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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 26, 2008
Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 9 years ago

My expectations of the actual cruise were different having been on previous cruises with a different cruise line;however my goal was to just get away and have a good time and that goal was acheived. Someone who has not had the cruise experiences that I have would most likely view this experience as superior. The staff members that I talked to seemed to have low employee morale and weren't informative when questions were asked, havng been used to other cruises where the staff goes above and beyond for the customer. There was not the perfectionism quality that I had expected in terms of service. Again, having been on other cruises, the food was not well presented and the food experience was not the same as on other cruises. I did appreciate the casualness of the entire cruise. This cruise seems ideal for families and groups and for people who just want to get away, but was not the "ideal" cruise experience as one might have dreamed about as in the Titantic. I loved the water slide and minature golf components. I hardly experienced any real extended wait time as I had anticipated. However, having those two items took away the number of pools and hottubs that could be offered on the ship. The one (and only) pool was always very crowded and not very usable. Because there were so many kids, there were always plenty of lounge chairs available on the deck. You didn't feel like you had to camp out early in the mornng to obtain the lounge chair. The cruise seemed highly affordable and would be perfect for someone who wanted to have the cruise experience. The shore excurtions were fun.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The staff did make efforts to change seating time which was highly appreciated. The overall quality and presentation of the food did not meet my expectations.


3 out of 5
There seemed to be a well balanced (variety) of entertainment and activities to pick from.

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
It was very difficult trying to obtain information. The staff did not seem well informed.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
I did not always experience clean dishes. The layout was confusing and missed the "Promenade" deck that allows you to walk the outside of the cruise ship as experienced on other ships.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The stateroom I was in was ok. They did not have a hairdryer and did not permit irons in the rooms. The window was not washed as having experienced that on other cruises. It was hard to obtain information. Service was slow as compared to other cruises and that perfectionist quality was missing. My expectations were different compared to someone who may have never cruised before. However, the goal of just getting away was acheived.
3 out of 5
I enjoyed the Clear Kayak and snorkel. The instructor was very informative and seemed to love his job. He seemed to know exactly where to go to find the most fish. The shopping was fun too; however, the store employees were very pushy and didn't give you the opportunity to enjoy window shopping .

Pros: There were many entertainment opportunities through the duration of the cruise.

Cons: The food and the staff service.

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? Yes!

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