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Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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869 Reviews

A short & relaxing fun ship

Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by Windrosesg

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2019
  • Destination: the Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Porthole

We wanted to try out something that’s fun and relaxing and were told Carnival Cruise Line could be one good choice. Since the itinerary was able to fit into our overall schedule touring LA and taking another cruise ship, we decided to sail on Carnival Inspiration.

We were impressed by the Long Beach Cruise Terminal which is run by Carnival Cruse Line. The fun element started when we were brought to a cocktail table where they would verify our identify. Everything was really just like s flash, scanned and we saw our photo. We didn’t have to go go thru another round or registration and the key card was sent to the stateroom by 1:30pm.

The activities on the ship were American orientated but people were enjoying on the ship. It’s Halloween season and many guests were dressed up every day in their own favourite Halloween characters.

The main dining room had very friendly and helpful staff. Most dishes were nicely served, which we didn’t have any problem. Except for few Asian / international delights which might need some improvement in terms of the naming of the dishes and cooking styles. I enjoyed the brunch and hi tea on the last sea day, they were deliciously presented.

Ensenada is such a nice port in Mexico and I was glad we signed up for a city tour which brought us to the town area.

In the evening we would explore few places for dancing and realised Salsa and Bachata were popular on this ship. Great Singers!

Though Carnival Inspiration is not a premium ship, it provides the general comfort and fun elements to the guests. For instance, every dinner the staff would gather to dance with the guests.

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Cabin Review


The cabin is very spacious, as compared to many other ships which I had been before. Surprised that portfolio windows room has an extension out which makes the room even more spacious. The only thing I feel could be improved is the room temperature adjustment. Understand it is an old model and if we feel cold we can just turn it off, but it’s still very cold. So the only alternative is to ask them for extra blankets.

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City Tour

Enjoyed the city. Liked the colorful town with many shops and friendly people welcome us.

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