Carnival Inspiration

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 4 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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aileenm2323 says ...

you get what you pay for

I don't have any major complaints, but I will say that the kitchen staff and dealers... Read more
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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

you get what you pay for

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I don't have any major complaints, but I will say that the kitchen staff and dealers had no personality or friendliness about them. The buffet assortment was bland and basic and the drinks were high priced as well as lack of alcohol  in them. I don't drink often, I felt nothing after 3 $14.00 cocktails. wait of money. Next time I will pay the extra and go with a different company. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

you get what you pay for

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

I don't have any major complaints, but I will say that the kitchen staff and dealers had no personality or friendliness about them. The buffet assortment was bland and basic and the drinks were high priced as well as lack of alcohol  in them. I don't drink often, I felt nothing after 3 $14.00 cocktails. wait of money. Next time I will pay the extra and go with a different company. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Best Honeymoon Ever!!!!!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Staff was no 1. I loved' the entire Cruise. I would like it if they could have more  couple tables for four instead of 10 and 11.This was our Honeymoon and we enjoyed another great Cruise. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

First Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

I enjoyed Carnival Inspiration.  Staff were excellent.   I enjoyed the trip ports were nice and we had plenty of time.  I would cruise with Carnival again.

 

Thank You

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Cutting Amenities

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The food and service was good, but Carnival is obviously trying to make a few extra bucks by cutting amenities that one would normally expect on a cruise ship. For examples, gone is a hair dryer in your cabin (unless you special request), gone are the robes in your cabin, gone is any kind of large scale theatrical production in the main theatre, and gone are the daily drink "specials."  The ship had Direct TV feed, but the only cable news we could get was CNN on three channels (one in Spanish). CNN is no longer providing "objective" news and has lost its credibility. Carnival should consider changing is itinerary to eliminate Ensenada as a destination...it's no longer a quaint fishing village, it's become a cesspool of vendors pushing trinkets and over priced drinks. They should replace it as a destination with San Diego, where you don't have to worry so much about getting mugged if you wander away from the tourist traps. This was the last Carnival cruise for us.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

It was an amazing experience. Everyone was wonderful and our room was amazing with an ocean view window. Our shore excursions were  alot of fun. Especially the bow hole in Ensenda our tour guide was great. I would  love to book another cruise with Carnival. We had a lot of fun and the people on the cruise were nice and friendly. The food was great. Had a great time.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Almost perfect cruise.

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The personal attention and friendliness of the crew and staff was over the top. On a scale of 1 - 10, I rate this an 11. We got to meet the captain, watch really good shows and comedy acts, got to sing along and play the piano with the Piano Bar singer, Steve. The food in the dining area for suppers was quality gourmet, and even the hosts and hostesses remember my name night after night. That was the good.

The bad: the food in the Lido buffet was like cardboard, only warmed up and not made from scratch. So-so food, edible but not memorable. The charges for drinks also mysteriously appeared on our bank statement for purchases we didn't make, and now we can't get them removed for several days, if at all. No statement or accounting was ever given to us regarding what purchases were made, except for the receipts I kept for each transaction. The clientele aboard were typical casino type tourists and party animals. I would have liked to see a little more for the more sophisticated audience. All in all it was a great experience.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

This was our honeymoon and first cruise so at least we got the bad times vow out of the way.

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Let me start on a positive, the crew was great! Very friendly smiling and just plain approachable. That being said the cruise itself was horrible I'm guessing we picked a bad time of year... it was ALWAYS cold our fun day at sea was at the beginning and not fun. I don't get sea sick and this trip pushed the limits. The entire first night and most of the second day was a ridiculous amount of rocking like cartoon like rocking, i understand this day is supposed to be literally circling around at sea but could a better spot to circle be chosen? Maybe not in a windstorm? And the fact that your unlimited sodas doesn't count for room service is very odd. I mean the ONLY place to get soda is the bars? I'm glad i didn't bring a kid cuz they'd be going to the bar quite often and listening in on some colorful conversations. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

Drunk and covered in Beer

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I have been on several cruises, but never have I cruised with Carnival and I will doubt I would in the future.  The ship was clean, well appointed and our attendant was very helpful.  We reserved a suite for our trip, we appreciate the benefits when you travel as first class as possible.  I traveled with my wife and 5 year son, the first night there was a cute little towel animal on the bed, every cruise does it, my little boy enjoyed it. The problem is they never did it again, every cruise I have been on, (this is the first one with a child) every night there was a towel animal was on the bed, it would have been a nice touch.  Cruising as a Suite passenger on other Flags  I have never been been charged for room service, never up charged for an item on the dinner menu.  One of the reasons I like to cruise is because the food is so amazing.  Not so on Carnival, the food was blah and a little worse than chain restaurant food.  The main problem is the premise that Carnival is a family friendly cruise line, that just is not true.  I was accosted at least twice by drunk passengers, had insults hurled at me by drunk people and had a drunk female attempt to poke a writing pen in my nose.  Passengers were so drunk they were falling down, not an environment that I would ever subject my minor son to again.  I could not understand the bar tenders who would continue to serve obviously drunk people. Would it be that Carnival continues to serve because it is the only profit center on the ship? How much would Carnival lose if they ordered their employees to stop serving drunk people?  Remember, when your passengers are all drunk you can serve them crappy food and half assed service, they won't remember anyway, but I will remember.

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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.

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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

4 yrs ago

Refurbished

2697

Total Passengers

2.91

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

1027

Total Cabins

19

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