Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

Honeymoon cruise disaster

Sail Date: November 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was okay. Good quantity and variety of dining places, never felt overcrowded. Our circumstances made us wish for better stocked stores on board. No women's bathing suits in the stores on a Caribbean cruise? I liked the adult only deck on the stern, but a couple of the areas were hard to find like the patio deck at the front of the Verandah level. Very confusing giving every level 3 different names (letter, number and name). Our level was called Upper, U or 6. We will cruise again though...we've learned a couple things we unfortunately can do to help avoid airline or cruise ship gaffs.

Pros: Awesome stateroom !

Cons: Airline lost our luggage for half the cruise

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? Yes!

Ship Quality
Size was good, pretty open for number of people, always plenty of room, no crowding except when disembarking at stop by tender boat. Cleanliness just okay, lots of peeling paint, too much ongoing maintenance going on during daylight hours which was surprising - and causes accessibility issues with blocked off areas. Decor was nice. Layout left a little to be desired.
Food and Dining
Quality of food was okay. Not spectacular, but better than fast food. Learned that main dining room food is basically served in buffet room also, which was more convenient. Didn't try room service. Dining times were very good, lots of options, loved having the pizza, ice cream and beverages open 24 hours, and extended hours on the sandwich bar.
Service and Staff
Our steward was the best, very helpful and caring. That was about it though, the guest services, store and spa employees didn't impress us, but it was partially because of our lost luggage situation. Without that though, we may not have dealt with many of these people. The dining people were good, friendly, always positive - liked that.
Cabin / Stateroom
Seeing some of the other closets, I mean rooms, made me appreciate our room even more, a balcony on Upper Deck 6. It was awesome, good size, plenty of storage room. This was by far the best part of the cruise. I cannot imagine going now without a balcony room. Sitting out there in the day or at 2 a.m or whenever was awesome. We could get lots of sunrise/sunset, pictures too from our room. Awesome! Bad TV though, kept blanking out. Some of the channels were cool: cameras on the boat, ship location, video of events on the boat.
I thought there was plenty of variety and times for events and activities. Again due to our situation, we couldn't do a lot of things because we were washing undergarments and clothesin our room at night so they'd be ready in the morning, since valet service couldn't work that fast.
Children's Programs
Apparently there were lots of kids on board and I didn't see them and they didn't bug me. So hats off to the children's programs for keeping them involved and away from adults that wanted an adult centered cruise.

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