Carnival Inspiration

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 yrs ago    

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Carnival Inspiration is a large ship, carrying 2697 passengers and 926 crew, and sails from Long Beach (Los Angeles), California.

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No issues and great food

Embarkation was a breeze with FTTF. On the ship and to the room by 11:30 AM. Fish... Read more
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4 out of 5

No issues and great food

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Embarkation was a breeze with FTTF. On the ship and to the room by 11:30 AM.

Fish tacos at Blue Iguana were great for lunch.

Luggage was delivered as promised.

Food was very good. Service times were not consistent but within standards.

Room was clean and well maintained by a cheerful and agreeable steward, Osnell.

Guest Service line for FTTF was extremely helpful. The associates were fast and friendly.

Porthole window room was just fine. It was spacious with lots of storage.

Birthday and Anniversary were acknowledged. Tiny birthday cake was provided at dinner. It was delightful.

I have nothing bad to say about this ship. It was clean and well maintained. The cruise director was tireless and did a great job. Shows were fine.

Please ask for Mini, Gabriel and Jefferson if you have anytime dining: they are fabulous.

If I had to state an issue, it was that the room was chilly. No heat, only a cooling control. But it was nearly winter so I can't fault the cruise-line. Warm robes were provided. Bring a sweater for the dining room and common areas.

As for the buffet: it was crowded but the selections provided were varied and plentiful. All food was acceptable and the coffee was hot and strong.

I would book this cruise again, as it was inexpensive and a good value. It was a great cruise for relaxing. Catalina was charming. Mexico I had been to many times before and did not venture far from the ship.

Lastly, do not miss the Sea Day Brunch. Try the pork chop and banana cream pie!

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5 out of 5

Great Cruise with Carnival Inspiration

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The whole experience was great, everything was in order, and the crew was so kind and accommodating in every way. 

The customer services, the dinning room; Nemie was great host

The room service was great, and the waiters are great.

The Spy service was great; Virginia was so good and kind

The gym person who gave the seminars; Fransisco was  great and helpful  

I would like to mention the waiter; Junior upstairs who truly worked hard to provide 

The only thing I prefer to be done other way is the training for the emergency drill 

I think should be done by only video teaching not by asking every one to go outside in the cold weather, and speaking in the microphones, or if it should be this way, they can do it by taking the attendance by the pass.

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5 out of 5

A great weekend get away

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Love  Carnival Cruise Line has a great set of three and four day cruises to Mexico from Long Beach that make a great one week or weekend getaway. The Carnival Inspiration and Imagination, sister ships, are full of great amenities and entertainment that give you plenty of things to do. Don't miss the behind the fun Tour on the CD, it takes you to places on the ship that no one else can go. These cruises are a great introduction to cruising and set you up for later Cruise experiences to farther ports. I would recommend these Cruises to anyone.

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2 out of 5

Music too oversimplified to relax.

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I was unaware that a Carnival ship is likely to be party time all the time. At age 76, I find it hard to understand why people need loud music that hurts my ears and makes conversation difficult. One of the shows was so loud I left immediately. Angry

Cabin service was pleasant and efficient.

Meals were fairly good.  The final dinner meat was dry and over-cooked. 

Boarding and disembarking were efficient.

 

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3 out of 5

Good for first time cruise with low expectations

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

This was our kids first cruise and it was an ok experience.  This is the only reason I gave a "Good" Rating.  The food was not very good,  my dinner waiter even took one of my meals back three times to try and get it right.  I would say collectively our group had one or two decent meals the entire 5 days.  The drink service was horrible.  Bars were understaffed and the few working were going as quickly as they could.  most of the time one or two working the bars.  Kids had a very long wait for soda and juice.  Bring your own 12 pack cans to save time.  I was expecting a little more for Thanksgiving Cruise.  I really missed the customer service we usually get on other lines.  This was the first time on Carnival and like I said for the kids first experience it was fine.  We will probably skip this cruise line next time we are shopping for a vacation.

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4 out of 5

FUN AND RELAXATION

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

COMEDY SHOW WAS TRULY A BLAST AS THEY HAD ONE EACH FOR OVER AND UNDER EIGHTEEN. DANCING WAS A SUPER PLEASURE AS THE SHIPS STAFF PARTICIPATED AND THEY KEPT YOU GOING BURNING OFF THOSE HEAVY GOOD MEALS YOU EAT.  OUR GROUP PARTICIPATED IN MANY YOUTH ANS ADULT GAMES.    

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3 out of 5

Over hour wait for your time dining each night

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

pros: good food, relaxing, friendly staff

cons: over 1 hour wait for your time dining -- long line to get a pager to then wait 45min-1hour+ (this is the first time I've ever seen anything like this on Carnival or any other cruise line!) needs a fix IMMEDIATELY.

 

 

 

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2 out of 5

Menagerie of smells

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

On the entire ship i only found clean area, the alchemy bar.   Everything else is stained and smelly.  Food options are very limited and not very good. Also, be prepared to spend a lot of time in lines.  I've been on 4 different cruises and this is the first time i had to wait, and wait, and wait in line for absolutely everything.  

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3 out of 5

Fun weekend cruise for friends

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Fun cruise we did with our 7 year old and a bunch of our friends. It's a fun way to spend a weekend with friends. Comments:

1. Although we were excited about the idea of the hub app where we could text each other on board, it's pretty much a total waste of money. Most of our messages took an hour or more to show up, so it wasn't very helpful. Upgrade it, get rid of it or don't charge for it.

2. Let us know in advance what the "automatic tipping" will be. I was unpleasantly surprised on the last day to find $160 charge against my account for tips (especially since we had already tipped a number of people in cash). This left a very bad taste in my mouth and totally messed up my budget. While you're at it, when you board, give everyone a sheet of paper showing how the tipping works, and what you will automatically be charged, and/or how to tip individual people. 

3. $15 for a corkage fee? Seriously? We spent $90 on your boat for corkage fees. This is NOT ok. That is inexcusable. That alone could keep us off the boat. To pay almost $100 for the  privilege of drinking our own wine is simply highway robbery.

4. Staff is your strong point. Great friendly people who helped us out when we needed it. 

 

 

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3 out of 5

Good value

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We usually cruise with royal Caribbean and it's been over a decade since I last cruised with carnival. I recall better food choices and quality than we experienced this time. Still there was plenty to eat and drink. The salad bar was very nice.  

 

Our shower overflowed and there was a one to two inches of standing water.  We moped it up, and the steward said yes that can happen when clogged. Also we had trouble with feeling cold. We turned the vent off from blowing, but still our room was very cold. 

 

Good things:   The mattresses very comfortable, ,

Our waitstaff at the dinning table was very very good. Our waiter Marco called each if us by name and remembered what each person liked. Example brought balsamic vinager to the table because we requested it.. it showed up each meal. 

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JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

On the final day you can go to the lido buffet and have breakfast while waiting to get off the ship. if you take your time and have breakfast and get off the ship at about 10, quicker through customs and parking lot. You do not feel like your getting the bums rush to get off the ship.

Cruiser864
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If you can carry your bags on with you, I would recommend this over having the bags delivered. We like to do this so that we can unpack quicker and get out an enjoy the daily cocktail special and hit the Burger Bar and enjoy the delicious food.

virgiegarcia122
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on the last day, we waited to the very last minute to exit off the ship and avoided the crowd.

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Price

L

Size

Mar 1996

Built

3 yrs ago

Refurbished

2697

Total Passengers

2.91

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1027

Total Cabins

19

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