It was an easy drive from Sarasota to the port in Tampa. We availed ourselves of the Valet parking for $75.00. The porter was right there and removed our luggage from the car and gave us baggage tags to complete and attach. (We booked last minute two weeks out)
We were directed inside the terminal building and immediately directed to the check in desk. Being mobility impaired using a walker, we did not have to wait in the long line for check in. We were number 7 to embark and that number was called shortly after arriving and we were on the ship before noon. The cabins are not available, even to put your luggage in until after 1:30. We had a nice lunch at the buffet and waited for the announcement.
We were not able to upgrade our interior cabin as the ship was full and we had one of the last cabins. The beds were not arranged as we had requested, but that was easily changed later in the day. The bedding was very comfortable. We were disappointed that there was no hair dryer in this cabin, nor any writing paper, pen, or room service menu.
We had requested early dining, but were given late dining. We went to the Maitre d' and after the first night were switched to early dining in the Carnivale dining room instead of the Marti gras dining room.
The food was very good and always something that we could find on the menu. Our dining room servers were outstanding.
The shows were very high energy and my grand daughter and I attended most of them. There were 3 movies shown on the cabin TV every day. Our 17 year old grand-daughter was too shy to participate in any of the activities offered for her age group.
This was a five day cruise with two sea days and a stop in Grand Cayman and Cozumel. We did not go on any excursions because we have been on 38 cruises and visit quite often. We just enjoy being at sea and enjoying the ambiance of the islands.
We had first sailed on the Inspiration in August of 1997 out of Puerto Rico. The ship has recently been refurbished with the Waterworks and was in great shape. The crew were very friendly and helpful.
Disembarking was easy and we were permitted to stay in our cabin until they called our zone number. We walked off the ship and to the terminal, finding the luggage was easy and we were out the door and over to the Valet H/C pick up area. A trip across the street to the Valet desk by our grand daughter, and our vehicle was brought to us curb-side where the driver loaded our luggage into the van.
It was a great get-a-way and easy to do.