Family-friendly Fun Ships
cater to all generations.
Carnival’s Evolutions of Fun upgrades are in full swing on the
Carnival Imagination. And on a recent cruise with my nine-month-old
daughter, we had the opportunity to explore them firsthand.
After 35 days in dry dock in November, the 70,000-ton Carnival
Imagination debuted with enhanced, resort-style amenities,
refurbished public rooms and the largest waterslide at sea in the
brand-new Carnival WaterWorks aqua park. The ship is the second in
Carnival’s $250 million Evolutions of Fun program, a series of
“extreme makeovers” upgrading the line’s fantasy-class ships.
Definitely one of the highlights of the ship’s renovation is the
WaterWorks, where passengers lined up to try out the new super
slide. The 300-foot-long behemoth shoots guests through a long
tube, where they emerge in a pool of rushing water. Also in the
WaterWorks area are dual racing slides and a water-spray apparatus,
which keeps the youngest cruisers entertained.
Several new features appeal to adults only. A new Serenity area
features two whirlpools and loads of loungers, as well as Wi-Fi
access and a peaceful atmosphere. It’s the perfect spot for taking
a nap, surfing the net and enjoying the Caribbean sunshine.
Onboard dining also underwent a transformation. As part of
Carnival’s Total Choice Dining, clients can choose from the Seaview
Bistro, Pride and Spirit dining rooms, the 24-hour pizzeria and the
poolside Horizon Bar & Grill. In addition, guests can opt to
dine in their stateroom with complimentary, 24-hour room service.
Health-conscious cruisers can also select from Carnival’s healthy
choices menu, Spa Carnival Fare, which is low in calories and
cholesterol and sodium.
The WaterWorks boasts the
longest waterslide at sea.
One of the most popular programs onboard is Camp Carnival, with
activities available for children of every age. One of the
most-anticipated activities was the Build a Bear workshop where
kids build a stuffed bear to take home as a souvenir. Carnival also
offers babysitting services for children under the age of 2, which
gives parents the freedom to take a night off and enjoy Carnival’s
Of course for many cruisers, the highlight of a ship is its spa
and fitness facility, and the Imagination offers a spacious fitness
area and beautiful spa. The 12,000-square-foot facility features
new gym equipment, workout classes, spa treatments at Spa Carnival,
including exotic, European-style treatments.
Currently, the Carnival Imagination offers four- and five-day
Caribbean itineraries departing from Miami. Four-day cruises
leaving on Thursdays call in Key West and Cozumel. Five-day
itineraries, leaving on Mondays, stop in Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay
and Nassau. Five-day voyages departing on Saturdays go to Grand
Cayman and Ocho Rios.
In September, Carnival Imagination will launch year-round three-
and four-day cruises from Miami. Three-day itineraries will stop in
Nassau overnight, and four-day voyages will visit Cozumel and Key
West. At that time, the Carnival Destiny will assume Imagination’s
four- and five-day journeys.