2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
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 Inspiration is ... Read More
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 Inspiration is beautiful, even for it's age (just like me!) Everything is clean and sparkling, comfortable, yet elegant. Our interior cabin was perfect for a place to get some rest, I was on a trundle bed and I was worried about comfort, but it was very comfortable. Our cabin steward, Bagus, made sure we had everything we needed, even though we rarely saw him. Out of 7 cruises, this is the ONLY one where I can say that the cruise director really impressed me. On other ships, the CD was either rarely seen or only mingling with the opposite sex! NoNo was great! She is full of energy, funny, and spent her time with everyone. I loved the music trivia. Stage shows were entertaining, and my son said the comedy shows were very funny. Bar and dining service was quick and all the servers were very friendly. The dining room meals were yummy! However, the buffet for lunch and dinner was hit or miss...but there is always, pizza, the deli, guys burgers, or burritos! Never was hungry. Had room service one night and it was quick, hot, and very good. I did not even see a crew member who wasn't working hard, smiling, and accommodating. Catalina is a beautiful port. My son and GF went parasailing, then we took a golfcart around the island. Having been to Ensenada previously, I stayed onboard while here. My son found a great little beach, walking distance from the port, then a couples massage at Ensenada Massage. Overall this was a fantastic cruise. We all had an amazing time and I am already planning another! (Maybe 7 days this time!) Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Carnival Inspiration Stayed in a Grand Suite on a 3 day trip to Catalina and Ensenada (with a day at sea). The suite feels dated and a little scruffy (scraped paint, marks on the walls, etc.). But it was fairly comfortable (once I ... Read More
Carnival Inspiration Stayed in a Grand Suite on a 3 day trip to Catalina and Ensenada (with a day at sea). The suite feels dated and a little scruffy (scraped paint, marks on the walls, etc.). But it was fairly comfortable (once I figured out the non-intuitive and loud air conditioning). On the other hand, the water in the shower never got above tepid. The toiletries were extremely limited. And I could only find two outlets! The room service menu is limited but the food we ordered was good. The main dining room breakfasts were very good (I recommend the eggs Benedict). Portions were small but (although they don’t tell you this) you can order as many sides as you want. Dinner in the dining room was also very good. (Ditto the portion size comment.) Decent wines. I had steak three nights in a row (filet, prime rib, and NY strip) and all three were cooked to order and tasty. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. The Lido deck food service was okay (the taco stand is the best) but the whole Lido deck vibe is kind of hokey and unappetizing. The vaunted soft serve is not up to Dairy Queen standards. The equally vaunted Guy Fieri burgers were limp and unappetizing. The passengers are an odd mix of geezers and youngsters. Everybody was very friendly, but almost everybody drank a lot. And in some cases, quite a LOT. The social activities seemed mainly geared to the young crowd (hairiest chest contests, Harry Potter trivia contests, twerking, etc.). The “premium” satellite internet connection was slow. Very slow. Lousy TV service. We did our own shore excursions. The sales pitches—photos, shops, future cruises—are relentless. It got old quick. Annoyingly, when we tried to cancel spa reservations more than 24 hours in advance, they did not refund our money. Seemed like everybody on board smoked when they got into the bar and casino. My clothes reeked of smoke when we got home. All in all, we had a good time but we made most of our own fun by taking private shore excursions. Other than the food service, the on board experience was at best “meh.” I very much doubt we’ll take another Carnival cruise. Definitely not on Inspiration. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Overall, this was a great experience for someone who’s going on a cruise for the first time. The staff were super friendly, definitely treated us like family, made us feel welcomed and valued . The food was alright, it was very nice ... Read More
Overall, this was a great experience for someone who’s going on a cruise for the first time. The staff were super friendly, definitely treated us like family, made us feel welcomed and valued . The food was alright, it was very nice to be able to have food almost anytime you craved for something. It would have been better if there were some more salad choices. The indidian chef at the grill never smiled, but certainly made the best pastrami sandwiches. Entertainment could improve a bit for adults. The ship itself was very clean and the people on it as well, all sophisticated and classy. It would have been helpful if the information about the cruise and the activities were provided to the cruisers in advance, so we could have planned things ahead. It was awesome when the captain and all the crew showed up on the last day, we felt very safe cruising with the captain. I was disappointed when my suitcase got delivered to our cabin on the first day after arrival since it was missing our travel pillow. We handed the carriers our suitcase on our way to the ship on monday afternoon, when they delivered it to our cabin later that day, the travel pillow gone. There’s one thing I would recommend changing 1. It would have been better if we could extend the time in Ensenada and stay there longer to be able to explore multiple places instead of spending a day at the sea. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I'll preface this with the note that my husband and I tried to do this on the cheap as much as possible, and you get what you pay for with a lot of vacation related stuff. This was also the first cruise for both of us. That said, this ... Read More
I'll preface this with the note that my husband and I tried to do this on the cheap as much as possible, and you get what you pay for with a lot of vacation related stuff. This was also the first cruise for both of us. That said, this ship is a little bit on the older side, with seriously crazy carpeting patterns that look like 80s pixelated graphics and structural details in the ceilings and walls, like huge violin curlicue embellishments in the violins bar, interesting ceiling tentacles with spiderweb end caps in the buffet dining room... just a bunch of amusing but weird decorations. The cons aside, the food in the Carnivale dining room was phenomenal for the amount of meals they had to provide and on a tight schedule. We skipped dinner on Mexico night on account of finding good food on shore, but for the nights we ate in the dining room for the late service (8:15), the menu was different each time, with a bit of a theme for where we were (Catalina, Ensenada, etc) For the number of meals they had to get ready I wouldn't have been surprised to see the meals put together in a somewhat slapdash way, but they were all served hot, plated nicely and prepared well. Service was fantastic. Ramesh was super personable and funny, and johnny on the spot with drink refills and to take the next course's orders. Guests are seated according to room number and usually with about 10 other people to a table. We got to get to know 2 other couples over the course of the cruise and by the last night were chatting like old pals, definitely a nice experience there. Also, very nicely set up tables - all the plates and glasses and everything arranged so it looked semi formal. I really enjoyed elegant night too. Everyone looked great in their dresses and shirts. Entertainment was fun. We don't have any kids and a lot of the activities are family oriented, so most of it wasn't really geared for us. There was great live music in the bars and some hilarious comedy shows after dinner. Those two were about all we went to as neither of us are into loud, crowded pool and dance parties, which were abundant almost every evening. I probably would not choose this particular ship for the next cruise. It was fun, but the bright neon lights everywhere, the crowds of families with kids and the general structure of the ship (plus the shower issue) wasn't really ideal for me. Also, the fact we were just sort of parked out at sea without really going anywhere for the "Fun Day at Sea" was a little weird to me. I think I'd rather go on a cruise that's actually traveling somewhere. This might just be a silly nitpick, but: I don't know if newer or larger ships have better stabilizers, but the chop was pretty bad on the last night. I had some pretty annoying land sickness the first day after disembarking. Some other stuff I noted that, as a first timer, would have been good to know: - evac drill is mandatory. It's like, maritime law, man. ;) - get the Cheers drink program if you like to let slip the dogs of war - it's worth it. (BUT: you can't get knock back more than 15 drinks in a day or you're cut off. I'm sure that's a rule for a reason...) - medical services is on the bottom floor. If you're gonna be sick - start running! - lavs on deck are far apart and clogged frequently - if you're gonna be sick - start running! - no place on ship to get dramamine, other pharmaceuticals, sanitary supplies etc. - you have to check in online before midnight the night before embarkation. . - don't forget your cabin card and ID when you get off for shore days - you're gonna have a bad time getting back on without them. - on disembarkation day, they want you off the ship by 9:45 am. Trip's over, shoo! ;) - bring a support banana for upset stomachs. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We just wanted a quick get-away. We got a rude awakening literally. Between midnight and 2:00 am guests would walk down the hallway laughing, yelling, speaking extremely loud, and running. You would expect people to be more respectful ... Read More
We just wanted a quick get-away. We got a rude awakening literally. Between midnight and 2:00 am guests would walk down the hallway laughing, yelling, speaking extremely loud, and running. You would expect people to be more respectful of the other guests trying to sleep. When eating in the buffet, we had to look at a man who did not have a shirt on as well as his female friend who thought not to wear a cover-up as we had to look at her string bikini and her butt cheeks. They should have stayed at the pool to eat their meal. There was no officer to be seen who should have asked them to eat outdoors. Food onboard was average or below. They served lamb in the buffet that you needed a power saw to cut. Eating it was out of the question. Dinning room food was just ok as well. The oatmeal was actually pretty good. This ship being as old as it is (1996), should be retired. The ceilings are extremely low. Smoking is allowed in the casino. We walked through just once and were assaulted by the smoke. The ceiling being so low keeps all the smoke trapped. We would have enjoyed doing some gambling, but due to the smoke, would not return to the casino. In our cabin, our air conditioning control was mounted on the ceiling. We had to get on a chair to reach it, and turning it off was very difficult. We had to call our cabin steward and ask him to turn it off. We have never been on a ship where the control was mounted on the ceiling. Absolutely ridiculous. Also in our cabin, the only type of glasses to use were glass water goblets. This is really a very dangerous safety issue. If you dropped the glass it would shatter in the sink or floor. How easy would it be for Carnival to furnish plastic glasses for use in the bathroom? Our cabin steward did not have any, so we brought two plastic glasses from the buffet to use in the bathroom. Television in cabin only offered a few stations. There was not even a sports channel to watch. Plenty of advertising for Carnival was available to see. The entertainment was just ok. They had a Motown show one night and a Studio 54 the next night. The entertainers worked hard and did a nice job. Service throughout the ship was good. We took this cruise many years ago when Royal Caribbean offered it. I wish they still did it. We have been cruising since 1982 and have been pretty much around the world. This cruise and Carnival, we will NEVER do again. We have been on Princess, and Carnival owns them, so we most likely will not sail with them as well. We will stick with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This Cruise was perfect for a quick getaway and a party platform for my soon-to-married Uncle. This cruise is a little rowdy but knowing this HAVE FUN. I probably would not bring children on this one. The cruise was very affordable ... Read More
This Cruise was perfect for a quick getaway and a party platform for my soon-to-married Uncle. This cruise is a little rowdy but knowing this HAVE FUN. I probably would not bring children on this one. The cruise was very affordable and Carnival did a great job providing top value for the price paid. My Uncle is 84 and the Bachelor party consisted of 35-48 year olds as well as my 84 year old UNCLE. -Check in at the Long Beach Terminal was a Breeze. No lines or Hassles. We arrived at 100pm and were immediately on board. However, the 710 fwy had a lot of traffic, south bound towards the port. -THe Ship is nice. Not the newest but all the amenities were adequate and clean.I was disappointed the pool was not filled until sail away. -The staff were very hospitable. -Our Room E116 was an Interior room big enough for 3. AC worked perfectly. Our room was ready immediately and something new-->Carnival now provides you the room keys outside of your room door in an envelope. -The soap and shampoo are of better quality from what I remember too. -The Food was very good. From Guys Burgers to the Mexican Station. WOW, KILLER SHRIMP and BREAKFAST Burritos. Sea day Brunch always impresses and Dinners were of quality too. I loved the Ceaser Salad and escargot ..The Cheesecake and Molten were awesome. -Entertainment was great. The night club and casino were fun. Actually the Casino paid out a lot this trip. (CRAPS!!!!). The energy was excellent. The Piano Bar, Comedy Club and Karaoke were very entertaining. We never saw a show--> NO TIME :) -Debarkation was extremely quick and what I always do is pack and go up and eat breakfast while the herd is vacating. -FINALLY, this was my first time buying CHEERS. Im too old to smuggle and how much do you really save on a 3 day cruise? I paid the $171 and I drank my money's worth. The Alchemy bar has the best drinks, probably worth 15 bucks plus at a great restaurant. Having 3 blue cheese stuffed Olive, Grey Goose Martinis a night, was a treat. Also being able to consume the Coffee house coffee and Irish coffee was fantastic. The Vitamin waters helped on the ENSENADA day. I really think Cheers is worth it. I debated on this but ultimately I am so happy I spent the money. Knowing all your non alcoholic drinks especially coffee are included was reassuring. I do not like the regular coffee upstairs. This is my 4 mini cruise on Carnival. If I had the time, I would do this monthly. Good job Carnival on providing such a great product for an affordable price. My 84 year Old Uncle ran circles around us. He was in Heaven. I appreciate the guests and employees for making his Bachelor party the BEST. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
My wife and I decided to take this short weekend cruise as we live in the LA area and wanted to do something different for our wedding anniversary. We're no stranger to cruising or Carnival - we have done several cruises before but ... Read More
My wife and I decided to take this short weekend cruise as we live in the LA area and wanted to do something different for our wedding anniversary. We're no stranger to cruising or Carnival - we have done several cruises before but only 7 or 8 day trips. The 3 day cruise was a new experience for us. We went with an ocean view room on deck 7. I thought I was being smart and picked a room under the galley. My thinking was that it would be quieter than having someone in a room above us. That turned out to be a bad idea - it was the noisiest room I think I could've picked with crashing and dragging noises throughout much of the night. So a word to the wise - don't pick a room under the galley. The embarkation experience went pretty smooth - especially with the Faster to the Fun package with an appointment time. I think we made it on board in record time, I'd be surprised if it took 20 minutes from the time we walked into the cruise center until we put our carry ons in our cabin. The ship we thought was in pretty decent shape for its age and how quickly they cycle it with new passengers. We like the Spirit class of ship so this felt quite different but seemed to have the same amenities we normally enjoy. The room was okay, a little dated but clean. We usually book at least a balcony room but this class of ship has very few of those. You're not really in the room very much other than to sleep and clean up so it wasn't a big deal to us for a 3 day trip. One thing that seemed a little off from our usual, enjoyable experience was the bar service seemed very slow for the most part. We had great service at the Alchemy Bar but the other bars were hit and miss - usually very slow. Another thing to note is that the crowd for this short cruise is much different than the longer itineraries. I wouldn't recommend it for kids or families with younger ones. We're social drinkers - we're in our early 40s and are pretty tolerant of other folks having a good time. But, we did see quite a few people that had over-consumed and had become sick or temporarily unable to take care of themselves. We were awakened a couple times by rowdy partiers in the hallway and at least one fight. Overall, just about everyone seemed to be there to have a good time though some took it a little too far. We have a 15 year old and I'm glad we had him stay home with grandpa, I don't think he would've enjoyed himself. The food overall seemed good and the staff in the main dining room was as good as we've ever experienced. It would've been nice to have the steakhouse as is found on the Spirit class ships but we managed to survive just fine without it. The sea day was nice - lots of activities going on to fill our time. Ensenada is much different than other Mexican ports and we chose to go with the wine tasting tour. We weren't expecting much but were blown away by the wine country just outside of Ensenada. There were vineyards and wineries all over and the quality of the wine was quite good - we brought 6 bottles home and had a fantastic time. Debarkation went fast but we only had carry ons which was great. The US Customs process went really fast. I think between the time we left the lounge on the ship waiting to be released it took perhaps 20 minutes until we were in our car at the parking garage. All in all, we'd do this trip again as a nice way to spend a weekend. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
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 Florida. * Ship - ... Read More
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 Florida. * Ship - Beautiful! This class of ship has beautiful ships - they are older but have less gaudy decor and carpet. The Inspiration was very lovely! Our last day (sea day) was very windy: 30-40mph winds. This made for high swells and rocky waters. We *always* take Dramamine with us, just in case of these situations. You could definitely feel the boat moving. The top of the ship will be blocked off for safety reasons when there are high winds or bad weather. * Cabin - We were in R10. This is in the left (port) side front bottom of the ship on the Riviera Deck (level/deck 4). If you plan to do a lot on the upper decks (10 is lido with the pool and food), plan to use elevators or stairs. We liked this cabin because of the cost and the ease of getting back on the ship after port (embarkation is deck 3). We had two portholes - they are awesome to at least see daylight and know around what time it is. There was a slight odor in the bathroom (from the very first time we walked in). I am not sure if it was from mold or from a pipe. There were days we noticed it more than others. * Cabin Steward - Huge shout out to Dante! He did an amazing job keeping us comfortable and our cabin stayed very clean. He remembered our names (I always wonder how they do that) and always greeted us, and asked if everything was okay. He was very respectful of our times we didn't want the cabin cleaned. * Dining - We ended up having to go with Your Time/Anytime dining. We usually go with the early dining. We did not sit in the same seat/area twice (although I heard you can request this), and had different wait staff each meal. We ate breakfast and dinner in the dining room and were very happy with both. The staff did an amazing job and the food was wonderful! For dinner we ate mahi mahi, prime rib, spare ribs, salmon, steak tacos (Ensenada port of call on the menu); for breakfast we had omelette’s for most of breakfast meals, but had a good offering of sides (hash browns, English muffins, etc.). We are not adventurous eaters, they had a lot of seafood and at least 4-6 different options for dinner, plus options for those non-adventurous eaters. If you do not like your meal, let the waiter know and request a different meal. We ordered sides from other nights with no problems (even if they weren’t on the menu for that night). The wait staff was always happy to please and always took care of you. I was _very_ surprised and pleased when I heard of another member on board having a gluten intolerance - the dining room prepared her a full menu for each day – allowing her to order the night before so they could get it prepared for the next day. So awesome! * Ports – (Itinerary – Long Beach->Catalina Island->Ensenada, Mexico->Long Beach): ** Catalina Island: We LOVED Catalina Island. It was so quaint, cute and a pretty island. We rented a golf cart and toured the island – with no regrets. ***If you do the golf cart tour, reserve WELL in advance! For some companies, you have to just stand in line and wait for golf carts to return. They don’t have a wait list. People were very friendly and we highly enjoyed ourselves. The beach was beautiful, but the water was cold. ** Ensenada: Just as personal preference, this is not somewhere we would go again. We walked the city around 1st street just a few minutes from port and were hounded by little kids trying to sell items – to the point of them following us and walking next to us for ½ a block. After that, we decided to get on a tour bus to La Bufadora ($17/pp) with a stop at the Corona Distillery. The Corona “distillery” was very much like a tiny convenience store. Corona cans are under a dollar. At the time we went, the bathroom was inoperable. Then, onto La Bufadora. This shopping area is 45 minutes away from port. It is a street vendor/flea market. There is a least ¼ to ½ of a mile of both sides being filled with street vendors that are very pushy, direct and will yell out to you to come to their shops. There are a lot of free samples – we were offered a lot of free tequila shots. To give you an idea of pricing, we were interested in a Lucha Libre mask and were told it was $25.00. They asked us to make an offer – which we didn’t. We just moved on. We did not spend much time there. You do have to go through this flea market to get to the blow hole. Sadly, the blow hole was not very active when we saw it – it had a few small bursts, but nothing really big. If we go on this cruise again, we will stay on the ship for this port (again, just personal preference). Overall, we were very happy with this trip. We will go again someday! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
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 no means ... Read More
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 no means inexpensive. Thought the family activities were really fun, the cruise itself left me resolved to not cruise Carnival again for several more years. Two of us shared an obstructed view "junior suite" that was really an average cabin with a balcony so small that you could not sit on it without moving the chairs sideways to the rail. The view was completely blocked by a rescue ship. It seemed that there were few advantages to this class until we compared it with regular ocean view cabins on lower decks. For us, service was pretty much the same as non-suite cabins on other cruise lines with the addition of free bottled water. When we compared it to the standard ocean-view service our family received, though, it was quite different. They received once a day cabin cleaning (no turn down service) and no luggage collection for diebarkation without a special request. The ship has been redone and is generally comfortable. My one complaint was the poor lighting. Our "suite" had bedside lamps that were non-functional and extremely poor lighting in the closet areas. With closet doors opening to the entry instead of the window and no overhead or interior lights, I needed a flashlight to see the clothing storage area. This ship has one fairly small swimming pool that was usually crowded. There was a very nicely designed water slide area that was not crowded that the grandchildren really loved. Entertainment was really awful. The atrium entertainment drove me out with the volume and I spent one sad evening in the piano bar listening to a guy who really couldn't play and didn't want to. I generally avoided it. We enjoyed the spa and found the spa attendants to be better than on most ships. The one drawback there was that the ship redesign put the running track above the spa so that it was quite noisy. Dinner service was spotty. The one night that we were celebrating two birthdays, our desert order was not even taken yet when other diners had finished and left the dining room and their tables were cleared and reset for breakfast. Food was average. Though no fault of the ship, I'm sure, debarkation was delayed nearly two hours and the ensuing lines to leave the ship were extraordinarily long - 35 minutes in our case. As "suite" guests two of us had priority debarkation but chose to disembark with the family. We were unable to gain any privileges for the family, even though the fares for everyone were paid by the "suite" passengers. I would rank this as a good cruise for families with children who are cruising on a budget. Don't expect the service or amenities you might enjoy on one of the other cruise lines but you can have fun anyway. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose a 4 day to Catalina and Ensenada since this was our first time as a family of 6 and wasn’t sure what to expect. We booked 2 cabins next door to each other on the Riviera deck (4) so the kids (13, 7, 4, and 4) could be close to ... Read More
We chose a 4 day to Catalina and Ensenada since this was our first time as a family of 6 and wasn’t sure what to expect. We booked 2 cabins next door to each other on the Riviera deck (4) so the kids (13, 7, 4, and 4) could be close to us. The embarkation process went smoothly. We purchased FTTF for both rooms. We didn’t need it because we arrived around noon and it wasn’t crowded but on the way out it helps avoid the lines. Either way I will always purchase it since you enjoy other perks like no line at the info desk, and no lines when getting on the tender to go to Catalina. Also, if there’s a long line to exit through customs be sure to grab a porter and he will avoid the line completely and get you right through. That was well worth $10! We had the most amazing head waiter named Arwin. We have some allergies and he was always very accommodating with a smile on his face. He was so nice that one of my twins got teary eyed the morning we left when he found out he wouldn’t be seeing him again. The food was good. There’s a lot of complaints on this site but honestly I am pretty picky and I liked the food. If there was something I didn’t like I just ordered something else! The burgers at Guys were really good. I only had it once and both my husband and I wished we had it more but we had so many other things to try. Their burritos and taco salads were delicious. Steak, shrimp, roasted corn, grilled onions, the works! Don’t eat the tacos. Not good. Even the buffet is decent. I had potato leek soup one day that was delish! I’m gluten sensitive and they did have gluten free bread, buns and pizza but they weren’t good but I was fine with all the other options they had. The kids loved the water slides, pool, and hot tub. The kids club was also a hit for movie watching and making new friends. We enjoyed craft cocktails at the Alchemy bar and there was never a wait. I think it helped that we were traveling mid week during spring break. The comedy club was fun as others mentioned and hubby won a little money in the casino. Overall, I would recommend this cruise for a nice easy getaway at a reasonable price. If you keep your expectations low you will be blown away. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
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 have been on 12-15 ... Read More
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 have been on 12-15 cruises in the past. The ship is smaller than we are used to; however, there are benefits to this. Such as, you don't have to walk a country mile to get to your room or events every day. We booked interior rooms. Normally, we try to get a window or a balcony, but expenses prevented this on this sailing. My daughter-in-law required a frig for medicine and a crib for the 2 year old. The housekeeper had it delivered into the room before 6:00 pm! He kept the room very clean. We only requested morning service. I like to keep the rooms tidy, and with a 12 and 8 year old in the room, it was a must. I know these people work hard, so giving him one less room to turn down was something I thought he would appreciate. He did leave a towel animal every day. We were supposed to be porting in Catalina on Tuesday, but this didn't occur. We found out that the wind was high, and this made it difficult to run the tenders. Tuesday became our full day at sea. I think the smaller ship and its slower moving caused quite a few people to become seasick. I saw a a young teenage boy vomit in the main dinning room. Fortunately, I was the only one to witness the event. We did hit Catalina the next day. Mostly, we walked around for a bit. There isn't a lot for kids to do, so we headed back to the ship for lunch. We ported in Ensenada the next day. Again, not a lot to do there for kids. The 8 & 10 year old opted to stay on the ship at their camps. We walked around a bit, and made a few purchases. We returned to the ship again for lunch. Now, I will say this; the kids were fine with this, as they spent two days prior in Disneyland. The food was good. I found the main dinning room in the evening to be an enjoyable experience. I am in agreement with others who have said that people come to the dinning room very casual. We did dress up (not too formal) for formal night. My favorite dish was salmon and my favorite dessert was Creme' Brulee. Very yummy! The kids enjoyed the dishes served on their menu. The eight year old is a boy, and he was thrilled to have 24/7 pizza and ice cream! The buffet was adequate, and I enjoyed the Blue Iquana was good. I had a breakfrest burrito and I had the tomato and fresh mozzarella sandwich from the sandwich counter twice. The second time I had it on a wrap, as it was too much bread for me. We went to brunch on our sea day, as well as the afternoon tea. Our 2 year old grand daughter is very charming. She waves and smiles at everyone. One of the waiters from another table came over to see her. She ended up liking him so much, she kissed his cheek. He wanted her to dance with him during one of their shows. She wanted to dance with her grandpa. We later learned he wasn't fond of children, so she had worked her charms on him. They made over here every night, as well as the other children. All of them are well behaved. We didn't attend the shows. Some of our family went to the comedians late show. They said he was funny but very "crude." They said the sing around the piano player was really great. We hit Karaoke and trivia several times. They both were a lot of fun. My birthday fell the day after we left the ship. I found a birthday card from the staff, as well as a $50.00 gift card to the spa! I was shocked and thrilled. I went up and purchased some expensive hair products. It was a great touch! Thanks Carnival! The younger three children loved their camp and the crew. They opted to attend more than anything else going on! The 12 year old is shy, so she went less than the others. I do think they all enjoyed themselves. We purchased the FTTF option for both cabins. We arrived after 11:00 am to the port, so they had already started allowing zone one to board. Although, our room was ready, and not having to drag the bags around was nice. We only tendered once, so it wasn't a big deal to use these. Now, on debarking the ship was another subject. We went down the waiting area for FTTF folks at 7:00 am, so we could try to get to Universal Studios by the time they opened at 9:00 am. We didn't get off the ship until 9:00 am. There were people trying to change their flights over the delay. This was not Carnivals fault. We were told by other cruisers that a passenger had tried to bring in illegal contraband from Mexico and was found out. She got into an altercation over this with a crew members. Port Authority held everything up over this. It was a young lady that had been overly drunk the night before. She had cursed all over the place, talked very loudly and tried to take over the comedians act. He didn't stand for it. The family members left every single place they went when she was present. It was sad that so many were affected by one persons actions. Overall it was a good trip. I like a longer cruise, but limited time and the kids wanting to go to the amusement parks, we opted this route. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We wanted to try a cruise out of Long Beach. Stayed in V-19 a Junior Suite. Nice time and for sure you should try the Chefs Table!! The room was nice and yes the balcony is small but its nice to have air and early embarking. Not a fan of ... Read More
We wanted to try a cruise out of Long Beach. Stayed in V-19 a Junior Suite. Nice time and for sure you should try the Chefs Table!! The room was nice and yes the balcony is small but its nice to have air and early embarking. Not a fan of kids so the Serenity are was our hang out. Good food and really good service. Catalina was a great stop for us. We had good drink service as well. A little cooler than we expected but made the best of it. If I had to do it again, I probably would but I think I would find a more adult cruise with no kids. Not a ton of them on board and for the most part well behaved but I think its strange seeing kids belly up to the bar for soda? Never experienced that before. I also like the curb side service. Saved tons of time. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Let me first preface this by saying that this was my wife and I's first cruise. We figured we would take a 4 day cruise to see if this kind of vacation suits us. We had heard positive things in the past from other cruise goers and ... Read More
Let me first preface this by saying that this was my wife and I's first cruise. We figured we would take a 4 day cruise to see if this kind of vacation suits us. We had heard positive things in the past from other cruise goers and thought we would give Carnival a shot. Getting onto the ship was ok. We were 5 minutes early for our allotted time and instead of letting us wait, which would have been the much faster line the person outside chased us down and forced us into the early line which was quite long. We got on board around 1pm. Entering the boat we were ushered to the lido buffet. Into what could only be explained as a mad ant pile of humanity, it felt more like a sardine can than a boat. It took us 30 minutes of stalking people as they ate to find a seat. Finally we did. The buffet food overall was similar to an average all-inclusive resort in Mexico, bland and cold. The shining star in the buffet was the Deli, amazing sandwiches. We could have lived off the sandwiches and Guys' burgers alone. We then went to find our stateroom. It was as we expected small but functional. We were mid ship 7 deck E135. The windows were so filthy that we could barely see out of them. We chalked this up to the joys of being at sea. Clearly a disadvantage of being on a boat that does not have any balconies. The TV only had 4 stations, TBS, TNT, TCM and one movie channel. My wife's luggage was waiting for us outside, but mine did not show up until 4 hours later. Definitely not ideal but not the end of the world. We saw several shows on board, by far the best was the comedy club, B.T. was hilarious both times we saw him. The other entertainment was very lack luster. We got off the boat at both port stops. We rent a golf cart on Catalina island and this is my wife's highlight of the entire trip, it was a blast! In Ensenada we moved along to a shuttle bus that cost $4 round trip to downtown. We were on this bus for all of 5 minutes before it dropped us off at what appeared to be a back yard make shift market place. We felt uncomfortable there so we found the nearest main road and started walking. We walked for 15-20 minutes before realized we could actually see our boat. So we just walked back to it. We are not your average 30 something travelers. We do not drink alcohol or like to party. With that being said we bought the bottomless bubbles drink package. What a waste! They don't tell you they charge you tax on the beverage you've already paid for when docked. And the only time we could use it was at sit down dinner service. The only place you can get I filled is by a waiter or at a bar, good luck with that. They have self service beer stations but you have to fight to get a soda?! In the buffet they only served lemonade and Ice tea. That's what we ended up drinking the entire cruise. Clearly We are not cruisers! now we know. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was my second time to Catalina and Ensenada but on a different cruise line....The other people that I was with was their first time....The crew was fantastic, very friendly and accommodating. Plenty of great food...This is a really ... Read More
This was my second time to Catalina and Ensenada but on a different cruise line....The other people that I was with was their first time....The crew was fantastic, very friendly and accommodating. Plenty of great food...This is a really good cruise if you've never been on one before for a couple of reasons...not too long out at sea and you get an idea if this kind of a vaycay is for you...The one thing I would do differently is take my own luggage on board at the beginning of the trip and at the end of the trip take your luggage with you off the boat instead of leaving it out the night before you pull into port. The excursion to La Bufadora was a little disappointing...we booked this through Carnival and the bus took us to this old casino before we went to La Bufadora and it was a waste of time. It also took up the time we could have spent at the open flea market looking at the crafts...we didn't have enough time to really enjoy the open market and surrounding attractions....The service on the ship was phenomenal...I would like to note that tips are always very much appreciatedI by all the staff on the ship...I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends!!!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I went on this cruise with a girlfriend who wanted to celebrate her birthday. Don't get me wrong we had a nice time but, not like some of the previous ones. I have been on 13 Carnival cruise before this one. It is an older ship. This ... Read More
I went on this cruise with a girlfriend who wanted to celebrate her birthday. Don't get me wrong we had a nice time but, not like some of the previous ones. I have been on 13 Carnival cruise before this one. It is an older ship. This was the first time I have been on a cruise where they charge $20.00 for a lobster dinner in the dining room. That was a total shock & we did not purchase. The phone in our room would not dial room service, and the handset sounded like a rattle. So we just went upstairs to get our morning coffee. No biggy. The room steward was nice, but we could only get ice in our room once a day. ? Strange. Prior to sailing I was told by a Carnival person I could check sodas on board. Well, after the muster drill my luggage arrived, the sodas were gone & I paid $19.00 for a six pack. Live & learn. The staff was friendly, the shows were good, The glass elevators were not working. I will be sailing on Carnival again, just not a 3 day. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We wanted to do a quick getaway and booked this cruise at the last minute (we are locals and live 45 minutes away from the Long Beach port). We are a family of 4 with 2 children (ages 11 and 5) and love to cruise (we’ve gone on over 15 ... Read More
We wanted to do a quick getaway and booked this cruise at the last minute (we are locals and live 45 minutes away from the Long Beach port). We are a family of 4 with 2 children (ages 11 and 5) and love to cruise (we’ve gone on over 15 cruises so far). We sail primarily with Disney and have done a few with Royal Caribbean. The cruise overall was okay. It wasn't spectacular but for under $1k for 4 people for 3 nights and 4 days with food included, you really can't expect too much. We went knowing that it was a small/older ship and adjusted our expectations accordingly. We really enjoyed Guy's Burgers and the Mexican place (Blue Iguana) by the pool. We ate there every day for lunch. The food at the buffet was VERY limited and not exactly our taste so we never ate there. Food during dinner at the main dining restaurant was fine. Nothing out of this world memorable, but it wasn't bad. CONS - Some areas of the ship are not accessible by wheelchair. Our 11 year old son is special needs and there was no way we could get him to the mini golf area in his wheelchair. We had to carry him up the stairs. - Waterworks was cool BUT, the water is NOT heated and is pretty cold. The main pools are warm so I didn’t really quite understand why they wouldn’t warm up the water in the water slides area. Because the water was too cold, not many kids were there. - Senior crew members are nice and friendly but there are many newbies who are clueless. I lost count how many times I asked a crew member a question and was given the wrong information or he/she simply said, “I don’t know” - LIMITED family friendly activities - The DRUNKS!!!! (there were so many of them). This was a party cruise no doubt! PROS - Kids club counselors are awesome. They really do a great job keeping the kids entertained. I would say that Carnival runs their kids program very similar to RCCL. Our 5 year old daughter enjoyed her time there. - Main dining room crew really do try to go above and beyond. We had a great headwaiter who catered to all our dining room needs and he even played with our children (always a plus for us). - Spa staff was knowledgeable and friendly Our very first cruise was with Disney and it was that experience that got us hooked into cruising. We tend to gravitate towards cruise lines/ships that cater to FAMILIES. My husband and I were talking about our cruise experiences with different lines and I think what makes Disney our absolute favorite and what truly sets them apart from the rest of the pack is the lasting impression they leave their guests. Most cruise lines cater and provide service for the “masses” while Disney focuses on PERSONALIZED service. Granted, DCL does charge WAY MORE so it’s a give and take. If this would have been our first cruise, I don’t know we’d be enticed to cruise again any time soon. But with Disney, the first impression they left our family was so incredible that we couldn’t wait to book our next cruise with them while still onboard their ship! Lastly, would we do this cruise again? Yes, if the price was right and the timing was perfect (ie: long weekend where the kids don’t have to miss school). Cruising is our preferred way to vacation. We like the convenience and offers our special needs son the flexibility he needs when travelling so whether its with Disney, Carnival or RCCL, we will continue to see and travel the world by sea =) If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Prefer Carnival line because of younger crowd. I am 72 but enjoy the diversity of ages and since I like to gamble...the casino is usually rocking til 3am. There are shows and games and plenty of activities and the staff is the best. I ... Read More
Prefer Carnival line because of younger crowd. I am 72 but enjoy the diversity of ages and since I like to gamble...the casino is usually rocking til 3am. There are shows and games and plenty of activities and the staff is the best. I was surprised because the last two carnival cruises ... well the food left a lot to be desired but this one the dinner menu was just delicious. Since food is just a small part of cruise for me it didn't stop me from using carnival but again food was really good on this cruise Customer service a good experience also. There had been a small problem with my account and when I brought it to their attention it was fixed immediately and they sent a tray of chocolate covered strawberries to my room for the inconvenience. The ship and rooms clean as was the public rest rooms. Highly recommend the Inspiration... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Let me just preface this review with my age....71 and have sailed 25+ cruises. I prefer to sail carnival because of younger crowd. I have tried other lines and found when sailing with older cruisers dynamics totally different. I like ... Read More
Let me just preface this review with my age....71 and have sailed 25+ cruises. I prefer to sail carnival because of younger crowd. I have tried other lines and found when sailing with older cruisers dynamics totally different. I like the casino and their casinos are rocking way into the early hours and carnival has a lot of things going on .... again way into the night when younger patrons. I want to be entertained when on vacation and there is plenty to do.....took a cruise on HAL to Alaska and medium age was 60+ and there was nothing to do other than trivia and casino literally was closed by 9 because it was empty. I was very pleasantly surprised at food in dining room....the food has not been great on last couple carnival cruises but this boat had really good food in dining room and it was a nice surprise. I don't sail for food because I can always find something but again, good. Only stopped in Encinada but I highly recommend a local restaurant Guadalajara.....food so good and amazing. There were four of us and had tacos, large bowl of guacamole and coke cola and total bill $14. Cabin steward saw first day and never again but every time we requested something it magically appeared and room nicely maintained. There were a lot of shows and games for adults and children. Customer service very pleasant and because they had given me wrong rating on my card I received a plate of chocolate covered strawberries delivered to room.... Only negative I can come up with is glass elevators in atrium to working .... but who cares...I don't. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Beware of the Spa.Carnival. Although you'll be billed for services there on your Carnival account, any refunds are next to impossible to get as Steiner Leisure is the provider. I was offered the choice of 3 massages on the very ... Read More
Beware of the Spa.Carnival. Although you'll be billed for services there on your Carnival account, any refunds are next to impossible to get as Steiner Leisure is the provider. I was offered the choice of 3 massages on the very first day at a reduced rate of $172.00. I was billed close to $198. I also had a $50.00 gift card in my room later on and when I tried to get it applied, they would not do it. Period. The massage was wonderful and I would probably look into another on that cruise had they been good business people, but had a very negative feeling of Steiner Leisure. I was able to get on the internet on the cruise and left a message at Steiner Leisure, explaining the situation. To date they have not responded at all.. The dancers & singers are very talented and work hard on their routines. The music on Diva was too loud and stroblights were distracting and was definitely geared towards millenials. but moderated the next program. The cruisers were a mixed age group. The Rook Duo were so wonderful, people followed their schedule. Horns & strings are magic. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This is the first cruise for my husband and I. Because there was no phone or internet service readily available, it forced us to unwind and relax that we otherwise would not have done. I appreciated that actually. My husband unfortunately ... Read More
This is the first cruise for my husband and I. Because there was no phone or internet service readily available, it forced us to unwind and relax that we otherwise would not have done. I appreciated that actually. My husband unfortunately has stage 4 cancer and is not as mobile as he used to be. He doesn't like to draw attention to this so he uses no aides. The elevators not always going to the desired floor, but needing to go up a floor and then going to a different area to go back down was hard on him. If that could have been marked clearer it would have been helpful. The best part of the cruise for us was the delightful 2 people that assisted in the carnival dinning room. I can not say enough good about Dejan (I hope that is spelled correctly) and Yves. He and she, respectfully, was so kind and courteous. They are the memory I brought home with me. I actually wish I could have brought them home!! I enjoyed the craft portion of the day. I did not get the name of the girl who made the valentine cards, but she was amazing. She deserves special recognition. and the bubble of fun with the Aussie or British accent in the quilt a bear. She is the perfect personality for the public. Too bad that can't be bottled up and sold. I would really love to take this trip again. Dejon/Dejan asked me if I would be back. I told him no. This is because I doubt my husband will live much longer. However, if luck falls on my path, I truly would like to return. Especially if my favorite waiter is there. We was invited to come with a group of about 24, called the Lovers Holiday. BTW. Food was fabulous everywhere.. Especially the dinning room Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Looking to get away for a short vacation, we traveled on the 4 Day Baja cruise. It was our 4th or 5th Carnival Cruise, but first one since a Celebrity Cruise to the Caribbean. First let me say that you get what you pay for with Carnival. ... Read More
Looking to get away for a short vacation, we traveled on the 4 Day Baja cruise. It was our 4th or 5th Carnival Cruise, but first one since a Celebrity Cruise to the Caribbean. First let me say that you get what you pay for with Carnival. It was a fun trip with at lot of activities. The big shows are pretty average, but one of the comedians was very good. Dining room food was also very good, but the buffet food was sub par. Recommend eating lunch at the two restaurants just outside of the buffet (Blue Iguana and Guy Frieri's). Since school was back in session there weren't a lot of people under 21 on the cruise. If you are looking for a quick vacation it is a nice getaway! This cruise is a great value in the off peak months of October/November and January/February. I would avoid anything close to Spring Break unless you want to be with a bunch of drunk Spring Breakers. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
It was my first ocean cruise and I wanted to take a short weekend cruise to try it out and see if I liked it. I traveled with a friend. We gad originally booked a mini-suite on the Verandah deck but were offered a chance to book what was ... Read More
It was my first ocean cruise and I wanted to take a short weekend cruise to try it out and see if I liked it. I traveled with a friend. We gad originally booked a mini-suite on the Verandah deck but were offered a chance to book what was called one of the "Owner's Cabins". For what we thought was a reasonable cost, we decided to take the opportunity to upgrade, just to see what it was like. The room was on Deck 12 - Spa Deck and we had to be walked to our room because we would never have found it otherwise. The room was very large (900 sq. ft.) and included a large bedroom with a king size bed, a "living room" with a small table and chairs, a sitting area with three comfy chairs and a couch, and a small bar area with seating for four and a small fridge. The room made the trip feel very special. We only had one port day in Ensenada and had a fun time walking around the town. We didn't take any excursions - just took the bus to town (easily walkable) and walked down the main street to Papas and Beer, enjoyed Guacamole and Chips with Beer there, and walked back. We brought lots of small bills of American currency and that worked everywhere we went. The people are friendly but you have to be stern with some who try to hard to sell you things - mostly, we just ignored them and they would finally go away. Getting off and on the ship was a very easy process - although they almost force you to take many different pictures when you get off and that was a little annoying. The rest of the cruise was spent on board and we tried to explore and try out everything. Guy's Burgers were great, the restaurant was good, the Lido deck on the sea day was lots of fun and not too crowded, the entertainment on board was mostly very good, and the show in the Paris Lounge "Motor City" was much better than expected. We tried the Casino but the fact that smoking is allowed made that some place I didn't want to stay at long. We went to the Punchliner's lounge to catch two different comedian shows - one was very funny but the other one was not. You need to sit there long enough to see if the comedian is your style or not. Alcohol - there is a lot of drinking on board but I never saw anyone that made me feel uncomfortable. We tried out many of the bars on board and found the drinks to be expensive but not watered down. Service on board was generally very good - friendly and fast. Overall, this was a very fun, if short, trip. I would definitely cruise with Carnival again but I think only on a longer trip with a slightly newer, more modern ship. My favorite things were Guy's Burgers, the Motor City show, and the fancy room we ended up with. My least favorite thing was the hot tubs in the Serenity area - they weren't working properly and the water was only lukewarm. Since the weather was chilly that day, getting out of the hot tub was miserable so once in, we stayed in. For a three day trip, having things not working was a disappointment. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
My husband and I flew to CA to bring my father back to KY after his visit with my brother in CA. Since we were going to be in LA, we decided to take the four-day cruise. We arrived two days before departure and stayed at the Hotel ... Read More
My husband and I flew to CA to bring my father back to KY after his visit with my brother in CA. Since we were going to be in LA, we decided to take the four-day cruise. We arrived two days before departure and stayed at the Hotel Maya--a great place to stay. Had dinner at the hotel the first night and at the Reef (within walking distance) the second night. Spent the entire day before the cruise exploring the Queen Mary--which is within walking distance. Took the hotel shuttle to the cruise port, although we could have walked it. This was only our second Carnival cruise and was exactly as expected. However, we purchased the "Faster to Fun" pass which was wonderful. We arrived at port at 11:15 and was on the ship by 11:30!!! No long lines for lunch--went straight to Guy's Burgers and had the delicious hamburger. Although the service in the dining room was excellent, the food was so-so. We did really enjoy the Sea Day brunch! The room was very clean. We only saw our room steward upon arrival and that was it. Room service was very quick in the morning and also when I called for a hairdryer. Unlike Princess cruises that have production shows every night, there were only two production shows in the four days which were pretty good. Comedians were okay. Disembarkation was very quick. Got our luggage and walked straight to the Uber pickup and waited less than a minute for a ride to LAX. Overall, we really enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
..theonly good thing i enjoyed on this cruise was the cabin steward was great and i really was impressed with how hard they work .. the ports were good liked catalina island was fun and really liked ensenada mexico ..shopping there was fun ... Read More
..theonly good thing i enjoyed on this cruise was the cabin steward was great and i really was impressed with how hard they work .. the ports were good liked catalina island was fun and really liked ensenada mexico ..shopping there was fun ..the tour we took was good .. i would go again but would not like those cabins .. the buffet is ok but really like the pizza bar and the guy hamburger grill was good ..there was always something to eat if you were hungry .we played bingo the first day and it was expensive and was so many people there . the casino was good and won a little money to play all week and the only thing that was bad was all the smoke in there ..if i could have gotten more sleep would have been better . but with all the noise from the galley made it hard to sleep .. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
I booked this cruise maybe 9 months before we sailed. This was a return of an annual party cruise trip I used to throw for friends and family. I was disappointed at the time that I could not book it as a 'Group' trip as I had ... Read More
I booked this cruise maybe 9 months before we sailed. This was a return of an annual party cruise trip I used to throw for friends and family. I was disappointed at the time that I could not book it as a 'Group' trip as I had in years past, so I could not take advantage of the cocktail party or room comps that sometimes go along with them. Regardless, I was able to get my travel partners to use my reservation code and link theirs, so we could all sit together at Dinner. I learned about 1 month prior to our departure that Carnival had made this date cruise a theme cruise called 'Country Booze Cruise' which included bands, parties and all. This was a huge group for sure, which explains why the 'group' reservation option was not available to me at the time. Once on board however, all my quips re the Group thing went away. I purchased the 'Faster to the Fun' package so I could get on as soon as possible, and also so we could debark early. It was well worth the price. We were the VERY FIRST people off the ship, and some of the first on board. I have done many cruises, and enjoy the party aspect of them. This weekend cruise is perfect for that purpose. I have done this one before (weekender to Ensenada), on Carnival Paradise, as well as several RCCL ships, and hands down this was the best to date. This is solely because of all the Country Music and People and Attitudes. I am hoping Carnival does this Country theme again. This really was the reason this experience was so good. Dancing and Music was non-stop. People's attitudes were amazing and everyone was smiling all the time. So much fun was happening everywhere and by everyone. Food was fine. Drinks were fine. I loved the PYOB (Pour Your Own Beer) stands. I was able to drink Heineken and the Carnival beer for ~$4.75 out the door. Couple things I noticed different from past cruises... - I never met my cabin steward. He/She did a great job and I have no complaints, but I wonder if because of pre-paid gratuities this is becoming more of the norm? - It was hard to get drinks at pool bars. Many people now do the Cheers program (up to #15 drinks/day for around $55/day. I wonder if because of this, and Carnival has your money already, if there is less incentive to push drinks, therefore less desire to hustle and serve customers. Seriously, I waited 30 minutes at a bar for a drink, and it was not that crowded. There was not many waiters walking around taking drink orders near the pool either, so getting drinks near the pool was a challenge. Again, I loved the PYOB stands for this reason as well. My 15 year olds were not able to meet many other teens on board. I think because of the Theme 'Country Booze Cruise' that may parents chose to not take their kids. Not many younger kids either. Despite this they had a great time. Loved the 24-hour Pizza and Ice Cream. Also, Guy's Burgers are AMAZING! All in all, a great cruise, and cannot wait to do this again. Read Less
Carnival Inspiration Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 1.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 2.0 0.0

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