Carnival Imagination Ship Tour

Hey cruisers, I’m Sheri with Cruise Tips
TV. Welcome to our deck by deck video tour of
newly refurbished Carnival Imagination. When entering the ship on Deck 7, you’ll
immediately see the Grand Atrium, with traditional Fantasy-class glass elevators and the centrally
located, Atrium bar. I love the Grand Atrium. It’s a twisty tangle of neon, usually bustling
with activity. For good reason too. On either side of the bar, you’ll find the
very popular Shore Excursions and Guest Services Desks. Nearby, the internet café is designed with
an open floor plan and ocean views. It may seem pokey compare to land connection,
but it should do in a pinch. Just off the atrium area, you’ll find the
hallway, which serves as the art Gallery. Moving up to Deck 8, we’ll show you around
the 2-level Dynasty show lounge, located at the front of the ship. The show lounge is large, and well laid out,
with a combination of traditional and rounded booth type seating. There are plenty of tables to place your drinks
during the shows, and bar service is available. The seating is comfortable, and most will
get you a good look at the stage. Because the view is quite spectacular from
above, we actually started on Deck 9 Promenade, but you can enter on deck 8 near the FunShops. Here’s a quick look for you shopping enthusiasts. Moving back, toward the center of the ship,
the Curiosity library is a warm, inviting place to read, wait for a table at dinner,
or play a board game. The furniture is comfortable and homey and
there are several large windows to catch some sea views. Continuing toward the center of the ship,
the mirage piano bar has this Circular piano focal point, crazy fun bar stools and a funky
mood. There’s more seating by the windows, and
of course purple and yellow spheres seemingly floating everywhere. Just past the mirage bar, is the Pride Dining
room, which was used for anytime dining on our sailing. You’ll find Banquette seating and fun lighting,
but no real private seating (be ready for a little chit chat with your neighbors). There are tables of all sizes, from groups
of 2 to 12. Now, let’s head forward for a look at the
Spirit dining room. The layout is similar to Pride, but this dining
room is used for fixed time diners. As we look around, you can see just how similar
it is, but here’s a Pro Tip for you. If you’re not sure which dining room you’re
in, look up. Pride has angled or triangular lights while
Spirit’s lights are rounded. And here’s another tip that can save you
a lot of walking: The two dining rooms are separated, and they sandwich the galley, so
there is no thru access. You’ll need to go either up or down a level
to get from one to the other. If you’ve got kids or you just love games,
here’s your spot. There are your standard shooty games, and
even an air hockey table, but there’s no ticket system, and games are quite pricey. The right side wall is mostly lined with “money
pit” type games. Here’s a tip for you: The Arcade can be
hard to find. Head to Pixels Photo gallery and you’ll
find the arcade tucked away by the Dynasty Lounge entrance. All right, all of you sweet tooth cruisers
out there. Here is a look at the first new spot added
in the 2016 refurb’. It’s “Cherry on Top.” They’ve got candy and lots of it, but they
also have a few souvenir type things as well. During our visits the staff was always super
friendly, and hey there’s this cool hand-washing machine – perfect the little ones. Let’s keep things rolling and try our luck
at the El Dorado Casino. As you can see, Imagination’s midship casino
is packed with gaming goodness. There are slots galore, blackjack, craps,
roulette and more. Just outside the El Dorado you’ll find the
Dream Bar. This is a great place to grab a quick drink,
meet up with friends or even take in some live music. The décor is terrific here, lot’s of gold
and a real “ancient Egypt and the Pharoahs” vibe. Next up, we have the first of two lounges
on Imagination named after fantasy paradises. We’ll see Xanadu a little later, but now,
take in the swirly spiral fun of Shangri La. There’s lots of comfortable seating here,
but who wants to sit when you’ve got a crazy spiral dance floor? Gourmet Snacks … enough said. If you get tired of buffet coffee, you’ll
probably end up at Vittorios sooner or later. This is another great place to just hang out
… maybe do a little people watching. Illusions nightclub has just about everything
you could want. Neon lights, check, big inviting bar, check,
dj booth, check, comfy chairs, check, and a spacious dance floor, check. I think we’re done here. Now let’s get a look at another venue added
in the 2016 refurb’. It’s the Alchemy bar, and it’s one of
my personal favorites. I like the comfortable “living room” feel
here, the martini tasting, and the fun glowing drink menus. But what I really love is having the mixologists
handcraft a custom drink to fit my mood. It’s a fun place and a welcome upgrade. Right next to the Alchemy bar is the Xanadu
Lounge. This lush space is kind of a multipurpose
lounge hosting all sorts of events, but primarily serves as the home of late night comedy and
karaoke. There’s plenty of comfy seating, a bar and
even a dance floor. And if you’re the karaoke type, here’s
a look from behind the mic’ just to get you prepped. If you’re looking for ocean breezes, hot
tubs and cozy loungers, look no further than the Serenity, Adult only retreat. It’s a terrific place to relax, maybe jump
in the hot tub, and just enjoy the view. Oh, and there’s this little shower thingy
here too … so yeah, bonus. Now on to deck 10
Here’s another addition from the 2016 renovation. It’s the poolside RedFrog Rum bar. Carnival says the frog keeps the fun hopping
day and night. Of course the frog brings a little something
extra to the party with Caribbean rum-based concoctions. Yep, always a crowd pleaser. If Rum’s not your drink, you need only walk
next door to the BlueIguana Tequila Bar. They’ve got slushy tequila drinks galore,
and ice-cold Mexican cerveza. Yeah, sounds like the frog might have a little
competition! Now that we’ve talked about some of the
poolside drink options let’s get a look at the pool. It’s bookended by two inviting hot tubs,
and surrounded by lounge chairs. It can get pretty hopping here, and the stage
and dance area keeps things lively with music, games and other activities. Another awesome 2.0 enhancement in 2016 was
the addition of Guy’s Burger Joint. Not only are the Burgers rockin’ good, but
it’s centrally located poolside for that quick and easy “burger and fries” fix. Pro Tip time: on sea days the cool ocean breeze
can quickly cool your precious burger and fries. To avoid “the chill”, rush your treasure
to the nearby Horizon grill, and enjoy it safely inside. If you’re not in a burger mood, but still
want poolside culinary gratification, check out the neighboring BlueIguana Cantina. It features freshly made tacos and burritos
with your choice of fixings. This was another part of the 2016 refurbishment,
and it really works well alongside Guy’s. The addition of these two hotspots seemingly
helps keep the crowds down in the buffet, which is a good thing. And speaking of the Horizon Buffet, here it
is. With its circular neon lights crisscrossing
the ceiling, this place always reminds us of something from a Jules Verne novel. To keep the lines short, Horizon has stations
with different types of food. You can find standard buffet fare here, in
addition to pizza, sandwiches and of course, ice cream. It can get crowed at times, but here’s a
tip for you: You can often find a quieter place to enjoy your meal outdoors on the sides
and rear of the restaurant. Now it’s time for something for the kids. First stop Camp Ocean. At Camp Ocean, kids are entertained in age-based
groups. It’s games, sports and all kinds of age
appropriate activities supervised by Carnival’s friendly counselors. Next up, it’s wet and wild fun with Waterworks. Waterworks is all about slides. There are slides here for even the littlest
cruisers. Check out this pint sized dual lane for tots. Of course, there’s a big kid version of
the dual lane as well, but if you’re serious about waterslides, you’ll want to check
out the Twister. What’s it like, well let’s take the long
walk up and check it out. So yeah, it’s kinda like that, but now we
have to check out the dual lane. And that’s that. It’s time now to visit the Spa. Here’s a look at the entrance. Now on one side you’ve got the men’s facilities
and on the other there’s massage and the ladies facilities. But first, here’s a quick look at the salon,
a treatment room, and the ladies steam room and sauna. Here’s the ladies locker room, and now the
men’s. The door at the end leads to the Gym. So let’s take a look in there. This is a pretty nicely equipped gym. There are free weights, lots of machines and
plenty of treadmills with ocean views and some with TV’s. During our visit all equipment was in excellent
condition. There is also an group fitness room. The last stop on our tour is the City Sports
Park. There’s a small but adequate jogging track,
and of course mini golf. This is a fun place to hang out, even if you’re
not into mini golf or jogging. That’s it for this episode. If you haven’t already, check out our daily
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53 thoughts on “Carnival Imagination Ship Tour

  1. From my first cruise on Carnival (many years ago), I have always thought of the ships as the Star Trek ships (beam me up Scotty)!! All that neon!! This ship had a strange combo of futuristic and old fashioned cruising!! Red Frog reminds me of all the Senor Frog cantinas that can be found in so many ports!! Not sure I'd want a kiddie visiting Cherry on Top – can picture little ones bouncing off the walls with all that sugar (is there a per pound charge for digging in those candy bins?) Yep, Carnival is the party cruise line!! Are Guy's and Blue Iguana open 24 hours, or only the Horizon Buffet?? Is the Imagination only sailing on the west coast now?? I'm sure there is a sister ship here on the east coast that sails from Cape Canaveral!! Cape Canaveral is a nice port – I even got to see a dolphin swimming next to one of the Carnival ships the last time I sailed Carnival!! Once again, great job Sheri!! I really got a true feel of the Imagination from your tour!!

  2. nice.  but  how  much  does  a  cabin cost  first  interior rooms  not located by the dance clubs  second  ocean view  then  balcony?

    how  much  are  drinks  for the people  who don't  buy the packages  let's  say a Michelob and  how  much is  an import?
    does  the  ship  have  a  special  room  for certain  people  who pay for suites?  like  they  can get  breakfast in the morning
    the  people can make dining resorvations?  only certain room keys can open the door  does this ship have that  room?

  3. In addition to the jogging trail, does the ship have a promenade deck just for strolling, jogging, or lounging? That's one of my favorite areas of the ship. I've only been on Disney ships so far, so I don't know about other ships. To me, the promenade deck is a quiet get-away, day or night. Most people would prefer being where there is a lot going on, but in my experience, not many people actually hang out on the promenade for any length of time. It's a welcome place to go when you need a quiet break. I just love doing several (walking) laps around the deck a few times a day. I like it because you always have the ocean view on one side of you as you walk.

  4. AWESOME JOB! Boy I really needed a to take a cruise, so your through tour of this ship made me feel like I was on one, so THANKS! lol What a beautiful ship! Come on November '17! I'm ready to cruise again! lol Keep doing such a fine job Sherri and your husband too, of course! <3

  5. My family might do an alaskan cruise on the Carnival Legend this summer and I just want to know one thing. Is the food better on Royal Caribbean or Carnival. I went on Navigator of the Seas and the food was BOSS but I've never done Carnival and I wanna know which food is better and if Carnival has better food, what would someone like me enjoy? Thx anyone else with tips I will take :D.

  6. I second that! Very professional! Very informative…Carnival is not my favorite..but the new upgrades make me wanna try them again…

  7. I really enjoy the production value that you guys offer. Your tours are much nicer to watch than some of the other ones floating around on youtube.

  8. Sheri, I was wondering where is the laundry room on the Imagination? Also is the sauna included or is it additional? Do you know if there is an option to have your clothes pressed on the Imagination?

  9. nice to see all the improvements that have been made since my last 4 trips on that boat out of miami
    the Ecstasy is the same boat but a little better improvements including some balcony rooms
    richard in the tropics

  10. Awesome video. Nice camera work and great narration. Would be helpful I'd you include whether the eateries such Guy's place or Blue Iguana are a la cart payment restaurants and roughly how much for a typical meal. Thumbs up!

  11. I'll be going on this ship in April. Do you have any packing videos for cooler spring time weather? Thanks!

  12. I've been learning so much from your videos. Thank you for all of your wonderful information. I have a silly question but I'm curious, do robes come with the staterooms or are they pre paid?

  13. wow, i just went on this cruise a few days ago and i never knew about some of these places that you showed in this video! if only i saw this before i went, good video!

  14. I love your channel so much!! Thank you for always posting quality content to keep me ever more excited for my cruise next month. 🙂

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