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Carnival Imagination: Photo tour & overview
Carnival Imagination brings fantasy and ancient legends to life, with its decor that makes you feel like you've stepped into a different world. You'll find a wide variety of entertainment on board in the form of bustling bars, laid-back lounges and hip clubs. For the kids, there is everything from an age-appropriate chill space to the water-filled thrill space of Carnival WaterWorks. Nothing brings the family together like food and fun, and there's plenty of that to go around on Carnival Imagination, too. Just remember: You're never too old to play miniature golf.
Where Carnival Imagination sails
Home port: Los Angeles
Destinations: Carnival Imagination sails in and around Baja, Mexico. Cruises either stop in Ensenada, Mexico or Catalina Island, California.
Top dining options
Main Dining Rooms
Dine in one of Carnival Imagination's beautiful Pride or Spirit Main Dining Rooms. The ambiance, service and all around deliciousness of this dining experience is available with no extra charge for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Enjoy a multicourse dinner hosted by one of Carnival’s master chefs. The VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a select group of 14, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation and then a full-service dinner of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus. The experience is $75 per guest, and reservations are required.
Carnival's Lido Restaurant is your one-stop destination for casual dining options such as Carnival Deli, Chef’s Choice, Mongolian Wok and Salad Bar. Seating is available indoors and outdoors.
The Taste Bar
Stop by for a taste of the flavors awaiting you at dining venues across the Carnival fleet. The Taste Bar offers complimentary appetizers before dinner for a taste of something different.
Entertainment & activities
Carnival Imagination WaterWorks includes a Twister Waterslide and Spray Park that's perfect for splishin', splashin' and slidin.' It's great fun for all ages.
Serenity Adult-Only Retreat
Chill out in this Carnival Imagination kid-free oasis that's the hub of relaxation. Take in the ocean view, hop in the hot tub or kick back under the shade of a big umbrella.
Think palm trees, a cool breeze and relaxing with your favorite drink in your hand. This becomes a reality at Carnival Imagination's new Resort-Style Pool, where cruise passengers can swim or just chill out.
Have a swinging good time on the Carnival Imagination Sun deck's nine-hole mini-golf course. The greens are meticulously maintained and the view is great. Just remember your follow through and no bogeys allowed.
Browse the diverse and stunning array of fabulous artwork at the Carnival Imagination Art Gallery located on the Empress deck.
Try your hand at poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and more. This is just a sampling of the games at the Carnival Imagination El Dorado Casino.
Illusions Dance Club
Enjoy the music, moves and mood at the Carnival Imagination Illusions Dance Club. Shake it real good as you party with other passengers on board and groove to some of your favorite hits.
Spa & fitness
Renew yourself with premium beauty and wellness therapies, like hot stone massages, aromatherapy or full-body wraps.
There’s no excuse for leaving your fitness routine back on land with the fitness equipment available on board in the fitness center. Plus, there are also fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates and indoor cycling.
Camp Carnival is the place where the youngest cruisers (ages 2 to 11) will experience games, finger painting, story time, movies and more in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. Carnival's babysitting program also offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 am.
Youths ages 12 to 14 can enjoy video games, scavenger hunts and dance parties at Circle C, as well as enjoy getting outside with sports, pool parties and special shore excursions. Plus, they can enjoy all of this excitement with kids their own age.
Teens 15 to 17 can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties at Club O2, as well as video games and movies from the club's comfy seating and video monitors all over the place. They'll even have fun outside of the club, with pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Relaxing in the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat
- Fun with the kids (or adults) at Carnival WaterWorks
- Browsing the paintings in the onboard art gallery