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My wife and I are from Toronto and were having a week getaway from our three boys. We are both 30 and enjoy the value of cruising. Arrived a couple days earlier to check out the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training game and Leafs vs Lightning hockey game. Arrived the day of cruise around noon and found that many people were already there. Boarding was swift and easy. No problems with our carry-on bottles of wine. We headed up for lunch on Lido deck and sat outside overlooking the harbor. We didn't like the buffet on Royal and likewise didn't really enjoy this either. But it is food, and if you are hungry, anything will do. The decor of the ship is old and tacky. They say it is 12 years old but the Atrium looks like something from the 70's. After lunch, went the hottub and pool. Really enjoyed chilling out here until the room was ready. We got our luggage around 3pm. Oceanview stateroom was nice and spacious. Bathroom was very large with plenty of room in shower. We immediately rearranged the bed though so that we were facing the window and TV. Later, our room attendant said she would have done it for us. Wife had a throat infection for the past three days, so she took some medicine and went to sleep early the first night. We were approaching the bridge out of Tampa Bay so I went to the Front of the ship to check it out. This is a must see! Especially during this time of year when the sun is setting at exactly the same time as we pass under the bridge. (BEST SIGHT OF THE CRUISE) After this I went to the Candlelight Lounge and sang a bunch of songs. If anyone is reading this from that cruise.... I am Mike S. Had alot of fun. Anyway the rest of the cruise basically breaks down like this: Inspiration is very casual... people wearing bathing suits and robes in the buffet area... jeans and Tshirts in the dining rooms and crew is friendly but not overly accommodating. The demographics was younger. If you are looking for high service, lots of class and FINE dining... don't take this cruise. If you are looking for carefree relaxation, not alot of rules, partying and ok grub, this is the cruise for you. Comedians were not funny and cruise director was not very fun. Grand Cayman was hot and Seven Mile beach was nice to soak up sun and snorkel. Cost $5 each for travel from terminal to beach. Both ways. Calica was typical Mexican area with relentlessly pushy vendors, beautiful water, hot sun and cheap Coronas. Overall Summary: Probably would have enjoyed the cruise more if it was our first time. But now we always are expecting service and quality of food that Royal Caribbean gave us on our first cruise.

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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by FatherKnowsBest

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My wife and I are from Toronto and were having a week getaway from our three boys. We are both 30 and enjoy the value of cruising.
Arrived a couple days earlier to check out the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training game and Leafs vs Lightning hockey game. Arrived the day of cruise around noon and found that many people were already there. Boarding was swift and easy. No problems with our carry-on bottles of wine.
We headed up for lunch on Lido deck and sat outside overlooking the harbor. We didn't like the buffet on Royal and likewise didn't really enjoy this either. But it is food, and if you are hungry, anything will do. The decor of the ship is old and tacky. They say it is 12 years old but the Atrium looks like something from the 70's.
After lunch, went the hottub and pool. Really enjoyed chilling out here until the room was ready. We got our luggage around 3pm. Oceanview stateroom was nice and spacious. Bathroom was very large with plenty of room in shower. We immediately rearranged the bed though so that we were facing the window and TV. Later, our room attendant said she would have done it for us.
Wife had a throat infection for the past three days, so she took some medicine and went to sleep early the first night.
We were approaching the bridge out of Tampa Bay so I went to the Front of the ship to check it out. This is a must see! Especially during this time of year when the sun is setting at exactly the same time as we pass under the bridge. (BEST SIGHT OF THE CRUISE)
After this I went to the Candlelight Lounge and sang a bunch of songs. If anyone is reading this from that cruise.... I am Mike S. Had alot of fun.
Anyway the rest of the cruise basically breaks down like this:
Inspiration is very casual... people wearing bathing suits and robes in the buffet area... jeans and Tshirts in the dining rooms and crew is friendly but not overly accommodating. The demographics was younger. If you are looking for high service, lots of class and FINE dining... don't take this cruise. If you are looking for carefree relaxation, not alot of rules, partying and ok grub, this is the cruise for you. Comedians were not funny and cruise director was not very fun.
Grand Cayman was hot and Seven Mile beach was nice to soak up sun and snorkel. Cost $5 each for travel from terminal to beach. Both ways.
Calica was typical Mexican area with relentlessly pushy vendors, beautiful water, hot sun and cheap Coronas.
Overall Summary: Probably would have enjoyed the cruise more if it was our first time. But now we always are expecting service and quality of food that Royal Caribbean gave us on our first cruise.
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