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  1. txtravelerfamily

    Inspiration dry dock.

    Anyone been on the inspiration since dry dock? Care to share photos? Before vs after differences?
  2. Hello, My husband and 2 kids will be cruising for my 50th birthday. My son is 13 and my daughter is 11 and are we are going to be surprise them when pull up to the ship. I hope we can meet other cruisers before we go. Happy Sailing!
  3. Good Afternoon CC - I am fairly new to Carnival (only sailed once on the Valor years ago) and while it was a great experience I am a little hesitant to book this cruise and was wondering if anyone can help. I'm used to Royal Caribbean (southern Caribbean) i'm kind of a creature of habit and have been on Adventure of the seas 6 times. Anyhow, I am traveling with my 3 boys ages 3-9 and my mom. We find ourselves in Long Beach for a week and we were looking into a 4 day Catalina -Ensenada on the Inspiration (possibly a Grand Suite ). Can anyone share any honest pros and cons or things I should be aware of being that I am traveling with children. Will it be a "college drinking" party crowd? Families? Just wondering... before I book. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all your help.
  4. Trying to get a handle on the cruises out of Los Angeles. When I was researching Carnival on the US News travel website, I learned they rank "Inspiration" as the #1 Carnival ship. (It's sister-ship, Imagination, ranks #24 out of 25 Carnival ships.) Launched in 1996 & refurbed in 2016, is it at all possible that Inspiration is actually #1? Am trying to plan a multi-generational outing for a very rare occasion, everyone is hard-up for $$ so I'm seeking a financially conservative option for a cruise...but don't want a ship equivalent to Majesty of the Seas. Anyone know if #1 is a deserved ranking for Inspiration?
  5. When I look in the Meet & Mingle section for Carnival Inspiration, it is not listed in the list of ships. I also noticed that the Inspiration is not there. Maybe others are missing too but I'm not sure of all of the ships they have. Is this an oversight or intentional? Do they have Meet & Mingles on the Inspiration?
  6. For all you who are looking for the Carnival Fun Times daily schedule for the Carnival Inspiration here it is. We cruised September 3-7 2018. Hope this is helpful. I really appreciate it when other people post their Fun times schedule up for us.
  7. I've seen a few posts here and there asking about what's happening in dry dock for Carnival Inspiration. Since my husband and I are sailing in January, we were excited to know there'd be a dry dock this month and were curious what we could expect. I had asked around and found out they're putting in more permanent sushi station (rather than the temporary one that has seemed to be there) as well as routine maintenance. I found a video today online showing more of the dry dock. Thought I'd share in case anybody's interested. Looks like it's getting a slight facelift and everything should look updated, on top of getting a Bonsai Sushi.
  8. Anyone who has been on the inspiration recently talk to the crew about the upcoming dry dock? Since there has been no news, I'm assuming it will be routine maintenance...etc, but maybe hoping for something exciting...
  9. Hello there! We will be cruising on the inspiration in a couple weeks. We are from Indiana but we're traveling to CA for my brother-in-law's wedding. My m-i-l booked the cruise for us 2 days ago for our Christmas gift instead of having us hang out in post wedding chaos. I'm a planner so while I appreciate the opportunity the last minute change in plans is making me crazy. 1) We are renting a car and will return it before the cruise? Is there a good place to return the car that will allow easy access to transportation to the cruise terminal? 2)We are flying home from Long Beach. What is the best way to get back to the airport? 3) Our kids, ages 5 and 10, will be with us. Any suggestions for things to do at Catalina Island or Esenada? 4) This will be my 6th Carnival cruise so I'm pretty confident I know what to expect but we've always cruised to the Bahamas or the Caribbean (except my favorite cruise which was Alaska). Any tips for a west coast cruise? 5) Anything I should know about the Inspiration? 6) We board on my birthday! How should we celebrate? Thanks for any help!
  10. Season's Greetings Cruisers, Is there anyone sailing on the Carnival Inspiration on December 3, 2018 who is planning to go on the Behind the Scenes tour? We have an interesting and very responsible 12-year-old son who wants to go, but we don't really want to join him this time. We are hoping we can meet a new family friend who might accompany him on the tour.
  11. Does anyone know if by chance they have make up artists doing make up (obviously for a fee) for Halloween? We are going on Inspiration October 29. Thank You
  12. Hello, Can anyone who has experienced the Muster Drill in a wheel chair on the Inspiration tell me if there is a special place where they go to get the info on the Drill as I am reading on the other board? I am getting conflicting answers on the DISABLED BOARD. Please...No guesses or info from other ships. I know things are handled differently from ship to ship. Thank you very much. :):):)
  13. Does anyone have any idea of what's gonna be changed with this ship in November?
  14. EL Capitan Z

    Addicted to Inspiration!!

    In a couple weeks I will be cruising Regent Seven Seas to the Med. Feeling like I’m cheating on Carnival, I immediately booked an Inspiration cruise after. I LOVE CARNIVAL, especially Elation, Inspiration and Imagination. The value is tremendous. Service is great and the cruise is fun and convenient!!!! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. Any info or rumors what they will be doing during the short dry dock in November? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  16. For those who have actually traveled on these 2 ships..... Looking to do the 4 day in February and wondering which to choose. Itineraries are the same. Ships look to be almost identical...so what I'm wondering is crew.... cleanliness... Upkeep of ship Etc I known these itinerary are often considered 'booze cruise' which is not our style thus the reason for Feb, as traditionally not the best weather in that area....just want the break and ports....plus...its a free gift....so just want advice on ships. Thanks!
  17. Just got off. I have always loved the value of Carnival cruises and the service/food on board. In my opinion, there is no other better quick vacation than this particular itinerary. I just did this exact cruise in MAY and I did give a great review. This time, the cruise was average at best. I am a little disappointed and hope this is a fluke. Again, I still recommend this cruise for a quick and cheap get away. -I stayed in the Forward portion of the (U)pper deck. Room was large, cool and comfortable. The bed although very comfortable, had the crack in the middle (two twins pushed together) and during the night they came apart. Also, on the first morning, Carnival thought it was ok to start DRILLING incessantly from 730-930 AM. Not a good time to start performing maintenance. -I bought the Cheers package. In May, I had bought it and it was AWESOME. This time, almost all my drinks were watered down. Very cheap and dishonorable of the bartenders and Carnival to do this. Cheers includes the tip when you buy it. I have a feeling some guests tip the bartenders extra for a strong pour and the other guests who do not tip extra get a weak pour. This way inventory is balanced for the bar keep. Next time, I am doing beers. This way I am guaranteed what I pay for. -Alchemy bar still was great. Drinks were strong. On the first night I had asked for blue cheese stuffed olives and nuts. The Bartender told me he was out of them, lol, and did not give me. This is the first night!!! I am thinking, this dude was burnt out, so I let it at that. Regardless, I was a bit disappointed but I did "feel for him". -Entertainment was good. Casino (Didn't pay out this time :(), Karaoke and Dancing were top notch. -The ship was nice as always. Her age is showing but she still looks good. -Food was ok this time. Temperatures were a little cool when we received the food. However the SERVICE WAS TOP NOTCH and The DESSERTS were to DIE FOR!!!! The Coffee bar has the best coffee in the world, with awesome service!!! I have taken this route a few times. I like that it is fun, affordable and quick. All the past cruises were an 8! This one was not firing on all cylinders so I have to give it a 6. Regardless, I will try her out again in a couple months. ENSENADA!!! Visit ELOYI at "Los Amigos Barras and Beers". I have known him for a couple decades. He will take care of you.
  18. La Princesa

    Carnival Inspiration

    Has anyone cruised the Inspiration from Long Beach on a 4 night that can tell me when they are doing the formal night?? Normally they do it the 2nd night or on a sea day. but the sea day is the last night. Are they doing formal night on the last night of the cruise???? thanks
  19. I just returned from the 4 day Baja cruise on the Inspiration. Here are the Fun Times from the cruise. Let me know if you can see them, because I am not sure if I did this right.:confused: https://klmb318.imgur.com
  20. so for $20, you can get a lobster tail or lobster tail and filet mignon (surf and turf). Is the single lobster entree bigger than the surf and turf lobster? if same size, you get 2?
  21. Can anyone please tell me what stateroom number the Handicap Accessible Grand Suite number is? We have been told there is only one on this ship. Thank you.
  22. Greetings! I am taking my 12 yr old son on the Inspiration next week, 20 - 24. He has been on 2 cruises (3 yrs old and 5 yrs old), however he has no memories of either, lol. I had to show him pics to prove he was actually on them! Anyway, he had an amazing time as a child on both, we couldn't tear him away from the kids clubs (1 on Carnival, 1 on RC). Well, now he's 12 and super excited about the cruise. Does anyone have any experiences, pics or stories to share about the cruise life for a 12 yr old? What kinds of activities they do, how much the "kids" liked it, etc.? Just trying to get an idea for him before we go. Thanks!! Jefferson (and Jackson)
  23. Can anyone tell me the stateroom # for the Handicap Accessible Grand Suite on the Inspiration? We are being told that there is only one on this ship. Thank you.
  24. Ok…was looking to book a 3 day on the Inspiration later this year…been onthis cruise multiple times in the past years, and it has always been leave LongBeach Friday, Ensenada Saturday, and sea day Sunday…noticed for the ones I’ve looked at, Ensenada and the sea day has been switched…anybody know the reason why? Also, would Cruise Elegant night still be Saturday?
  25. Pre-Planning I booked this Christmas cruise in August. Even at that time it seemed like many of the staterooms were already booked, so I am guessing it will be a full cruise. There will be 7 of us and we have booked three rooms. My mom and daughter are sharing a suite, my dh and I are in an ocean view room and my 2 boys and brother are in another ocean view room. I suggested this trip to my family because last year was the first Christmas without my dad. It was hard, and I just wasn’t looking forward to the holidays this year. (We would have NEVER done a cruise over Christmas if my dad was still here….not a chance! Christmas was at home, with my dad cooking and videoing all the opening of gifts) But my mom is open to considering other options and all my kids are young adults (ages 20-25), so it seemed like a good idea. I’ll be honest, I’ve never sailed on Carnival before. It's not a cruise line I would typically consider. But after checking airline prices, I just could not afford flying 5 of us somewhere, plus the costs of the cruise itself, so we decided to choose a cruise that sailed out of CA. We considered week long cruise, which I think was either NCL or RCCL. The other option was a 4 day cruise. I debated back and forth about which length of cruise to take. My mom and daughter wanted 7 days and my sons a 4 day cruise. I finally decided to book 4 days, which automatically meant Carnival. I decided it must have been meant to be, as the very next day after I booked the cruise in August, my best friends son announced he was getting married December 30 (the day we’d be getting off the ship for the 7 day cruise) I’m the one who has done all the research, booked the cabins and planned our excursions. I’ve also informed my mother and brother the purpose of the trip is to be with family and I don’t want to hear if the food isn’t awesome. In fact, I told them to assume it probably wasn’t that good and enjoy the surprise if it is. I have also put the kibosh on any talk of politics, as we have family members with wildly divergent views. I basically don't want to hear any complaining! Both my mom and my brother have a tendency to be critical about things and I don't want to listen. I booked a private wine tour for Ensenada, which I am excited about. We enjoy wine tasting and have been to all the regions in California. I know we can’t purchase wine for the cruise, but we may very well purchase some and then have the cruise line store it until the end. I haven’t booked anything for Catalina yet. It looked like we could do many things when we arrive, so I've decided not to book ahead. We are staying at the Marriott Renaissance the night before and will drive to the port Friday morning and park at the pier. I have purchased Faster to the Fun for two of our cabins. I figured on a short cruise like this, getting on earlier is better. We are carrying on 6 bottles of wine, to enjoy in our rooms, or maybe to bring to dinner. We are not purchasing the alcohol beverage program, as I just don’t think we get our money’s worth. If my sons want the soda card, I’ll purchase that, but the rest of us will drink water (or tea, for my mom) because that’s what we prefer.. And then we’ll order alcoholic drinks as we wish. I'm hoping that writing this report will help out anyone considering this cruise, as it was hard to find trip reports about this specific itinerary.