The 70,000 ton, 2,052 passenger Carnival Imagination debuted more than 15 years ago as the fifth of an eight-ship series with risqué names. Today, Imagination continues to provide a classic, party-at-sea Carnival experince in a Vegas-style setting, with lots of neon, chrome and bright colors providing the glitzy backdrop.
The Carnival Imagination has been refurbished and enhanced over the years, from the addition of flatscreen TVs in cabins to improved kids’ facilities and a new atrium bar, though you can’t hide some wear and tear around the edges. You might not even notice, though, since the zany décor and buzzy vibe will probably get all your attention.
There’s a six-story atrium flanked by glass-sided elevators, and a playful theme focused on a crazy melding of classical artwork and fiber-optic lighting that would make the ancient Greek, Roman, and Assyrian artists turn in their graves. You can stroll between more than 10 bars and lounges, plus a glitzy casino.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the new 9-hole miniature golf course and three-deck-high spiral water slide, dual racing slides and water spray toys. There’s also a children’s play room and a separate tween space, plus a teen center sporting a dance floor and soft-drinks bar.
Diners can choose between a pair of big one-story dining rooms and the more casual indoor-outdoor buffet restaurant, which serves a bit of everything. You’ll also find a sushi bar, 24-hour pizza and a café for fancy coffees.
Though décor is plain vanilla, there’s a functional gym and a spa with a full range of treatments. The ship’s hot tubs and pools are always full of fun-loving cruisers, keeping the outdoor decks hopping all day long. If it’s some peace and quiet you seek, the ship has a new Serenity adults-only deck area with padded chaise lounges and umbrellas.
Like the rest of the Carnival fleet, the Fantasty-class ships offer large cabins, with standards measuring a roomy 185 square feet. The amenities include robes for use during the cruise and super-comfy mattresses and bedding. Only suites have minifridges and hair dryers, and just 54 cabins have balconies.
Carnival Imagination belongs to Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy Class of cruise ships. The Carnival Fantasy Class features lots of fun on its cruises, with a Resort Style Pool, the Carnival WaterWorks waterslide and splash park, the most popular family program in the cruise industry, and a multitude of bars and lounges for the adults.
Year Built 1995 ♦
Ship's Class: Fantasy Class ♦
Year Refurbished 2007 ♦
Country of Registry Panama ♦
Tonnage 70,000 ♦
Length 855 ft - 260 m ♦
Cruising Speed 21 knots ♦
Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,052 ♦
Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) 2,658 ♦
Passenger Decks 10 ♦
Officers and Crew 926 ♦
Officer's Nationality Italian ♦
Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International
Total 1,026 ♦
Suites with Balcony 54 ♦
Oceanview with Balcony 0 (none) ♦
Oceanview without Balcony 564 ♦
Inside 408 ♦
Accessible Cabins (all categories) 24 ♦
Carnival Cruise Lines' cabins are great for families. Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.
TV with music channels ♦
In-Cabin Movies ♦
In-Cabin Internet Access ♦
Private Safe ♦
Traditional 1st and 2nd Sitting Assigned Table Seating ♦
Optional Open Seating - "Your Choice Dining" lets you choose the time that suits you ♦
Formal Nights ♦
Specialty Restaurants: none ♦
Specialty Coffee Bar ♦
24 Hour Room Service Available
Bars and Lounges ♦
Card Room/Game Room ♦
Video Games Arcade
Sports and Activities
Resort Style Pool ♦
Sports Court ♦
Fitness Center ♦
Jogging Track ♦
Carnival WaterWorks - Waterslide and Splash Park ♦
Mini Golf ♦
Promenade Deck: none
Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦
MedSpa Services ♦
Sauna or Steam Room ♦
Beauty Salon ♦
Fitness Assessment ♦
Health and Nutrition Evaluation
Children and Teens
Camp Carnival: 2 to 11 year olds ♦
Circle "C": 12 to 14 year olds ♦
Club 02!: 15 to 17 year olds ♦
Family Cabins ♦
Organized Age Specific Activities ♦
Children's Pool ♦
Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦
Youth Staff ♦
Dedicated Teen Center ♦
Teen Programs ♦
Teen Staff ♦
Group Babysitting Services
Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦
Business Center Services ♦