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July 4th on Imagination, with a trip Behind the Fun! A pictorial.

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Intro:

This was a hastily scheduled cruise, booked about one week in advance. My wife and I were previously booked on a 7 day cruise on Carnival Legend in November, but it had to be cancelled due to my wife’s employment changes. So to make it up to ourselves, we took two 3 day cruises before the start of her new job. One was on Monarch of the Seas on June 18, and the other on Carnival Imagination on July 2, 2010.

It has been a running joke between us that the Imagination is our “stalker” ship. This came about since she has been in port with us at least once on many cruises we have taken. So it seemed like a good time to give her a try and be able to say that we have “been on that one too”.

My wife and I drove down to Fort Lauderdale the night before the cruise and stayed at the Mariott North hotel. My labor union has held conferences there in the past, so I was happy when Hotwire gave us a great rate for the night. For anyone looking for a hotel in a decent area, I recommend the Mariott North Lauderdale. It’s a nice place right off I-95 with a big pool area, plus there are many restaurants near by. The drive to the pier the next day only took about 40 minutes.

 

Our view of Laudy from the room

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Embarkation:

As I have before, I will continue my praise for the VIP embarkation at the Port of Miami. We got to the terminal around 10-ish and were in the VIP Lounge in no time. As soon as they began boarding we got right on and were some of the first on the ship. It is such an easy and pleasant process; I just wish Miami was closer for us.

 

VIP Embarkation Lounge

 

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The Ship:

Having done so many of my cruises on other Fantasy Class ships, it felt like coming home when I stepped onto Imagination. The ship’s interiors are still in good shape after her fifteen years in service. There were several places where the carpet had become tattered and needed replacing, but she was very clean and in mostly good repair.

Central on Empress Deck is the lobby of the ship, which is also the bottom floor of the expansive Grand Atrium. A lobby bar, guest relations (the Purser’s desk), the shore excursions desk and the internet café can all be found there. The crew also hung a huge American flag in the atrium in honor of Independence Day.

 

The lobby bar

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Shore tours

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Guest services

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The art gallery, right off the lobby

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One floor up on Atlantic Deck one finds both of the main dining rooms (Pride forward, and Spirit aft), a piano bar, library, shopping area, and the first floor of the main theater. I usually make it a point to visit the piano bar frequently on a cruise, but for some reason we never made it in there this time.

The piano bar

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The ship's library

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hey grady, welcome back! looking forward to this, i always love your reviews! :D

 

i tried an impromptu cruise for the 4th too, but it didnt work out due to TS alex :mad:

 

seems that the imagination is awfully colorful inside! lol... glad you made it on your stalker ship... forgive me if this is jumping ahead, but did it have the deck lights strung up? ;)

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The Dynasty Lounge main theater

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Laser tag setup on the stage

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The "secret door" that leads to the lower observation deck, which has apparently been redesignated as a "crew only" area on all Fantasy Class ships. For those new to Carnival, it used to be for guests.

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hey grady, welcome back! looking forward to this, i always love your reviews! :D

 

i tried an impromptu cruise for the 4th too, but it didnt work out due to TS alex :mad:

 

seems that the imagination is awfully colorful inside! lol... glad you made it on your stalker ship... forgive me if this is jumping ahead, but did it have the deck lights strung up? ;)

 

Thanks Mark!

 

Sorry your cruise didn't pan out, d@mn tropical storms!

 

No rope lights on Imagination, even the cable that used to hold them (and the flags) was gone. The strand in front of the bridge was still in place oddly enough. I asked the Captain why they were taken down while we were on the Behind the Fun tour, he said they were probably taken down for repair. But since the Fascination has also lost hers, I'm betting it will be done fleetwide sooner or later. Probably some Vice President trying to save a few bucks and didn't think anyone would notice. :rolleyes:

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Moving up from Atlantic is the Imagination Promenade. This is the main entertainment area and is home to the casino, two dance clubs, a cigar bar, and the main theater’s balcony. A smaller theater is located aft on this deck, which is used mostly for karaoke and comedy shows. At the very back of Promenade Deck is the Serenity area. This is an adult only sunning deck with its own hot tubs. The staff generally does a good job kicking out interloping children. The exception was at night, when the area was still open but there was no attendant to be found. Once the crewman was gone, I saw several teens in the hot tubs.

Photo gallery

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Video arcade

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Club O2 teen disco

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The Imagination Promenade

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Vittorio's on the promenade

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Formalities Shop

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Promenade gift shop

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The Shangri La Lounge, usually had live music

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These frames around the windows looked like,,,,,,nevermind.

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The Pinnacle Club cigar bar, also has flat screens with sports

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A handy staircase down to the aft (Spirit) dining room.

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The Xanadu Lounge, aft on the Promenade

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No rope lights on Imagination, even the cable that used to hold them (and the flags) was gone. The strand in front of the bridge was still in place oddly enough. I asked the Captain why they were taken down while we were on the Behind the Fun tour, he said they were probably taken down for repair. But since the Fascination has also lost hers, I'm betting it will be done fleetwide sooner or later. Probably some Vice President trying to save a few bucks and didn't think anyone would notice. :rolleyes:

 

sounds to me like the captain didn't know what he was talking about... probably... :rolleyes:

 

it'd be very lame if they took them down to save a few bucks... the ship makes its own power!

 

it'll be interesting to see how this one pans out...

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Sorry, I forgot the dining rooms while we were on Atlantic Deck:

 

The forward Pride Dining Room

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The nearly identical aft Spirit Dining Room

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One would assume that they are named after the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Pride, but one would be wrong. They are actually named after the Seabourn Spirit and Pride. Models of those ships adorn the entrances to both dining rooms.

 

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Our first cruise was on the Imagination so many years ago that I can't recall just when. It was great to see your pics of her. Thanks for posting them.:D

 

Jeff

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sounds to me like the captain didn't know what he was talking about... probably... :rolleyes:

 

it'd be very lame if they took them down to save a few bucks... the ship makes its own power!

 

it'll be interesting to see how this one pans out...

 

I got that impression as well. Probably something that came across his desk as a memo, and forgotten just as quickly. Not a huge issue for someone responsible for 2000+ lives and 300 million in hardware. But I figured if anyone would know it would be him.

 

Speaking of saving money, I wonder how much they wasted on paint to cover up the Carnival "widget" on the sides of the ships? :D:rolleyes:

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Well, that takes care of everything up through Promenade Deck. I will finish up the review and post more tomorrow.

 

 

 

@berkley123: You are most welcome!

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Thanks for the review, it was a trip down memory lane. My first cruise was on the Imagination a year ago nearly to the day. I was so overwhelmed that I never got any of these pics. Thanks so much.

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Ok, lets get this thing going again:

 

Above Promenade is the Lido Deck. It is home to the ship’s only pool. It is easy to tell that it is the lone pool, as it gets so crowded you can scarcely see that there is water in it. I enjoy swimming, but not with a school bus load of kids. One medium sized pool is simply not enough for 2000+ people to share. The two hot tubs that flank the pool were equally packed; I counted 10 children in one on the last sea day. With that many bodies on such a hot day sitting in hot water for hours on end, it becomes less a hot tub and more a human soup cauldron.

The Imagination Lido Deck

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When Carnival had the Evolutions of Fun upgrades done to the Fantasy Class ships it eliminated the aft pool in favor of the Waterworks area. In theory this was a good idea. Have a big pool in the middle for adults, a water park in back for the kiddies. In practice, it seems much less logical. Kids still want to swim. So now the Waterworks is full up, as is the only pool. This leaves no pool for the adults to enjoy. It would have made much more sense to leave the aft pool in place and wrap the water park around it; thus containing the children, more or less, to one area.

Waterworks

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I also confirmed that the rope lights were gone from the top of the ship:

 

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Also on Lido deck is the Horizon Grill buffet area. As usual the food was adequate and plentiful. One of my favorite features on the Fantasy Class ships is the exterior lanai area on the back and to the sides of the buffet. It offers panoramic views while enjoying a meal. On the newer ships, the aft Lido area is enclosed due to the sliding dome.

Above the buffet on Veranda Deck is the aforementioned Carnival Waterworks. It has one large “Twister” slide and two smaller racing slides. These slides are accessed by climbing up one deck to the former (topless!) wrap-around funnel deck. At the front of that deck is the ship’s spa and gym. The spa also has steam and sauna rooms, plus an aerobics room. I am a little resentful of the aerobics room, since the space it occupies used to house two hot tubs. They were a favorite locale of mine, since very few people knew about them. They were almost always empty, which allowed for uninterrupted relaxation.

The Horizon Grill

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The Lanai

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At the very top of the ship is the mini golf course. I did not have occasion to use it this cruise, but it looked like it was still in good shape.

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When Carnival had the Evolutions of Fun upgrades done to the Fantasy Class ships it eliminated the aft pool in favor of the Waterworks area. In theory this was a good idea. Have a big pool in the middle for adults, a water park in back for the kiddies. In practice, it seems much less logical. Kids still want to swim. So now the Waterworks is full up, as is the only pool. This leaves no pool for the adults to enjoy. It would have made much more sense to leave the aft pool in place and wrap the water park around it; thus containing the children, more or less, to one area.

 

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in my opinion, that is a HUGE design flaw of the waterworks / fantasy class evolutions of fun upgrade... what were they thinking?

 

seriously, there are SO MANY better ways that they could have designed that area, to offer maximum return on limited real estate - i can't even list them all... from a design or operations standpoint...

 

- they could have run an extra big slide from the same platform, 1/2 the line

- they could have routed the racers between the 2 (proposed) big slides

- the 'splash area' could have been a full sized pool... w/ a splash area...

- an extra full pool would be better than a splash area anyway

- but they could be incorporated anyway

- the new full pool could be the kids pool, +1 adult pool midship...

 

good intentions, poorly executed... :rolleyes:

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in my opinion, that is a HUGE design flaw of the waterworks / fantasy class evolutions of fun upgrade... what were they thinking?

 

seriously, there are SO MANY better ways that they could have designed that area, to offer maximum return on limited real estate - i can't even list them all... from a design or operations standpoint...

 

- they could have run an extra big slide from the same platform, 1/2 the line

- they could have routed the racers between the 2 (proposed) big slides

- the 'splash area' could have been a full sized pool... w/ a splash area...

- an extra full pool would be better than a splash area anyway

- but they could be incorporated anyway

- the new full pool could be the kids pool, +1 adult pool midship...

 

good intentions, poorly executed... :rolleyes:

 

Totally agree.

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I also confirmed that the rope lights were gone from the top of the ship:

 

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and i entirely noticed, it looks weird! :eek:

 

and as you mentioned earlier - they were present forward... and, why is there 1 string (and flags!) starboard aft?

 

More Waterworks

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does not compute... :rolleyes:

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and i entirely noticed, it looks weird! :eek:

 

and as you mentioned earlier - they were present forward... and, why is there 1 string (and flags!) starboard aft?

 

 

 

does not compute... :rolleyes:

 

Wish I knew, it looks totally half a$$ed now.

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The Cabin:

Our stateroom was M269 located on main deck aft. It was an ocean view room that looks out of the ships’ stern. The view of the wake was nice, but the quiet location was better still.

Apparently the cabin area hallways and stairwells are the new cool hangout for kids and teens. They could be found there into the wee hours of the morning. We were constantly bobbing and weaving through them to get back and forth from our room. Thankfully, our room was off the rear hallway so it was pleasantly deserted most times. I can’t even fathom how horrid it would be in a room nearer to the elevator lobbies. That seemed to be where the greatest concentrations were.

Our room was always kept clean by our excellent steward. We did experience moderate noise from the stern thrusters and rope winches, but it wasn’t bad enough to be bothersome.

 

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Dual A/C vents! Bonus!

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Dining:

We were assigned to a two seat table in the Spirit Dining Room for the 8:15 seating. Our servers worked very hard and the food was good overall. The fish on the first night was overcooked, and the steak was nearly raw. But the food on the second and third nights was done extremely well. In fact, the onion soup and crab cake appetizers on the last night were the best I have yet had on a Carnival ship. A nice touch came on the Fourth of July, when the servers all sang “God Bless America” to us.

In regards to the serving team, they seemed very overworked. Usually one or both of them will stop by and chat for a little while each night. On this cruise it was like watching the Roadrunner serve us. Usually when I order two appetizers or entrees they bring them out one by one. But in this case the waiter simply set them down side by side, and then left the used plates there until the next course came. There have been many rumors about Carnival downsizing their wait staff, this cruise seemed to validate them. The other passengers may have also been at fault. Many came strolling into the dining room 30 minutes late expecting to be seated. What really blew my mind is that they were seated! Initially I thought they were Anytime Dining people, but our waiter told us the forward dining room was set aside for that.

Dining on the lido was typically decent, but not outstanding. My only complaint about the buffet area is that the crew really needs to police the exterior areas better for dirty dishes and tables. At times it was difficult to locate a clean table on the lanai areas.

Entertainment:

We did not attend any of the shows, so I can’t comment on their quality. I did go to the R-rated comedy show on the first night, but didn’t stay long. The guy who performed on the last night was better, and we stayed for the whole show.

A few night shots

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Monarch OTS leaving Nassau

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Nassau:

My wife is a part time travel agent, so she was able to get us into Sandals Royal Bahamian for the day. After a short bus trip to the resort we were poolside in a few minutes. The resort is one of their older and smaller ones, but it was very nice and super clean. Their pools were huge, and the swim-up bars are always nice. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a land vacation and don’t have kids (it’s a couples only retreat).

 

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A few night shots

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agree with the lights / flags / cables looking half a$$ed now...

 

my last server still presented all dishes individually, except once (for some reason)... and he did chat a little each night of the cruise.

 

and... GREAT NIGHT SHOTS! that one above is my favorite so far :D

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