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This was our fourth cruise on carnival.  We have sailed on the Fantasy, Triumph, Legend and now the Inspiration.  As we did on our May cruise, we arrived in Tampa a day prior and stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites.  The hotel is a couple of miles from port and offers a shuttle to the port, not just on the day of the cruise, anywhere within a few miles of the hotel.  Embarkation:  We arrived at the port at around 9:30 and the port authority started letting people in at 10:30.  After we checked in with carnival, received our sail and sign cards, we were in group #1 to board the ship when called.  At 11:40 our group number was called (right around VIP) and we were on the ship at 11:45 and off to the lido deck for lunch. The cabins (except VIPs) are not available to enter until 1:30, so that gave us an opportunity to walk around the ship and find were everything was located.  The muster safety drilled started around 3:30 and lasted about 20-25 minutes and we set sailed at 4:15.  One downside was the pool was not available and would not be available until noon the next day, but the slides in the back of the ship were open. Day 1:  Fun day at Sea.  Activities include the Love and Marriage game, Bingo, Ice Craving, Hairy Chest Contest, etc.  The gym opens up at 6:00, so if you like to workout get there as early as you can.  It gets busy quick.  Day 2:  Cozumel:  We arrived at 8:00 and we were off the ship at 8:30.  The pier is about a 10 minute walk, so if you are traveling with elderly or special needs, there are carriage bikes with riders available to take you to the end of the pier.  They work for tips only.  We booked the sea trek helmet though a private company. The link explains the excursions.  http://www.cozumel-mexico-tours.com/Tour_SeaTrek.cfm (We are not the people in the picture).  The taxi ride to and back to the port was $7.00 each way.  You will have time afterwards to walk about 10 minutes to Carlos and Charles or take a taxi back to the port for some shopping.  Day 3:  Fun day at Sea.   Activities include Scavenger Hunt, Sports Trivia, Bean Bag Toss, Limbo Contest and more fun.    Food:  The buffet breakfast and lunch and the lido deck were just fine with us.  I would describe it as a good Golden Corral.  Dinner has items such as the flat iron steak, prime rib, lobster and shrimp.  The food was very good.  No complaints here.  You can order and eat as much as you want.  Our dinner servers were "Renalto and Prez".  These guys were great.  Before we arrived at our table each night, they already had our tea, lemon and break on the table.  Cabin/Cabin Stewarts:  Since this was a short cruise, we elected to just book a lower level cabin (R162 / Ocean view).  The cabin was fine with us.  Enough room, closet space and bathroom were a nice size.  Our cabin Stewart was "Deric".  A very nice man who went about his business and met all of our needs.  Debarkation:  There is breakfast serviced the morning of arrival.  The ship offers a debarkation talk in the lounge a day prior to arriving back at the port.  You will have two options on leaving the ship from self-assistance or waiting for your zone to be called.  The ship arrives back at the port around 6:15 a.m.  Once customs and immigrations clear the ship, you are free to depart the ship between 8:00 - 8:15.  We did self-assistance and we left are cabin at 8:30; cleared customs; taxi to the airport and was at the gate at 9:45.    If you would like more information about the Inspiration, excursion or the cruise in general, you may email me at retiredmil@charter.net  I also have photos, so if you would like for me to send them to you, it not a problem.  Keith

Just A Nice Relaxed Vacation

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by Bunniluv

Trip Details
This was our fourth cruise on carnival.  We have sailed on the Fantasy, Triumph, Legend and now the Inspiration.  As we did on our May cruise, we arrived in Tampa a day prior and stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites.  The hotel is a couple of miles from port and offers a shuttle to the port, not just on the day of the cruise, anywhere within a few miles of the hotel. 

Embarkation:  We arrived at the port at around 9:30 and the port authority started letting people in at 10:30.  After we checked in with carnival, received our sail and sign cards, we were in group #1 to board the ship when called.  At 11:40 our group number was called (right around VIP) and we were on the ship at 11:45 and off to the lido deck for lunch. The cabins (except VIPs) are not available to enter until 1:30, so that gave us an opportunity to walk around the ship and find were everything was located.  The muster safety drilled started around 3:30 and lasted about 20-25 minutes and we set sailed at 4:15.  One downside was the pool was not available and would not be available until noon the next day, but the slides in the back of the ship were open.

Day 1:  Fun day at Sea.  Activities include the Love and Marriage game, Bingo, Ice Craving, Hairy Chest Contest, etc.  The gym opens up at 6:00, so if you like to workout get there as early as you can.  It gets busy quick. 

Day 2:  Cozumel:  We arrived at 8:00 and we were off the ship at 8:30.  The pier is about a 10 minute walk, so if you are traveling with elderly or special needs, there are carriage bikes with riders available to take you to the end of the pier.  They work for tips only.  We booked the sea trek helmet though a private company. The link explains the excursions.  http://www.cozumel-mexico-tours.com/Tour_SeaTrek.cfm (We are not the people in the picture).  The taxi ride to and back to the port was $7.00 each way.  You will have time afterwards to walk about 10 minutes to Carlos and Charles or take a taxi back to the port for some shopping. 

Day 3:  Fun day at Sea.   Activities include Scavenger Hunt, Sports Trivia, Bean Bag Toss, Limbo Contest and more fun.   

Food:  The buffet breakfast and lunch and the lido deck were just fine with us.  I would describe it as a good Golden Corral.  Dinner has items such as the flat iron steak, prime rib, lobster and shrimp.  The food was very good.  No complaints here.  You can order and eat as much as you want.  Our dinner servers were "Renalto and Prez".  These guys were great.  Before we arrived at our table each night, they already had our tea, lemon and break on the table. 

Cabin/Cabin Stewarts:  Since this was a short cruise, we elected to just book a lower level cabin (R162 / Ocean view).  The cabin was fine with us.  Enough room, closet space and bathroom were a nice size.  Our cabin Stewart was "Deric".  A very nice man who went about his business and met all of our needs.  Debarkation:  There is breakfast serviced the morning of arrival.  The ship offers a debarkation talk in the lounge a day prior to arriving back at the port.  You will have two options on leaving the ship from self-assistance or waiting for your zone to be called.  The ship arrives back at the port around 6:15 a.m.  Once customs and immigrations clear the ship, you are free to depart the ship between 8:00 - 8:15.  We did self-assistance and we left are cabin at 8:30; cleared customs; taxi to the airport and was at the gate at 9:45.   

If you would like more information about the Inspiration, excursion or the cruise in general, you may email me at retiredmil@charter.net  I also have photos, so if you would like for me to send them to you, it not a problem. 

Keith
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