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mbg

Age: 53

Occupation:housewife

Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Inspiration

Sailing Date: 2012-03-12

Itinerary: Catalina and Ensenada

I have sailed 7 times on Carnival, and have watched the amenities, value, and food quality steadily decline. Not saying that we didn't have a good time...because we did. Just saying sailing with Carnival is not what it used to be.

Eating on the Lido deck is comparable to Golden Corral. Lots of food, mostly low quality. The deserts are almost not edible. The main dining room is nice and the food is for the most part is good, however, the options are few. The menu has been changed to offer only two courses - the categories are "starters" and "main". No longer is it a several course elegant meal. There is a desert menu, and most of the deserts are good. The signature dessert of Carnival Cruises is the Warm Chocolate Melting Cake, but the chef on this boat doesn't know how to make it. Don't look for the waiters to parade thru the room with flaming Cherries Jubilee anymore either.

The cabin steward was good, but we found nothing happened unless asked for - like bunks not put up during the day to give us room to move around, no free toiletries not even an ice bucket. The room safes no longer use a key code, now they use a room key. Only one room key will work, so only one person in the room can get in and out of it. With multiple people in a room we found that inconvenient.

The entertainment directors (particularly Matt from Florida) were excellent. Consistently we have found them to be the highlight of the cruise! Still think Carnival should continually look to add new and varied activities; and perhaps encourage participation by offering prizes that are worth having. The "gold colored ship on a stick" is pretty lame. The "game of love" was cute, but too geared to induce sexually explicit answers- that humor is getting old especially to frequent quests. I think the Bingo games are overpriced at $20 for one game, and the winner take is pathetic in light of how much is collected.

Don't waste the money on the shuttle bus in Ensenada. We were concerned about the safety of travel to downtown, so paid it. We didn't bother to ride it for the return even though it was prepaid. The best shopping is only a couple blocks from the ship anyway. It felt safe enough in daylight, but I wouldn't recommend venturing out alone.

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