Inspiration/Western Caribbean was awesome: Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by GAMOMOF3

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Inspiration/Western Caribbean was awesome

Sail Date: July 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa
My husband and I just returned from a Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Inspiration. We sailed from Tampa, Florida. This was our second cruise, our previous cruise was a 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canavaral on the Carnival Glory.

We arrived at the Port of Tampa and although it was crowded, we managed to get through the process fairly easily. From what I could tell the terminal was not as big as the one in Port Canavaral or it seemed that way. The staff in the terminal were friendly.

Once arriving on the Inspiration, we walked around the familiarize ourselves with the ship. Then we went to the Brasserie restaurant on the Lido deck to have lunch. The variety on the buffet was good and we were satisfied. We went down to our cabin later and our luggage had arrived.

The muster drill was somewhat different on the Inspiration than what we experienced on the Glory but it went smoothly. Then we sailed away.

Dining: Hats off to the More dining room for their wonderful service. We chose the "open seating" option so we were at different tables each night. All the wait staff was good but Francis was our favorite waiter. We asked for him on the last two nights. My husband has food allergies so the hostess came over each night to let him select his meal for the following evening. The dining room made his food to order avoiding his allergies. He didn't have a problem at any meal, everything was prepared beautifully.

Cabin: Our our previous cruise we were on the Riveria deck (bottom) but this time we moved up 2 decks to the Upper deck. We chose Aft and it was convenient to the Lido deck and the buffet/pizza, etc. This cruise we had an inside cabin and a king bed. We had plenty of closet/drawer space. I did miss not having a window but my husband actually liked it better. Our cabin stewards kept everything clean the entire time and were very responsive to our needs. The only problem we had was the lady standing in the hallway with her child pitching a fit and waking us up at 6:00 a.m. but that was certainly no fault of the crew.

Entertainment: We took in one of the comedy shows and the commedian was funny. We don't care for the Adult show because we don't like the bad language so we took in the family friendly show. We went to the "Shout" show in the Paris lounge on the last night and it was very good.

One thing that was surprising was that Bingo cards were $20 a piece (a card with 3 bingo on it). Unless my memory is bad, I seem to remember they were $10 each on the Glory 3 years ago. We did get a chuckle out of this only little boy who went up and got a card and then came back to his dad and said, "The cards are free dad, all you have to do is show them your card!"

Facilities: We spent a good bit of time on the Serenity deck (adults only) and enjoyed the peace and quiet and being able to read and relax. Our only suggestion for the Serenity deck is if they could put a couple of ceiling fans on the upper part of the area just to provide some air flow.

I realize the Inspiration is a smaller ship but I wasn't thrilled with the fact that there was only 1 pool. I like hot tubs as much as the next person but 1 pool and 4 hot tubs just didn't work for me. Someone told me that they removed a pool on the top deck and replaced it with a putt putt course. The interesting thing was that you could only play putt putt from 8am-8pm. It was really hot during the day so playing in the evening would have worked better. Anyway, it would have been nice to have another pool.

We found the Inspiration crew to be friendly and helpful. Less

Published 07/25/11

Cabin review: 4CU195 Interior

adequate closet space for two people, good location, convenient to lido deck. We were aft which was fine. We noticed a little motion during sailing but it was not bad at all.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We arrived in Cozumel and there were two other Carnival ships docked, the Legend and the Elation. The pier area was nice and we didn't have any trouble getting off the ship. It was funny to us though that they had you go through one long shop to get to the main area. We didn't care though because it was air conditioned and it was very hot that day. We met up with our Excursion guide, Miguel and he was gracious enough to let us wait in the shade until everyone was there. We did the Mayan ruins/beach tour. This was the 4 hr one, not the 7 hr one. We wanted to see the ruins but just didn't want to spend 7 hrs going over to the mainland and back. We rode an air conditioned tour bus out to the site. Miguel did a great job taking us through the ruins and was a wealth of knowledge about the Mayans and their culture. It was clear he was proud to be of Mayan descent. One thing that was not mentioned to us beforehand was that we would need bug spray. Once we got to the site, there was a guy who sprayed us heat to toe with spray for $1 each. That was the best $2 we spent the entire cruise. After we toured there we went to a beach. We stopped at the "Pee Pee Station" along the way and used the facilities and bought sodas. The tour provided us with bottled water. The beach was nice and there were plenty of chairs/umbrellas to use. There was also a pool there if someone didn't want to go into the ocean. They had a restaurant there but we didn't purchase anything. On the way home, you had the option of being let off in downtown to shop but you had to get a taxi back to the port. We just did a little shopping around the pier. There was even a Ron Jon Surf Shop there.

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We had heard some stories about docking in Grand Cayman and having to wait in long lines to be tendered to shore but that wasn't our experience. I thought all in all it went smoothly. Maybe that was because we were the only ship in port.

Grand Cayman is beautiful and we enjoyed our time there. We did the Catamaran/Stingray Island Excursions. We noticed that gas prices on Grand Cayman were pretty high and we were told that food prices were high too. We did not go to any restaurants so I can't say for sure. Someone told us a Burger King Whopper was around $10. Don't know if that's true.

We were on the Allura and went out to Stingray Island. The crew on the Allura were very friendly and helpful. We had a great time sailing out to Stingray Island. The boat looked like it was well maintained. Once we arrived, the guide told us about the Stingrays and then went in the water first to show us how they liked to be petted, etc. We had plenty of time to be in the water with the stingrays. They did have a young lady taking pictures but she was not pushy at all. Instead of getting in our face, she just said when you were ready to come see her. She was very knowledgeable about the stingrays and seemed to have a love for them. It was a fun day.

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