Sail Date: October 2018
Ship was great with a lot of entertainment! Cabin was very nice and clean, our room was cleaned up quickly once we left. We were greeted by the steward and I was impressed that he remembered our name the entire time! Dinner was great, a ... Read More
Ship was great with a lot of entertainment! Cabin was very nice and clean, our room was cleaned up quickly once we left. We were greeted by the steward and I was impressed that he remembered our name the entire time! Dinner was great, a lot of food choices was wonderful for my husband who loves food. My favorite was all the photos all through the cruise, we now have plenty of keep sake memories. Dressing up for a formal dinner and photos was a night to remember, everyone was so professional and helpful always with smiles on their faces. My only regret was spending so much money at the spa! I would have given a 5 star had I not felt cheated at the spa. At the time I didn't say anything however for I should have. Ladies don't waste your money with the ionithermie! I went for a walk through and the "deal" sounded amazing. All areas plus a temple massage for $129 well I never got any massage at all! And the equipment they promised to be so relaxing was actually horrible to feel like your getting shocked! Then after the process they recalculate your measurements to see how many inches you have lost. She said I lost 3" but as I looked at the paper I lost none. NOT worth the money I spent! I much rather could of used that money on something else on this cruise. That was my first time ever at a spa and probably my last time. Shore excursion was AMAZING! If I could give them a 10 stars I would. We did the Baja Off the Road Buggy Adventure. This was the highlight to our cruise. Those guys were fun, nice and professional. Money well spent there and if we were to go I would chose that excursion again. My husband and I both are wanting to do a longer cruise next time. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
1. Being disabled & in a wheelchair, they have you waiting for hours to disembark when we should go 1st for medical reasons. 2. They ran out of luggage tags and we couldn't get our luggage checked. They use to slide the tags under the ... Read More
1. Being disabled & in a wheelchair, they have you waiting for hours to disembark when we should go 1st for medical reasons. 2. They ran out of luggage tags and we couldn't get our luggage checked. They use to slide the tags under the door along with your bill. 3. The food is terrible and not cooked thoroughly. This was my wife & I 4th cruise and will be our last. The room was very warm and usually the air conditioning would be cold. The Internet was ridiculous & didn't work at all. 4. The Captain's dinner was nasty & it seemed like the cook rushed to make the food. The shrimp looked & tasted as if came out of a box and was like school cafeteria food. Carnival cruise ship is going down the pits!! If you're thinking about leaving from the port of Long Beach or Los Angels, save your money!! The parking lot spaces for disabled is also RIDICULOUS Only 8 handicap spaces available. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We were given a lot of misinformation.. CONS: 1). We were told the buffet was 24/7. Not true. They shut down daily by a certain time. Everything has a schedule, some food vendors open early and close early. 2). Only 2 power ... Read More
We were given a lot of misinformation.. CONS: 1). We were told the buffet was 24/7. Not true. They shut down daily by a certain time. Everything has a schedule, some food vendors open early and close early. 2). Only 2 power outlets in room. One in restroom and 2nd next to bed. 3). Guest services (over the phone) some language barriers and they didn't pick up at times. Not sure if they close at certain times. 4). We were told every room comes with a fridge. Not true. They can provide u one if u have medications 5). We were told every room came with an iron. Not true. You had to take your close to another deck and iron it yourself there. 6). We were told there was a movie theater on board. Not true. PROS: 1). Team leader waiter Manoj in the Mardigra restaurant was by far the best. He went above and beyond to make sure I was pleased with my dinner. 2). Over all most staff on ship was professional and practiced good customer service. From food service to house keeping. Really good staff. 3). The ship overall was very well kept, clean including the public and personal restrooms. 4). A lot of food selection during the day and scheduled times. 5). A lot of eye candy. But my favorite eye candy was my wife. Dang she's hot. 6). Despite the misinformation my experience was very good. No rif raf or weird people that I could tell. I would definitely come back again. There's a lot of down time so pay attention to their app. It keeps you posted on weather, on board activities and schedules, including what food vendors are open. They had a stand up comedian who was funny, etc.. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
I was in charge of 5 people’s vacation for the week. After finding the perfect dates and given a budget I was able to book two Verandah suites aboard this ship. Being my first time cruising and hearing others reviews of the cruise I ... Read More
I was in charge of 5 people’s vacation for the week. After finding the perfect dates and given a budget I was able to book two Verandah suites aboard this ship. Being my first time cruising and hearing others reviews of the cruise I wasn’t expecting too much. Upon arriving and making it through customs (having the Verandah rooms give you priority access through some lines, by the way) we walked through the maze of the ship to find two beautiful rooms on the top of the ship with balconies waiting for us. 2 in one room and 3 in the other. We dropped off our bags and began to explore. The boat isn’t huge, but with amenities like a spa, gym, hair salon, multiple bars, restaurants, lounges, plenty of seating there’s always something to do! There’s pizza and ice cream available 24 hours a day and if that isn’t enough to get you there’s a Blue Iguana (Mexican) and Guy’s Burger Joint right next to the main deck where everyone hangs out. The staff on our boat were incredible I’d like to highlight a few of them. These staff memebers work so hard and tirelessly. I didn’t see a single one without a smile on their face. I Made was our steward on the Verandah cabins and made our trip absolutely incredible by keeping our rooms tidy and always checking in to make sure we had everything we needed—we received complimentary cookies and water from this sweet man and his staff. At dinner we met Ferdinand and Alex who facilitated the most fun and personalized dining experiences I’ve had the pleasure of having. They danced, sang, and remembered minute details about each of the people in my party. They went above and beyond to get us all the food we wanted and even treated us to some off the menu Filipino food from the chef on our last night in the Mardi Gras dining room. Without these 3 men I know our trip would’ve been a totally different experience (if you’re dining in the Mardi Gras room ask for Ferdinand, his section fills us fast and if you have the pleasure of having him serve you, you won’t regret it!) The shows were so much fun! PARENTS BEWARE OF STUDIO VIP THOUGH! There is an unannounced strip tease at one point and though there weren’t any kids in our group I would’ve assumed that there would’ve been some sort of a warning before one of the cast members on stage had his clothes ripped off his body. (Don’t get me wrong, it was great, but parents with kids just know this is coming at some point in the show). We opted to do the taste of Mexico shore excursion in Ensenada and got so much bang for our buck! Brenda, our guide brought us through the downtown shopping area, took us to the main square with some statues and explained the history of Ensenada. We were then escorted to the venue where we met Luis, our cooking instructor who taught us to make our own salsa, guacamole, enchiladas, and tortas. With locally sourced produce and an awesome and interactive instructor you will enjoy yourself! After learning to make 4 different types of food your are escorted Up the stairs to tequila tasting. 6 different shots are poured and included in this $50 food tour and it’s absolutely worth every cent. I don’t even drink and had so much fun watching my family take these shots with the rest of the tour! Go eat all the food, workout (or get some sort of movement into your day, and just enjoy your time on the boat! Tip: don’t buy the internet, you’re on vacation—unplug for the next 4 days. There are very few times you’ll be this disconnected and it’s wonderful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We wanted a short getaway to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. This would be our 4th cruise for 2018, having just returned in June from a 3 week Oceania Tahiti cruise. We have cruise about 50 cruises, on almost all lines. What a ... Read More
We wanted a short getaway to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. This would be our 4th cruise for 2018, having just returned in June from a 3 week Oceania Tahiti cruise. We have cruise about 50 cruises, on almost all lines. What a difference a good cruise director can make! Connor was called in to take over- this was his first cd gig. He was fresh & so fun & excited, you just had to have fun! Verses some "veterans" who do the same tired lines for many years, and it shows. This was our 3rd getaway on carnival, plus many on Princess & RCI. True, this is a party cruise with alot of drinking,but with tight security I didn't see any problems (just a loud crowd!). Probably had more drunks on NCL with the "free" beverage package. Having just been on Oceania (know for their excellent culinary program) I wasn't expecting much, but was again pleasantly surprised. Some of the meals I'd compare with Oceanina, some obviously not quite up to Oceania. However, had some bad food on Oceania also. Was very happy with the menu choices, as most days had 3-4 things I really wanted to try. Had prime rib, salmon, stuffed mushrooms, escargot, shrimp cocktails & best crab cakes ever! As ship is older not many balconies, so for a short cruise the oceanview worked fine. Think our cabin had more storage space than our balcony cabin on Oceania. Room steward was just as attentive. Cabin & bathroom was very minimal. DH big complaint was no room thermostat- had to stand on bed to turn ac vent open/closed! Although it is obvious it is an older ship with alot of hard use, the maintenance program seems to be keeping it "ship-shape". Embarkation & disembarkation was easiest of any ship we have been on. Their new terminal (opened late Jan this year) really makes you fee like you are already on vacation. Not like Miami- where you are so stressed out by the time you get to your cabin it takes a full day just to unwind. Our only port was Ensenada, which is why we went. We like the winery tour- and it was almost a private tour- only 1 other couple on the morning tour! The guide at La Cetto spoke bad English, but answered all our questions. Tasting was excellent, as always. They have cleaned up the other winery, but it has not lost its charm. What a bargain- 1/2 day tour, 2 wine tastings, food at each, & a bottle of cab to take home- for $50! . Overall, if looking for value choose Carnival! If don't want to have fun- just relax & money is no object- Oceania is fine. PS- DH has mobility issues, and Carnival was exceptional in that respect also. Whereas on Oceania, as everyone had mobility issue- it was more of a hindrance there! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my first time ever on a cruise, I had the BEST time! I spent a lot of time researching the cruise line and reading the reviews of the Inspiration. I have to say there are a lot of mixed reviews out there. I went into the cruise ... Read More
This was my first time ever on a cruise, I had the BEST time! I spent a lot of time researching the cruise line and reading the reviews of the Inspiration. I have to say there are a lot of mixed reviews out there. I went into the cruise ship with an open mind and ready to have my own opinion of it. I thought it was great. It may be an older cruise ship but I didn't let that stop me from having fun. Food - We had dinner every night in the Carnival Dining Room at 6pm, it was great. The best part was our server SARI, she was WONDERFUL! All the other crew that worked her section with her were just as wonderful as well. The food was great, although the portions are small, its doesn't matter because you can order as much as you want. I wont lie, we all ordered TONS of servings, pretty much one of everything and we shared it all. They even brought my husband and I a heart shaped chocolate cake with candles that said :Happy Anniversary" for us. Guys Burgers, AH-MAZING, the deli was okay, I didn't care for it as much, wish they would add a BLT to that deli menu. We made it to the open buffet only once for breakfast on the last day, it was great. Its the dining room with the weird purple tubes, LOL We never ordered room service so I cant tell you how that was. Drinks - I had a lot of the fruity drinks, a few Cran and Vodkas, they were all great. Our bartenders in the main lobby, Wi and Gerard, were absolutely the BEST!! We have made some life long friends with those 2. They remember our number for our drinks, gave us water when we asked, we got to know them on a personal level. If you have the time while you're having a drink I highly recommend you get to know these two. They were the best! We spent a lot of time in the main lobby bar because of them! Entertainment - My husband and I went to only one show, the Love and Marriage show, it was great. It was like a a real life game show, 3 couples on stage and answering questions about one another. The cruise director NONO was GREAT!! Always involved in all the shows, the entertainment in the main lobby, we had tons of parties late at night in the main lobby. The music was great too. The Casino bar had a great band as well. Cabin - Our cabin was E239, I thought it was fine, I mean do you really spend that much time in your room anyway? The bed was COMFY! We didn't have any noise, nice size. The only thing I would have liked was if the "fake" window was maybe painted to look like an ocean view or a garden, something other then a plain curtain covering nothing... The ports were great. It was my first time at Catalina Island and Ensenada. We rented a golf cart on the island, drove around for a good 2 hrs, stopped at a little Mexican shop and had a drink and tacos. Saw deer, tons of them! In Mexico, we walked around, shopped, ate and drank and ended up at Papas' and Beers....WARNING.....if you dance they get you.....all fun....try it.... Overall my experience on the Inspiration was AMAZING! We will be back again for a longer cruise. The staff was great! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
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 director. I don't know ... Read More
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 director. I don't know how she does it. She has to do so many shows and announcements but manages to do it with inspiration and enthusiasm. Those 70's and 80's sing-a-longs were AMAZING!!! The water slides were fun and so was the pool. I loved ordering a cocktail alongside the pool. I didn't know it was salt water but that made it all the more fun. As far as dining goes, we were at Carnavale and had the first seating. Both Alejandro and Rogelum were so accommodating and so sweet!!! It was first class service!! They even gave me free wine for my birthday and they sang very well. They were attentive and everyone really loved them!! Additionally, when we went to Ensenada La Bufadora tour. Abner was our excursion tour guide and boy was he amazing!! He was so knowledgeable and really brought out the best in Mexico. I learned so much from him. I couldn't believe he was there for only one year. He was such a professional! Also, the burgers were really, really good and so was the fried chicken. Everyone was so nice and I had SUCH a blast with the amazing entertainment. They were incredible!!! Love, Michelle Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
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 with us cruising for the ... Read More
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 with us cruising for the first time. Embarkation and disebarkation was a breeze at the port. We parked our car at the cruise terminal. Food was very average. Our last 2 cruises on RCL had awesome quality food compared to this carnival cruise. As vegetarians, the food choices were very limited on this cruise for us - both in dining and buffet. In general, the quality of food was medicore according to us. A few good highlights for food - Masala Dosa in dining room breakfast, carnival melting Chocolate cake, decent salad bar. The fries at Guys burger was good and the burrito at cantina by poolside was good as well. Loved the water slides!! The cabin was decently big and comfy, the shower was good as well - great water pressure!! We liked the dining room for dinner and Breakfast for 2 reasons - 1) that was the only place we could get Indian Vegetarian 2) We got out own table unlike RCL where we shared table with others. The indian dinner was average - except on the last night of the cruise the curries tasted good. Again, full credits and praises for the tasty masala dosa for breakfast!! That was truly yummy!! Overall it was a great time on the cruise. Would do it again!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I chose this cruise because a friend wanted to celebrate his 30th birthday and that we definitely did! The ship itself is definitely tacky, but it's a cruise so I did not mind any of it at all. The pool area was TINY. I knew this from ... Read More
I chose this cruise because a friend wanted to celebrate his 30th birthday and that we definitely did! The ship itself is definitely tacky, but it's a cruise so I did not mind any of it at all. The pool area was TINY. I knew this from looking at pictures and the map prior, but it is tiny. The bars were great. ALL OF THEM. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE BARS I ENJOYED. For obvious reason. The main dining room was hit or miss with all entrees. The buffet was hit or miss with most things. The room service was very much a miss most of the time. However, Guy's burgers was pretty delicious. I wish I made more of an effort to eat there more often. The only show we caught was the lady comedy show. The comedian was extremely vulgar and borderline racist, but it was absolutely OKAY. My tip for this show is to let go of all of your ethnics, morals, and values for this 15-20 min skit, knowing that is all for jokes and humor. And you'll have a great time! We went to the nightclub every night and had a blast on most. Not much to say here because there usually isn't much to remember. The worst part of this trip was certain interactions with other guests. You will have your fair share of super sweet, friendly guests, but we encountered a handful of guests who were indeed out of line. Granted they were most definitely inebriated but that does not give anyone the right to treat other people the way they treated some of my friends. I would go into specifics but for the privacy of my friends, I will not. Overall, I had a great time. I came back on a Monday. It is currently the Tuesday right after, and I am still tired. ZZzzzzzzz..... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Needed a cruise that began and ended in the week of 7/16. This was the one available. When we take short cruises, we often like to go Carnival. they really do provide the most fun. Particularly as the end of the day.. This ship had 2 ... Read More
Needed a cruise that began and ended in the week of 7/16. This was the one available. When we take short cruises, we often like to go Carnival. they really do provide the most fun. Particularly as the end of the day.. This ship had 2 late night comics, that were hilarious. When I go on Princess and other lines, once the main show is over, there isn't much to do, unless you like gambling or dancing. Many people say that the food on Carnival isn't very good. That hasn't been our experience. While not the gourmet food one finds on some of the Luxury lines, it is more as good as most of the other ships we travel on. Our cabin service, as well as our food servers were outstanding. No issues with service. I've had much more difficulty with the service on Princess, which I usually take. Others providing excellent service include the pool bar staff, and the Customer Service desk. Read Less
Carnival Inspiration Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 2.0 4.3

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