Number of Cruises: 3
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Imagination
Sailing Date: March 12th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
This is our first cruise on Carnival Cruise line. (we've taken other cruises on Norwegian and Disney) This is also our first cruise with our two sons (ages 10/13). We intentionally chose a short 4-night cruise because we weren't sure how well the kids would do.
We feel we made a good decision to choose Carnival's Imagination. We were pleased with the advertised "roomy" accommodations (we stayed on an outside room. While no-where near the spaciousness of a typical hotel room; we felt comfortable. We had a queen-size bed and two "overhead" bunk beds. This worked out fine for us. The bathrooms are adequate -- a plus for the shower -- plenty of hot water and pressure.
Our kids enjoyed the 24-hr pizza and ice-cream-- we were told that this came about as a result of passenger feedback.
We had excellent room and dining service--- nothing short of "excellent".
Our short-stay in Key West and Cozumel was fine.
The quality of food is good --both in the dining hall and in the lido deck (main gathering deck).
The shows/entertainment were good. There are some areas that are more difficult to see and I would recommend arriving early to get yourself a better seat.
Our bill/invoice was accurate--they made it very easy to pay for drinks (soda/wine), any purchases, gratuities.
The check-in/check-out process works well except for early-ship depature where there is a rush to get off this ship.
Our kids found enough things to do onboard --though we would suggest leaving the kids with relatives so that you can enjoy the vacation.