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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 20, 2009
Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago

We had a great time on this ship. It was older, smaller than others we've been on - but we got what we paid for.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Overall the food was good to excellent in the main dining room. Brasserie buffet food was dissappointing but burgers, fries, pizza were better than I expected.


3 out of 5
Shows were very good. Would have liked to had a greater variety of non-gambling adult options, especially at sea...but enjoyed relaxing with a book.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
My kids enjoyed the programs. Would have liked a dedicated space for 9-11 year olds.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Staff was friendly - made a visible efforts to use our first names. Wait staff anticipated needs.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Layout was chopped up but easy to find what we were looking for (rooms, kids etc). Ship was clean. Pool water was salty...but water slides were great.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Room was clean, plenty of room to store items. Bathroom was a decent size. Bed very comfortable...slept very well. My only complaint is that when the kids beds were set up (one portable, one fold out from the wall) we couldn't walk around our bed. Other ships don't have this problem.
5 out of 5
We did the Tulum ruins tour. It was outstanding. Our host, Juan, was a gracious ambassador for Mexico and the Mayans. He helped us appreciate the culture and achievement at this historical site. Air conditioned, comfortable bus aided in dealing with the heat and long day.
Don't Miss: Tulum Ruins
5 out of 5
Did the Coral reef and stingray trip - which was great. The tour guides help everyone enjoy the rays.
Don't Miss: Stingrays

Pros: Dining was enjoyable, very good shows, plenty for the kids to do. Ship very clean

Cons: Heavy smoke in smaller bars and no smoking areas on deck not clearly marked. Ship layout was odd - resulting in lots of ups and downs, dead ends rather than a flow of traffic. For family of 4, sleeping layout more constrained than on other ships.

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? Yes!

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