December 2015 - Carnival Inspiration to Mexico
We could not land in Catalina at all due to weather, the boat was very rocky. Instead we spent what felt like a few days stuck on the boat and one day in Ensenada. In Mexico, we took a last minute tour bus to La Bufadora. The blowhole itself was great, the morning tide was high so we had a good show (tapered by afternoon), but super touristy and I kept hearing from random people half joking not to get mugged.
On the boat, it was really too cold to do the fun looking slide, and the mini gold was always so crowded. So many kids in the pool. But the hot tubs were awesome with a pina colada in hand. The dance floor of the one small club was not ever packed. But Karaoke nights were the most entertaining, we had a great host. The songbooks needed significant updating, many songs in the book weren't available.
The staff were awesome, we enjoyed everyone we came across. The food was decent, and there was an adequate amount of choices for smaller ship. Dining area experience was good for dinner and brunch. Pretty much feels like you are constantly eating. There are healthy options like salad/vegetarian.
The people cruising on this line are a mix of ages but mostly youthful, lots of kids and more teens than I expected, many young adults and fun middle aged guests, a few elders with their families. Family friendly cruise.