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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


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Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
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Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 19, 2006
Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 11 years ago
For the money, this cruise was very good. The shows were awesome and the food, of course, was excellent. In Cozumel, the taxi drivers are very helpful in telling you where to go for the best price. We were going to go to Playa Mia beach, but found out that there is a $12 cover charge per person there. The taxi driver told us to go to Paradise Beach because there is no entry fee and it is just down the beach a way from the Playa Mia. They have the same amenities, but the ship endorses Playa Mia, which enables them to charge the entry fee because most passengers go there not knowing about Paradise Beach. There was plenty of water sports available,as well as a bar and food service. The movies available in the staterooms were new movies that we had not seen, which was nice when we wanted to chill and get out of the sun. My biggest complaint would be that they allow people to smoke in the staterooms and the smell comes in through the airconditioner system. I did not think it was allowed in the rooms. If not, they do not enforce it because we saw full ashtrays being emptied from the room stewards in the hallways. Overall, the cruise was very enjoyable and realaxing. We waited lone enough after graduation tomiss the senior trippers.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
We went to Cozumel last year, and so it was truly a disappointment this year. Eighty-five percent of the hotels were destroyed by Hurricane Emily in July and wilma in September. The entire Island is ravaged. There used to be three piers, but two were completely destroyed and one was usuable. We docked on it, but other cruise ships had to use tender boats, which is not as convenient.
Don't Miss: Shopping. You canget some really good deals.
3 out of 5
We were not there long enough. We arrived at 7am and had to be back on the ship by 1:30 to leave by 2pm. Stingray Island Sandbar was awesome. You get to swim with the stingrays as the guides feed them and allow you to feed them as well. It is a little freaky at first when you feel them rub up against you, but yu get used to it. The water is clearer than a swimming pool, so you can see them come up.
Don't Miss: Stingray Island Sandbar tour

Pros: Definitely the formal dining room food. Every night was excellent and our servers were the best! They anticipated our every need and rarely did we have to ask for anything because they provided it before we could ask.

Cons: The swimming pool. The ship is an older ship that has been refurbished, but I guess there is only so much they can do with a pool. It is a salt water pool, which I did not like and you have to go down a ladder to get in, as opposed to steps. It was extremely small.

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