Carnival Imagination Review

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Cruise Ship Overview

Introduced in 1995, the fifth ship in Carnival’s eight-ship Fantasy-class is Carnival Imagination. Like other Fantasy-class ship, she has received numerous upgrades throughout her tenure and features a secluded adults-only Serenity Deck, but there is no word at this writing on whether the ship will be updated to add Carnival’s "Fun Ship 2.0" upgrades. After embarkation in Miami, passengers on Carnival Imagination sail on three-night cruises to the Bahamas or four-night cruises to the Western Caribbean, including a stop in Key West, Florida, on some sailings.

Bathed in fiber-optic light, glitzy Fantasy-class interiors added expansive six-deck atriums and a new dimension to the original superliner concept. To keep the fun going, these ships offer an almost wearying assortment of places to have a good time. As times and tastes have changed, the ships have evolved as well, with new lobby bars, dedicated club spaces for teens and tweens, miniature golf, and Internet centers. Even newer are Carnival’s WaterWorks water park and the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat, which increase the appeal of the older Fantasy-class vessels.

Only one level below the Lido deck, the indoor promenade connects major public rooms on a single deck, with only formal dining rooms, shops, and other small spaces one deck below. Large in size and ideal for a short itinerary, these ships have sprawling outdoor pool and sunning areas, but they can feel cramped when sailing at maximum capacity. Cabins provide calm oases from sensory overload. With the exception of Carnival Sensation, Carnival Fascination, and Carnival Ecstasy, to which balconies were added to existing cabins, you'll have to book a suite if you want the solitude of a private balcony.

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