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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Kind of Messed Up

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by kalmich

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: the Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Interior

I'm just off the Carnival Inspiration and thought I'd share!

Our intinerary was supposed to be Long Beach - Catalina - Ensenada - Long Beach. What it turned out to be was Catalina - San Diego - Ensenada - San Diego - Long Beach. There were two medical emergencies, one on the way, one on the way back, so that's why the unscheduled stops.

We got to Catalina on Tuesday morning after kind of a rough night at sea. People started disembarking and then they shut down the tenders due to high winds and rough water. I hadn't left yet so didn't get to see the island at all. We then traveled to Ensenada, arriving the next morning. I did the Taste of Mexico/Tequila Tasting excursion which was fun. Naturally we had the obligatory shopping stop. That night was the formal dining.

There were a lot of seasick people on this ship. It was cold and windy the entire time. People were still in the pool though! I would not recommend this itinerary for people prone to seasickness or who mind the ship rocking and rolling. I'm not sure if it's the same during the summer, though.

The food was okay. Obviously preparing food for this many people is not going to be gourmet, but there was always something tasty to eat even if you didn't really care for the dining room selections. Typical buffet food. I wish Carnival would have better coffee. It's really kind of terrible. The Guy's Burger was good.

The service on board was top-notch. All the ship's personnel were friendly, and boy do they work hard. Special shout-out to our waiter Manuel - he was great.

I was in cabin M216 (aft) and was very comfortable. My first time in an inside cabin and I didn't mind it at all.

This ship is old but in very good shape. Everything was clean. I didn't notice any of the foul odors that others have posted about.

I'll be taking Carnival in the future, but not this itinerary. It was a reasonably priced week getaway and the good far outweighed the bad. Want to try one of the new ships next time.

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Cabin 4B M216

Perfectly spacious for two, lots of closet space. The bathroom has been updated with new flooring and shower. Everything was very clean. The beds were quite comfortable with nice bedding.

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Culinary Tour

Brief tour of Ensenada, then we were taken to a restaurant where we prepared our own Mexican dishes - guacamole, chicken enchiladas and beef tostadas. The chef taught us about the various chilies used in Mexican cuisine. Then on to the tequila tasting where we were given 5 different types to sample. That part was a lot of fun! After that we were driven to the shopping area for a half-hour, then we returned to the ship.

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