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This was a short four-day cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada Mexico. Boarding in Long Beach was easy as usual, love the way that platinum and diamond guests have a special building to check-in. Inside state room U85 was ready when we arrived. This inside state was spacious, the bath room had a new floor and one shelf. We chose 2 single beds to have a little more space to move around in the room. We dropped our bags and went to explore the ship. Not our first time on Carnival Fantasy Class ship but our first time on the Imagination. The ship layout was a little confusing at times, Center elevators did to go to deck 11, Lido, aft elevator went to deck 10. yet not to 11. When we returned to our room Joanna was there to met us. What a good conversation and first impression. She gave us the option of taking care of the room morning, night or both. We are a little old school and took both and requested a robe and ice bucket. Joanna was always around in the hall during the mornings, always a smile, always good conversation and very attentive to our needs. Carnival couldn’t find any better room Steward. Wish she could just travel along with us on the next 4 cruises we have booked. Sail away went smooth and on time. Once before while leaving Long Beach on Carnival Miracle we were escorted by a pod of dolphins. No way would we go to dining hall with hopes of being able to see that again. We caught evening meal on Lido and I was very impressed. The layout was designed to minimize the lines while providing many options. Monday, Welcome to Catalina Island. It was our intention to get off and rent a golf cart and drive the island. Well, late getting up, so when we arrived at the rental place they were all sold out. Next time we will prearrange a golf cart. Decided to walk around Avalon and visit shops and bars. It is definitely a good place to loiter and have a few drinks. Being Platinum is a good perk when you are boarding the tender for your return ride back to the ship. That evening we had supper in the Spirit Dining Room. Head Waiter Anthony, Waitress Otram and Xavier were a lot of fun and provided good service. Needless to say, our evening on Carnival Imagination is quite intoxicating. Tuesday, Ensenada! After a late breakfast on lido and time in the hot-tub on serenity we decide to take a ride down town to Papa’s and Beer. Bus ride cost $3 round trip down town. We shopped a little, visited Papa’s and Beer and watched the younger crowd have a blast. I think next time to Ensenada we will go to La Bufadora or take the wine country tour. Tuesday night we hit the casino, and did the DW ever hit it. We have been on 17 Carnival cruises prior to this one. This particular Casino staff is the best ever. Dennis, Sharon and Rochell Knop were always visible and quick to assist. Drink waiter Maria Jessa and Jay Caneza we on duty and ready to take an order. Wednesday. Due to cool weather and wind we didn’t spend time at the pool. Just made this a great relaxing day to catch up on reading and rest. Thursday, all good things must come to an end. Disembarkation went smooth and we were back ashore with bags by 9:15.

Carnival Imagination Baja Mexico, August 6-10

Carnival Imagination Cruise Review by daredneck

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This was a short four-day cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada Mexico. Boarding in Long Beach was easy as usual, love the way that platinum and diamond guests have a special building to check-in.

Inside state room U85 was ready when we arrived. This inside state was spacious, the bath room had a new floor and one shelf. We chose 2 single beds to have a little more space to move around in the room. We dropped our bags and went to explore the ship. Not our first time on Carnival Fantasy Class ship but our first time on the Imagination. The ship layout was a little confusing at times, Center elevators did to go to deck 11, Lido, aft elevator went to deck 10. yet not to 11. When we returned to our room Joanna was there to met us. What a good conversation and first impression. She gave us the option of taking care of the room morning, night or both. We are a little old school and took both and requested a robe and ice bucket. Joanna was always around in the hall during the mornings, always a smile, always good conversation and very attentive to our needs. Carnival couldn’t find any better room Steward. Wish she could just travel along with us on the next 4 cruises we have booked.

Sail away went smooth and on time. Once before while leaving Long Beach on Carnival Miracle we were escorted by a pod of dolphins. No way would we go to dining hall with hopes of being able to see that again. We caught evening meal on Lido and I was very impressed. The layout was designed to minimize the lines while providing many options.

Monday, Welcome to Catalina Island. It was our intention to get off and rent a golf cart and drive the island. Well, late getting up, so when we arrived at the rental place they were all sold out. Next time we will prearrange a golf cart. Decided to walk around Avalon and visit shops and bars. It is definitely a good place to loiter and have a few drinks. Being Platinum is a good perk when you are boarding the tender for your return ride back to the ship.

That evening we had supper in the Spirit Dining Room. Head Waiter Anthony, Waitress Otram and Xavier were a lot of fun and provided good service. Needless to say, our evening on Carnival Imagination is quite intoxicating.

Tuesday, Ensenada! After a late breakfast on lido and time in the hot-tub on serenity we decide to take a ride down town to Papa’s and Beer. Bus ride cost $3 round trip down town. We shopped a little, visited Papa’s and Beer and watched the younger crowd have a blast. I think next time to Ensenada we will go to La Bufadora or take the wine country tour.

Tuesday night we hit the casino, and did the DW ever hit it. We have been on 17 Carnival cruises prior to this one. This particular Casino staff is the best ever. Dennis, Sharon and Rochell Knop were always visible and quick to assist. Drink waiter Maria Jessa and Jay Caneza we on duty and ready to take an order.

Wednesday. Due to cool weather and wind we didn’t spend time at the pool. Just made this a great relaxing day to catch up on reading and rest.

Thursday, all good things must come to an end. Disembarkation went smooth and we were back ashore with bags by 9:15.
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Cabin 4D U85
This inside state was spacious, the bath room had a new floor and one shelf. We chose 2 single beds to have a little more space to move around in the room. Room Steward Joanna is the best.
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