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Embarkation was quick once we valeted. The Customer Service lady was great. Once we got on the ship we headed to Deck 10 where the Brassiere was to meet our friends. It was hot and very crowded. Just saying. It has to be taken into consideration everyone is ready to start their cruise and get a bite to eat since boarding is about lunch time. The deli sandwich was delicious. There is an array of foods that don't require standing in the front line. Go in look around. I have to say I had the best food the whole time in the Brassiere! When they have Mexican, the tortilla chicken, guacamole and salsa are all delicious.

Checked our cabin at about 2. Didn't see our room steward until the following day, and don't know if we would have seen him at all had we not wanted our bed configuration changed. Was surprised at that. Last cruise I saw the steward many times a day. We are a family of 3 so they had the king and a top bunk. We changed it to 3 bunks because it gave us more room.

Our son went to Circle C and LOVED it. He made a whole bunch of new friends. They didn't hang in the camp a lot, some of the time they hung out together around the ship. He was sorry to see it end. That was what this was about-a vacation he would enjoy with other kids. Mission accomplished.

The Shows were spectacular. See all you can. Didn't have too much trouble finding deck lounges. It does get busy. Don't try to smuggle large bottles of alcohol. Luggage gets scanned and Liquor taken away. They give you it back at the end. You CAN buy a bottle from Room service. About $20 mark up which we did it. Bring your own mixers and waters and you are set! The drink prices are more expensive the first day after that they are about $5-6 for a regular drink. We had an ocean view room on the main deck. There is no counter space in the bathroom. I got a new over the door shoe holder to put all the toiletries in. Not enough drawers but you can manage. Just about all the entertainment is on the promanade deck.

Carnival Inspiration Cruises to the Western Caribbean
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Cabin review: Ocean View

No bathroom counter space. Bathroom very small. Not enough drawers. Great to have a window to see the weather outside. The ship is kind of chopped up. For some areas you have to go up or down to get to the other side of the ship on the same floor. Dinning room food could be better.

Port and Shore Excursions

Really didn't like Cozumel. Very tourist. We had read good reviews about Paradise beach. It was pretty bad. The cabbie got us to pay $24 per person for the ride and entrance. Don't do that. Pay you entrance when you get there. We actually saw people without wrist bands using the water blow ups. The water was black at the shore and they had a bunch of workers "sifting". They enjoyed watching everyone:-< Then just in from the shoreline aboout 5 ft lots of rocks that cut peoples feet. The water was smelly. We did venture up the beach to Carlos and Charlies (like next door). They had the BEST guacamole. But you do get approach while you are sitting down to buy tattos, hats , massage etc. We took our son back to the boat and went to Panchos for some Mexican food in the pier area. It was really good and the pier area is very nice. Getting on/off the boat was simple. Wouldn't go back there except if it were a cheap cruise and din't care about the Port of Call.

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We decided to do the Beginner Dive. Although My husband is certified and I was many years ago, we wanted to see if our son was ready. No better place than the beautiful caribbean waters. It is absolutely beautiful there. The time went fast so it didn't seem long enough for us. I didn't care for the tendering off the boat. It just takes up precious time. The people were great. Had lunch a paradise which is walking distance from the dock. Very expensive like the whole island, but good food. Our friends (about 20 of them) didn't book an excursion off the boat and were able to get a van that accommodated them all and toured the island and took them to 7 mile beach for a while. Cost the $10 each for about 3 hours. Going back to the boat there was a line a mile long for the tender. If you want ot avoid the lines try to get back earlier.

Published 07/23/10
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