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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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Nice Weekend Getaway

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

After being on Carnival's newest and largest ships it is probably not fair to compare them, but it was a let down.  The crew members were very nice and friendly, altho service in the main dining room was very slow and the food was only fair. Guy Fiero Hamburgers were great as was Blue Iguana cantina.The self serve ice cream machine was broken the first day. Night shows were very good. No outside movies as on larger ships. The locker room has electronic locks on the storage bins which were extremely frustrating to use. They should go back to a key system. Downtown Ensenada is  clean and the 7 blocks of shopping safe. La Bufadora (Blowhole) excursion was interesting but go in the morning before the crowds.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
1 out of 5

Wait In Line for One Hour to Eat Dinner

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

I was "assigned" open seating for dinner.  What this means is you can eat dinner anytime you want with no reserved seating.  First you wait in line to get a beeper which will go off when a table is available.  Twice in four meals I had to wait 1 hour in the hallway waiting in the hallway for your beeper will go off and you can be seated for dinner.  Great way to spend an hour each day of your cruise.  I had asked for reserved seating for dinner when I booked the cruise but Carnival decided that I would suffer through this instead.  I spent over $1500 for the three of us in one room and do not feel I got my moneys worth.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Awesome experience, very worth the money!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This cruise was overall incredibly fun. The food was good, hardly any wait time. The ship entertainment was great and the room service was amazing. Our Housekeeper Rupa was by far the best we've had. She would create animals out of our bath towels. I purchased an anniversary cake and without asking her, she provided us with plates, forks and napkins. I also had a bottle of wine on ice, She constantly replenished the bucket of ice without me having to ask her! great service!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

excellent service

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

service on the ship was excellent. it was great to see everyone smile and know your name from day one. few down sides - swimming pools were cold, buffet food could have more fresh veggies and fruits, but those are minor. overall great experience for someone who doesn't mind crowded, loud, drinking and partying environment. 

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
4 out of 5

Had a great little spring break

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

First, realize that you are going on a smaller, older ship and as a result you shouldn't expect all the amenities of others in the fleet.  This was our first Carnival cruise, but we have cruised quite a few times.  The stateroom attendant was great.  Kept the room tidy, brought us ice, even gave me a couple of coupons for my birthday.  The food was good, not the best I've had but very reasonable.  Our waitstaff was great, we had fixed dining.  Entertainment was good for being a smaller ship.  The cast had talent and was entertaining.  Our grandkids enjoyed it.  The comedians were good too.  

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Carnival Inspiration

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

The evening show was good. Food at the "your time dining" was good so as the service.Food at the Lido buffet was not really that good and not much variety. Pizza was and fries were disgusting. Not much entertainment for the baby boomers. The band at the hallway was good but it could have been nice if it was in a club instead of just the hallway in front of the bar.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Rough Seas

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

Before our cruise I tried to find information if the cruise would be windy, its an open boat moving on the water so I assumed it would be. It is super windy & super cold. Catalina was nice, nice shopping, clean & nice restaurants. Ensenada was awful! We were only off the boat for 2 hours, its a dirty dirty town. The ship was fine, but the seas were really rough & so you felt the waves all the time. lots of sea sick passengers.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Amazing 👌🏿

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

This was my first cruise and I really enjoyed it. The crew was amazing and it was plenty of activities and places to go throughout my time spent on the ship. The food was great and my family had a wonderful time. I will be rebooking a trip in the near future.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Not what you expect

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The live shows were the best part! 

Wont do another cruise because there are cheaper vacations you can go on that are more fun! 

Wouldnt recomend to anyone! Pick another cruise line maybe.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very Good

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

The food in the dinning room could have been better. The food bars were better to eat at. We liked the deli and omelet bar the best. The staff and service was beyond fantastic. I wish I could have understood them better when they spoke. The staff kept the rooms and ship clean and orderly all the time.

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Promenade

With dancing shoes on your feet, you're ready for the Rock and Roll Dance Club or the Avante-Garde on the Promenade Deck. Watch a Las Vegas-style revue...

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Lido

On the Lido Deck, you can take a dip in the pool and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch in the Brasserie Bar & Grill, a nice alternative to the main...

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Atlantic

On the Atlantic Deck, teens can stop on by Circle "C", which offers activities all day and night. While the kids are at play, check out the Galleria Shopping...

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Pamper yourself on the Sports Deck at the 12,000 square-foot, high-tech Spa Carnival, one of the largest health and fitness facilities at sea. Then, relax...

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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
Contributor Level: Purser

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
Contributor Level: Purser

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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