5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Sail Date: October 25, 2008 Ship: Carnival Inspiration Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
Overall I was disappointed in the Carnival Inspiration. The ship itself is kept rather clean, and our stateroom was quite accomodating, but the ammenties on the boat itself were lacking as was the food.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
Here is what really did the trip in for me. I like to cook, by no means am I a pro or anything, but I enjoy good food, non greasy, fresh produce, variety etc. Especially when it's all paid for in advance. That is the big perk of a cruise right? The food? Not in this case. Breakfast on the Lido deck was always the same fare. Good enough to start your day with but lacking in variety. Room service was disappointing. We ordered breakfast (coffee and toast) 3x and it only arrived 2x. Dinner was ok through room service, the menu was actually pretty good for that...FOrmal dining, or sit down service rather then buffet was not all that great. Occasionally a good piece of meat, but for the most part too greasy, lacked flavor and appeal and overall very disappointing. And the pizza everyone raved about so much - overrated. Sorry, but THAT is not GREAT pizza. Pizza yes, great pizza, no. The one thing that stands out was the chocolate melting cake that was quite good.
3 out of 5
There were lots of scheduled activities but I think they were geared more toward an older or younger crowd. Meaning 50+ or 13 and under...
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
I wouldn't rate the staff excellent, but they were better then good. Our servers for dinner, Rinda and Nyoman were very friendly and made our less then stellar dinners fun. The bartenders and other servers were for the most part pleasant and did a nice job providing prompt service.
3 out of 5
The public areas were usually very clean, decor was outdated, the layout was for the most part accomodating
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
THe steward did a very good job of keeping the towels fresh, linens clean and neat, areas straightened up and tidy.
This was an awesome beach. We unfortunately did not get to spend as much time there as we would have liked b/c the tendering to shore took over 1.5 hrs just to get off the boat. That caused us to lose a lot of tim that we should have been able to be on the island enjoying it. We hit Margaritaville immediately after the tender and had a drink, the bartender was helpful and told us of a place to go enjoy the beach which is all we had time for. Too little time there with a very inefficient tendering process took away from this goregous place.
Don't Miss: 7 Mile Beach & Margaritaville Pool
Here we had a lot more time which gave us a chance to really enjoy the port. We went to Chankanaab and swam with the Dolphins - very fun! THen we enjoyed the beaches of the park and had a wonderful lunch on the beach. After we spent some more time just enjoying the beach and quiet of the area, we went downtown to Senor Frog's for a quick cocktail before some shopping. Typical Frog's ambiance. Fun, upbeat, lots of young overly served people. Shopping was good. Vendors not overly pushy. THen we hit another Margaritaville to kill some time before boarding the boat. It was quite windy that day so snorkeling on that side of the island was out, but something I would try if we go back there for sure.
Don't Miss: Chankanaab Park and the Dolphin Experience
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