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Grkcub
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
29 helpful votes
We have cruised on several lines including Carnival over the years. Wife and I wanted to try a shorter trip close to home to Catalina Island and Ensenada. Before booking we closely looked at reviews about this exact cruise. It funny that ... Read more
Thedeadhead
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Okay for starters the food was horrible even in the dining room service was bad ,my dinner took 2 1/2 hours and was ice cold "literally" , the people in the dining room wouldn't even apalogise for the terrible service they just ... Read more
Qcruise
Member Since 2005
11 reviews
290 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
The wife and I decided to get our twin sons a little cruise we could all enjoy for their 21st birthday this year, which fell in September so we couldn't celebrate then as they're in college. One of the boys girlfriend was invited along, ... Read more
TaraKC
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My family (including 3 kids: 17, 11 an 9) spent Dec 21-25 on the Carnival Inspiration for our Christmas break. This was our first cruise and after reading reviews, we expected a great time, fun-filled vacation. Unfortunately, our trip was ... Read more
3Dguru
Member Since 2013
1 review
37 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Wonderful staff, wonderful boat. All was fabulous. The food int eh dining room and the buffet was absolutely stellar (not counting breakfast, since breakfast quality on any ship line is medium), as good as I have had on 13 cruises to date. ... Read more
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Soprano1115
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We were so excited to go on our first cruise. We paid for Faster to the Fun which was definitely worth it and got started. Once we got going on the cruise, there was disappointment after disappointment. First, our room stunk of smoke. The ... Read more
meh56
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
210 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We have sailed with Carnival and also other cruise lines, so we are not new to cruising. We also knew that we would not be getting the same experience on a 5 night, over Thanksgiving, that we would get on a 7 day cruise. We decided to ... Read more
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CarlyJax
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
6 forum posts
5 helpful votes
First this was our 5th Carnival Cruise. It just seemed to me there was a lot of cost savings and we, the passengers, paid the price. We were told to be there between 11:30 and 12:30....arrived at 11:15. We're used to waiting outside at ... Read more
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
10,887 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
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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
4 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
28 reviews
10,880 forum posts
1 helpful vote
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
GordonC
Member Since 2005
1 review
2,676 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
2 helpful votes
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
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GARBALU46
Member Since 2007
12 reviews
95 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
4 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
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
2 helpful votes
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
15 forum posts
2 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
2 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
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
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
2 helpful votes
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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