Sail Date: March 2015
This was my first time cruising on Carnival and was pleasantly surprised. The boat was very clean, the rooms were nice, lots of towels and every time we left the room, we returned to a well serviced room. Drink were good and the prices ... Read More
This was my first time cruising on Carnival and was pleasantly surprised. The boat was very clean, the rooms were nice, lots of towels and every time we left the room, we returned to a well serviced room. Drink were good and the prices were about what you expect $8.50-$9.50. The wait at the bars was a bit long and the service in the rear adult area was almost non-existent. Even after a large group complained, nobody came to take our drink orders. The food was good-very good. Do not pay for the upcharge items, as they were not special; the normal food was just as good. Will cruise with them again.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2015
This cruise was just my husband and me. It was the first of three back-to-back cruises. We chose to do back-to-backs because of the price and the distance that we would be driving. So, we had a four day cruise to Catalina and Ensenada, ... Read More
This cruise was just my husband and me. It was the first of three back-to-back cruises. We chose to do back-to-backs because of the price and the distance that we would be driving. So, we had a four day cruise to Catalina and Ensenada, then a three day cruise to Ensenada, then another four day to Catalina and Ensenada. The embarkation on the first cruise was a little longer then usual for Long Beach. The shore person that checked us in advised us that clearing and getting the ship ready was taking a little longer because of the Super Bowl crowd that was getting off of the ship. They started boarding at about 2:00pm. The embarkation process went smoothly and our room was ready when we boarded so we were able to drop off our carry-ons and get right to the fun. We booked this at the very last minute and decided to take the least expensive cabins we could find. The first and third cruises were in R64 Cat. 1A upper/lower cabin. We had never been in a cabin with single bunk beds before and thought it would be fun see what it was like. The pros were the location of the cabin (midship and in a hallway we hardly every saw anyone in) and the extra floor space in the room (the room was 144 sqft.) The cons were climbing up and down the ladder to get in and out of bed. My husband said the bed was very comfortable. For the middle cruise we were in R4, a porthole cabin with a king size bed, This cabin (due to it's location at the front of the ship) is bigger than the standard inside and oceanview cabins that we have stayed in before. The entire crew was great! We had the same waiters in the dining room for all three cruise. Our cabin stewards were both very good and rarely seen. We bring along a small ice chest to keep thing cold in the room and both of them kept it full of ice. The debarkation and rebarkation on a Back-to-back even when changing rooms is easy. If you have the same room then all you need to do is get off and back on again. If you are changing rooms then you will need to pack up all your loose items in your cabin. You can leave all the clothes hanging in the closets but don't forget to clear out the safe. Your cabin stewards will coordinate the transfer of your belongings to your new cabin. A special meeting place was assigned for debarkation. After everyone else was off the ship guest services came and gave us an escort through the customs process. We then went to the VIP lounge where we signed in and got our new room keys. You will get new keys even if staying in the came room as the cards change with each sailing. You are then escorted as the first passengers back on the ship where a special little celebration was given to honor the back-to-back guests. On this cruise they gave us a free drink, a picture of us at the back-to-back celebration and a bottle of champagne was in our cabin. You can also elect to debark early and return anytime before sailing if you plan an outing in the home port between the cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Let me start by saying that I got this cruise at a screaming deal. For that reason, everything else was icing on the cake. I chose this cruise because I could visit family on Catalina and spend the rest of the week hanging out with my ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I got this cruise at a screaming deal. For that reason, everything else was icing on the cake. I chose this cruise because I could visit family on Catalina and spend the rest of the week hanging out with my friends who joined me. This cruise left out of Long Beach which has a great airport and easy transportation to the ship. It was totally worth buying the transportation package from Carnival and not having to worry about that part of the coming and going. I thought that whole embarkation process was very easy, which was great because I got through that part by myself (I was joining my friends on the ship). I loved my inside room, and I was so glad and appreciative that they were able to put me right next door to my friends. That made our days so easy. Even though I was by myself some of the time (super early mornings when I couldn't sleep), I always felt very safe. I would not have hesitated to take this cruise if I'd been single. There were many groups to meet and join up with, even though I was super glad I was traveling with my friends. Our dining experience was awesome, and I knew that Anytime Dining was definitely the way to go for us. We ate our last meal at the buffet, but I wished we'd eaten one last time in the dining room. The food there was very good. You have to have the melting chocolate cake! Our sea day was strange only because we literally just sat out at sea for a day. That was the only day that I felt slightly claustrophobic, but we hung out at Serenity all day and met some nice folks. We took the Wine Tour in Ensenada after a morning of shopping and that was a really fun way to spend the day. Fortunately, I don't get seasick but I was really surprised how much movement there was on this ship. Even I ended up taking Dramamine one night. Surprisingly, the trip from Ensenada was relatively smooth when I'd been told that part can be rough. All in all, we had a great trip, won money in the casino, drank a little much, and got some much needed fun at a price that we found very reasonable. I'd do this same cruise again in a second if I could get the same price but I'm looking forward to other cruise trips. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2015
We just came back from our 4 day cruise to Catalina and Ensenada. We had a blast...especially for the price! I read A LOT of reviews before going and I have to say it really is all in your attitude. If you go looking forward to the ... Read More
We just came back from our 4 day cruise to Catalina and Ensenada. We had a blast...especially for the price! I read A LOT of reviews before going and I have to say it really is all in your attitude. If you go looking forward to the adventure and fun you will find it. If you go looking to critique it you will find it. We had fun from start to finish. The best piece of advice that we took was to bring a power strip and be prepared to eat! We especially loved the hard working, kind, friendly staff...have never met such hard working, smiling people. We felt very pampered and well taken care of. We did the wine country excursion in Ensenada and had a phenomenal tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, funny and engaging. I learned SO much about Mexican history and wine making. Well worth the cost. Hope to try a different ship next year! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
Hello everybody!! I'm going to give you the real on this super bowl cruise. This was my 2nd super bowl cruise leaving out of Long Beach,ca. Me, my Pops, Big Brother and two of my cousins got together from different states and met up ... Read More
Hello everybody!! I'm going to give you the real on this super bowl cruise. This was my 2nd super bowl cruise leaving out of Long Beach,ca. Me, my Pops, Big Brother and two of my cousins got together from different states and met up in Long Beach for our annual get together. First off, let me just say. This is an party cruise, so if your're not use to being an 24/7 super turn up party atmosphere, loud hallways, loud music, smoke in the air, then this cruise is not for you. I'm tired of reading post from people, saying this cruise is ghetto. Let me say that no drama, fights, arguing or anything negative on this cruise. Everyone was very respectful, everybody spoke to one another. I was very proud to be on this ship with my fambam. I live way in Wyoming, while my pops in Mo, and brother& cousins in Cali we come together every year now and party like rock stars and have good fun. I think this cruise has something for everybody. the ages on this cruise varies from mid 20's - 60's We dock in Ensenada, mexico and me and my fam rent out 4 wheelers for the day and just ride around checking out different sites around town and when you want to just chill out, you can ride out to the beach, the blow hole or just park your ride and hit up papa's and Beer and have a few. This place is very safe. Don't be fooled by the rumors of kidnap or bad stuff happening in mexico. Me and my fam felt safe in mexico. The people are nice and all the cops and shops in town showed us much love. They even told us, that when the super bowl cruise comes into town, we spend more money than what the other cruise's spend. So that good for the economy there. The cabins are nice size. We all get our own suites. So if you're doing it B.I.G get your own suite. The food is ok and if you plan on turning up all night, make sure you order room service to bring you food for those late night snacks, especially if you're drinking B.I.G. We already have our tickets for feb 2016 super bowl cruise, so me and my crew ready. SEE Everybody on the cruise. Trust me people, it is well worth it. Best time ever.. God Bless and be well.... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
I just returned on the Inspiration for a 4 day Mexico. Some things you need to know...I have cruised a lot on Princess and with the Cyber Monday sale I decided to try out Carnival as I have heard good things about Carnival. You will see my ... Read More
I just returned on the Inspiration for a 4 day Mexico. Some things you need to know...I have cruised a lot on Princess and with the Cyber Monday sale I decided to try out Carnival as I have heard good things about Carnival. You will see my comments at the end comparing Carnival to Princess. Prior to my cruise I did a lot of research and used Cruise Critic to ask questions. I booked an Inside Guarantee to get the best price. I was ungraded to a porthole, U7 forward on deck 6. My cruise started from San Francisco to LAX. Once we arrived we were met by a Carnival Rep who took us out to the shuttle bus stop which arrived soon. We purchased FTTF which gave us priority boarding and other perks. It was well worth the extra $ since we could go to our stateroom as soon as we boarded the ship. After being processed, the line was short, we waited until the boarding started. We were one of the first groups to board while other people waited in a long line. We boarded around 12 noon. Crossing over the ramp was a challenge for me because I'm afraid of heights but I made it OK. My traveling partner had cruised on many other Carnival ships but this one was a new experience as the ship is laid out different than other Carnival ships that they had been on. Once on board, after dropping off our carryon's and taking a few photos of the stateroom it was off to the buffet. Note that their are many stations inside and outside the buffet near the pool area. There is different water slides, a trademark of Carnival, the large one being about 4 stories up. I found that on the Carnival Buffet, unlike Princess, there were no teams walking around to take your drink order. You had to get the drinks yourself. Once you got to where things were it was easy to get what you wanted. I purchased the Soda Sticker for $27 which allowed me to get unlimited drinks but you needed to fine the bar to make an order. I found the food in the buffet to be excellent plus they had a sandwich station where you could order a sandwich any way you wanted. They also had a Mongolian Wok outside the buffet. If you wanted anything like poached eggs you had to go to the MDR. They also had a Omelet station in the morning where you could get omelets of fried eggs plus they had the egg substitute available. Their was also tables outside for eating. Here's some more information. I was surprised as to how much I liked the cruise and Carnival. I'm still partial to Princess but I had lots of fun. The staff all over the ship was always friendly and helpful. Perhaps we were well known because both of us were all over the ship and dancing everywhere. There are many activities to choose from and you can't do them all. Cruise Director, Steve, was great and always present. About ports..See my reviews below. We had a sea day after Catalina and then off the Ensenada. . Here are some of my thoughts about our cruise. Keep in mind that this was my first cruise on Carnival. After experiencing crossing the ramp to the ship everything was pure fun. After going to out stateroom and the buffet it was off to explore the ship. We toured everything and when we wound up in the Atrium there was music and we started dancing. The show the first night ended with the performers escorting people out to the atrium where there was dancing and a chance to talk to them. They really enjoyed meeting everyone. The next night there was a show Studio VIP where people signed up to be in the show. It was fun when you were invited to come up on the stage. They also danced and sang in the audience. They also had a harry chest contest that I entered with hair painted on my chest. The staff exclaimed when I removed my shirt, O My God, it's painted on. Although I didn't win it was fun. We also saw a Family Comedy show that was very good. Dancing all over the ship at night...just pick your place. What did I think of Carnival compared to Princess. Some things are minor but I felt I should mention them. Our stateroom...It was nice to have the porthole and at least have some light in the stateroom. I knew from my research that there was no A/C control in the stateroom just a vent in the celling that you could open and close. having the A/C in the stateroom was a big plus. Bathroom...I missed the large sink counter like Princess has. I am told that this is different in these stateroom regards. I brought an over the door hanger to put things in. It was nice to have two separate closets to put things in plus robes and towels for the pool were already there. On Princess you can use magnetic clips that attach to the wall but these did not work on the Inspiration. We found out that the celling would work. I have a nightlight for use in the bathroom but the plug only works with the light on which surprised other people that we talked with. Buffet...The food was excellent but the stations were spread out so you had to walk around to see what you wanted. As I mentioned before you had to get up to get any beverages...a big plus for Princess as they have staff that get drinks for you. Make sure that you go to the Brunch Buffet on your sea day. It is a special meal different from other MDR breakfast meal and well worth it. Carnival has an excellent Chef's dinner which is a special dinner for a small group which I highly recommend . You can make an reservation on line in advance for $75. We met in the atrium with the chef who explained things and then we were escorted to the galley. They will make adjustments if you have any food restrictions. Chef Russel explained that they have only been doing this for a couple of years and the Carnival Executive Chefs had to convince corporate to allow them to prepare these meals. It also allowed them the chance to prepare something creative. Shows....Unlike Princess with 2 shows in the evening with only one show you had to plan your time for dinner. Our first night the dinner service was slow and we had to skip dessert to make it to the show on time. Dinner...We ate with the same people every night which was fun meeting other people. We also had 2 young boys that joined us one night as there group nearby was too full. For the most part the service was excellent and there was plenty of choices. I missed the option of chilled soup which Princess offers every night. I wanted to be objective on Carnival since I like Princess so much and I can say that I had a lot of fun and would cruise again if everything worked out. I will say that Princess gives a lot more OBC than I found on Carnival especially since I get military and stock credit. With a 14 day or longer cruise on Princess that's an extra $500 credit. I also get 250 internet minutes on a 14+ day cruise. The cruise director, Steve, was very friendly and always greeted us when he saw us. I was surprised when one couple stopped us one day and said that we were the best dancing couple on the ship and that they wanted to learn from us. Just enjoy what you do and have the most fun that you can.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2014
Having just come off a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise in a suite aboard the Norwegian Star, I wasn't expecting much from our 4 day cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada in an ocean view cabin on one of the oldest ships in the Carnival ... Read More
Having just come off a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise in a suite aboard the Norwegian Star, I wasn't expecting much from our 4 day cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada in an ocean view cabin on one of the oldest ships in the Carnival fleet. I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed the cruise. We spent the night at the Residence Inn downtown which is about a mile to the cruise terminal. There is a free bus which stops at the hotel and it took us into downtown Long Beach and we walked over to Enterprise Rental car on Ocean and the following day we returned the car and they dropped us off at the cruise terminal. Residence Inn doesn't provide a shuttle bus to the cruise terminal. The free bus doesn't stop at the Residence inn on the way back. Take the bus all the way to the Queen Mary stop (end of line) and catch the next bus (or the same bus a few minutes later) heading back towards Long Beach. I recommend staying the night on the Queen Mary as it is right next door to the Carnival cruise ship terminal. My wife was extremely bothered by the outdated decor (especially the atrium) but I didn't mind one bit. The food, even in the buffet, was very good and met all of my expectations (except for the sea day brunch). The meal choices were excellent except for one night when the selections for dinner was poor. The Christmas dinner printed on a special menu was very nice but I absolutely HATE the sea day brunch because you have to use the same menu for breakfast and lunch and select from the lousy offerings. I tend to wake up early and have an early breakfast and lunch at noon so having the same menu for both breakfast and lunch is boring. One of the best things about the ship is the fantastic water pressure-it was the best shower I've had in years due to the low flow showerheads found in most homes. Embarkation was managed quite nicely by Carnival at Long Beach. We were aboard with a minimum of fuss and delay and even received our bags within a hour. Disembarkation took a bit longer but still nicely managed. The line for American citizens went much faster than the line for non U.S. citizens so I was happy about that. As far as entertainment goes, I don't know how Carnival managed to find the worst comedian in the world-whoever hired him needs to be fired. The other comedian was very funny and made up for the worst comedian in the world. Catalina and Ensenada are excellent ports. Catalina is clean and safe and it was a pleasure to be able to buy a copy of the New York Times and the L.A. Times after having spent a week at sea on my cruise the week before. Getting simple Chinese food at Mr. Mings was a good antidote to the rich, cruiseship cuisine. We travelled overnight and arrived in Ensenada the following morning. Ensenada is walkable and easily managed in one day. I recommend getting off the ship as early as possible and walking along Lopez Mateo before all of the hawkers wake up (the hawkers are bad in this town especially close to Hussong's cantina and Papas and Beer) Going to the fish market is a fascinating experience to see what kind of seafood is caught locally. Going to Mexican supermarkets simply to browse and buy drinks is also an interesting experience. I met one Mexican guy at the supermarket who had lived in L.A. for 27 years before he was deported and he told me about how hard it was to make a living in Mexico where the average daily wage is $8/day when he made that much money per hour back in the United States. We left Ensenada that night and went about 1 mph back to Long Beach and spent an entire day at sea before arriving the following morning. We caught a Carnival sponsored bus back to LAX for $30/person. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
We just returned from a four night cruise out of Long Beach going to Catalina, Ensenada, Mexico and having a relaxing day at sea. Unfortunately, we had rain when we docked in both Catalina and Ensenada, but it wasn't heavy and those ... Read More
We just returned from a four night cruise out of Long Beach going to Catalina, Ensenada, Mexico and having a relaxing day at sea. Unfortunately, we had rain when we docked in both Catalina and Ensenada, but it wasn't heavy and those who chose to explore had no problem doing so. The day at sea was lovely, sunny, and everyone was grateful. This is a smaller ship which makes it easy to get around and not get lost ( like we did on both our voyages on the SPLENDOR). Because of its size, you get to see and meet many of the same people, so it's a warm, friendly atmosphere. The food, like on all Carnival ships, is delicious, varied and irresistible. The dining room staff were very attentive and friendly. The buffet on the Lido deck offered a lot of choices for lunch, all very good. The pizza (pepperoni) was very good as was the ice cream and yogurt. The coffee on the ship is excellent. The shows were very good, but not as plentiful as in our previous cruises, maybe because of budget cuts. However, if there was a repeat show in the Paris showroom, we simply went to the comedy shows in the lounge at the back of the ship. Karaoke is very popular as is sitting at the bars listening to the various singers. Mini golf on the top deck is fun, and the walking track good exercise. There is a gym in the spa for those who need/want to use the machines or lift weights or take a yoga class. Trivia is played often and is great fun, as is bingo. Towel animal creations not only appear on your bed each night, but a class is offered in towel creations, and I had a blast making my lovely elephant, dog, frog and swan towels creatures. The towel puppet show that followed was adorable with good music and fun for the children who were present. Formal night is quickly being phased out. While my husband had his tux,( which he only wears on the Carnival cruises as he doesn't need it otherwise,) only a few older men had them. Jackets, sports jackets and just shirts and slacks seem to be the new "formal" attire for men. The ship was clean, and we had a very good time. While I'm sure some of the other Carnival ships are newer and maybe more modern in décor, there is nothing wrong with the INSPIRATION. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
Sailed the Inspiration as a getaway for my wife and I as we had been apart due to work for a couple of months. Wrote to John Heald (who gets bashed here way to often), asked if he could help with the MaitreD in getting us a table for 2 as ... Read More
Sailed the Inspiration as a getaway for my wife and I as we had been apart due to work for a couple of months. Wrote to John Heald (who gets bashed here way to often), asked if he could help with the MaitreD in getting us a table for 2 as we did not want to share our time with others as we had not seen each other in a long time. We had a great Table for 2 as requested when we arrived first night in the MDR!! Thanks John!! The Ship was decked out in Christmas festive attire :-) and looked awesome - for being an older ship I thought it was in awesome shape and the crew obviously took good care of it as evidenced later by all the attention to detail the crew provided at every turn. All the bar staff, deck hands and the entire crew were always happy to help and in a good cheerful mood! I thoroughly enjoyed being able to just take it easy this cruise - not rushing from one island to the next and the next excursion as I / we have done in the past. We went to the MDR every day for breakfast - after having coffee in the cabin :-) and then took our time on Catalina ( just took a trolley around town and strolled) and did the same in Ensenada where we after B'fast just took a cab to La Bufadora on our own ($40 RT for 2, and he waited for us 1.5 hrs (Paid on the return trip) ) MDR Staff FANTASTIC - Head Waiter Noel - what a hoot - and his whole team was very very attentive right down to knowing after the first night my DW drinks her H2O w Lemons so there was a plate of them every evening!! Overall it was a great cruise, loved the sea day - they actually just drifted for the whole day - a first for me - and the staff was great, atmosphere was relaxing - exactly what the Dr ordered! Thanks Carnival!! Another Job Well Done! Be back in April to do a 9 day Eastern Caribbean!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
This cruise was the final part of a US tour that took us to Vegas, Grand Canyon Ranch and LA, by way of celebrating my 60th birthday. The tour got off to a good start with a direct BA flight to Vegas where we stayed at the Luxor Hotel. ... Read More
This cruise was the final part of a US tour that took us to Vegas, Grand Canyon Ranch and LA, by way of celebrating my 60th birthday. The tour got off to a good start with a direct BA flight to Vegas where we stayed at the Luxor Hotel. Vegas was everything we expected, big, brash and fun, topped off with clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid 70's. We then moved onto the Grand Canyon Ranch, where we got a real taste of the old Wild West, horse riding with Bison and songs round the campfire. LA was next, where we hired a car and stayed at the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills. This was the low point of the trip, with LA offering little for our tastes but obviously appealing to many others. Still, we're pleased we went. On down to Long Beach to embark on our maiden cruise, where we were met by a DJ playing up-beat party music and as we had purchased the Fastest to the Fun option, we were allowed to avoid the queues and embark earlier than most. Embarkation was painless and as smooth as silk - so far so good. We were directed to our cabin and it was a pleasant surprise to enter a roomy and spotlessly clean Stateroom. We are both seasoned travelers but both of us commented on the cleanliness and appearance of the room and this standard was maintained throughout the cruise. Other seasoned 'cruisers' we had met at the Ranch told us that this ship was small but as we toured the ship, we found it plenty big enough, with numerous lounges, restaurants, two theatres, water flumes for the kids, swimming pool, four jacuzzis and even a crazy golf course. Information regarding activities, shows and dining were in abundance, both in the written form and on the TV, which was already playing when we entered the cabin. Staff were everywhere, dressed in Red garb with badges asking 'Can I Help'. We considered the drinks packages on offer but decided against purchasing, as we would not benefit, despite drinks being on the pricey side, especially when tax and 15% gratuity had been added. This proved to be a wise decision. We had purchased tickets prior to our cruise to see Jewel and whilst we weren't familiar with much of her music, there was no doubting her talent and we both enjoyed the show. From there we headed to the Piano Bar to be met by a rousing cheer from all and sundry, as we entered. This welcome was afforded to all who ventured into the bar and TC (the piano man) had everyone singing at the top of their voices to a huge variety of songs, topping off a great night. The Motor City Show was good enough to grace a Vegas theatre and the following 70's review came a very close second. We managed to see both comedians during the voyage but were a little disappointed with the amount of bad language from the first guy, although his content was funny enough. The second guy tried something different to involve the fair sized audience but this fell short in comedic value. Food throughout was of high quality and available in copious amounts, consisting of a wide variety, including Fillet Steak, Lobster, Frogs Legs, Snails, Alligator, Clams, Mussels, Shrimps - in fact the list is endless. We were very impressed how the Al Le Carte staff managed to provide prompt and polite service every night and even found time to slip in a dance show. The only downside to this cruise was the stop off at Ensenada, which is a nothing sort of place and from what we saw, consisted of one street dedicated to tourist shops and bars. However, we went horse riding with Desert Trails Ensenada, as opposed to doing it with Carnival, which we both enjoyed and it was far cheaper with well cared for horses. Overall, we had a great time, especially as we had some reservations about taking a cruise but based on this experience, we will no doubt be booking again in the very near future. Thanks everyone at Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
Carnival Inspiration is a very happy ship. From the moment I stepped aboard and welcomed back by Chef de Cuisine Russell Pereira until wished happy landings at the gangway at debarkation by Cruise Director Calvyn, I was shown genuine ... Read More
Carnival Inspiration is a very happy ship. From the moment I stepped aboard and welcomed back by Chef de Cuisine Russell Pereira until wished happy landings at the gangway at debarkation by Cruise Director Calvyn, I was shown genuine hospitality while aboard Carnival Inspiration. Each time I arrived at the Mardi Gras Hostess station I was warmly greeted by Loredana, Ivanka and Marija. Each of these staff members welcomed all guests to the Mardi Gras Dining Room as one would a friend to their home. Loredana took a moment of her free time on Catalina Island to say hello and even remembered my name. Such charm and grace is not often seen today and I was moved by her gesture. The atmosphere of the Brasserie was enhanced by the presence of Chef Diptendra who both day and night was observed in the room greeting guests as they dined and inquiring how they were enjoying their meals. A.M.D. Bosco kept a studied eye on the Brasserie and the staff there performed flawlessly under his direction. A special shout out to Assistant Team Waiter Mauro who artfully created ice cream swans during the Chocolate Extravaganza. Mauro’s sincere spirit of hospitality was not lost on the many guests he served that afternoon. All hands who participated in the medevac of a passenger turned to as a team to effect the operation. Kudos to Calvyn who kept the passengers and crew informed in a calm and professional manner and Pool Deck Supervisor Rowell who took charge of preparing the Serenity Area for the transfer at sea. The U.S. Navy could not have handled this with greater dispatch and the area was prepared and secured prior to the arrival of the USCG MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew. Dennis in Security receives a word of praise for his cheerful “welcome backs” as I returned aboard my Carnival Inspiration home from port and Bartender Jina created a spectacular Virgin Bloody Mary that made the wonderful Sea Day Brunch better still. Thanks to the magnificent hospitality shown to me by the crew of Carnival Inspiration I am even more excited to sail aboard Carnival Miracle next year on February 7 and overnight in sultry Puerto Vallarta!   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
This was my first Carnival Cruise, and first cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada. While Carnival may not be "high end" I can honestly say it really was a "fun ship". The Inspiration is a smaller ship, but in a way ... Read More
This was my first Carnival Cruise, and first cruise to Catalina Island and Ensenada. While Carnival may not be "high end" I can honestly say it really was a "fun ship". The Inspiration is a smaller ship, but in a way that was nice, because it was really easy to navigate. Even though one of glass elevators was OOO the entire time, the other elevators were not crowded. Same thing for the Hot tubs...even though one of the two adults only hot tubs in the Serenity area was OOO, we were still able to enjoy time in the one still working. HITS - I really think it helps to have fun friends to go with. We were celebrating our 60th birthdays and it was a blast. Room - Small but clean. The bathroom was very nice (and small). Plenty of hot water. Food - Dining Room - The beef was outstanding (and I am from Nebraska). When in doubt, I'd recommend the Flat Iron Steak option. The roasted beef tenderloin was excellent, as was the Filet Mignon on the Brunch. Of course the Lobster...tails were quite big and they came with shrimp (had 2) Lido Deck - Cheeseburgers great! Mongolian Grill, really great. Omelet station. Brasserie - Only thing I could recommend was Self serve ice cream. Put it in a plastic water glass, add some chocolate milk and you have yourself a Frosty. Shows - The 2 shows - Motor City and VIP were OUTSTANDING. Towel Animals - I am a sucker for them. They always made me smile. Pool Area - Always plenty of chairs. Not sure why you have to check out towels...I mean who is going to steal them! Catalina Island - Parasailing booked thru Carnival. Very nice. MISSES - Food - Desserts - Anywhere. Pretty but tasteless and rubbery. ick. Embarkation - Ebola scare probably didn't help...but it took a long time. My advice - DO NOT GET THERE EARLY...BE THE LAST ONES ON. Pool Area - Security and the Hot Tubs on the Lido Deck - We were actually kicked out of one of the tubs by security who said it was a children's only tub. No Signs, nothing. Pretty humiliating. When I went to Guest Services to check it out, they contacted the Head of Security who said none were Kid's only. Ensenada - Don't bother. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Our family just celebrated my husband's 70th birthday. We are world travelers and have been on over 40 cruises. It's difficult to gather together two grown kids and their families in the month of October. This cruise fit the bill ... Read More
Our family just celebrated my husband's 70th birthday. We are world travelers and have been on over 40 cruises. It's difficult to gather together two grown kids and their families in the month of October. This cruise fit the bill - on a weekend and just 3 days. One family is from Sacramento, so they flew in on Thursday evening to surprise dad and the other family are local, as are we. Wish it could have been longer, but nevertheless we had a great time. The group consisted of 6 adults, and 3 kids, ages from 5 - 9. The water slide and park were absolutely wonderful for the kids. We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. The staff was hard-working and the food was really good (and this is from a couple who have traveled on the QEII, as well as other "lux" lines. It was not really a "party" cruise, as can happen on this short 3 day during the summer and spring break - but was still a little "loud" in some respects. I can't fault the cruise line for this. Yeah, there were some obnoxious people, as happens, but that didn't spoil our trip. The ship was nice, the crew, wonderful, and the food good. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We've been on about 10 cruises and several different cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian, Carnival). It had been a long time since we had been on a 3 or 4 day cruise. We had an ocean view cabin on Upper deck and the ... Read More
We've been on about 10 cruises and several different cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian, Carnival). It had been a long time since we had been on a 3 or 4 day cruise. We had an ocean view cabin on Upper deck and the room was great. Our cabin steward was great also, keeping our room stocked with ice and cleaned whenever we were out and about. For one of the older ships I was pleasantly surprised how nice it is. Everything was clean and shiny. The staff was very friendly. Music: We really miss the live tropical music they used to play on the Lido deck. We're not that old, but we just don't like the DJ concept on the LIDO deck all the time. Most of the time they play hip hop type music, they will mix in a little classic rock and county here and there. The did have some live bands on the inside of the ship and we enjoyed them. Food: We thought the food in the main dining room was better than ever. Probably the best prime rib we've ever had on any cruise. Since the Inspiration doesn't have a steakhouse, they now offer some of the steakhouse food on the MDR menu for $20. My husband got the Filet Mignon and Lobster from the steakhouse menu and it was just as it had been on our other cruises in the Steakhouse restaurant, excellent! We had assigned seating, as we like to get to know our servers and they get to know our likes. Our wait staff (Leonardo, R Jay & Alfred) was outstanding and really made our dining experience enjoyable. We had the Mongolian Wok and some of the buffet food a couple of times which was all fine. Shows: We went to the Styx concert and it was fantastic! They are so talented and really put on a great show. We also went to a comedy show which was very funny, but only about 25 minutes long. We had a really fun time at the piano bar and the piano player was amazing. Didn't make it to any other shows. Catalina: Went to Descano Beach club and then to a couple of restaurants in town. We really liked hanging out at the Beach Resort. Rented loungers and just relaxed. Must trys include the Sashimi Scallops at Blue Water restaurant and the Monkey Balls appetizer at the Lobster Trap. Ensenada: We just walked around town shopped and then went to the black market for lunch. It's where the fish market is near the water. We love the food down there. All in all this was a great cruise! We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the cruise being that it was a smaller ship and a 4 day cruise. Would definitely do this one again sometime. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We went on Carnival Inspiration to celebrate our one year anniversary. We based which ship we went on from the reviews on cruise critic and we made the right choice. The crew was excellent and friendly and the ship was always clean. While ... Read More
We went on Carnival Inspiration to celebrate our one year anniversary. We based which ship we went on from the reviews on cruise critic and we made the right choice. The crew was excellent and friendly and the ship was always clean. While it is an older ship, evident in the decor, the crew does make the best with what they have. The comedy shows were very good, better than we would have thought. We actually didn't get a chance to see the shows because we were so busy doing so many other events. The art auction was a great time, and a great way to get free alcohol. Only downsides to the cruise was the number of days and size of the ship. A 4-day cruise is great for a first time when you don't know how a cruise will be, but definitely wish we did longer. Also, since it is an older and smaller ship it was rocked by the seas depending on the weather. The rocking wasn't a big deal, however if you aren't used to it then it will be noticeable. Signing up for Faster to the Fun was the best $50 we have ever spent. Walked right onto the boat when we got there and also walked immediately off the boat at the end. Didn't deal with any lines anywhere. Pros: * Great ports of call. * Amazing crew. * Great activities and entertainment. * Faster to the fun, best investment ever. Cons: * Older ship * Can notice rocking. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We decided to go on this cruise when we were told by Carnival that we had a free cruise due to being Casino Club members. We upgraded our ocean view room to a suite at a discounted rate and decided to go for our Anniversary July 14-18. We ... Read More
We decided to go on this cruise when we were told by Carnival that we had a free cruise due to being Casino Club members. We upgraded our ocean view room to a suite at a discounted rate and decided to go for our Anniversary July 14-18. We went on the Imagination in March with our boys (ages 11-16), and enjoyed the cruise, but the Inspiration was much nicer. We had a wonderful time. This was our 5th cruise with Carnival. It was perfect weather which gave us the opportunity to enjoy the sun. The food was really, really good in the dining room. We learned not to go to the Lido deck for breakfast. Carnival, please improve the quality of your bacon, eggs, sausages etc..at the buffet on the Lido deck, it is just bad. The omelet bar is pretty good, and for lunch the Panini bar and Mongolian food is really good. Our suite was on the Verandah deck was V5. It had a very small balcony but it was nice to go out there. I heard that Carnival will not allow smoking on the balconies anymore this fall so we were a little disappointed to hear that. My husband enjoys a cigar on the balcony and they are already not allowed in the casino. The Comedy Show was pretty good and the Hasbro show was okay. The Casino's slots were tight and we did the Slot tournament which was fun. Catalina Island is beautiful. We went shopping and had a drink at the Avalon Bluewater Grill which we highly recommend. The Seared Scallops were delicious as well as their Bloody Mary and Mai Tai. We stayed on the ship when we were in Ensenada, and really enjoyed being out on the Lido deck catching some rays. Loved this cruise, it was a nice getaway for our Anniversary and the crew was wonderful as always. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
We made a last minute decision to go on the 4 Carnival cruise to Ensenada and Catalina. My husband and I are both retired so we can travel any time. The price was right we had a casino offer for a free inside cabin and only an hour drive ... Read More
We made a last minute decision to go on the 4 Carnival cruise to Ensenada and Catalina. My husband and I are both retired so we can travel any time. The price was right we had a casino offer for a free inside cabin and only an hour drive to the pier. He said lets go on a cruise, I am tired of cooking. It was a short one hour drive to from our Southern California home. We have been on approximately 30 cruises over the past few years Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. We had previously cruised during March, spring break on Norwegian. We were not happy with our experience on Norwegian. So it was good to be back on Carnival. Carnival is our favorite cruise line. This was our 16th cruise on Carnival. We are Platinum so we have priority boarding. We arrived at the port around 11 am and we had a smooth boarding process. We were the first ones on the ship. We sat at the Atrium Bar and watched all the people board. Food: The first day we had lunch on the lido deck. The cocktail server had remembered us from our cruise in February. I was surprised. The food was actually great and the menu changed daily. Norwegian Cruise Lines could get a few pointers from Carnival. Norwegian had the same food every day. We ate in the dining room for breakfast and dinner. We had 8:15 dinner seating. – We don’t like anytime dining because you always have to wait and you have a different server every night. The menu was new from the last time we cruised in February. The food was very good. The service was outstanding. We also provided the waitress an extra tip for her hard work..That’s because there were no specialty restaurants on this ship. The food on Norwegian is so bad in the dining room and buffet you are forced to spend more money at the specialty restaurants. Serenity Retreat: spent the day lounging in adults-only retreat. It was nice in the back of the boat. There was no swimming pool, however, there were two hot tubs that we really hot. Not many people back there it was a nice quite place to spend the afternoon. Casino: We spent sometime in the Casino. I do not understand why they allow smoking in the Casino. They would have more customers if they eliminated smoking. Also, in the afternoon they did not have any entertainment. On other cruises at 3:00pm there was a band and or Karaoke. It is fun to watch Karaoke and dance in the afternoon. As a result the Casino Bar was dead in the afternoon. The Karaoke was in the lounge in the back of the ship. Don't understand why. Children’s Club / Entertainment: We don’t have children so we did not use the facilities and we did not go to any of the shows. We had so much fun (sun and drinks) during the day that we were in bed by 10:00 pm. Fitness Center: I usually workout daily however, this trip I decided to take a break from the Gym. Disembarkation: Being priority members we walked off this ship quickly and were back home by 10:00 am. In summary Carnival is the fun-ship. Yes there is lots of drinking and etc. .. going on, so be read y. If its not for you then take Holland America. We had a great time and will cruise with Carnival again soon.   Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2014
After reading a few blogs, our expectations for this cruise were very low. How pleasantly surprised we were! Our son & his fiancé chose this cruise to celebrate their wedding vows. Having never been on a cruise, I wasn't sure ... Read More
After reading a few blogs, our expectations for this cruise were very low. How pleasantly surprised we were! Our son & his fiancé chose this cruise to celebrate their wedding vows. Having never been on a cruise, I wasn't sure what to expect. We arrived at the dock around 10:00, dressed for the wedding, as we were told that our cabins would not be available until later in the day. The dock area for Carnival in Long Beach, CA is nicely shaded and very clean. Check-In was fast and simple. We were met by Annette, a lovely wedding coordinator, that provided us with an itinerary, so that we would know what and when to expect it. It would have been nice to have received the itinerary in advance. Our group was allowed to board first. The ship was very clean. Everything on board sparkled. The wedding group assembled in an area with comfortable seating. Annette, our wedding coordinator, stayed nearby with last minute instructions. Everything went smoothly from start to finish. I was impressed. After the ceremony we relocated to a nearby lounge where a delicious buffet of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres was waiting and a server circulated with a variety of tropical drinks, preceded by champagne for the toasts. The next hour and a half flew by with laughter, conversation and dancing. Dinner in the main dining room that we were assigned to was a surprise. I wii eat almost anything, and I thought the food and the selections were very good. Our head waiter, Gusti, and his team were excellent. They made the trip more fun. Request a table by a window if possible. We did the breakfast buffet each morning. Just about anything you can think of as breakfast food is available. Everything was very good. My only complaint about the cruise is that it was too short! This may have been our first cruise, but it won't be our last ! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2014
I have been on over 20 Cruises, 6 different Cruise lines, from 3 night to transatlantic, from Carnival to Celebrity. If you get on this cruise thinking it will be Celebrity of Crystal you will not like it. If you get on this ship for what ... Read More
I have been on over 20 Cruises, 6 different Cruise lines, from 3 night to transatlantic, from Carnival to Celebrity. If you get on this cruise thinking it will be Celebrity of Crystal you will not like it. If you get on this ship for what it is, a 3 night Baja trip at a great price you can not help but have fun. It is vacation after all, so nice to not have to put on a tux for dinner. For "Fancy night" I wore nice jeans with a long sleeve shirt and it was fine for the dinning room. The ship is an older mid size ship, but she is updated with mini golf, water park and adults only area. she is clean everywhere you look. I can not say enough about how great the staff is. This time we were in inside cabins, last time we were outside cabins. On this trip I noticed the shower drained slow, I called guest services and went to lunch. When I got back from lunch there was a note that maintenance had been in my cabin and all was repair. it was done quickly, politely and with just one call, they even gave me fresh towels and filled my Ice bucket (I had left a note for the cabin steward that I would like Ice). With the current promotions we traveled one per cabin since it was the same price as if we shared a cabin. We were set at a dining table that was all single occupancy cabins. This made it great for single travelers not to be stuck at a dining table with families. Food in the dining room was overall good. Service in the dining room was great (awesome service at table 209 this trip, 229 last trip was also great service) It always amazes me how friendly and helpful the staff are considering the hours and days they work, All the staff knew my name after asking it just once. Be sure to have a Pastrami sandwich from the Deli, try the Mongolian wok and burgers by the pool. Service in the buffet was good, clearing tables and asking if you wanted a refill on your drink. Food at the buffet was also good over all, some not great and other items worth getting seconds. Entertainment is good, the big shows are typical cruise ship shows. It is fun at the end of the show where the dances lead everyone out to the lobby and everyone is dancing or watching. The comedy club is fun at the adult hour. The Piano bar is fun but not the same with out Billy playing (he was on the 02-24-14 Cruise) When I booked this ship it was for the price, a inexpensive getaway is all I had thought. I had called a friend and asked if he had vacation time, he said yes, why ? I asked "want to go slumming?" He said "Carnival" I said for the price why not. It turned out to be so much fun that we did it again this time the 3 night cruise. I booked to go solo the end of May. I will say the 3 night weekend trip is more a party boat then the 4 night. Everybody was there to just have fun. The ship is a mix of social classes, ages and backgrounds, everyone got along and had fun. Carnival does a great job of keeping the kids in the kids area. The adults only sun deck is great, Amazing how quiet it can be back there. The towel guy back there is great, he makes sure you have what you need and that you are happy, very nice guy, I did not get spelling of his name but it is pronounced "Why you". Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
We cruised to Ensenada. Was originally worried about having small children on board a ship (our kids are 3 and 4). However, fears of the kids going overboard were soon calmed after boarding. Most railings are glass. There are several areas ... Read More
We cruised to Ensenada. Was originally worried about having small children on board a ship (our kids are 3 and 4). However, fears of the kids going overboard were soon calmed after boarding. Most railings are glass. There are several areas with actual rails, but, the rails are close enough that its not really a danger. We gave the kids a serious talking to about climbing the rail including the threat that if they did, they would be confined to the room for the duration. That seemed to work. The waterpark was a Huge hit! The youngest is almost potty trained but still has so.e accidents. Swim diapers aren't allowed so I was a bit worried that she wouldntbe able to enjoy the pool. But, it worked out. We just made sure they both went to the bathroom before entering the pool and then took regular potty breaks. They also loved mini golf. Another big hit was the board games in the library. It was a great alternative when it got too cold for the pool. Kids menus in the main dining room,too. Wonderful idea. We brought toys for the kids and they didnt use them once. Too busy having fun on board. Would recommend this cruise for anyone. Including families with small children. Thanks carnival for a great vacation and wonderful memories!   Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2014
My wife and I just got back from a Spring Break cruise on the Inspiration and after reading several of the reviews, wasn't expecting too much. We were very pleased that Carnival has upped their game and exceeded our expectations in ... Read More
My wife and I just got back from a Spring Break cruise on the Inspiration and after reading several of the reviews, wasn't expecting too much. We were very pleased that Carnival has upped their game and exceeded our expectations in all areas. Our sole purpose on this cruise was to visit our church mission team in Ensenada which builds houses for the very poor just south of Ensenada, Our daughter was on the team and it turned out to be the best port stop we have ever had on a cruise. Since the ship docks from 9 to 8, we were able to spend a lot time visiting the team. So the the cruise was just a nice way to get there,,,, This is our 6th cruise, so we know what to expect and know what is good and bad. Since it was spring break, we knew there would be lots of kids, and there were, so we booked a room at the very front of the ship. I figured that would minimize the noise outside from the running up and down the halls. We only heard kids once, so I guess it was a good call. Ship - Very clean and the crew were always attentive and cleaning. The Waterworks area was very cool. I even went down the big slide a couple of times and the little kids thought it was pretty cool seeing the old dude going down it. Serenity deck was kept clear of kids and very nice. Food - Everything we tried was great and better than previous Carnival cruises. Pizza bar was very good, and the sandwich bar is an excellent new touch since our last cruise on a Fantasy class ship. The main dining room for dinner was good every night and the service was fine. Entertainment - the production shows were very good (maybe a little loud). The singer/dancers are very talented. We saw both comedians and they were both pretty funny. Embark/Debark - Big improvement over a Splendor cruise we did a couple years ago. We were onboard in about 20 minutes, and we did self assist on the departure and that took only about 30 minutes to get through customs. Overall I couldn't be happier with our experience. Either other reviewers had bad luck or are simply waay too picky. I would do it again in a heartbeat!! Oh, and others have stated on here, bring an extension cord or power strip. There is only one outlet in the stateroom and one in the bathroom. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
On the Final night of the cruise the dinning staff sang a cute goodbye song, when they stopped singing my son hugged me and told me "I never want to get off this ship." Now that's a very good indication that my son really ... Read More
On the Final night of the cruise the dinning staff sang a cute goodbye song, when they stopped singing my son hugged me and told me "I never want to get off this ship." Now that's a very good indication that my son really enjoyed his first cruise. I have to admit that I only selected this cruise for cost and convenience for us. I had always wanted to take an Alaskan cruise and before I paid for a trip, I wanted to make sure that my son and I wouldn't spend our vacation time sick in bed. There was no problem here! The ship is great for kids and adults alike. My son discovered the waterslides, miniature golf course, and the all you can eat self serve ice-cream and he was set. However, the Punch Line comedy club was great. We both enjoyed the comics that were performing. We watched only one other show of Australian Dancers....no, not Thunder from Down Under! It was a youth dance group. The food was good. The youth activity center was good. My son only spent a few hours there, but he enjoyed himself while he was there. I enjoyed my spa treatment and shave. We took the tour of Catalina, and it was fun to see the buffalo and the vastness of the Island. We also took a tour of the Mexico Blow Hole in Ensenada. We really enjoyed Ensenada, including the shopping district near the pier. Both the Margarita and Churro were invented in Ensenada. Our cabin was an ocean view. It was sort of frustrating that the water stains on the exterior of the ship somewhat obstructed our ocean view. However, my son is a cuddler, and midway through our crew we had our cabin steward configure our room to a single queen configuration in lieu of the dual twin bed layout. The shower was warm, and easy to control, and the room met our needs and expectation. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
Overall, I got what I paid for from the cruise line. I see people complain about this and that and they forget the perspective of what the cruise was all about. It was a 400 dollar weekend cruise to Ensenada. From their reviews, you would ... Read More
Overall, I got what I paid for from the cruise line. I see people complain about this and that and they forget the perspective of what the cruise was all about. It was a 400 dollar weekend cruise to Ensenada. From their reviews, you would have thought that they had purchased the top suite in a round the world cruise. First the good: - excellent stewards and maitre'd. The staff went above and beyond for all requests. Their service was prompt and they did everything with a smile. What people have to remember is that if you want respect, you have to give respect. The staff worked hard and did everything diligently, yet I saw people with no class treat the staff like they were slaves. Then, they wonder why their service was not good! I tipped my steward and waiter at the very beginning. From that point, they took the time to know my habits. - food was great with a wide variety of choices. For a cruise that was only 400 dollars, I had everything from escargo to lobster tail. The food was cooked right and I never had any complaints The cons - the port of Ensenada was kind of bland. There really isn't much to do in that city. I would recommend that Carnival seriously consider changing it to Cabo. Tips - bring an extension cord - hire a taxi to see the blowhole. The excursion is a rip. I got a cab to take me there for 40 dollars for our whole group. That is versus the 40 each carnival charged for their excursion. - The piano bar was where it was at. Special thanks to Billy, the piano player for working the crowd into a party frenzy. Also, special shout out to Robert for buying EIGHT rounds of tequila for all in the bar. I hate to see what his bar tab was at the end of the cruise. :) - go to the serenity hot tubs. The regular pool and hot tubs were a zoo. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
I didn't expect a short cruise on Carnival to be able to compete with longer cruises on the more prestigious lines. I was wrong. Carnivals short cruises to Ensenada and Catalina out of Long Beach are wonderful fun adventures, terrific ... Read More
I didn't expect a short cruise on Carnival to be able to compete with longer cruises on the more prestigious lines. I was wrong. Carnivals short cruises to Ensenada and Catalina out of Long Beach are wonderful fun adventures, terrific inexpensive values and extremely convenient for anyone who lives in Southern California. Long Beach only has the two short cruise ships and the Long Beach Port Garage isn't 50 yards from the boarding area. Boarding takes a fraction of the time of longer cruises and no time at all with a $50 Faster to the Fun upgrade that misses all lines. The Playlist theatre shows are as good as any line and with a Catalina Jewel concert scheduled, this ship rocks! There are so many kids, the pools are crowded, but there are more private spas and areas for adults. Ensenada and Catalina are both well managed and welcoming ports of call with nice shore excursions. For a long weekend or short week, what's not to like? My cabin was a stern facing ocean view. Stern views are expensive on most lines, balconies or suites. This was a spacious ovean view with a large window for a fraction of the cost. And heres the best secret for single cruisers, Carnival sold me this cabin for the single price, half the cost of a cabin on most lines. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
A little back ground. Our family had a rough year. Moving, Job loss, Cancer. We needed a getaway. A cruise. Spingbreak. Yes, it's a go. Invite a few family members. No one else can go. Invite Grandma from Michigan. Sure she'd ... Read More
A little back ground. Our family had a rough year. Moving, Job loss, Cancer. We needed a getaway. A cruise. Spingbreak. Yes, it's a go. Invite a few family members. No one else can go. Invite Grandma from Michigan. Sure she'd love it. So it is set. DH,DD (6) MIL and me. Then we get a super rate and I call a cousin to brag about the rate, So we and her and her DH. YEAH we are going to have the best time ever! Check in was a breeze. I thought. MIL wanted a wheelchair. Needed a wheelchair. Wish I had known this when I booked. Carnival was great. Sit here. Wheelchair came and whisked us away. Xray check of cooler. We need to check this. No they are with the wheelchair. We were with in the first 15 on board. Get my first DOD check face book while I still can and HOLY. My cousin, who has yet to board, has major family drama. I have major family drama. I know at this point the tone of the cruise will change. I will make the most of it and have FUN! Stateroom Great! Service GREAT! Thank you Michelle DD loved you. Always greeted in the hall by name. Rooms super clean. Always made sure DD had her special blanket and pillow neat on her bed. We had set early dining Mardi Gras. Service was EXCELLENT. DD had a shrimp cocktail most nights. Richard and his staff. Made us feel at home. Both DH and I are in the food service industry and thought they were amazing. Food was served hot. Waters filled. Great Job. Catalina. Wish I could have explored more. I will be back Ensenada DD,DH and MIL went to the blowhole. I hung out with my cousin and her DH. Had fun shopped and a few Dos XX. Waited for DD DH AND MIL to get back to our meeting place for over 90 min. Went back to the ship and found them. Again I will be back. This is when My fun began. MIL~ Why can't I smoke in my cabin? It's too far to walk to the lido for coffee, how do I get it in my room? Call room service :) That's too much work. The ships moving make it stop. Michigan doesn't move I just want to go home. They moved the smoking section to paint. WHAT! Can't they wait to refuel the ship so I can smoke. I want a do over. I know I would have had a much better time if I had not had to cater to MIL the whole time. I did not end up in the brig, even though I wanted to strangle her, after the 25th time of hearing say THIS IS MY CRUISE. DD loved Camp Carnival and the water park. 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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