Beautiful scenery - but watch the cost

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Sail Date: September 01, 2009
Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The $100 onboard credit they are offering is only enough to cover the cost of the tips they automatically add to your bill ($50 per person). That will go to the housekeeping staff and the wait staff of the dining room (even if all you eat at are the buffets). That does NOT include tipping the maitre-d or the bartenders (each drink automatically gets a 15% gratiuity added to the bill). Onboard drinking is expensive unless you have a fondness for terrible iced tea. Soda is $36 for the week pass (more if you want the souvenier cup) and mixed drinks are $10 each. You can't use cash for anything, all they do is swipe your card so it's very easy to loose track of how much you are spending until you get that final bill the last day.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was everywhere - buffets snacks - you can have mexican food and hamburgers at midnight. Ice cream all the time - and although there were some that weren't impressive, others were very good. And a lot of variety.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Mini Jeep tour in Cozumel was terrific. Snorkeling was amazing and the tour guides were very knowledgeable and fun. I highly recommend it.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Everyone was friendly. Waiters are a little pushy trying to get you to buy drinks - even when you have full ones in front of you.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was fine - the housekeeping staff works very hard to have your rooms well taken care of. But there was only 1 small pool - and on a hot day a lot of people use it to just stand in the cool water.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Beds were wonderfully comfortable. Best night's sleep I've had in years. Housekeeping staff kept everything clean.

Pros: Cozumel snorkeling - mini jeep tour

Cons: prices on board

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? No.

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