Sail Date: December 2018
Just got off the boat today. This is my 20th cruise (RC, HA, Carnival and Princess Past Cruiser) -Hot Food! Learn it, Everything was COLD This is my 11th Mexican 4 Day. Ive never seen such cold food. Quality's gone down a lot ... Read More
Just got off the boat today. This is my 20th cruise (RC, HA, Carnival and Princess Past Cruiser) -Hot Food! Learn it, Everything was COLD This is my 11th Mexican 4 Day. Ive never seen such cold food. Quality's gone down a lot but... the price is cheap... -Music in ALL areas to damn loud In between a comedy show I don't like screaming at the people besides me and my waiter needs a written paper to understand what I am saying its SO LOUD. Took my kid to the Holiday "carol" in the atrium and it was so loud she wanted to leave. There was a show on Tuesday that woke me up in the atrium FROM MY ROOM. (E55) Yikes! Get your sound checked. LOUDER IS NOT BETTER. With that said our room guy was awesome. I couldnt belive they stopped cleaning rooms twice a day I cant belive that Lobster on Fancy Night is gone Trashy people on board: I can NOT Blame Carnival for this. The price is amazing. I literally witnessed a woman try and get money out of the ATM machine....trasshhhyyyy *checked it though she didnt use it*. I loved everything else. MY kids wouldn't shut up, all they wanted was to go to the kids club. The towel animals on deck were awesome. The Dr, Seuss breakfast was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Convenient cruise- easy getting form the Long Beach airport to the cruise ship- & used the shuttle as only myself traveling, but if I was with a group would have used UBER to get to & from the ship . I wanted a short itinerary, ... Read More
Convenient cruise- easy getting form the Long Beach airport to the cruise ship- & used the shuttle as only myself traveling, but if I was with a group would have used UBER to get to & from the ship . I wanted a short itinerary, to determine if I would enjoy solo cruising. Was great being able to have cabin to self, able to do what I wanted when I wanted & how I wanted. Totally enjoyed the sauna, steam room & gym. was well taken care of by my room steward, Supron - always had a full ice container, room cleaned as necessary Did the Chef's table & was impressed by all the food that was fixed & served, Learned many interesting facts about the food, preparation & many ingredients for the many foods that was served to us. Even learned some new things about different herbs & spices to combine with different foods. In Ensenada discovered a great place to go for a massage- Massage & Facial Wellness - within walking distance of the ship- and very reasonable priced, then did a chocolate class at the Maya Cacao- learning how chocolate is made form cacao beans- Did I mention that is all organic & they use the profits to support orphanages in the area Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Never going back--even if free So there are good things about this cruise. 1. SOME of the staff were very nice.The guy who cleaned our room was amazing-super friendly and always greeted us with a smile. The girls working the ... Read More
Never going back--even if free So there are good things about this cruise. 1. SOME of the staff were very nice.The guy who cleaned our room was amazing-super friendly and always greeted us with a smile. The girls working the excursions. . BUT we had a few VERY BAD THINGS. 1. The FOOD WAS HORRIBLE across the board. It was like bad, cheap mall food and there was hardly any available. The food at dinner was a little better, but two nights, I didn't even eat because it was so yucky. Cold, soggy, smelled "off", and it was obvious that it was premade. In the Mardi Gras room, I tried to eat there twice with no luck. Bad service--one guy got really mad that I didn't want coffee and the next day the guy kept bringing me the wrong food. They tried hard, but it was bad. Room service was lackluster and they charged for everything. 2. There wasn't much to do on the ship except drink and since so much of the ship was filled with smokers, it was bad. 3. They didn't explain anything to us and when we asked we got yelled at. We were very confused much of the time (it was our first cruise)*** come back to this. 4. Excursions were very expensive and they were super unorganized--getting off the ship etc. It was chaotic. 5. The "safety" thing was just the cruise director taking roll and telling us what shows were coming up. And he mentioned that kids had armbands. We would have been screwed had anything happened. 6. Our stateroom was FREEZING. I had on three shirts, a sweatshirt, two pairs of thick socks, a hat, gloves and a scarf and got under the covers. There was no way to warm up. The shower was lukewarm. So we FROZE. It was warmer on the deck in the rain and 50 degrees. I caught a really bad cold and was coughing. It was so uncomfortable. When I asked the man who cleaned our room he said that was how it was. It was like camping, outside, in the winter. This was probably the thing that was the hardest to deal with. 7. The internet for $59 was super slow and you couldn't even access the app without it. Only one person can be on it. 8. The hallway and room smelled like rotting feces at all times. (E78) 9. We were by the atrium where they had parties and loud music and games from early morning til midnight or later. THE WORST WAS this one lady at the guest services. We asked her how to disembark on day three--we thought we should know. She started immediately yelling at us to "turn on the tv!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" when I explained that on the Carnival TV channel there was only ads and a cartoon explaining how to put on a life jacket she got more angry. She told us to TURN ON THE TV!!!! IT WAS ON THERE. Then I suggested that the rooms should have a book or something with information like hotels do---she got upset again. She demanded to know why we were confused. I said that for example we had no idea where to eat or anything and that's when she lost her mind. She literally said, "JESUS CHRIST!!!" and then called me a B**ch Then put her hand up and refused to answer any questions. We were then AFRAID to ask anyone anything. I was in tears at that point because I hadn't eaten all day (due to the lack of food choices) and just wanted an explanation of what time we could leave on Friday morning. There was no need to be nasty. I even explained that it was our first cruise. I left in tears. I asked a man in the hallway to see a manager and he told me that there was no such thing on Carnival cruises and that guest services were the boss. I explained what happened and he said that was up to them how to treat people. Then I said, "so you could verbally abuse me and no one would do anything, not even the captain?" He confirmed. I was crying. I went outside to sit on deck nine to calm down, because there was nothing we could do to get help. I got locked outside for 45 minutes. :( I don't know if I will get a lawyer because of he behavior, but honestly verbally abusing guests is UNCALLED FOR. Also she NEVER told us how to do anything. I went down there at 3 am and asked someone else. To end on a good note, the guys in the dining hall were amazing. Once we figured out where to go and went there every night at 8:15, they went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed. Sadly this was our honeymoon and because the stateroom smelling like poop, being about 50 degrees, and being called names and cursed out. It ruined it for us. I am drafting a letter---the old fashioned way and mailing it to them. I hope they refund at least half or it, but even if they do, we aren't going back. It was really, really, really bad. PROS: some of the staff, and the people we met, the comedy shows were good, the entertainment shows were good. CONS: Food, some of the staff, freezing & stinky rooms, no hot water in shower, general confusiong, loud parties outside our room. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Last year I took a 3 day cruise with Carnival Victory. I’d have to say I was disappointed this year with Carnival Inspiration as I compare it to last year’s cruise because: The ship needs updating badly, there were not enough ... Read More
Last year I took a 3 day cruise with Carnival Victory. I’d have to say I was disappointed this year with Carnival Inspiration as I compare it to last year’s cruise because: The ship needs updating badly, there were not enough adult activities during the day, in the adult only deck section (which is extremely hard to find)- there was no bar, guest services was unfriendly along with several bartenders, the food was subpar in the buffet area, there were no areas where food was offered during non-meal times (which Carnival Victory had and I hear a lot of other ships do too), the safety check in Muster C was a waste of time because you couldn’t see the person on stage demonstrating or hear the overhead announcement for safety instructions, you also couldn’t hear the overhead announcements while in the cabins so if you’re not in the hallway or a common area- you don’t know what they’re trying to tell you. I would say Orlando (cruise director) and Alvin (Orlando’s assistant) did a PHENOMINAL job with entertainment. I wish they hosted more activities during the day for adults though, because there were hour stents when there was nothing to do but sit at a bar or on a deck (it was a bit cool, so we barely used the deck). Jodi (stand up comedian) was GREAT and had me laughing so hard that I cried. Mon (our housekeeper) was OUTSTANDING. Mon had great customer service and attended to our request quickly. I was also disappointed there was not a deal on he pictures. Not even the day we left the ship. There were just so many times that I didn’t feel there was adequate customer service. Next year, I’m not sure I would give Carnival another try because I hear so many great reviews about Royal Caribbean. I would like to express how great of a time I had during the horseback riding excursion in Ensanada. Jose was our guide and he did an AWESOME job. All the men at the horseback riding place were personable, made sure we were safe during the ride through the mountains and provided us an overall meaningful experience. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I have to admit, we had a great time!. My wife and I are in our 50s and usually go with Celebrity around Europe for 1-2 weeks, but this was our nieces birthday so her and all her 40ish friends wanted to go on this 3 day Carnival Ensenada ... Read More
I have to admit, we had a great time!. My wife and I are in our 50s and usually go with Celebrity around Europe for 1-2 weeks, but this was our nieces birthday so her and all her 40ish friends wanted to go on this 3 day Carnival Ensenada cruise. We though well its not Celebrity, but its for our nieces birthday so what the heck lets go. Where to start?.... boarding was no problem, no wait. Passport or birth cert. and ID. We arrived, walked right on and to our suite at 1:30 and had lunch. The food was very good in all areas. Guy Fieries Cheeseburgers were very good, the buffet was very good as well, and the dining room had great food. I really like the thin crust pizza near the back it was amazing. All the employees around the ship friendly and got you pretty much whatever you needed. There is the LOUD pool area with DJ for those who want to dance and listen to that kind of music, not for us, so we went to Serenity in the back which is an area for over 21, light relaxing music and nice lounge chairs, best place to be if you are mid life and not trying to act 21 with a bathing suit you shouldnt be wearing. The shows on board were ok, a little cheesy, lip syncing dancing but OK if you are easily amused. The comics have 2 shows, early, no profanity and late with. The comedian was just meh. 3 different dance clubs, karaoke, etc.. they were OK if you are 21-31 and want to club dance and drink. The drinks were all good, we got the drink package and we didn't use all of it per day. 50 bucks a day per person per room. Oh... and EVERYONE in your room must buy the drink package. no getting just one and you get drinks for everyone in your room. Drinks are about 10 bucks so do the math if you like to drink. We upgraded to a suite to get a veranda. The only veranda rooms are suites. So if you are never in your room dont bother with a suite. Considerably more, but we had a nice sized room with a big veranda. About 21/2 times more per person but worth it I thought. The ship is a little dated but clean. We stayed on board in Ensenada I don't need any Chickletts gum or fanny packs. Ensenada is walking distance about 20 min walk. So contrary to many of these reviews, everything was 4-5 stars. I would do it again. I hope this was helpful. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Tried looking on Cruise Critic for information about the Carnival Halloween October but could not find any. Hopefully this review will prepare future cruisers as what to expect. This is a “Booze Cruise.” Lots of drinkers ... Read More
Tried looking on Cruise Critic for information about the Carnival Halloween October but could not find any. Hopefully this review will prepare future cruisers as what to expect. This is a “Booze Cruise.” Lots of drinkers and smokers (not only tobacco). We have done this short cruise before and knew what to expect. However, there seemed to be more drunk people on this cruise. The cruise was hit and miss. For a 22 year old ship, the Inspiration is in OK shape. There is some interior damage to the decorations contributed to the type of guest the ship attracts. It was nice after many months, the glass elevators were working again. The first night, as we left Long beach, it rained and the roof above deck 12, near the atrium, leaked. Embarkation was fast. Your room keys are obtained on board the ship in a sealed envelope outside your cabin door. Both the embarkation, and debarkation, were smooth and fast. Parking at the port will cost you $20 a day. We were excited to hear the Inspiration would be celebrating Halloween all October like their web site said. Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the Carnival Halloween Celebration. We thought the ship would be decorated for Halloween and the music selection would be seasonal. The decoration consisted on a single 12 foot statue of Patches (the Carnival Halloween mascot) and some orange and black plastic bunting in the atrium. As for the Halloween music, it did not exist (except for Thriller at a dance class). There was no Halloween themed food served and the costume party consisted of 14 people in costume. It did not help the costume party was held during the Late Dinner Seating. Thus, you either missed the party, or your assigned dinner time. There was a pumpkin carving contest on the day at sea where 6 guests competed again the Cruise Director and the ship’s Ice Carver. MarQ (the Cruise Director) and his team, tried their best, but the failure seemed to be on the corporate level. Unless you specifically looked for it on the Carnival website, the passengers were unaware of the Halloween activities prior to boarding the ship (thus the lack of costumes). A simple email prior to the cruise would have solved this issue. It seemed like Carnival was doing the bare minimum to call itself a Halloween Cruise. So, it you are looking for a Halloween fun, stick to the amusement parks. On a bright note, the Cruise Director, MarQ, was very friendly and went out of his way to talk to the guests. His team was energetic and worked hard. Albert, the Comedy Club Manager, also was friendly and a pleasure to talk to (congratulations on being employee of the month). Unfortunately, the comedians were mediocre. This is the first cruise we have ever seen empty seats in the comedy club. One comedian left the house light up and you felt obligated to laugh for fear of him singling you out. His “jokes” received polite chuckles only. The buffet was laid out well with four areas serving the exact same items. There was also the usual deli, pizza, burger, and Mexican food areas. The Chipole style Mexican food was the best food stop on the ship. There was no Asian buffet area like found on some ships. However, the Taste Bar is now a Sushi Stand which costs about $5 a roll. Never saw anybody buying the sushi. Although not as good as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, or Holland America, the food was as expected for a 3 day cruise. Although the 3 day cruise is a nice escape from reality, it is Booze Cruise. Not recommended for children. If your goal is to get drunk and party, this is the cruise for you. If you want a more traditional cruise, go with the 7 day cruises. If you want a starter cruise, go with the 4 day midweek sailings. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Team headwaiter: Fathor Team waiter: Sulistiano Asst. Team waiter: Wayan Amazing dinning experience ! They are great with customers. They remembered rhe foods and drinks we liked. Time consistent Always making us laugh. ... Read More
Team headwaiter: Fathor Team waiter: Sulistiano Asst. Team waiter: Wayan Amazing dinning experience ! They are great with customers. They remembered rhe foods and drinks we liked. Time consistent Always making us laugh. Sang to us. Suggested great food and entertainmant. The musical shows were amazing. The band near the casino was phenominal. I think the band name was moccha sound. The MC was hilarious and always helpful. Our cabin was always clean. I loved the little details with the towels and towel animals. The excursions were so fun. Fiabola and Armando from the tour bus were funny and great to talk to. They gave us great recommendations. Felt safe with the tour vus as well. Ping ball ans miniature golf was so much fun. Swimming was fun. All staff on deck was excellent. Very sweet staff. I hope to see the dame staff there when I take another carnival inspiration cruise. I also loved the staff in the boutique store near the casino. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
The price was good. But you know what they say, you get what you pay for. The drinks were watered down so I ordered "shots" instead. But let me tell you, I had 4 shots of (supposedly, PATRON Tequila) and after the 4 shots, I ... Read More
The price was good. But you know what they say, you get what you pay for. The drinks were watered down so I ordered "shots" instead. But let me tell you, I had 4 shots of (supposedly, PATRON Tequila) and after the 4 shots, I didn't even have a tiny buzz. They were very easy to go down, but even Patron has a bit of a kick. It tasted like water with a bit of alcohol. I am normally a lightweight. One shot and I feel a lil buzz. But after 4 shots? No, something was just not right. And the last cruise I went on, all the food was included, but this time, Room Service was not included and at dinner, if you wanted anything like steak or lobster you had to pay an additional $20 each meal!! That was crazy!! Regarding beverages, it use to be all included except Alcohol, which is understandable. But now, you have to pay for sodas as well... The rooms weren't always cleaned properly and I felt that our person who cleaned our room, was constantly in there. Moving our stuff etc.... we didn't like that too much. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Normally my husband and I prefer longer cruises, but this was the first time we'd taken our kids (ages 8 and 6), and we weren't sure how they would do. So we decided a 3-day was the way to go, just to find out how they liked it. The ... Read More
Normally my husband and I prefer longer cruises, but this was the first time we'd taken our kids (ages 8 and 6), and we weren't sure how they would do. So we decided a 3-day was the way to go, just to find out how they liked it. The verdict is in -- they LOVED it and are begging to go back. Embarkation was ridiculously easy. Our time slot was at noon, and we'd left the Queen Mary hotel (next door) by 11, thinking we would need time dealing with parking in the garage. We were parked 2 minutes later. Because we had almost an hour left before our time slot, I suggested that we walk over to the water and take some photos. That killed another 10 minutes, so I decided to have us just go through the "early" line, hoping that the wait wouldn't be long. Ha! We literally walked right up. We were on the ship about 5 minutes later, and were relaxing with our lunches by the pool before our time slot even opened. The waterslide area never got crowded. Nor did the pool deck. Super easy to attend shows, too. Just walk right up and get a seat. If you wanted the front row right in the center, come like 5-10 minutes early. Both my daughter and I were contestants on the Hasbro the Game Show and we won consolation prizes. Son and husband got selected as characters in "Horton Hears a Who" reenactment for the Dr. Seuss storytime. Super fun! Daughter and I won the dance contest during the kids Halloween Party in the Rock n Roll Lounge (I was voted Best Mom Dancer and she was Best Girl Dancer). Food was AMAZING, especially the cold soups. That was my attempt at introducing my kids to fancy food. They had cold soups as an appetizer along with their chicken fingers or mac n cheese. Well, you can't win 'em all, right? Husband and I enjoyed the steak and seafood entrees every night. The surf was a bit choppy on our Sea Day, and our sea kayaking got cancelled during our port in Ensenada. No worries -- we'll just have to go again next year for Fall Break! I think we'll do the 4-day this time. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Ship was great with a lot of entertainment! Cabin was very nice and clean, our room was cleaned up quickly once we left. We were greeted by the steward and I was impressed that he remembered our name the entire time! Dinner was great, a ... Read More
Ship was great with a lot of entertainment! Cabin was very nice and clean, our room was cleaned up quickly once we left. We were greeted by the steward and I was impressed that he remembered our name the entire time! Dinner was great, a lot of food choices was wonderful for my husband who loves food. My favorite was all the photos all through the cruise, we now have plenty of keep sake memories. Dressing up for a formal dinner and photos was a night to remember, everyone was so professional and helpful always with smiles on their faces. My only regret was spending so much money at the spa! I would have given a 5 star had I not felt cheated at the spa. At the time I didn't say anything however for I should have. Ladies don't waste your money with the ionithermie! I went for a walk through and the "deal" sounded amazing. All areas plus a temple massage for $129 well I never got any massage at all! And the equipment they promised to be so relaxing was actually horrible to feel like your getting shocked! Then after the process they recalculate your measurements to see how many inches you have lost. She said I lost 3" but as I looked at the paper I lost none. NOT worth the money I spent! I much rather could of used that money on something else on this cruise. That was my first time ever at a spa and probably my last time. Shore excursion was AMAZING! If I could give them a 10 stars I would. We did the Baja Off the Road Buggy Adventure. This was the highlight to our cruise. Those guys were fun, nice and professional. Money well spent there and if we were to go I would chose that excursion again. My husband and I both are wanting to do a longer cruise next time. Read Less
Carnival Inspiration Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 1.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 5.0 4.1
Rates 2.0 4.3

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