For first time cruisers
Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: May 03, 2010
Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
For first time cruisers and anyone considering Carnival Inspiration.
This was the first cruise for my wife and me and our expectations and knowledge were based on information from past cruise friends, family and the cruise line web site which for the most part was accurate and helpful. We cruised from 3 May-8 May 2010.
Our ship was Carnival Inspiration out of Tampa, Florida. It is 14 years old and was refurbished in 2005. Our ports of call were Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico, another island. At Grand Cayman we had to use water taxis (referred to as tenders) and tied up to a pier in Cozumel.
Security and check-in are probably the most hectic but are all a part of the process. One piece of advice is if you are taking any non alcoholic beverages aboard in your carry on make sure they have not been opened or you will be required to dispose of them or drink them.
Once on board an initial challenge might be finding your way around, but there are plenty of signs at all the elevators that will help you. Just make sure you know which way you are facing (forward or aft) in order for you to head in the right direction.
Over all the ship seemed to be very neat and clean and every crew member we came in contact with was courteous and greeted us in one fashion or another.
Our stateroom was very nice and the balcony presented a wonderful view but was too narrow. The chairs style seemed to be too long for the width and made it difficult to sit in comfort for any length of time. Im not saying it wasnt worth the extra money, especially because of the view you get to enjoy and also if you like a quiet retreat to escape to.
Our stateroom attendants were wonderful. They were polite and cheerful and always greeted us be name and kept our stateroom in a condition they five star hotels would be envious of.
There was always food available and was plentiful, tasty and nicely presented. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were available in the casual dining areas and breakfast and dinner were available in the elegant dining rooms with pizza and a limited room service menu available 24 hours a day.
Unless you are a hermit or are totally anti-social there is almost always something to do for anyone of any age, from clubbing to gambling or physical fitness to entertainment or in room movies.
Shore excursions are numerous and varied and provide something for almost every taste.
The disappointments were the dress code in Elegant Dining (a joke) and the pool.
The Dress Code: was not adhered to (mainly by men) and was not enforced. Some of these gentlemen came in wearing attire that was barely acceptable in casual dining and had I been a lady, refused to accompany them.
The Pool: (only one) is not very big and with 2000 passengers can become quite crowded. Size also dictated availability of lounge chairs. Our primary displeasure was infants in diapers who had a propensity of leaving traces of their presence and a 20s something crowd that dominated the area intent on consuming as much alcohol as possible as rapid as possible which when mixed with sun and subtropical temperatures resulting in vomiting in the pool. This resulted in the pool having to be closed for cleaning on the only day we visited the pool.
We feel that we got our moneys worth from this cruise and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Carnival has done an excellent job with this ship considering her age and size and we are considering them as our first choice as our cruise line again in the near future.