Carnival Inspiration

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

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

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Not what you expect

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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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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

We had a great time

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

Overall, we had a great time on our 4 Day Catalina/Ensenada Cruise.  I enjoyed Ensenada more than Catalina, as there was much more to see and do.  Catalina was nice to see, but we will be going back to Ensenada.  The staff was great on the Carnival Inspiration, everyone that we interacted with was pleasant, friendly and many remembered and called us by name like we were special to them. JH

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
4 out of 5

First time on a cruise and can't wait to book my next one!!!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

It was my first time on a cruise and I didn't know what to expect because I heard many different stories from friends who have gone on cruises before. So besides the weather being horrible, I couldn't have asked for a better time. There were many different activities to do to keep you busy and numerous food options. I was very impressed with the service of the staff and how they greeted us by name and with a big smile every time they saw us. I loved the little folded animals left on our bed. The staff that cleaned our room even went the extra mile to organize our shoes and line then up against the wall. At dinner on Saturday night the server brought me a little birthday cake and sang to me which made me feel special. We took advantage of the adult hot tub on the last night which was a good way to relax before having to pack our bags. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and can't wait to book our next cruise!!!

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Grreat Cruise -Carnival were wonderful

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

To a fault everybody through the check in process and on board were

exceptional . Polite courteous and efficient . Unfortunately this has been shadowed by the shore excursions group . We booked a tour for Ensenada through them and when we wentSurprised to check in  for it they had no record . (Order 524566) .When I asked for a refund when I got back home I was told that electronic tickets had been sent and they did not pass on to the tour operator details of passengers so they would not refund my $100 odd . In this day and age of electronic everything I found this excuse a convenient hurdle to hide behind  ; take the money and don't worry about the customer. I am very disappointed in this stance and still expect a refund . It is such a shame to mar an excellent product with such amateur practices .

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Awesome!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I love cruising! If I could I'd at least go once a year! The experience is so amazing and relaxing. 

The reason why I did give it a 4 this time though is because last time I went on a cruise all the crew members would call me by my name and it was awesome and it was really comforting, this time they didn't and totally forgot my name. It's not a big deal I know they see a bagillion people so it's ok. And oh gosh the food is amazing!!! 

The ones that did upset me were the people once you need to leave the boat and they're inside that building the round one. They were really rude to me so I had such a relaxing time and then time to go home and this woman treated me horrible. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

It was fun

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Not sure of the most favorite, but it had been about 30 years since I'd been to Ensenada and Catalina.  It was very enjoyable, we went with another couple so we shared the experiences of the winery tour and inland Catalina.  The only thing missing was the Lobster dinner at dress up night. It was available for a $20 premium.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Unorganized cruise

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

The cruise itself was good with some exceptions, despite receiving a 1:00pm check in to board the ship, we waitied for over 3.5 hours in the rain. When asked , the staff said that check in times meant nothing really! Very disappointed!  I had been On this ship, 2  years ago and the very same shows were being performed, it made the evening entertainment very dull!  The food was ok, but NOT the same quality as 2 years ago!  I had to pay $20.00 for a Lobster Tail!  While it was good, it's always been included in the cost!  All in all! I think I'm going have to return to Royal Caribbean Lines!  

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Incredibly Lame

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This ship and all its furnishings need immediate updating.  2000 passengers forced to wait in line, outdoors, in rain, cold and wind for 3 hours to board the ship.  Cold food and guests wearing t-shirts and baseball caps  in main dining room on "elegant night".  Hard bed and scratchy towels.  Every thing for sale on the ship was either overpriced or cheap junk.  The "duty free shop" has never heard of Amazon.  Won't be sailing with carnival again.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Poor Embarkation and overall experience

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

the embarkation at long beach was a total joke.  We had an assigned check in time that was useless.  it was first come first served.  The lines were very long and the crew members were barking orders like drill sergeants in boot camp.  We've been on numerous cruises with a variety of cruise lines and this was by far the worst experience that we have had.

 

The food was mediocre and the entertainment on board likewise.

 

Our cabin steward was excellent and helped make the cruise tolerable.

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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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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
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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