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

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Carnival Inspiration

4 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: April 14, 2014

Ship: Carnival Inspiration

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: U164

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review Summary

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 Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.

Onboard Activities

Meh. If you're into loud DJ music, cigarette smoke and lots of strangers, pool deck is for you.


3 out of 5
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


Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff was amazing. Always called us by our names, went out of their way to be helpful and friendly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Decor is a bit dated, though. The Grille area looked like psycadelic intestines on the ceiling.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Wasn't too terribly cramped for 4 ladies, believe it or not! Would've been nice for just a couple!

Ship 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...

Ports Of Call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5
Lots of friendly staff there to provide directions and check everyone in.

Catalina Island, California

5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5
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.
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