08/03/2011 12:54 pm ET Updated Sep 26, 2011

The Carnival Imagination Reviews: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

Carnival Imagination is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Carnival Imagination

Caribbean Destinations

The Carnival Imagination sails from Miami to the Caribbean and Bahamas. It stops at such ports as Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas; Key West, Fla. and Cozumel, Mexico.

Cruise In Luxury

The Carnival Imagination is a Fantasy-class cruise ship. The ship features a resort-style pool and an onboard water park. Youth clubs and miniature golf make this a fun family cruise ship.

Entertainment For The Whole Family

The Carnival Imagination has dedicated areas for children and adults. Camp Carnival, Circle C and Club 02 offer age-appropriate experiences for children. The Serenity retreat, El Dorado Casino and the IIllusions dance club, on the other hand, are all designated for grown-ups.

Accommodation Options

Carnival Imagination is one of the few ships in the Carnival fleet that lacks balconies for regular staterooms. The only accommodations with balconies are the suites. All rooms feature luxury linens and bathrobes and are decorated with light-colored wood and pastel accents.


Cruise prices fluctuate, depending on the date, duration and cabin preference. A four-day cruise on the Carnival Imagination to the Western Caribbean from Miami can cost as little as $179 per person for an interior stateroom, and $429 per person for a suite in November. But the same cruise leaving the day after Christmas is $449 per person for an inside stateroom, and $1,079 per person for a suite.

Explore Mayan Ruins

Carnival Imagination passengers recommended the Mayan ruins tour. This excursion is a full-day trip that explores the Mayan ruins of Tulum in Cozumel. If there is time, passengers enjoy a private beach after the tour.

Dining Experience

The Carnival Imagination has two main dining rooms, Pride and Spirit. In addition, the buffet on Lido deck becomes the Seaview Bistro for dinner. Not in the mood for a traditional dining experience? The ship also features poolside dining, a sushi bar and 24-hour room service.

Maiden Voyage

The Carnival Imagination was launched in 1995. The ship has been updated since then to add the Serentity retreat and a water park.

In The News

Our research revealed no notable news stories or safety concerns regarding the Carnival Imagination.


The Serenity Spa on board the Carnival Imagination.

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