4 Miami to Bahamas Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

The ship was small and certainly not outstanding to say the least. Very dark. I like bright decorations. I did not enjoy the lido deck on this ship either. Mostly drinkers. (kind word). I don't see the point in becoming so drunk you ... Read More
The ship was small and certainly not outstanding to say the least. Very dark. I like bright decorations. I did not enjoy the lido deck on this ship either. Mostly drinkers. (kind word). I don't see the point in becoming so drunk you can't walk. I am all about having a good time. I grew up in the 70's so I know what a good time is for sure. However, there is a time and place for everything. I think that Carnival should take care to cut off drunks at the bar as is done on land. They are a danger to themselves to say the least. Too many of them on this ship. Hairy chest contests are not for me. Not much to do onboard as far as activities go during the day unless you like bingo and trivia. The pool was busting at the seams with kids. Unattended by their parents. The buffet was also bursting at the seam with them. They crawl all over the floors and Carnival does not make a very good attempt at keeping them from the adult areas. Pool was very small. Deck over crowded. Spa filled with kids. Believe me there is not enough chemicals to keep that waster clean with all the kids in the pool. I got a massage and the girl was terrific. She also gave me a facial. Outstanding. But, there was no Cloud 9 spa on the ship. Dinner was not bad. The food was not outstanding as Celebrity or RCL. But, not totally disappointed. I expected a disaster. They made an attempt to seat you alone if you wished. I did not want to sit with couples but said I would sit with single woman on the ship. I actually liked the seating. I don't care for the big round tables that I had on the Celebrity Constellation where you are forced to sit with others. Buffett food not good. Below average I felt compared to what I have had on other cruise lines. Cove balcony excellent. I loved that and never knew they existed. We had a suite and I loved that too as far as room. They could brighten it up somehow. It was very dark in their and the furnishings did not give a feeling of happiness but darkness. Plenty of room. It is worth it to get a suite. Had tub in it. Not much closet space but plenty of drawers etc for clothes so that was excellent. The entertainment was sub par. Awful. What can I say. The theatre was old style and the acoustics were terrible. The only good thing is the price of a cruise on Carnival I suppose. I don't know what other attraction there could be. I can't remember cabin number but if I can find it and edit this later I will. This was the first of 16 day cruise for me. I took three back to backs. I went on the first two with someone I met online. The second on Breeze because i had credit of 350.00. Doubt that I will be sailing Carnival too much in the future. Trevor was our cabin attendant and he was excellent. I had to always make special arrangements with him to get clean towels etc. because my cabin mate was asleep all day and out all night. He was great and I made sure I tipped him for his troubles.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
My family chose this cruise because of the price: BIG MISTAKE!!!! The other cruise we were looking at was twice the price and on another line that I have sailed on more frequently/recently. None of us had sailed on Carnival in 10 years, ... Read More
My family chose this cruise because of the price: BIG MISTAKE!!!! The other cruise we were looking at was twice the price and on another line that I have sailed on more frequently/recently. None of us had sailed on Carnival in 10 years, and we enjoyed it then, so we were thinking positively. I was sailing with my Huband and my Mom and Dad. The only good thing I can say about this cruise was that the food was very good. We ate in the buffett and the main dining room (MDR). I like that Carnival has an "everyday" menu in the MDR, as well as the daily menu. This provides almost too many choices. Although I must say that sometimes hot appetizers came out lukewarm/cold. We also tried the pizza at 1am, and although it needed more sauce, the crust was nice and cripsy, cooked perfectly, and had a decent flavor. However.... At embarkation, M&D went to a customs/security agent who did not have a scanner for their passports (I'm not sure if everyone has the opportunity to have their passport scanned). Therefore, we were separated into two lines once we got upstairs to get our cabin keys. M&D were in a much longer line that seemed to take forever. One of the first things the 4 of us realized is the "class" of people that we were cruising with. Too many people wearing things I only wear in the comfort of my own home. Attitude, attitude, attitude... so much rudeness from everyone!!! One night during the comedy show, there was a man so drunk, loud and beligerent, that when many other passengers complained about him, AND the comedian started in on him, he still wouldn't shut up and called everyone else rude!!! And the staff present didn't do a thing about him!!!! We started walking around the ship and all I could hear was extremely loud, ear-piercing music on the Lido (pool) deck. This situation would repeat itself several times throught the short time we cruised: a band played in the middle of the Promenade (walkway) and it was so crowded with people trying to walk through and dance/listen to the band we had to practically elbow our way through. On Sunday we went to one of the numerous bars to watch the football games. Next to the bar was the venue where the comedians perform each night, and a private party had the venue reserved. Once again, the music was so loud that even with the doors closed, we could not hear eachother speak.... or even yell at eachother!!!!! Then there is the smoking. I swear by the time I got off of this 3 day cruise, I had lung cancer!!!! There was so much smoking all over the ship!!! It seemed that the only place people weren't smoking was in my stateroom!!!!! And it seemed that we were always down wind of the smoke, too. I must admit, that the last 6 cruises I have been on, I was on new/newer ships. So the low ceilings, 70's neon lighting and cut up layout put me off. When a celing is already low, why would the decorator put drop down ceiling/lighting pannels to make it even lower (Pride Dining Room). And it really drove me nuts that there was an entire section of the ship that we could not walk through: we had to go up/down a floor then back down/up in order to get from Forward to Aft on a certain deck. When researching this cruise, my dearest Husband said that the reviews for this ship were better than the ones for Carnival's newer ship (Dream?), which we are scheduled to go on. We have cancelled that trip and booked with another cruise line that we KNOW we will have a much better experience!!!!! I will think twice.... even 3 or 4 times.... before going back on a Carnival ship again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
After taking more than 14 cruises in different lines including Carnival, NCL, RCL, PRINCESS, DISNEY, CELEBRITY. I decided to just go to a weekend cruise since the kids and wife love cruising. I took my chances and went by the review in the ... Read More
After taking more than 14 cruises in different lines including Carnival, NCL, RCL, PRINCESS, DISNEY, CELEBRITY. I decided to just go to a weekend cruise since the kids and wife love cruising. I took my chances and went by the review in the cruise critic website which in my opinion is flawed. The ship is old, looks old and the refurbishment didn't do much for the Imagination, everything looks 70's style and every crevice you look at is dirty, disconnected, broken and even some elevators are missing all the ceiling lighs. We cruisers know how hard the employees of the cruise lines work, but in the Imagination everyone looked so tired to the point of you feeling the vibe by the way they walk, talk and even how they dress. The majority was in cruise purgatory hanging by a thread. The food was so bland and so bad I barely ate it, the preparation areas were dirty and the sandwich maker they use for the sandwiches was stained. The pizza was horrible, then the reviewer said pizza is great, even Domino's is better and that's a run of the mill national pizza chain. Some people might say, well is a ship built in 1995, and you can't compare it to the newer ships, well somethings are better demolished, scrapped and gone rather than to stand and offer a very mediocre product. I disagree with the marketing they use in the cruise critic website this ship is for first timers!! honeymooners and a budget cruise, the last statement is accurate, budget is the word in every sense of the word and most of the time being cheap is not worth it. This wasn't our crowd, lots of people that don't really know how to behave in public, there were people doing very nasty things in public in front of our children. Do you want to stand in long lines for everything like cattle as if there isn't enough food. The only positive thing was the molten chocolate cake, is was awesome every time. If it is your first time taking a cruise, take a longer one, pay a little more, select a newer ship and you will end up very happy, if you take the Carnival Imagination you will be disappointed and perhaps won't give cruising a second chance and you will be missing out a great experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
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
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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