As a first time cruise I'd have to say this was the probably the best vacation we've had ever. There was a group of 22 of us and boy were we in for some hella fun.
Starting off with EMBARKATION:
We drove down from Atlanta the day prior and stayed at the Sheraton on Cypress. Very beautiful hotel. Ended up getting our rooms at no charge due to filthy bathrooms otherwise rooms were absolutely gorgeous. The next day packed up and headed to eat then drove to port. Little did we know there were several entrances to get into port and ended up getting lost. (GPS did not take us directly in the correct entrance) We ended up almost missing the EMBARKATION literally by 3 minutes as we did not arrive into the correct entrance until 3:27. (You have to board by 3:30) Anyhoo..valet parked for $80 and headed in....there were no lines whatsoever and we made it through embarkation smoothly.
ONBOARD: We headed straight to the Lido deck, tons and tons of people onboard hanging out chillin' and drinkin' the DOD's and plenty of entertainment. Everyone was just happy to be there and was just having a great time. Went to the front of the boat...watched the boat go under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Everyone was SOOO amazed at this boat passing under this bridge. I have to admit it was pretty neat seeing that it looked like we were going to crash right into. I believe it clears 12FT from the top. After the ooohhhssss and aahhhhsss we headed to the check on our luggage which arrived by 7:30ish everything packed was there. What a relief :) Met our steward Edward...the nicest most sweetest person EVER! He accomodated us the entire cruise. Really enjoyed his presence and everything he did for us.
Dinner every evening was at 8. I have to say the food was absolutely wonderful! The prime rib and lobster tail on elegant night was mouthwatering. The prime rib just melts in your mouth. I also tried the black tiger shrimp....very good! The warm melting chocolate cake was good..Not excellent but good.
We missed it. Had too much fun from the night before at the Rock and Roll Club and didn't wake til 1:00 p.m.
Oh My. Where do I start? This was the BEST day ever! We took a taxi($4/each way per person) to a private excursion called Nachi Cocum which is about 20 minutes from port and had the most awesome time ever. We parasailed for $60/person and had unlimited drinks and a three course meal for $49/person. What a GREAT deal! The water was absolutely gorgeous and met some really greet people to hangout with. All I can say, if you go to Nachi, Joseph was an AMAZING waiter! And the banana daiquiris were absolutely delicious!
Remainder of the trip was a ton of fun and but the last day was sad. We had met some really great people from all over the world....and we had the times of our lives. BUT we have booked another cruise and will be sailing away on the Carnival Victory in May 2011. Sooo excited! But def know that the Inspiration is definitely worth your while. Hey you're on vacation! Make the most of it :) Chowwwww