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Carnival Imagination Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Staff were great. Ship is OLD and needs a remodel desperately

Carnival Imagination Cruise Review by CallistaSkye

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2019
  • Destination: the Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

We picked this as a last minute cruise vacation because it's close to home, we had sailed the same cruise on Princess before and liked it, and they had a sale going.

The ocean view cabin was good. Our steward was great and kept everything clean. However, the ship is worn. Our closet had broken hinges. The toilet felt like it was going to come clean off the wall anytime I sat on it. I am not overweight. it wobbled. The doors sssqqquuueeeeeqqqqqqeeeddd every single time we opened them. The was ONE Power outlet in the whole room. One.

This ship was built in the 80s and you can most definitely tell. They literally named a lounge Xanadu. Plus it was slightly racist in the whole Egyptian and "Asian" theme that was underlying everything. The buffet is tiny. It had almost no selection of food. The dining room selection was horrible too. Why don't they have the list of "everyday items" like the Magic did?

The elevators run weird. The stairs are very steep. The artwork is super dated and again, 80s. The only thing that looked new was the carpet. They had fans everywhere and randomly we got wafts of sewer, even in the dining room.

This was definitely the worst of the 4 ships we have been on. Not because of the crew, they were all great. But the ship itself is in desperate need of an overhaul and modernization. Everything is dented, chipped, and just.. worn out. The only thing that looked okay were the tile tables in the lounges, and the curtain on the stage.

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Ocean View

This room is meant for multiple people. If there are only 2 of you, don't book this room unless you like potentially bashing your head on the folded up bed that is attached to the wall above the main bed. For whatever reason, Carnival decided to have the pullman beds go against the walls instead of into the ceiling, and they are not flush to the wall itself. So you have to stare at one from the bed itself and then almost hit your head every single day because it sticks out over where your pillows will be on the bed. Also the toilet felt like it was going to fall off of the wall and the middle closet squeeks constantly because there is a broken hinge. The view is great! We like the room layout as well.

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