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Good relaxing trip

mrivas57 reviewed 2 days ago

What people said about this ship:

"Definitely eat in the dining room for all the meals you can." in 132 reviews.

"We are already planning our next Carnival cruise." in 50 reviews.

"A little more time in Grand Cayman would have been nice." in 33 reviews.



Carnival Inspiration departs from:

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

Carnival Inspiration sails to:

Mexico

1491 reviews from our community




mrivas57
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Good relaxing trip

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Apr 10, 2015

Nice to be out for 2 full days, just relaxing, no phones, no internet, no need to drive, just having a good time.  Very good live shows, both in the theater and the ones they have in the hall.  Nice cabins and excellent service by all of the ship crew.  The day we spent in Ensenada was memorable.

I think they could do a lot better with the food, specially in the brunch sections.  Not that it was bad but it did lack variety.  The restaurants were much better.

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Nickeled and Dimed

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

this cruise was disappointing because of the cool weather and the fact every time I turned around somebody wanted me to buy this or that... hard to relax when you are treated like a tourist all the time... our during our Ensenada shore excursion we were hammered to buy junk constantly instead of just letting us look around and see if we liked what they had to offer... 

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tmhfr
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Great 1st timer cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

Perfect length for 1st time cruisers.  Food quality was good and well above expectations.  Service was outstanding as well.  Plenty of things to do on ship to keep active and entertained.

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Hakeemo
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Decent cruise for the price

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

Given the low price of this cruise, it's really hard to complain much. It was our first time traveling with Carnival and it wasn't the Disney/Princess experience we are used to, but we knew going in this was an older ship (The Inspiration) and the price was very low, so we didn't expect it to be.  We were two moms travelling with 4 kids ranging from 8-14 for a short get away over spring break.  We all had a great time, although the 14 year old was a little bored. There is only one pool on the Inspiration so it was jammed pack all the time. Likewise, there is only one hot tub for the kids which literally was stacked full of pre-teens the entire cruise.  One of the adult hot tubs was closed, leaving only two for adults so we also never found space in the water.  Food was ok...definitely had a lot of kid friendly easy to grab items, available at all times.   Better quality dining room food in the formal restaurant would have been great, but there were a few really good items.  (The chocolate lava cake is the best!)  The entertainment was also ok---although we thought geared too much towards the 40+crowd -  there was only 1 hour of kids Karaoke/day (with a long list of eager kids) and the shows were primarily 70's, 80's music based.  Kids would have enjoyed more of a variety show with magic, pole acrobatics, etc.  We were very disappointed with a few things upon arrival which we wasted the good part of our first night trying to resolve.  Specifically: 1) Our two rooms were far apart, even in separate muster stations, despite the fact that we booked and paid together and the notes on our reservation stated that we were travelling together. We had noticed this a few days before the cruise, but Carnival said they couldn't do anything until we checked in and of course at check in they looked at us like we were crazy since the ship was full.    2) The third bed in each room was a toddler sized rollaway with a terrible thin mattress (one even had sharp springs poking up).  There was no way a teenager or adult could be comfortable on that bed.  We eventually got slightly better rollaways, but still not ideal for bigger kids or adults.  Since all three guests paid the same amount, this didn't seem right. 3)Our dining reservations were at separate times, despite notes on our reservation to seat us together and initially the Maitre d' said there was nothing he could do about it.   It took talking to a manager and throwing a bit of a fit to get that changed but after the first night it was resolved. Once we got over these initial issues, we really had a great time.  The staff was very polite and helpful.  Not sure if we would do this particular boat again, but it was worth one trip and I would probably give Carnival another chance on a newer boat. 

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hope121
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Good Family Fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Apr 06, 2015

The ship was fun.  We enjoyed being together as a family.  I would have rated it higher, however, Club O2 was boring for my teens and not much going on at the camp for my 5th grader.  The activities at the pool were entertaining, however, geared more toward adults.  Our steward, Hiro was fantastic!!!  The rooms were very clean and well maintained.

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ghenry98
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Poor (2 stars) not recommended

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Mar 30, 2015

Food was ok, not outstanding. The shore excursions that Carnival offered was very expensive, found excursions on Ensenada at 1/2 the cost of the Carnival excursions cost. Lots of extra  costs drinks (coffee except for coffee in the morning,sodas), IMAX extra cost If, I bring my own wine to the dinner table I be would be charged. Other cruise lines that I have been on did not have these extra costs.

 

 

 

 

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cydkunz
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Cruising

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Mar 23, 2015

This was a great ship for the party-going crowd. I don't drink alcohol so I was very uncomfortable with all of the booze. Not the ships fault. Great food, no exceptional food. The water slide and mini golf was a kick in the pants too. My grands loved the pool too and of course the ice cream 24 hrs a day. 

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Overall Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Mar 23, 2015

We loved that the steward, head waiter and wait staff knew and called us by name. The attention to detail was amazing.

We were however disappointed with a couple of items. We would have liked to see more fresh fruits and vegetables. All offered were items we can get at home. Our room was nice but there was only one working outlet which made it difficult to recharge electronics and the "juice" was not strong enough to power a flat iron. One of the Adult only spas was closed due to repairs. Food overall was very bland and boring. Ports were interesting. We did not do any excursions but felt comfortable enough doing our own sight seeing.  An overall nice way to spend spring break.

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great

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Mar 23, 2015

it was a nice cruise for a first time cruise... not expensive to go and do and short enough to learn about it not to many stops so was enough time to take in the actual cruise...

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Best trip of my lifeb

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Mar 20, 2015

I knew I was gonna have fun, but not this much fun :) I didn't want to leave. Service was amazing. Everyone was polite and spoke . Dinner was wonderful. Felt like I was getting pampered. Loved that I was able to eat while watching the waves in the ocean. Beat parts for me was the comedy show with Jorge, and the singing shows. And to top it off I got my boogie on in the club. And was able to have me a nice Adult drink and sit down and still see the water. Amazing experience!! I will be back for sure

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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 go ashore, go early, do not wait til 10:00 AM to get off the ship.

make use of the steam rm and sauna behind beauty salon. hardly anyone goes there and it,s free. relax on adults only serenity deck in rear of ship, has 2 good whirlpools. eat breakfast in the dining room.

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