Inspirational: Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by jvteach77

Carnival Inspiration 5
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Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa
The Good: We had a great time on the Inspiration sailing from Tampa on 11/20/2010. The food was excellent, the staff very attentive, and camp carnival was great for our kids 5 and 8, who were in 2 different age groups in camp carnival. Both were eager to go back and hated to leave each night at 10pm.

The BAD: The check in procedure for Camp Carnival was spelled out in a presentation on the ship. Several parents didn't compete the forms though and took their kids to the camp drop-off anyway. Instead of being given forms to complete and sent to the end of the line, we and others we made to wait as these parents completed the forms one at a time at the camp desk. To make it worse the entrance is outside on a deck and it was drizzling on us. This was the low point of the trip, since we were made to wait 40 minutes unnecessarily on those who didn't follow the procedure in the first place.

The Annoying or perhaps illogical: Carnival has people snapping pictures all over More the ship and in the ports when you get off the boat. These pictures are a set price and are pre-printed on the boat for you to look at and purchase. The problem is that if you bought ever photo taken you would end up spending hundreds and probably thousands on pictures. There are no discounts for buying more pictures or packages you can buy to reduce the cost. This kept us from buying many pictures that we would have liked to purchase, but at $22 each for a portrait and about $10 each for the cheapest pictures the prices discouraged us from buying more. The pictures are already printed, so Carnival seems like they would rather throw pictures away that sell them at any sort of discount. This to me is illogical, since the more pictures people purchase, the more they share with others, the more likely someone else may decide to take a cruise to have the same kind of fun. Why not have a package of any 5 for $50 or $75 or something. The current policy discourages more purchases, rather than encourage them and that to me is illogical and annoying.

The bottom line: Despite the hiccup checking in to Camp Carnival the first night and the picture annoyance we had a great time and will likely cruise Carnival again and just take our own pictures for free. Less

Published 11/30/10

Cabin review: 4CM72 Interior

Our Cabin was 185 square feet and much larger than the one we had on a competitor's ship last year. Our stateroom attendant kept our room in great shape. We never saw our attendant, but that wasn't a problem for us. We rarely heard any hallway noise from our room and never heard anything from above or underneath. We had 2 adults and 2 kids in our stateroom and we never felt like it was too small for us.

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Port and Shore Excursions

This port was wonderful too. You stop at a "Carnival" pier that is just south of the main town. This is not a problem though, since this pier is built up to where it is a destination itself. We found a taxi and went to Paradise Beach for the day. This was much cheaper for us that booking a beach excursion via the cruise line. We enjoyed the beach and all the beach toys they had for us to play with. This was a long stop and we really enjoyed the extra time on the beach, since people on other ships had to leave early and we were left to play with a half empty beach. The food was excellent too. I'd go back here again.

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We loved this port. We were able to tender quickly ashore and went to a stingray city excursion that we booked with Caribselect without going through the cruise ship. This saved us a lot of money and they were great. The tender line to return to the ship looked very long, but it moved quickly and we were back aboard in plenty of time. If I had to complain it would be the short time at this port. We arrives at 8am and were told we would depart at 3pm, but were later told that we had to be in line to tender back aboard at 2pm. 6 hours just isn't enough time, but that isn't the port's fault, so I didn't dock them any points on their rating. I would love to see this a 8am to 7 or 8pm stop. We didn't eat in this port, since our stop was so short, but I would have liked to have been able to try the local food.

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