Carnival Inspiration

3.6 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: L     Refurbished: 3 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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Mold and slow service

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2 out of 5

Mold and slow service

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CabinM52

There was mold in the bathroom around the sink and on the ceiling. And something splattered on the picture in the cabin.

 

Dinner in the dining room was very slow and left for periods of time with no water never refilled and one night i never got the ice tea I ordered at all the next night it was never refilled.

 

The food was very greasy in the cafeteria.

 

The best meal we had was the burgers on the pool deck.

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4 out of 5

Fun Anniversary !

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Favorite part was Winery Excursion/ walk thru town, Late Comedy Shows, Music, Jacuzzi, Drinks....ALL GOOD.

Improvement, well... getting Drinks faster from ANY bar, better restrictions on Kids in  Jacuzzi's, as well as the adult Jacuzzi's, additional show option (there was special groups that took up areas for any added show). 

Recommend as mentioned above.

This was our first cruise and we had a great time, thank you.....

 

Charles CBig Smile

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3 out of 5

Not a bad way to spend NYE

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This was my first cruise. The best part was the service from the staff. Everyone was very nice and attentive. Least favorite was the decor. It's pretty outdated.

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3 out of 5

Last trip with Canival

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First cruise and it was mostly enjoyable but I felt like the ship itself didn't have enough activities. I asked others who had been on other cruises who all said that they had been on larger ships with more activities and were not as impressed, either. 

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4 out of 5

New Years Trip

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The Cruise was good, the Dinining room waitress was snippy to us so we did not go back.  The show on New Years Eve was just ok, the show on New Years day was great.

 

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4 out of 5

One of the best vacations I had

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Everything was well organized and great food...little pricy but I would recommend to everyone. the cabin was small but at the same time neat. I would recommend more children activities and the only bad customer service I not was at the massage place the ladies were very unhelpful and kind of rude.

 

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3 out of 5

No Mongolian Wok anymore!

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

It was a fun trip and the services are pretty good. However, when I booked this trip, one of the dining options is Mongolian Wok, but it was no longer available when I got on the ship. My parents who came from China had a hard time finding food to eat.

 

The other unpleasant experience is that my family and I linked one credit card when we completed our check in process at home and printed boarding pass. Also, when we got our room key cards at the port, the employee also confirmed that our accounts on the ship had linked to a credit card. However, when we got off the ship, a crew member stopped us in a rude way and asked us to pay before we left the ship and said that we did not link our accounts to any credit card. It was so embarrassing! We will probably not take Carnival ever due to this experience.

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3 out of 5

Cruising is not what it once was

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This is only my second cruise ever.  My previous one was the 4 night version on RC (Long Beach, Catalina, San Diego, Ensenada), about 16 years ago.  So I only have that experience to compare to.  I was unimpressed. I'll try to break this down into areas:

 

1. Stateroom

Even though all of the staterooms are non-smoking, it was quite clear that the previous guest had smoked in the room.  The pungent smell of cigarette smoke was overwhelming upon entry.  Throughout the weekend, I discovered that, apparently, this is very common, as I was overwhelmed by cigarette smoke permeating the stateroom doors in entire hallways.  Clearly, there is no effort to enforce the policy, and no mechanism to successfully remediate a room that has been smoked in.

The shower water, throughout the entire trip, was lukewarm at best.  Since I was sailing over Christmas weekend, it was cold outside, 40-60F.  A nice hot shower would have been great.  I had hoped that maybe this was just the first day, but it ended up being the entire trip.  I did call for maintenance, who concluded there was nothing they could do.  The irony is this:  They have signs and safety lockouts to prevent scalding.  I ended up with a cold for part of the trip, so a hot shower would have really been welcome.

There is no option for heat in the stateroom.  Just A/C or nothing.

I usually keep the "Snoozin" (do not disturb) sign posted for the extent of my stay, as I don't really need anyone to make my bed daily, or replace the towels.  I'd rather things just be left where they are. So before departing for my shore excursion in Ensenada, I made sure the A/C was off, so the room would be as warm as possible for my return.  The expected weather was cold and rainy, and since a hot shower wasn't an option, a warm room to return to would have been better than nothing.  I made sure the "Snoozin" sign was posted, and departed.  Upon my return, the bed was made, the room was tidied, the "Snoozin" sign was returned to its inactive position on the closet door knob, and... the A/C was on full blast.  I've already got a cold, and I come back to it practically snowing in my "do not disturb" room.  That still smells like smoke.

Also, because of the way my particular stateroom was laid out, there was a light switch in the headboard area of one bed, hidden behind the pillows.  It took my son and I two days to figure out why the lights would randomly come on and off while we were sleeping.  I said ghosts, but he wasn't buying.  Eventually we found the switch.

2. Dining: Mardi Gras restaurant

"Your Time" dining apparently means "Stand in line for an hour".  

Service in the Mardi Gras dining room, while very friendly, was inconsistent. The food quality was fine. But there were many little things that soured the experience.  Baked potatoes with no fixings (had to get some from the guests at the next table).  Ordered coffee with dessert, and it never showed up.  No bread basket (I had to ask).

3. Soft drinks:

I decided to purchase the soft-drink package for the trip, so I wouldn't feel like I was getting knickel-and-dimed all weekend.  The soft drinks are served out of room temperature cans, poured over ice.  Anyone who drinks soft drinks can tell you, that's a recipe for a watered down, flat soda.  If you're not going to have a proper fountain, at least refrigerate the cans.  Vending machines would even be a welcome improvement.  

Related gripe:  When in California waters, I had to still pay California sales tax for EACH can I consumed, at $0.20 per can (based on a sales price of $2.25 per can).  Really?  You can't absorbe that into the outrageous fee I paid for this beverage package?  My ire is directed at both the cruise line for not figuring a more sensible way to handle that, and to California for being California.  Insert expletive.

4. Kids club "Circle C":

No complaints here, my son had a good time, and was able to be independent when I needed him to (like when I was huddled under the covers in the room trying to get warm).

5. Internet access:

Was largely passable.  It did what I needed, mostly.  I did try to do some online shopping, and found that several online merchants were blocked by their content filters (Palmetto State Armory comes to mind).  That annoyed me.  I missed a good deal.  

6. Security Theater:

In planning for this trip, I very carefully read the various lists of restricted items.  Knives were permitted, as long as they were under 4 inches.  Dive knives were allowed, but had to be stowed with the security folks.  I brought a Leatherman Surge (3.1 inch blade plus multitool) and a CRKT Guppie (2 inch blade plus small multi-tool).  No mention of multi-tools in the no-no lists.

Upon arriving at the security checkpoint, I was told that I could not have the Leatherman.  Not because of the blade, but because of the multi-tool aspect.  But the Guppie (also a multi-tool) was fine.  ::Eyeroll::  What am I gonna do, disassemble the boat?  On second thought, if I'd have had a few more tools with me, I could've fixed the damn shower.

So I asked if they had somewhere I could check it, and pick it up after the trip, and they said I could take it over to a nearby gift shop, and they would hold it for me.  Ok fine, at least that's something.  So I step out of the security line, traipse on over to the gift shop, and drop off my multi-tool.  Back in the security line.

Upon return from the trip, I get off the ship, only to discover that the gift shop is closed for another two hours.  Of course it is.

Carnival, would it be so hard to: a) train the security staff properly, so they don't just make things up as they go b) provide somewhere to check such things

Summary:

There were plenty of things about the trip that were just fine.  The coffee was good.  The splenda was kept well stocked.  The Taco Bar was delicious.  The house band was fun.  The commedians were hysterical.  And the staff was all very friendly.  But the things I outlined above really reduced my enjoyment of the trip.  I hope that this is not a representation of what cruising has become, or of Carnival as a cruise line.  I had hoped to do a longer cruise next year (somewhere warm), but this trip has me thinking twice.

 

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1 out of 5

Food and accommodation

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The dinner menu was sub par from previous cruises I have taken.

Location of my room was below the kitchen where  every night at 330 to 4 am I heard cart rolling on the ceiling and banging metal like someone was hitting something it makes very hard to sleep. 

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1 out of 5

Worst Customer Service

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One of our international friend was denied boarding because of her visa but the most frustrating part of this experience was when we called, we wanted to make sure with whoever we were booking our trip with that everything was okay, but after they took the money, they took no time to explain the boarding requirement and when we asked questions, they said passport should be fine and gave us very vague answer. So we called several times, between me and my brother, to make sure that we had everything we needed to enjoy our trip just to hear the same vague kind of answers and said they think passport was sufficient. So we decided to trust that and drove 13 hours from Utah to Long Beach and never made it on the ship as we were denied the boarding. 

 

So we called after to ask for some kind of compensation but have never heard back from them since our trip. We spent about $1600 on cruise, $200 on gas, and extra $500 on hotels, including extra nights we had to book since being denied boarding, which was all wasted. We hope to hear from either delta cruise or carnival soon but as of right now, we will never ship with carnival again and will share our experiences with others.  

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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.

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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.

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

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Size

Mar 1996

Built

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Refurbished

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Total Passengers

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Total Cabins

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