Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico

4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

Incredible Crew, disgusting ship

Sail Date: November 30, 2015

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This will most likely be our last Carnival Cruise.  Although their crew is amazing, friendly, helpful & very attentive, the ship was a mess.  From the moment we arrived in our stateroom, the entire bathroom reeked of sewage, which we would get whiffs of all over the boat, enclosing the decks and dining rooms.  The elevators kept breaking down, the room and pool towels were mangled rags, our toilet backed up while we were gone on a shore excursions, and we came back to a flooded bathroom, we were woken by extreme shaking (knocking everything in the shower and bathroom to the floor) and engine screams everynight and every morning, and the food was ok, not the best, but edible.  The poor crew works double over-time to counter this nasty old ship.  They even shampooed the hallway carpets while we were there, but the boat is simply too worn to look presentable.


Don't waste your money on the Inspiration, and I personally would never do another Carnival cruise again.  We've sailed Norweigen & Royal Carribean many times, and will continue to stick with those companies and Princess.  Many of those horrific headlines about terrible experiences with cruises just happen to be the  majority from Carnival, and now I see why.  

Cabin / Stateroom
So so soooooo old. The bathroom had permanent build up of black in all the corners and nooks. The carpets were stained and worn. The towels were rags. The bed skirt and coverlette were so stained and tarnished.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Such a breeze to get both on and off the ship.
Ship Quality
One word, disgusting.
Destinations and Excursions
Catalina and Esenada were both so much fun!
Onboard Activities
Either aimed for very young, or the elderly.
The George Lopez Comedy Club was by far the shining star of our cruise! These comedians were the best I've ever seen, so entertaining!
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Nothing amazing, nothing horrible. Just so-so.
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Catalina Island, California
Rent a golf cart and do the island cart roads! Takes around and hour to do the big loop. After go shop, and eat and Maggie's Blue Rose for some great Mexican food!
Ensenada, Mexico
Take the shuttle to downtown and go shopping! So much fun and so many things to buy!


Do carry your luggage off of the ship for disembarkation. From the moment we left our room, to the time we went through customs and got to our car, it only took us 20 minutes.

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