Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

not so bad

Sail Date: December 01, 2011

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Inside

It was fun at the ship, but not much that ship provided fun. For example; Programs that were good was; Latina Fiesta Dance program, comedy program and thats it! There is Table tennis board - go play have fun; There is Pool - go swim on your own kinda thing. Food - True - you will never stay hungry, but their selection seems to be of that of chinese buffet restautant, NEVER we had any sea-food EXCEPT fish.
Their selection of excursion at Mexico was BAD TASTE! Check this out, we paid 23$ each to go on a city tour. Tour bus total loop was less than 5 miles. BUT, they took to distance you can literally WALK! less than 1 mile walk to the city. They stopped by at a Winery story for wine-tasting; and an old building they referred as a conference building. Not worth! Carnival should have done better job either warning their customers or providing better information.
We ordered Indian Veg meal on the first day dinner, they severed left-overs and without complete menu listed, we were not even told of the situation until we complained of it, they said, they didn't expect so many people of Indian origin to showup, so they had shortage. Food otherwise at other restaurants were just Chicken, more than enough fruits, not so great selection of Salads but there was some, and Pizza anytime (dont expect of high quality)

Pros: its just another cruise

Cons: Food selection seems like any chinese buffet minus sea-food, not good entertainment choices

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? No.

Ship Quality
Carnival Inspiration's floor and layout can be confusing. For example, map would show Paris Lounge at 9th floor, but wait, you can't get that from one end of 9th to other side, you will need to go to either 8th or 10th, and them take another elevator. And, Paris lounge is at both 8th and 9th floow, which no any maps seems to show those direction clearly, and by the time you figure those out, its time for you to get off the ship.
Cleanliness was not an issue. Staff were friendly, EXCEPT- Guest service is like 1-800-calls. Never easy to get through even if you have small questions. Enough areas with public access
Food and Dining
As I mentioned earlier, imagine you are at a CHinese buffet, thats the food you get there most of the time, BUT, NO any sea-food except Fish. On, Yes, once they had fried-shrimp tempura - LOL, it was all tinniest shrimp fried in a balls of big flour, BAD BAD BAD. So, while you have fun, there is enough food, sure, but don't have high expectation, have Carnival Expectation :)
Cabin / Stateroom
Staff were good at keeping it clean, but guest service was not really timely, for example, we had issues with bathroom, would not showup for over 40 min to fix, location for room we chose without windows as most of the time we would be at the sea anyways. bed was small..
Sucked. No movies, jacuzi was small, and full of kids. Later i saw there was one for adult only, i didnt know until time to get off. No anything like scheduled kids only or Adults only
Children's Programs
They do have children program, but not as much entertaining or exciting enough, they make kids gather at a room, either make them jump (not much of dance) to the music they play and game that didn't make much sense
Service and Staff
Yes, no complains on this section! You ask and they are there for your help.

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