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.

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.

Carnival Inspiration Ship Stats

  • Price:
  • Size: L
  • Total Passengers: 2,697
  • Total Crew: 926
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio: 2.91
  • Built: Mar 1996
  • Refurbished: Nov 2013
  • Number of Decks: 10
  • Total Cabins: 1,027
  • Cabin Categories: 19
  • Gross Tonnage: 70,367
  • Length: 855
  • Beam: 103


  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.8
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.0
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.2
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 3.9
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.0


1027 cabins and 19 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
(253 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $83/night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
(336 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 185 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $98/night
Suite Cabin Suite
(52 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 257 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $204/night

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Guy''s Burger Joint Guy''s Burger Joint
(23 Reviews)
Pizzeria Pizzeria
(9 Reviews)
Blue Iguana Cantina Blue Iguana Cantina
(11 Reviews)
Cherry on Top Cherry on Top
(2 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Candlelight Aft Lounge Candlelight Aft Lounge
(8 Reviews)
Blue Iguana Tequila Bar Blue Iguana Tequila Bar
(1 Review)
Carnival Waterworks Carnival Waterworks
(3 Reviews)
Resort Style Pool Resort Style Pool
(2 Reviews)

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Party cruise! by zena51073742531

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Heavy drinking, partying, loud passengers but lots of musical options to enjoy and great late night comedy

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Wonderful and relaxing by robertwgrs

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

I’ve never wanted to do a cruise . Next we will be doing a European cruise .

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Weekend fun by nderod

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

It was a very fun weekend getaway before we embarked on the holidays ahead.

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573 Carnival Inspiration Tips

May 06, 2013

make use of the steam rm and sauna behind beauty salon. hardly anyone goes there and it,s free. relax on adults only serenity deck in rear of ship, has 2 good whirlpools. eat breakfast in the dining room.

May 28, 2013

If you go ashore, go early, do not wait til 10:00 AM to get off the ship.

Apr 29, 2013

Look through the pictures that were taken of you on the ship before the last night of the cruise, otherwise, there's a large crowd to fight through on the last night.

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