5 Days and 4 nights of Relaxation!: Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by jrmende63
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5 Days and 4 nights of Relaxation!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Randall has challenged me to a game or two of Putt putt golf. We go to the course to play and had a great time...even if he did win x 2! He got a hole in one! We then went in to get ready for formal night. I went to the SPA for my manicure. It was ok, but not really worth the extra money. ( the polish only lasted 2 days!) We went to the Captains party and had snacks and free drinks. I had a Manhattan for the first and last time. WOW...very strong drinks. We went to dinner, all the previous people from the night before were there and the 2 missing people came over. They sat down and then got up and went to another table where there newly made friends were and sat there. So our 10 top was an 8 top all cruise. We had lobster tonight. It was very good. Our waiter was "K-Man", he automatically brought 2 lobsters for everyone who ordered the first one. He, however, forgot Filomena's salad and never even realized he forgot. He said, "Oh did he already get your salad plate?" The lobster was yummy, but K-Man and the assist Rodell were very slow that night. The dining room needed to be cleared of guests so they could set up the Gala buffet and this was the slowest night of all of them, taking 1.5 hours to serve us. As soon as we got out they closed the doors to set up the Gala buffet. We went to the show, it was fantastic. Infact all the shows were great. We got out of the show and went to take pics of the grand gala buffet. There was some amazing things there...unbelievable it was all food! We were still full from dinner so we did not eat of it, but it was beautifully presented. time for bed, Cozumel tomorrow! We had the Atlantis Submarine pre-booked online. Our tickets said meet at 1000 am on the pier. We went and got breakfast at the Mardi gras dining room. Breakfast menu is the same each day, but it is hot and fresh.A tablemate at breakfast asked for and received salmon in place of the Canadian bacon on her eggs benedict.
We got off the ship to see the Holiday and Royal Caribbeans Navigator of the Seas in port with us as well. Carnival Imagination was out in the harbor as well. We walked down the pier, peeking over the edge at the beautiful blue water. The water was crystal clear, so clear that we could easily see fish, including 2 barracudas!! Right off the pier!! We walked down the pier to the duty free shop. There are some good vanilla, and alcohol buys there. We found our meeting place and decided we would come back later to make some purchases from the duty free store. We loaded into Taxi's and went a short ways to the Atlantis loading sight. We walked down a pier and got on a boat. We then went over to the other pier by boat and picked up passengers from the Holiday and Navigator of the Seas. We were taken to a sight out in the ocean where we parked and waited for the submarine to surface. Our guides spoke very good English. The submarine surfaced and the people on it got onto our boat and we were allowed to board the sub. We were sitting close together but had our own porthole windows to look out. We preceded to dive down but it was slowly so you really did not notice as you were looking out the windows and trying to identify the fish ( there are placards that have all the fish in the area pictured and named). Before I knew it we were 47 feet down and going by beautiful fish and coral. ( those fish just won't pose for a pic though!) I did manage to get several decent shots of coral and fish. We went deeper to 103 feet below the surface. It was so neat to see all the sealife at that level. The water is crystal clear,even at that depth. Randall and I are now submariners and have the certificate to prove it! The sub ride is about 30min or so. I don't know exactly as I was having so fun looking at the fish that I did not take note of the time. We came to the surface in a frenzy of bubbles. The balists release air and bubbles are all the way around you... makes a pretty neat pic. As we surfaced there was another boatload of people waiting to get on. We unloaded and the transport boat took off with us back to shore. The Carnival Imagination ( the Inspirations sister ship) had docked beside us while we were gone. After we were going they offered us orange juice with or with out Rum. And pictures were taken as we arrived at Atlantis, we were given the opportunity to purchase them for 10.00. We did purchase ours...it turned out really good. The Rum and OJ were good as well! We were taken back to the Atlantis gift shop. Then after being allowed to browse for a few mins we were taken back to the area in front of the pier, where all the shops are.
We walked along the area looking at the map of stores Carnival shopper Joanna had given us. I went to Diamonds International to collect my charm for my bracelet. ( we also got a card in our cabin telling us about the charm bracelet) I had my bracelet with me, as I started collecting the charms in 2006. We then looked at the map and saw the "silver emporium" 3 doors down from D.I. But the store name on the store said " Gold and silver Factory". I went in and asked if this was a Carnival recommended store and was assured that is was the same as the Silver Emporium on the map and it was a sister shop to the silver emporium down the street. I was satisfied with this answer and went in to browse. I found a 14k white gold Tanzanite with diamond chips ring that was stunning. I asked the price and was told today it was 50% off at 300$ USD. But if I had cash instead of Credit card then it would be $ 250. I told the man I did not have that much cash on me and I needed the cash I had for the littler shops. He said ok he would sell it to me on the credit card for $250. The ring needed to be resized so he said they would resize it and to come back in 3 min. I said ok and left the store. We ran into the Carnival Shopper Joanna. I asked her how come the Silver emporium is called Gold and Silver Factory. She said all the names are correct on the map. The store is silver emporium. She said what did you buy? I told her about the ring. She said go back and make sure that they did not switch the 14k ring for a sterling silver because that store is not Carnival approved or the name would match. I said ok but the store is number such and such on the map. She said they are not on our list, that I must have miscounted doors. I was scared at this point thinking what am I to do? I went back to the store and asked to see the ring. They said 3 more mins to finish. In about 30 secs they brought out a ring that looked like the one I bought but I asked to see a jewelers glass to make sure. Well instead of the 14k that I could clearly see before, now there was a .925 !!! They had switched my ring out for a sterling silver one. I demanded my money back and after some brief arguing with me, I got a slip that showed the charge was cancelled. We got out of the store and went directly to the shops we wanted and then crossed the street and walked down the other side back to the duty free shop. We got some vanilla and a small bottle of tequila. The tequila was not taken from us as we reboarded the ship. We had to show sign and sail card to get back on the ship. We were told to have picture ID as well but the Mexican authorities did not ask for the picture ID. We were worn out from walking all around the streets, we went to lido deck and had lunch and then went and took a nap. Dinner tonight was fish for me and teriyaki boneless ribs for Randall. We had bitter and blanc for dessert. The show tonight was a comedian. Pretty funny. off to the cabin to see what towel animal awaited us this night!
Awoke late to a lazy seaday. Went to breakfast in the Mardi gras dining room. Ate and went outside in hopes of sitting in the sun on the Adult serenity deck. The was plenty of room as it was so windy outside that it was actually cold. So we went back inside and meandered around the ship. We ate lunch on the lido deck, Stuffed corn bread and fried chicken are 2 of the things I remember. We went and took a nap...woke up and was hungry again! LOL...I had to have a last slice of pizza. Also had to meander through the shops. Went back to the cabin and watched the sunset...beautiful hues of pink, lavender and orange. Got ready for our last dinner in Mardi Gras...wow this cruise flew by! Saw the show and then decided we would watch the R rated comedian. Then to bed. The next morning brought breakfast at the Mardi gras and carried off our luggage. Easy as pie. Went to the garage, they called for our car and we were off to home.
Reflections: There was a gathering of Red Hat ladies on our ship. LOTS of Red and purple everywhere! Samantha Brown from the Travel Channel was aboard our cruise and we had a blast watching her tape and interview people. I will print directions from pier to I4 next time! So we don't end up in Ybor city! Oh well honest mistake and we know now! This cruise was a rest and relaxation cruise. And that is exactly what we got. We loved the ship, the crew was so friendly and the ship was very clean. I love Carnival and I love cruising. Eventually I will try other lines, but for now I am all Carnival and 2 more booked this year! Kids...there were some kids onboard but all were well behaved. You would not know they were there if you did not see them. The serenity deck is enforced for 18 and older. Less
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