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We are in our early 50's and have cruised with Carnival several times. This cruise was simply planned as a "relaxation" vacation, as we have been to the ports of call before. And that is exactly what we did - relax! The cruise was great, but not without shortcomings - but regardless, we had a relaxing and refreshing vacation. I mean, when you let someone else do the cooking, cleaning and driving, while you lay in the sun, how can you go wrong? We have sailed on the Sensation a couple of times before, the exact sister to the Inspiration. I have never seen this class of ships looking better - the dEcor was in pleasing earth tones and looked fresh and clean. The public restrooms were especially well appointed. We dealt with two weather delays. Our ship was late arriving for our embarkation due to fog. We got on about 7 hours later than planned. We hung out in downtown Tampa during our wait. Carnival gave us a $15.00 each credit since we had to purchase lunch on our own. The eventual embarkation went smoothly and our room was ready and waiting for us. They compressed dinner to one sitting at the time of your choice (open seating). That was no problem, as there were no crowds or line-ups anywhere on the ship. (We got the feeling that occupancy was low, as our dining room was half-empty or more every evening. The clubs were nearly deserted at night, which was a bit of a disappointment.) We were delayed on return due to high winds and very rough weather. We did not disembark until 2PM! Again, no problem, as there was plenty of food and drinks available, and the lines were short. Our room attendant was great, cleaning and restocking our room every time we left, even for a short time. We had some problems with our toilet stopping up, but it was always repaired promptly. As usual, the food was between OK to very good. The service in the dining room was far below our previous experiences. Although the dining rooms were half empty (we never had more than 6 at our table that sat 10), it seemed as though they were short staffed. Any out of the ordinary requests were slow in being met. One highlight of the trip was the over-21 adult only "Serenity Deck" (it was exactly as advertised). We were spoiled with the up-graded deck chairs and two hot tubs to choose from. We spent most of the day in Mexico on this deck, getting off just long enough to do a bit of shopping in the Duty Free Shops. We took an excursion to Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Being from the Gulf Coast of Florida (home of the world's most beautiful beaches), the beach wasn't much, but was not crowded (even with two ships in port), and it did not smell very good - but the water was wonderful and the facilities adequate for clean up. The bus ride there is short. It has been a few years since we have been to Georgetown, and it was showing signs of the sinking economy and recent hurricanes. Another highlight was the entertainment, which exceeded our expectations in most cases. Great high-energy shows and two comedians (Happy Cole was especially hilarious). We found the hospitality crew very friendly, competent, and fun to be around. We also met some great folks of all ages, and made some new friends. For the price point, our cruise was a great value. We enjoyed it very much and hope to go again soon!

A relaxing vacation!

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by cheerfuldougg

Trip Details
We are in our early 50's and have cruised with Carnival several times. This cruise was simply planned as a "relaxation" vacation, as we have been to the ports of call before. And that is exactly what we did - relax! The cruise was great, but not without shortcomings - but regardless, we had a relaxing and refreshing vacation. I mean, when you let someone else do the cooking, cleaning and driving, while you lay in the sun, how can you go wrong?
We have sailed on the Sensation a couple of times before, the exact sister to the Inspiration. I have never seen this class of ships looking better - the dEcor was in pleasing earth tones and looked fresh and clean. The public restrooms were especially well appointed.
We dealt with two weather delays. Our ship was late arriving for our embarkation due to fog. We got on about 7 hours later than planned. We hung out in downtown Tampa during our wait. Carnival gave us a $15.00 each credit since we had to purchase lunch on our own. The eventual embarkation went smoothly and our room was ready and waiting for us. They compressed dinner to one sitting at the time of your choice (open seating). That was no problem, as there were no crowds or line-ups anywhere on the ship. (We got the feeling that occupancy was low, as our dining room was half-empty or more every evening. The clubs were nearly deserted at night, which was a bit of a disappointment.) We were delayed on return due to high winds and very rough weather. We did not disembark until 2PM! Again, no problem, as there was plenty of food and drinks available, and the lines were short.
Our room attendant was great, cleaning and restocking our room every time we left, even for a short time. We had some problems with our toilet stopping up, but it was always repaired promptly.
As usual, the food was between OK to very good. The service in the dining room was far below our previous experiences. Although the dining rooms were half empty (we never had more than 6 at our table that sat 10), it seemed as though they were short staffed. Any out of the ordinary requests were slow in being met.
One highlight of the trip was the over-21 adult only "Serenity Deck" (it was exactly as advertised). We were spoiled with the up-graded deck chairs and two hot tubs to choose from. We spent most of the day in Mexico on this deck, getting off just long enough to do a bit of shopping in the Duty Free Shops.
We took an excursion to Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Being from the Gulf Coast of Florida (home of the world's most beautiful beaches), the beach wasn't much, but was not crowded (even with two ships in port), and it did not smell very good - but the water was wonderful and the facilities adequate for clean up. The bus ride there is short. It has been a few years since we have been to Georgetown, and it was showing signs of the sinking economy and recent hurricanes. Another highlight was the entertainment, which exceeded our expectations in most cases. Great high-energy shows and two comedians (Happy Cole was especially hilarious).
We found the hospitality crew very friendly, competent, and fun to be around. We also met some great folks of all ages, and made some new friends.
For the price point, our cruise was a great value. We enjoyed it very much and hope to go again soon!
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Cabin M-130
Great for the price. Lots of closet and storage space. The full sized window was great. Very quiet. TV offered lots of channels and some good first run movies, but quality of picture and sound was very poor.
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