4 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Sail Date: August 04, 2011 Ship: Carnival Inspiration Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 6 years ago
Our first cruise. Overall we enjoyed. Next time I might hang out on a side deck more, enjoy the ocean breeze and read and not try to join in on the activities so much. Loved our cabin, might have spent more time there. Everything went precisely to schedule. Not sure I would do a cruise with teenagers again. I could see doing a cruise with a big group of party friends/family. That would be fun, if you are prepared to lay down a few hundred more for drinks.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Plentiful food. Something delicious could always be found. A few excellent food items, most was just basic good enough. Seasoning tended to be on the bland side. Desserts didn't quite deliver - very little butter or real chocolate used it seems.
3 out of 5
There was a good comedian. The most fun was the party on deck after the day in Cozumel. Everything else was kind of ... average. The jokes tended toward lame sexual innuendo. Available activities ranged from party to quiet space for reading and relaxing. Drinks the first night were weak, but after that they were strong. The entertainment was ok, nothing terrific. Pretty good comedian on our cruise. One really good rock band, but we only saw them once. The bridge game had no shows so was cancelled. 9:30 am might have been too early. Lots of trivia, which could be fun but was done express style, so not as much fun as you might find at your local pub. Lot's of bingo $$. We would have been interested in some slightly more intellectual activities. We were in the middle of the Gulf. Some fun activities for us would have been -- stargazing, in the middle of the Gulf you can see the Milky Way, Gulf oceanography, Gulf weather, maybe a behind the scenes tour of the ship
3 out of 5
Need something for the 18-20 year group. They were the "Lost Generation". Too young to drink, too old to join the kids clubs. My 14-year old had fun at the club the first night, then had a posse to roam the ship with. He felt like there wasn't a lot to do that appealed to them. They mostly hung out in the dining area drinking sodas and eating pizza and ice cream. They participated in the group dances a little bit. And then just roamed.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
There was a group of trainees who were so friendly and energetic. We met them the first day and they remembered us throughout the cruise, always with a friendly greeting or check-in on how our cruise was going.
3 out of 5
Good layout, once you figured out how to get around. Eventually we figured out the quickest routes to our destinations. Took a while. You can't just go up on all decks and have access to the entire deck. We usually had to go up to the promenade, over to the front of the ship then up or down again to our destination. The ship was clean and in good repair. Decor not my style - overdone Las Vegas shiny in the main lobby and promenade.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Loved our Oeanview room. Had 2 connecting. Enjoyed very much. The windows were big, easy to look out at the ocean and stars. Excellent efficient design, didn't feel cramped. The steward and room service responded very quickly to our requests.
We went from ship to dive boat and back, so that is all we saw. The snorkeling/diving was great. Saw sea turtles, nurse sharks, (my daughter is afraid of sharks, but was ok because they were far below surface), rays, barracudas, parrot fish, yellow tails, puffer fish, lots of colorful fish and anemones. We have dived the Great Barrier Reef. It was fantastic. Cozumel was almost that great.
Don't Miss: Snorkeling or diving the reefs.
Pros: our cabin (2 connecting oceanviews) had fantastic, big window, brilliant, efficient design. Felt spacious.
Cons: Decor a little on the cheesy 70's Vegas side
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