Cruise NewsCarnival Cruise Line Ship Named Best Refurbished Cruise Ship

Carnival Cruise Line Ship Named Best Refurbished Cruise Ship

Carnival Cruise Line recently accepted an award for Best Refurbished Cruise Ship in the 2017 WAVE Awards.

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The award was part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards that recognized Carnival Imagination after the ship went through a multi-million makeover. Travel agent professionals throughout the 15 Western states and readers of TravelAge West were invited to vote from a list of Editor’s Pick award recipients. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

Carnival Imagination was in dry dock for three weeks and saw a number of new food and beverage options added to the cruise ship.  Among them were:

  • Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri serving hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries enjoyed amidst a décor that celebrates the chef’s California roots and love of car culture.
  • BlueIguana Cantina, a complimentary poolside Mexican eatery where guests can enjoy authentic, freshly made burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas, as well as an elaborate toppings and salsa bar.
  • RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside watering hole offering the quintessential Caribbean vacation vibe with refreshing Caribbean rum-based frozen drinks and beers, including Carnival’s own private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red.
  • Alchemy Bar, a “cocktail pharmacy”-themed lounge where mixologists “prescribe” concoctions from different elixirs and ingredients with creative monikers like Forty is the New Twenty and The Restorative Basil Drop.
  • BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a fun and festive outdoor bar offering a laid-back Mexican-themed atmosphere and tequila-based frozen drinks and beers, perfect for chillin’ by the pool.
  • Cherry On Top, the “sweetest spot on board” which celebrates the joys of simple indulgences with bins of bulk candy, fun fanciful gifts and novelties, custom apparel and more.
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These new venues complement the ship’s popular array of on-board features, including a WaterWorks aqua park with a 300-foot-long Twister slide, the Serenity adults-only retreat with oversized umbrellas and comfortable chaise lounges and the exclusive Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Carnival Imagination currently sails three and four day cruises to Mexico from Long Beach, California.

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Cruise NewsCarnival Cruise Line Ship Named Best Refurbished Cruise Ship


  1. I for one am GLAD they are allowing children. While I agree some parents don’t supervise their children properly it the small pool they are allowed in has always been ridiculous for the amount of children on a cruise. If you older people want a children free trip go to Sandals or book a different boat! Get over yourself!!!

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