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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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698 Carnival Inspiration Cruise Reviews

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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
lnctwm
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
3 reviews
54 forum posts
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
2 reviews
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
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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
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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vaccationherewecome!
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
4 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
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
Mookie45
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
3,048 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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

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Beach_gal
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
267 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
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
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
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
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

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wyowmn
Member Since 2014
1 review
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
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
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
sanmarcosman
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
2,285 forum posts
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
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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