Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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1 cruise (first)


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1 out of 5

Never again on Carnival

Sail Date: December 01, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Oceanview

This was our first cruise and our last on Carnival. Carnival does not care one bit about their passengers. The ship was not in when we arrived at noon due to foggy conditions. Now they have no control over the weather but they do have control over how their passengers are treated. When we checked in we were told to leave the terminal and not come back for 6 hours. No accomendation were offered at that time. It was not until 4 pm when we were all milling about in front of the terminal and the news crews were shooting video of angry passengers that they offered to take us over to the other terminal to sit down in "comfy" chairs and offered food; (water & granola bar). We finally started boarding the ship at 7pm. When my son & his wife tried to board and get their room key they handed her someone else's key. She asked for her key she found out hers was "missing". "Oh no we didn't give yours away". They printed another and tried to board, now my son's would not work. They husseled them on the ship and said they needed to go to guest services. So our first day on the Carnival Inspiration did not start until after 8pm. By then we are hungry (though I don't know why after our meal of water & granola bars), tired and ready to start our cruise. We've missed our dinner seating, they were packing up the buffet, when we asked crew members where we can eat, no one could give us an answer.

Pros: Spending time with family

Cons: Service of the crew

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? No.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our room steward was the only crew member that we can say went above & beyond. Our room was always tidy & clean and he was friendly and smiling.
Comic was great, very funny. Casino was fun. We participated in the poker run. It was lame. We took first place and got a cheesy medal. They couldn't even give us a free drink.
Ship Quality
Ship was smaller than expected from pictures. Generally clean and inviting. Son & daughter-in-laws room smelled of cigarettes.
Food and Dining
Food was nothing to rave about. We were seated in the Madi Gas room with George the Greek. I read all the blogs before we left and everyone raved about him. He graced us with his presence a couple times. I did not see the hype. If you want pizza you'd better like pepperoni. Even though they show other flavors when you ask for them you're told only pepperoni. If you want something to eat after 11 the only thing available is pizza(pepperoni) or room service.
Service and Staff
Food service and room staff was for the most part were friendly and helpful. Guest services and support staff at the terminal were rude and had no desire to help.

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