Fantastic Imagination: Carnival Imagination Cruise Review by BenjiRodney

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Fantastic Imagination

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We booked an Ocean View cabin, E16 on the Carnival Imagination for Jan 28-Feb 1st 2013. This was my 9th cruise and 8th cruise on Carnival. I have never been disappointed in Carnival and this trip was amazing.

We flew from CRW (WV) to FLL one day prior and had pre arranged a shuttle with Go Airport Shuttle to take us to South Beach and the Avalon Hotel on Ocean Drive. Nice location and we were upgraded to a partial Ocean view room, nice considering all we had to pay was tax as we used rewards points to pay for the room. Taxi the next morning from hotel to port was 18.50 and took about 15 minutes.

We booked the Faster to the Fun and yes it is so worth the 49.95 per cabin. We dropped the bags with the porter who placed an extra tag with FTTF on them, then proceeded down the sidewalk towards check in. All I had to do was show the boarding pass with the FTTF logo on it, a lady compared it to her list and scanned it and escorted us to the front of the More security line, so no waiting and snaking your way up to have your passport scanned. We then when through the metal detector and carry-on bags and soda xrayed and then directed upstairs and to the front of the line again to get our S and S cards and Priority Boarding card. Front door to S and S card was 10 minutes. We maybe had a 15 minute wait before boarding began and were able to walk right on. (Tip here,sit closer to Boarding area B to avoid the initial rush up the escalators and gangway to the ship.)Room was ready and as soon as we walked down the hall someone stepped out of a room and said you must be E16 welcome your room is ready and your bags will be right up. We went up to Lido to get lunch and as soon as we came back down, our bags were waiting for us. Again so worth paying the extra.

The dreaded Muster Drill was at 3:30 pm and for us it was held in the Dynasty Show Lounge. What was different with this one compared to the Glory and Victory was all of the announcements were made in the lounge in English and Spanish and then we had to walk up two decks to the life boats. After all the stations were dismissed it was time for sail away.

Food: Good as always, always able to find something to eat and plenty of food was always available. Only downside was Cozumel Morning the dining room was not open for Breakfast, so the lines on Lido to eat were long, long and really long. This needs to be improved.Shows: Welcome Aboard, the same as the past but still fun to watch. Living in America and Shout were the main production shows, and I have to say it is one of the best I have seen on a ship.

There were plenty of activities to keep you busy and entertained, even on the sea day with strong winds and rain the the upper decks closed due to the winds.

I really forgot how much I enjoyed the Fantasy class ships, it had been since 1996 when I was last on the Fantasy to Nassau and Freeport. I am looking forward to the next trip in May on the Paradise. Less

Published 02/06/13

Cabin review: 6DE16 Ocean View

E16 is in a good location, you get to see a lot of the crew as they seem to move around in this area to get back stage as the lounge is one deck above. The only real noise is from the thrusters that you can hear as they fire up when entering and leaving port if you are in the room.

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Mayan Ruins

We booked an Ancient Culture/Mayan Ruins/Island tour with the Cruise Line. Our guide "Mike" was amazing and shared his knowledge of the area and it history with us as we made our way to the Ruins on the Island. He gave us a guided tour through a nice portion and told us of the history of the Mayan culture and its practices. It poured the rain while we were here but we were able to ride out the worst of it under one of the shelters protecting one of the building. I really enjoyed the history and walking where the Mayans walked. After 1.25 hours here we drove over to the Eastern undeveloped side of the Island and saw the coast line and beaches. We made a brief stop for 1/2 hour to walk on the beach and use the facilities and grab a bite to eat if needed. The areas where we were had no power, he told us that after Hurricane Wilma, the government gave up and would not repair/rebuild on that side. After we made it back to the port, Mike told us that if we went to Three Amigos for food and drink, we would get free Margaritas with his name tags we were wearing. Food and drinks were amazing, and we still had 2 1/2 hours left to explore the shops in the port area.

Since we had limited time in Key West, I found the Ducks of Key West tour on line with a 9am departure. We left the ship and made our way to where we needed to be to exchange our tickets. At 5 til nine the 4 of us were told the tour had been cancelled due to a mechanical issue and a sickness and she did not know how to do refunds since we paid online and used but we could do the 11am tour and still have enough time to make it back on the ship. We said ok. We got to see the city from land and the water and made it back with only 10 minutes to spare. I think it was cancelled as we were the only 4 booked for 9 am.
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