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This was my first cruise. And it was a fun one. The people were very friendly and helpful. We didn't ever have that lost feeling. They would help us find our way, which is a good thing because the embarkation port is a big place. Once we got underway, we almost didn't feel like we were on a cruise ship, it was so rock solid. And we soon were getting around on the ship like old pros. They have maps all over the ship and elevators to get you to the deck you need to go to. I had heard about the food, but until you experience it, you don't know. There was food available 24 hours a day. We tried the food at the cafeteria type places and it was always very good. We had the late (8:15pm) dining in the dining room, but it wasn't that bad having to wait that late. And the food and service was great. Our first stop was at Catalina Island. They have tender boats that take you to the island. We didn't get any shore excursions. We did however, rent a golf cart for an hour drive around the city of Avalon and that was a lot of fun. We followed the road up into the hills and had a spectacular view of the bay and our ship. We had breakfast at a restaurant on the main street. Then we went and rented the golf cart. After, we strolled around Avalon for a while before heading back to the ship. The next day, we arrived in Ensenada, Mexico. We were docked, so we didn't have to ride a tender ship into port. We rented a taxi for a tour of the city. It was fun and very informative. The next day was a fun day at sea. Then we returned to the port in Long Beach. Overall, definitely worth it.

First Cruise

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by GrandpaKim

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2015
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View
This was my first cruise. And it was a fun one. The people were very friendly and helpful. We didn't ever have that lost feeling. They would help us find our way, which is a good thing because the embarkation port is a big place.

Once we got underway, we almost didn't feel like we were on a cruise ship, it was so rock solid. And we soon were getting around on the ship like old pros. They have maps all over the ship and elevators to get you to the deck you need to go to.

I had heard about the food, but until you experience it, you don't know. There was food available 24 hours a day. We tried the food at the cafeteria type places and it was always very good. We had the late (8:15pm) dining in the dining room, but it wasn't that bad having to wait that late. And the food and service was great.

Our first stop was at Catalina Island. They have tender boats that take you to the island. We didn't get any shore excursions. We did however, rent a golf cart for an hour drive around the city of Avalon and that was a lot of fun. We followed the road up into the hills and had a spectacular view of the bay and our ship.

We had breakfast at a restaurant on the main street. Then we went and rented the golf cart. After, we strolled around Avalon for a while before heading back to the ship.

The next day, we arrived in Ensenada, Mexico. We were docked, so we didn't have to ride a tender ship into port. We rented a taxi for a tour of the city. It was fun and very informative.

The next day was a fun day at sea. Then we returned to the port in Long Beach.

Overall, definitely worth it.
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    Followed the road around the city of Avalon and had a fabulous time. There were spectacular views of the bay and surrounding area.
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