4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My husband and I have done this itinerary with Carnival before and decided to do it again. We just love cruising and love Carnival. Everything is easy going, fun, and relaxing. Ship: easy to get around, we really enjoy the water slides ... Read More
My husband and I have done this itinerary with Carnival before and decided to do it again. We just love cruising and love Carnival. Everything is easy going, fun, and relaxing. Ship: easy to get around, we really enjoy the water slides (even though we are adults with no kids!), food and drinks are available everywhere. The 1st day the pool was out of service, and it was actually REALLY hot, so we were kinda disappointed (especially since we purchased the faster to the fun and got on early). BUT it wasn't that big of a deal, plenty of other things to go see and do. :) Also, some bathrooms did not work, but they eventually got it fixed. My point is, things don't always go as planned, but they work really hard to get it back to working. Cabin: we had a porthole cabin. It was nice because the porthole gives a little shelf to store stuff = MORE SPACE! But the rest was just as any other room we have stayed in (window/no window). LOL, our toilet seat broke one day. But our steward replaced it right away and was super cool about it. Dining: everything was good. Food wasn't amaaazing always, but it was always good. Lots of options. And of course, the molten chocolate cake never disappoints. This was the 1st time we had "your time dining", and we won't do this again. There is less organization going this route, so be prepared to wait. One time we were sat and had to wait about 15 minutes till others were sat until we could even start ordering. They like to get the whole section ordered at the same time. Entertainment & Activities: We did our usual stuff, casino, trivia, mini golf, pool, comedy shows, karaoke and as usual they are all amazing and fun. BUT the funnest thing we did this time was the late night "Adult" scavenger hunt. This was the 1st time we saw it on a cruise and had a hilariously fun night. If you see it in your schedule, DO IT! :D Service: no complaints. Everyone was super friendly and helpful. Take some time to talk to the staff, especially your room stewards. They remembered our name right when we were on board! Ports & Shore Excursions: Ensenada ... we didn't do any planned excursions. There is some shopping right when you get off the boat. You can get some trinkets, jewelry, etc. You can also sit down there and have a beer or drinks. We ended up getting on a bus, which was $4 roundtrip/each of us. Just keep your ticket to get back on the bus. Dropped us off in the shopping area, near Papas n Beer. Walked around, had some food, drinks, shopped. No kids were with us, but I really want to take my niece sometime soon. :) But there were plenty of kids on the ship, tons in the pool. But it is all good. For this cruise, we purchased the "Faster to the Fun" for ~$40 (it's good for anyone in your cabin). We got to get on board early, our room was ready (we got to the port around 12), there was absolutely no line at this time, flew by security, scanned bags, walked up and onto the ship! Literally less than 20 minutes. But the reason we purchased it was because I had to go to work the day we got back. It was GREAT!!! We had a special waiting area which had some pastries, coffee, water, juice. And we got to get off the ship 1st, again no line, no waiting! Definitely, the way to go. You also get priority at the ports, but we didn't use it then. We will definitely go again. We've been on about 5 Carnival Cruises now. We want to try others, but for now we're sticking with Carnival! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
I have never really been that interested in a cruise, yet my aging mother wanted to go on one and this seemed like the easiest way to try a short, relatively inexpensive cruise. I love Mexico, and generally would rather go there and spend ... Read More
I have never really been that interested in a cruise, yet my aging mother wanted to go on one and this seemed like the easiest way to try a short, relatively inexpensive cruise. I love Mexico, and generally would rather go there and spend time doing and seeing things there, not on a boat. With very rare exception, I give the Carnival folks a 5/5 for attitude and training -- from booking to debarkation, everyone was very helpful and kind. My mother has mobility issues and gets a little confused now and then -- the room we received was perfect, close to the center of the ship, customer service and the embarkation ramp. The booking agent knew exactly what she was doing. The dock staff helped her on with a wheelchair, even though we did not use one during the trip. When I was out of the room, and got up from a nap and got a little lost, forgetting her key, the crew got her back with no trouble. The cabin was smallish, but it was fine -- it was all we needed, and the beds were comfortable. The food was generally good, with one exception. On the first night, we ate at our assigned dining room and it was not good -- everything was steamed -- floppy calamari, squishy steak, lukewarm lava cake with melted ice cream. Honestly, I wasn't going to say anything, I just figured that was what it was. The hamburger we had eaten at the burger stand was so much better, I figured we could find good enough food. I decided to mention my disappointment, and the staff from the Pride dining room urged us to try again. I am so glad I did. The next two nights' dinners were great, and waiters Jovaneh and Octavian were the best. We just got a team's bad day the first night. Another highlight for us was the comedy show, specifically Jodi White -- both the family and adult shows. The other comic, her husband Dale, was also very good. We went every night to at least one comedy show. We had a good day in Ensenada. I would not put it near the top of the list of Mexican cities I like to visit, but it was OK for a day trip and a little goofy souvenir shopping. I am not sure I am going to be going on a lot of cruises in the future, yet based on the high quality of service from this Carnival crew I would definitely try it again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I've always been interested in going on a cruise and had a chance to go on Carnival out of Long Beach to Catalina and Ensenada. Good parts -- The room steward was very friendly and helpful. He quickly learned our names and ... Read More
I've always been interested in going on a cruise and had a chance to go on Carnival out of Long Beach to Catalina and Ensenada. Good parts -- The room steward was very friendly and helpful. He quickly learned our names and was readily available. Dinners were great -- all the food was excellent; great selection of sides, main dishes and desserts. Service was usually very good. Not so good -- Some of the public parts of the ship needed more frequent cleaning, including bathrooms. From the moment we boarded they were trying to sell us stuff -- ALL THE TIME. Bottled water was provided -- for more than $3 a bottle (big bottles). Most areas were crowded all the time. We were told rooms would be ready at 1:30. Ours was not and the cleaning staff didn't seem to care. They did, however, tell us it would be ready at 2:00 and it was. Debarkation information was not clear. Debarkation itself was fine. But we couldn't understand the description they had given us. Finally we just started making our way to the exit and got off without any delays. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We arrived 30 minutes earlier than our check in time but the let us board. After showing home printed boarding pass and passport, we boarded without any lines. We carried our own luggage and went straight to Lido deck to eat lunch where ... Read More
We arrived 30 minutes earlier than our check in time but the let us board. After showing home printed boarding pass and passport, we boarded without any lines. We carried our own luggage and went straight to Lido deck to eat lunch where the had buffet as well as Guy's burger and mexican food. Guy's burger was delicious and we came back multiple times. Our stateroom steward was very friendly every time we saw him and did great job of cleaning our room as well as provide us a different towel animal each day. At Catalina Island, we decided to stay on board since we've been there multiple times and not much to do there. This worked out good so very little people/crowds on board and thus were able to explore the ship and do mini golf. We gambled black Jack and Cash crane game and lost money but not too much. Dinner at Carnivale dining room was great with many different selection of menu items. We were able to order multiple appetizers, main course, and dessert. The service from dining staff was fabulous which included the dancing entertainment. We enjoyed playing Carnival Tower with large Jenga pieces and large dice. The nightly entertainment was great. The main shows (Studio VIP, and other shows) at Paris Lounge was spectacular. The Punchliner Comedy club was good although we sometimes could not understand or hear John Caponera jokes because he talked a bit fast. Jamie Lissow was geat comedian. I waited in line to get sandwich at Carnival Deli just before closing at 11pm and without the deli cook saying anything, he closed up area and then left which was very rude. I should have complained to his manager. We paid Wifi Internet Online Value Plan and first 2 days was just ok but the 3rd and 4th day was horrible and useless. We complained at Guest service on last evening at Guest Services and they were nice enough to refund the $41 Wifi charge to my CC since it was pre-paid. We went to Art auction and won a raffle for a choice of 1 of 4 different pieces of art prints but had to pay $35 shipping which was ridiculously expensive. We then made the mistake of purchasing a Thomas Kinkade art print for $200 which was overpriced after returning home and researching it. We could not research Park West Gallery's negative review while on board because of the bad wifi. The day we debarked, I tried to call Park West customer service to cancel this order but gave up after waiting an hour on the phone. It's ridiculous to pay 15% cancellation fee. They better not charge 15% cancellation fee on $35 shipping charge. The next day, I called again and waited for almost an hour to talk to a customer service rep but she was unable to find my invoice # and stated to call back again a few days later but I was never able to speak to a customer service representative again because of the very long wait on the phone. I also emailed their customer service email but never received response. Only after posting negative Yelp review did I get a response to send email to a different Park West customer service email address to which they finally responded stating they will cancel my invoice and process refund through Carnival. But a few days later, I got email stating that my order is being processed. I will now dispute the original Carnival cruise charge on my credit card. My wife paid $33.50 for 2 yoga classes and 1 Pilate class. The Carnival Fun Times showed the Yoga classes but not show the Pilate thus she missed Pilate class. We tried to explain to the Spa manager that they need to include Pilate class on Carnival Fun Times like Yoga classes but she blamed Carnival management. My wife spoke to Carnival manager who then blamed Spa manager for not telling Carnival to include Pilate class. This was disappointing to see both parties blame each other at the expense of us paying for service we did not receive. We will never attend Carnival spa ever again. We should have asked for a refund. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I went on cruise for first time. I found this as an average experience. Ship is little old. Need some renovation. They also need to add more entertainment. Like movie theatre. Some games or more theatre activities. Food and staff ... Read More
I went on cruise for first time. I found this as an average experience. Ship is little old. Need some renovation. They also need to add more entertainment. Like movie theatre. Some games or more theatre activities. Food and staff were good. I would suggest if they can also give some souvainer for remembreace after cruise specially to small kids. Entertainment . It was boring after 2 days specially there are not much entertainment. I would suggest do not go with high hopes. If you are going only for food then you will not get disappointed. We buy Wi-Fi plan for our phone and it was hardly working very difficult to check social sites. Also there are some hidden cost involved like water and soda are not free. Overall it was fun for 3 days cruise. If you want to have more fun then go with family and friends to have more fun. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
This is my 4'th cruise with Carnival and my 10'th cruise overall. First of all, I have to say I have never been disappointed with the friendliness and aim to please attitude of the majority of Carnival employees! The employees ... Read More
This is my 4'th cruise with Carnival and my 10'th cruise overall. First of all, I have to say I have never been disappointed with the friendliness and aim to please attitude of the majority of Carnival employees! The employees work very hard for not much money and I truly appreciate their constant effort to ensure a pleasant experience for their guests. Having said that I must express my disappointment in Carnival on this particular cruise. First of all, the food quality was very disappointing. There was not much variety at the buffets and the dining experience was sub par to what I am used to. The fact that you had to pay and xtra $20 to get surf and turf where on past cruises with Carnival it is part of the menu. In addition , the food was often times served room temperature and service slow. My advice on this cruise would be to stick to Guy's burgers and the deli! Guy's never disappoints and the deli served fresh delicious sandwiches! Again I don't blame the employees but possibly lack of them. Our room was kept very clean however, the common areas were not. Tables in the eating areas were not cleaned in a timely manner and some bathrooms in the pool deck area were gross!! As far as entertainment, there was a great band in the casino bar and of course the night club was fun but , in my opinion, the comedians in the comedy club were pigs! We are warned if we are easily offended to not attend the late hours comedy club however, I have attended many late night comedy clubs that can be R rated but these guys just had some gross delivery! I am a Californian so I have been to Catalina and Ensenada before. I am very pleased to find that Ensenada now offers more shore excursions than they have in the past which of course you can find cheaper deals outside of booking with Carnival when you get off the ship. The people were super friendly in Ensenada but of course you always have to be careful and be sure to haggle with the prices on everything! All in all I had a great time and would do this cruise again. It's a cheap get away for someone who can drive to the port but if I had to pay for airfare I would choose one of the bigger Carnival ships where there is a noticeable difference in quality. Alot of people choose this cruise as a first time experience as I did but let me just say- It can be better!! Happy sailing! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Awesome cruise. This was our 11th Carnival cruise and 5th time aboard the Inspiration. Embarkation - We had Faster to the Fun so we were able to arrive early. But with all the upgrades at the Long Beach Dome, the embarkation was ... Read More
Awesome cruise. This was our 11th Carnival cruise and 5th time aboard the Inspiration. Embarkation - We had Faster to the Fun so we were able to arrive early. But with all the upgrades at the Long Beach Dome, the embarkation was seamless and super fast. We were through the process and waiting in our assigned area in less than 5 minutes. Cabin - Excellent service (as always) we were well taken care of. Food - Probably the best of all cruises we've been on. New Chef this time and all the normal menu items tasted better. Crew - As always, Carnival staff are very friendly and helpful. Avidt at the Deli remembered us from our cruise in Jan and even remembered what sandwiches we ordered ... unbelievable!!! Entertainment - fantastic, both comedians were very funny at the PG shows and the production group were very talented. For cruise = Fun, Carnival Inspiration can't be beat!!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Over all it was great. Some of the staff was rude. When in port to experience adult time and if you decice to leave your children on the boat in camp. Make sure you get back by 4:30. The staff gets rude even though the 5:30 is the time to ... Read More
Over all it was great. Some of the staff was rude. When in port to experience adult time and if you decice to leave your children on the boat in camp. Make sure you get back by 4:30. The staff gets rude even though the 5:30 is the time to be back. Food wasn't all that great. My girls call it fake bacon. Lol. Thank God for late night pizza. Dinner in the dining room was great. Room service could have a few more options and not charge for soda if they can see you have the bubble package. The night prior of entering the destination port, the ship goes a lot faster and you'll feel more movement. The same as coming back to main port. Have your Seabands ready. The cabin Stewart was great. He calls you by first name. How he remembers everyone's name is beyond me. The cruise director was amazing. Great personality and includes all in the dance party in the lobby. That was a lot of fun. If you like to people watch. Sit by the pool and enjoy a laugh. Read Less
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
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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