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Carnival Inspiration

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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 100 reviews.

"Wonderful staff alone would make us want to go on another Carnival cruise." in 39 reviews.

"we went on a submarine at grand cayman , it was amazing the sights we saw underwater, a and a..." in 28 reviews.


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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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My three day cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: May 30, 2014

I had a good time. I feel the service at the nightly dinner could be better. The food was good and plenty of it. Don't miss having the choc melting cake its the best had it all three nights. I was disappoint that they don't supply a hair dryer in the staterooms or a ice bucket even in the cheapest hotels they supply both these items. So don't forget to bring a hair dryer and if you want ice bring a small folding ice cooler and you can get ice at the upstairs buffert ice machine. They don't allow a large ice cooler. If you ask for a hair dryer and a ice bucket they will bring one, but they act like you are making them go out of there way to provide you with these two items. The nighty show are exellent don't miss them. Don't miss the sail away party on pool deck, music and dancing and food. The ship was clean. There is lots to do on the ship. You are alowed one bottle of wine and you can bring soda and water it cost alot for those items.on the ship. This ship is great for a 3 day get away. I loved the spa and gym and steam room. The gym and steam rooms are free. I bought a massage twice loved it they do a good job. It dose cost more then on land but they know what they are doing. Be ware they will try to sell you there skin products they cost a lot. I will be going again just to get away for three days. I have been on 23 cruises. I do feel the value is good for what you get.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Wonderful!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: May 26, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this cruise! It was fun, relaxing and we went Para Sailing at Catalina Island, very enjoyable! Loved our room,we slept so well at night! The staff were great,they work very hard to please! Ensenada was very enjoyable,we liked it better than the last time we went...the excursion we took we enjoyed more,the winery's and the shopping. The Motown show,WOW!!

 

Thank you!

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Traveled As:
Singles/Friends

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
7+ cruises

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it is what it is.

| Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: May 02, 2014

I have been on over 20 Cruises, 6 different Cruise lines,  from 3 night to transatlantic,  from Carnival to Celebrity.  If you get on this cruise thinking it will be Celebrity of Crystal you will not like it.  If you get on this ship for what it is,  a 3 night Baja trip at a great price you can not help but have fun.  It is vacation after all,  so nice to not have to put on a tux for dinner.  For "Fancy night" I wore nice jeans with a long sleve shirt and it was fine for the dinning room.

 

The ship is an older mid size ship, but she is updated with mini golf, water park and adults only area.  she is clean everywhere you look.  

 

I can not say enough about how great the staff is.  This time we were in inside cabins,  last time we were outside cabins.  On this trip I noticed the shower drained slow,  I called guest services and went to lunch.   When I got back from lunch there was a note that maintenance had been in my cabin and all was repaire.  it was done quickly, politely and with just one call,  they even gave me fresh towels and filled my Ice bucket (I had left a note for the cabin stewart that I would like Ice).

 

With the current promotions we traveled one per cabin since it was the same price as if we shared a cabin.  We were set at a dining table that was all single occupancy cabins.  This made it great for single travelers not to be stuck at a dining table with families.  Food in the dining room was overall good.   Service in the dining room was great (awesome service at table 209 this trip,  229 last trip was also great service)  It always amazes me how friendly and helpful the staff are considering the hours and days they work,  All the staff knew my name after asking it just once.

 

Be sure to have a  Pastrami sandwich from the Deli,  try the Mongolian wok and burgers by the pool.  Service in the buffet was good, clearing tables and asking if you wanted a refill on your drink.  Food at the buffet was also good over all,  some not great and other items worth getting seconds.

 

 

Entertainment  is good,  the big shows are typical cruise ship shows.  It is fun at the end of the show where the dances lead everyone out to the lobby and everyone is dancing or watching.  The comedy club is fun at the adult hour.  The Piano bar is fun but not the same with out Billy playing (he was on the 02-24-14 Cruise)

 

When I booked this ship it was for the price,  a inexpensive getaway is all I had thought.  I had called a friend and asked if he had vacation time, he said yes,  why ?   I asked "want to go slumming?"  He said "Carnival"   I said for the price why not.  It turned out to be so much fun that we did it again this time the 3 night cruise.  I am booked to go solo the end of May. 

 

I will say the 3 night weekend trip is more a party boat then the 4 night.  Everybody was there to just have fun.  The ship is a mix of social classes, ages and backgrounds,  everyone got along and had fun.   

 

Carnival does a great job of keeping the kids in the kids area.  The adults only sun deck is great,  Amazing how quiet it can be back there.  The towel guy back there is great,  he makes sure you have what you need and that you are happy,  very nice guy, I did not get spelling of his name but it is pronounced "Why you".

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Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Impressed by the service and quality

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: Jun 02, 2014

Everyone that works on this boat is extremely friendly. If you look a little lost people will ask you what you're looking for. Our stewards learned our names after the first night and would greet us all the time in the hallways. The restaurant staff was very attentive and although they were busy at times they seemed to care whether or not we were having a good time. All this great service and you pay gratuity once at the end. Room service is free but you're supposed to tip the person cash. Continental breakfast delivered to your room if you choose for free. Four course nightly dining free. Four course brunch (1 day) free. The room for the price was great. Nothing extravagant, but the king sized bed was very comfortable and you could even see the TV through a mirror from the john!

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Couple

Room Type:
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Experience:
7+ cruises

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Mother - Daughter experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Carnival Inspiration | Sail Date: May 16, 2014

I had been on several cruises, but my mother had never been on a cruise before. I decided to take Mom on a 3 day cruise.  After raving about the entertainment, and of course all the food, I was suprised to see the buffet closese several times during meal times.  We wanted to dine on deck the first night and at 6 PM the buffet was closed.  We dined in the dining room.  The next afternoon, we went to the buffet for lunch.  It was closed.  We had pizza.  When we were able to dine at the buffet, the food choices were very limited and not extremely appitizing. This was the most disappointing part of our cruse.

Otherwise the curise was great.  People were very friendly. Mom had a great time.

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Popular Tips for Carnival Inspiration


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.




Roll Calls


Carnival Inspiration
11
Members on Cruise

4 Night Baja Mexico With Carnival Live (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 22, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Inspiration
11 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Inspiration
7
Members on Cruise

3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Nov 07, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Inspiration
7 Ship Mate app members

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Carnival Inspiration
6
Members on Cruise

4 Night Baja Mexico With Carnival Live (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: Sep 15, 2014
Ship Name: Carnival Inspiration
6 Ship Mate app members

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