cruisinthemed Posted June 28, 2013 #1 Share Posted June 28, 2013 Just a little background...This was my 21st cruise on Carnival & my 2nd on the Inspiration. I've also taken 4 on NCL & 4 RCCL. We love to cruise & this was our 4th cruise since Feb. We took the Inspiration as a short summer getaway. It was My 15 year old son's 2nd cruise. Sail date June 24-28, 2013. We arrived @ the port @ 10:30, being Platinum we like getting to the ship early. We, in the past would often be on the ship by 11:30. This was not the case on Monday. We didn't board until 12:45! The wedding parties were very frustrated, as one of the ceremonies was due to start @ 1:30. Our ship was very late in departing. We were actually 2 hours & 10 minutes late. The only thing we heard was logistics! That could mean just about anything??? The ship stunk...I mean it literally stunk, like sewer! It was the worst in the area of the casino by the elevators down each flight, so not from the smoke from the casino bar...that's another story! I won't even go there. I learned to hold my breath waiting for the elevator & when we came out of the elevator by our room. Fortunately we were close to the elevator. Our room didn't smell, but we were quick to close our door. Our cabin was ready & we dropped of our carry-ons, then headed upstairs for lunch & to walk around the ship. We bought my son a soda card & ordered a bucket of beer. Darrell was our server for bar a service from the 1st order & was great. He knew our names & folio # from the 1st order. My son was very impressed by him to be referred by name the entire cruise. Our dining room service was fair to poor. My son enjoyed his gourmet burger the 1st night & ordered it again the 2nd night. To his disappointment it was not a gourmet burger, but possibly a kids burger. Something like the pool area would serve, with soft soggy fries. Last nights wait for dinner was 45 minutes. We had YTD and went @ 7. It took until 8:10 before our starters were @ our table. My son had activities starting @ 8:30, so after My husband & I had our starters served, I asked if my son could have his burger (yes, he had a burger again). I think that may have annoyed our waiter, as the people sitting at the table next to ours that He was flinging my plate like a Frisbee. The service from Him was down right rude. Our dinner too us until 9:10 to complete. I've never spent that long from going to the dining room to finishing dinner before. The chocolate melting cake was really the only reason why we wanted the dining room last night. My son didn't even stick around for it, since their activity was starting. We got off the ship in Catalina & priority tendering paid off, since the line was going through deck 5. We were told that @ 11:00 they were expecting it to be on deck 8. We rented a golf cart since it was overcast. We had planned to parasail, but it wasn't nice enough. We never got off the ship in Ensenada, so no comment for that. We hung out in the Casino most of the day, since again it was overcast. We always enjoy the adult comedy. Smiley Joe Wiley was very good. Seth was good also, but we have heard him so many times that it seemed that he hasn't added any new material in years...other than the audience jokes. We heard Tommy Green Jr. @ the Welcome aboard show & were very disappointed to know he was sailing as a guest & would not be entertaining us during the cruise. We saw in the funtimes that the entertainer in Blue Rhaphsody was also named Tommy G, thought maybe it was Tommy Green Jr. but, were disappointed all over again! To think 2 entertainers with the same 1st name & last initials...what were the chances:( Overall we had a good trip, because we enjoy being on the ship, but we have decided we will probably not sail on the Inspiration again. This was wrote as I thought of things & is not in any particular order. I'm not going to put any pics, as I wasn't meaning to make it a review, just some of our thoughts & observances. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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