Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

A lot of fun but very small ship.

Sail Date: August 15, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

I have cruised before and yet this was my first Carnival cruise. This particular ship "Inspiration" referred to as a "puddle jumper" by some, is very small. The casino was so much fun! There's only one pool for the entire ship and it's way too small to handle the occupants of the ship. Therefor, the water is too warm and slimy. The pool was wall to wall people standing and trying to get relief from the heat while kids jump into the tiny spots of water between people thus getting the disgusting salty water into your very expensive cocktails. This is a huge negative. Next, the Brasserie always closes too early. Every time we tried to go eat at the Brasserie they were closing down. The game show and Bingo was fun. The room was clean every time we returned and I even ordered a special anniversary package for our room which was handled beautifully. The room was decorated and my boyfriend was totally surprised! The food was very good in the Mardi Gras Dining room but the lobster was a bit small for the extra price. The entertainment staff were amazing! They really knew how to rally the guests! Oh! The comedians were hilarious! Great comedy shows! I appreciated the drink deals every day. Made the trip a bit more affordable for me. Overall, it was a great trip! We would travel with Carnival again! Thanks for a memorable vacation!Wink

Cabin / Stateroom
Bed was amazingly comfortable! But cabin was very tiny.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Need more pool space or an adult pool somewhere.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Casino staff was excellent!! All dealers were awesome! Special shout out to Melwin on the Fun 21 Table! He was a great dealer and very helpful! Made us want to play at his table!
Food and Dining
Good food but shut down early. Wish there was more variety like sushi, Chinese etc.
Long Beach (Los Angeles), California
Catalina Island, California
ehhh. Small and expensive. Lots of stores and food but not much else.
Ensenada, Mexico
Most vendors don't have a lot of US $ on them in La Bufadora and some in town as well. Their price is never the "final price" They can be haggled with. They will try and rip you though, so watch out. They do take cards but that's a little iffy.

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