Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

Cruising to Cozumel from Tampa

Sail Date: December 27, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

Inspiration was in dry dock for renovations in October 2007, so the ship is in really good shape. We had a room for four on the Empress deck with an ocean view. Room size was ample and bigger than on Royal Caribbean. Friendly staff, good food - and lots of it. Nice that the buffet eatery had 24 hour service. Downside is that you have to pay for any sodas or alcohol. Also be prepared to have your picture taken everywhere you turn. Pictures are on display for sale on the ship. Nice casino - Good mix of table games (did not see Baccarat) and slots. Several tournaments on sail as well. Room porters made cute animal displays out of towels for your room each night (swan, turtle, snake...). Shows and comedians were fair to good.

We took a $22 cab to and from Tampa Airport and the Port. This worked great and was faster and I believe cheaper (for 4) than the shuttle. We were allowed to board early and had lunch on the boat. Our room was ready at about 2pm.

Pros: Good food, activities on boat, flawless logistics

Cons: Some snorkeling excursions go right next to the boat ! You have to pay for sodas and drinks.

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? Yes!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Children's Programs
We had over 400 kids on our cruise and the staff did a great job entertaining them.
Service and Staff
Ship staff is culturally diverse. All speak english, but some are very hard to understand.
Cozumel, Mexico
We did the Power Snorkel excursion which was average. The power sleds were fun, but the snorkeling was not great. Others on the boat also complained about their snorkel and or diving excursions. One went about 100 yards from the cruise ship. On our own, we took a $10 cab ride to Chankanaab National Park where the snorkeling was much better. Lots of colorful fish of many species. In addition, we did the Dolphin Encounter which is highly recommended. They did a really great job with it. We did the middle level package which included swimming with and riding a dolphin. Lots of fun. Will be a lifetime memory. Portside shopping was average.
Don't Miss: Dolphin Encounter in Chankanaab National Park

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