Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
4-6 cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
10

3 out of 5

Not great for 18- and 19-year-olds; geared more to younger and older passengers

Sail Date: April 14, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

I took 3 young ladies, between 18 and 19 years old, for the 4-night cruise to Catalina & Ensenada to celebrate the end of 13 years of Girl Scouting. Our cabin was clean, although the extra bedding was stained so we had that swapped out on our first afternoon. Staff is amazing on the boat and incredibly helpful and friendly.  I was very disappointed that there wasn't a real steel drum band aboard - just a DJ on the main deck playing music at incredibly loud volumes.  The girls weren't into the loud DJ/canned music experience and all the screaming kids and smokers on that deck. They went to find a quiet spot to sunbathe and got booted out of the 21-and-older deck only to discover that the "Adults Only" jacuzzi on the main deck was filled with little kids in swim floaties, splashing and yelling while their parents looked on.  How come THEY didn't get booted out? There are clubs on the boat for the real little kids and for kids 15 to 17 years old. There is nothing for young people 18 to 20, so for the extra "Fun Day at Sea," my group spent the day in our cabin, doing calculus homework and reading instead. Thank goodness for Catalina and Ensenada, where they could get out and do interesting things away from the hoardes of little kids running up and down the halls, banging on our door playing "ding dong ditch," etc.  I probably should've spent all our cookie money on a long weekend at Disneyland, instead.

Ship Quality
Decor is a bit dated, though. The Grille area looked like psycadelic intestines on the ceiling.
Food and Dining
Mardi Gras dining room is where we ate. Food was excellent, Smaller portions allowed us to try a lot of different items without worrying about leftovers.
Cabin / Stateroom
Wasn't too terribly cramped for 4 ladies, believe it or not! Would've been nice for just a couple!
Service and Staff
Staff was amazing. Always called us by our names, went out of their way to be helpful and friendly.
Entertainment
See main comment. Nothing geared for the 18-20 year old passengers. "Fun Day at Sea," can't drink, gamble. Pool deck filled with smokers and lots of younger kids.
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities Meh. If you're into loud DJ music, cigarette smoke and lots of strangers, pool deck is for you.
Destinations and Excursions
Port at Ensenada has really cleaned up in the last few years.
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Lots of friendly staff there to provide directions and check everyone in.
Catalina Island, California
Golf carts sold out fast unless you had a prior reservation. There's a second golf cart rental facility to the right, just past the US Bank building, that had more carts available, though.
Ensenada, Mexico
Go up one block from the first "main" street you come to, for a nicer part of town. And avoid Papas & Beer - holy cow what a scene that place is. And WAY overpriced. Margaritas without any tequila are $8! The shot of tequila is an extra $7 to $9! Damn.

Tip

Use the "Self Assist" debarkation if you can carry all your own luggage off the ship; you'll be the first group off the last morning. We didn't and had to wait til our group was called to exit the ship. That process takes about 2.5 hours...



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