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I've always been interested in going on a cruise and had a chance to go on Carnival out of Long Beach to Catalina and Ensenada. Good parts -- The room steward was very friendly and helpful. He quickly learned our names and was readily available. Dinners were great -- all the food was excellent; great selection of sides, main dishes and desserts. Service was usually very good. Not so good -- Some of the public parts of the ship needed more frequent cleaning, including bathrooms. From the moment we boarded they were trying to sell us stuff -- ALL THE TIME. Bottled water was provided -- for more than $3 a bottle (big bottles). Most areas were crowded all the time. We were told rooms would be ready at 1:30. Ours was not and the cleaning staff didn't seem to care. They did, however, tell us it would be ready at 2:00 and it was. Debarkation information was not clear. Debarkation itself was fine. But we couldn't understand the description they had given us. Finally we just started making our way to the exit and got off without any delays.

First time on a cruise -- possibly the first and last

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by InternationalFamily

Trip Details
I've always been interested in going on a cruise and had a chance to go on Carnival out of Long Beach to Catalina and Ensenada.

Good parts --

The room steward was very friendly and helpful. He quickly learned our names and was readily available.

Dinners were great -- all the food was excellent; great selection of sides, main dishes and desserts. Service was usually very good.

Not so good --

Some of the public parts of the ship needed more frequent cleaning, including bathrooms.

From the moment we boarded they were trying to sell us stuff -- ALL THE TIME. Bottled water was provided -- for more than $3 a bottle (big bottles).

Most areas were crowded all the time.

We were told rooms would be ready at 1:30. Ours was not and the cleaning staff didn't seem to care. They did, however, tell us it would be ready at 2:00 and it was.

Debarkation information was not clear. Debarkation itself was fine. But we couldn't understand the description they had given us. Finally we just started making our way to the exit and got off without any delays.
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