Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review to Mexico

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall rating:

3.2 out of 5
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Carnival Inspiration

4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 18, 2019

Ship: Carnival Inspiration

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: M129

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Review summary

We took this cruise just for a quick Fall get away. It gave us a chance to try Carnival cruises. I have never seen an embarkation go so fast and smoothly. At 1 pm, the line for the buffet lunch was so long, we gave up and got a burger on deck. The main issue with the cruise - when we got to our cabin it was cold, with cold air blowing out of the vent. I asked the room steward. She turned the control knob and brought us an extra blanket. Still cold. Hard to sleep with a cold draft blowing on my face all night. Called Guest Services the next morning. Bluntly told the ship does not have heat, turn the vent off. No help at all. The fact that this ship has no heat should be disclosed before booking. 4 days in a cold tin can is not my idea of a pleasant cruise.


5 out of 5
Very well organized. Almost no wait.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Staff service was excellent. My Time dining worked out well. Lido Buffet frequently had long lines because they had only one side open. Compared to RC, the choices were limited. Tables were not promptly cleared or thoroughly cleaned, just wiped.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


3 out of 5
Typical cruise ship fare.

Children's Programs

no kids

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Staff went out of their way to be nice and friendly, except Guest Services. I called about it being cold in the cabin. "This ship doesn't have heat. Close the vent in the ceiling." Not much help, a lot of attitude.

Ship Quality

2 out of 5
The ship has no heating system. It has a cold air vent system. I could not shut the vent off completely. Always had a cold draft. There was no place on the ship to get warm. Contact surfaces, railings, etc were not cleaned regularly, if at all. On RC surfaces are wiped several times a day.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Good size, large bathroom, plenty of storage. Lacking outlets. Pat kept everything neat and clean. MISERABLY COLD!!!!!!

Ship tip

Don't go on any trip if the temperatures are going to be below 75 - 80 degrees, day and night.

Ports of call

Long Beach (Los Angeles), California

3 out of 5
embarkation only

Catalina Island, California Did not visit port

Have been there many times.

Ensenada, Mexico

5 out of 5
We took a non-Carnival excursion - winery tour. Even though it was raining, we had a good time and learned a lot about the area.


3 out of 5
typically slow.
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