I took my first cruise June, 1979, on NCL Starward. I was hooked on cruising. I sailed 5 more times with NCL, one of which was my bucket list cruise ... on the S/S Norway from Philadelphia PA to Southampton, England. Add 3 more cruises on the S/S Azure Seas for New Year's Eve. That was the end of my cruising single. Married in 1988; we took a Carnival cruise as a second honeymoon April, 2000. It was hubby's first cruise, my 10th. Hubby got hooked too. We have cruised 14 more times since then. With our 3 children grown and on their own, we have time and $$$ to cruise frequently during the year out of Long Beach, CA. We love the cruise experience and enjoy each one. We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in March 2013 on the Imagination and we decided to spend our anniversary every year on a cruise. Just finished cruise #29, counting down to cruise #30 (for me) which will be our annual family cruise in November when I will finally reach PLATINUM LEVEL !!!! It takes a long time to get there when you do mostly 3 night cruises. Happy Cruising to Everyone! Jul 2018 Update ... I am now PLATINUM and loving every second. Finally got on a 7 day again on the Splendor ... beautiful ship, great crew, Carnival cruise #25, total cruises #34. Booked the Carnival Imagination for B2B for 10/18 for my #LEVEL60CELEBRATIONCRUISE, then booked on the Splendor for Superbowl 2019 and, best of all, a balcony suite on the Carnival Panorama INAUGURAL CRUISE 12/11/19 !!!!!
Destinations: Coastal - West Coast
Ports: Catalina Island, California
Annual Superbowl Cruise
FANTASIC TIME -- 3rd Annual Cousins Cruise
29th Anniversary Cruise
Wonderful cruise. Great service, good food, entertainment was fun. Had the shortest muster drill ever - thanks for all your work in making this as quick as possible.Our cabin stewards Reggie & Iyegene kept our cabin clean and comfy. We love cruising Carnival.
Merry 21st Birthday Cruise
I took my son & his best friend to celebrate their 21st birthdays. Love going in December for the holiday decorations. My son is a gold member, this was his best friend's first cruise. The weather was good for December, but the water was a bit rough the first night. I brought Bonine just in case and was glad to have it. The shows and food were great. We really enjoyed ourselves and the kids had fun finally being able to order their own drinks. They each received a spa gift card for $50 and they were lucky in the casino so BF had a massage and son had a facial. I just love cruising in December and look forward to another trip this year.
2nd Annual Cousins Cruise
This was the 2nd cruise for my nephew 16 & niece 11, hubby joined us this year, as well as our middle son 25. The weather was fantastic. The cabins were spacious and clean; our cabin stewards did a great job. Guy's Burgers is great. We loved the food at the buffet and MDR. We enjoyed the shows and trivia contests. Catalina Island is my favorite and we had a good time walking and shopping. Ensenada was fun with the new bridge that makes walking into town more convenient. Thank you Carnival for another fantastic cruise -- the staff and crew went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great time. Cannot wait for our family cruise in November!
2nd Annual Superbowl Cruise
This was the first cruise after dry dock with the new 2.0 upgrades. Guy's Burger Joint definitely lives up to its reputation. DELICIOUS, never ate more burgers on a cruise in my life, just fantastic. Blue Iguana Cantina Taco Bar & Burrito station were great too. I only ate there the first day, and it was also very delicious. I was just too full from burgers the other day and couldn't eat any more. The weather was perfect. Our cabin was spacious, clean and our steward kept the room nice. The crowd was a bit different, but despite some rude and inconsiderate behavior, we had a great time. The ship looked wonderful ... shiny, new, all spruced up from dry dock. Feel so fortunate to have been able to sail her all fresh and clean. The entertainment and food did not disappoint. YTD worked out exceptionally well this time. We truly enjoy the cruising experience and have found this is the only way to completely relax. Highly recommend for new and returning cruisers. Thanks, Carnival for providing great customer service and great value for our $$$. See you again March 25!
MLK Cruise 2016 - Absolutely Perfect
We have sailed many times on the Inspiration and each cruise is slightly different. We couldn't order a better time. From the moment we left home to drive from LV to Long Beach, everything went smoothly. Parking & embarkation was quick. Our cabin was clean with ample room for 2. The weather was beautiful. YTD was so easy and we were lucky to time it so we didn't have to wait. The food was delicious & our favorites did not disappoint. Love the calimari, flat iron steak, salmon, yum. The Lido Buffet has the best potato salad. We like the deli as well. The entertainment, shows & casino were fun. One of the best cruises we've been on. Thanks Carnival & crew for another fantastic time.
Belated 26th Anniversary / Memorial Day Cruise
We have cruise on the Inspiration many times and each cruise is different. This was the first time we tried YTD and we liked it. We love the food and entertainment. The shows are great and we also enjoy participating in the various trivia games. I have to admit, I love winning that "Ship-on-a-Stick". Our cabin was roomy for both of us and our cabin steward did a great job of keeping our room clean, tidy & my other favorite.....towel animals. Love them and look forward to them every night. Definitely recommend this cruise. We have cruised often with Carnival and enjoyed each one.