Carnival Imagination Review

Carnival Cruise Lines
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  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars 4.0
  • Expert Rating:3.0-stars 3.0
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.6
    • Couples: 3.6
    • Families w/ young children: 3.5
    • Families w/ older children: 3.6
    • Singles/Friends: 3.7
    • Groups: 3.8
  • Health Rating:
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 1995
  • Refurbished: 2013
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,028
  • Restaurants: 4
  • Pools: 1

How it Ranks: Carnival Imagination ranks #8 out of 24 Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

While Carnival Imagination is one of the line's smallest ships, it offers versatile activities, entertainment, lodging and dining options — a hallmark of Carnival Cruise Lines. In the casino, guests will find table games like poker, blackjack and roulette, along with tournaments to add a little more excitement to the stakes. Another draw is the ship's diverse nightly entertainment, which ranges from comedy acts and family games to live music at the piano bar and dancing at the nightclub. During the daytime, guests can venture to the art gallery or peruse the shops. And with activities like mini-golf, yoga or Pilates along with age-appropriate programming at Camp Carnival, Circle "C" or Club O2, guests of all ages can find something to keep them entertained. When everyone gets hungry, head to one of two main dining rooms or the Lido Deck buffet, which features the Mongolian Wok (ever-popular among past cruisers). While Carnival Imagination launched in 1995 and was updated in 2013 to offer a few more venues, new specialty restaurants were not one of them. However, the main dining rooms offer Seaday Brunch as well as the special Chef's Table package, where guests can get a private kitchen tour, drinks and hors d'oeuvres and a three-course meal (for an additional fee). As far as accommodations go, passengers have three options: Interior (185 square feet), Ocean View (also 185 square feet) and Suite (250 to 400 square feet) stateroom categories, all of which come with standard amenities like flat-screen TVs and turn-down service. Those staying in a suite are rewarded with extras, like a well-appointed balcony and VIP check-in. While the ship can carry over 2,056 guests, with approximately one crew member catering to every two guests, the ship affords a more customized onboard experience than larger ships within the fleet.

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Carnival Imagination Cabins

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.