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This was my third time on this ship....Not because of it's greatness, but because of convenience....For a quick 4 day cruise for locals in the Tampa area other areas of Florida, I find it to be a great value...but, if you must spend money to reach port...try another ship out of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale...There is quite a bit of entertainment...service was less than fantastic and the food was disappointing...nevertheless, it served its purpose by allowing rest and relaxation...For those that like to work out, it has a GREAT gym with new equipment.....read more about the art auctions below...I went with my 13 year old daughter. She had a great time with Circle "C". They have activities on board exclusive for multiple age groups...Camp Carnival for the little ones...Circle C for 12-14 and Club O for 15-17....From what I can tell, kids have a great time on this cruise..and parents really enjoy the effort Carnival makes to keep the kids entertained. However, for the 12-14 age group Carnival allows them to come and go as they please. This was my first time cruising with my daughter and I regret not getting a long range walkie talkie....I spent too much time worried and looking for my daughter. If your teens are always where they say they will be, then you are lucky..for those of us not so lucky, I suggest GETTING A WALKIE TALKIE before you go on the cruise...it will ensure you have a good time as well as your teen. If you are a cruise novice, they have art auctions on board..put on by Park West (google them)...I had looked them up a while back and did not find good things....Please see http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/16/arts/design/16crui.html?incamp=article_popular I figured as much by watching the auctions...it is a fun time, by my suggestion is not to bid on anything over 150 bucks...what you will be buying won't even be worth that, but if you really like it and plan to hang it on your wall..who cares???? The auctioneer is quick to tell you they have never had to issue a refund due to authenticity....According to New York Times above, they have had to issue refunds due to gross misrepresentations of value....a difference in terminology..... BUYER BEWARE Shore Excursion: We took a great shore excursion to Xcaret...it is a beautiful eco-archeological park....you must wear biodegradable sun-block not to hurt the sea life and it is for purchase there. I would suggest buying some here before you go at a health store...it was 29.00 at the park.... If you go when it is hot...it is a fantastic swim in the beautiful underground river there...beautiful and refreshing on a hot day..though, it will take a Floridian a bit to get used to the frigid water......

Fun....but, Art Buyers Beware

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by neurogirl

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This was my third time on this ship....Not because of it's greatness, but because of convenience....For a quick 4 day cruise for locals in the Tampa area other areas of Florida, I find it to be a great value...but, if you must spend money to reach port...try another ship out of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale...There is quite a bit of entertainment...service was less than fantastic and the food was disappointing...nevertheless, it served its purpose by allowing rest and relaxation...For those that like to work out, it has a GREAT gym with new equipment.....read more about the art auctions below...I went with my 13 year old daughter. She had a great time with Circle "C". They have activities on board exclusive for multiple age groups...Camp Carnival for the little ones...Circle C for 12-14 and Club O for 15-17....From what I can tell, kids have a great time on this cruise..and parents really enjoy the effort Carnival makes to keep the kids entertained. However, for the 12-14 age group Carnival allows them to come and go as they please. This was my first time cruising with my daughter and I regret not getting a long range walkie talkie....I spent too much time worried and looking for my daughter. If your teens are always where they say they will be, then you are lucky..for those of us not so lucky, I suggest GETTING A WALKIE TALKIE before you go on the cruise...it will ensure you have a good time as well as your teen.
If you are a cruise novice, they have art auctions on board..put on by Park West (google them)...I had looked them up a while back and did not find good things....Please see
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/16/arts/design/16crui.html?incamp=article_popular
I figured as much by watching the auctions...it is a fun time, by my suggestion is not to bid on anything over 150 bucks...what you will be buying won't even be worth that, but if you really like it and plan to hang it on your wall..who cares????
The auctioneer is quick to tell you they have never had to issue a refund due to authenticity....According to New York Times above, they have had to issue refunds due to gross misrepresentations of value....a difference in terminology.....
BUYER BEWARE
Shore Excursion: We took a great shore excursion to Xcaret...it is a beautiful eco-archeological park....you must wear biodegradable sun-block not to hurt the sea life and it is for purchase there. I would suggest buying some here before you go at a health store...it was 29.00 at the park....
If you go when it is hot...it is a fantastic swim in the beautiful underground river there...beautiful and refreshing on a hot day..though, it will take a Floridian a bit to get used to the frigid water......
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Best sleep you can ever get is in an inside cabin...small, but dark and quiet for nap time :)
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