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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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682 Carnival Inspiration Cruise Reviews

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2cats2dogs
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
My husband and I have been on 3 cruises with carnival and have always recommended this cruise line to our friends and relatives. The cruises we took to Ensenada was very disappointing. Carnival has obviously cut back and staff and ... Read more
pattimelt
Member Since 2009
1 review
429 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a free cruise given to me by the casino. I actually was offered 2, and I only can take the one, due to work schedule and health reasons. I splurged and booked FTTF, as I am having a hard time with my knee (I am due to have total ... Read more
Razz21
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
11 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
We made a last minute decision to go on the 4 Carnival cruise to Ensenada and Catalina. My husband and I are both retired so we can travel any time. The price was right we had a casino offer for a free inside cabin and only an hour drive ... Read more
Dcd1953
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2014
After reading a few blogs, our expectations for this cruise were very low. How pleasantly surprised we were! Our son & his fiancé chose this cruise to celebrate their wedding vows. Having never been on a cruise, I wasn't sure ... Read more
Sheebah
Member Since 2004
7 reviews
1,018 forum post
0 helpful votes
Thought we’d share our Inspiration 4 night experience. I’m 40, DH is 51 and we have a 5 year old son. We’ve sailed many times with Carnival and this cruise was to celebrate hubby’s birthday in early May. We booked ... Read more

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MeJustMe
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
I have been on over 20 Cruises, 6 different Cruise lines, from 3 night to transatlantic, from Carnival to Celebrity. If you get on this cruise thinking it will be Celebrity of Crystal you will not like it. If you get on this ship for what ... Read more
santi985
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
We cruised to Ensenada. Was originally worried about having small children on board a ship (our kids are 3 and 4). However, fears of the kids going overboard were soon calmed after boarding. Most railings are glass. There are several areas ... Read more
prettyt766
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
Well, I'm from Chicago & I flew to the port of L.A. . The scenery of the port was nice looking, since I've never been to California before. While on the cruise, I was very amused by the scenery & activities they had on the ship ... Read more
ConstantTraveller77
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
On the Final night of the cruise the dinning staff sang a cute goodbye song, when they stopped singing my son hugged me and told me "I never want to get off this ship." Now that's a very good indication that my son really enjoyed his first ... Read more
PJOZ
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
162 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We enjoyed the cruise. High points: - Cabin. I upgraded to a suite (our first) which might have been a waste of money except that the sea day was cold and grey so we all hung out in the suite and made the most of it. The bath was nice, ... Read more
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Rocklin Cruiser
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
21 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
My wife and I just got back from a Spring Break cruise on the Inspiration and after reading several of the reviews, wasn't expecting too much. We were very pleased that Carnival has upped their game and exceeded our expectations in all ... Read more
Ready2SailAway
Member Since 2010
1 review
289 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our 10th sailing on Carnival –overall we had a nice & relaxing cruise, and were very fortunate with calm seas and sunny & perfect weather: Upper 70s in Long Beach and Avalon, low 80s in Ensenada. Here is a review of ... Read more
scuddles
Member Since 2009
1 review
254 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2014
We actually had two cabins on this ship. U177 and U167. My daughter and her friend were in 167. The cabins were fine and the stewards did a great job keeping up with the cleaning. If they forgot something they made sure it was taken care ... Read more
Onthewater2
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed April 2014
We booked with Carnival knowing their reputation for catering to families with young kids and the partying college age crowd. We wanted a quiet and relaxing vacation and that's what we got, for the most part, with this cruise. We booked a ... Read more
Boltnik
Member Since 2011
1 review
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I didn't expect a short cruise on Carnival to be able to compete with longer cruises on the more prestigious lines. I was wrong. Carnivals short cruises to Ensenada and Catalina out of Long Beach are wonderful fun adventures, terrific ... Read more

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PDXJAS
Member Since 2010
1 review
191 forum posts
0 helpful votes
A little back ground. Our family had a rough year. Moving, Job loss, Cancer. We needed a getaway. A cruise. Spingbreak. Yes, it's a go. Invite a few family members. No one else can go. Invite Grandma from Michigan. Sure she'd love it. So ... Read more
Book-it
Member Since 2013
1 review
17 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed March 2014
Not to say that Walmart is bad, but you know what to expect when shopping there. I had not read any reviews about this ship to prepare me for the thrift store quality. Granted the price was rediculously low, which should have been my clue, ... Read more
fhixon
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was a first cruise for myself and my children. My husband had traveled on many cruises when he was a child and had expectations that this cruise would live up to his memories Our children are 12 and 14 years old. They chose to not ... Read more
txagcol1
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
59 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2014
Overall, I got what I paid for from the cruise line. I see people complain about this and that and they forget the perspective of what the cruise was all about. It was a 400 dollar weekend cruise to Ensenada. From their reviews, you would ... Read more
kambray
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I had really low expectations for this cruise, as I had read 50+ reviews and 95% were negative. I wasn't expecting much. Embarkation was a breeze. Got there at 1:30, very little waiting time in the line. Good to print out your luggage ... Read more

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cruzinforlovin
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
We went on a 3 day weekend cruise for a little R&R with friends who have never cruised. This was my 4th weekend cruise on Carnival and my husband has been on a dozen. I told my friends all about the cruise, the great food, the ... Read more
PiscesPrincess
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
Just returned from a weekend cruise to Ensenada on the Inspiration. We had 3 generations of our family with us. We had three Grand Suites on the Upper Deck. We enjoyed the extra space and the balcony. However, this cruise seems to be the ... Read more
brad4him
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
After reading some reviews, I wasn't expecting much out of this cruise before we went. It definitely exceeded my expectations! From the moment we walked up to the port, the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Carnival really makes ... Read more
Shmoo here
Member Since 2009
1 review
7,849 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Recently returned from Carnival Inspiration 4 night Baja CA cruise. Here’s a little review. We’ve cruised on other lines; however this is our first Carnival Cruise. EMBARKATION. Arrived at port at 12:30. No lines for ... Read more
egogg
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
My fiancee and I just finished a 4 day cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada on Carnival Inspiration. The ship is looking great after its refurb in 2007, and we both commented on how it was far superior to the other fantasy class vessel ... Read more
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