Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by Burnsie: Carnival Inspiration
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Destination: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
We just got off the Oct. 1st sailing. Had a good time! This was our first Carnival cruise so things were very different for us (previously RCCL). I had a hard time finding my bearings on the ship. If I didn't go to the center atrium and start from there I was lost. But, that was me.
Our waiter Leonardo and his assistant Martina will be the one thing that will bring us back. He was fantastic and made our experience wonderful. She was so sweet and kind. He goes on vacation at the end of the month for two months but said he was coming back to the Inspiration. Told us we can ask for him if we come back and will! Our cabin steward Hung was great. We didn't see him a lot (never in cabin much) but our room was spotless. We received towel animals nightly, different animal every night. When we did see him he was always smiling and friendly.
The only crew member we had trouble with was the bar person in the dining room. Never saw her smile until the last night.
We More were told we could book an adult in with the kids and then go to the pursers desk and switch cabins when on board. Not so!!!! Wish we had been given the right info before hand would have made better arrangements.
Went on the Stingray, Turtle Farm and Hell tour. Worth every penny. booked through the ship and glad we did got back to the dock at 1255 last tender was at 1:00. Swimming with the stingrays was a little freaky but it is something you should do at least once.
Cozumel, we went to Paradise Beach. It was everything I thought it would be an more. Facilities are clean and the people were wonderful. Kids enjoyed the trampoline and climbing wall. The teens rented a wave runner $55 for two for 30 minutes. According to my older son a good deal? 16 yr old daughters first time and loved it. Met Paradise Beach Tom (what a cutie!!!) he was very nice. Stayed and talked for awhile. We then went back to the boat and changed and went to the pier to shop. We were at the International pier and took a cab to Carlos and Charlies. Know your prices of the cab both times tried to jack the price up a couple of bucks. CNC was an experience so was Fat Tuesday's. Again, something you should do once in your life, not if you shock easily!!
The only major draw back is we had 7 16-17 yr olds with us. There are NO activities scheduled for them after 11:00pm. Which would explain a lot of complaints on this board of unruly teens. We have sailed on RCCL and they have a separate club for the teens that is open until 1:00. On the Inspiration they use the same disco as the adults. Come 11:00 its over 21 only. DH and two friends did sneak in one night for an hour a half to dance.
Going under the Skyway bridge was a lot of fun. Be on one of the upper decks it amazing.
Checking in was easy we were there early and on board within a half an hour. Leaving could be better organized if called by colors to eliminate the cattle run.
The dining room, buffets and deli were very good. Husbands favorite was the 24 hour ice cream. Daughter went and had a ladies special at the spa. Loved it! Loved the sauna and steam room too!
My favorite activity was the Art Auction won a piece of art so it was a lot of fun.. Lost on the slot tournament, don't think anyone in our group won anything big in the casino. Overall it was a good cruise! Less
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