We had a good time, BUT...

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5
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5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 29, 2008
Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Cabin Type: Inside
Reviewed: 9 years ago
This was our first cruise, and because of that perhaps we did not know which questions to ask before choosing our boat. First let me say that we both had a good time. We thoroughly enjoyed the shore excursions in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Our certified two tank dive trip in Grand Cayman was well organized, relaxed and very professional. The sting-ray experience in Cozumel was really the experience of a lifetime. We were both skeptical when we first arrived at the Sting Ray enclosure, as we both expected to be swimming with wild stingrays, however, the educational way the staff presented the encounter and the excitement of having these sting rays all around us, soon made us forget any reservations we had at first. The food on board was OK. The buffet was pretty much average buffet food and the dining room meals were nice, although rather average. There was however a pizza grill on board that made the absolute best wild mushroom and goat cheese pizza fresh to order 24 hours a day. The only real negative about this cruise was that the ship was absolutely full of teen agers and young adults, and most of the entertainment seemed to cater to that age group. All of the lido deck parties were very loud, mostly rock and roll, and even on New Years Eve they played Leonard Skinner Free Bird instead of Auld Langsyne In addition to the lido deck rocking out, the disco also played loud rock. Those were the only two choices for anyone wanting to dancea disappointment to my husband and me, as we love ballroom dancing. The boat was also very crowded and finding a deck chair was nearly impossible unless you got up early and reserved one by putting your towel on it, something that the signs said was not allowed, but everyone seemed to do just that. I might try a different Cruise, but I would definitely not go on that particular ship again.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The pizza was exceptional!


5 out of 5
The shore excursions were great!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The staff was always friendly

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
The ship was always crowded, deck chairs were impossible to find, and the bathroom on the Lido deck was out of order for almost the whole trip.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The room was small, but the staff was great and the towel animals were really fun!
5 out of 5
We went on the two tank certified dive and it was wonderful.
5 out of 5
The sting ray and snorkling encounter was very good. I would not really spend a lot of time in the "tourist zoo" where all the shops are.

Pros: The shore excursions

Cons: The ship was very crowded, and seemed to cater to a younger crowd

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? No.

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