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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.
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.