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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caitlynfoil says ...

worst cruise I've ever been on

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

worst cruise I've ever been on

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

I've been on several cruises including Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Carnival and this is so far the worst cruise I've been on considering its food and service.  The selection and quality for its main dining room dinners were poor and the taste of food is very mediocre.  I ordered sea bass one night and it tasted so bad I couldn't eat another bite.  On most of the other cruises I've been on, the servers in the main dining room are very friendly, respectful and pleasant.  On this cruise, we got different servers every night and when I asked them for something extra like a spoon, or water, they do not respond when you talk to them even though they heard you.  I understand that they are usually very busy but a simple "ok" would have suffice so that I don't feel like I was bugging them.  The stewart of the room was ok.  He was polite and helpful.  The kids club were ok but at one point at 3pm in the afternoon they had to tell everybody to leave the room so that they can clean up.  The decor of the interior of the boat is old and tacky.  I would not recommend this cruise.  

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
5 out of 5

ALL the Staff was helpful & extremely nice!!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Our favorite part of the cruise was the helpful Staff. We definitely loved the idea that there was free food available 24hrs. The environment for the outside deck where the large pool is was great! There being bars everywhere kept for very small lines. We would like to suggest that we thought there should have been more Directory's to show what is where and how to get there even tho they were diagrams of the boat at the elevators, they could have been at more locations throughout the boat. Maybe used pictures of the event locations instead of the read outs.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Our Family Vacation

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

We enjoyed our cruise experience. The food was great and we all could find something that we liked. I personally wish there was more of a salad bar. I was looking forward to a heaping multi-item salad bar experience. There was a salad bar but only 5 choices of toppings. We enjoyed a comedian together and that was fun. There was one comedian that we felt very distasteful (rated- PG), We wanted more shows like this, or magic shows etc but all the rest of the comedian shows were rated R-18+ so that was sad we didn't want to go to those. There wasn't much activities on board to do so we slept most of Thursday but the excursions were great.

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

Mexico cruise

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

The food on very good.  The service for the seat down dinner was excellent, waiting was quick.  The room needed to vacuum though it was dusty underneath the bed.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

First time cruising with children.

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

We were cruising with 3 ten year old boys.  My husband and I have been on quite a few cruises but this was our first with children.  I felt like the entertainment was lacking.  On other cruises there were all different types of entertainment from ventriloquists to acrobatics and magic shows. Shows that were great for adults and children.  The dancing and singing is maybe ok for adults that know the music and can sing along but the boys were bored stiff after the opening first show.  The only movie that we saw offered was during our dinner time so we missed that.   We did love the PG comedy show and ended up seeing it both times because there was nothing else. We also felt like the shows were quit late for children.   I signed them up for the kids club before cruising but they said it was juvenile and geared to younger kids.  

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Disappointed

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

I was extremely disappointed with our experience.  There was very little for our children to do on the cruise, but it was 'pitched' to us as a Family Cruise.  My biggest complaint was with our dining experience.  We selected 'anytime' dining, but on most nights waited approx. 45 min to even be sat... Then, our meal took 2 + hours each night; causing us to miss shows that were scheduled.  One night we never got our drink order taken.  Another night, we got our drink order, but the food came before my kids received their beverage.  Every night at least 2 people from our group were served cold or over cooked food and every night my kids ice cream came so melted that they used their straws to drink the ice cream.  I am so upset that I wasted my hard earned money on this trip for my kids and now can't even afford to make it up to them by going to Disney like we had originally planned. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

Amazing Crew!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Really enjoyed the cruise! The food and crew are what really made this an amazing experience. The boat is a old and starting to show, especially when things start to break during the cruise. Ports were good, and decent amount of games, activities, bars, etc to do on the boat. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
1 out of 5

Less than impressive .... do not bring kids

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

First, the kids activities were definitely oversold to us when booking.  We were traveling with 7 kids in tow between the families that went.  The kids center was only "open" from 7pm-10pm in the evening, where they played movies for them.  Understandably, after 10pm they charge no big deal.  However, when dinner takes upwards of THREE hours because the service was SO SLOW you miss all the shows.  There was ONE family game night show that was kid appropriate and they had fun.  The other shows were definitely geared towards adults, my kids sat through them reluctantly but there wasn't much options for them.  I was disappointed to say the least in the entire experience.  The weather (which isn't their fault) was cold, they did not try to rearrange any activities to keep anyone, kids included, entertained while out at sea.  The food was TERRIBLE, any free hotel continental breakfast could compete with any of their meals including dinner.  We had to wait upwards of an hour to be seated for dinner each night, then took over 2 hours to get through dinner.  The staff was not nearly as friendly as any other cruise we have taken, including this same one in 2016.  Our dinner staff was rude, with the exception of our first night (where we waited an hour and a half to eat) but the food seemed to be all the leftovers ... we were onboard celebrating a birthday and two anniversaries where they didn't even acknowledge the birthday.  Friends of ours received things in their room with their anniversary etc, we did not.  I still have to go through our bill which we were overcharged for drinks etc as we paid for the drink package, but we were charged for drinks.  No, we did not go over our allowed amount in drinks either.  Nor did I sign for any charges where they were incorrect.  Overall, a one star is about where the entire thing fell.  We will NOT be returning to this cruise line, or probably cruise with Carnival again.  We specifically asked if they made any upgrades to the boat since our last cruise last year as it was completely outdated, lots of gold and old upholstery.  They told us at booking this boat was "completely remodeled at the end of 2016" and it looked exactly the same as the year prior with the exception of the Egyptian boob statues down the hallway were removed.  Disappointing. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very Good Experianced on 4 Night Catalina and Baja Mexico Cruise!!!!

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

We enjoyed dining in Mardi Gras especially the foods, workers and the Filipino crews. Lido Buffet was very good too. We are going to recommend this cruise to anyone. Our agent Leema did a good job we appreciate her.Happy

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
1 out of 5

Disorganized, and no costumer service!

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The mandatory safety briefing was 1 1/2 hours long as we were all asked to STAND in the hot sun while they kept counting and counting. Then they kept announcing that the briefing would start momentarily and not to move!!!! Then after all this time, a bell went off and we were all told that we are dismissed! We were never even told what lifeboats we were to use in an emergency. WE NEVER GOT THE BRIEFING!!!!!!!It was so ridiculous. It was a terrible was to start a vacation and after cruising 3 times prior with Carnival, I had never had this happen. I was so embarrassed!!!!

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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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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

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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