Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by scuddles: Inspiration
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Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
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 of immediately. Occasionally you could smell a sewer smell but that seems to be common in certain areas of ships.
We did have a problem with 167 and a young man in 169 supposedly smoking pot in his cabin which would filter into 167. I say supposedly because we never actually saw him do it. We worked with security and they assured us that it was not tolerated and Long Beach had been notified. Well this family and their son were escorted off and the hallway and other cabins were inspected as soon as we arrived back into LB. During the cruise if the girls smelled anything housekeeping would immediately come back and "freshen" up their room.
The ship is older but the staff are constantly cleaning and touching up paint or doing More maintenance. We did not think the food was as good as some of the other Carnival ships we have been on but it was acceptable. The ports are ok. Catalina was nice but we don't really think we would be going back to Ensenada.
Over all for the price it was a good cruise and the girls were asking when the next one was as soon as we hit the gangway to leave. Less
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Cabin review: U177
A nice OV room. This cabin is near the elevators and staircase, which makes it easily accessible. It can be a bit noisy but this never really bothered us. If you are a light sleeper you might want to reconsider this location.
Port and Shore Excursions
I have been to Catalina a few times so we decided to take it easy and not do an excursion. We lucked out and it was very warm and with very little fog. We walked to the Casino and watched the divers and sea lions. Shopped a little and then had drinks on the beach. There was a wedding right on the beach and that was kind of cool to be a part of. We asked the wedding party if they wanted us to move and they assured us that we were fine so we really felt a part of it all. Instead of paying food prices on the island we decided to go back on board and have lunch on the ship.
We walked into town and shopped along the way to Papa's and Beer. There are a lot of vendors and it is easy to get good prices. Papa's and Beer was a good stop for drinks and nachos. The wait staff were nice to our girls and when they brought them drinks I made sure that they did not have alcohol. The waiter stated that he would not disrespect their parents in that way. We decided that this port was good for shopping but other than that there really isn't anything else to do.
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