Carnival Inspiration overview
Carnival Inspiration is one of Carnival Cruise Line’s Fantasy-class ships. She debuted in winter 1996 and can hold up to 3,450 passengers. While it may not have the cutting-edge technology and theme park-style amenities of newer ships, Inspiration is not lacking in fun. A water park, mini-golf course, comedy club, and six bars and lounges are just a few of the amenities that keep passengers busy on board.
Carnival Inspiration has received many improvements over the years, with the latest dry dock occurring in November 2018. With multi-million dollar enhancements including the Funship 2.0 upgrades, Inspiration is well-equipped to provide a thrilling cruise experience. Pool areas, spa facilities, and cabins have been focal points in making the ship more up-to-date. The addition of venues such as Guy’s Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Cantina, and Alchemy Bar give passengers a much-improved selection of dining and bar options. The signature Carnival program for kids, Camp Ocean, provides age-appropriate activities for ages 2-11. Kids will also love is the Cherry on Top candy shop and ice cream counter for a sweet treat. Teens will be able to hang out at Club O2 and Circle “C”.
While kids and teens have their own programs, there’s also plenty for adults to enjoy. The Serenity adults-only Retreat provides much-needed peace and privacy, and you can kick back at RedFrog Rum Bar or BlueIguana Tequila Bar with a cold cocktail. For entertainment, head to the theater for Carnival’s Playlist Productions shows or hit up the piano bar which is always open for requests.
Carnival Inspiration currently sails 3 to 4 night Baja Mexico cruises from Carnival’s port in Long Beach, California. Ports of call include Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico.
Carnival Inspiration ship highlights:
- Alchemy Bar
- Cherry on Top
- Guy’s Burger Joint
- WaterWorks aqua park
- BlueIguana Tequila Bar
- Hasbro, The Game Show
- Bonsai Sushi Express
Before you book
Why sail: Carnival Inspiration is an ideal choice for cruisers on a budget looking to make a quick getaway to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
You should know: If you’re looking for a laid-back cruise, this isn’t it. Carnival Inspiration tends to attract more of a party crowd because the voyages are shorter. Plus, since the ship is smaller and older, there aren’t nearly as many dining choices as you’ll find on a new ship.