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Age: 42


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Inspiration

Sailing Date: 2014-07-28

Itinerary: Catalina

This was our first cruise and may just be our last. Upon first glance inside, the ship was straight from the 80s with dark, mirrored decor throughout, brassy, extremely dated. Our upgraded owners suite was very large but again very dated. Bathroom was black marble and pink tub, and just very dark and dated. It was located right under the track, so we heard runners stomping away very early in the morning. It was nice to have a large deck but not so good to have our view blocked by a lifeboat (although understanding the need for those!).

Pool was very small and water was always green and unusually warm, which kept us out of it. Water slides were geared toward very young kids, only one larger slide. Disappointing for my kids. They got bored the first day.

Food at breakfast and lunch in the buffets was just like going to Sizzler. I think Sizzler was actually better! Food at dinner in the dining room was not bad but never hot. No midnight buffets or dessert bars, just soft serve was the only thing available after 10:00. Nothing special to report about the food.

Regarding entertainment, there was no reason to stay up late. We saw one terrible comic, another mediocre one. Saw the game show and it was a bit lame. Played Bingo and it took longer to get cards and process the charges for everyone than it took to play one game. The mini golf course was literally falling apart with missing or loose bricks and crinkled greens. We played lots of ping pong, that was the highlight of the entertainment! Nothing special to report about the entertainment.

In Catalina, the kids went parasailing, and we rented a golf cart and drove around the island, which was fun. Note, we did this on our own, no group excursions. In Ensenada, to no fault of Carnival, we stayed an hour and returned to the ship. Town was berry sketchy, kids got freaked out. Dirty, smelly, not a place we wanted to be. It was my first time so it was a new city for me.

The good thing is I felt the ship was clean.

Overall, we we very underwhelmed with our first cruise experience. We were very much looking forward to this cruise. I felt like we were in an RV park, it was unusually communal. I now believe you get what you pay for! We should have just saved up for a Disney cruise to get on a higher caliber cruise line, with a higher caliber clientele. Now, I will never get my family to go on another cruise after this experience.

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