11 Miami to Caribbean - Western Carnival Imagination Cruise Reviews

We took the cruise to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. It was early January, and I wouldn't suggest doing a cruise at that time due to the weather. It was cold and rainy in both places. The cruise had ok food (pizza was very blah), ... Read More
We took the cruise to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. It was early January, and I wouldn't suggest doing a cruise at that time due to the weather. It was cold and rainy in both places. The cruise had ok food (pizza was very blah), except for the Chocolate Melting Cake. Definitely get that! Stay away from the Horizon Bar which is the informal dining. Unless you go during very off times (ex: 3:00 pm), it is so crowded that you cannot find a seat even out on the deck in the rain. The only other restaurant is the dining room, which was better, but I suggest getting a specific dining time unless you like waiting and lines. Speaking of lines, you better get used to them! There were way more people than seats on the deck, seats in the restaurants, room in the one pool and small whirlpools, etc. There were 2000 people on the ship and probably room for 500 in the public areas. When one person would leave a seat, four or five would rush in to get it! The cruise activities were a lot of fun, especially the comedians! But get there early - otherwise, you guessed it, you won't get a seat. The cabins were very nice and so was the crew. If half of the people were booked, it might have been a nice vacation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
My family of 4, hubby & 2 daughters, sailed the Imagination for Thanksgiving this year. As much as we tried to love this little cruise we just couldn't quite get there. Some of it really wasn't Carnival's fault. So with ... Read More
My family of 4, hubby & 2 daughters, sailed the Imagination for Thanksgiving this year. As much as we tried to love this little cruise we just couldn't quite get there. Some of it really wasn't Carnival's fault. So with that being said we probably will try to cruise with them again. We had a nice cabin. It is an older ship but our steward was great. Everything was clean. The food I found to be pretty awful. There were some things that were okay. My omelettes in the morning were good and they prepare a great flat iron steak in the dining room we were in. We had really rough seas and high winds. So WaterWorks was frequently closed as was the Mini-Golf. A great deal of stuff was cancelled in Mexico as well. Again not Carnival's fault but it made our trip less enjoyable. My ongoing theme of this review is, you take your chances. You take your chances sailing in November. My daughter, 7, loved Camp Carnival. And with good reason they did a wonderful job. I loved all the activities they had planned for the kids and so did she. On another note, was the crowd we were with. I do not consider myself hard to get along with I really enjoy people and having a good time. However, the rudeness and level of tact was hard to work with. There were some shining stars who were nice to meet but overall it was as rough as the seas. A great deal of cussing, pushing, and zero politeness or respect for others. It made me sad more than anything. So again as my title says, You Take Your Chances. You may have a better crowd and better weather, which could make your experience better than ours. I heard the crowds are rougher on all lines for the shorter and smaller ships. Next time we may go bigger and stay longer to see if that makes a difference. Happy Sails! Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Just returned from our second attempt at enjoying a vacation with Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the Imagination sailing the western Caribbean. This cruise (like our first aboard the Fascination) was subpar at its best. The good: 1. ... Read More
Just returned from our second attempt at enjoying a vacation with Carnival Cruise Lines aboard the Imagination sailing the western Caribbean. This cruise (like our first aboard the Fascination) was subpar at its best. The good: 1. EMBARKATION. at the port of Miami was very smooth and we were able to board the ship much earlier than expected. 2. ROOM. was ready on time and was clean. 3. COZUMEL. excursion "Twister" to Isla Pasion was a lot of fun. 4. COMEDIAN. Jorge Solano. Jorge is actually a former cruise director himself and his comedy act, both the family friendly and adult show, we're great. The bad: 1. THE FOOD. All the food was bad. The dining room food was bland, over cooked, clearly frozen and service was slow. The horizon grill on the lido deck was usually better but still less appetizing than a cica 1990s trip to the Golden Corral. The lines were super long and the staff seemed irritated and at times, angry. 2. THE CRUISE DIRECTOR. Skip....we never actually saw skip in any kind of organic setting. Skip and his super fake disposition made an appearance at the "welcome aboard show" and then again before the adult comedy show. At this juncture he made a disgusting joke about blow jobs and his rejection of the gay lifestyle when it was "his turn." Pretty pathetic. Other than that skip just kept running in a loop on our television, where there should have been a movie playing instead. His debarkation video was especially condescending and fake. I will be having nightmares about skip's voice. 3. THE POOL. Two words .... Human bouillabaisse. I have never seen such a small pool so very crowded. It was gross and we couldn't even bring ourselves to put a toe in the water. My children witnessed two people having sexual relations in the hot tub by the pool around 10pm which seemed to be substantiated by the fact that only that particular hot tub was closed the following morning. Why no one puts a stop to this type of behavior is beyond me. 2. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS. Our room was clean, However it was SOOOO humid and uncomfortable that it was not the cool, restful haven away from the crowds that a cabin should be. The ugly: 1. THE SHOWS. "Living in America" and a Fifties themed show that started out with "born to be wild." The female lead was pretty good, albeit generic, but the male lead was aweful! He had no business covering Marvin Gay. Singing louder does not equal singing better. The dancers were victims of cheesy, dated choreography. One of the female dancers was clearly a transsexual and stuck out like a sore thumb. It was just plain awkward as he was overcompensating with exaggerated style that didn't blend with the other female dancers. The pyrotechnics were silly and added nothing but an unwelcomed scare to older passengers. I have seen better shows in high schools. Having said that however, the band was good despite the sophomoric singing and dancing. We will not be cruising again with carnival. Unfortunately the bad far out weighs the good and as a result, the type of passengers the the cruise line attracts are not who we would otherwise choose to spend our free time with.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
I recently went on the Holiday Cruise on Carnival Imagination...I like to say Carnival Un-imagination or un-inspriation. I bought this thing called "Faster to Fun", it should be called "faster to frustration". This ... Read More
I recently went on the Holiday Cruise on Carnival Imagination...I like to say Carnival Un-imagination or un-inspriation. I bought this thing called "Faster to Fun", it should be called "faster to frustration". This "faster to fun", should allow you the following features - 1. priority in embarkation (checking in and boarding), 2. Priority for Your time dining and 3. Priority in disembarkation. Well we only got 1 of the 3, the priority in disembarkation probably because the crew wanted us out of the ship as fast as possible. Embarkation and Checkin - First of all the person at the port did not know what faster to fun meant and told us to get on the 'normal" line, when i pointed out we had this "cool" feature she finally told us to get on the priority line, where we were the only ones in line. Once in priority, we were suppose to get the first available check-in attendant, but now the guy say only one person processes faster to fun people, but apparently this attendant also processes other people as well. So we had to wait for 15 mins before we got to see this attendant, in the mean time people who got in the regular time got checked in before we did. So clearly it was not faster to fun. When I voiced my objection to the guy he says I have no patience...I paid for this so obviously I have no patience. Check-in took 30 min even though we were the first in line at the priority lane, I guess Carnival has its own meaning of PRIORITY. Dining - According to the faster to fun, you should not have to wait in line to either get a table or get a buzzer for a table. But when we went to tell the restaurant manager in the Pride dining room, he told us that was not true and we had to get in line. After waiting for 45 mins in line another member of the restaurant team comes around checking the ship and sail card and lo and behold she says...Why the heck are you guys in line? and immediately gets us a table. Ok so I thought first day this could happen. But no the second day same thing, I had to get into a verbal confrontation with the staff again on the priority issue. I was not asking for a table then, but with the faster to fun I should have been given priority to be seated or at least given the pager. Again after much argument we finally get a pager. My conclusion on the Carnival Imagination - the management of Carnival need to train their staff better, if you are selling these "faster to fun" things make sure the staff know what it entails because as a consumer I know what I should be getting. Aside from this I did not see the enthusiasm from the crew that I was accustomed to in Royal Caribbean. Aside from my room steward, rest of the crew was very lack luster and I was very very disappointed by the whole cruise experience. If you are thinking of this ship ...Imagine something else Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
I have sailed with Carnival 8 times. Carnival, while priced at the low end, always stepped up to the plate in food and service until now. We sailed for 4 nights on the Imagination out of Miami. Check-in was smooth and the cabin clean. We ... Read More
I have sailed with Carnival 8 times. Carnival, while priced at the low end, always stepped up to the plate in food and service until now. We sailed for 4 nights on the Imagination out of Miami. Check-in was smooth and the cabin clean. We had open seating for dining in the Pride DR. Dining room front desk people have a lot of attitude. They were condescending and brusque while the wait staff was wonderfully accommodating. The food was what you'd expect from a Denny's buffet. If we stayed away from the meat and went with the fish we seemed to be better off. The casino is a confusing spectacle. While you can put cash into the slot machines your winnings are returned on your 'Ship Card'. Money has to be collected at the end of the cruise. If you are owed less than $10 US you MUST contact Carnival HQ to get your money back. I wonder how much Carnival pockets from cruisers too busy to be making calls to Carnival? The dining room desk people and casino managers are Eastern European. I can only assume that customer service in that part of the world is different than what Westerners have come to expect. Carnival pushes hard on photographs. Promenade deck is a gauntlet of photographers tugging at your sleeve. Same thing goes for the dining room (like to have your meal interrupted by a guy in a pirate costume? Ride Carnival.) Getting on or off of the ship requires you to pose for a picture. Cabins are stocked with $4 bottles of water and $2 soft drinks. Bring your own. Cocktails at the bars are $6 to $8 and a 15% gratuity is automatically added. Entertainment was pedestrian and the 'Adult' comedy acts were a tsunami of F-Bombs. Carry your own luggage and disembarkation is a breeze. Have Carnival do it and wait. Would not do this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
My wife and I went on this cruise because my cousin was getting married. We originally booked a grand suite and two weeks before the cruise they called and offered us an upgrade to the Penthouse Suite. Needless to say we were pretty ... Read More
My wife and I went on this cruise because my cousin was getting married. We originally booked a grand suite and two weeks before the cruise they called and offered us an upgrade to the Penthouse Suite. Needless to say we were pretty excited to have an upgrade and after researching the size of the room we knew we were in for a good time. The lady I booked with promised specific amenities and an escort to the room since it is not listed on the deck plans. When we got to the port to embark with the VIP checkin we were promised, they could not find our reservation. They sent us on the ship with guest passes and told us to speak with guest services once aboard. Guest Services was unable to do anything for us because their computers were not uploaded yet. This was not the way I wanted the vacation to start. We ported in Key West the second day and both my wife and I were flagged trying to leave the ship. They told us that we would again have to speak with guest services because our cards were not working (the ones we had just gotten from them the previous day). If the cards weren't working, why would they tell use to leave and deal with it later? This was the classic game of pass the buck we had experienced since we had gotten on the ship. The same thing happened when we attempted to return to the ship with the cards again not working. It was at this point I called Carnival directly since working with guest services was getting me nowhere. From that point on we did not have any problems with the cards, but due to the many we had up to that point, my wife did not enjoy the rest of the cruise. The food on this cruise was also the worst I have ever had and the service in the dining room was terrible. The servers were hard to find and seemed to not care about the experience of the cruisers. They are automatically tipped on the sail and sign account and you can tell they are not trying. One thing that irked my wife was the fact that her water glass was continuously empty (I didn't really get why that was so annoying, but she's a woman and I wasn't going to argue). Room service was helpful but slow. Orders would take up to an hour to reach our room and the food would be cold. Also whenever we called guest services for anything they were rude and acted put-upon that we needed something. The promised pool on the Serenity deck was a joke! Two hot tubs...combined those wouldn't even equal one pool. The only dancing club on the boat did not cater to everyone and was surrounded by security each night (we didn't go in). My wife had been talking about the shows she had seen on previous cruises and I was looking forward to seeing them. We went to one and did not go back. It was terrible! We fell asleep! The male singer couldn't sing and they kept yelping. I can go to karaoke to do that. The main entertainment for us came from counting everyone who left the show. The good points: Our room was always cleaned in a timely fashion. Our room steward was like a ninja. The bartenders in the Xanadu lounge were friendly and helpful and we enjoyed the piano bar. The room we were in was amazing but the problems that came with it made my wife wish we had stayed in our original cabin. My wife had cruised with Carnival before and stated at that point she would not go on another cruise with them but because of the wedding we decided to go for it. Big mistake. If you are looking for something with a little more class and something focused on customer service, do not cruise with Carnival. Never again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
We booked this cruise because of the ports, especially Cozumel for the sunset. When we booked, the itinerary was Miami, Key West (8a-1p), Cozumel (1pm-10pm), Day at Sea, Miami. Two days before, yes two days before the cruise, I got ... Read More
We booked this cruise because of the ports, especially Cozumel for the sunset. When we booked, the itinerary was Miami, Key West (8a-1p), Cozumel (1pm-10pm), Day at Sea, Miami. Two days before, yes two days before the cruise, I got an email from Carnival stating that they were changing our itinerary. Well, I booked my own excursions becuase I could not afford them through the cruise line. What did that mean, I had to call & cancel the Cozumel Jeep trip we had booked & paid for & change my parasail trip (completely change days). Our itinerary got changed to Miami, Day at Sea, Cozumel (7am-1pm), that is 6am local time, then Key West noon-8pm, Miami. Who wants to get off a cruise ship at 6am local time when the beaches & such dont open until 9:30am??? So in Cozumel there was NO TIME to do anything but shop in the local area. That is not my idea of fun. Everyone that tried to go do any shore excursions only got about a hour anywhere. So that port was a bust. Then Key West, fog rolled in & the Cost Guard closed the Channel to get into Key West. I know weather is not the cruise ships fault, but we had alot of Non-English speaking guests on board. Since we went to Cozumel first & then were re-entering the states (Key West) immigration had to be done on the ship. EVERY person on the ship had to be cleared before a single person coudl get off the ship. People did not understand they were supposed to be at the DISCO at a certain time to start border patrol immigration. So instead of pulling into port at 12 noon, we got in at 3pm. I already had to change my excursion once to change from Tue to Thurs, now I had to change my time since we were 3 hours late. Then we of course had to be back on the ship by 8pm, which really means last train back was at 7:15pm. So 4 hours in port - woo hoo - again FUN TIMES. We just felt rushed on the whole trip, never time to rally relax. Weather was great though, sunny & in the 80's almost the whole trip. That in January was fantastic. But the cruise expereince was horrible. Kids camp was nice, but we had to keep checking her in & out every two hours. I dont wear a watch and had to buy one to keep from getting charged a late fee for not picking her up on time. I wont swear off cruises altogether, because everyone on the ship said this was an unusually bad cruise. Even veteran cruisers were very dissapointed. Carnival just did not handle the changes well & had I had more time to make changes, would have changed trips to another week, or different cruise. I don't regret booking my own excursions because where Carnival wanted $89 pp for para-sail, I found http://www.keywest-parasail.com/ - They were $35 pp & were so AWESOME. I would recommend them to anyone. For $40 you can get a CD with pictures & a video of your whole "flight". Then the Jeep Trip was $180 through Carnival, I got it for $70 pp, however we did not get to do it due to the time changes, etc. So the ship was nice, crew was nice, loved the towel animals every night. Our steward was fantastic & they are good with kids. She had fun at kid camp. The elegant evening was fun, oh ya & we only got to have dinner twice in the dining room because the Cozumel night we were too tired from all the walking & Key West we were in port. We chose anytime dining, but got forced to 6pm assigned table dining. Did not like that, would have preferred anytime, again had to watch the clock. The water-slides were fun, but would have preferred they had a pool that my 7 year could have touched the bottom. It was water-slides or a 5' deep pool. Nothing shallow for the smalled kids to swim in. That is a little disappointing. They also closed the pools & hot tubs at like 10:30 at night. Was not expecting them to ever be closed, so that was a little dissapointing. They actually kicked people out of the hot tubs. Not nice. Entertainment wise, there was alot to do, parties & activities alot. No one really used the dance club though. The Miami Port Terminal was AWESOME & getting on the ship was easy, debarkation though, was not. We were first time cruisers & did not understand what to do. We learned about the TV channel too late & it was a bit frustrating. I wont cruise Carnival again. I am convinced to try Royal Caribbean with everything we have heard & read. Read Less
Sail Date January 2011
Before starting this review I would like to say that I am experienced cruiser who mostly cruises with NCL, Princess, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean but I have cruised with other cruise lines too. I say this as not to labeled a malcontent ... Read More
Before starting this review I would like to say that I am experienced cruiser who mostly cruises with NCL, Princess, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean but I have cruised with other cruise lines too. I say this as not to labeled a malcontent because I really did not enjoy a lot about the Imagination. I have been on Imagination before and have taken two (2) other Carnival cruises within the last year (Destiny and Miracle)that were much better. Just a short time into the cruise it became evident that Imagination has slipped very badly. We got a very cheap price on this cruise so what can I say but cheap is cheap. Embarkation was a royal pain and done on a machine where you actually scan your passport and credit card yourself. We found this process tedious and unfriendly. Once on board we headed for the Lido deck. The Lido deck food with the exception of the "New York" Deli and the Mexican Buffet is not very good. Pizza is like cardboard and you can literally smell and feel the grease at the hamburger and hot dog grill. Amazingly, people were gorging themselves on this stuff which was really downright nasty most of the time. The desserts were decent however. The staff on the Lido deck are obviously not making a career out of working on this ship, taking their time clearing tables and letting dishes pile up at the outside tables. Food was not available when it was supposed to be on several occasions, and their soft ice cream machines were frequently out of order and not maintained. The adult area in the back of the ship was nice and would be even nicer if they actually kept the kids out of there. I saw passengers in the jacuzzi tubs with wine glasses (obviously shouldn't be done for fear of breakage) but there was never any staff to enforce these rules. The attitude of the staff is basically one of thoughtlessness. For example, they schedule their "Friends of Dorothy" (GLBT) meetings in the sports bar where there were a lot of guys just hanging out without their wives to watch the game. Now this was a bit comical but stupid on Imagination's part. On-ship activities were non-existent unless you consider the piano player in the atrium or a lecture where they try to sell you something an activity. In four (4) days I never saw the cruise director nor could I tell you her name but I do know she was a woman because I saw her on TV in my cabin in lieu of the movies other cruise ships have. Their past passenger party was a handshake from the Captain; not a drink or cheese and cracker in sight. The spa (steam and sauna) were nice when they were working, but the only access to the gym is through the dressing (locker) area and showers which does not afford any privacy for the users as there is a constant flow of passengers through this area; again, not a lot of thought or planning here either. Getting off the ship was also a hassle. We were doing self-assist luggage which normally means we are off the ship around 7:30am. On Imagination we were still waiting to be cleared at 9:00am. And if you buy any alcohol you are told it will be delivered to your cabin the last night of the cruise; what they don't tell you is that if you are not there to sign for it you will be standing in line at the disco the morning of debarkation to collect it which is most inconvenient. I hate to be one of these cruise passengers that say never again but there was not a whole lot to like on this ship. Next time around I will stick with NCL or Princess and pay a little more for a more memorable cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
My wife and I decided to book a cruise for our birthdays which are on consecutive days. We have sailed Carnival twice before but the past 3 cruises we took were on RCL and NCL.We got a good deal and an upgrade to an obstructed view and ... Read More
My wife and I decided to book a cruise for our birthdays which are on consecutive days. We have sailed Carnival twice before but the past 3 cruises we took were on RCL and NCL.We got a good deal and an upgrade to an obstructed view and anytime dining which we prefer.The cabin was nicer than we had expected and the room steward Panya,was great, always acknowledging any of our requests quickly and courteously and always greeting us by name and with a smile.That's about as good as this review is going to get because the rest of our experience was less than acceptable. Try the buffet? Not so much. There is not enough hand sanitizing stations available and always long lines for hamburgers and hot dogs at The Horizon bar and grill. I can eat that at home. The pizza was average for a cruise line and the sandwich station was down sized in portion sizes from my last trip on the Glory. Almost anytime we went to the Seaview Bistro, it was in transition or closed. Not a big deal because when we did eat there it wasn't very good anyway. On our first night we went to dinner in the Pride dining room. The entire staff seemed uninterested in our dining experience. It took over two ours two hours from start to finish to be served an unmemorable meal.After dinner we went to guest services to complain and ask if we could be moved to the Spirit dining room but was told quite rudely that she couldn't do any thing about that and that we would have to track down the maitre de to see if he could change it. At breakfast the next morning I was told I couldn't wear a sleeveless t shirt in the dining room. This was understandable so I complied. We asked if we could sit by a window and were told we would have to share a table even though the dining room was empty.At dinner the next night,the staff allowed diners in t shirts, ripped jeans,booty shorts and tube tops.This was formal night. We saw a little change in the staff from the night before,possibly because it was formal night,but still not up to the service we have received on other cruises. The service did improve a little more on the next night. Could it be that before dinner we received our preliminary bill explaining the gratuity charges? Enough about the dining pleasures. Let me tell you about the entertainment.The cruise director, Karl with a K, was annoying and as unfunny as I have ever seen.You really shouldn't laugh that hard at your own jokes.I'm not a person that goes on cruises for the shows, but I will watch one if it is well done and entertaining. I have been to high school productions that were better than these. We had a good time in the Xanadu lounge with the karaoke. The passengers on this cruise were very entertaining.The comedian who does his show for about 25 minutes was more vulgar than funny. Frat boy stuff. The piano bar felt like a dive bar and the rest of the clubs on the ship were kind of passe.Nothing to get excited about. Don't fall for the prizes they offer in the spa during sail away.After the sales pitch they give away the raffled off prizes which are discounts for spa services that they offer.You can get the same discounts when the ship is in port. The spa itself is kind of small.The rest of the public areas are nice but if you read,bring a book. The library has one cabinet with about 50 books and another with a set of encyclopedias.I really enjoyed the Serenity deck. No kids, two hot tubs and quiet.I wanted to try the water slide but the only day I found it open the line was extremely long. When we got home we wrote a letter to Carnival explaining our situation only to receive a stock reply,with a mild apology and saying they would inform the proper authorities. Needless to say its back to NCL for our next cruises in December 2009 and February and September 2010. Avoid the Imagination at all costs.It's not worth the savings. Read Less
Sail Date September 2009
Sept 7th Western Caribbean: Had a upgrade to an outside cabin, very last room in the back of the boat. Al ot of rumbling engine noise and awakened in the morning from the dock lines being let out. The cabin was not particularly clean, ... Read More
Sept 7th Western Caribbean: Had a upgrade to an outside cabin, very last room in the back of the boat. Al ot of rumbling engine noise and awakened in the morning from the dock lines being let out. The cabin was not particularly clean, found someone else's shoe under the bed, carpet not vacuumed next to window. But, the size was fine with adequate storage space. Asked the cabin steward on the first day to make sure we had ice which never happened. We had to get ice from the cooler or upstairs at the cafeteria ourselves. Embarkation and debarkation was easy, no long lines which was nice. Food was ok. The lines for the buffet were always outrageous. I skipped some meals because I did not want to wait in the line. One area of particular concern was a complete lack of sanitation stations. There was nowhere on the boat where you could use disinfectant and often the bathrooms were lacking soap. Typically, there is hand sanitizer available when re-boarding the boat and at all food lines. I saw some disgusting people licking their fingers in the buffet line and then putting the tongs back in the food. It was really gross and I was sick with a sinus infection before we left. Thank God it wasn't Norwalk virus. Carnival needs to get with the times and provide antibacterial lotion. Anyway, the service in the formal dining room was good. The food was mediocre at best, but nothing inedible. It was nice to have lobster offered on a shorter cruise. The deserts were surprisingly bad. People did not really go all out dressing up for Formal Night. My husband was the only tuxedo, not even many suits. Most of the time, people were walking around 3/4 naked, 50 pounds overweight. So, let me move on to the quality of people on the ship. I felt like I was back in college for a big spring break party. People were drunk and rowdy the entire trip. I would estimate half the ship was under 25 and looking to hook up. Tons of fat, tattooed people actually going to eat in their bathing suits. It was an incredible display of disgusting. I did not even put on my bathing suit the whole trip because the pools were packed with people and there was no way I was going in. The hot tubs were filled to capacity at all times. I have never been on a cruise quite like this. I guess for $200, anyone can afford to cruise. The shows were pretty bad. The comedian was absolutely horrible. The first night show was also very bad but improved greatly for the second production. The fitness center was very good. Plenty of machines and free weights, all with a very nice view to work out to. We were charged too many for cocktails the first day, so make sure to keep your receipts in case there is a discrepancy when you receive the final bill. In Key West, the ship docks in a Navy base so the security line was very long to get back to the ship. Sitting in the afternoon sun on the conch train shuttle for 30 minutes was not fun. The line to get off the boat in Calica was also amazing. We waited 1 hour to get off the boat! So, we lost one hour and did not get off until 2:00. Since many spots close at 5:00 in Mexico, that was alot of valuable time wasted (in addition to having to wait in the hallway with a group of 10 super drunk frat boys screaming and singing the whole time). The day at sea was pretty boring since we refused to use the pool or hang out by it. The US Open was on so that killed a few hours. If you like bingo, there always seemed to be a game of that going on. To sum it all up, you get what you pay for. The Imagination is a good enough getaway if you don't pay more than $200 pp and don't expect a refined experience. The singing and dancing shows in the dining room were ridiculous. Why the YMCA performance during a meal, for God sakes???? Next trip we will probably pay a little more and shoot for something other than the FUN SHIP! Read Less
Sail Date September 2006
My family and I, husband and two teenagers, returned yesterday from a 5-day Caribbean cruise. We were on the Imagination and we thought that you should know that we really did not enjoy this cruise as much as our first Carnival cruise for ... Read More
My family and I, husband and two teenagers, returned yesterday from a 5-day Caribbean cruise. We were on the Imagination and we thought that you should know that we really did not enjoy this cruise as much as our first Carnival cruise for several reasons. 1. The rooms and especially the hallways smelled horribly. The bathrooms smelled like urine and the room was not much better. The hallway continually smelled of cigarette smoke and at times like burned hair or flesh. It was unbearable at times. 2. The bathroom needs to be bleached to get the mildew out of the grout and the missing and loose tiles need to be repaired. 3. The sheets were horribly stained. 4. There were hairs in the bathrooms and on the sheets that were not ours. 5. The food was okay. I would suggest a wider variety of breakfast foods and something other than Indian foods in the Horizon. 6. It was terribly overcrowded everywhere we went. Everything had a line. The swimming pool was filled to capacity almost always. 7. Unless you drink or gamble or are over 65, there's not much to do, especially for older teenagers. 8. We booked a shore excursion in Ocho Rios entitled Shaw Beach and Dunn's River Falls. The falls were great!! The beach was absolutely horrible. We wasted three hours on a rocky, dirty beach. That excursion should be explained better or deleted completely. 9. We were told we could rent snorkel equipment in both the Bahamas, to which we were rerouted, and in Ocho Rios. We could NOT! Neither place had anything but jetskis and kayaks for rent, at astronomical prices, I might add. So we didn't get to snorkel the whole week which is my main reason for going to the Caribbean to begin with. 10. The food was just okay. My son's lobster was so tough he couldn't eat it and none of us could cut the pork. The rest was good. 11. The entertainment was not entertaining. There are some very untalented people aboard your ships. 12. Also, as bad as I hate to say this, cruising has become too affordable. Most of the people on the cruise were low class, trashy people, who had no respect for others. They are the reason that ship is in such sad shape. They leave their trash, smoke everywhere, not just in the designated smoking areas, and were very loud and rude. In the future, if we cruise again, we will either choose a newer vessel or a higher priced cruise. Not that we are any better than anyone else, but we're not trashy and pick up after ourselves. I must say that the staff were always very nice and helpful. They did change the sheets when I asked them to although those were stained too. There was a tropical depression headed in our direction and the captain very wisely took us to the Bahamas rather than Grand Cayman, which was fine with us as we had not been to the Bahamas before. I have no complaints about any one person on the ship. The entire staff was great. It's just that that ship needs a complete overhaul or a match. It really smells that bad, like a combination of must and urine. The Carnival CEO needs to travel in one of our rooms for 5 days and see how he likes the smells there! Read Less
Sail Date June 2006
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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