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Carnival Inspiration

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Carnival Inspiration

Hi has anyone been on the Carnival Inspiration. We are looking into going April 2012 for 3 or 4 nights to Ensenada Mexico. We have never been on a cruise. Is Ensenada a safe part of Mexico?

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1. Re: Carnival Inspiration

Once again, you will do a LOT better by posting on TraipAdvisor's sister site...

http://www.cruisecritic.com/

Most locals don't take cruises from the area, normally visitors. By posting this question at a cruise related website, you will have a much higher chance of finding folks who have ridden the Ship in question.

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2. Re: Carnival Inspiration

Recommend that you check out a sister web site cruisecritic.com. Lots of reviews and boards related to cruising.

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3. Re: Carnival Inspiration

Hi, we actually just finished up a cruse on Carnival Inspiration last week!! it is a nice ship, we had a family of five in 1 room and slept comfortably, however, rooms on any cruise ship are very small (short of a suite). Ocean view rooms are fabulous, view is amazing and quite affordable. Very family freindly ship, lots for the kids to do and just as much for adults. Staff is wonderful. It does only have 1 pool which can be quite crowded at times. It was our second cruise with carnival and we will go back again and again. Not sure of the Ensenada area being safe or not. The Grand Cayman, Cozumel itinerary is great. Hope I helped!! let me know anymore questions.

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4. Re: Carnival Inspiration

Thanks for your reply. Glad to hear you had a great time. We are looking into a 3 or 4 night out of Long Beach CA. We are getting 2 rooms with an ocean view, not a sutie. Do you think the standard room would be to small for 3 adults? I have never been on a cruise but from what I hear you are not in the rooms very much. Do you know if they have any nightitme clubs for 18 year olds?

Did you leave from Long Beach?

Thanks!

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5. Re: Carnival Inspiration

It will be cosy with 3 adults in one cabin. Especially every one trying to clean up for dinner--but sometimes my husband would use the shower in the spa--bigger and he didn't have to contend with me!

Again--post your questions on the Carnival Board at boards.cruisecritic.com

There are frequent Carnival cruisers who will answer all your questions for you. Probably few of us that post to the Long Beach board are frequent cruisers. I have been on Carnival cruises many times, but my kids were either young kids or over 21. So--can't answer the night club question for you.

Burlington, Canada
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6. Re: Carnival Inspiration

We also just finished the Carnival Inspiration Cayman Island/Cozumel cruise on the second week of August, the end of their high season I was told.

Being my second cruise in 13 years, and previous experience being mostly all-inclusives, a few things stood out.

The staff were great, mostly friendly and helpful.

Shows were great.

The ship is older and a few things are showing their age. That said, the room was fine, king bed and bunk beds - fine for our family, two adults and a 5 & 6 year old - a little tight but it's a ship...they make it work. Bathroom was a snug fit to use the toilet (I'm a big guy at 6'4"- needed a lot more leg room), but the shower was more than adequate for anyone not grossly obese.

We had a window on the 5th level and would recommend anyone do it. They have fresh soft towels, robes in the rooms, turndown service with a new towel animal (animals made from towels) every night..impressed the kids

Kids loved the waterpark, albeit a little crowded on the days at sea.

The down sides...major overcrowding on our trip- ~2700 guests on board where their library has comments on it being designed for 2100 people. The pool and adjacent hot tubs were overcrowded, to the point, we joked about being a cesspool of ...use your imagination....

Food - big lineups for everything...breakfast / lunch - same fare every day - on the repetitive and bland side unless you got the themed food which was even longer lineups. Also, the people flow, the congestion was real problem for everything from clearing the ship for tours, around the dining areas, Lunch desserts looked good, but not worth the calories (Dinner was different story...loved them). Dinner was much better once you were seated but having to take a pager to wait for a table...what is this ... Olive Garden. One mediocre waiter, the rest of the 20 odd people helping us, from good to outstanding.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but there were some really trashy people on board for our tour. For example, being non-smokers, not only do I find it offensive when people light up in the middle of the kids area which is non-smoking and a smoking zone is available 100ft away but to get flipped the bird because we asked for them to be a little considerate of the audience, namely the children around and the fact that my son is asthmatic - to have a major scene over it - unbelievable. Another was rude bullying in the dining areas. Everyone lining up wasn't good enough for one person, knocked me over in their haste to get their food... Just a couple of the several incidences we experienced.

The part that really annoyed me was the nickel/diming that goes on..maybe it's par for the course but everything is an extra. Right down to a bridge tour, that was $55 a person.

I would talk to others before doing this particular ship again.

Carnival seems to have a party reputation I was told. Being middle aged now, with two small children, maybe this wasn't the best fit for us but the price was acceptable and at the end of it, total bill still acceptable. I would even try another cruise line. Many of the staff we talked to have worked multiple cruise lines in their career and say Carnival treats them the best, albeit their pay in most cases is almost criminal. They survive on tips because it's not in their pay. I don't know how they do it.

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7. Re: Carnival Inspiration

Yes, Ensenada is really safe. I went there on a 4-night cruise during January 15th. Let me ask you this, Are you adventurous? Because there is really not much adventure in Ensenada. The blowhole tour is garbage but there are some really good photo opportunities. I think I would have had more fun staying on the ship than to waste my time in Ensenada. Trust me, it's really boring unless you have your own transportation and you can get to Las Canadas, where they have lots of fun activities such as ziplining & steep bridge crossings.

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8. Re: Carnival Inspiration

I just got off the ship this morning, here is what I posted at Ta's sister site, Cruise Critic...

OK, back home after the cruise, working on LOTS of Photos and Video, starting to upload them to my Smugmug site, but it will take awhile, as I have other things I need to do this weekend.

But a few highlights...

The Hotel Maya was awesome and a great choice, especially with the free parking for the week.

Monday was a bit of a letdown, due to the fact the Ship just came back from the "Super Bowl" cruise, and they were running late in getting all the guests off the ship. But once they were allowed to start boarding, things started to get better.

Ended up participating in one of the activities on the first evening... Game Show Mania, little did I know that it would be pretty much run on one of the onboard TV Channels 24/7 for the cruise.

The professional show on opening day was very good.

Won the $250 Spa Certificate in the opening day raffle.

Tuesday was Catalina, alas the weather wasn't the best, but still rented a golf cart for 90 minutes, and enjoyed the views. Heck, some of the guests said hello, and mentioned things like the Spa Raffle and the Game Show, hosted by Jennifer. Spent some time shopping and playing in the game arcade in Avbalon. We had Parasaling scheduled, but was cancelled due to the poor weather.

Ii was Elegant Night on Tuseday, so got dressed up, had a couple of lobster tails for dinner, got some very nice Photos (Carnival says thank you for the $109 we paid for them

Wednesday was Ensenada, took the 11:30 La Bufadora Tour, had a great time, our Tour Guide was Lililiana, who was very good. Alas, my wife fell at the actual Blow Hole area and hurt herself, but not too badly. I got in trouble, as I was focused on the Blow Hole and taking photos/videos and didn't even realized she fell.

Did some shopping, got a piece of Silver Jewelry for my wife (Valentine's Day), a US National Team Soccer Jersey for $15 (a lot of haggling, but I wasn't going to pay any more, as that is about the price in SoCal for a knockoff).

Then did some shopping for Tequila, and went to Hussong's for old time sakes (been there many times in the last 30+ years, and it really hasn't changed.

Thursday was Sea Day, started by going on the "Behind the Fun" tour, not cheap at $55, but was worth it! Amazing Crew backstage, and the Guide, Ross, was amazing, and very knowledgable. He hapens to be in charging of training the entire crew, and is very knowledgeable on the entire ship. He also is the one who reads every comment form that is filled out after the cruise from the e-mail you wil get. Interesting to note, the Inspiration came to California in late December mainly due to California enviromental laws. In Florida, they installed a new power plant, which basically plugs into Long Beach city power when in port. Thios allows the ship to turn off the genrator, and eliminates the pollution created. Also, they have to use a special type of Diesel (Basically the same as used in cars) within a certain distance from shore in California waters, so basically two types of fuel, and they need the capacity to switch easily.

After the tour, which lasted over 3 hours, and included a trip to the bridge, and the real bow of the ship (usually the crew open deck). Alas, no cameras are allowed on the tour. But we did get a exclusive Baseball Cap, a photo with the Captain (no extra charge), and some special treats delivered to your room from the Chef.

Then went and had our Couples Hot Stone Message, then went to the Bingo drawings/raffles from the stubs from earlier days, and then won a BINGO (4 corners) during the session.

Enjoyed the "Shout" show, and then had dinner.

End up in the casino, and cashed out, basically broke even, due to a couple decent wins to offset the losses.

The Crew was awesome, had a great trip. As soon as the photos/videos are uploaded and sort, will post the links...

And heck, just get off the boat in Ensenada, the drinks at the customs building are half the price they are onboard. Don't even have to go into town....

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9. Re: Carnival Inspiration

OK, just got all the Inspiration Cruise Photos and Videos edited... Here is the link to them.

www.darkbeer.smugmug.com/travel

Edited: 9:33 pm, February 12, 2012
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10. Re: Carnival Inspiration

We took the Carnival Inspiration cruise during the week of July 4, 2012 and we were in Ensenada on July 4. It was our first cruise, so it took some time for us to find our way around the ship. It was a nice voyage. We stopped in Catalina on the first full day and took the Submersible and Wild Dolphin excursions. The submersible is cool but you have to pay for the fish food. We did not see any dolphins on the Wild Dolphin excursion but there were sea lions and seals and we got wet. We walked from the ship into Ensenada and purchased a few items from the street vendors who are less expensive than those at the port of call. We chose not to take any of the excursions due to the crime in Mexico but Ensenada seemed peaceful the day we were there. We enjoyed the comedy acts, the free moves, oh and lots of food. You can't help but have fun. I recommend a cabin with a view of the sea, we did see a family of dolphins following the ship.