Wason and Jennifer our room attendants were great! For our excursion we picked horse back riding and it was really nice! We got to ride beautiful horses and enjoy the company of Miguel who made our experience extra special. The owner of the ranch Rita was also kind and generous - Thank you Rita! The cruise itself offered fun activities and lots of opportunities to relax or party depending on the mood.
During the whole time, we thought of our children and how much fun they would have had if they were with us!
mostly great! we enjoyed the room. The food was good but the glasses in the buffet were not clean. we talked to a staff member. Food and pulp were on the wet glasses. He really didn't care so we ate in the mardi gras dinning hall.
I have cruised before and yet this was my first Carnival cruise. This particular ship "Inspiration" referred to as a "puddle jumper" by some, is very small. The casino was so much fun! There's only one pool for the entire ship and it's way too small to handle the occupants of the ship. Therefor, the water is too warm and slimy. The pool was wall to wall people standing and trying to get relief from the heat while kids jump into the tiny spots of water between people thus getting the disgusting salty water into your very expensive cocktails. This is a huge negative. Next, the Brasserie always closes too early. Every time we tried to go eat at the Brasserie they were closing down. The game show and Bingo was fun. The room was clean every time we returned and I even ordered a special anniversary package for our room which was handled beautifully. The room was decorated and my boyfriend was totally surprised! The food was very good in the Mardi Gras Dining room but the lobster was a bit small for the extra price. The entertainment staff were amazing! They really knew how to rally the guests! Oh! The comedians were hilarious! Great comedy shows! I appreciated the drink deals every day. Made the trip a bit more affordable for me. Overall, it was a great trip! We would travel with Carnival again! Thanks for a memorable vacation!
We did this same cruise back in November so there wasn't anything new, but it was the only one that was local that could do in a short time. Food was OK but nothing to brag about. At least the Anytime Dining was easier to get in to. Last cruise needed to wait almost an hour to be seated. Cruise's used to have an 18-20 group but have done away with it so my 18 yr old grandson really had nothing to do as his 15 yr old brother was in the teen group. Definitely wasn't a cruise that I'd brag about but for quick getaway guess it would do.
The check in process was much too slow, stood in line for more than an hour and had to go to " special assistance" to get through (my wife has a back problem) we were never told that we could use this option, another passenger saw her discomfort and suggested that we try that option,
Your tine dining again each night there was at least a half of an hour to 45 mins. wait for a table, Better use assigned time seating.
Wish they offered free wifi, even after paying for wifi the signal/quality wasn't that good. The staff was super friendly and very helpful. We had some problems with our photos not being printed but the staff worked with us to try and fix the situation. So it wasn't a bad way to spend four days at sea.
What I would expect for this type of ship and cruise line. Staff was not as friendly as in years past. Ship was kind of dirty. Food was okay. Nothing special. We got bumped to anytime dining. Didn't like it, won't do that again. The plus is we got there and back safe. Will book again.
Having been on many different cruise lines in the past including carnival, I was a bit disappointed in the quality of service provided . Maybe it's partly due to many factors including the fact that tips are now mandatory and I get the feeling the employees don't really feel the need to work very hard for heir tips anymore. Service in the dining room was Verrry slow. We had late dining at 8:15 , but most nights, food wouldn't even arrive until after 9:30. The food in the anytime dining areas could be described as cafeteria quality. As for the room, our bathroom smelled worse than a gas station restroom. The smell of urine was so strong that at times, could be smelled in the cabin even with the bathroom door closed. There was a toilet bowl cleaner brush by the side of the toilet that was a permanent fixture and I'm wondering if that was the culprit in the smell. I was afraid to ho near it or touch it to find out. Frankly wasn't even worth complaining about since I mentioned it to the staff at guest services and they said someone looked at it and " it smelled fine". In a nutshell, went on this cruise as we were a big group and it was overall nice to spend time with family but I don't think I will be taking a carnival cruise ship again in the near or far future .
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.
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.
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