1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive cruise out of the Los Angeles area and wanted to visit Catalina and Ensenada. I had heard that this was nicknamed the Booze Cruise because it attracts a young drinking crowd and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive cruise out of the Los Angeles area and wanted to visit Catalina and Ensenada. I had heard that this was nicknamed the Booze Cruise because it attracts a young drinking crowd and worried about it as we aren't big drinkers. There were a lot of non-drinking people from Utah on our ship and we were lucky enough to be seated with some at our early dining dinner table for 10. However, we did notice many drunk young adults in the hot tub on the Serenity deck every time we went there for some sun time and relaxation. Matey, our cruise director was entertaining and the shows were pretty good. They were geared to the age of the cruisers, so they were pretty loud! The comedians in the Punchliner comedy club were great! The food was outstanding, as usual on a Carnival cruise! But the best part of this was the excellent service by our cabin steward and wait staff in the dining room. Probably the best, most attentive service I have had on any ship in the past 10 years! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I redeemed an award for this cruise, so my friend and I essentially went for free. We had only been on one previous Carnival cruise, although we cruise frequently with another cruise line. We both agreed that, while it was a nice, quick ... Read More
I redeemed an award for this cruise, so my friend and I essentially went for free. We had only been on one previous Carnival cruise, although we cruise frequently with another cruise line. We both agreed that, while it was a nice, quick getaway, you definitely get what you pay for. The food was pretty bland most of the time with the exception of Guy's Burger Joint and the salad/fruit bar. The pastries and French toast were great, also. We took advantage of the drink gift cards we ordered for ourselves ahead of time and found the drinks to be very well-prepared. The ability to order a 12 pack of water was terrific. The ports of call were good. We had a lot of fun, particularly on the Beer and Taco excursion in Ensenada. I highly recommend that one! We didn't really take advantage of the onboard entertainment as we were perpetually jet-lagged, so I can't comment on that. I do know they showed the same movie twice during a 4-day cruise, which I don't understand since there are so many great new movies out there. Some of the staff seemed a little grumpy, but the majority were very friendly and helpful. The cabin size was larger than expected for an Ocean View. The beds were great and we slept well. The bathrooms could use a good scrubbing. I tried hard not to look in the corners. The one major criticism I had with the cruise - and the main reason I wanted to write this post - is regarding infection control on the ship. Aside from the fact that this is cold and (an especially vicious) flu season, there was little visible attempt to decrease germ transmission on the ship. There are far too many things for people to "touch" in the buffet line. You have to push buttons to get your drinks instead of having the lemonade and tea pre-poured. There are community salt and pepper as well as catsup and mustard bottles instead of individual packets. I saw people reaching with bare hands into the bowl to grab a couple of cookies. There is nothing in the daily cruise newsletters promoting handwashing or use of hand sanitizer. Sanitizer is everywhere, but people walk right past it. There is no staff on hand to gently insist passengers use it. And during the entire four days, I only saw staff wiping down the stair rails once. Tables got bussed efficiently, but were not wiped - let alone sanitized - after use. Lots of people cleaning the floors - very few people cleaning touchable surfaces. I think Carnival could do a much better job in working to keep passengers healthy as well as happy. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We are seasoned cruisers, and this was the worst! It seemed to be a contest on who could get the drunkest. There was vomit by the upper deck elevators, that we called 3 times about, before it was finally taken care of. This is uncalled ... Read More
We are seasoned cruisers, and this was the worst! It seemed to be a contest on who could get the drunkest. There was vomit by the upper deck elevators, that we called 3 times about, before it was finally taken care of. This is uncalled for, especially during the flu season where germs are running rampant. This was not an isolated case, but more the norm! The entertainment was geared towards the younger crowd. Food was good. earlier cruises we always had lobster for a choice. This cruise if you wanted it you had to pay an extra $20.00! If it weren't for our shore excursion, wouldn't have done anything, as there was nothing on the ship for us to do but drink! Very disappointing. We will be looking at other cruise lines in the future. One more suggestion..... Alcoholic beverages should be cut-off to any person who is obviously drunk! I know this might cut into your "bottom" line, but it would make things a lot nicer for everyone else!! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Having been on 40 plus cruises each costing between $900 and $1700 dollars for seven days, I thought how good can this cruise that we got for $169 for four days (plus $50.00 spending per cabin) be? But since we are almost local (San Diego ... Read More
Having been on 40 plus cruises each costing between $900 and $1700 dollars for seven days, I thought how good can this cruise that we got for $169 for four days (plus $50.00 spending per cabin) be? But since we are almost local (San Diego to Long Beach) I thought "what the heck". We'll give it a try. Boy, ! it really surprised and delighted us! First off you must understand that the ship is older (1995) and doesn't have the huge selection of balcony cabins. However, it is very clean and very well maintained.We (my husband and I) had the lowest of the cabin classes -- inside upper and lower. But since we seldom spend much time in the cabin unless we have a balcony the price saving was great. Embarkation was easy, but finding the correct pier at Long Beach was a little tricky. Not clearly marked. Follow the signs to the Queen Mary. No plastic soft drinks...only cans. We did take a 1.5 lt. wine and had no problem. On arrival at our cabin they gave us two 1.5 lt. waters at no charge. The food was the biggest surprise. The lido was a little iffy, but the main dining room was very good. The have breakfast there every morning (not just sea days like most ships) and on our one sea-day they had a very nice brunch. Lunch was usually in the lido or at Guy's Burgers or the Mexican restaurant by the pool. Dinners were EXCELLENT. I think they compared to any of the ships I have been on. Soups, both hot and cold were amazing. No lobster, but everything else was top shelf.We had anytime dining and seldom had to wait more than 10 min. Also they tried to seat us with the same waiters each evening. We had room service for coffee every morning and it was prompt and correct. Entertainment was a bit weak but there were a lot of choices available.Comedy good. The only problem we had was with the movie. We waited all week to see "Dunkirk" and they mixed it up in the program and showed "Wonder Woman" A group of us went to guest services to complain, and to their credit ,they did try to solve the problem by setting up a "Dunkirk" screening for us in the nightclub. Over-all we were very happy with the ship, the food, and the value. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Choose this cruise because of the price - good value for your money Ports are good - day at sea could have had some more activities -- Guy's burgers were great - Breakfast buffet was terrible - even though you are there right when it ... Read More
Choose this cruise because of the price - good value for your money Ports are good - day at sea could have had some more activities -- Guy's burgers were great - Breakfast buffet was terrible - even though you are there right when it opens the pancakes and waffles are luke warm at that - they make themi in the kitchen and by the time they bring them out they are cold. Cook for you omelets and eggs are good; We did first to the fun which is definitely worth it. Easy embarkation - priority tender (although after boarding it we had to wait for the tender to fill so we sat there for a half hour. Easy debarkation. Our room was ready when we boarded which was at 11:30 am - which is a plus since most cabins werent ready till 1:30. Dinner in the dining room is good. You can order as many appetizers or entres as you want. Service was good Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This cruise seemed like a good idea because of I ts destinations, Catalina and Ensenada and it was. Catalina is a beautiful little island and you must visit the Avalon casino. Ensenada was fun, too. I am not a fan of the ... Read More
This cruise seemed like a good idea because of I ts destinations, Catalina and Ensenada and it was. Catalina is a beautiful little island and you must visit the Avalon casino. Ensenada was fun, too. I am not a fan of the “everything has to be fun, fun, fun”type of cruise. However, I noticed that this was a great cruise for families and younger people. There are a lot of activities that include children. I have sailed on two of the other brands under the Carnival umbrella but I have been consistently impressed with the quality of the food on the Carnival ships. The staff are the real stars! How they can be consistently pleasant and helpful when they have been repeating the same cruise over and over again is a credit to all of them. There were only a few areas where my expectations were not quite met. This is an older ship and there is no heat in the rooms. Granted, the destinations are usually warm but there are some cool days on the ocean. You can open or close the vent in the ceiling but it is not easy to reach. The other thing that I wish they would change is not to hold the trivia games in the bar that also allows smoking. Although I say that I’m not a huge fan of Carnival cruises this was my third one. The third time was the charm and the fact that I was cruising with more people from the West Coast may have contributed to an overall enjoyable experience. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because it was short and we wanted to see if we liked it before booking a longer, more expensive cruise. We chose the 3 night Ensenada cruise. We had a wonderful time and it was just what we expected. We enjoyed ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was short and we wanted to see if we liked it before booking a longer, more expensive cruise. We chose the 3 night Ensenada cruise. We had a wonderful time and it was just what we expected. We enjoyed everything about it. I recommend it for people who have a smaller budget to spend. I can't wait to go on another cruise! We played bingo on all the times that they had a game going. We didn't win anything but we had a lot of fun. Tommy, the Bingo host was funny and very good at entertaining us while calling numbers. Our room steward was really nice and always greeted us with hellos and a fist bump! Our favorite food was tacos from the Blue Iguana on the Lido deck. Delicious! Also good were the cheeseburgers from Guys. My personal favorite thing was eating ice cream any time I wanted to! The Piano Bar was pretty fun, we didn't try it out until the last night and I wish we did sooner. Adam was great at the piano and very funny too. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
A quick and fun getaway. Embarkation - chose a 12:30pm boarding time and walked right onto the ship with our carry on at about 12:15pm. Had lunch and then dropped our bags in our room before exploring the ship. Muster Drill - ... Read More
A quick and fun getaway. Embarkation - chose a 12:30pm boarding time and walked right onto the ship with our carry on at about 12:15pm. Had lunch and then dropped our bags in our room before exploring the ship. Muster Drill - this was the only thing any of us had any complaints about. It was delayed about 15 minutes and took much longer that we have experienced in the past. We missed sunset and had little time after the drill before our dinner time. Carnival should work on this. Cruise Director Matey - this guy is a lot of phone and somehow is every where on this ship. He and his crew did a great job keeping the activities fun and lively. His energy and campy style are just what cruising is about. Fun, Fun, Fun. Cheerio! Entertainment - excellent in every way. The comedy club is so much fun and a great way to end the day. The stage productions were really good. Epic Rock was awesome, costumes and dancers better than many broadway shows I have paid for. Couldn't have enjoyed that more and considered watching it again the same night at the second showing. Dining - nearly everything I had on this cruise was good, and some of it really good. Guys burgers = delicious and so fast and easy. Blue Iguana was really good, and I eat mexican in so cal all the time so my bar is high. I ate there every day for either breakfast or lunch. Food in the dining room was really good, I enjoyed every meal. And chocolate melting cake is always amazing. Ship - the ship is in good condition and the facilities, rooms, etc were are clean and comfortable. I don't like the smoking in the casino and how it spreads around the ship, for me this is an issue. I'm waiting for the time when smoking inside is prohibited all together as it really does inhibit my enjoyment of many activities in the surrounding areas. Ports - we like Catalina and enjoyed the day by renting a golf cart and taking a tour. It was a little cool in January but Avalon is a charming little town and a fun place to visit. We always get off in Ensenada and walk into town. A few drinks and a little shopping is about all we get around to. This cruise is not really about the ports so don't expect too much at this time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Both my 91 year old Mom & I are avid cruisers (33 for her, 45 for me). She has never been on Carnival, and was worried about being a young, party ship. That's why I like it (I'm only 65!) But we thought a 3 day cruise would be all ... Read More
Both my 91 year old Mom & I are avid cruisers (33 for her, 45 for me). She has never been on Carnival, and was worried about being a young, party ship. That's why I like it (I'm only 65!) But we thought a 3 day cruise would be all she should handle. Wrong! I had trouble keeping up with her. She was very surprised with the ship and the cabin- it was just as good in her opinion as other,more expensive lines. The Service was exceptional- everyone took great care of us. The food was exceptional for a 3 day cruise- better than longer cruises on higher lines: escargot, prime rib, beef tenderloin she could ut with a fork, salmon to die for, etc. She had a very limited diet, but always gave her excellent food. I loved the production shows (2 in 3 days!) but thought they my be too loud or not of her music type (hard rock). 'she so enjoyed the staging and dancing she was rocking along with everyone.. We did the ensenada shopping & wine excursion. We had a great guide, Leslie, who was very easy to understand. The winery I had been to before, but it was fun. We wanted Tequila, so she took us to the local supermarket and we got a steal on a high end tequila, rather than pay tourist prices in the tourist traps.. She met so many multigenerational families (parents, grandparents, grandkids) there was always nice people to talk to. I think she is already planing her next cruise on carnival ! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Let me just start with Guy's Burger Joint is the BEST burger I have ever eaten!! It was amazing. Rest of the food was better than I expected too. Drinks were tasty and STRONG. The Alchemy Bar was a great addition and high quality. ... Read More
Let me just start with Guy's Burger Joint is the BEST burger I have ever eaten!! It was amazing. Rest of the food was better than I expected too. Drinks were tasty and STRONG. The Alchemy Bar was a great addition and high quality. Rooms were fine. Really wish they had balcony rooms but we made do with the Oceanview stateroom. Lots of storage and good size bathroom. Few improvements for the ship. Wish the pool had been heated. It was COLD!!! Also wish the kids club was bigger. Looks like it was an afterthought. All in all it was a nice 4 day getaway. Catalina was beautiful. Could have stayed there for two days. We could do without Ensenada. Not my favorite port. Too many people trying to sell you junk and I felt like we were always trying to be taken advantage of. Not the cruise lines fault. Just my opinion. Read Less
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 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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