Carnival Imagination Cruise Ship Profile

Ship Features, Itinerary, News, Photos, Review, Accommodations, Notable Rooms, Dining Venues, Kid's Areas, Deck Plan, Outdoor Spaces, Smoking Sections



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CDC Ratings

Sanitation Report

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2009 Rating 94 (Mar)
2009 Rating 96 (Oct)
2010 Rating 90 (Apr)
2010 Rating 89 (Nov)
2011 Rating 91 (Jun)
2012 Rating 94 (Jan)
2012 Rating 100 (Jul)
2012 Rating 96 (Nov)
2013 Rating 99 (Jun)
2014 Rating 96 (Feb)
2014 Rating 95 (Nov)
2015 Rating 97 (Aug)
2016 Rating 95 (Feb)
2016 Rating 96 (Nov)
2019 Rating 94 (Jul)

The Center For Disease Control (CDC) performs unannounced inspections, which are conducted twice a year and required for any cruise ship with an international itinerary calling at a U.S. port. Vessels are evaluated proper food handling, preparation and storage procedures, and overall galley cleanliness. Ships’ potable water supplies used in spas and pools are evaluated, as well.

Deck Plan

Sports Deck 12

Sunning area, waterslide entrance (aft) Fitness Center and Studio, Spa Carnival, Steam and Sauna rooms, Salon (forward)

Verandah Deck 11

Carnival Waterworks, Camp Ocean, Passenger staterooms

Lido Deck 10

Resort-style pool and bar, pool stage, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, RedFrog Rum Bar (mid) Horizons Bar & Grill Buffet (aft)

Promenade Deck 9

The Dynasty main show lounge, Dream Studio and photo gallery, Atrium, Bonsai Sushi Express, Club O2 (forward) El Dorado Casino, Dream Bar,  Cherry on Top, Shangri-La Lounge, Illusions Dance Club,  Vittorio's Cafe (mid), Imagination Promenade, Arcade, Alchemy Bar, Xanadu Aft Lounge, Serenity adults-only lounge (aft)

Atlantic Deck 8

The Dynasty main show lounge, The Fun Shops, Circle C, Mirage Piano Bar, Library, Atrium (forward), Pride dining room (mid), Spirit dining room (aft)

Empress Deck 7

Carnival Adventures, Guest Services, Art Gallery (mid)  Passenger staterooms (forward, mid, aft)

Upper Deck 6

Passenger staterooms

Main Deck 5

Passenger staterooms

Riviera Deck 3

Passenger staterooms

Deck 3

Medical Center (forward)
Hours: On Call 24/7 | Sea Days (9:00am-12:00pm, 3:00pm-6:00pm) | Port Days (8:00am-10:00am, 4:00pm-6:00pm)
Equipped to treat minor non-emergency matters at a customary fee ($)
The ship is staffed with one physician and three nurses.
Equipment: defibrillators, external pacemakers, pulse oxymeters, thrombolytic therapy, electrocardiograph machine and lab equipment.

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Adults Only Serenity Retreat

The Serenity area is designed as an oasis for tranquility and relaxation, offering colorful, oversized umbrellas, comfortable chaise lounges and chairs, whirlpools, and breathtaking sea views.

Carnival’s Seaside Theatre

This 270-square-foot LED screen and poolside seating is the perfect spot for guests to sit back, relax and watch classic and first-run movies, sporting events, news, concerts and other programming, either during the day or night. Panorama deck.


An expansive aqua park towering over Verandah Deck. Designed with all-ages appeal, the sprawling, open-air facility includes a 300-foot-long spiral water slide – the longest at sea – along with twin 82-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus.

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Carnival Imagination

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Sister ship - Carnival Sensation

Carnival Imagination is a Fantasy class cruise ship launched in 1995. Carnival committed $250 million to enriching all eight Fantasy-class ships with more features and guest services.

Upgrades include the addition of new lobby bars in the grand atriums, tropical island theme in every main pool area, WaterWorks park, Serenity adults-only retreat, and a resort-style pool. Staterooms have been upgraded with new, flat-screen TVs and restyled bathrooms.

Specs Accommodations
News Notable Rooms
Itinerary Outdoor Areas
CDC Ratings Adults Only
Deck Plan Kid's Camps
Dining Venues Smoking Policy
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Ship Class: Fantasy

Launched: 1995

Refurbished: October 2019

GRT: 71,000

Length: 855 ft.

Beam: 103 ft.

Draft: 25.7 ft.

Speed: 21 Knots

Passengers: 2,056

Crew: 920


Carnival Comfort Beds in all staterooms with two twin beds that convert to a queen or king, sitting area, desk, bathroom with shower, phone, and TV with first-run movies and amenity basket displayed in the bathroom. The amenities are subject to change and are only sample sizes. The basket may include such things as: his/her razors; shampoo and conditioner; body wash; Tylenol; deodorant; hard candies. Supplies will be replenished by the room steward, if quantities allow.

Stateroom sizes

Inside 195 sq. ft.
Outside 220 sq. ft.
Suite 210 sq. ft. and veranda



Interior staterooms use Carnival Collection Linens, a private bathroom, three closets, and 24-hour room service. Upper/lower rooms maximize space using an upper pullman or sofa bed. Twin beds can be converted to a King bed. Some interior rooms include a porthole for viewing.

Ocean View

Ocean view staterooms provide you with views of the sea right from your stateroom from a picture window. Included in the space is a private bathrooms, three closets, and 24-hour room service. Two twin beds covert to a king bed.


All suites come with VIP check-in and balcony views. The suites have ample space to stretch out and move around. The junior suite features a standard-sized balcony and a whirlpool tub. The Grand Suite has expansive space and a dressing vanity.

Dining Venues

($) = Specialty restaurant, surcharges apply

Main Dining Rooms

Located on Atlantic  deck, the Pride (midship) and Spirit (aft) main dining room.

Main Buffets

Horizon Restaurant grand buffet also features the Mongolian Wok, a chicken rotisserie, a sushi bar, a pizzeria and grill. Located on Lido deck.

The Taste Bar

Complimentary bite-size offerings inspired by popular Carnival dining venues.

Chef's Table ($)

A VIP, private tour of the kitchen starts this experience. After signature cocktails, the chefs cook a private, multi-course meal of items not found on regular menus. A $75 per person surcharge applies.

Room Service

24-hour room service menu. Room service orders are delivered to guests’ staterooms any time of the day or night at no charge.

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Notable Rooms

Dynasty Main Show Lounge

Sit back and enjoy musical and stage productions. Sit forward for interactive activities like bingo, trivia and other games. And sit on the edge of your seat while experiencing action-packed, feature-length 3D movies!

Mirage Piano Bar

A venue for live music and sing-alongs located on Atlantic deck.

Xanadu Lounge

Cabaret style lounge offering activities during the day and music and comedy in the evenings featuring the Punchliner Comedy Club. 

Five 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night.  The two early-evening shows offer fun for the whole family while the later performances will feature adult-oriented comedy. Located on Promenade deck.

Shangri La Bar

Intimate lounge offering music and dancing on Promenade deck - midship.

Dream Bar

Panoramic views, good spot for people watching. Located on Promenade deck - midship.

Illusions Disco

Party late-night to today's latest hits at this main dance lounge. Located on Promenade deck.

El Dorado Casino

Full gaming casino located on Promenade deck midship featuring blackjack, slots, craps, and more.

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Outdoor Venues

City Sports Park

Located on the Sun Deck, the City Sports Park includes a 9-hole mini-golf course, padded jogging track, volleyball, shuffle board, basketball, ping pong.

Lido Deck

Offers a "resort-style” pool located mid-ship on Lido Deck featuring thatched roofing and large faux palm trees. Vibrant oversized umbrellas, comfortable deck chairs and a colorful tiled “beach” encircling the pool’s edge enhance the decidedly tropical ambiance.

Lido Deck

Offers a "resort-style” pool located mid-ship on Lido Deck featuring thatched roofing and large faux palm trees. Vibrant oversized umbrellas, comfortable deck chairs and a colorful tiled “beach” encircling the pool’s edge enhance the decidedly tropical ambiance.

RedFrog Rum Bar

A poolside version of the line’s popular RedFrog Pub that debuted on Carnival Magic offering a quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe.

BlueIguana Tequila Bar

Bar, a fun and festive outdoor watering hole offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.

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Kids Areas

Camp Ocean

Carnival unveiled an exciting, new marine-themed children’s program in 2014.  The expanded program for children ages 2-11 highlights the wonders of the sea through fun, engaging and educational experiences.

More than 200 new ocean-inspired activities range from educational games such as Sea Creature Discovery, Marine Life Trivia, Under the Sea Mad Libs and Ocean Artifacts Memory Tray to creative arts opportunities such as Design Your Own Aquarium, Make Your Own Sailboat, Sea Salt Art, and Create a Penguin from Oreos.

Camp Ocean, will welcome youngsters in with light blue and white underwater colored spaces and friendly, experienced staff. Three age-related categories each have their own identity: children ages 2-5 are dubbed “Penguins,” with those ages 6-8 called “Sting Rays” while 9-11 year olds are “Sharks.”

Distinctive areas and activities have been custom-created for each of the new age designations – from miniature play igloos for the Penguins to interactive gaming stations for the Sharks.

Camp Ocean (ages 2-11)

Camp Ocean features games, finger painting, story time, movies and more all in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. The fun doesn't end at bed time, either; Carnival's babysitting program offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 A.M. 

Circle C (ages 12-14)

Video games, scavenger hunts, dance parties, sports, pool parties and special shore excursions.

Club O2 (ages 15-17)

Teens can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties, video gaming and movies from the club's comfy seating, with video monitors all over the place. Outside of the club, activities include pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.

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