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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico


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Experience: 1 cruise (first)
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4 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 07, 2012
Ship: Carnival Inspiration
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
This was our first-ever cruise, and we were not quite sure what to expect. The ship was exactly as portrayed online, so there were no unpleasant surprises.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food in the dining room was very good, although some meal selections were better than others. The variety offered was excellent, as was the staff. I do not recommend eating breakfast in the dining room -- the food quality was merely so-so and there was not a big variety. Instead, I recommend eating breakfast at the Brasserie, especially the omelet bar -- MUCH better food, and you don't have to wait forever to get a second cup of coffee.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Most of our group enjoyed the Rhapsody in Blue piano lounge, and some also enjoyed playing the slot machines in the casino.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
You could not ask for better staff. The dining room staff were amazing -- our head waiter even greeted us by name as we passed him in another area of the ship! Our cabin steward was equally wonderful, and kept our cabin clean and tidy without being the least bit obtrusive. Everyone on the ship was very helpful.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The layout of the ship took some getting used to, but once we did it was easy enough to maneuver around. It was pleasantly decorated and always very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
I would rate the stateroom excellent, but the quality of the mattresses in our room was awful! One of the two on the twin beds pushed together to make a king was so worn out that it sagged in the middle, causing back pain. In retrospect, we should have requested another mattress, although I have no idea if any were available.

Pros: The extremely efficient and friendly staff

Cons: The beds!

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? Yes!

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