Originally posted by vacationbound:
Overall, how did you like your first cruise and the Imagination? Did you use the Carnival Water Works area?
Overall, I loved the cruise. It was very relaxing, great food, and there was almost always something to do if you were up for it. We had an oceanview room, and I really liked that.
A balcony probably would have been even better (although too expensive for us), as I tend to like a quiet place with a pretty view to relax and read, but some of the outside decks weren't too noisy, especially in the mornings.
I also loved the ports. Grand Turk opens right onto a cruise area, so you can just walk off the ship through a couple of shops and claim a chair on the beach. Half Moon Cay was the most beautiful beach ever. Both had great service with waiters walking the beach to bring you drinks, although Grand Turk's service was from Margaritaville, so it was even more expensive than the ship's drinks. At Half Moon Cay, people even walked around to pick up your garbage. We were very spoiled. And you can see from above that Nassau was great.
My only complaint was that there's nothing open except the Lido restaurant at 5:30 am, and even then they're just getting breakfast ready. I wake up too early, which comes from having a toddler at home.
Unfortunately, the decks are all being cleaned, etc, at this time, which is kind of distracting. The gym is supposed to open at six, but twice I had to call to get someone to open the main doors by the spa, because they still weren't open at 6:10 am.
The Imagination itself was great. It was small enough that you could learn to navigate it easily by the end of the cruise. Although, next time I cruise, I will bring one of the maps from Carnival's cruise brochure books, as the maps you can get from the purser's area aren't as good.
I didn't get a chance to do the water works. It closes at 5:00 pm, so it will be closed soon after you get back from port on a few days. It's kind of weird because it doesn't open into a pool or anything. It's just basically a kids play area in the back of the ship with a super huge water slide.
I hope we get to cruise again, too, but it will probably be a few years until the next time. Sigh.
I hope you have an awesome time on your cruise.