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Carnival Inspiration is an old ship with a young heart. The 2,056-passenger ship debuted in 1996 as the sixth of Carnival Cruise Line's eight Fantasy-class vessels, and are now the smallest and oldest ships in ...
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694 Carnival Inspiration Cruise Reviews

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BobnLana
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Cruise for 2 for about $500 for 4 nights...and that includes the recommended tip. We did the cheapest booking without the ability of selecting our room. For the snobs that post here, check your expectations at the dock. I had a clean room, ... Read more
CptSticky
Member Since 2010
1 review
9,948 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
If you are a Carnival cheer leader, don't bother reading this because I intend to be balanced. Did I enjoy the cruise, Yes I did. What was good: The port stops (Catalina and Ensenada were great). The crew was friendly and helpful. ... Read more
Oldpurser
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
After taking multiple Carnival cruises, this Inspiration proved to be the worst cruise I have taken on any cruise line...I just list the major issues; 1. Waited 3 hours outside in the hot sun for embarkation to begin. 2. No info on ... Read more
SandyToes1978
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
961 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Just returned from a 4 day Baja cruise to Catalina/Ensenada on Carnival Inspiration. This was not my first cruise with Carnival, I have cruised several times before wit Carnival and other lines as well, but this will most likely be my ... Read more
CruisinMaterial
Member Since 2005
24 reviews
10,672 forum posts
I’m a 33 year old male who sailed solo on the Carnival Inspiration for the 3 day charter for Groove Cruise. I’ve sailed many other cruise lines including Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. This was my 32nd ... Read more

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GordonC
Member Since 2005
1 review
2,564 forum posts
There were 9 of us on this cruise, the ages were from 7 to 78. We had 3 generations sailing together for the first time, 5 of us had sailed before and 4 of us were brand new to cruising. The first timers of 4 already want to do another ... Read more
baaaaaaa
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Taken many cruises in the past ... So this isn't my first rodeo. Carnival has gone downhill. Food poorer quality at all their ship locations. Major disappointment. They seem to have cut corners everywhere. Paid $20 "upgrade" for ... Read more
GARBALU46
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
91 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
We took this cruise because we always wanted to go to Catalina island. We are platinum with carnival. We know what to expect. Embarkation was easy as we were escorted on early really not much wait. We chose cabin M172 which was outside ... Read more
CruiseMomma92305
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
11 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My husband and I booked a 4-day cruise on the Carnival Inspiration, out of Los Angeles/Long Beach to Catalina & Ensenada. The reason for the cruise was a short getaway to celebrate our 10-yr wedding anniversary, without our 3 and 4 ... Read more
KayboCruiser
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Recently my husband and I took our family on a cruise to Catalina Island/Ensenada Mexico and before leaving I had been trying to find some information regarding diet restrictions. The reviews and comments I found were not as helpful as I ... Read more

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npmom805
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our fourth cruise, first with Carnival. Very disappointed. Check-in and check-out was a pleasure - went smoothly and quickly. Boat didn't leave Long Beach until 6:45 p.m. We planned to spend some time on the ship, enjoy our ... Read more
ralphie
Member Since 2003
1 review
123 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We have been on 5 ocean cruises and 1 river cruise in the past, so we do have a few others that we can compare this cruise to. I have not been on Carnival since the mid 90s, but if the Inspiration is an example of the way that they ... Read more
IFLYMAUI
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
14 forum posts
I’ve cruised some 42-times (really). It can be a wonderful vacation. Cruising has changed so much so over the last two decades and sometime back in 1990, I took my first Carnival cruise. I recently decided to do another ... Read more
whereisheather
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
My husband and I just took the Carnival Inspiration on the 4th of July long weekend cruise to Ensenada. We both have done many cruises before, on other cruise lines, as well as Carnival. Our expectations were definitely exceeded, ... Read more
4 Joyful Travel
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
Sailed June 2015
This was our eleventh cruise on several different lines. We are a couple in our 50s. This Carnival cruise is not a first-class experience, but if you lower your expectations, it's pleasant enough. We cruised with our extended family to ... Read more

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Water lover87
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2015
First, a little background on me- I'm an avid cruiser in my late 20's and almost always cruise with Carnival though I have been on Royal Caribbean and Disney cruise lines as well. This cruise marked my 7th with Carnival and it was ... Read more
Katefromupstate
Member Since 2010
1 review
9 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My husband and I booked a Grand Suite for our four day cruise on the Inspiration, leaving from Long Beach California and going to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. THE "YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY DISCLAIMER": I think it's ... Read more
Bighotbettie
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 helpful votes
We embarked in Long Beach heading for a 4 day cruise to Catalina/ Ensenada. After getting herd from one stop to another we were on the boat. Luckily, for us we were on the main floor and easy to locate. First impression, the décor ... Read more
DuckDude
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
6 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
Just back from our sailing on the Inspiration. I must say we were pleasantly surprised with our overall cruise experience. My wife and I have cruised more than 20 trips and this was our first on Carnival. We chose Carnival for one ... Read more
Dr_Geo
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
My wife and I have cruised on many cruises to Mexico, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and in Europe on Carnival, Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity, and MSC - the the cruise line we keep coming back to is Carnival primarily because the shorter cruises ... Read more

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jesscruzer
Member Since 2010
1 review
40 forum posts
This was the first cruise on any line where I chose a guaranteed cabin in order to get a lower rate. My initial reaction when I got the room assignment was disappointed to say the least. I realize this is the risk with the guaranteed ... Read more
Ahsiao98
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
First of all, the ship departed late. It was supposed to leave at 5:30pm, but it didn't leave until 6:30pm. We waited on the deck until the ship sailed, so we were late to our first dining at 6pm. The waiter gave us an attitude about ... Read more
chriskoontz
Member Since 2015
1 review
This ship is tacky to the extreme, 80s neon plastered everywhere with no unifying design. It goes to interesting enough places but nothing spectacular. The primary activity seems to be only drinking and more drinking. Despite that I would ... Read more
donaldjpalmer
Member Since 2015
1 review
My limited Cruising experience is only with one other line, for which I am now certain has spoiled me for life. Having said that, I consider myself reasonable when travelling. My cruise aboard the Carnival Inspiration was planned as ... Read more
GrandpaKim
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed April 2015
This was my first cruise. And it was a fun one. The people were very friendly and helpful. We didn't ever have that lost feeling. They would help us find our way, which is a good thing because the embarkation port is a big place. Once ... Read more

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