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What people said about this ship:

"...the was excellent and the service at the cabin and the dining room were fantastic." in 103 reviews.

"...the it would be a cold day before I ever take another carnival cruise ." in 42 reviews.

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Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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carnival you need to update the ship-Cruises Only you messed up too and did not bother to help.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Aug 04, 2014

We booked the cruise ,we thought quick vacation before school starts.

We boarded the ship with our family, note our booking was booked together. Yet when we got our sea pass cards we noticed we weren't sitting together at dinner.... Why ... why wouldn't we be sitting together? After 30 mins of arguing with the head waiter we got no where.

 

We went to guest services to complain about the dirty sheets in our room, my sons bed was covered in hair, my nieces room was horrible. There was one pull down bed and one bed on the ground (they call it a trundle, it was a crib mattress on the floor)  And to discuss the problem with the seating. Again we got nowhere. I asked for our room attendant-guest services said NO he was not available,

Try back in 4 hours.

 

Finally, I went back to my dirty cabin sat down and I called CRUISES only and said "what the hell is going on" After being on hold for ever (40 mins) there was nothing they could do "it was how the cruise was booked". I never booked a room that was dirty, nor did I book a dining time that I wasn't sitting with my family at dinner finally I know I did not book a room that had  my niece sleeping on the floor on a crib mattress.

 

Note: this is our 4th cruise that was messed up. Past 4 cruises our dining arrangements were wrong-guess I shouldn't have been surprised with this cruise, all these cruises were booked through cruises only. THINK TWICE BEFORE BOOKING WITH THEM.

We have 2 more cruises booked with them and I think its time to rethink this. I am not happy. You wasted our money and ruined our vacation.

pics show the crib mattress on the floor and the hair and brown mattress cover on my sons bed.

they never bothered to clean the room.   

 

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Our Inspiriation Experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Aug 04, 2014

Our cabin was kept neat and clean!  One outlet is not sufficient in room for 4 people.  Outlet in bathroom did not work for hair dryer.  Mardi Gras dining room was an experience in itself, first getting to our assigned table and then being asked numerous times who we were by three different waiters, quite annoying try to get our meals!  We did not return, ate at buffet rest of cruise.  Suggestions, if one venue open i.e. Pizza, Sandwiches should be staffed better and more organized. Main buffet and salad bars should be roped off until staff had time to set up, people were using hands to grab foods while staff were in process of same. Disgusting!! More buss staff on floor, tables always dirty inside and out!  Hot buffets should have back ups ready to go to replenish empties!  Jewelry pricing not organized well, the timing and discounted items not in sync!

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Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Good parts and bad

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jul 18, 2014

We took our four grandchildren on this trip as a congradulations to them for their straight "A" report cards.  We had a wonderful time with the kids. The food was fine.  The crew was great. 

 However, when our 9 - 12 year grandchildren even commented that they thought that Carnival was constantly, cleverly working the cruisers for  money, it was a concern. As an example, bingo was $20 for a sheet of 3 tickets. At least 300 people played.  There were 3 games. One for $100, one for $125 the last for $150.  We waited for 30 min for them to sell the tickets.  The games were over in 20 minutes...not much for the cost.  Just one example.  The kids were also upset that they were led to believe that the Build a Bear was for St Jude's.  When they got there they were told that only if they bought  the bears that were already made would the money go to St Judes.  

The other reason that I would not give the cruise more stars is that although in general the ship was clean, my cabin's toilet was not cleaned  for the three days of the trip

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Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Bad cruise service

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jul 21, 2014

Starting from the parking, we asked a parking attendant if the parking structure was for the cruise and his answer and demeanor was one of a person so upset about being at work. We parked and headed to the registration line. Once on board the bad service began. My most furious moment, on the tnird night my daughter got sea sick. We quickly had to leave the comedy show and she sadly vomited on the hallway before getting to the restroom.  I asked an attendant for help and she pointed to the restroom and said "the restroom was there" and pointed to the restroom.  I asked her for napkins. I then noticed a gentleman in uniform standing at the stairs when he noticed I looked at him he walked down a couple of stairs and gave me his back and acted as if he had not seen my daughter sick. As a mother worried about her daughter's health,  it was very disappointing. Not the cruise I wanted to remember. 

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Fun family getaway

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Oct 06, 2014

We traveled with three generations of our family and this 4-night cruise fit our needs nicely - 3 grandparents, 2 parents and 2 3-year old twins. We have cruised with other cruise lines previously but chose Carnival for its more casual atmosphere as we wanted to see how the kids fared on a cruise. This cruise had more kids on board and passengers that were generally more open to energetic kids compared to other cruises we have been on.

 

We all enjoyed the experience of a cruise where we have the convenience of prepared meals, clean and orderly cabins and not having to drive around and find places. The casual atmosphere, Camp Carnival kids' camp and the waterworks water park was perfect for our kids. They were thoroughly entertained. The adults enjoyed the gym, casino and leisurely walks around the ship. We did not frequent the clubs and entertainment shows this trip.

 

The service was generally good and friendly. Our cabin steward was very kind and funny. He was always busy servicing the rooms and we joked that he must be sleeping in our hall. The staff at Camp Carnival was pretty good but we felt rushed when dropping off our kids where a lined formed. We were given a cell phone in case they had to contact us with issues but we did not have to use it. The service in the dining room was friendly. We had requested at every meal to have my husband and my meals come out fast in case we needed to leave early if our kids got cranky. But they always seemed to pace all the courses at the table together. So if the grandparents ordered 2 appetizers but my husband and I didn't, we would not get our entree until the grandparents did. We did Anytime Dining and maybe Assigned Dining would be more accommodating. The staff at the Pixels photography dept were not very helpful and the frequent purchaser program was very confusing. And of course the prices were very expensive.

 

Food quality was not as good as other cruise lines but there are a few items that were very good. My favorite was the warming chocolate cake. Also, I did not try the Mongolian BBQ, Pizza Bar and Sandwich Bar as those were always busy with a line.

 

The ship was unable to tender at Catalina due to swells from a tropical storm so we only ported in Ensenada. We had a great time on a bus tour of La Bufadora and enjoyed our tour guide. It was MUCH cheaper to join a tour from downtown than from the ship. We enjoyed wonderful clams and a lobster burrito from a restaurant near La Bufadora but unfortunately I don't know the name of it.

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JusMe
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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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