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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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Carnival Inspiration

4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail Date: April 17, 2008

Ship: Carnival Inspiration

Cabin Type: Inside

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 10 years ago

Review Summary

Our first cruise and we did a lot of asking around before booking this one. What a great first pick! 2 adults with kids of 17, 13 and 8 and no one ever said "I'm bored" or "This is disappointing". Beautiful ship (just renovated in 2007), awesome staff and wonderful weather made this a vacation to treasure.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
OK food, not stellar, but decent options for all. Good enough and available enough to gain a few pounds ;)


5 out of 5
Good variety overall - art show, dance lessons, nightly shows (good comedian!), poolside contests, karaoke in the clubs, dance clubs, hot tubs, water slides, miniature golf - you name it. Spelled out very well in the daily activities bulletin placed in your room the previous day allowing you to plan.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Staff was wonderful as with everywhere else on the ship. Number of kids in each age group limits some of the activities possible, but 8 and under kids were signed in, signed out and watched/entertained very well. For anyone over 11 yrs old, the care was 'looser' - if they were bored and wanted to roam in packs, by themselves, as "couples", they could. That was a bit disconcerting at first, but if you have good kids, you have to trust them sometime and my kids enjoyed the responsibility and freedom!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Never a bad word or feeling from anyone (well, maybe just the asian female bartender on the poolside bar), but with an interaction of 20-25 immensely positive and friendly people, a good staff adds a great deal to the enjoyment of the cruise and these folks were the best! Special thanks to Henry in the Carnivale Dining Room, Johnson on the Main floor room keeping, Elaina in the O2 room and the great team in Camp Carnival 2-11 area.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean, very new. Takes some getting used to to get around the place (we had it down on the 4th day!) as it is not small and some levels you could not get to the front/back of the ship and some were maze-esqe. Not too much rocking of the ship - overall nice!

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Not large, but it is a place to sleep and who needs sleep on a cruise! Clean and new interior (with comfortable pillows!). Bit of a walk to get to the room, but we booked late and ended up on one end of the ship.

Ports Of Call

Cozumel, Mexico

3 out of 5
Tours were a bit pricey on the ship and could have been done cheaper onshore, but you pay for peace of mind, right? We did the horseback riding in the Mayan ruins and it was a lot of fun for all. Mayan ruins are largely overstated (a few caves, rock piles), but our guide, Eduardo (aka Rojo) was educational and entertaining. Shopping on the strip was also fun.

Pros: Cleanliness, staff, accomodations, ability to relax - even with kids!

Cons: Still in the afterglow - can't think of any.

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? Yes!

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