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 been on 10+ more cruises 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. Sailing on the Carnival Imagination for the B2B for 10/21 for my #Level60CelebrationCruise; booked on the Splendor for Superbowl 2019 and, best of all, a balcony suite on the Carnival Panorama INAUGURAL CRUISE 12/11/19 !!!!!
October 2018 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
October 2018 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
March 2018 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
February 2018 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Splendor
Annual Superbowl Cruise
July 2017 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
FANTASIC TIME -- 3rd Annual Cousins Cruise
March 2017 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
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.
December 2016 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
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.
November 2016 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
August 2016 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
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!
March 2016 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
February 2016 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
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!
January 2016 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
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.
September 2015 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
August 2015 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
May 2015 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
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.
January 2015 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
December 2014 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
November 2014 - 4 Night Baja Mexico With Carnival Live (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
June 2014 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
January 2014 - 4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination
September 2013 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
February 2013 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Inspiration
August 2011 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise
November 2009 - 4 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise
March 2007 - 7 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Pride
November 2005 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Monarch of the Seas
June 2004 - 3 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy
April 2000 - April 21, 2000 Cruise on Holiday (RETIRED)
June 1984 - June 11, 1984 Cruise on SS Norway
July 1983 - July 10, 1983 Cruise on SS Norway
April 1982 - April 08, 1982 Cruise on Seaward (RETIRED)
September 1981 - September 14, 1981 Cruise on Skyward
July 1980 - July 17, 1980 Cruise on Southward (RETIRED)
June 1979 - June 13, 1979 Cruise on Starward (RETIRED)
The dining room can be tricky to find, take a look at the map to get your bearings so you don't go in circles.
We did our own l-o-n-g walk. The weather was warm and perfect. Beautiful city. Would do an excursion next time. Hubby likes to do his own thing. Kind of comforting to see Walmart.
Not a fan. Lots of road construction, open pot holes. I enjoyed our stroll. There are some retired Americans who volunteer to help tourists. We were very grateful.
We did our own thing, no excursions just a long walk with a breathtaking view. Cabo Wabo is a must see & drink. Port is beautiful, glad to see the rebuilding was successful. We felt safe and the area was clean.
Took the horseback riding excursion through Carnival and had a wonderful time. The horses were healthy, well maintained. Miguel, the guide, spoke English very well and gave a nice back history to the surrounding areas. I would definitely book this excursion in the future and highly recommend it. We went in the morning and beat the heat.
Didn't "visit" this port, but construction seems to be dying down or diverting and the trip to the port seemed quicker. Parking was fairly easy.
Download Carnival Hub App and READ THE DAILY NEWSLETTER often. There is so much to do, you will miss a lot if you don't know what's going on when & where.
Catalina Island is one of my favorite ports and the weather did not disappoint. I enjoy the short tender ride to and from the ship. I love finding bargains in some of the shops and strolling along the boardwalk.
The first thing we do is go straight to our cabin and drop off our bags. If the room is not ready, we leave our bags in the closet then make our way to the Lido deck for lunch. Any place you choose is great...Guy's Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina, Buffet, Deli ... yummm.
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