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Overview

First launched in 1995 and most recently updated in 2016, Carnival Imagination holds 2,056 passengers, making it one of the line’s smallest ships. Its 2016 refurbishment added cosmetic enhancements like new carpeting and tile, as well as guest favorites like Guy's Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina and Bar.

The ship also offers hallmark entertainment options, such as a casino, nightly stage productions and comedy acts, as well as activities like mini-golf and a water park. While parents sip cocktails at one of many bars and lounges, children ages 2 to 17 can take part in age-appropriate youth clubs. Seuss at Sea is an especially fun activity for young kids. When your group gets hungry, head to one of the many dining areas, including two main dining rooms, a buffet, a deli serving sandwiches, a salad bar and more.

As far as accommodations go, passengers can choose from Interior or Ocean View cabins (both span 185 square feet), or Suites that offer up to 400 square feet. All are equipped with flat-screen TVs, safes and 24-hour room service. While other Carnival vessels offer more cabin options, this ship's lower crew-to-guest ratio makes for more customized service. 

In 2018-19, Carnival Imagination sails from Los Angeles to Mexico. 

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First launched in 1995 and most recently updated in 2016, Carnival Imagination holds 2,056 passengers, making it one of the line’s smallest ships. Its 2016 refurbishment added cosmetic enhancements like new carpeting and tile, as well as guest favorites like Guy's Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina and Bar.

The ship also offers hallmark entertainment options, such as a casino, nightly stage productions and comedy acts, as well as activities like mini-golf and a water park. While parents sip cocktails at one of many bars and lounges, children ages 2 to 17 can take part in age-appropriate youth clubs. Seuss at Sea is an especially fun activity for young kids. When your group gets hungry, head to one of the many dining areas, including two main dining rooms, a buffet, a deli serving sandwiches, a salad bar and more.

As far as accommodations go, passengers can choose from Interior or Ocean View cabins (both span 185 square feet), or Suites that offer up to 400 square feet. All are equipped with flat-screen TVs, safes and 24-hour room service. While other Carnival vessels offer more cabin options, this ship's lower crew-to-guest ratio makes for more customized service. 

In 2018-19, Carnival Imagination sails from Los Angeles to Mexico. 

Ship Size
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Year Built
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Pros & Cons

  • Ship is less crowded than larger vessels in the fleet

  • Fewer cabin options and modern venues than newer Carnival ships

Rankings

Carnival Imagination ranks #24 out of 25 Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

3.55Scorecard
  • 3.0Expert Rating »
  • 3.7Traveler Rating »
  • 4.0Health Rating »

Cabins

Carnival Imagination offers a wide range of accomodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Deck Plans

Carnival Imagination contains 10 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Imagination deck.

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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 2734 guests have reviewed Carnival Imagination, giving it a rating of 3.7 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

3.7 out of 5(2734 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples40%
Families w/older children16.8%
Singles/Friends15.3%
Families w/young children14.8%
Groups5.1%
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Ship Photos

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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.