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Mexican Riviera Family Cruises Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Carnival Inspiration
Mexican Riviera
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

37

Very Good

46

Average

26

Poor

24

Terrible

13

Cruise type

Family Cruises

146

Romantic Cruises

36

First-Time Cruisers

35

Entertainment Cruises

30

Senior Cruises

17

146 Mexican Riviera Family Cruises Cruise Reviews


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Pnote

1 Review Written

The crew and entertainment make up for the shortcomings of this older ship

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A smaller ship has its benefits: It was easier to get on, get off, find a deck chair, and find a chair at the shows. But this is an older ship, it is worn on the edges, had some bed smells, and had a funky cabin ...
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Sail Date February 2020


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Tweety0480

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Inspiration wasnt Inspiring

We picked this cruise to go with some friends who were also cruising. It also is conveniently located to some family so we could maximize our vacation over the holiday. This was my first time on carnival. ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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pamommy

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Carnival inspiration

We have taken many cruises but this was our first time on carnival. I would like to summarize my families pros and cons in hopes of helping others. 1. Boarding in Long Beach- was easy, took an Uber to the port, ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Windrosesg

4 Reviews Written

8 Helpful Votes

A short & relaxing fun ship

We wanted to try out something that’s fun and relaxing and were told Carnival Cruise Line could be one good choice. Since the itinerary was able to fit into our overall schedule touring LA and taking another ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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Nita Fay Holliday

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Great Family Vacation

For a family of 7 it was the right price. Boarding was easy and quick. We were able to grab a seat by the pool, take a dip in the pool and made our way to the wonderful buffet. The kids (4 of them) favorite part ...
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Sail Date July 2019


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sherakay

3 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Ok cruise if you have low expectations

I went on this ship as it was the only thing available at the last minute when trying to find a cruise to take my 30y.o. sister on who has never cruised before. I had done this itinerary twice before (Ensenada twice ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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MelR18

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Party boat for kids!

We were looking for a family friendly 4 day cruise and we found it! First time on Carnival Crew was very very nice My cabin was clean all the time Orlando our cruise director was a delite! Loved the ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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JungleIs101

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great vacation for a great price

Since I live near the Port of Long Beach, the terminal is only about a 15-20 minute drive. Plus, the price was right for a four night cruise. I had never cruised with Carnival before and wanted to give it a shot. ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Razz21

7 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

A great cruise with some disappointments regarding food

We are not new to cruising we have been on over 50 cruises. Cruising on the Inspiration 3 times. It had been over 5 years since we sailed on this ship. We drove to the port in LA to embark on a relatives 70th ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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New2thisCCstuff

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

How is this ok?

So I would like to start with a positive. The embarkation process was super easy and organized this was better than on Celebrity, Royal , or Norwegian. We knew that this was an older ship and we really only booked ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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adamsj87

8 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Fun is what you bring with you

Let me start off by saying this is well worth $350 per person. I have been on this cruise a few times and I was able to see the improvements Carnival has made to this ship. In fact, I have been on brand new ships ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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Shannanigans

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

First and Worst Cruise Ship

A 40th Birthday Celebration with nearly 20 friends was fun, but could've been a better experience. To be fair, this was my very first cruise, so I have no other cruise ships to compare it to, but I do have a lot of ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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galiotogirl

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Great customer service makes it above average cruise

This was our first cruise and a great family vacation all in one. Total 8 adults in our group with 4 cabins. Embarkation was fast and easy, we opted for the faster to the fun upgrade. Once on board we were a ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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KyloRen

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Simple things that wouldnt cost any money to fix

Just got off the boat today. This is my 20th cruise (RC, HA, Carnival and Princess Past Cruiser) -Hot Food! Learn it, Everything was COLD This is my 11th Mexican 4 Day. Ive never seen such cold food. ...
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Sail Date December 2018


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DukeASUGirl

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Perfect quick escape

Normally my husband and I prefer longer cruises, but this was the first time we'd taken our kids (ages 8 and 6), and we weren't sure how they would do. So we decided a 3-day was the way to go, just to find out how ...
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Sail Date October 2018


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SherriTravels

2 Reviews Written

Family Cruise

We took our 16 and 13-year-old on their first cruise. The Cruise Director, the service teams, the entertainment was all fantastic! And the food was really good! Our dining room experience was top-notch! We had a ...
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Sail Date April 2017


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ElleElleElle

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great time for my birthday celebration!!!

I had such a wonderful and amazing time sailing with Carnival this past weekend with my mom!! We left from the port of Long Beach and when we got there the atmosphere was already fun! Nono was an incredible cruise ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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rajeshlh

1 Review Written

7 Helpful Votes

Cruise to Baja Mexico

We took the 4 day cruise Carnival cruise to Catalina and Esenada from Long Beach. Wife and I did the 3 day cruise on Royal Carribean 10 yrs back, and so we did a lot of comparisons. This time we had our daughter ...
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Sail Date August 2018


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InternationalFamily

1 Review Written

First time on a cruise -- possibly the first and last

I've always been interested in going on a cruise and had a chance to go on Carnival out of Long Beach to Catalina and Ensenada. Good parts -- The room steward was very friendly and helpful. He quickly ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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ASH351

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Average experience

I went on cruise for first time. I found this as an average experience. Ship is little old. Need some renovation. They also need to add more entertainment. Like movie theatre. Some games or more theatre ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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blucateysmom

1 Review Written

Fun times and learning lesson

Over all it was great. Some of the staff was rude. When in port to experience adult time and if you decice to leave your children on the boat in camp. Make sure you get back by 4:30. The staff gets rude even though ...
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Sail Date June 2018


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klmb318

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Short but VERY sweet!

A quick get-away for my son's 21st birthday. Embarkation was so quick and simple, we never stopped walking from the parking garage until we were in the atrium. The remodeled dome is beautiful and streamlined. The ...
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Sail Date May 2018


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pixiefairy1981

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Excellent staff, beautiful ship!

We have always flown out of Florida for our cruises, as the west coast did not have options we were fond of. We decided on a whim to try it out. * Embarkation - Great! So fast and easy - very different from ...
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Sail Date April 2018


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Derbie

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Small but fun

Myself, DH and our son and his family (kids 12.10, 8 and 2 years old) went on this cruise on March 26th. I was a little hesitant to cruise on this ship, as quite a few people were not very kind in their reviews. We ...
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Sail Date March 2018


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Lscruiser

9 Reviews Written

38 Helpful Votes

Back to the beginnings

I stopped cruising Carnival several years ago after a particularly bad cruise on the Carnival Spirit but this cruise coincided with grandchildren's Spring break and family birthdays and it was affordable, though by ...
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Sail Date March 2018


Carnival Inspiration Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.04
Dining4.03.9
Entertainment4.03.8
Public Rooms4.04.1
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Family4.04
Enrichment1.03.3
Service4.04.2
Value For Money5.04.1
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