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
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
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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We thought this would be a nice vacation for Christmas, we were wrong. The pool is unheated and very cold, same with the water slides. My daughter did not use them because she was freezeing. Forget using the hot tubs, full of children and ... Read More
We thought this would be a nice vacation for Christmas, we were wrong. The pool is unheated and very cold, same with the water slides. My daughter did not use them because she was freezeing. Forget using the hot tubs, full of children and even infants. Food is very low quality no matter where you eat, but the bufet is the worst. To add insult to injury we all came down with the flu. Even though we got flu shots. Perhaps because 80% of the passengers appeared to be from mainland China. Lots of cigarette smoke near the pool and casino. The ports are a joke, Catalina Island is nice but not much to do. Ensenada is a dump, unless you like getting ripped off and harassed to buy gum and have your hair braided. For $1684 it was the biggest rip-off I have ever experienced. I would never book again with Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose it for the length of time and over Thanksgiving break. The cafeteria food was exactly that.....and the desserts had no flavor. I felt like I was eating sawdust! I am still stuffed up from the poor quality of food. The evening ... Read More
We chose it for the length of time and over Thanksgiving break. The cafeteria food was exactly that.....and the desserts had no flavor. I felt like I was eating sawdust! I am still stuffed up from the poor quality of food. The evening meals in the dining room were fantastic and the overall service was amazing! Within the first 2 hours of being on the ship, (during the Muster when the staff knows that everyone will be away from their room, we had cash stolen out of our suitcase.) They took the 20's and 5$ (we brought for shopping in Ensanada) but were gracious enough to leave the 1$. We filed a complaint but nothing was really done. BORED BORED BORED. If you don't drink, there isn't a lot to do during the days. We literally walked around the ship. The comedy shows were hysterical. Lots of kids, lots of drinking and gambling (reeked of cigarette smoke). If you are looking for a little more excitement aside from being on a party barge, I would suggest a different cruise. We will not be returning again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We went on a short "themed" cruise to Ensenada. We were very excited and we looked forward to our first cruise. What a complete Disappointment The Good: The wait staff and room staff were excellent. The comedy show was ... Read More
We went on a short "themed" cruise to Ensenada. We were very excited and we looked forward to our first cruise. What a complete Disappointment The Good: The wait staff and room staff were excellent. The comedy show was decent The Food was terrible.....the only decent meal was the hamburger, but how many hamburgers can one person eat. The buffet was terrible - breakfast, lunch, and dinner were all below par. The only good items from the buffet were the fresh fruit and chocolate brownies (available after midnight). The food on the ship tastes like its frozen and just reheated. The buffet even messed up the prime rib and carved turkey....The tacos/burritos/ and Mexican breakfasts on the pool deck were horrible. The only good item from the dining rooms was the Escargot (surprise, but it's soaked in garlic, butter, and topped with melted cheese). The Pool is soooooo very small. It's literally smaller than one's pool at your home, but it's supposed to accomodate 2,000 passengers. We were so very disappointed and won't be going on any other cruises after this experience. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
I chose this cruise because it was only 4 days and I was looking forward to being in the sun and good food and relaxing. I've been on 4 different cruise ships over the last 15 years and had cruised on Carnival one time prior to this ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was only 4 days and I was looking forward to being in the sun and good food and relaxing. I've been on 4 different cruise ships over the last 15 years and had cruised on Carnival one time prior to this but it was about 12 years ago. The first thing I noticed was how trashy it felt in the atrium area. Not the least bit elegant...The music was ear blasting. The food was the worst I've ever had on a ship. The Vegetable choice was no choice - green beans. Desserts were 5 different dishes versus a full selection on a separate table on other cruises. Cheese was difficult to even find. It turned out to be hidden amongst other food and was little blocks of white and American cheese and very little offered. The most surprising to me was the full side of the upper deck overlooking the pool for smokers. A full bar for smokers next to the casino was packed! For dinner we had to set in assigned seats. The entertainment was very sad to say the least. Drinks as usual were pricey and I swear they put very little liquor in them starting the 3rd day. Children were everywhere and unaccompanied by parents. They offered very little in the way of excursions. We went to the Bufadora which was about 45 minutes to get to then were told we had 2 hours to eat and shop. No ATMs there. It cost me a $35 pottery purchase and 'fee' to get some cash. $100 cash cost $165.00! I will say our tour guide Jocelyn was very helpful and informative. Our cabin steward, Anita was very good. Our cabin was a junior suite and for us 3 ladies, was okay. The elevators and floors were confusing. You can't take an elevator to reach the different floors, you had go up or down using different elevators on different floors in different areas to reach your destination. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We need a place to hang out as our house is fumigated for 3 days and we decided to take a 5-day cruise. That was our 5th time to cruise (4 with Carnival, 1 with Royal Caribbean) I can say that this whole Carnival Inspiration cruise ... Read More
We need a place to hang out as our house is fumigated for 3 days and we decided to take a 5-day cruise. That was our 5th time to cruise (4 with Carnival, 1 with Royal Caribbean) I can say that this whole Carnival Inspiration cruise experience was the worse of all! The vessel is old with not much upgrades, shows are short, no live band, not so much activities for teen age kids. All they emphasized on board was to sell and sell, booze, jewelry, paintings,souvenirs, photos, etc., etc! Crews were okay except for the captain who cut my kid while in the pizza line. He was rude and arrogant just because he is in-charge. That would be our last for the Carnival as we are looking a much nicer cruise line in the future. Never, never again with Carnival especially the one that docks in Long Beach, CA. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
2nd time on Carnival. 1st time was ok, this time not so much. I hate to report that I had such a negative experience and will likely never sail Carnival again. It was a 4 night cruise. Yesterday morning after 3 nights sleeping in room, I ... Read More
2nd time on Carnival. 1st time was ok, this time not so much. I hate to report that I had such a negative experience and will likely never sail Carnival again. It was a 4 night cruise. Yesterday morning after 3 nights sleeping in room, I flung back the covers further than I guess I had before and discovered a body fluid stain and other areas that looked liked they came from a dirty body parts or possibly other bodily substance. Oh my gosh I was beyond disgusted. I had slept in that bed for 3 nights and it looks like the sheets were not changed between us and the prior guests. I tried to call customer service but was placed on hold a couple of times. I went down there and talked to them in person. They called someone to basically smooth things over who offered to change all of the linens, vacuum, clean, and disinfect the room. That didn't help me feel much better. I stayed out of the room for the bulk of the day. I hated being in there. Thankfully last night was our last night. I then started noticing how even though there are hand sanitizer stands everywhere no one seemed to use them except us. I then was sanitizing my hands before and after I got my food because I was touching tongs and other utensils and equipment that others had been. I was just really grossed out in general so now I was on high alert. On Disney Cruise Line (DCL) they hand everyone walking in to an eating area a hand sanitizing wipe (except on deck where they are located at the various places to eat for you to self serve). The last thing I noticed that no one was cleaning common surfaces like they do on DCL (banisters, buttons, door handles, etc.). On DCL it seems like they are constantly cleaning these items throughout the cruise. Makes sense because they can't possibly do all of that cleaning between trips and have it be effective. But, low and behold they were starting to clean them as we were disembarking today. I am an easy going, laid back person, about budget travel. Not everyone can afford to travel and pay more like others can afford to so I tend to not look down on cheaper cruise lines and accommodations. Well that's over. I am just so grossed out and so so glad to be home. Read Less
48 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
Wow, we were so excited for this Cruise. It was our first. I took my husband for his 50th birthday and my mother-in-law for her 80th birthday. We booked JR. Suites with a balcony. V-5, V-7, and V9. All of which are directly under the ... Read More
Wow, we were so excited for this Cruise. It was our first. I took my husband for his 50th birthday and my mother-in-law for her 80th birthday. We booked JR. Suites with a balcony. V-5, V-7, and V9. All of which are directly under the weight room so we heard employees working out above us all night long. We had weights dropping on our ceiling waking us up with a jolt every night. The balcony's were too small to sit in the chairs provided. They are squeezed in the space so there is no where for you legs. To sit in them you have to remove the little table they give you and lift the chairs up over the railing to turn them sideways. Then you can't get back in the room until after you turn the chairs around again. Don't waste your money on a Jr. Suite. In fact, don't waste your money on this cruise. The Safety Briefing started at 4:45pm and lasted until 5:55pm. We were made to stand in lines shoulder to shoulder while we listened to it in multiple languages. Many people could not stand that long and needed to sit, despite the protest of the staff. We did not have time to change for our 6pm Dinner seating and were turned away at the door because we had not changed our clothes. The dining room had great choices and great wait staff members but the chef was not able to cook meat. We had tough veal, chewy pork loin, over done lobster (that we had to pay $20 extra for) and leathery steak. The food was horrible and not available the entire cruise as promised. Many places were closed most of the cruise. The Breakfast Buffet was the worst, cheapest food I've ever had so we tried to avoid it by going to the Dining Room for breakfast only to find that they fill your plate from the BUFFET! They have no snacks available at anytime during the cruise, a Mexican buffet with no chips and salsa and the taste bar they brag about is a joke and was rarely open. I lost 2 pounds and my husband lost 4 pounds during this cruise. I'm very glad for the burger bar as it was to only consistently good food. The drinks are great when you can get one as the bar tending staff is so slow it was faster for us to go get our own drinks EVERY TIME we wanted one. I observed more underage drinking than I ever have and security does nothing to stop it. They just follow these minors around so they don't fall down the stairs or off the boat. They hadn't cleaned the Lido deck before we got on the ship the first day, there were drink spills all over so we had to avoid the sticky mess while walking around. The ladies rest room on the Lido deck was filthy the entire cruise with only two toilets and one plugged and over flowing most of the time. That toilet didn't work the entire cruise yet they left it open and smelly. There are two main elevators to get to the top levels and one was broken for the entire cruise. They were so unorganized that it appeared that the staff had never been on a cruise themselves. To top it all off, when I would try and speak with someone to complain we could not understand them. Very few of the staff speak understandable English. I spoke with several passengers who had cruised with carnival many times and I was told not to judge them by this particular cruise as it was they worst they had every seen and not typical for carnival. However, it will be pretty tough to get me or any of my family members back on a carnival ship. Thank god for our Cabin Stewardess. Mai was fantastic! She is the only one on the ship that made us smile. 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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