First time ever!: Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by Bubba6878

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First time ever!

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: USA
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Wow! Just got back today from my first cruise and what an experience! I'm not the write a review type, but I read so many before I traveled it only seems fair I do the same. This was not only my first cruise, it was the first vacation my girlfriend and I have taken together-no pressure. ! She has been on 2 other cruises and was very good in allowing me to go crazy planning, reading, pre-packing and being consumed on finding out everything I could to make sure we didn't miss anything on our trip.

Carnival Inspiration as I had read is an older ship that had been retro fitted not to long ago, I was very impressed with how well maintained the entire ship was considering how much it is used. Only took 30 minutes after early check in to get on the ship and get lunch! Got in our room by 1 pm, had our bottles of booze waiting in room, I highly suggest ordering bottles instead of smuggling on board. Also, get the soda card for both, it made life so much easier for us during dinner or More laying pool side.

I read so many reviews about the food it seemed to be a love it or hate it, very little middle ground. We thought the food was very good, you have to remember there are around 2300 people on board hard to get 5 star food. Dinner was nice, had a fun table to sit with and catch up on the days events. Great selection for dinner staff was amazing! Lunch choices were a bit limited but we found some favorites at the Deli and grill that satisfied. My Big complaint was the Sushi Bar..... Or Cart as it should have been called. I was looking forward to an off night from the dinning room to have Sushi, they had a cart with pre made rolls very disappointed by this.

Lots of fun activities to keep you busy; trivia games, game shows, etc. the biggest thing I found is that all the planning I did, it was just nice to hang out and relax. This is a great cruise, be it your first or one of many Carnival does a great job!!! I will be on a cruise again, sooner rather that later! Less

Published 05/26/12
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Port and Shore Excursions

What a charming beautiful island! We were going to lay by the pool and then head into town after lunch. Woke to a cloudy morning and decided to make our way into town early and see what's going on. We had not set up an excursion but found a great place that rented electric bikes by the hour or half day. We spent $30 for an hour rental for each, this was the highlight of the trip! Just kickin around the island on these bike was so much fun!!


We decided to do the Kayak trip to the blow hole, great view of the blowhole for sure! This is a very intense, physically demanding excursion. We had fun but were so tired for the rest of the day and did nothing else while in Ensenada, which was fine. Not the most exciting city ever, but for a first cruise good enough. Think twice about this excursion.

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