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Price: $     Size: L     Refurbished: 1 yr ago    

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Best vacation ever!!!!

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What people said about this ship:

"Even the food in the dining room was not what we have been accustomed to in the past." in 109 reviews.

"relaxing four nite cruise to catalina and ensenada via carnival cruise line Inspiration ship." in 42 reviews.

"One night, I had room service and had my meal within minutes." in 34 reviews.



Carnival Inspiration departs from:

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

Carnival Inspiration sails to:

Mexico

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Best vacation ever!!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 23, 2015

This was the 1st time my husband and I have ever been on a cruise and I must say it will be the most memorable!!! From the late night dining with Igor, Dragan and Alenandru, to the piano bar, to the live art auction, to the day trip in Ensenada, not to mention our cabin Steward Gerald, our trip was full of fun and relaxation!!! We enjoyed the fun shops, the casino, the comedy shows and the late strolls on the top deck!!! If I could rate this cruise a 10 I would!!! Looking forward to and planning my next cruise!!!!

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Good time!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 19, 2015

We loved our cruise. The staff was very professional. We had to change rooms, because our first room at the front of the ship was right behind the anchor and generators. Very loud!!  Once moved we really enjoyed each day. The food was great!! Better than our Alaskan cruise. Plenty of it. I loved our waiter. Everyone who took care of us was positive and caring. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was easy to depart and enter the ship in the two ports of call. Nothing was a hassle. It was a delightful experience.

 

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eating aboard

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 12, 2015

The cruise was lovely, however the food was a nightmare. Rarely was anything hot, or even warm. In fact my eggs Benedict was cold, dry, hard boiled egg and no hollandaise sauce. Evening meal, pasta Carbonera, again cold, no pepper (required to be "carbinera"). Told, eating was open 24/7, not true unless you want to eat pizza. (BTW, Pizza Margarita is made with tomatoes basil and mozzarella, not parmesan and garlic. I was shocked ordered pizza margarita and given a white pizza with just parmesan and garlic. When I questioned the pizza I was told that was the pizza margarita, and was a very nasty tone to the chef voice.also the pastries for the most part were dry and stale. The food spoiled and otherwise beautiful cruise, and we will definitely choose another cruise liner for our next cruise.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 12, 2015

This was my first cruise ever. I had an incredible time and paid an incredible price. The food was outstanding, the events on board were fun-filled, and the 4 days away was just the right amount of time for my short vacation. 

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Don't take this cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 12, 2015

This is an old ship, with no heat, refrigerator or hair dryer in the room,  Food was disappointing and the shows sub par.Spend your money on a better ship.

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Just so-so

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 05, 2015

The cruise was pretty basic and uneventful, either way. I was not impressed with the food at all.

Found it to be the same everywhere and reminded me of cafeteria food.

Like I said, nothing really great or really bad. The staff was wonderful and the ship was normal.

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Economical cruising fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 05, 2015

Overall, the cruise was very good.  I enjoyed the value of cruising without the need to fly to get to the ship.  The amount of time was perfect for my children's first time cruising.  They did not get seasick and that is really what I wanted to see before we take a longer more expensive cruise.  The room purser, Sudi, was excellent!  He remembers everyone's names if he has their rooms to clean.  He does a great job with making sure you have everything to make your stay comfortable.  He was friendly and attentive. 

The shows were good and well put together.  The lead singers had weaker and more pitchy voices than the supporting singers (I directed a choir for five years so I am sensitive to this).  The comedy was really good.  Michelle needs new karaoke equipment but she was wonderful.  

The one drawback on this cruise was the food.  The dining area food was great.  The food in the buffets was a step down.  Compared to my last cruise, the food was a disappointment.  The deserts were not very good.  The cakes were more like cornbread texture and that was not pleasant.  I enjoy the eating on a cruise and this was a let down that stops me from giving the cruise an excellent rating.  

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POOR EXPERIENCE, NOT RECOMMENDED

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 05, 2015

SHIP OLD , CREW VERY TIRED AND ON BAD MOODCryingAngry, NOT GOOD SERVICEAngry, FOOD NOT VERY GOODSurprised, ALL CREW WANTS TO SELL YOU A DRINK, A PHOTO OR SOMETHING,Sad NO ONE OFFER YOU A CUP OF COFFEE OR A GLASS OF WATER ON THE POOL OR ON THE CASINO OR ANY PLACENervous, GOOD SERVICE ON HOUSE KEEPING ON THE ROOM .Big Smile I HAD A CRUISE ON PRINCESS LoveONE YEAR AGO, BIIIIIIIG  DIFFERENCE 

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First cruise...and I'd go again!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 05, 2015

I had a wonderful experience on this cruise. It was easy, quick & made a cruiser out of me and my wife. We would recommend it to anyone. The staff was friendly. The activity was lively. The time frame was perfect. 4 days is enough to be on a big ship in the ocean.

The food was plentiful, but all very bland. 

Their are some fees that you wont know about until after the trip, so plan to pay an extra $80 or so. 

Hopefully we will see you on this trip!

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Good for the Young and the Young at Heart

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jan 05, 2015

We took this cruise as a family. 4 of us shared an Ocean View Stateroom on E deck. It was not a large room to say the least as there was not enough room for a small couch as I have experienced on board other ships. Two twin beds and a sleeper from the wall. Luckily my son and I are small enough to fit in one bed. I could not imagine the pull out cot being laid out all at the same time. If we had to do that, it would have felt like camping in a tent with very little space to maneuver. LOL.

I say that this ship, and I do believe this cruise line is truly great for those who like to party inexpensively. This was the reputation it has had for many years but heard it had changed so thought I would give it a try. It turns out that it still is the party boat. Lots of dancing and shows. The food was mediocre, nothing exceptional to speak of. 

This is not really a ship for the elderly as we found out with my 88 year old mother who struggled a bit with the limited space as the walker could not enter the doorway to the stateroom without being folded up first. There was not enough space between tables and chairs in the dining room or the main eateries. The spacing was much to close and we had to resort to her using the cane instead. They do have handicap rooms which facilitate wheelchairs but she is not at that stage yet to take away such a room from someone else in need and we have not had this issue on other ships.

The service was very disappointing to us all. The personnel seemed overworked and tired. There were the few that were friendly and made an effort but few and far between. 

The gym or exercise areas was small but adequate but the room for Yoga/stretching was mostly taken up for seminars on weight loss, etc. Selling the next best thing. . . So when these seminars were going on know one could use the room for it's true purpose. They also told us that we could not stretch in the gym area because of the danger with the free weights. Many of us had an issue with this as the free weights should only stay within that matted area. Some of us ignored this, I for one because the manager was not polite and he chose not to allow us to use the proper floor space.

The spa area was always cold. My mother had massages daily but we almost cancelled the last one because the room was too cold. How could you have a comfortable relaxing massage when the rooms are cold and you are undressed?They have not updated their heating cooling system as it is connected to the gym which has to stay cool. So you can imagine how cold the changing rooms are too. 

The port of Catalina is pleasant. If it is your first time there, I would suggest renting a golf cart and taking a drive on your own which is about 90 minutes with a few scenic stops. The restaurants are a little on the high end but that is to be expected in a tourist town.

The port of Ensenada was fine. We took that Cheese Farm tour which was a nice drive out of the tourist district into the mountains. Very quaint. Dropped off in town for so shopping which is shops selling basically the same touristy trinkets. Heard from other travelers that they had a great inexpensive lunch and drinks with fun ATVing. Others had fun on the Cabling tour.

All in all, if you want to party with friends or a young family with kids and you don't mind the basics, this ship is fine. But if you are wanting to relax with some luxury and great food this is not the ship I would recommend.

 

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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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