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

Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 2 yrs ago    

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Carnival Inspiration departs from:

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

Carnival Inspiration sails to:

Mexico

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I have ben on numerous Carnival cruises and this by far was my most disappointing.  The food was awful.  Terrible selection and since when has the lobster been a pay for item.  The choice food selections that were normally on the menu and now have to pay for were a huge topic of conversation amongst many veteran cruisers.  I will not recommend this cruise for any cruisers

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This was the first time me and my boyfriend went on a cruise and we had a great time. We got an ocean view room which was plenty roomy for the both of us. There is always food on the boat available so you never have to worry about being hungry. Also at all the buffets there is lemonade and iced tea so you really don't need the soda package unless you really need to drink soda. I ordered a case of water to have in our room but you don't really need it either cuz you can bring a cup from home and fill it up with water whenever you want. I did bring snacks like candy and chocolate covered peanuts just because my boyfriend likes snacking on them, but there's always desserts and 24 hour ice cream. We only ate in the dining room once and actually didn't enjoy it. It was super packed and we got sat between people who already had food so we were kinda ignored. The food was good but I could have done without it. We didn't go to the fancy dinner either. It's not mandatory. The buffets all have really good food. It's not cheap quality at all and there's all sorts of food. If you can't find anything you like there's 24 hour pizza too! 

I was worried about the rocking of the boat but it wasn't completely terrible. The day we were out at sea I felt it more, but the weather wasn't the best during this time so it's understandable. When I felt that the boat rocked too much I just stayed in my room and laid down. 

Another thing there is always something to do on the boat. Comedy shows magic shows karaoke sitting by the pool casino. Your room doesn't have too many channels so don't count on watching much tv. 

Also, don't book excursions through the ship. They're expensive. The ship was charging $35 for a city tour and trip to la bufadora and when we got there we only paid $15. The ship pulls into tourist places so don't worry about just being dropped off in a foreign place.

Overall we had a great time and relaxed a lot. We basically ate and slept which was great. 

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BAD INSTRUCTIONS

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WE HAD TO STAND OUTSIDE ON A COLD NIGHT. I WAS SETTING DOWN AND WAS TOLD I WOULD HAVE TO STAND. THIS WAS FOR SAFTY INST. IT LASTED 1 1/2 HOURS , I AM 78 YRS AND HAVE TROUBLE BREATHING, I WENT ON CRUISE TO RELAX NOT TO BE  HELD CAPITIVE .THE SAFTY DRILL WAS A JOKE AND TO TAKE THIS LONG WAS CRIMINAL. MY 1ST CRUISE OUT OF CALIF. I WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN. I MIGHT GO FROM GALVESTON  BUT PROBLY NOT WITH CARNIVAL I HAVE SAILED SEVERAL TIMES WITH THEM ,IT'S A SHAME THEY DID AWAY ALL THE GOOD TIMES WITH THIS .

 

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FOOD GOOD , SERVICE GOOD, JUST THE SAFTY DRILL I HAVE BEEN ON SEVERAL OTHERS 25 MIN TOP AND WE PUT ON LIVE VEST , THIS ONE JUST TALK .

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Very Relaxing Cruize

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I have never gone on a cruise and was very worried I would get sick, not feel comfortable and be bored....None of this happened.

 

Everything was orchestrated so well from leaving the luggage with the porter to getting off the ship it was perfection. I had such a relaxing time.

 

We had a room on deck five with a window towards the front of the ship, it was great. The staff that cleaned the room was very professional, greeting us always, the room kept very nice, all done when we were out.

 

The room service is free, although a small tip is the norm. They have many things that are free and not as many that really are small fees for. If you order coffee, you get an entire huge carafe with ample amounts of cream.

 

We were very worried about the water, you can drink it on the ship. If you want you can buy a 12 pack of water for 2.99.

 

We had your time seating in a dining room with a waiter the food was just so perfect. And with this eating option you can also go to the dining room that is open like a food buffet, the outside grill and Mongolian grill. So, if you want you can literally eat the entire time you are on the ship.

 

The top deck with the miniature golf and track is just lovely to sit at as it is so quite and the views just spectacular. The gym is just huge and not really crowded. There are many shops to buy things at. There is a library that was my only item I was not happy with as it was not quite in there the door was always propped open so music from below drifted in. I was hoping for a very quite place to sit in there, which it wasn't, so outside in the fresh air worked fantastically.

 

At Catalina you get off the ship by taking water cabs that hold about 100 people and there is enough time to go on the island wander around, go back have lunch on the ship and then return to the island. Such a beautiful island with clear water and it is so relaxing.

 

Ensenada was very nice we went on the off ship activity of making Mexican food and it was really nice, the bus ride and guide were very nice and we got a lot of information about the area. After the cooking class we had time to shop for an hour which was plenty of time. 

 

The entire time on the ship, the staff worked very hard, being very polite, cleaning things, serving exceptional meals, everything just perfect. It was a very wonderful cruise. The staff on this ship all very professional and work to the utmost of their ability to do everything in their power to extend a wonderful cruise to the patrons.

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3 out of 5

short cruise

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we got our money's worth on this cruise. it was very inexpensive but I felt it was the smallest stateroom of all the cruises we have done. there was nowhere to sit in room, we had an ocean view, except one desk type chair.  no extra little touches like live music in shows, no chocolates at night, no day of the week in elevators. the food was very good, service as well but have been used to higher level of special treats. the disembarking was extremely slow, we actually disembarked without our color/zone being closed because we were afraid of missing our plane. Trip was worth the money. very few onboard activities.

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My Experience on the Carnival Inspiration Cruise

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It was indeed experience of a life time; experience that can only be compared to  my first sky-jumping. I would have given the cruise an excellent mark but for the fact that we did not go to Catalina Island owed to what the captain said was bad weather. I am yet to understand why we went to Ensenada in Mexico but could not go to Catalina.

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Director has no plan B

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Angry While we do understand that safety is the priority & that the Catalina stop had to be cancelled, the director should have a plan B. The Playlist show was cancelled because the ship was rocking..understandable. We docked overnight in Ensenada. Directors should have the show that night since the ship is docked. I know there is an schedule to follow but they have cancelled/made changes on the schedule anyway so, why not adjust the Playlist show schedule whilst it is safe.  Instead, they had the show as scheduled when the ship started cruising again so instead of having the "real" show, they have to adjust and remove the dancing part because the ship is rocking again,  They should have done the full show whilst the ship was docked in Ensenada.  It is enough that they cancelled the 2nd show on the first night. Carnival should have given us bigger credit than $6.00 for cancelling too many shows as scheduled.

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We enjoyed the feeling of total relaxation and appreciated the excellent service on board. It would be better if without the bad weather which really depended on your luck. However, it was a nice and special trip!

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Great getaway trip

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We had an awesome time going to Ensenada Mexico and back to the port. It was a smooth ride 95% of the time. They should specify what charges are being made and how everything is conducted like tips and gratuity. I thought we were suppose to tip everything we do like from eating and ordering room service. They had a service charge of the $36 for our three trip that was added to our final bill without letting us know ahead of time that was how tips were distributed throughout the boat. What i did like was that you can add a credit card to your boat card which is the card to get into your room and used for ordering food at the bar, gambling and anything you might want. It is pretty easy to just add a credit card to your account. One of the things to enjoy when you get to ensenada, is the la bufadora but most people don't purchase it through the cruise as they almost triple the price. We bought ours on the bus where they took us from the boat to the local tour destination for about $15 for the tour. We spent alot of money eating outside food there too which was good from what the tour guide recommended. The food on the boat is unlimited also and everything they provide was delicious and you can order more than one entree when dining. Order more appetizers too as they come pretty small. 

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Never again...

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My family and I have been on over a dozen cruises in the past 10 years.  The Carnival Inspiration (Baja Mexico) trip was by far the worst experience we have ever encountered.  We had a group of 35 people on our family reunion cruise and we all agreed that our experience was horrible.  The ship was filthy, the bathroom in our stateroom smelled of urine.  The crew members on the ship and especially the dining buffet area were NOT friendly.  They would not greet or smile or acknowledge your presence.  They definitely were not happy with their job and it affects the experience of the guests.  There were not of activities and shows set for the guest as compared to the other cruiseline.   I will NEVER again cruise with Carnival.  I guess it's true with the statement of: "You get what you paid for." 

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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.

on the last day, we waited to the very last minute to exit off the ship and avoided the crowd.

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

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