foxesden1 Posted January 17, 2012 #1 Share Posted January 17, 2012 Carnival Inspiration, January 2012 First let me say I will do my best to get this done within the week.. (or two) ;-) I took photos of EVERYTHING and grabbed copies of TONS of things to scan. I will make sure everything is posted for you all to see. I have cruised a few times before, with different lines. BUT I have a travel background, so I look at things, as someone who has been trained, and worked in Travel and Hotels. My last position was as Acting Director of Sales for a Major hotel chain in Downtown Toronto, Canada. So in some ways I may be "harsh" sounding in my reviews, but I am not. I just seem to notice the "small things" because that is what a hotel would get docked for when they are rated. Its what I was trained for. So I am no way a "cheer leader" for anyone line. So here we go.. My family and I moved to So Cal about 4.5 years ago, and we always wanted to take a cruise from San Diego - but we never got around to it.. then RCL pulled out, and all cruises seemed to be running out of Long Beach, so we thought we better hope on it, before CCL pulled out to! I booked us on CCL a EA inside last Aug, for a sailing in Jan, of 2012. I knew I wanted to sail in a inside cabin, as we have already done outside, afts, and balconies. So a short four night trip would be perfect for us! Tangent: First myth on inside cabin.. its really NOT THAT DARK. If anything, I was disappointed by the amount of light that came in through the door. We had brought mini LED flashlights (handy btw) just in case. Because the ship was departing on a Monday, and we live in San Diego, I booked us a Cruise rate at the Queen Mary for $159.00 (plus taxes). We booked into a "family room". I did not want to face the drive to Long Beach - RUSH hour for 3plus hours is not my idea of a holiday! We made good time to the Queen Mary, only to find that the day we arrived a Bridal Show was going on, WHAT A ZOO the parking lot was! We were able to get our selves sorted and went directly to check in (around 11:30am) before we had brunch (Champagne Brunch $49.00 and $25.00 aprox for adult and child). Our room was not ready, so they stored our baggage for us, and went went off to brunch. Outside the dining room they have a photographer set up $20.00 cash, for a selection of photos taken with a green backdrop. I am a sucker, and was in vacation mode, so we all posed for a pix (to be added if I can find it.. ). We were seated, and I could feel the stress of the road roll off my shoulders, I was on Vacation! The man of the far right (next to my daughter) is a dear friend who came to pay us a surprise visit from Chi-town.. SURPRISE.. we were going to Mexico in two day! My daughter was THRILLED that they had a kids buffet! And went right over to it! (Pizza, Chicken nuggets, Grilled Cheese, Cookies, Fresh Fruit) I was busy eying the other direction.. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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