Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico

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3 out of 5

Not for Kids

Sail Date: June 05, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Oceanview

We enjoyed the cruise and the ship.  They were way under staffed for bartenders and waiter/waitress staff at the outdoor pool area bars.  Several days we waited and waited to get a drink to sip on while watching the activities or enjoying the pool only to just walk away thirsty tired of waiting.  Also, this particular weekend cruise is not well suited for kids.  We had two 12 year olds and some of the loose behavior and language caused us to have to go elsewhere with the kids.  The teen activities weren't that engaging for them either.  On the other hand, the dining room formal diners were spectacular and the waiter/waitress service was 5 star.

Ship Quality
The ship is well maintained.
Food and Dining
The formal dining room food is first rate and the common meal areas were very good too.
Service and Staff
With the exception of the pool areas where they were severly under staffed, the service and staff were very good.
Children's Programs
They need a better youth experience for kids 12-15
Onboard Activities
The scheduled events were very good and entertaining.
Destinations and Excursions
Ensenada is OK, not the best destination for tourists.
Cabin / Stateroom
Small, but well maintained and functional.
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
We stayed overnight on the Queen Mary, it was very cool.
Ensenada, Mexico
Wish they had a beach there to enjoy.


Select bar areas allow you to buy a special drink card (I think it's called bubbles?) for about $50 that allows you to order up to 15 bar drinks throughout the day. It's a great value but, one of the best kept secrets they don't advertise :)

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