Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews
The 70,000-ton Carnival Imagination offers a truly unique vacation experience, with a host of “resort-style” amenities and an exciting array of stunning public rooms and facilities, each with a character all its own.
The 2,052-passenger vessel operates year-round three- and four-day cruises from Long Beach, Calif., with three-day cruises departing Fridays and calling at Ensenada and four-day voyages departing Mondays and calling at Ensenada and Catalina Island.
Carnival Imagination has undergone an extensive multi-million-dollar dry dock that added a host of new amenities and facilities, including Carnival WaterWorks, an aqua park with a 300-foot-long water slide, dual-racing slides and water spray apparatus; Serenity, a secluded adults-only area located aft with two whirlpools; and a totally redesigned “resort-style” main pool on Lido Deck.
PUBLIC ROOMS AND AREAS
Carnival Imagination features a variety of dramatic public spaces which range in style from the Curiosity Library, featuring Oriental rugs and 19th-century European antiques that create a comfortable, Victorian atmosphere, to Illusions, a sizzling dance club with metallic walls of three-dimensional crystalline shapes outlined in neon pastels. Also noteworthy is the ship’s promenade, which offers a memorable design of colorful and intricate hand-cut glass mosaics and symbols of mythical winged deities detailed with gold leaf.
Dining is considered a highlight of a “Fun Ship” cruise and the Carnival Imagination offers a wide variety of delectable formal and casual choices to suit any taste. In addition to the full-service Pride and Spirit formal dining rooms featuring extensive menus and wine lists, the Carnival Imagination includes the Horizon Bar & Grill, a casual poolside eatery offering full breakfast and lunch buffets, and a 24-hour pizzeria. Complimentary 24-hour stateroom service is available and vegetarian and children’s selections are featured on all dining room menus. Carnival Imagination also features Spa Carnival Fare, gourmet-style health-conscious menu items that are lower in calories, cholesterol, sodium and fat content.
CAMP CARNIVAL,’ ‘CIRCLE C,’ ‘CLUB O2’ – Building upon Carnival’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying more than 700,000 children annually fleetwide, Carnival Imagination offers organized programs for three different age groups – Camp Carnival for 2- to 11-year-olds, Circle “C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and Club O2 for 15- to 17-year-olds – with supervised activities and expansive, modern facilities.
CARNIVAL WATERWORKS- A popular attraction on Carnival Imagination is WaterWorks, a fun-filled aqua park located on Verandah Deck. Designed with an all-ages appeal, WaterWorks encompasses a 300-foot-long twisting, turning water slide – among the longest and most elaborate at sea – along with dual-lane 82-foot-long racing slides, and a wide variety of water spray toys.
In addition, Carnival Imagination’s main pool on Lido Deck – which includes a swimming pool and two large whirlpools – has been totally transformed to feature a distinct resort-style ambiance. Vibrant oversized umbrellas, thatched roofing and colorful tile work create a decidedly tropical feel.
ADULTS ONLY RETREAT- Another feature on the Carnival Imagination is Serenity, the line’s popular adults-only retreat located aft on Promenade Deck. With design elements that include teak decking, large umbrellas and thatched roofing, Serenity provides an ocean-going oasis for relaxation and comfort. Guests can enjoy icy cocktails and frozen drinks while relaxing in plush chaise lounges and chairs.
‘HEALTH AND FITNESS FACILITY’ – Fitness has become an important part of everyday life and guests sailing on the Carnival Imagination can take advantage of the ship’s updated 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival facility, which features exercise equipment, a gymnasium, and body and facial treatments, including a number of exotic “European-style” therapies. A salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services is available, as well.
SPACIOUS ACCOMODATIONS- As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom amenities, all of the Carnival Imagination’s staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and duvet covers, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens. All accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes and all staterooms offer in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Imagination offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.