Good destinations, lousy food
Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: February 20, 2012
Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Review SummaryThis itinerary was quick and affordable, and the boarding and disembarkation process (in every port) was efficient and easy.
There was a nice spa, with lots of services (for a price) but the gym seemed small and ordinary - treadmills and step machines, not much else.
The public address system was quirky - too loud, too soft and/or indistinct. It was hard to understand most announcements (especially with the variety of accents,) and many days we excpected announcments/instructions and there were none (disembarkation).
We loved the destinations (Catalina and Ensenada), but sorry to say: I will not sail with Carnival again.
Food and Dining
Our biggest disappointment of the cruise was the food - it was mostly overcooked and bland, especially the seafood. The dining room menu promised a nice variety, even having items for dieters and diabetics, but the delivery almost always disappointed our table of 10. The Brasserie (cafeteria) food was also overcooked and bland - institutional. The only bright spot was the pastry chef seemed to have some skills - some morning pastries and occasional deserts were tasty and well-executed, but they were rare, and we were trying to avoid extra calories.
Service and Staff
We tried calling guest services a couple of times from our room - the number was invariably busy. Out of several tries to the room steward number, they answered only once. Not a big deal, unless one has an emergency (we didn't).
It was hard to find a comfortable place on board to get away from it all - the aft "Serenity Deck" was nice, but often had piped-in rock music playing, not exactly relaxing. There were a number of small lounges/bars, but they were either smokey (Avante Gard) or closed most of the time (Rhapsody in Blue). Seats around the ship were barely comfortable - even in the library.
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Destinations, friendly waitstaff and cabin crews
Cons: Food was overcooked and bland; constant pop music in every part of ship, pervasive smokey smell on casion deck