Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico


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5 out of 5

it is what it is.

Sail Date: May 02, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Inside

I have been on over 20 Cruises, 6 different Cruise lines,  from 3 night to transatlantic,  from Carnival to Celebrity.  If you get on this cruise thinking it will be Celebrity of Crystal you will not like it.  If you get on this ship for what it is,  a 3 night Baja trip at a great price you can not help but have fun.  It is vacation after all,  so nice to not have to put on a tux for dinner.  For "Fancy night" I wore nice jeans with a long sleve shirt and it was fine for the dinning room.


The ship is an older mid size ship, but she is updated with mini golf, water park and adults only area.  she is clean everywhere you look.  


I can not say enough about how great the staff is.  This time we were in inside cabins,  last time we were outside cabins.  On this trip I noticed the shower drained slow,  I called guest services and went to lunch.   When I got back from lunch there was a note that maintenance had been in my cabin and all was repaire.  it was done quickly, politely and with just one call,  they even gave me fresh towels and filled my Ice bucket (I had left a note for the cabin stewart that I would like Ice).


With the current promotions we traveled one per cabin since it was the same price as if we shared a cabin.  We were set at a dining table that was all single occupancy cabins.  This made it great for single travelers not to be stuck at a dining table with families.  Food in the dining room was overall good.   Service in the dining room was great (awesome service at table 209 this trip,  229 last trip was also great service)  It always amazes me how friendly and helpful the staff are considering the hours and days they work,  All the staff knew my name after asking it just once.


Be sure to have a  Pastrami sandwich from the Deli,  try the Mongolian wok and burgers by the pool.  Service in the buffet was good, clearing tables and asking if you wanted a refill on your drink.  Food at the buffet was also good over all,  some not great and other items worth getting seconds.



Entertainment  is good,  the big shows are typical cruise ship shows.  It is fun at the end of the show where the dances lead everyone out to the lobby and everyone is dancing or watching.  The comedy club is fun at the adult hour.  The Piano bar is fun but not the same with out Billy playing (he was on the 02-24-14 Cruise)


When I booked this ship it was for the price,  a inexpensive getaway is all I had thought.  I had called a friend and asked if he had vacation time, he said yes,  why ?   I asked "want to go slumming?"  He said "Carnival"   I said for the price why not.  It turned out to be so much fun that we did it again this time the 3 night cruise.  I am booked to go solo the end of May. 


I will say the 3 night weekend trip is more a party boat then the 4 night.  Everybody was there to just have fun.  The ship is a mix of social classes, ages and backgrounds,  everyone got along and had fun.   


Carnival does a great job of keeping the kids in the kids area.  The adults only sun deck is great,  Amazing how quiet it can be back there.  The towel guy back there is great,  he makes sure you have what you need and that you are happy,  very nice guy, I did not get spelling of his name but it is pronounced "Why you".

Ship Quality
The ship is clean and in good repair.
Food and Dining
you will not go hungry, Food hit and miss, most was good.
Cabin / Stateroom
The cabin is clean and good size for 3 or 4 nights
Service and Staff
Saying the staff is "Good" is not good enough, GREAT staff
Children's Programs
We did not use them, but they kept the kids out of the main ship area so that is great
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Very quick and easy to get on the ship, less then 1/2 hour from arrival to getting lunch at the Lido.
Ensenada, Mexico
The Wine tour is fun.


On the final day you can go to the lido buffet and have breakfast while waiting to get off the ship. if you take your time and have breakfast and get off the ship at about 10, quicker through customs and parking lot. You do not feel like your getting the bums rush to get off the ship.

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