Posted June 2nd, 2011, 09:48 AM
If you did the regular suites on Imagination, sadly, they are the same size as oceanview rooms on most other ships. Only the "grande" suite is bigger. I've cruised the Imagination 3 times now, 2 in a 1A (bunk bed room) and once in an oceanview. I liked the window, but I have no problem being in the bunk bed room. I laugh about the Celebration cabin that we're doing on Saturday, becuase it's less than half the size of the smallest cabin on Imagination - LOL! (it's truly 86 sq ft. We refused to pay for upgrade, just because they assumed we would... it's an adventure!)
Yes, the $9 (or $10) is their fuel surcharge. We will also be charged $12/day for gratuities. I didn't mention that because the gratuities are the same regardless of whether you book through the marketing company (Caribbean Cruiseline) or right through Celebration. It's the fuel that's included in your total through Celebration, but an "after charge" through the marketing company. In the end, we're still saving money, so we're not complaining, but that part was a surprise.
You don't have to have LOW LOW LOW expectations, it's a fun little cruise. Living so close, if I had a friend who would want to this once a month, I would!
It's just all about knowing ahead of time that it's not like the typical cruiseships, and to not expect the typical cruise ships. Take everything with a grain of salt and have fun.
The shows are decent, the bingo is a blast, the casino is small but still good (I won $150 in a slot last year ON MY BIRTHDAY), my daughter loved the kids club. But, the pool is barely a pool, the water slide has a weight limit (basically for kids). The restaurants are not like regular cruise ships (one night you get a regular "sit down" dinner, soup to nuts, so to speak. which we actually enjoyed more than the Norwegian Sky... The other night you get a "half buffet". You get seated, but then the appetizers are up at a buffet, already plated. Salad, shrimp cocktail (if I recall correctly), etc. Then they come around with meat like at a brazilian steakhouse. You do get waiters to order the entree, drinks and whatever extra. Some people HATED this, as they were expecting "main dining room" service. The food was good, the service was good, and everyone was friendly - what's not to like?)
Sorry to go on! People either like this or hate it, and as long as you're not expecting Carnival, RCCL or otherwise, you should like it.
Last year we did have to exit the ship through the end ferry door (picture the back of the boat opening up where they would drive trucks through), but that was because the Freeport pier was being constructed... not sure if that's done yet. But that added to the adventure