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We have always flown out of Florida for our cruises, as the west coast did not have options we were fond of. We decided on a whim to try it out. * Embarkation - Great! So fast and easy - very different from Florida. * Ship - Beautiful! This class of ship has beautiful ships - they are older but have less gaudy decor and carpet. The Inspiration was very lovely! Our last day (sea day) was very windy: 30-40mph winds. This made for high swells and rocky waters. We *always* take Dramamine with us, just in case of these situations. You could definitely feel the boat moving. The top of the ship will be blocked off for safety reasons when there are high winds or bad weather. * Cabin - We were in R10. This is in the left (port) side front bottom of the ship on the Riviera Deck (level/deck 4). If you plan to do a lot on the upper decks (10 is lido with the pool and food), plan to use elevators or stairs. We liked this cabin because of the cost and the ease of getting back on the ship after port (embarkation is deck 3). We had two portholes - they are awesome to at least see daylight and know around what time it is. There was a slight odor in the bathroom (from the very first time we walked in). I am not sure if it was from mold or from a pipe. There were days we noticed it more than others. * Cabin Steward - Huge shout out to Dante! He did an amazing job keeping us comfortable and our cabin stayed very clean. He remembered our names (I always wonder how they do that) and always greeted us, and asked if everything was okay. He was very respectful of our times we didn't want the cabin cleaned. * Dining - We ended up having to go with Your Time/Anytime dining. We usually go with the early dining. We did not sit in the same seat/area twice (although I heard you can request this), and had different wait staff each meal. We ate breakfast and dinner in the dining room and were very happy with both. The staff did an amazing job and the food was wonderful! For dinner we ate mahi mahi, prime rib, spare ribs, salmon, steak tacos (Ensenada port of call on the menu); for breakfast we had omelette’s for most of breakfast meals, but had a good offering of sides (hash browns, English muffins, etc.). We are not adventurous eaters, they had a lot of seafood and at least 4-6 different options for dinner, plus options for those non-adventurous eaters. If you do not like your meal, let the waiter know and request a different meal. We ordered sides from other nights with no problems (even if they weren’t on the menu for that night). The wait staff was always happy to please and always took care of you. I was _very_ surprised and pleased when I heard of another member on board having a gluten intolerance - the dining room prepared her a full menu for each day – allowing her to order the night before so they could get it prepared for the next day. So awesome! * Ports – (Itinerary – Long Beach->Catalina Island->Ensenada, Mexico->Long Beach): ** Catalina Island: We LOVED Catalina Island. It was so quaint, cute and a pretty island. We rented a golf cart and toured the island – with no regrets. ***If you do the golf cart tour, reserve WELL in advance! For some companies, you have to just stand in line and wait for golf carts to return. They don’t have a wait list. People were very friendly and we highly enjoyed ourselves. The beach was beautiful, but the water was cold. ** Ensenada: Just as personal preference, this is not somewhere we would go again. We walked the city around 1st street just a few minutes from port and were hounded by little kids trying to sell items – to the point of them following us and walking next to us for ½ a block. After that, we decided to get on a tour bus to La Bufadora ($17/pp) with a stop at the Corona Distillery. The Corona “distillery” was very much like a tiny convenience store. Corona cans are under a dollar. At the time we went, the bathroom was inoperable. Then, onto La Bufadora. This shopping area is 45 minutes away from port. It is a street vendor/flea market. There is a least ¼ to ½ of a mile of both sides being filled with street vendors that are very pushy, direct and will yell out to you to come to their shops. There are a lot of free samples – we were offered a lot of free tequila shots. To give you an idea of pricing, we were interested in a Lucha Libre mask and were told it was $25.00. They asked us to make an offer – which we didn’t. We just moved on. We did not spend much time there. You do have to go through this flea market to get to the blow hole. Sadly, the blow hole was not very active when we saw it – it had a few small bursts, but nothing really big. If we go on this cruise again, we will stay on the ship for this port (again, just personal preference). Overall, we were very happy with this trip. We will go again someday!

Excellent staff, beautiful ship!

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by pixiefairy1981

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Trip Details
We have always flown out of Florida for our cruises, as the west coast did not have options we were fond of. We decided on a whim to try it out.

* Embarkation - Great! So fast and easy - very different from Florida.

* Ship - Beautiful! This class of ship has beautiful ships - they are older but have less gaudy decor and carpet. The Inspiration was very lovely! Our last day (sea day) was very windy: 30-40mph winds. This made for high swells and rocky waters. We *always* take Dramamine with us, just in case of these situations. You could definitely feel the boat moving. The top of the ship will be blocked off for safety reasons when there are high winds or bad weather.

* Cabin - We were in R10. This is in the left (port) side front bottom of the ship on the Riviera Deck (level/deck 4). If you plan to do a lot on the upper decks (10 is lido with the pool and food), plan to use elevators or stairs. We liked this cabin because of the cost and the ease of getting back on the ship after port (embarkation is deck 3). We had two portholes - they are awesome to at least see daylight and know around what time it is. There was a slight odor in the bathroom (from the very first time we walked in). I am not sure if it was from mold or from a pipe. There were days we noticed it more than others.

* Cabin Steward - Huge shout out to Dante! He did an amazing job keeping us comfortable and our cabin stayed very clean. He remembered our names (I always wonder how they do that) and always greeted us, and asked if everything was okay. He was very respectful of our times we didn't want the cabin cleaned.

* Dining - We ended up having to go with Your Time/Anytime dining. We usually go with the early dining. We did not sit in the same seat/area twice (although I heard you can request this), and had different wait staff each meal. We ate breakfast and dinner in the dining room and were very happy with both. The staff did an amazing job and the food was wonderful! For dinner we ate mahi mahi, prime rib, spare ribs, salmon, steak tacos (Ensenada port of call on the menu); for breakfast we had omelette’s for most of breakfast meals, but had a good offering of sides (hash browns, English muffins, etc.). We are not adventurous eaters, they had a lot of seafood and at least 4-6 different options for dinner, plus options for those non-adventurous eaters. If you do not like your meal, let the waiter know and request a different meal. We ordered sides from other nights with no problems (even if they weren’t on the menu for that night). The wait staff was always happy to please and always took care of you. I was _very_ surprised and pleased when I heard of another member on board having a gluten intolerance - the dining room prepared her a full menu for each day – allowing her to order the night before so they could get it prepared for the next day. So awesome!

* Ports – (Itinerary – Long Beach->Catalina Island->Ensenada, Mexico->Long Beach):

** Catalina Island: We LOVED Catalina Island. It was so quaint, cute and a pretty island. We rented a golf cart and toured the island – with no regrets. ***If you do the golf cart tour, reserve WELL in advance! For some companies, you have to just stand in line and wait for golf carts to return. They don’t have a wait list. People were very friendly and we highly enjoyed ourselves. The beach was beautiful, but the water was cold.

** Ensenada: Just as personal preference, this is not somewhere we would go again. We walked the city around 1st street just a few minutes from port and were hounded by little kids trying to sell items – to the point of them following us and walking next to us for ½ a block. After that, we decided to get on a tour bus to La Bufadora ($17/pp) with a stop at the Corona Distillery. The Corona “distillery” was very much like a tiny convenience store. Corona cans are under a dollar. At the time we went, the bathroom was inoperable. Then, onto La Bufadora. This shopping area is 45 minutes away from port. It is a street vendor/flea market. There is a least ¼ to ½ of a mile of both sides being filled with street vendors that are very pushy, direct and will yell out to you to come to their shops. There are a lot of free samples – we were offered a lot of free tequila shots. To give you an idea of pricing, we were interested in a Lucha Libre mask and were told it was $25.00. They asked us to make an offer – which we didn’t. We just moved on. We did not spend much time there. You do have to go through this flea market to get to the blow hole. Sadly, the blow hole was not very active when we saw it – it had a few small bursts, but nothing really big. If we go on this cruise again, we will stay on the ship for this port (again, just personal preference).

Overall, we were very happy with this trip. We will go again someday!
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Cabin PT R10
This cabin is in the left (port) side front bottom of the ship on the Riviera Deck (level/deck 4). If you plan to do a lot on the upper decks (10 is lido with the pool and food), plan to use elevators or stairs. We liked this cabin because of the relatively low cost and the ease of getting back on the ship after port (embarkation is deck 3). We had two portholes - they are awesome to at least see daylight and know around what time it is. There was a slight odor in the bathroom (from the very first time we walked in). I am not sure if it was from mold or from a pipe. There were days we noticed it more than others.
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