Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Coastal - West Coast

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Do not Take Older Teens on a This Cruise

Sail Date: August 01, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

The Youth Director on the Inspiration was absolutely draconian. The 15-17 year olds have no appropriate \"club\". It was a sterile room with one x-box\, one Wii and a TV screen. The Welcome party was a disaster as half of the kids who showed up did not know that (at this age) they had to be \"registered\" to come into the club. A total of about 12 showed up and half were turned away. The remaining half dozen left because there were no enough kids there to \"meet up\". The Youth Director\, when asked why the \"unregistered\" kids could not have been allowed in the club replied that they had to have a medical release signed by the parents. When we pointed out that they were all over the ship without a medical release\, she became frustrated\, upset and stalked off saying she was going to \"print out the policy\" for us. But\, we waited for quite a long time at Guest Services and she never returned.

It was a completely unsatisfactory experience for our two guys. They were never able to connect with anyone else their age during the whole cruise. We bumped into another mom of two teens\, 16 and 17\, who had pre-registered and she confirmed the \"Welcome Party\" disaster and said her kids had gone by a couple of times\, but there was nothing to do.

I would not do another cruise on Carnival and I would certainly not recommend this for anyone with kids in the older teen age group.

Pros: Hospitality of staff

Cons: There is nothing for the 15-17 year old teens to do and the Youth Director was rude and over bearing.

Recommends Carnival Inspiration? No.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Completely unacceptable for teens 15-17.

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