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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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One giant 3-day floating party!

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by R Petersen

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2016
  • Destination: Nowhere
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View

We took the 3-day trip from Long Beach to Ensenada. We had an awesome experience and the entire weekend was just one long party. We got to pre-board for the wedding making it very easy, then a beautiful wedding/reception that was followed by 3-days of non-stop fun and partying. The room steward was the best, our room was always fresh, clean and he always met us with a smile or friendly word. This was our first cruise and we were impressed by how much space we actually had in our standard room, good water pressure in the shower and toilets worked surprisingly well. Nice linens & pillows, the cute towel animals each night was a pleasant treat, and room was relatively quiet except the drunks/kids in the hallway. We dined with our group in the dining room each night and was treated to nice dinners and friendly wait staff. There were a couple of hiccups there, but the staff was always so friendly, accommodating, and fun, you really didn't mind. The only thing that could use some improvement was the very slow service at the bars. Be ready to spend a bit of time to get a drink, and even when they're not busy don't expect fast service (and they're not friendly ~ except the young gal in the atrium bar, she at least served her drinks with a hello & smile). We used the Carnival Hub app on our phones to communicate with each other, $5 charge is well worth it if you are travelling with a group. Our day in Ensenada was a lot of fun too. We went to the Rosario Beach Party at Papas & Beer. It is just what you would expect for a laid-back Mexico style party bar. They provided us seating in their reserved beach area (broken old plastic furniture), shade umbrellas, decent lunch, cold beers and great service. No complaints. The locals will try to peddle their wears but that is just Mexico, be ready for it. It's only about 30 minutes south of San Diego, so expect the ocean to have the same cold water. When the cruise ended they have that have that process down really smooth too, and we had no delays or problem (we took our own luggage off the boat). Would definitely do this trip again!! If you're looking for a quiet relaxing get away this is NOT the cruise for you. It's a fun party from the minute you board the ship.

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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 6E E-160

We had a standard room with a window. It would have been nice if it opened for fresh air, but at least we could see out. It was nice watching the ship come in/out of port, city lights, moonlight, etc. Bed was comfy enough with nice linens, pillows, large King size, etc. What was most amazing was all the storage with two closets, four drawers, and lighted dressing table. We found it be a very efficient use of space and never felt crowded or cluttered.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

The bus guide was informative and funny making the hour long trek a pleasurable one. Bus was clean, air condition and pleasant enough, although the driver a little crazy on the road. Papas & Beer is just what you would expect of a fun party bar on the beach. Its not the Hilton, but definitely a fun experience in traditional Mexico style (rough around the edges). Nice roped off beach area with great service, cold beers and decent food. We all had a good time and glad we went.

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