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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by bgyoshi: Disappointing

1 Review
Member Since 2010
149 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 3.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates 3.0
Service 2.0
Shore Excursions 2.0
Value for Money 3.0

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Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles

I have cruised twice with Royal Caribbean, 7-night Mexican Riviera (Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan) and 7-night Western Caribbean (Labadee, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel).

I had such great experiences cruising that I decided to have a weekend cruise with my girls for my Bachelorette Party.

- Carnival was the only company offering what we were looking for - 3 nights, and sails on the West Coast.
- Embarkation and debarkation went smoothly.

- Charging $$ for a lot of things after booking. i.e. We booked 2 rooms for 9 girls (room of 4 and room of 5), two of the girls wanted to switch rooms and I called Carnival 2 weeks prior to cruise and was told it would cost me $150 to do that. Why?
- Decor: very retro, really should upgrade to more modern.
- Service: I have always known who my wait staff were and who my room attendant were when on Royal Caribbean...neither introduced themselves to us and frankly, we never met our More stateroom attendant.
- Room: there was no hair dryer in the room.

- Entertainment: For a sea day and raining/storming, there wasn't a lot of activities was kind of boring. And the level of entertainment wasn't up to par to what I have seen on Royal Caribbean either, the shows weren't entertaining, and the comedy shows weren't all that funny... Less

Published 03/20/12

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Cabin review: Carnival Inspiration

R110: pretty cozy for a room for 5. We had 2 twins and 2 pull mans, and a roll away that fit snuggly but perfectly in the room. We had plenty of space for storing our stuff in closets and under the beds, only complain is that we lack any table surface, considering the tiny vanity table could only fit so much. We didn't have space to put our water or eat our room service! Room was way closer to front of ship, I would've picked something more centered.

Port and Shore Excursions

None of the excursions interested us in Ensenada, living quite close to Napa, wine tasting was not of interest to me, and the only other interesting thing was Blow Hole...however it was raining pretty hard that day, so we decided to just go into downtown for some shopping. We walked about 15 minutes and had enough of little children trying to sell stuff or beg for money, that we hopped back on the boat.
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