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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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684 Carnival Inspiration Cruise Reviews

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GARBALU46
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
88 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
1 review
9 forum posts
2 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
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
npmom805
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
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

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IFLYMAUI
Member Since 2003
3 reviews
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
6 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
Water lover87
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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

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Bighotbettie
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 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
1 helpful vote
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
0 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
jesscruzer
Member Since 2010
1 review
40 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
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

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chriskoontz
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
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
lnctwm
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I are in our early 30's and really an adventurous couple. That being said... I felt like I was sailing on a Motel 6. The ship was built in the 1990's and it showed. The pool and hot tubs are TINY, and because of that the ... Read more
billslowsky
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
36 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
I was looking for a cheap escape for a weekend and that is what I got. Travelling solo with an interior room, you couldn't beat the $200 rate for the three day cruise to Ensenada. Make no mistake, this ship is old and shows wear. ... Read more

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TroyWorrell
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first time cruising on Carnival and was pleasantly surprised. The boat was very clean, the rooms were nice, lots of towels and every time we left the room, we returned to a well serviced room. Drink were good and the prices ... Read more
hbsprite
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
19 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We arrived at the pier around 2:30 and were on the ship at 3. There was a decent, approximately 20 minute line to check in. It has been a decade since I have been on a Fantasy Class ship and I felt they were starting to show their age 10 ... Read more
warrior of mal~de~mer
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
Overall, we had a really good time. My Dearest and I know how to find the fun in every adventure. One of the questions below asks what type of cruise applies to my review, but they don't list "Just for FUN". Odd, considering ... Read more
VACATIONSAREMYLIFE
Member Since 2009
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
I read a few of the other reviews saying that the boat smelt of sick etc and so was expecting that when we got on the boat but no smell of sick! Yes agreed this is a booze cruise and some of the bar bills would have been HUGE i am sure, ... Read more
EternalOptimist
Member Since 2003
1 review
34 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2015
This was a little adventure for two retired ladies who are former coworkers. It was her first cruise and my ninth (fourth with Carnival). We had accepted an offer of a (paid) cabin upgrade to a junior suite, and were assured that the cabin ... Read more

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