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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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688 Carnival Inspiration Cruise Reviews

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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
vaccationherewecome!
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
We just came back from our 4 day cruise to Catalina and Ensenada. We had a blast...especially for the price! I read A LOT of reviews before going and I have to say it really is all in your attitude. If you go looking forward to the ... Read more
renomom
Member Since 2009
1 review
31 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2015
This cruise was just my husband and me. It was the first of three back-to-back cruises. We chose to do back-to-backs because of the price and the distance that we would be driving. So, we had a four day cruise to Catalina and Ensenada, ... Read more
DVCTiff
Member Since 2014
1 review
25 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
Let me start by saying that I got this cruise at a screaming deal. For that reason, everything else was icing on the cake. I chose this cruise because I could visit family on Catalina and spend the rest of the week hanging out with my ... Read more

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Mookie45
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
Hello everybody!! I'm going to give you the real on this super bowl cruise. This was my 2nd super bowl cruise leaving out of Long Beach,ca. Me, my Pops, Big Brother and two of my cousins got together from different states and met up in ... Read more
trbarton
Member Since 2008
1 review
2,954 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I just returned on the Inspiration for a 4 day Mexico. Some things you need to know...I have cruised a lot on Princess and with the Cyber Monday sale I decided to try out Carnival as I have heard good things about Carnival. You will see my ... Read more
Beach_gal
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
230 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2015
I gotta admit - I came on this cruise with very low expectations and thank goodness I did, for I was very happy. We are seasoned Royal Caribbean and Princess cruisers and was not looking forward to this cruise. Yes, it was a booze cruise ... Read more
Jinnylou
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
We have taken this cruise to Mexico via Catalina 3 times on different ships each time. The Inspiration was the worst one. We met our cabin master once and never saw him again till the last day. Anything we needed, we had to go find it ... Read more
ifishmo
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
124 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Sailed the Inspiration as a getaway for my wife and I as we had been apart due to work for a couple of months. Wrote to John Heald (who gets bashed here way to often), asked if he could help with the MaitreD in getting us a table for 2 as ... Read more

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coba57
Member Since 2011
7 reviews
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Having just come off a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise in a suite aboard the Norwegian Star, I wasn't expecting much from our 4 day cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada in an ocean view cabin on one of the oldest ships in the Carnival ... Read more
savvypueblochick
Member Since 2011
9 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Super-speedy embarkation. We arrived a little before NOON and were on the ship by 12:30. Bags were to the room by 1:30. Very well choreographed. Once onboard I realized quickly that this would be the ugliest and dirtiest ship I have ... Read more
wyowmn
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
We sailed from Long Beach to Catalina to Ensenada back to Long Beach the week of Christmas 2014. Everything went well and we all had a great time. Our servers were tired and obviously wishing they were home with their families, but we were ... Read more
andythegameinventor
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just returned from a 4-night cruise to Catalina and Ensenada. We were 8 people in 4 staterooms. It was Xmas week, so the ship was very full with lots of children on board, which always makes for a somewhat more challenging experience. ... Read more
tennisplayerbbb
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just returned from a four night cruise out of Long Beach going to Catalina, Ensenada, Mexico and having a relaxing day at sea. Unfortunately, we had rain when we docked in both Catalina and Ensenada, but it wasn't heavy and those who ... Read more

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sanmarcosman
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
2,202 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
Carnival Inspiration is a very happy ship. From the moment I stepped aboard and welcomed back by Chef de Cuisine Russell Pereira until wished happy landings at the gangway at debarkation by Cruise Director Calvyn, I was shown genuine ... Read more
ASAT
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have sailed with Carnival 11 times prior to this cruise and have never had a bad experience with this company. I feel that the entire staff on this sailing is over worked and under paid and they just don't care anymore, not even the ... Read more
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Denis Jayes
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This cruise was the final part of a US tour that took us to Vegas, Grand Canyon Ranch and LA, by way of celebrating my 60th birthday. The tour got off to a good start with a direct BA flight to Vegas where we stayed at the Luxor Hotel. ... Read more
shopaholic27
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first ever cruise, upon arrival check-in and porters were professional and well organized. Once I got onto the ship, I knew straight away it wasn't what I was expecting...These are the things I noticed upon arrival. Every ... Read more
skylarson
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was my first Carnival Cruise, and first cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada. While Carnival may not be "high end" I can honestly say it really was a "fun ship". The Inspiration is a smaller ship, but in a way that was nice, because ... Read more

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gmcwalker
Member Since 2009
1 review
131 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
I took the 4 day trip from Long Beach, CA to Santa Catalina Island and Ensenada, BCN MEX this past week. all in all I had a good time with a great deal for a solo cruiser. On the ship I enjoyed the Serenity area when the music was blasting ... Read more
cruisefungi
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was a budget cruise. With that in mind it was on the whole well worth it. The biggest problem was engine noise in our area. It occurred at slow engine speeds and seemed only to occur in the area aft of the aft elevator bank, so for ... Read more
liketotravel
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
31 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our family just celebrated my husband's 70th birthday. We are world travelers and have been on over 40 cruises. It's difficult to gather together two grown kids and their families in the month of October. This cruise fit the bill - on a ... Read more
oicanob5
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
I regret to say that the cruise I just returned from today was disappointment. I'll start with the good. The adult comedy show presented by George Lopez was a blast. I would happily pay for a night out to see the two nut-balls that were on ... Read more
ttrexer2
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
We went on Carnival Inspiration to celebrate our one year anniversary. We based which ship we went on from the reviews on cruise critic and we made the right choice. The crew was excellent and friendly and the ship was always clean. While ... Read more

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