Picking the Best Cabins on the Carnival Imagination

A deck-by-deck analysis of the Carnival Imagination's best and worst cabins.

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Carnival Imagination Best & Worst Staterooms: Summary

Best Cabins on the Carnival Imagination are staterooms on Decks 5 and 6. Deck 11 also has some wonderful staterooms.

Cabins to be wary of on the Carnival Imagination are staterooms on Deck 7.

Deck-by-Deck Breakdown of the Best and Worst Cabins on the Carnival Imagination

Deck 4 -- Riviera Deck

Cabins on Deck 4 have cabins above them -- this means that they are typically more quiet compared to cabins beneath busy public venues such as the disco or sunbathing areas (the noise of moving deck chairs late at night / early in the AM). It should be noted, however, that the ship's engine and propeller systems are beneath this deck, so we cannot rule out noise or vibration concerns that could be experienced in some of the Riviera Deck staterooms.

  • Forward on Deck 4 of the Carnival Imagination, R2- R28 port side and R1- R31 starboard are Porthole Staterooms. Each offers 170 sq. ft. and will have two portholes for ocean viewing. 
  • R32- R248 port side and R35- R241 starboard on Riviera deck of that Carnival Imagination are all Ocean View Staterooms. Each offers 185 sq. ft. of living space and a picture window.
  • Interior Staterooms R154, R141, and R299 are right by elevators, so noise could be an issue in these cabins when the lifts are busy. Looking for another cabin on Deck 4 of the Ecstasy to avoid this situation is one suggestion. Otherwise, we recommend you bring earplugs, or consider investing in a wave machine (a sound device available at a specialty retailer like Brookstone -- produces pleasant sounds that can wipe out the unpleasant sounds).
  • In the aft Ocean View Staterooms R208- R248 port side and  R199- R241 starboard, propeller vibration might be noticeable.

Related: Carnival Imagination Riviera Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 5 -- Main Deck

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Deck 5 has cabins both above and beneath, which does rule out noises you'd expect from Carnival Imagination's entertainment and dining venues. Main Deck accommodations include Balcony Staterooms, Ocean View Staterooms, and Interior Staterooms.

  • Forward on Main Deck of the Carnival Imagination, M2- M30 port side and M1- M29 starboard are Porthole Staterooms. Each offers 170 sq. ft. and will have two portholes for ocean viewing. 
  • The best situated staterooms, in our opinion, on Deck 5 of the Carnival Imagination are as follows. Port side through aft, we suggest M10- M48, M70- M146, M160- M172, and M206- M262. Starboard, we recommend M7- M47, M69- M147, M161- M181, and M211- M269.
  • The Ocean View Staterooms on Deck 5 of the Carnival Imagination are M32- M262 port side through aft, and M31- M269 starboard through aft. Each of these offers a picture window and 185 sq. ft. of living space.
  • Interior Staterooms M148 and M149 abut elevators, so we do suggest looking for another cabin on Deck 5 of the Ecstasy to avoid noise. Another concern with these staterooms is the fact that each has a support pole in the living space that makes walking about a bit challenging.
  • There are six Ocean View Staterooms that offer aft facing views that are quite lovely. These are M258, M260, M262, M269, M267, and M265.

Related: Carnival Imagination Main Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 6 -- Upper Deck

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Without question, Upper Deck is the place where the most luxurious accommodations on the Carnival Imagination can be found. -So this is where the best cabin stewards are assigned. If you're seeking an Interior Stateroom or a Balcony Stateroom in a posh neighborhood on the Carnival Imagination, look no further than Deck 6! There is also at least one deck of buffer both above and below this deck, so noise tends not to be an issue from common areas. Some of the best cabins on the Carnival Imagination are on Deck 6!

  • Forward on Deck 6 of the Carnival Imagination, U2- U18 port side and U1- U17 starboard are Porthole Staterooms. Each offers 170 sq. ft. and will have two portholes for ocean viewing. 
  • In our opinion, the best situated staterooms on the Carnival Imagination are as follows. Port side, we recommend U12- U50, U76- U108, U124- U144, and U174- U230. Starboard, we suggest U9- U53, U75- U107, U125- U145, and U185- U243.
  • U66- U74 port side, U65- U73 starboard, and Interior Staterooms U72 and U71 are beneath the Grand Atrium on Deck 7. Noise could be an issue in any of these staterooms, especially for the port side accommodations.
  • Port side, Ocean View Stateroom U154 is across from the Self Service Laundry. Noise and heat could be of concern in this cabin when the laundry is busy.
  • U70- U114 port side and U69- U115 starboard are Grand Suites on Deck 6 of the Carnival Imagination. Each offers 330 sq. ft. with a 70 s ft. balcony.
  • There are several Ocean View Staterooms on Deck 6 of the Carnival Imagination. These are U22- U68 and U116- U224 port side, and U21- U67 and U117- U237 starboard. Each offers 185 sq. ft.
  • Aft on Deck 6 of the Carnival Imagination, Ocean View Staterooms U226, U228, U230, U243, U241, and U239 will provide lovely views of the ocean!

Related: Carnival Imagination Upper Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 7 -- Empress Deck

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Some cabins on the deck have potential problems

Cabins on the Empress deck are going to be less quiet than any others to be found on the Carnival Imagination. While we are not suggesting this deck should be avoided, some of the worst cabins are on Deck 7 of the Carnival Imagination! This is due to the stage, galley, and dining rooms on Atlantic Deck (one deck above), and the Atrium Bar, and Guest Services & Shore Excursions, which are also located just aft of cabins E66 and E 67. We do not recommend most of these accommodations for light sleepers.

  • Forward on Deck 7 of the Carnival Imagination, Porthole Staterooms E2 and E4 port side and E1 and E3 starboard are near a staff area. Noise could be an issue in any of these cabins.
  • Port side, E2 is across the hall from the Self Service Laundry. Noise and heat could be a problem when this laundry is busy.
  • E2- E46 port side, E1- E47 starboard, and Interior Staterooms E6- E48 and E5- E49 are beneath the Dynasty Main Lounge. Noise during rehearsals and performances could be of concern in any of these cabins.
  • Ocean View Staterooms that are in a relatively quiet area on Empress Deck of the Carnival Imagination are E50- E60 port side and E51- E61 starboard.
  • Interior Staterooms E52, E56, E53, E57, and E299 are near a staff area. Noise could be an issue in any of these staterooms.
  • Interior Stateroom E299 shares part of a wall with an elevator. Noise could be a problem when this lift is busy.
  • Cabins E66, E67, E68, and E69 are closest to the action in the Atrium, so we suggest that you reserve a cabin further away from these areas if you prefer a more quiet atmosphere on Deck 7 of the Carnival Imagination.
  • Port side, E62, E64, and E66 are beneath the Circle C youth area. Noise could be a concern in these staterooms while this area is busy.
  • Port side, Ocean View Staterooms E68- E74 are beneath the Mirage Piano Bar. Noise late into the evening could be of concern in these staterooms.
  • Starboard, Ocean View Staterooms E69- E75 are beneath the Carnival Imagination's library. We consider this to be a fairly quiet area, so these cabins are recommended for light sleepers.
  • E76- E118 port side, E77- E121 starboard, and Interior Staterooms E80- E120 and E81- E123 are beneath the Pride dining room. Noise could be a concern while this venue is open, and when staff are cleaning.
  • Ocean View Staterooms E122- E176 port side and E125- E179 starboard, and Interior Staterooms E124, E127, E134- E162, and E137- E165 are beneath the galley on the Carnival Imagination. The cabins just listed could be subject to noise issues early in the morning and very late at night. Consequently, we do not recommend any of these staterooms to light sleepers.
  • Interior Staterooms E124 and E127 are right next to elevators. Noise could be problematic when the lifts are busy.
  • E178- E226 port side, E179- E241 starboard, and Interior Staterooms E184- E228, E181- E189, and E197- E243 are beneath the Spirit main dining room. Noise could be of concern when this restaurant is open, and when staff are cleaning.
  • The staterooms in the aft section of Deck 7 on the Carnival Imagination are beneath staff areas from which noise could emanate. These are E230- E244 port side through aft, E245- E259 starboard through aft, and Interior Staterooms E232 and E247.

Related: Carnival Imagination Empress Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)

 

Deck 11 -- Verandah Deck

While Verandah Deck has Spa Carnival directly above and Lido Deck beneath, this is where you will find some of the best cabins to be reserved on the Carnival Imagination! All outside cabins on Verandah deck feature balconies, and it is our understanding VIP check-in service is available for guests staying in these staterooms.

  • On the Carnival Imagination, V21, V23, V25, V27, V30, V34, V38, and V42 are Junior Suites that do have obstructed views.
  • Unless there is a tailwind, all of these balconies on the Ecstasy's Deck 11 can be breezy.
  • While not Penthouse level in terms of accommodations, the Carnival Imagination's Verandah Deck Junior Suites are more luxurious than the average cabins.
  • V2- V10 port side, V1- V7 starboard, and Interior Staterooms V6 and V12 are beneath the gymnasium. Noise could be a problem in these cabins when the fitness center is open to guests, and when staff are using it.
  • Once again, frugal cruisers may want to book an interior cabin on Deck 11 of the Carnival Imagination. Some of the best cabin stewards will be right across the hall!

Related: Carnival Imagination Verandah Deck Deck Plan (clickable deck layout to view individual cabin pictures and amenity lists)


 

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