85 Miami to Bahamas Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

I had to write a review about this cruise, i did some research before booking and read some review about this ship, i guess it all depends on the person and what you expect. I cruised before with Royal Caribbean and i must say, this ship ... Read More
I had to write a review about this cruise, i did some research before booking and read some review about this ship, i guess it all depends on the person and what you expect. I cruised before with Royal Caribbean and i must say, this ship does not compare but i went with an infant so my fun was very limited to the Pool back then she was only 2 1/2 years. This time it was only my boyfriend and myself kind of a fun/romantic gateway NO KIDS!!! it worked out perfectly. Embarkation it was super fast even though there was a lot of people, we had done the Sail In registration online which i recomend and there was no held up on the line, once we took our picture we were on Cruise heaven... Music, drinks, food were awesome!!! The Lido Deck has a very good variaty of food, from hot dogs, hamburguer to turkey and chicken. You must try the WOK station, food to die for very very good!!!! Inside there is more food, buffet style (Caribbean, Sandwich Station, Pizza, Ice cream, Desserts, Fruits, Salads) all you can think of they have and is open most of the day. There were days that we would go eat, at 3pm and it will still be open. The people working there are really nice and treat with respect, my cabin attendant awesome!! The second day they will know your name for sure. The entertainment was really good even though we didnt have the best weather and the pool was out of the question we did go into the jacuzzi (4 of them) so we did relaxed with our drinks. The Club was ok, didnt stay for too long but the Mirage Bar has a band that i loved, it was my boyfriends bday and the sang happy bday for him and the next day the even remember his name. Dinner was espectacular as well, our waiters were excellent and the food was really good, the portions are not big but you can go ahead and have as many dishes you like, seating by ourselves it was not a problem we always had a table for two ready which i loved... I read about the people taking pictures being pushy or the spa ladies, i really didnt get any of that, they were all very polite.... The ship was alway being cleaned, every handle, elevator even the roughs. It is not a new ship but it looks very good and clean.Overall i had a great experience, will i do it again?? Of course no doubt in my mind it was a great vacation, i relaxed and enjoyed every minute of it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
My best friends & I decided we needed a girls mini-vacation. One loves cruising, the other had never cruised before. So they left it up to me to decide which cruise line and ship to choose. Their only requirement is that it be a 3 ... Read More
My best friends & I decided we needed a girls mini-vacation. One loves cruising, the other had never cruised before. So they left it up to me to decide which cruise line and ship to choose. Their only requirement is that it be a 3 night cruise. I couldn't decide between NCL, Royal Caribbean or Carnival. My most recent cruise before this one was on the Carnival Dream last August. I was wanting to try one of the other cruise lines, just to see the difference. In the end, I chose Carnival because of familiarity and I know they would provide my friend who had never cruised before, the opportunity to see how much fun cruising can be. We didn't want to spend a lot of money on the room as we always felt like we would be on the go & only use the room to sleep. I chose an outside view cabin with a two twins & an upper bunk. I had been keeping an eye on the suites & their prices. I couldn't justify in my mind to spend an extra $800 for 3 nights just to have more room. Well, the upsell fairy called a week before the cruise & offered us the grand suite for only $200 more. I took that opportunity & ran with it. Ok...now to the review. VIP boarding was awesome. It was super fast & they made you feel special. I think it took 15 min from walking in the door to walking on the ship. I could get used to that. Unfortunately, that's about the only perk to VIP with Carnival. We got to go to our rooms around 1:30 pm. We were very impressed with U88. The room is spacious, the balcony is a good size & the bathroom was nice. I slept on the couch. It pulls out to a double size & they used a feather bed type cushion to sleep on. I liked it. My friends were equally happy with their twin size beds. We did anytime dining. Worked out wonderful. The comedians were ok. The adult rated shows seems to use a lot more audience participation than I had seen in the past. It was different. I don't really care for the dance/singing shows that were offered. Seems like the same ones I saw on the Dream. I had to fight to keep my eyes open as they were putting me to sleep. The serenity deck was nice. We spent a couple hours there while everyone was off doing excursions in Nassau. We did a little shopping in the afternoon. We participated in the deck party on the Lido deck. It was quite entertaining & enjoyable. Carnival knows how to make it fun. Overall, we all had a good time. It was fun spending time together & fun seeing my non-cruising friend experience her first cruise. I think she'll be back. Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Booked a 3-day cruise celebrating our wedding anniversary through Carnival website. Involved research (tripadvisor.com,travelocity.com,cruisecritic.com)and price comparisons proved website offered best price and which cabin would suit our ... Read More
Booked a 3-day cruise celebrating our wedding anniversary through Carnival website. Involved research (tripadvisor.com,travelocity.com,cruisecritic.com)and price comparisons proved website offered best price and which cabin would suit our wants. We did splurge ($1,050 total for both of us)for a Jr. suite with balcony and this entitled us to VIP embarkation at 11am. The VIP status meant that we were ushered straight from security into a private VIP lounge inside the terminal (away from the masses) and then being ushered as a group of 10 onto the ship first. This was very nice as it allowed us to be led straight to the dining room for lunch and then practically have the entire ship to explore by ourselves for 2 hours as other passengers were let onboard in batches. I am very discriminating (picky!)when it comes to shelling out hard-earned bucks for vacation. I was pleasantly surprised that is was better than expected. Carnival has perfected the mass cruise experience and some affectionately call it the "Walmart of Cruising" - I gotta say, sometimes Walmart just has everything you are looking for! CABIN:Our suite was on the Verandah deck(level 11 - 2 decks from top and very near aft) - pre-cruise I was concerned about noise since I knew that this would be same level as waterpark on other end of ship. I really tried to hear some noise from our balcony and just couldn't hear anything except the lap of waves against the side of the ship. Couldn't even hear neighbors. Minor complaint about room - although all suites are non-smoking it is allowed on balconies. Upon entering our cabin we both immediately detected (as non-smokers we are very sensitive to it!)cigarette smoke indicating that whoever had just vacated had clearly not honored the code. We propped the balcony door open occasionally and it was tolerable. Had requested bed to be king set-up and linens were comfortable. Bed was slightly firmer than we like, but just our preference and wasn't uncomfortable. Flat screen tv offered several movie channels plus the standard local channels and a few Carnival specific stations. There is a close-circuit channel to watch different parts of the ship. 2 closets, 7 drawers, desk/table top, small couch (could fold out to double). Bathroom is really tiny - functionable, but tiny. Surprised there wasn't a hair dryer. Shower had built in shampoo/soap dispensers. Balcony was an interesting mix of Jenga and musical chairs to truly enjoy! There were 2 chairs and a small table, but a careful manipulation of "open door-scootch out-close door-shimmy over to chair-sit down" was required for 2 people to use balcony at same time. FOOD: Horizon Grill is the buffet area of the ship and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on a serve yourself buffet. Choices were decent - always a beef, chicken and fish option with assorted sides for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was pre-made scrambled eggs, waffles, pancakes, bacon, etc. There is a made-to-order omelet station - we had every day and its good! -Salad and dessert bar. Custom Pizza and hot/cold sandwich stations are in middle. Self-serve water, coffee, lemonade, tea and fruit juice stations with a Bar located in rear. We didn't have any issues finding something to eat that tasted good. There is a snack grill located at entrance to Horizon Grill. This line serves Mongolian Wok made to order (very tasty!) and burgers, hot dogs, carving station (turkey) and sides. This seemed to be the popular kids spot since it is also next to pool and the line could get a little long. You could take all meals buffet style in the Horizon Grill if you choose. In addition, all passengers are also assigned to a dining room if you prefer to sit and have service - It was nice because it also serves a different menu than the buffet fare - depending on which time you choose: early - 6pm, late 8:15 or Choose your own time - between 5:45 - 9 - we didn't want to get tied down to a time so we (and everyone who chose it as well) were assigned to the Pride dining room. Smaller version of the big dining room and Probably accommodates 100 passengers at a time. Minor complaint - Hostess assigns you to a table based on if you choose to be seated alone or with other passengers. 1st night we were seated literally next to the silverware, plate prep galley and it was very noisy. 2nd night they attempted to seat us at the exact same table, but I objected and we were seated at a table for 2 that was right up close and personal to the table for 4 next to it! Server was pleasant and the menu choices were adequate and varied by night: Choices of Starter: soup, snails!, salad,alligator fritters, shrimp cocktail Main: Lobster, prime rib, chicken, Beef Brisket, Pork tenderloin, fish dish and came with vegetables. There is also a constant evening menu of comfort foods: fried chicken, cheeseburger, mac-n-cheese, etc. Dessert: cheesecake, diet option, icecream and the delicious chocolate melty cake. POOL/HOT TUBS: Smallish pool with adjoining 2 hot tubs that were predominately occupied by kids. Plenty of chairs upper and lower to overlook pool. We used the Adults only Serenity section of ship. Very quiet location at front of ship. Only place that had comfy chairs with cushions and umbrellas plus 2 hot tubs. Again grown ups only - one couple tried to sneak their 3 toddlers into hot tub and probably would have been allowed to stay, but the parents made no attempt to quiet the kids as they screamed and yelled without abandon. Several couples complained to the steward and parents and kids were politely asked to leave. Waterpark was very cool with a short, medium and long slide for all age groups. Chairs up there too. GYM: Yes, we brought workout clothes. Important to note we ARE NOT exercise nuts, but since we knew we would be overindulging every day we tried to leverage a little less guilt by visiting the gym everyday for a few minutes. Gym was well-equipped and never felt crowded ;-) there were elliptical, treadmills, bikes, circuit machines, free weights and sign up classes There is a full cushioned track on the deck above the gym which offers a nice, breezy walk. The putt-putt golf is in the middle section of the track.- Minor complaint: The Spa fronts the gym so unless you learn to sneak in the back door to the gym (like we learned on Day 1)you must get thru the somewhat pushy Spa salesgirls - we expected to be "hit up" to buy stuff on the cruise, but didn't expect the pushiest would be the Spa workers! I might have been interested in a service, but was so turned off by the pushiness that I declined all services. ENTERTAINMENT: We saw the "Shout" show and it was ok. Very non-extravagant, but works for a free show. They offer different game shows with passengers that you can watch or get picked to participate in. The Marriage game is not PG rated, so don't take kids. Questions are definitely adult material and questions can get VERY risque depending on how much the participants have had to drink (funny for us tho!) The Trivia game is mild and still funny so kids can watch. Bingo is $20 per card unless you hit the 2-for-1 special early in the cruise. We didn't play, but they sold it as a $5,000 jackpot event. We did visit casino and played a little poker. Game is on an automated 10-seat table called Poker Pro. You use your Sail-N-Sign Cruise card to load money and plan poker or any other game (blackjack, slots, craps, etc.) Poker has a bit of a stiff 15% rake which applies if players exceed 3. It was fun, tho. Overall, there were plenty of events to participate in if you wanted and they ran all day and most of night. NOTE: kids clubs looked like kids were enjoying. Clubs were diversified by age group from 5 years old up to teenagers. I looked closely at these because I wanted to insure if I put my kids in there next time that supervision was adequate and activities were plentiful. Again, looked to be well-enjoyed by all age groups and well supervised. Small fee to use. There is also a game room with about 6-8 games (air hockey, driving games, claw-drop win toys thing and others. You have to buy tokens.PHOTOS: oh man, do they take some pictures! I understand that it is a huge moneymaker, but they are everywhere. A polite "no thank you" was all it took to get them to leave you alone and after a couple of times they learned to recognize us and didn't even bother asking :-) Aside from a dress-up for dinner picture, we didn't need a picture commemorating our every experience onboard. We did see lots of folks spending lots of money on lots of pictures tho! CREW: Never encountered a single hard-to-understand or negative one! As in life, a little politeness carried us a long way and we did have crew members remember us and go out of their way (we felt) to make sure we were comfortable. A shout out to our meticulous cabin steward, Nicole, who really did remember our names several hours after only hearing it once! Her nightly turn-down service occurred promptly at 6pm with ice bucket filled, towels replenished and cute animal towels and chocolates adding a nice touch. She blessed us with a cute heart-shaped towel design on our anniversary. ALCOHOL/SOFT DRINK TAB: We knew going in that these were extra and could add up easily. We made a conscious decision to only drink free stuff with meals and save a glass of wine for dinner - We found prices to be comparable to a hotel($8 ea. for KJ chardonnay)and frozen drink ($8 ea.) for a special treat with gratuity already added. Our tab for 2 people at 3 days was $48. I did see a couple whose total bar bill included a COMMA in it - so keep tabs: easy to do because there are several machines that let you check balance - we found accuracy to be within an hour of charge. DEBARKATION: We went a little rogue with this and it worked out for us. Since we had purposely packed light (each had a carry-on size suitcase since we flew to Miami) we knew that we could skip the luggage collection the night before the end and probably carry off our own stuff. There was time in the morning to pack, eat breakfast and VIP status got us escorted off ship first at 8:30 am. Waiting with the masses could have potentially kept us onboard until 10:30 and then waiting for luggage to show up on the other side of customs. We walked off the ship, straight thru customs, past the very pushy airport shuttle bus people (!) who wanted $18 a head plus the honor of sitting there waiting for them to fill the 50 passenger thing up. Instead we hopped straight into a taxi who got us directly to airport for $25 total. I tell ya', if you can swing the VIP upgrade thing it is a very nice treat! HOTEL: We did fly into Miami night before because we didn't want to risk late flights, headache, etc. Thorough research landed us at the airport LaQuinta on Le Jeune Rd. Taxi there cost $10 and took 6 minutes. Late flight arrival (11:55pm) and this was perfect because since we carried on luggage we were literally out of airport and in bed within 45 minutes of arriving in Miami. NOTE - LaQuinta offers free shuttle from airport BUT ends at 11pm. Decent accommodations at $105/night - which is all we needed for a 12-hour stay - with standard minor stuff. Surprisingly, the bed was very comfortable with pillow top mattress and nice linens! Huh?! FREE Continental breakfast included typical cereals, waffles, coffee, bagels,etc. Alot of cruisers stayed here and the best part (aside from bed ;-) was FREE shuttle to Port of Miami - took about 30 minutes to get there and dropped each of us at our ship -so no walking. Really no need to pay more for hotel closer to ship unless you really want to see downtown or beach for upwards of $200++ per night. FINAL THOUGHT: This cruise was meant for us to dip-our-toe in the water and see if it would be a good fit for our family next time. 3 days was really plenty of time to see that it would be a great time for all. As with anything, if you look for fault, you will find it. If you look for a very lovely, peaceful experience you will receive it. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
Overall the cruise was great. Great weather throughout including Nassau. Ship seemed good and clean. Bar area and pool area not to crowded. The food lines were very very long and many areas closed all the the time. People were waiting 10 ... Read More
Overall the cruise was great. Great weather throughout including Nassau. Ship seemed good and clean. Bar area and pool area not to crowded. The food lines were very very long and many areas closed all the the time. People were waiting 10 minutes for a slice of pizza. Worked out fine for me didn't eat as much on this cruise. Only did the dinning room on first night and food was good and service was fine. Room stewards did a good job no complaints there. Room service was extremely slow and even hung up on me many times when i was trying to place orders. They did show the superbowl in the main theater but was way to packed watched most of it in stateroom. For a smaller ship it was a great cruise. Debarkation seemed to be really really slow. Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
The vessel: Very 80's in terms of decor but in a charming way. Very clean and comfortable, no complains there. Sleeping Accommodations: great, comfortable very clean! Wonderful housekeeping attendants. Remembered us by name and ... Read More
The vessel: Very 80's in terms of decor but in a charming way. Very clean and comfortable, no complains there. Sleeping Accommodations: great, comfortable very clean! Wonderful housekeeping attendants. Remembered us by name and were very polite ( that's about it for the potness of the crew, well with the exception of the entertaminet crew). Dining: we were assigned to dine at the Pride Dining room, unfortunately both food and service were far from perfect. It seemed as the restaurant stuff did not enjoy their job and took out the frustrations on the diners. No smiles, just bad attitudes. We have been witted in the same section for both nights (third night we opted not to dine there any longer and chose the pizza instead) the main waiter was ok, the coctail waitress was either really poorly trained or just didn't care i have not heard to please and thank you, the entire time, more of "you want a drink?". I did not expect a 5 star dining experience but just a tad more effort would have been appreciated. There was no one there to a dress it with. Entertaiment: it was definitely fun! The entertaiment crew worked hard and did their job well, we have seen most of the shows, went clubbing, participated in contests, relaxed by the pool, jogged on the olimpic track, played pingpong, beanbag toss and cheered on Giants during the super bowl on a giant projector screen in the dynasty lounge. The best deal on the alcohol are hands down bear buckets, there are waiters constantly serving signature cocktails (different every day) with about $8.00 per drink price tags. Excursions: we chose the "sail and snorkel" trip and had an amazing time! I highly recommend it if you are feeling adventurous. We relaxed on our way there, took some beautiful sights of the coral reef, and danced sipping on rum drinks our way back to the port. Our goal was to relax and have a great time, which we did. If only the service would put in more effort it would have been perfect vacation! Read Less
Sail Date February 2012
Carnival makes it extremely easy to get onboard! A swipe of your passport and we were off to the get our card key at the next checkin. The staff was so happy and upbeat, you would have thought they were going on vacation with us! Although ... Read More
Carnival makes it extremely easy to get onboard! A swipe of your passport and we were off to the get our card key at the next checkin. The staff was so happy and upbeat, you would have thought they were going on vacation with us! Although the stateroom was larger then the last time we cruised (on another cruise line), the room was more then suitable. This room actually had room to put your suitcase on the floor. It contained a stool, chair and night table in addition to the double bed. The bathroom was "spacious" compared to our last experience and had a fashionable sink, with free samples and coupons in a bowl. The room and bathroom were very clean with decent linens and pillows. The in-room safe runs off your key card which was very convenient. Food is where Carnival jumps to the front of the line. We did back to back cruises on this trip, so the difference in food quality was obvious (at least between NCL and Carnival). The buffet is very well laid out with little duplication. The dishes changed daily and the quality of food was excellent. We ate in the dining room a few times, but were always comfortable to go back to the buffet. The staff cleaned up the tables immediately to prohibit the birds from coming in for a "snack". This was more of a problem when we were in port, but the service was always delivered with a smile. The soft serve machine was 24 hours and offered both ice cream and yogurt. The only complaint I had with the food was the choice of baked goods. The variety was good, but they were lacking something. As for the low points to this cruise: From the moment we boarded we were approached to buy something. Reminded me of being on the beach in Mexico! Everything from wine packages, photos, art, to drinks of the day.....someone wanted to sell me something! It got a little annoying after awhile, and by the third day it was not as much of an issue. The daily drink served in the coconut for a mere $15 had a sticker on the bottom saying it was "made in China". We were disappointed with the variety of shows or lack there of. Other cruise lines offer much better entertainment. The comedian at the "adult comedy" was tired and cranky. He alienated much of the audience and even he didn't appear to be having a good time. The worst experience I had was in the spa. There are no robes, no relaxing experience to be had here. The spa is not run by the cruise line, but when it came to hawking products, this massage therapist was on a mission. The session began with an interview (or consultation) that took up massage time. I told her I wanted my neck and shoulders massaged because they were very tense and "knotty". I think she hit the shoulder and neck a few times, but seemed more intent on massaging my lower back. At the end of the massage, we sat again for another "meeting" and she told me that my shoulders and neck were very tense and knotty. She recommended that I purchase two (expensive) products to solve the problem. I suspect that they are paid a good commission for selling these products. Don't waste your time in the spa. Its overpriced and the emphasis isn't on the massage, but on the sale of products. My husband spent his time in the casino. Although small, he enjoyed it and even won a few dollars! Did we have a good time? Yes! It was relaxing, the ship was clean and the food was delicious. There is a wonderful quiet "adult area" called Serenity in the back of the boat. Cushioned lounge chairs, and a nice space to get out of the sun when you have had enough. One of my favorite places to read and sunbath! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
I sailed on the Imagination Jan. 27 - 30. This was my first vacation cruise. I was in the Navy for 8 years, so I'm no stranger to being on a ship. I just didn't have to work on this trip! Some background about me: I'm a ... Read More
I sailed on the Imagination Jan. 27 - 30. This was my first vacation cruise. I was in the Navy for 8 years, so I'm no stranger to being on a ship. I just didn't have to work on this trip! Some background about me: I'm a single professional woman who loves to dance and hit the clubs, go to Vegas - you get the idea. I was travelling with my friend and her family to celebrate her daughter's 21st birthday. There were nine of us and as her daughter is like my kid sister, and I was the single one in the group of adults, I was coupled with her. Worked out great for us!! Embarkation: I'm a bit OCD about researching stuff, so I had completed all of the check-in steps online a week or so before we left Los Angeles. We took a taxi from the Hyatt to the port around 10:30, having read on CC that the ships let you on board earlier than the published check-in time. We were ready to start! I was a bit taken aback that the porters only had to take our bags about 20 feet to drop them off. Tipping them $1 a bag for their assistance seemed unnecessary once I saw where the bags go. But oh well. I was on vacation and everyone needs to earn a living. No biggie. Because we had completed the online check-in, we were able to go straight to the kiosks. Scanned our passports, scanned our credit cards to link to our sail and sign cards, got our printout and on to the next station to pick up the actual card. For credit cards, it's an itital $50 authorization, which isn't actually charged. The final amount is charged a day or two after the cruise ends. This whole process took less than 10 minutes. Next we were on our way to board. Stop to take a picture, then on our way. They scanned our sail and sign card as we boarded, and we were off. First stop - lido deck! Food: Room service breakfast is your typical continental breakfast. The pastries were just okay, but better than pre-packaged stuff you would buy at a store. Lido deck buffet: The food here was just okay in my book. I thought it was still too fast foody for me. I did really like the baked fish - I think it was called Boston baked fish or something like that. It was good and crispy and very yummy! The dessert stations always had some really good desserts. As long as dessert is good, I'm a happy person LOL Mongolian BBQ: perfect if you like Mongolian BBQ. Poolside buffet - cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chicken strips, french fries - and similar stuff. THe chicken strips were VERY good. Juicy chicken, crispy outside without being too crispy and just enough pepper! Deli - I had a yummy pastrami sandwich one day. It's not typed on the options menu, but they have fresh ciabbatta rolls that are delicious! Pizza - The ceasar salad is good and my friends really liked the pizza although I never had any myself. I'm not a big pizza person. Main Dining Room: We had your time dining in the Pride room. We somehow always went when there wasn't a line (not by plan but just how it turned out), so we never waited more than 5 minutes for our table. Sometimes there were only 3 of us and sometimes all 9 of us were together. We even showed up separately the last night as 3 and 6 and were seated separately. Then the group of 6 saw us 3 and we moved tables with no issues from the servers. I always picked something off the menu I hadn't had before. Escargot was delish although I could've been eating small oysters for all the difference I could tell. The flavor was good though, so I'm a fan! Dinner 1: escargot fruit coulis vegetarian sweet potato pot pie (bland - not enough cinnamon) Chocolate molten cake - yummy! Ask for an extra scoop of ice cream! Dinner 2: Stuffed mushrooms - typical, and good! Lobster/shrimp duo (order two - the lobster tails are small and you only get 4 medium shrimp) Black forest cake - yum! Dinner 3: seafood penne as an appetizer Veal parmigiana chocolate molten cake with extra ice cream. Beverages: Let's be honest. I'm a party girl. I always got the drink of the day. 7.50 - 9 after the added surcharge or whatever. I'm on vacation. No biggie. I brought on two bottles of wine - legally. I had the roomie bring the second bottle for me since we can each bring on one. Now that I have my first cruise under my belt, I'll definitely try to smuggle some rum or something on next time. The drinks on board were not very strong at all. I could use a little floater of liquor on top! Smuggling: When in Nassau, I did stop at the duty free liquor store and bought a liter of rum to take back and small flask size bottle of coconut rum. When we came on board, my bag went through the xray machine and the attendant only told me to check my liquor with the gentleman on the other side of the room at a table. He did not mention how much liquor I had, so naturally, I only checked the liter and took the flask to my room. That's a good tip for anyone who wants to take liquor home but also try to get some to the room. Buy a small bottle! Entertainment: I'm a white girl who loves the sun so I spent a lot of time top deck communing with my sun goddess. LOL I found several spots that I really liked that were out of the way where I could just take a nap in the sun and work on my tan. If that's your thing then just explore every day when you first board to find some spots you may like. I will say that I slept in the last day and didn't go topside until about noon. It took some walking around to find a spot, but I did. I loved all the poolside dance parties. Dancing in the sun with an adult beverage in hand is a great way to pass the time (and fib to say I worked out on vacation!) The comedians were funny. We saw both shows on both nights. They weren't the same, and in the second show they referenced funny stuff that they talked about in the first show. HILARIOUS! I only went to the adult versions of the show. Illusions night club was fun too. Here is the only negative that I feel is important enough to complain about. The music sets were the same for all dance activities, from the daytime pool parties to the club at night. So basically we heard the same set of songs six times. I'm sure that's not an issue for many people because maybe going to the club/dancing isn't something you frequent. But, for me, it got old quick. I can only do the wobble so many times! Granted, the mix of music was awesome. I just wish they had different mixes for different days/events. I made the recommendation in the cruise satisfaction survey that maybe they could consider doing music themes: East Coast hip hop, West Coast hip hop, 90s hip hop, Old Skool, Reggae, Reggaeton, Latin night. There are so many dance music options out there that they don't have to play the same set over and over. Also, they didn't have any current music. They played the popular stuff from the previous year or two, but they didn't even have music that was a month or two old. And that's all for my whining about the music. It didn't bother me so much to make me not go out dancing, but by the last night, I was calling it quits by like 1 instead of staying out til 4. Room Steward: Jolly from the Phillipines was our steward and he was awesome. I left him a note as soon as we got in the room asking for extra towels and chocolates. After that point he always called me by the name I signed on the note, instead of my official name which was on the room roster. I go by my middle name, so I appreciated that he made note of my go by name. We had pre-payed tips, but left him some extra cash throughout the trip to say thanks for all the special requests. He would incorporate stuff we left in the room on the towel animals. One day we came in and the elephant was wearing my sunglasses. It's a small thing, but it made us all smile, laugh and take pictures. What else is vacation for???? Nassau Debarkation: There was no announcement made to say when we could leave the ship, but we made our way down about 30 minutes after arrival and were off in a jiffy. There's always going to be those people who want to cut in line, but whatever. I was on vacation and wasn't going to let their rudeness bother me. Push on. We didn't pre-book any tours, so getting off the ship we ran into a taxi driver who offered us a tour for $25. Three hours later, some souveniers and a bit of a look at how the poor, middle class and rich Bahamans live, and a walk around Atlantis, we found ourselves back at the ship. I layed by the pool, we got ready for dinner on board the ship, then we were off to bar hop Nassau. So fun! Back to the ship for clubbing into the wee hours. I didn't find this out until after the fact, but you could get your passport stamped at one of the government buildings. Just not by the agents checking your ID to go back to the piers. FYI for any of you who want a stamp. Debarkation: Just as easy. Filled out the customs form - I really only had the bottle of liquor and some small trinkets to claim. Packed our bags up the night before and had them checked. The morning of the last day we had breakfast in the dining room then went topside to hang out since we weren't scheduled to disembark until 1030. When we were called we got off the ship pretty quickly. The customs line moved quickly too. I don't know if bags are scanned behind the scenes before you pick them up, but they weren't scanned after we got them. Pay attention to your luggage tags to know what section your in because that's where your luggage will be when you get off the ship. If you leave earlier than your section, your luggage probably won't be there yet. So leave according to schedule and you're all set. It took us maybe 20 minutes to get from the ship to the taxi line. Piece of cake! Taxi to Bayside Marketplace where we shopped and hungout until time to catch our 6:30 flight from FLL. (We took the Tri-Rail!) Speaking of which - Miami transportation. The Metro, metromover and tri-rail station that connects to FLL are awesome. If you don't want to spend the money on a rental or taxis, use the public transportation. It's massive, very easy to use, reliable and cheap. Oh - I also explored the ship at night underway and found some great spots for some peaceful quiet nighttime ocean and star gazing. Forward of the mini golf course there's a deck. And then below the bridge there's a deck. You may have to do some exploring on your own to find how to get there, but they're public spots and I really enjoyed sitting there at night. Overall, I highly recommend this cruise and ship. I had fun, I ate well, and the drinks were tasty. What else can a girl ask for? Thanks for reading! Read Less
Sail Date January 2012
Hello All! Prior to our trip this past December, i was hard pressed to find a lot of reviews for the Imagination. I would like to post mine here to help any people in the future. Also, the reviews that I did find seemed to lean to either ... Read More
Hello All! Prior to our trip this past December, i was hard pressed to find a lot of reviews for the Imagination. I would like to post mine here to help any people in the future. Also, the reviews that I did find seemed to lean to either "hated it cause the food sucked' or "loved it cause of the pool". I wanted a more all encompassing review LOL :) We have learned first hand that Carnival is not for relaxing, it is for partying " totally our fault for booking on this line as we enjoy friendly people and some partying, but not 24/7. Overall we were happy with our trip a cruise is what you make of it, and glad we have given cruising and Carnival a try. If you are someone who likes to party, is overly sociable and likes crowds Carnival is for you and I will be recommending this trip along with their fleet to our friends and family who fit this criteria. As for our next cruise, we will be trying a transatlantic in the coming years and will be looking at other Lines offered by Carnival (Cunard, etc) that may cater to the "quieter" set. The food was equivalent to Vegas Buffet level, or large employee dining room. Not impressed. We were in PH1 - so for size, it was wonderful. A little tacky, and a little outdated, but 1000 sq ft of privacy. Dated, dull - if you were not drunk or drinking or liked to sing/dance - you were bored. The actual town of Nassau (other than Senor Frogs) is a tourist nightmare - either go to the resorts or stay on the ship. So, for starters, this was our first cruise. We live across from the port in Miami and wanted to give a cruise a try - mainly to see if we liked it and also because our family and friends were now calling us asking about them LOL. So we booked a quick weekend cruise on Carnival. We originally booked the Grand Suite. We were called about 2 weeks before the trip by carnival to see if we wanted to upgrade to the owner's suite. We decided to go for it and paid the extra $1500. Because of this, i cannot give a fully accurate description of Embark/Disembark but will give it from our POV. On Friday we got to the port about 1:15 PM. Once we got through security, we were told we had to go wait in line with everyone else (boarding pass for Owner's Suite (PH1) says To Be Announced and the VIP is removed, Small blunder in Carnival's process - also, cannot purchase any bon voyage items, or book any excursions online when booked into this room - have to call the bon voyage department directly. After showing our luggage tags (which luckily we had one on my carry on) we were allowed to go to the VIP checkin. We were waited on fairly quickly then had to sit and wait about 15 minutes for someone to come and escort us onto the ship. We were allowed to bypass the long line of people waiting to board, get our first pic taken, and then arrived at the spot where they take your picture for your sign and sail. The security guard there was very rude to our escort and started telling her that she didnt know what she was doing and we had to wait in line like everyone else. She was very polite and tried to explain that we had priority boarding, and that this was the process. After 5 minutes of listening to this, he let her go to guest services with us in tow (literally 20 feet away from him). We were left waiting (standing/no where to sit) outside guest services (could not get a drink as we still did not have our cards yet) for about 20-25 minutes while the lady got a person to take us to our rooms and get us our cards. We were escorted to our room (12th floor/sports deck), he made sure our keys worked and left us there - no tour of the room, no instructions, no nothing - another failure on customer service. We dropped our carry on and headed out to the lido deck for a Drink of the Day and a beer. Very nice atmosphere - and free champagne for everyone. We hung out for a while, went back up to the room to see if the luggage had arrived yet (only one piece had) and then headed down again to check out the option of getting a two person table for dinner. The Matre D was very nice and booked us in Spirit for a two-seater at 8:15 as he said the wait would be horrific if we stuck with our anytime dining. Oh well, another item that other people have mentioned in other reviews proved correct. The ROOM: the room (PH1) of course is amazing BUT (you knew this was coming) the balcony overlooks....the life raft - so for an extra $1500 you get an obstructed view. Also - the living room and bedroom look out onto the Lido deck - which is lovely at sunrise - other than that - not so much. It is also very, very noisy - all day, and all night. They did warn us about it before we booked, so i am not complaining - just letting you know that they are NOT kidding when they say there will be a lot of noise. The jogging track is also directly above you - and apparently a LOT of people on the ship decided to go running at all hours of the day and night (starts at about 5am). Picture laying under a treadmill...that's the noise. The deck chairs moving (both on Lido and Sun) are outrageously noisy as well. Like i said - we were warned by Carnival. The room is about 1000 square feet: - Full walk in closet with plenty of hangers - Dual sink bathroom - Toilet is in room with tub , bad design for a room that can hold up to 10 people (1 shower, 1 toilet). Even with only the two of us, there were times, in a room this size, there should have been a separate powder room. - Notice i said tub...its an old jetted triangle tub (its seashell pink, so prob original to the ship) with old worn out fixtures and a pitiful curtain. The shower is in this tub. The tub leaks when you run the shower. A lot - water everywhere. Not a good design, and you must climb OVER the edge of the tub to get in - not good on a moving vessel and a wet floor. - Living room - very nice - flat panel tv (although ours was on the fritz most of the trip) - Bar - great area with small fridge - Sitting room - nice but moderately uncomfortable furniture (all-weather type material - odd) - Bedroom - true king bed (not two pushed together) so triple points for that. Nice TV, but tv remote when in bed is too far from TV to work properly so you have to move forward or get out of bed for it to work. - Blackout curtains truly keep out the sunlight in all rooms - The carpets totally need to be replaced. They are covered in every room with multiple stains, to the point I would not walk barefoot in the room. The Pool: The pool is small for the amount of people on deck, especially on a sunny sea day. Add to that pool a ton of children and you have no pool for adults. I watched as children splashed, kicked, shoved, jumped on and banged into adults just trying to get in for a dip. The water is chilly (not heated). The Whirlpool Tubs (on Lido): Could not get in them due to the fact they were used as kiddie pools for the entire trip. Serenity area: Could not truly use as it was not very serene (many times we walked back there only to find raucous adults in the whirlpools and we felt like we were intruding on private drinking parties). The Waterslides: Fun, but once again a little chilly on the water. The Food: I would akin it to First-Class airline food in the Dining rooms. I was not expecting cooked to order, fresh food we are on a ship catering to thousands of people. It was tasty in the dining room, but nothing to write home about decent selection. The buffet in the pool area was just horrid for lunch and breakfast akin to cafeteria food. I could have waited in line to get fresher omelets or a burger but did not want to wait upwards of 20 minutes. The pizza was OK once again, more like Employee Dining Room or Cafeteria level food. The coffee throughout the ship was mediocre at best, including the specialty coffee. The Booze: Yep most expensive part of the trip. Drinks are reasonably prices (compared to Miami and our former home of Las Vegas) so we were not shocked. We pretty much made the accurate guess of about $50 per person per day in booze/coffee/soda. The drinks of the day pretty much tasted the same from day to day but they were yummy. Great selection of beer as well. We chose the 3 bottle wine package for dinner service. Excursions: We did not book any shore excursions but did book the behind the scenes tour on our day at sea. It was canceled as apparently we were the only people who booked it. I was highly disappointed. The Port: The Bahamas are beautiful. Similar weather/climate as Miami. We chose to just see the city on this trip so that when we return, we will be staying at an all inclusive and wont need to go into town. The town is typical tourist town not much to do our favorites were Senor Frogs and the Pirate Museum. We were very much put off by the pushy tour hawkers, but most of all the people who approach you on the street. I was physically grabbed by more than one person trying to sell me cheezy, cheap necklaces for the children as well as people pulling me to look at fake purses. Outside the one Bacardi store, my husband was harassed by many gentlemen trying to sell him drugs. After a while we were very tired of the harassment and wound up going back on board the ship to escape it. We were not interested in going to an all inclusive for the day and we did not want to go to Atlantis. Its sad because we would have spent much more time and money in the city had it not been for the harassment. We have been to extremely poor countries, such as Fiji, where we were never bombarded like this. Even some of the Mexican resort towns, such as Cozumel, were not this bad. The Service: This is where we have our highest praises. Our cabin steward was absolutely amazing as was her assistant (there are two for the room as it is so big). Loved our towel animals, never worried about leaving valuable items out, etc. Our room was spotless at all times and our needs were always met sometimes before we even realized we needed something. Our dinner service was impeccable thanks to Felix every night! Everything was always waiting for us when we arrived. Everywhere on the ship I was always seeing someone cleaning something as well very clean ship. At the bars, etc. the service was always friendly, efficient and performed with a smile. We even received gifts from the hotel manager every day in our room, so once again, the service on the ship exceeded our expectations. The Sales: A little pushy on the photos (they should seriously look into a photopass type solution, like Disney has which would alleviate so much and might also encourage more people to buy looking for our photos every day was quite annoying). The jewelry sales pushes got very old after a while and we did not see anything that appealed to us. Overall we were happy with our trip a cruise is what you make of it, and glad we have given cruising and Carnival a try. If you are someone who likes to party, is overly sociable and likes crowds Carnival is for you and I will be recommending this trip along with their fleet to our friends and family who fit this criteria. As for our next cruise, we will be trying a transatlantic in the coming years and will be looking at other Lines offered by Carnival (Cunard, etc) that may cater to the quieter set. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We went on a three day Christmas cruise filled with families and first time cruisers. This was our first cruise in nine years. We booked a porthole room which was adequate and the same size as the ocean view rooms. There is always a lot to ... Read More
We went on a three day Christmas cruise filled with families and first time cruisers. This was our first cruise in nine years. We booked a porthole room which was adequate and the same size as the ocean view rooms. There is always a lot to do and the "people watching' on the pool deck is always interesting.Shore excursion to Atlantis was OK.. too much money for what it was,, take a taxi and go yourself. The food was good, but my memory was that the food used to be a little more gourmet, but it was tasty and well presented. I felt the 6:00 seating was a little rushed for dinner. The late seating which we previously had was better paced between courses. One dining room had assigned seating which we had, and it appeared to have better organization. The other dining room was open seating and at times there were lines. Also the open seating dining room served breakfast and lunch. They appeared short staffed for the pampering I expected, with coffee cups not being refilled without asking. Some of the entrees for breakfast were like McDonald's food.. like the hash brown potatoes... but we learned what to order. At lunch we complained that our server had not approached us in over 15 minutes and the host took our order directly. buffet was good with long lines. The music was loud and we prefer quiet soft background lounge music, and we found a bar that met our needs. The shows were spectacular with the best dancing I have seen on a cruise.. Broadway caliber.The acoustics were too loud and need to be altered for the size of the room. The debarkation had some glitches in that we were not at the usual terminal.there was along wait to get our bags and we stood in line for a while, although we were traveling with VIP guests that were supposed to be the first to leave the ship. I assume they have ironed out the issues in operations. All in all, we had a great time, and I recommend the cruise, but don't expect perfection.. This is a nice, short cruise at moderate prices and good value, and you will like it with that attitude and approach. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Overall, I was not impressed with anything on this ship. Yes, I know it was a cheap 3 night cruise, but I would still expect better quality. The stateroom was pretty nice for being an inside room. All the staff were very friendly ... Read More
Overall, I was not impressed with anything on this ship. Yes, I know it was a cheap 3 night cruise, but I would still expect better quality. The stateroom was pretty nice for being an inside room. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. But, and it's a big one, the food was mediocre at best. The drink prices were high. The common areas were worn down. The entertainment was quite poor...the singers were not very good and the comedians were just okay. I think if this is your first cruise, that you wouldn't know any better. But, if you are an experienced cruiser, either go with a different cruise line or a higher level boat. Not a terrible experience by any means, but not the pampered feeling I left with on my other cruises. On a side note, those of you who are gluten free will probably be as frustrated as I was. While they offer GF bread, pancakes, and cake, the bread is AWFUL, the pancakes are fine, but you have to preorder the cake for dessert the night before, which they forget to ask you about. It was good when I finally got it the last night. The ordering process is frustrating, since you have to preorder each meals food a day in advance, and if you forget something, they can't just add it. They definitely need to figure out a better process. Also, you can't get GF items anywhere but the dining room. Again, overall not a bad experience, but next time I will spend my money elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
First I'm going to start off by saying that this was my first cruise and I have read all the reviews about Carnival and the ship Imagination. I am highly disappointed in some of the reviews I read where people where complaining about ... Read More
First I'm going to start off by saying that this was my first cruise and I have read all the reviews about Carnival and the ship Imagination. I am highly disappointed in some of the reviews I read where people where complaining about their trip. I'm glad that I went and what you read and what one experience is never the same thing. We were on board the ship by 12 noon. The ship was to not leave port until 4pm. Could not go to our room until 1:30. That was fine with me. We went to the Grill on the Lido deck with our luggage. I wanted for hubby to come back with his food before I got mine. I feel bad bc he didn't go into the Horizon Grill to eat. Hamburgers, fries, hot dogs, potato salad and lemonade is what we had. Went down to guest services where I had them swipe my cc, since I have a hyphen in my last name. The only problem with the cruise ship, no hyphens are allowed while booking the cruise. After guest services we rode the front elevators down to deck 4 (Riviera). Step off the elevators made a left and we were at our room. Nice location!!!!!!! I walked around the ship before the safety briefing, hubby was sleep. Talked to my sister on the phone. Went to the briefing before leaving port. Got to catch it on video before camera battery died. Ate at the Horizon the whole trip. It is truly my fault. I forgot my shoes in the car all I had was flip-flops. So we didn't dine at the Pride dining room. Had pizza, ice cream and frozen yogurt the first night bc we overslept and missed dinner. Breakfast we great everyday. My hubby had lemonade the whole trip. I drank both lemonade and water. The food was great. Seating was not a problem. Was able to take on a bottle a wine in my small carry on bag. Opened that on the second night, only bc we once again overslept on our anniversary night which was Friday. On the last night they brought us a bottle of wine, for our anniversary, that I brought home. Only walked around Nassau for about an hour before we got back on the ship. Went to the water park on the ship. Enjoyed the big slide and the medium slide on there. The smaller one was just a little to small to try. I told my hubby that the ladies on the cruise ship had a thing for him. Every Time I turned a round the was cleaning up his area while eating. So I did not see any tables dirty for more than two minutes. Our steward name was IDA only saw him the first night when he introduced himself. He called us by names. I felt good. I know he was around bc our rooms were always clean. We only got two towels animals but that was our fault for staying in the room the first night. I was on the ship to have fun and guess what I did!!!! Will I do it again? Yes for a longer time. Carnival will be the only cruise ship I go on bc of the water park. Wish it was for longer. Too many things were going on at the same time and trying to do my own thing. Loved the shower head. Man someone should have told me that it was detachable before I went. There was shower gel and shampoo in a dispenser. I could have save room by not bring my own soap. There was lotion, toothpaste, soap, shower gel and razor. I kept them and got new ones the second day. On the third day I think they knew what I was doing bc there was none for me to take. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This cruise on the Carnival Imagination stays in Nassau all day and overnight which was the main reason we chose this cruise. This was my first Carnival cruise and this ship was fine for my first time. I found the ship to be nice. The ... Read More
This cruise on the Carnival Imagination stays in Nassau all day and overnight which was the main reason we chose this cruise. This was my first Carnival cruise and this ship was fine for my first time. I found the ship to be nice. The cabin stewards were great, nice and helpful. The rooms are larger than Norwegians oceanview rooms. Beds are comfortable. The towels are rough as sandpaper, but oh well I guess you can't have everything. It would be nice if the rooms had fridges like Norwegian though. The main dining room was great, food great and I LOVED the show the waiters put on during dinner. A MUST see!! The food on the Lido deck was nice also. I wasn't a fan of the Pizza though. They had a hairy chest contest on the Lido deck on Sunday and it was hilarious!! Hip Hop dance class and a singles meet and greet were some of the activities. They had a comedian that I heard was NOT good. The Club, Illusions was nice, but SMOKE FILLED. They played great dance music and it was packed every night. You WILL smeel like smoke hanging out in there. I guess Carnival is changing there smoking policy which will be nice next year. I guess the Imagination is one of the smaller ships, so someone that has cruised many times before might find it small and would complain, but it was fine to me. The pool was small as I have seen in many reviews, but that didn't matter to me. The pools did stay packed as well as the saunas. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I used my reward points to book a Grand Suite, U73. VIP boarding was fantastic. Entered the building at 10:50am showed our booking info. Employee saw the VIP and escorted us to the VIP lounge. In the lounge, we presented our info again and ... Read More
I used my reward points to book a Grand Suite, U73. VIP boarding was fantastic. Entered the building at 10:50am showed our booking info. Employee saw the VIP and escorted us to the VIP lounge. In the lounge, we presented our info again and within the minute, we were again escorted into the VIP lounge. 11:20 we were allowed to board the ship. The welcome lunch was empty and we enjoyed a great meal. Room was claen and great, only saw our steward 3 times in the hall. TV was terrible, apprx 26 channels, 20 of which were ship channels. Complementary movies(?) were old and repeated. I did not go to watch tv, but would prefer some decent shows to fill the idle hours. Really bad. Breakfast in the Lido was hit or miss. Better get there eaely as it closes at 10:30 and if you are not in the omelet line, they have a placard that sez buffet closed, and they mean closed. At 10:30, there was still a loooonnng line waiting to enter the main lines to get food. Possibly this was caused by the employy that stands guard over the baco, only handing out 2 small pcs and when you asked for more, you needed an FBI agent to pry it loose. Seriously, the server just did not want to give more than 2 pcs. The anytime dining was great except the service was real slow. Food taste and presentation was excellent. Shows were just ok. No chair hogs in sight. debarkation as VIP was fast and ezy, was in a cab by 8:30. Keep in mind, this was my view and your may be different Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My family and I went on a three day cruise on the Carnival Imagination and it was a huge disappointment from the very beginning. Miami is a horrible port to sail from. It was hard to find the correct highway that led to the port, there was ... Read More
My family and I went on a three day cruise on the Carnival Imagination and it was a huge disappointment from the very beginning. Miami is a horrible port to sail from. It was hard to find the correct highway that led to the port, there was construction making it difficult to even know if we were in the correct lane to get the ship we were sailing on. There were at least three different places once inside the building that our identification was checked. I would expect, after the first initial check when our passports were checked and we were given our ship cards, that that would be enough. When we got on the boat, it was very crowded and we soon discovered that most of the people on board, including the other guests, didn't speak English as their primary language. I have nothing against individuals from another country, but I would expect the staff to be at least able to hold a conversation with me when I ask about directions to a particular part of the ship. We didn't make it to our assigned diner area until the last night, when I finally over heard a guest speaking fluent English to ask them how it worked. The food in the dining room was disappointing as well. It was okay, but nothing I would consider great. The buffet food wasn't very good either. The hours that were posted for the restaurants weren't when they were actually open, so we'd go down to eat, and there was no food. The "Camp Carnival" that the kids were excited for was really lame to be quite frank. The counselors were from Asian and Russian countries and my nine year old daughter said she didn't want to go back after one two hour session because she was uncomfortable. She didn't know what they were saying. Not only that, but it was pretty much like a daycare. If you didn't pay extra for the 'projects' the kids did during the day or the 'parties' they had, it was just plopping the kids down in front of a video game and locking them in a room. Why would I take them on a cruise ship and have them playing video games? The 'water park' on the ship was one big slide, two smaller slides and a toddler slide. That's it. The pool was small, salt water, and full of drunk people that yelled at my kids for splashing their drinks. So there really wasn't anything for my kids to do other than wait in line for the one slide all day. The entertainment was a comedian that they didn't understand. The only thing that was nice was the cabin. The beds were comfortable and even though it was small, it didn't really feel cramped. Our steward was friendly and did a good job, but I can't remember his name. All I wanted to do after the second day was get home and then getting off the boat was confusing. No one told me what to expect, how we could get off the boat the fastest or in what order we'd be released and then when our deck was called, I was told that I had a message at the Customer Service desk. I thought maybe my card linked with my account was locked, but after waiting 30 minutes in line, there was no problem with my account and they didn't know why I was called over. We were literally, one of the last people off the boat. I was not happy with the over all experience. I felt like it was a 'stereotype' of having a good time. Sit around and pay for overpriced drinks all day listening to Jamaican music, then go to a club or gamble all night while I pay extra for the staff to watch my kids after hours. It wasn't the family experience that I was led to believe by Carnival's advertising. I was uncomfortable the whole time worrying about the other people around my children. My daughter, being 9, had the option of signing herself out of the Camp Carnival at any time she wanted. Why in the world would I want my 9-year-old daughter wandering around the ship with over 3000 people that don't speak English? I will never cruise after this experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
I went along with my girlfriend on a three night cruise to Nassau aboard the Carnival Imagination. This was her second cruise and my sixth. I cruised Carnival about 10 years ago and as I recall had a great time. This time however was ... Read More
I went along with my girlfriend on a three night cruise to Nassau aboard the Carnival Imagination. This was her second cruise and my sixth. I cruised Carnival about 10 years ago and as I recall had a great time. This time however was very different. Seems the port of Miami is the worst place to board a ship. We arrived around 11:30 and were able to get on board at 1:30. No reason was given for the delay but the waiting area was full of people and not enough seats. Once it was time to board we cleared one check point with ID and boarding pass only to be met at the gangway by another person checking the exact same credentials. This held up the lines from both sides of the waiting area. Once on board we went to grab a bite at the Horizon Grill buffet. This was our first experience with the awful food that we would encounter the entire cruise. First of all let me say that I am not a picky eater at all. The choices were minimal and the quality was very poor. As I looked around I could see plates of food that were not empty as people were not eating all of their food. After our visit to the Horizon Bar and Grill we went down to check on our cabin and found it ready. We had an outside cabin on the Rivera deck and it was nice and very clean. We had a wonderful cabin steward by the name of Eddy. He did a fantastic job the entire weekend. We have no complaints about the cabin with the exception of room service. Room service was never on time with our morning coffee. For dinner we had second seating at a table for ten people. The first two nights we sat with five other people and had a wonderful time talking to them. The menu items were ok but the food was not good. I had a pork chop that was hard to cut with a steak knife. I didn't have a good taste and the side items were very small portions. My girlfriend had pasta with shrimp, scallops and muscles. There were two shrimp and no scallops or muscles to be found and the taste was very bad. We tried both the Horizon and the dining room for breakfast and it was very poor. Just was not good food all around the entire cruise. We spoke with several people some first time cruisers and some experienced cruisers and they all said the food was very poor. This was my 6th cruise and the second this year. Let's just say that I don't think I'll be on Carnival again anytime soon. My girlfriend had someone call from Carnival the day after we returned to inquire about a future cruise and she told them of the poor food. He said that the Imagination is their lowest class ship. I can't believe he said that and didn't apologize. What ever happened to customer service? I just want to know if anyone else has experienced such poor food on Carnival? I would hope that they would improve so that first time cruisers might want to do another longer cruise. My girlfriend and I were telling firs timers to give cruising another chance but on another line. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
This was my 10th cruise on carnival which made this trip that much more special becoming a platinum member. I have cruised once with royal caribbean and after that will stick with carnvial forever. My brother and I ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise on carnival which made this trip that much more special becoming a platinum member. I have cruised once with royal caribbean and after that will stick with carnvial forever. My brother and I flew out the day before the cruise out of Chicago to Miami on American (firt class). a good thing we did since our flight was a bit delayed due to an aircraft change and the printer in the flight deck not working. we made it to miami around 1230pm and took the shuttle to the la quinta airport north. I have stayed there before, it was ok..they must have cleaned it up cause it was much better this time. would stay there again for the price. We were going to take the shuttle the hotel provides to the port ($10/per person) but the first shuttle was at 11am. we wanted to leave a bit earlier so we booked a cab (costed about $30) not too bad. Although the ship is older it was in GREAT shape, clean and beautiful! you wouldn't have known the ship was built in 1995. the first thing we did was head to the lido deck for lunch. we were on the ship by 11:20 since we were VIPs. The shows were great. My favorite was "Shout". lots of energy and the dancers and singers were spot on. My brother was called up onstage to play their minute to win it game..came in second and won a medal. then we played "name the movie comedy" where we kicked but and won the ship on a stick....love it hahaha. there were soooo many activities there was no way you could get bored. The food was great and really enjoyed my canapes that were delivered to my room for being a platinum guest. we only ate in the dining room 1 night but the food was great. some dont like them but i thought they were good. i really enjoyed my free gift (leather case with paper and pen...great for my job). we only had 1 port since it was a 3 day cruise. we stoped at nassua bahamas and did the atlantis aquaadventure. we did it once before on the destiny. although it started raining it cleared up fast. the lines for the slides went quick. we had a porthole stateroom. M7. you could hear and feel some noise/vibration when you would dock and about to leave otherwise it was great. lots of space in the room and closet. disembarking was quick and easy. we were off the ship and had our luggage that we checked by 8:45am. I loved the imagination, just wish the cruise was longer. I hated leaving the ship after only 3 days. guess i'll have to wait for october when i sail carnival for the 11th time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We just got home yesterday from our 3 night cruise on the Imagination. She is an older ship but well kept up in the public areas. The cabin on the other hand was another story. The bed was like a rock covered in nice bedding. This is the ... Read More
We just got home yesterday from our 3 night cruise on the Imagination. She is an older ship but well kept up in the public areas. The cabin on the other hand was another story. The bed was like a rock covered in nice bedding. This is the first cruise I have been on where the room steward was only so so at best. We normally have a balcony cabin when we cruise but by the time we booked there were none available. It was my mistake that I jumped on an offered upgrade to the empress deck before I checked its location. It is directly under the galley! The noise was constant. On the last night we were awakened at 4am by someone dropping a truckload??? of pots and pans. It was so loud and so surprising my DH and I just started laughing. We were able to go back to sleep because after the crash I think most tip toed around the kitchen! The food was not to bad but I know it has been much better on longer cruises. Our dinner waiters and cocktail waiter were great always funny and fast in their service. We shared our table with a family of new cruisers and the waiters went out of their way to make it fun for them. Room service was terrible! I ordered a steak sandwich that came with one thin slice of what looked like fatty roast beef. Ugh. My DH ordered the pastrami and said it was terrible too! Also why can't carnival serve a decent cup of coffee?? The only place it was palatable was the coffee shop where you pay for it. We knew this cruise would have loads of kids on their summer vacation so we very much looked forward to the "Serenity" deck. What a disappointment. There were no hammocks as promised, no bar, and only about 15 padded chairs with 5 side tables. We also never saw a waitperson!! The description of the ship also said they offered shuffleboard but that was not true either. All and all we had fun but I don't think we will ever do a 3 night cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
Precruise: After cruising down I-95 for many hours and stopping at many rest stops, we finally arrived in Miami around 5pm. We checked into our hotel, La Quinta Inn and Suites Miami Airport West, and headed down to South Beach just to see ... Read More
Precruise: After cruising down I-95 for many hours and stopping at many rest stops, we finally arrived in Miami around 5pm. We checked into our hotel, La Quinta Inn and Suites Miami Airport West, and headed down to South Beach just to see what it was like! Being a teenager, I thought it was quite disgusting and not a good place to take kids. Older men were walking around in speedos, and lots of drunk/sketch people. The one thing I regret was the day the cruise departed, JUSTIN BIEBER WAS IN SOUTH BEACH! Day 1: After having breakfast at the hotel (which only consisted of waffles, yogurt, cereal, etc.) we headed down to the cruise ship terminal around 10:15 and got to the terminal at 10:30. Lots of people were there already checking in, so don't think getting there at 10:30 is too early! We tipped the porter $10 for 5 bags and waited for my dad to park the car! Make sure you have your passports in hand, because the lady checks them about 30 seconds after you go in the building. We brought in 2-12 packs of water and about 8 gatorades and of course they broke the plastic and were shaking the bottles. What 11 year old girl (my sister) would be carrying alcohol in it?? Anyways, we went to the kiosk and scanned our passports which took about 5 minutes for all 6 people. Then we waited in a 10 minute line and got our seapass cards!!! Being Zone 19, we boarded about 30-45 minutes after we sat down. So around 11:30 we boarded the Imagination!! We quickly went to the Lido Buffet to catch a table and start to chow down on the food! Tables were plentiful for the first 20 minutes, then they started to fill up quickly! Hot Dogs/Hamburgers/Fries were outside by the pool, but salads/pastas/etc. were all inside! Around 1:30, we went to our cabin to drop our bags off. We were on the Main Deck near the back of the ship and had a ocean view cabin (more about cabin later). ----- Now to specific areas of the ship, with a review for each!------ CABIN: Very spacious and the bathroom was bigger than RC! RC's showers on Navigator were a tiny capsule with a sliding door. These had a shower curtain but had more space to move around! Also the beds, were quite comfy and we always had towel animals and CHOCOLATE! every night! Dining Room: We had early dining in the Spirit Dining Room and were seated at a 6 person table (aka the table was ours!). We had awesome waiters and because we were always on time going there, our food was always first! Also, our assistant waiters Komieng (sp?) knew we loved lemonade, so we always had some at our table! The other tables only got water. Food was A plus, so don't listen to the people saying how the menu is going downhill just because there is fried chicken on it. Thats only one course on the menu, and it is displayed fancy and not just like KFC. Get the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake because it is the best on earth! Also, don't be afraid to only order one selection from each section. Each night I got 2 appetizers and sometimes 2 entrees! (For a tiny girl, I can eat!) WaterWorks: I spent a ton of time here! The 2 racer blue slides have a very quick line and go pretty fast! It doesn't hurt your back but make sure you close your eyes because my contacts got blurry a few times because I didn't close them enough! The tall twisty slide was closed sometimes due to wind, or lack of staff to watch it! But when it was open, there was a 10-20 minute wait but it was worth it to do it a couple of times. PS: If you are light (110 lbs) you have to push your way about the last 20 seconds because your not heavy enough to go all the way down and make a splash! Pool: Tiny, but hey you have pools where you live so it is not a big deal! Chairs are open, but there was chair hogs! Just come around 8 or 9 and there is plenty of chairs! Contests/Entertainment Staff/C.D- Most of the competitions were trivia which we dominated! I won a ship on a stick! But the Entertainment staff was really dry. They looked like they wished they could be anywhere but here. For the beanbag contest, one of them was very monotone and showed no excitement. Also, the cruise directer "Marky Marc" was non existent. He came to a few events, but otherwise was missing. Barely any interaction with passengers. Decor/Cleanliness of the ship: Very clean and does not show its age except for the Egyptian tacky statues. The atrium is really cool, but different from RC. On NOS, the promenade was fancy and elegant, while Carnivals was bright and shiny! Trust me, when people try to say the ship is old and run-down, it is not true! Sure its not Oasis with a zipline going through the ship, but it is quite nice and exceeded my expectations. Ports: Key West was average. We took the free trolley to the middle of town, then took a 1/2 hour walk to the Southern Most Point of the Continental US. Key West is somewhat trashy and every single shop had Tshirts with bad words haha. But the buildings were nice, and we saw chickens walking around! Cozumel: Non existent. The night before Cozumel the water was starting to get rough. Rough as in when I was sleeping, we were swaying just a tad bit. Therefore around 9:30 in the morning, they said on the intercom that we turned around and not going to Cozumel. The pool had been emptied with a net, and waterworks was closed and both did not reopen until around 3pm. In fact, Waterworks may not have opened until later. Then they said about an hour later, that we were going to "The Beautiful Freeport Bahamas". Great. Freeport: After saying we were going to Freeport, everyone swamped the shore excursion desk, including us, and started booking new tours. Well guess what. Next morning, everyone with an excursion got a letter underneath the door that said they were cancelled due to bad weather. Really? Its 90 degrees, sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and not windy. So we got off, and took a taxi to the beach where the Lucaya hotel is (forgot the name). We hung out at the beach for a tad bit, and then I went to the market to get a tacky shirt just to say I went to the Bahamas. We then took the taxi back (which felt unsafe, speeding, haha) and went back on the ship and just hung out. Cozumel would have been a lot better. Service: Everyone we encountered had a big smile on their face and always said "Hi" "Good morning" or something else to us. Tables were always cleaned and everyone seemed to be loving their job. Sport Deck: The jogging track is 11 times for a mile so lots of laps were done! Also the mini-golf was sick and we played a few times! This deck is very windy at night so come up and have fun! The pictures we took are priceless haha! Also with 2 ping-pong tables, you sometimes had to wait but not always! Disembarkation: Because we drove, we wanted to get off early to start on back. We went with the early flights group and got off around 8:15ish. This whole process including waiting in line, and customs took 10 minutes! Super quick! Overall, this was a great vacation even though we did not get to go to Cozumel. Awesome food, fun water slides, and much more, made this vacation fun! Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
I realize Carnival is what it is. And you get what you pay for but I was surprised at the rudeness of the staff from the very get go.I drove from Ohio with 7 family members to celebrate the last of my children graduating from high school. ... Read More
I realize Carnival is what it is. And you get what you pay for but I was surprised at the rudeness of the staff from the very get go.I drove from Ohio with 7 family members to celebrate the last of my children graduating from high school. Got a great last minute price from Carnival for 3 rooms all at around 3100.00 all inside cabins.My drive was so long I wanted to get straight on board the ship since we got there and were checked in around 1:30.We were told our rooms were ready and I was ready for a quick nap before the safety drill.When trying to get onboard I bypassed the family photo thing thats was set up but I was blocked from entry by a photographer.Not a good thing to do to a guy who just drove 19 hours.He stated we needed to get inline and get a family picture taken before we got onboard.I told him no thank you because we were tired and I was sure there would be lots of other opportunity onboard for other pictures.He insisted and told me I needed to have the picture taken still blocking my way.I then told him that he would need to move now.Hi then had a friend come over and state "So you are just traveling not cruising" adding insult to injury. My son was getting ready to step in so I told them I didn't want any trouble.Can you believe a crew member blocking a passengers way onboard, acting aggressive and insulting a passenger?We then proceeded to the Grand Atrium where a fight had broke out between a guy and a girl (who continued to argue and fight all over the place on the cruise.)Wow and this was in my first ten minutes.Not to be negative about Carnival but you get what you pay for.I did speak to Guest Services about the incident and kudos to Ngonidzashe Mahasi who was a real gem and set up a meeting with the photo manager with me.The photo manager told me he had tried to get ahold of me several times Hmnnn there was no indication of those efforts???We discussed the incident. I asked him to comp one photo for me because of what happened.He refused to do so but thanked me for my comments.Okay.I have never had a inside cabin before (Im a balcony guy) but I can tell you it was a very nice cabin. Lots of space as well.I booked two other rooms for my two daughters and two sons plus one girlfriend and they were all nice rooms at a great price.Here was another great surprise.Ketut our room attendant was the best we have ever had and I have cruised on the Disney Dream and RC as well.Ketut was great he knew our names and used them as well as our family members.The food was good and they did have the Chocolate Buffet at noon one day which looked nice.The food was every bit as good as RC not as good as Disney serves up though.The shows..Well the welcome onboard show consisted of some people shoving a spoon on a rope down shirts and down pants??Not a very good way to start a cruise.The last show Shout was very good and very well done with some really nice laser effects.All the dancers and singers were spot on.Again though the shows don't really don't compare to RC or even close to Disney.But again you get what you pay for.Debarkation is Carnivals greatest asset-well organized and easy. Better than both RC and Disney.They may not be very good at getting you on the ship but they are aces at getting you off.I noticed there was no guest survey on if I was satisfied with my cruise HMMMN??The ships decoration was ok a little worn but not bad its typical Joe Farcus stuff plus the Water Park was pretty nice.Carnival is the one cruise line I noticed that seems to like to say NO to guests.Was in the dining room for only one meal.My daughter didn't like the choice of desserts so I asked the waiter to please go get her a piece of cheese cake with some strawberries (I know they served this in the coffee shop).At first I was told yes he then bought my daughter a piece of black forest cake.My daughter does not like chocolate I asked him again for a piece of New York style cheese cake.He told me he would not be able to get that for me.WowI asked for some fresh pineapple at breakfast I was told know they were not serving that until lunch.No one would get me a piece of pineapple I was told NoWow.My son (only his second cruise) asked if he could take the rum he purchased to his room.He was told No.Now let me pan out on this one. My son didn't know the rules which are well established but the staff member was rude in addressing him and even made fun of my son to a co worker calling him a moron for not knowing the rules.WowAre people still going to cruise Carnival?Sure they will because its cheap.Remember though you get what you pay forWhat ever happened to good customer service on a cruise though?Even if it is inexpensive?Atlantis was great of course and I will go into that on my port review.I would never cruise Carnival with just my wife and myself but again got a great deal for 7 people.Did we all have a good time?Yes pretty muchA cruise is what you make it.Plus my kids have little cruise experience to compare it to but they did notice how so many in the staff were just rude.Plus security on this ship was a joke.Kids were running wild at all hours of the night and even during the day there was a group of kids pelting guests with ice on the stairwell and nothing was done about it.The comment was made that the parents should take care of their kids.True but what about the protection of other guests?What happens to an elderly person if they get a hard piece of ice tossed at them from two decks up?Both me and my wife and my two daughters were past guests of Carnival and there was zero recognition or zero coupon books for past guests.I think the past guest thing will be a thing of the past for my cruise dollars.Save your money and go on a better line.Remember you get what you pay for. 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Sail Date June 2011
The Carnival Imagination was better than we expected from reading other reviews. But it was far from perfect. It is an older ship but has been remodeled. There were reviews that said there were terrible smells etc... We did not experience ... Read More
The Carnival Imagination was better than we expected from reading other reviews. But it was far from perfect. It is an older ship but has been remodeled. There were reviews that said there were terrible smells etc... We did not experience that. However, the public bathrooms were small and not as clean as they could be considering the number of people on board. For instance on the Lido deck there was 1 bathroom near the pool/bar area and there were only 2 stalls. Hard to keep clean with 2200 people on board. It was often difficult to find a table that was clean to eat at on the Lido deck as well. Not sure if that was because the ship was full and they were understaffed or what. These are minor details that we thought were annoying. We also felt the layout of the ship was a little confusing. Took us awhile to find the shopping on board as well as some of the lounges.However, we felt this was a good ship to travel with children. The Water works area was very family friendly with plenty of deck chairs for mom and dad while kids play in the water areas. We even jumped in on the action and went down the slides with the kids. Our 11 yr. old spent alot of time there. Plus the water slides are not salt water, which she really liked. The activities they provide in Camp Carnival were excellent was well. She made a few friends and really enjoyed the counselors. Our 16 yr old son, had a good time, but didn't hang out in the teen area much because there wasn't a whole lot he enjoyed. He hung out with us more than anything. He was interested in girl hunting and the girls did not go to the teen activities much. So if you are taking kids, good choice esp. for the value!The shows were good, we went to the Punch Liner Comedy club and really enjoyed the atmosphere and the shows. We found some things that weren't over the top great but I would do it all again!Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
I consider myself to be a fairly experienced cruiser and this cruise was somewhat disappointing but we made the best of it and had a great time anyway. We chose this cruise because it fit our schedule - It left on a Friday and returned on ... Read More
I consider myself to be a fairly experienced cruiser and this cruise was somewhat disappointing but we made the best of it and had a great time anyway. We chose this cruise because it fit our schedule - It left on a Friday and returned on a Monday. It enabled us to have a 5 day getaway while only taking 3 days off from work.We left from Miami after spending a couple of nights in South Beach. Embarkation was very easy and we were given no trouble for bringing our allotted 6 sodas and 6 bottles of water onto the ship. We also brought a bottle of wine ($10 corkage fee when drank in restaurant) and a bottle of champagne which we kept on ice in our room until the last night. (I'm including this information because I never knew this was allowed - it was something my boyfriend discovered after exploring the Carnival web site. Hope we help someone out!).We were happy with the size and cleanliness of our room. Our room steward was great and our room was clean. The ship was clean overall with the exception of a couple of heavily used bathrooms by the pool and the bathroom near the casino late at night.The one excursion day was to Nassau Bahamas and we had a wonderful time there. We went to Atlantis resort for the day and I cannot say enough about it. If the weather is good you will not regret paying for the Aquaventure (lazy rivers, water slides, full access to resort.) We bought our passes at Atlantis- not through the cruise -and saved $60 per person by doing so. Taxi fare (shared) is only $4 per person each way to Paradise Island. On the last day at sea we relaxed by the pool and read, watched some silly contests, ate some sushi and drank our champagne while watching sunset. It was awesome!The weather was amazing for the entire duration of our trip; we were very lucky. The weather in Nassau can be very iffy - I have been on two cruises that had to skip port due to the weather. Take this into account if you are cruising in the fall or winter.If the weather hadn't been so great we probably would not feel that we got our moneys worth. The food was decent and as expected in the buffet but the food in the dining room was horrible. Everything we were served was overcooked and the service was terrible. Ribs, fried chicken, and pork chops were the types of dishes served. We weren't served wine until after our appetizers were served and felt crammed very close to other couples/tables of two in the dining room. On the last night we arrived for dinner at 9:34pm (We had anytime dining which ends at 9:30pm) and were told we could not be served as the kitchen was closed. After a bit of arguing (mostly because no other establishment was serving food on the ship at this time and we hadn't eaten dinner) we were told we could be seated but would have to settle for whatever they had leftover in the kitchen. The maitre d publicly berated the hostess who seated us and it was all very embarrassing and not worth the hassle for the less than mediocre short ribs, and deep fried veal that we were given. Overall - this was a fun and relatively inexpensive getaway. If you're sure the weather will be good and you don't care too much about the food you will enjoy this trip. It is probably best suited for large, big partying groups, though there is certainly plenty to do for children as well. Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Our family flew in from several different parts of the country to take our first cruise. We arrived at the embarkation area at 2:00 p.m. and found getting aboard the boat a breeze. Our room was ready when we arrived and it took less than ... Read More
Our family flew in from several different parts of the country to take our first cruise. We arrived at the embarkation area at 2:00 p.m. and found getting aboard the boat a breeze. Our room was ready when we arrived and it took less than an hour for our luggage to show up at our doors. We went to the Lido deck and found plenty of seats, got drinks and watched the departure. It was lovely. I thought the ship was very clean, staff attentive for the most part and most accomodating. The food was pretty good, promptly served and attractively presented in the main dining room. One of our family members is allergic to seafood and she found the choices for her fairly limited and not particularly tasty. The Lido deck food area serves food that caters to many tastes and is also better than average. I did not find that the lines were too long or that they ran out of some choices. The snackers in our group could not find any chips, pretzels, crackers etc. for in between meals. Maybe they just didn't see them, who knows? Our rooms were oceanview (actually sky view) but helpful in orienting you to the time of day. The rooms were very clean, attended to carefully every day (including having the ice bucket in the room refreshed during the day) and we enjoyed the "towel creations". The entertainment on the boat was fun, including the drunks making fools of themselves at Karaoke night. Bingo pretty pricey, so we didn't stay long. This is a relatively inexpensive cruise and I felt a good value for the money. The day in Nassau was rainy which didn't help matters, but I was disappointed. The shopkeepers and vendors hawking their stuff were for the most part surly, ill tempered and the merchandise greatly overpriced. Maybe that is to be expected? But when 5 cruise dock there each day (or more), I would think they could show a little gratitude by at least being civil to the cruisers. The only bad experience was returning to the ship after the visit to the port and having to stand outside in the pouring rain for an hour waiting to clear the re-entry area to get back on the ship. Certainly, there has to be a better way to accomplish this.All things considered, Carnival offers a good product for the money and I have booked a different cruise already. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
This was my BF and I's first cruise. We decided to choose a shorter cruise since we didn't know if this would be something for us. Turns out it totally was! We got to Miami in the afternoon on Friday and took a cab to the ... Read More
This was my BF and I's first cruise. We decided to choose a shorter cruise since we didn't know if this would be something for us. Turns out it totally was! We got to Miami in the afternoon on Friday and took a cab to the port. When we got there we waited in line for not too look and had our boarding passes already printed. everything went smooth. we got into through the centrum which was pretty nice and went to our room. our first reaction was that it was small. We had an ocean view. but even though it was small it was livable and we didn't spend all our time in our stateroom anyway. We explored the ship and immediately got drinks at the bars. when the ship started to leave Miami we went out on the highest deck to watch it depart. It was a beautiful day in November. we chose our time dining and had dinner at our leisure. that night we went to the serenity adults only spot and just had drinks in the jacuzzi. we felt so catered to because as we set foot into the jacuzzi and member of the staff asked us if we like anything to drink. On saturday morning we arrived in the Bahamas and watched as the ship came into the port. we ate breakfast at the buffet by the pool and got ready for our excursion we had book which was the aquaventure in atlantis and the dolphin cay interaction. first we took a ride to atlantis which is like its own island in itself since we had to cross a bridge. we went with a group. it was pretty cool being in the water with the dolphins. it was a first for both of us. after some fun interactions and pics with dolphins we were able to go to the aquaventure which is the water park in atlantis. it was a great time! lots of water rides and just lounging by the beach. we also went jet skiing after we had lunch and a really strong drink. it was a great time. later we returned to the ship. we both went to the gym and then got dressed for formal night. the food was great and the servers even danced and song for us. good times in the pride dining room. after we ate we got off the boat again to explore bahamas at night. we went back to atlantis and checked out the casino as well as bars near the ship. sunday was sea day. we mostly relaxed by the pool, ate and watched the sun set. it was a day to do nothing and thats what we did! we didnt really participate in any activities on the boat but we did catch them on the tv in our staterooms. but we vowed to participate the next time to see what its all about. on monday our last morning on the boat, we ate by the pool side and stood on the long long line to leave the ship. it wasn't too bad because we really didn't want to leave. we had an afternoon flight so that morning we went to south beach, dropped our bags off at the clevelander hotel (the guy was nice and agreed to hold our bags for us) and we basically explored south beach. it was a great time and my bf got his first wet willy! this is a great cruise for first time cruisers. you can tell that the boat is a bit older but its kept up nicely and i had no complaints in that department. we had room service delivered twice always on time. our stateroom attendants were so friendly they made us feel at home. i'm actually going on this same cruise again for a friends birthday on feb. 18th 2011. it'll be her first cruise and i'm excited to get back on the imagination! Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
I decided to celebrate my B-day with a cruise and it was very nice. I chose a short weekend cruise due to the work schedules of those people traveling with me. We sailed from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. Embarking was a breeze. We did set ... Read More
I decided to celebrate my B-day with a cruise and it was very nice. I chose a short weekend cruise due to the work schedules of those people traveling with me. We sailed from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas. Embarking was a breeze. We did set sail about 2.5 hours late due to an emergency with one of the crew becoming ill and having to be removed by an ambulance. Our cabin was great....we were near the elevator and did not hear any noise. Our room steward kept our room spotless. The food on the ship tasted pretty good. The waitstaff was fabulous. My only complaint was the weather in Nassau....it was kinda cool. To cool and windy for water excursions, and most were cancelled. So we ended up going to the straw market and to Atlantis Casino....where I won a pretty penny. I had a great time playing and enjoying the free cocktails! Even though the ship was at capacity, no area ever seemed really crowded. There were times we had to wait in line for the buffet, but even that wasnt too bad. Carnival even offered Miami excursions for this of us with late flights that included airport dropoffs. We chose the South Beach tour which was very interesting.....probably wouldnt do it again unless the weather was warmer. This was my second cruise with Carnival and I was well pleased. Read Less
Sail Date November 2010
I am writing this review because i live by Cruise Critics reviews prior to booking any cruise. I have been on 8 cruises with Royal Caribbean, 1 with Ncl and now 1 with Carnival. i booked my trip on Carnivals Imagination 2 weeks prior to ... Read More
I am writing this review because i live by Cruise Critics reviews prior to booking any cruise. I have been on 8 cruises with Royal Caribbean, 1 with Ncl and now 1 with Carnival. i booked my trip on Carnivals Imagination 2 weeks prior to sail date as a last minute trip for my family, mainly becuase of the price, Carnival was almost $75 cheaper per person as opposed to RCL . I know understand the meaning of you get what you pay for. Embarkation: Alot less packed or complicated than RCL, walked right in scanned our pass ports and where on the ship in 15 minutes time. Once on the ship we went to our room which was already available and set down our carry ons. The rooms were alot bigger than i expected, the interior of the ship is outdated but not a big deal, atleast not for us. and the room was spacious enough for my husband, 3 kids and myself. The shower was also big enough to fit two people and plus. So far i was thinking this will be a great trip, the ship is not as pretty as its competition of Majesty of the Seas but it will serve its purpose. Leaving our rooms we went up to the pool deck , the kids were hungry so we waited about 30 minutes in line for hamburgers and fries. i was prepared for this thanks to fellow Cruise Critic members. i advised the whole family that there would not be a big variety of food and the lines would be as bad as waiting for a ride in Disney world. Again i was prepared and thought it to be a small inconvenience. The pool is very small and was packed at all times as well as the hot tubs, we never got to use any of it. We took the kids up to the Water Works which is the only thing good this ship has, we spent most of the day there really enjoying it as we had not yet encountered any major issues whatsoever. At about 5 we head back to our room to take showers and prepare for diner,when i made my reservation online i had chosen my time dining, becuase there was no more late dining available and early was just to early for us. I had brought on board in a small cooler my 2 year olds lactaid milk, i called guest services ( i had to call 3 x to get someone to answer the phone) to see if they have mini fridges availbla becuase i needed to store her milk. The woman that answered the phone told me they did but they only gave them to people who needed it for medicines such as insulin, she told me she would check and see if they had any available and she would call me back, two weeks later im still waiting for her call. When i realized they werent bringing the fridge i called room service and asked for ice, ( so that i could refill the melted one in the cooler) 2 hours later a bucket of ice is brought to my room, i proceed to put the ice in the cooler when 3 roaches fall into the cooler and out of the ice. GROSSSSS!!!! i was so disgusted. i threw out all the ice and asked them to bring me more which again took about 1 hour to get to my room, i waited a total of 3 hours to get clean ice! it is now 7 pm my ice is finally in the room everyone is ready for dinner so we go down to Spirit Dining room and show our cards and the woman looks at me and says you passed your dining time you cant eat here. EXCUSE ME. i thought i was crazy i said to her i'm sorry how can that be we have My Time Dining, this is my first time with Carnival but i believed it to be that we would come and have to wait to be seated but that we would be served. She said no that i didn not have my time dining that i had early Dining and that she was sorry but i could not eat there. I explained to her that i chose my time dining i went up to my room brought down my paperwork and showed her what i the customer reserved, she then told me the computer changed us and that she could do NOTHING to fix it. I have never seen such bad customer service in my life. I was beyond insulted as i believe it could have been handled differently, we were accompanied by 2 other familys friends of ours who the same thing happened to. needless to same we all ended up having to have diner in the buffet , and honestly the food sucked worse that i thought. All i could do was complain about the way we had been treated and from that moment on i knew i'd never sail Carnival again. The second day we woke up in the bahamas, had breakfast which was ok nothing to brag about but nothing to complain about either. We got off on the bahamas and took a taxi to paradise island been there a couple of times so it was just a peaceful beach day. We got back on the ship went to our room to shower early as we now knew we had early dining. When we walk into our room we see a card on the bed saying our dining request has been accepted and that we now had my time dining. We called the other 2 familys we were vacationing with to ask them if they had received that also and they had not. so we all got ready for diner and spoke with the main person in the dining room and he changed us back to early dining so that we could all eat together. At this point we were beyond getting upset and just happy we could all eat together. This night was their captains night and i do have to say the food was great in the dining room. After diner we went to Karaoke it was a blast had a great time and the nightclub was great also ( by great i mean the music was great ) the space was too packed people were literally having to dance outside the door. day 3 mostly relaxful day up until lunch time . We were eating in the pool deck and my 2 year old tells me shes thirsty and wants coke, i had purchased the coke cards for the kids as me and my husband do not drink sodas. I go up to the bar and show my daughters card and ask for a coke, the woman looks at me and says next time have your kids come get it. WHAT?!! I was back to being upset what way is that to speak to a customer. I understand why they have that mind frame but really? Diner again that night was great . My husband goes downstairs that night at about 1 am becuase we realize we havent recieved our tipping envelopes for gratuitys and he wants to close out his account, seems we didnt receive them becasue they automatically take it out of your credit card, to us thats a big NO NO we get to choose what we leave. He resolves that comes to the room and we finish up packing for an early debarkation the next morning. Debarkation was very easy no complaints whatsover. Tuesaday morning we are going over of credit cards and realize we have a charge from Carnival. We call and ask what the charge is for and they said that all the cokes in the room were drank. Now we were pist off all over again. We did not even touch the cans and spoke to the man and he said maybe the room service man wrote down wrong room number. Now whats crazy is that the other family that went with us was on a different deck and they had the same charge applied to them. it seems to me that Carnival charges people this at random hoping no one calls to complain and pockets easy money. i will tell you this if you are looking for a economically priced ship to drink on and get drunk and party this is the ship for you. i am 25 years old from Miami and i can appreciate the party enviorment but i also believe customer service is a must for a cruise line and Carnival simply lacks it. The hallways at 3am smell like piss, barf, alcohol and weed. Great ship if your going alone as in single or as a spring breaker. And may even be enjoyable for a family who does not know the customer service you are missing because they have no prior cruise experience to compare it to. As for us the $70 bucks a person we saved werent worth the aggrevation and poor service we received. We will NEVER do Carnival again and we are definetly telling everyone the trash that it is. Read Less
Sail Date October 2010
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 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.0
Rates 3.0 4.3

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