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mfilson
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
17 forum posts
19 helpful votes
This was my 2nd cruise with Carnival Imagination. Let me start by saying, those who are looking for the ultimate luxury ship with high-end food and such, don't book this ship. This ship is the fun, party ship! Of course, you can relax by ... Read more
Dewildmama
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My Best Friend of 30 years and I decided to take this cruise to celebrate our friendship. We are both in our early 40's and had an amazing time meeting wonderful people along the way. Everyone is so friendly and we quickly made friends. ... Read more
tonyawright1976
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We chose this cruise because it was a great price, a good amount of days to try out for a first cruise, and I am glad we did. The ports weren't amazing (Baja California), but the boat was. So we spent two hours in Catalina and 1.5 hours ... Read more
sentrydriver
Member Since 2006
7 reviews
36 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We are a couple in our mid fifties, wife is retired but I am still working with limited time off. I need to bid my vacation dates each November for the entire next year. I put in for this week but as it approached, I wanted to change it ... Read more
CRUISADER
Member Since 2004
1 review
250 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
A 4-Day cruise for under $300 per passenger, good value for an Ocean view cabin. Port of calls were Catalina Island and Ensenada. I wasn't impressed with either port. The first day is a sea day taking a trip south down the coast into ... Read more
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Steve551
Member Since 2011
10 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose this cruise because we had limited time. We had two cabins, V17 & V40. Embarkation was a "snap" - mainly because we are Platinum cruisers. Carnival treats its Platinum & Diamond members pretty well. The ... Read more
jjoregonbound
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
We were invited to join family on this cruise. I did not have high expectations going in as I had heard negative things about Carnival. Also we just had a bad experience on Norwegian last month. That can be seen in another review. Much to ... Read more
mfilson
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
17 forum posts
6 helpful votes
This was my first cruise finally after 43 years. :) I really enjoyed it. I knew going in that it was an older ship with older decor and that was fine with me. I was going to have a great time, party, drink, eat and more! I met some really ... Read more
Cache Trekker
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
24 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was the first cruise for my brother and his wife. We chose this one because they didn't have time for a longer one and it was convenient leaving from Los Angeles. Embarkation went very well compared to our last Carnival cruise. We ... Read more
kindsche
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We chose the cruise based on price and time. I was bowled over! My expectations weren't high, but the cruise line was even better than the other two ocean cruise lines I've taken. It was as good or better as Viking, which is a premier ... Read more
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mikemarj
Member Since 2007
1 review
6 helpful votes
I'm not a novice to cruising having been on at least six other cruises on three other lines (Princess, NCL and Royal). We wanted a quick getaway for our 40th anniversary and we hadn't been to Catalina Island. Carnival was the only option ... Read more
Laurel1947
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
24 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
I chose this cruise as I was visiting my daughter in Los Angeles & a short trip was all she had time for. Price was right! We thought ship was nice, clean but old. The crew was nice and always friendly. We had an outside cabin and it ... Read more
EricSkat
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We got this cruise as compensation of another program's misrepresentation, but that's another review. ;-) Let's say we didn't have to pay for the basic cruise, only add ons such as shore excursions. Given the deal we got, and knowing the ... Read more
TNGALOHA
Member Since 2008
7 reviews
3,222 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
We sailed on the Carnival Imagination Feb. 12-16, 2017. We chose this cruise because we had never been to Catalina before. We enjoyed our day in Catalina and Ensenada very much, they were the highlights of the cruise. The ship ... Read more
getta way mom
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
we went on the imagination in order to have a family vacation where there was something for all three of us. my husband and I went with our 10 year old son and the kids area left a lot to be desired. not open friendly hours never during ... Read more
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alelexxis
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
$189 Per Person Special Offer with Free Room Upgrade & $50 On Board Credit. Room E101 is PERFECT close to everything Prefer Anytime Dinning which is 1 Floor Above Stateroom E101 Cheers Program $240 Per Person, Start Drinking ... Read more
EvieK
Member Since 2012
1 review
40 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
A group of friends have done this cruise every year for the last few years and we decided to join them this time. They selected the Carnival Imagination because that had the right dates that were being sought. Have to tell you it was the ... Read more
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mc168
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was my 2nd cruise with Carnival Imagination with prior experience on Grand Suite. This December I decided to take my family member of 4 and relatives of 3 to cruise on this ship again from Dec 22nd and back on 25th for Christmas ... Read more
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Pbaker103
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
This was our family's first cruise. I read the reviews and didn't really expect much based on the ship we were sailing on. Carnival likes to charge for every little extra that they can. They charge extra for sodas and any alcoholic ... Read more
afamnheidi
Member Since 2013
1 review
30 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My in laws missed our wedding five years ago because my father in law was very ill, so we decided to renew our wedding vows on our five year anniversary this year and invite them along so they could actually see us get married this time. ... Read more
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IslandBoyKeoni
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
I will say from the get-go, I enjoyed getting away on this short cruise from everyday life so with regards to that, it was an worthwhile cruise. Embarkation: Since I was staying in a suite, We did not wait at all to board, got on the ... Read more
Sin City Sailor
Member Since 2015
1 review
36 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The Imagination is an old ship in cruise ship years, but for short cruises it does the job well. The dining room food was very good, just not as many choices as other longer cruises. The staff overall was friendly and most helpful. They ... Read more
Pizza Gram
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Seven of my cousins joined me for this cruise. Most of us were first time cruisers so did not know what to expect. Everything went very well, we did not have long wait times to board and was able to get off ship in plenty of time to catch ... Read more
Sheebah
Member Since 2004
8 reviews
1,150 forum post
25 helpful votes
This cruise was the second sailing post-Funship 2.0 overhaul. Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina and Tequila Bar, the Red Frog Rum Bar, Alchemy Bar and MUCH more were added. We chose the 4 night (Sunday through Thursday) itinerary as we ... Read more
mvickrey
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
The embarkation went really smoothly. We were on the ship by noon. The ship had just been refurbished to include Guy Fieri's Burger Joint and a Taco/Burrito bar. I had previously sailed on this ship in November 2015 and found the food ... Read more
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