The Carnival Cruises' fleet welcomed Carnival Imagination in 1995. This family-friendly Fantasy-class ship sets sail from Long Beach in Los Angeles around Baja Mexico with a maximum of 2056 guests on board. Carnival Imagination pays tribute to fantasy and ancient legends and is home to ten decks lined with luxury staterooms and suites, round-the-world restaurants, bars, and lounges, swimming pool with an outdoor whirlpool, adult-only retreat with two whirlpools, water park, spa, mini-golf course, and fitness centre, and daytime and evening entertainment options. On top of this, the ship drops anchor most mornings at an amazing port of call where you can enjoy sightseeing and adventures ashore.
Take your seat in Pride Forward and Spirit Aft Dining Rooms to feast on a daily-changing menu of culinary treats. The casual-style Horizon Bar & Grill serves international buffet-style fare at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visit Guy's Burger Joint for American-style burgers or savour spicy Mexican tacos and burritos at BlueIguana Cantina. Sushi Bar is the go-to place for freshly-made sushi dishes or stop by Taste Bar for complimentary appetisers. Cherry on Top is a haven for sweet candy and ice cream. Make a reservation at The Chef's Table for the ultimate chef-prepared foodie experience.
Grand Atrium Plaza Bar hosts live performances and drinks both day and night. Sip drinks by the water's edge at the Patio Bars or enjoy live entertainment with a tropical cocktail in Dream Bar. Savour exotic tequila-flavoured cocktails in BlueIguana Tequila Bar or a variety of rum-based drinks at RedFrog Rum Bar. Fresh cocktails are created in front of your eyes at Alchemy Bar or listen to ambient piano tunes as you sip a gin and tonic in Mirage Piano Bar. Pinnacle Cigar Club serves up cigars, spirits, wines, and piano music. Spend time in Shangri La Lounge with its bar, dance floor, and live music.
Work on your tan by the resort-style pool or visit Carnival Waterworks and the mini-golf course for family times. Discover fun and activities for tots to teens in Camp Ocean, Circle C, and Club 02. Unwind with a massage at Spa Carnival or chill out the two whirlpools at the adult-only Serenity area. Dynasty Main Show Lounge is the go-to spot for dance classes, quizzes, and bingo by day and live stage performances from singers, dancers, and musicians after dark. Risk a few cents on the slot machines and gaming tables in El Dorado Casino or dance the night away in Illusion Dance Club.
Day 1: UK to Los Angeles (Long Beach), California
Fly from your chosen UK airport to Los Angeles and make your way to the four-star Long Beach Marriott^ for your two-night stay.
Day 2: Los Angeles (Long Beach), California
Los Angeles is most famous for its role in the film and entertainment industry and in particular, for Hollywood. Take a photo with the Hollywood sign in the background, stroll along Hollywood Boulevard, or spot famous names on the Walk of Fame. Enjoy thrilling rides, a guided tour of the studio, or explore behind the scenes on movie sets at Universal Studios Hollywood, or experience dozens of action and adventure rides at Disneyland Resort. Admire the 2000+ works of art at The Broad or visit the vast collections of Asian, Islamic, and Latin American art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Head to Griffith Park where you can see animals in Los Angeles Zoo or explore the moon and planets at Griffith Observatory. Escape the busy city and relax in Santa Monica; a chic and laid-back beachfront location.
Day 3: Long Beach, California
After check-out, make your way to Long Beach port to board Carnival Imagination for your cruise to Mexico.
Day 4: Catalina Island, California
The rocky Catalina Island lies in the Gulf of Santa Catalina 35km off the coast of the USA state of California. The island is 35km long and 13km wide at its widest part with Mount Orizaba the island's highest point at 2,097 feet. The majority of the island's population live in the main town of Avalon where you can visit the idyllic Botanical Garden or climb up Mount Ada to The Inn on Mount Ada, once the private home of the chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. Tour the Catalina Casino; home to the Casino Ballroom, Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island Art Association Art Gallery, and Catalina Island Museum. Indulge in retail therapy or enjoy a tasty meal along Crescent Avenue. Snorkelling fans will enjoy the crystal clear waters and abundant marine life at Casino Point and Lover's Cove. View the island from 500 feet above sea level on a zip lining adventure at Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour attraction or live it up in a private cabana by the sea at Descanso Beach Club.
Day 5: Ensenada, Mexico
Ensenada is a picturesque seaside town on the Baja California coast and is surrounded by small mountain ranges. The town is a shopper’s paradise, especially along Paseo Calle Primera and Avenida Lopez Mateos with its locally-made silver jewellery and pottery. The Malecon path down by the harbour is the perfect spot to sample fine seafood from the authentic restaurants. Explore the fascinating exhibits at Museo de Historia de Ensenada in Riviera del Pacifico and also at Museo del Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia. Visit La Bufadora marine geyser at Punta Banda that rises more than 30m above sea level.
Day 7: Los Angeles to Las Vegas
After disembarkation, and make your way to the airport and fly to Las Vegas. On arrival make your way to the four-star Luxor Resort and Casino for your four-night stay.
Day 8 - 10: Las Vegas, Nevada
With its roulette wheels, dazzling shows and little white chapels, Las Vegas doesn't really need an introduction. Cruise along the iconic strip and you'll feel like you're on the set of a hundred Hollywood films as you pass the gleaming arcades and show-stopping hotels. But there's more to this desert city than neon lights and late nights; head into the wilderness on a drive to Death Valley or take a trip to the breathtaking Grand Canyon. Best viewed by helicopter, this jaw-dropping wonder has to be seen in real life to be believed. Back on the glittering Strip, there's non-stop shopping, spectacular entertainment, white knuckle rides and gargantuan all-you-can-eat buffets to enjoy. With their amazing themes and landmark features, hotels in Las Vegas are destinations in themselves.
Day 11: Las Vegas, Nevada to UK
After checkout, make your way to the airport for your flight home to the UK.