TahoemamaBear

TahoemamaBear
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Carnival Inspiration

April 2014 - Carnival Inspiration to Mexico

Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

I took 3 young ladies, between 18 and 19 years old, for the 4-night cruise to Catalina & Ensenada to celebrate the end of 13 years of Girl Scouting. Our cabin was clean, although the extra bedding was stained so we had that swapped out on our first afternoon. Staff is amazing on the boat and incredibly helpful and friendly.  I was very disappointed that there wasn't a real steel drum band aboard - just a DJ on the main deck playing music at incredibly loud volumes.  The girls weren't into the loud DJ/canned music experience and all the screaming kids and smokers on that deck. They went to find a quiet spot to sunbathe and got booted out of the 21-and-older deck only to discover that the "Adults Only" jacuzzi on the main deck was filled with little kids in swim floaties, splashing and yelling while their parents looked on.  How come THEY didn't get booted out? There are clubs on the boat for the real little kids and for kids 15 to 17 years old. There is nothing for young people 18 to 20, so for the extra "Fun Day at Sea," my group spent the day in our cabin, doing calculus homework and reading instead. Thank goodness for Catalina and Ensenada, where they could get out and do interesting things away from the hoardes of little kids running up and down the halls, banging on our door playing "ding dong ditch," etc.  I probably should've spent all our cookie money on a long weekend at Disneyland, instead.

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TahoemamaBear's Tips

Ensenada, Mexico - Go up one block from the first "main" street you come to, for a nicer part of town. And avoid Papas & Beer - holy cow what a scene that place is. And WAY overpriced. Margaritas without any tequila are $8! The shot of tequila is an extra $7 to $9! Damn.
Catalina Island, California - Golf carts sold out fast unless you had a prior reservation. There's a second golf cart rental facility to the right, just past the US Bank building, that had more carts available, though.
Carnival Inspiration Carnival Inspiration - Use the "Self Assist" debarkation if you can carry all your own luggage off the ship; you'll be the first group off the last morning. We didn't and had to wait til our group was called to exit the ship. That process takes about 2.5 hours...

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Inspiration cruise review - Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers