April 2014 - Carnival Inspiration to Mexico
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.