage of annoucements. she finishes each announcement with , "Say bye!" That has to go! 4 days is long enough. I guess if you advertise a low price you get what you get. Next time will be an adults only cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This wasn’t our first cruise experience, but will for sure become the last on Carnival Imagination. The stinkiest ship ever. The nauseating blend of urine, bleach, old furniture, filthy carpets was so horrendous that I had to hold my ... Read More
This wasn’t our first cruise experience, but will for sure become the last on Carnival Imagination. The stinkiest ship ever. The nauseating blend of urine, bleach, old furniture, filthy carpets was so horrendous that I had to hold my breath when we first stepped on board. I should have left right then. We stayed on deck 7, right by the guest services. The room and bathroom were so stinky that I poured half a bottle of my perfume just to tolerate it. The filth and dirt are everywhere. The dirty baseboards, the stains on the carpets, dust and dirt in the buffet area was so bad that I would rather skip a meal that experience it. We were traveling with a toddler and it was a challenge for me to let him run freely - he would pick up trash, dirt, dust. In addition, in 4 days they didn’t change our bed a single time. We were provided with pillowcases with stains and I noticed them again on the last day packing. I felt so sorry for the crew and staff members who work on this ship. They are doing their best to provide great customer service. Benjamin and Jacki are always fun and cheerful. Kuddos to them! The choice of food in the buffet was very limited and mostly unhealthy. The dining menu was rather simple; there was not a single meal that I would say was exceptional. It was ok, mediocre, average. In fact, on the last day of cruising I got a severe food poisoning from a burrito that I had for lunch from the buffet. I spent all night vomiting and was so happy that this “vacation” was over. Never again I would go on Imagination. This ship should go for a full renovation because it is unacceptable for a company to treat their clients with such accommodation. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I took a holiday with my family to Las Vegas and decided that, whilst in the US, we would take the opportunity to see Mexico on a cruise. We booked the 7-day Mexica\n Riviera cruise on the Carnival Splendor. My daughter is in a ... Read More
I took a holiday with my family to Las Vegas and decided that, whilst in the US, we would take the opportunity to see Mexico on a cruise. We booked the 7-day Mexica\n Riviera cruise on the Carnival Splendor. My daughter is in a wheelchair and we booked one of the very few fully accaessible cabins on the ship - a Spa cabin (oceanview). It was not in the best location though - right at the front and near the top of the ship. Embarkation was relatively smooth although the facilities to get into and out of the cruise terminal to drop off and pick up were a bit chaotic. The ship, which was originally ordered/built for Costa but delivered to Carnival is very much like the Costa ships - full of vibrant colours. Food quality was generally good, but the experience in the restaurant was mixed, as was the buffet. Carnival only put tablecloths on the tables in the main restaurants on the 2 'formal' nights. On other nights the tables were much like those in the buffet. Service could sometimes be very slow, especially at breakfast. There was no dress code at all in the restaurant and although a few dressed up for dinner, most didn't bother with some coming to dinner in the shorts and t=shirts they had worn during the day. Entertainment was generally quite good, although the volume in the Atrium was sometimes deafening. The musicians though were mostly very good, especially the string quartet. Disembarkation was problem-free although again the picj-up drop-off in the terminal was chaotic and we had problems locating our taxi. The excursions in two of the three ports visited were well organised and informative, The last excursion in Puerto Vallarta missed a couple of stops out and, although supposedly being an adapted vehicle, did not have proper restraints and the two wheelchairs on the excursion could barely fit in. The experience in all three ports visited was very good, with friendly local people. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We went as a group of nine people. We enjoyed the Fun on the Sea and the tours at Cabo, Mazatlan, and Pto. Vallarta. The ship crew were very courteous, kind, and the service was Excellent. We were assigned in Deck 8414. I love the cute ... Read More
We went as a group of nine people. We enjoyed the Fun on the Sea and the tours at Cabo, Mazatlan, and Pto. Vallarta. The ship crew were very courteous, kind, and the service was Excellent. We were assigned in Deck 8414. I love the cute surprises Dennis created using a white towel. The cabin is always kept clean and sheets & towels always changed . . David (Peru) and his team served us during dinner at the Gold Pearl Upper. I loved that he remembers our names and call us by our first name. He remembers what drinks and dessert we love. I rate the team 11/10. . . The embarkation and disembarkation were done smoothly. . . I love the Entertainment and Activities. . . The excursion we chose at Cabo was Parasailing. I rate this FIVE STAR. We felt like we were celebrities and the three crew gave us their Excellent Customer Service. . .Yes, I will go again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
As an experienced travel agent I had not sailed with Carnival since 1989. We decided to try again, much to our dismay. There was nothing except the steak house to commend this cruise. The dining service was in some cases energetic but ... Read More
As an experienced travel agent I had not sailed with Carnival since 1989. We decided to try again, much to our dismay. There was nothing except the steak house to commend this cruise. The dining service was in some cases energetic but without adequate training poorly provided. The food was of poor quality. The music sources all had bass turned up so much above the rest of the music that all one could here was THUMP, THUMP, THUMP. The thumping was often heard a full deck beyond the source. Every venue was very cold, 67 degrees by actual measurement. The late evening entertainment provided by stand up comedians was ok but for the gratuitous foul language forced into the acts. There were as expected many children and teenagers. Unfortunately, many were using the corridors as a raceway throughout the day and into the late night. Loud conversations were often conducted up and down the halls without regard to time of day or night and thus often making sleeping difficult. The steak provided the only positive of the cruise. good food, well prepared and served pleasantly. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was for my son and I to spend some time together before he spends all his time with his friends. We had a good time and enjoyed the cruise and time together. Embarkation was very fast and easy. Arrived at 11:15 for a 11:30-12 boarding ... Read More
This was for my son and I to spend some time together before he spends all his time with his friends. We had a good time and enjoyed the cruise and time together. Embarkation was very fast and easy. Arrived at 11:15 for a 11:30-12 boarding time, and were on board by 11:30. Food at buffet was fair, the MDR was very good. We did breakfast in the MDR as well for better food. We were disappointed with the music, heard the macarena 3 times and YMCA 4 times. Felt like a bad wedding reception. Personally, would have liked to hear more classic rock, only 2 hours dedicated to it the entire week. Good thing I brought my ear buds! Service was great everywhere, whether it was the room stewards, MDR, "bus boys", even the "lifeguard" by the pool. Lots of entertainment, from ping pong, chess, board games, trivia, mini golf, etc. They need a lot more chairs by the main pool for movie time. We didn't get off for excursions, but that's what we wanted, to have the pool to ourselves and just relax. Had a great group of table mates for dinner and met up with a very nice family from Cruise critic on day 1. Disembarkation was very slow, but organized. The ship is ok, but a little warn (they were replacing a lot of carpeting in rooms as the week went on). The 4th and 5th decks have a MDR right in the middle of the ship, so navigating for to aft was interesting (can't always pass through). It was fun and great to laugh and relax with my son, but unspectacular and average. The only real negatives would be the amount of drunks and rude people. I know, it's the "fun" ship. The value in relation to cost is great, but I think I need to try another cruise line to see. This ship still doesn't have the pixels program to view your photos from your phone. I can never find the photos of myself in all the mess of photos. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My family and I went for the first time on a cruise. We didn’t really know what to expect, but we have heard it’s a lot of fun!! So this is how we decided to spend my mom’s birthday. We booked a cruise with Carnival Imagination! It ... Read More
My family and I went for the first time on a cruise. We didn’t really know what to expect, but we have heard it’s a lot of fun!! So this is how we decided to spend my mom’s birthday. We booked a cruise with Carnival Imagination! It was what we had expected and much more!! My family and I had a wonderful time! We felt welcomed from the first step we took on the ship. The entertainment program and the crew was fantastic! The cruise Director, Benjamin, (which by the way I will miss waking up to his “Gooood morning, ladies and gentlemen”) and Jackie were great! We enjoyed the shows throughout the day, as well as the evening program. So many things to do!! The dancing and singing was amazing, I truly felt like I was watching a show in Vegas. The entire crew had so much energy, enthusiasm, and happiness like it was the first time performing the show!! I do remember Ryan’s name because he celebrated his birthday the same day as my mom’s, but the entire crew was awesome!! The comedy show with Benjamin, Geoff and Michael was great!! We laughed so hard!! The host, CJ was very funny too!! The food and desserts on the buffet were very good, many different options to choose from. We were assigned to the Pride restaurant for dinner, where we had the great pleasure to meet Srdan. He was our waiter the first evening. He was very professional and also pleasant to talk to. Although we didn’t get served by him again throughout our cruise, he made sure he came to say hi every time he saw us dine. He went out of his way one morning, making us two lattes, when we asked for regular coffee, even though it wasn’t his section to cover. I also remember Dwi, Rody, and Wahyudi, our service team the second evening. The hostesses, Dragana and Martina were extremely nice too. Although they were there morning and evening, every day, working lots of hours a day, they were always welcoming us with a smile on their face. Viktor, our housekeeping member, was awesome too! Always making conversation with us, asking us how our day went, or what are our plans for the day. Every evening we came back to a clean and organized room, with cool towel faces welcoming us “home”! We know how many hours you guys work every day and my family and I would like to Thank Carnival Imagination and the entire crew for keeping us safe, your hard work and dedication, for offering us a wonderful vacation and making us feel special every day! See you soon!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this cruise (4 day to Catalina & Ensenada) because we wanted an affordable, fairly short cruise. We had a great time and loved our cabin. The crew was amazing. They were always professional and friendly. We loved our cabin ... Read More
We chose this cruise (4 day to Catalina & Ensenada) because we wanted an affordable, fairly short cruise. We had a great time and loved our cabin. The crew was amazing. They were always professional and friendly. We loved our cabin steward Arnold who even fixed a squeaky door for us. Our waiters, John and Samdani were the best! The comedians and musical shows were top notch. We loved the Buffet - always good food and good service. Food in the dining room - not so good. The Caesar salad dressing had no flavor at all and the fish was terrible. From other cruises, the dining room is usually the best, so I was disappointed in the quality this time. My biggest concern was the on board bathrooms. They were consistently dirty. Not one was being cleaned on a frequent enough basis. I even saw toilet paper on the carpets outside the bathrooms. Service on some of the decks by the buffet wasn't so great. We were on the back deck and observed every table had dirty dishes/food/glasses on them and it took about 20 minutes for someone to clear them up. Then it took another 20 minutes for the same guy to come back to clean them, but he did a lousy job. He didn't use any type of spray/cleaner and on a few tables, only cleaned half the table. The other big concern - the elevators. My daughter got stuck in one and had to pry the doors open to get out. They were constantly broken. There were lots of Trivia & other games, but the prizes are tempting enough to make me want to participate. Maybe offer the winners a free drink or something, not just a plastic ship on a stick. They really need to offer more activities for the 18-20 year old crowd. I don't know if I will cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This cruise was an award to employees of my wife's healthcare facility. I had to pay my own way... We don't have any frame of reference. As a man, I know this may sound strange but I don't like large, tight crowds or high ... Read More
This cruise was an award to employees of my wife's healthcare facility. I had to pay my own way... We don't have any frame of reference. As a man, I know this may sound strange but I don't like large, tight crowds or high stress/high anxiety situations. Initially, I was kind of reluctant about going on a cruise and having to deal with wall-to-wall people. We drove to Long Beach from Phoenix and spent the night on the Queen Mary. As a first time cruiser, I thought it would be more stressful than bording an airplane. It wasn't! We got to the terminal early, they had a convienient parking garage nearby. We walked over to the exit of the parking garage and there was a gentleman collecting luggage for the cruise. I had pre-printed my luggage tags and attached them so I just left my bags with him! Easy peasy! We hung out in the sparse terminal for about 30-45 minutes. They started bording early, (we were in the 1:00-1:30 bording group) and we borded around 11:30. We relaxed until our bording group was called and we went up the ramp and borded the ship. Again, low stress! We borded the ship, were directed to the Lido deck for lunch and only had to kill time until our room would be ready at 1:30. We grabbed lunch, a drink and explored the ship. When we got to our room, our ID cards were tucked in behind our room # badge. We grabbed them, stuck it in the door and it opened. All we needed was luggage. I had noticed luggage carts near one of the elevators on our floor so I went down there and found our luggage, (they would have brought it to our room but we wanted our bathing suits!). From there on, it was smooth sailing! (No pun intended). We didn't have any expectations since we'd never been on a cruise but, I have to say, it was a riot! The party in the atrium every night was a lot of fun! I enjoyed seeing so many people having fun together. We saw a 70's and 80's show, a Motown show, two atrium parties, had an nice dinner, went to a, "Tase of Mexico" excursion in Ensenata to learn a couple of Mexican culinary staples as well as some tequila! (Margarita's while making food then 6 shots of tequila when learning about tequila). There were other excursions but we live near Mexico and the the towns don't vary much so we weren't interested in shopping. Our excursion was within walking distance of the ship so we walked back after our excursion. All in all, I only have a couple complaints. For first-time cruisers, you have to get to know the schedule for on-ship events. Also, there is a new schedule that is put out for each day of your cruise. Some are duplicates, some are different. We'll know to get a new schedule every day on our next cruise. Second, I never received any tickets to the excursion we paid for. I only had the receipt that I paid for it. They asked me for my tickets and I didn't have any! I figured they could get it off my "cruise card". No bueno. We got around it and they wrote a, "duplicate" pass but I didn't know I needed tickets. We're both 60-ish and like to relax in a kid-free environment. Don't get me wrong; we knew there would be kids on the cruise. They have an, "adult" area with two small hot tubs and a bunch of lounge chairs. That's fine. Except, they NEED MORE hot tubs and chairs! The chairs were always full and so were the hot tubs. This adult retreat needs to be bigger. On the Lindo deck, the hot tubs were always full of kids, surlely pissing them. I also thought the pool was quite small considering the ship holds 2000 people. These are minor complaints... Lastly, my wife and I like comedy shows. They had comedy shows every night. The problem was, the early shows, (9:30) were PG rated to accomodate kids! We would have to wait until at least 10:30 or later to see the adult shows. I think, if you have adult comedy, they shouldn't' have to dumb down their act to accomodate kids under 12. Give them their own show in a different room with, oh I don't know, Mickey Mouse telling Minnie Mouse jokes. What I'm saying is, when you're 60 and get up for work everyday at 3:45 AM, trying to stay up until 10:30 to accomodate children is not what I've worked for, for 45 years! I'm still giving the Inspiration 4 stars overall. We've already booked an October cruise, hoping there will be fewer kids.The whole experience was fun, enlightening, easy and memorable! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Overall, my family and I had a great time on the cruise and are discussing about going again! Embarkation: Getting to the cruise terminal was a mess, there was a long line of cars dropping off cruisers. There were even some picking ... Read More
Overall, my family and I had a great time on the cruise and are discussing about going again! Embarkation: Getting to the cruise terminal was a mess, there was a long line of cars dropping off cruisers. There were even some picking up cruisers who had just gotten off. It took about 20 minutes to get from where you pick up the parking pass to where the drop off location is. Once we got there we realized it was because all of the cars were stopping at the front but if they were to drive more down there would be much less traffic. As we were getting off the car there were workers helping us to get our bags and they took them and said they would be dropped off at our room later, so we wouldn’t have to carry them around with us. The process after getting off was really fast, we were on the boat in under 20 minutes. We had lunch on the lido deck and it was hard to find somewhere to sit. We all ate hamburgers which were pretty good given they weren’t Guys Hamburger Joint. After getting our rooms our luggage came within 30 minutes. We were on the 1st floor, Rivera and since they were using the elevator for luggage it was tiring to go back up to the lido deck on stairs. Afterwards we wandered the ship until the mandatory safety briefing which was quite boring and crammed but important in case there to be an incident where we need to abandon ship. I would suggest giving yourself extra time to get there as there really was a lot of traffic to get into the parking lot regardless if you were parking or getting dropped off. My family took 3 12 packs of soda to drink whilst cruising as you cannot take plastic bottles on. We purchased a 12 pack of water from carnival and it was delivered to our room. We put everything in the little fridge once we got the chance to. Sea Day: There was plenty to do from going to the pools, the water slide, the hot tubs, to a variety of activities with Lee the cruise director. My family and I had brought some cards so we could play. The shows that they provided were really great and enjoyable for the entire family, in particular my 4 year old cousin loved them so much that I took him to both showings. I highly recommend attending those. Dinner: Dinner was always great and the staff were really attentive and tried their best to learn our names and our preferences at dinner, I.e. I always ordered a Caesar salad so he Kadek took note and already knew that was my appetizer. The best dessert that everyone has to get is the carnival melting chocolate cake. It truly is amazing and it’s what my family and I each and for dessert every single night. Even my 12 year old cousin who was supper picky about food and uninterested in trying new dinner items would attend just to get a baked potato and the carnival chocolate melting cake. The steak and the prime rib were really good and my mother really enjoyed the ribs as well as the lobster and giant shrimp for the elegant dinner. An important thing to note for getting to Dinner. You cannot walk across deck 3 or 4 and depending on where you are on the boat, you can get easily lost trying to get to your dining room. We at dinner at the gold pearl, towards the back of the boat, and we found it best to go to the 5th floor and then walk across towards the back near the piano bar and the lounge where the comedy shows take place and from there take either the stairs or elevator down. Food: There are many different choices to eat for lunch as well as late night. The burgers and fries at the grill by the main pool were always good. The 24hr pizza honestly wasn’t the best and it’s because the sauce was almost sweet. The best way to order pizza for us was to order it without the sauce although the chef gave us a weird look every time that we ordered it. The Mongolian wok always had a long line, I made the mistake of ordering the medium sauce which was like a green salsa and it ruined my entire dish. I’m not too sure how it tastes with the mild or the spicy sauce. The spicy sauce looked good on others plates though. I never really ate at the chefs choice but every day it was different. Then in the back by an adult pool there is an Indian place that I unfortunately didn’t get to try, and the deli. The deli was great, they have the best grilled cheese that I think everyone needs to go have of they are aboard this boat. Then upstairs is the BBQ place that much of my family enjoyed. The coffee was not the best as they do not provide creamer, so if you’re a coffee lover be sure to take our own creamer or you’ll find yourself purchasing coffee from the coffee shop on the 5th deck. They also had sushi for purchase, we got the tempura rolls and they were great, granted it was my first time having sushi and nothing to compare it to. The best place to sit down and eat at breakfast or lunch was upstairs by the BBQ because it was always empty and you could always find a place to sit. This worked for my family because we were such a big group of 11. Cabo San Lucas: First thing to note is that there is no port to get off the boat at Cabo. The way that you get off the boat is by taking a water shuttle. There are 3 different ways that you can get on the shuttle; the first is by booking an excursion through carnival, you will be on the firsts shuttles out in order to get to your excursion on time; the second is by waiting in line the day prior to get passes, after the excursion people are off they call pass numbers, once yours is called you’re able to get on a shuttle the smaller the number the earlier you can get off; the last is simply waiting until the shuttles are open, about 3 hours later. My family and I got the passes the day before on deck 5, there was a long line and wait to get them, you only need one person to go down to get them for the entire group. They are on a board and are almost like business card style and you grab what you want then go. When our number was called we went down to deck 0 and gave our passes (which they didn’t even look at our count) and we were able to get off. Once we got to the land we knew that we wanted to go to the beach and were trying to find a way to get there. Apparently you have to take a water taxi a short distance unless you want to drive or walk for 2 hours. I don’t know how true that is but we took the water taxi and honestly were upset on how short a distance it took us. After paying the taxi driver, when we got off we had to pay another fee to get off the boat. It didn’t make sense to me, I guess because we used the small port and that was the port fees. I don’t know. Anyways we walked to the beach. After walking on the sand there were things that looked like ice. Turns out they are Jelly Fish, so be careful where you step. They are dead so my cousin touched them and they didn’t sting but you could still possibly get side effects later. If you plan on eating at one of the restaurants on the beach I suggest just taking Uber (it works in Mexico) because the walk was wayyyy too long and that’s what my cousins used to get back to where you get on the water shuttles. Everything is expensive there so be careful on where you go unless you don’t mind spending money. The water and the beach were so beautiful and breath taking that I believe it’s something that everyone should experience in their life. The cruise ship passes the famous arch so get out there early to get some good pictures. It is extremely humid in the summer time. Mazatlán: After the tiring day at Cabo we all decided that we did not want to go to the beach, instead we wanted to go have tacos. When you first get off it is a little under whelming as there are crates and such, you take a little shuttle, like the ones at Disneyland but much smaller, to get out of there and into the city. We negotiated with a van driver who promised to take us to a really good taco place and off we went. He dropped us off and told us that he would be back in an hour and a half to pick us up. The tacos were actually pretty good and down the same street there was a Thrifty’s ice cream shop that we went to go eat at. He was right on time to pick us up and took us back to the port. Right across there was an Oxo, which is Mexico’s 711 we stopped there to buy some chips and drinks, this time they let you bring on plastic bottles. Puerto Vallarta: This was where my family and I had the best experience, My cousin’s dad come from Manzanillo to come see her. We got off the boat as soon as we ate breakfast and again bargained with a vender to take us to a beach that wasn’t crowded. On the way going to the beach we saw many restaurants and places that we recognized from the states, there’s a Walmart right when you get off the boat, but I’ll talk more about that later. We saw dominos, outback, Starbucks, Sam’s Club, and even a Macy’s. If you’re tired of the food from the ship and want something more from home, Puerto Vallarta will be the stop for you. I’m not too sure what beach it was that he took us but there were many little shops and restaurants. We were able to rent lounge chairs and umbrellas through a restaurant and we didn’t have to eat there. The ocean has very many rocks for if you aren’t wearing water shoes you can’t go in very far without hurting your feet. We mainly just relaxed and talked. My brother and 2 of my cousins went parasailing, and they said that they had a great time. It was $100 for the 3 of them, after negotiating. From $45 per person. We were ready to go to the boat earlier than what we had told the driver, we called him and he was there in about 30 minutes. Before we got back on the boat my mom, brother, and I decided that we wanted to stop at Walmart to buy some souvenirs and again more chips and soda. The Walmart was very big and had plenty of souvenirs to choose from for a low price. I highly recommend checking it out to get a feel for everything they have that you can’t get in the states. Again it was really hot and humid, just like Cabo and Mazatlán. Debarkation: There are two options on what to do with luggage, you can either carry it out yourself, and get off faster. Or you can have them take it off for you and get out later. You have to leave your luggage outside your door the night before. We choose to carry it off ourselves. We had to be out of our rooms at 8:30 so the only places to wait were on deck 5 or deck 9. It was honestly so crammed there was nowhere to sit on deck 5 that we just sat at the slot machines in the casino. When our deck number was called for debarkation. The elevators were so crammed because you could only use the front elevators. We went down the stairs with our luggage, only 2 floors. It was indeed crammed and hard to get in. once you push through past the elevators there is plenty of room. After we got off the boat it was only about 20 minutes until we were out of the cruise terminal. However, there was some festival going on that day, the LBC festival so because of that we had to wait an hour before we were able to get picked up because of all the traffic going in to the terminal. Again people were waiting at the front to get dropped off and picked up, if only some went further down it would go by a lot faster. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was a 3 day cruise that departed Thursday and returned Sunday. This is my 3rd cruise. The first two were on Celebrity ships in the Caribbean. This cruise did not match up anywhere near the same quality as my first two cruises. The ... Read More
This was a 3 day cruise that departed Thursday and returned Sunday. This is my 3rd cruise. The first two were on Celebrity ships in the Caribbean. This cruise did not match up anywhere near the same quality as my first two cruises. The food quality was fair. The quality was somewhere between fast food and a Denny's or IHop. There was only pizza and ice cream available in the mid afternoon and late evenings. The entertainment was good though and always on time. The ship was smaller, the rooms were smaller and it was crowded. The passengers were about 40% families with minors, 50% adults between ages of 30 and 50 and the rest were seniors. I don't think I would do this cruise again. I was spoiled on my other cruises which had some of the best food I ever ate. I paid $1,470 for an interior room for 4 people. On line app to text was $5 per person, The after cruise mandatory tip was $42 per person. Drinks were $7.62 for a beer and about $10 for a mixed drink ( tips and tax included ). Read Less
Sail Date July 2019

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