Anthony F. Felicio Jr.
Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Imagination
Sailing Date: August 21st, 2004
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
We traveled with a party of twenty; eleven of which were children ranging in age from two years old to sixteen years old. Overall everyone behaved admirably and the chaos and confusion was kept to a minimum. About the ship: I found the Imagination to be beautiful. It was well kept, spotless and all of its crew was friendly and helpful. I sailed last summer on it's sister ships the Sensation and the Fascination which from what I recall were very nice too, but for some reason I found this one even nicer. We sailed out of Miami to Grand Cayman and to Ocho Rios. The ship ran smooth, very little movement and there was plenty to do around the ship. I was on Adventure of the Seas last month and what I've discovered in my opinion although AOS was magnificent and a great experience, it's not the size of the boat that really matters. It definitely had more bells and whistles than the Imagination and I think every cruiser should experience the "big" ships at least once, but now that I've done it once, ships like the Imagination are great too. I've had great cruises on both lines. I really think you should make your choice on the itinerary rather than the size of a particular ship.
We found the food to be excellent every night, service great and friendly; our waiters took care of the kids at a separate table extremely well, and had a great time. The bars and lounge areas were beautiful, shows were first rate, and casino was large and very nice. Getting on and off ship was a pleasant experience. We stayed in the Horizon grill the morning of disembarking, ate breakfast and waited to be called. There was no hustle and bustle and got off very easily. The two excursions we chose were in Grand Cayman - 7 Mile Beach and in Ocho Rios my wife and I took a cab to a public beach about five minutes from the pier and enjoyed the local culture and the beach. 7 Mile Beach in Grand Cayman was very beautiful and a very nice day. We had a terrific time on this cruise and are looking into booking next July on the Destiny out of San Juan. If you have any questions and would like more info or pics, drop me a line and I'll be happy to get back to you.