LONG BEACH TO ENSENADA: Carnival Inspiration Cruise Review by kool100vr4

Carnival Inspiration 5
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Sail Date: March 2012
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Ensenada
This was my 3 times cruise with Carnival cruise line only because they got the destinations i want and very affordable, the last cruise before this cruise from Miami to Jamaica was the most fun vacation i ever had in my life, yup in my life...and im 56 yrs old man.
OK, to this cruise from Long Beach to Ensenada, Mex. The Inspiration vessel is some what newer than the Glory from Miami?, im not sure but looks good...seems smaller, no long line on the buffet, the food was good for what we paid, i dont expect best food for the price that we booked for 256$/pp for a 4 nights.
the staff was very polite, dress up clean and very helpful.
We had an issue with the wet floor from the past passengers in our room, but the crew really tried their best to dry it, in the end they gave us a 20$ discount from it.
the putput golf costs money to play, i think its 20$/hr.
Not a lot of dancing clubs as the Glory line, but it was enough, i sang in the Karaoke club, which was a big More club. i think i saw only 1 theater for shows, versus the Glory with 2 theaters. But i saw 2 formal dinning rooms, 1 in the front and 1 in the back of ship.
I would go again, it was short enough cruise time...
Ensenada, Mexico was fun but was not enough time, it was violent there in downtown, my friends saw a big fight between 2 gangs with no shirts and tattoo, military came and they were all disappear, but during the violent tourists were shatter every where...
I would suggest 1st time tourists not to book the city tour, it was a ripped off, you dont need it, all you have to do is to walk 1/4 mile from the dock to the main street and then make a left turn onto the main street to another 1/2 mile and you are in the heart of downtown to walk around all day, or to rent a 4x4 ATV right there on the main st for 25$/hr to ride any where, and to the blow hole too.
The city tours take you thru town in the bus no stopping and then take you outside of city on the highway to north for a beach house lunch then back for 26$/pp, but you will lose 3 hrs on land.
I would definitely recommended the ATV rental and the Horse back riding.
Dont forget to stop by the main sea food market in town for fresh caught fish for lunch.
The cruise also stops at Catalina Island a very neat town, a must rent a golf cart to ride around town, plus fishing was good on the pier with tackle rental in town.
I really enjoy the trip, strongly recommended to any one. Less

Published 03/30/12
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