Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico

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4 out of 5

Inspiration to Propose!

Sail Date: January 06, 2014

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

The Inspiration was the perfect 4 day cruise for a family "get together" as a Christmas Present for our small-ish family.  Just ten of us, so made for a great "end of the day" over dinner (at a table for 10) after all had gone separate ways during the day.  The ship is small enough that one could easily find the other members of our family if a need arose.  Yet, she is large enough one need not worry about sea-sickness!  Activities were varied enough to entertain all from age 11 through Grandma and Grandpa! 

We also liked the itinerary: Catalina Island is close, yet one feels it different from rest of California, so almost like going to a different country but with no safety worries...Enough to do to entertain for better part of a day, yet not wear one out with touring!  The sunset that evening as we left the island made our Grandson's proposal to his future wife all the more romantic!

 Ensenada added the perfect touch for a cruise.....visiting a foreign country---with no worries about language or exchanging money.  The American dollar is happily accepted in Mexico! The port is close enough and small enough so all feel quite safe wandering around yet close to the ship! 

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Children's Programs Did not use
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Easy to get to the ship by private car!
Catalina Island, California
Catch the island 2 hour cable car!
Ensenada, Mexico
Go "down town" but stay in suggested areas and Enjoy. Can bargain in all shops!


Wonderful for a small group with varying ages. Four days perfect for a "getaway"! Convenient for most Calif. residents, so no airlines to worry about.. While not a deluxe ship the Inspiration is comfortable enough for 4 days. Embarking and disembarking was a snap!

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