The only thing better than taking a vacation to the Western Caribbean, is taking one on the Fun Ship, Carnival cruise Inspiration. As a member of the Fantasy Class, the Carnival Inspiration is truly a destination in itself! Carnival cruise lines Inspiration was constructed in 1996 and refurbished to a better-than-new standard in 2002. The 70,000-ton Carnival cruise ship Inspiration includes a 12,000 square foot Nautica Spa, a 7-story atrium, a casino, a 115-foot waterslide, a large theater, and...well, why don't you read a little further in this Carnival Inspiration Review!
Total Staterooms: 1,026
Private Balcony Staterooms: 54
Passenger capacity: 2052
Total crew: 920
Officers nationality: Italian
Ship length: 855
Offering 4- or 5-day trips to the Western Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Inspiration will sail from Tampa, Florida to two ports (per her current itineraries), Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico.
Grand Cayman is the largest of the Cayman Islands, and it is a diver's paradise. Only minutes from the famous Seven Mile Beach, the West Wall is a dive site renowned for its beauty and for the fact that experienced or amateurs will be able to explore it. Visit the Cayman Turtle Farm. By far the most popular land attraction on Grand Cayman, it is home to over 16,000 green sea turtles that range in size from six ounces to six hundred pounds each.
Explore downtown George Town. It has lots of tiny churches, memorial, and architecture that hearken back to its British colonial period. And don't forget to send a postcard from Hell, a little district in the West Bay. Strewn with jagged and weathered onyx rock formations that conjure images of the sinister Underworld, Hell is actually a great place to visit.
Cozumel, Mexico just so happens to be another amazing place to dive (if it was good enough for Jacques Cousteau...). The Palancar Reef, a dive site there, is home to thousands of beautifully decorated fish. However, for those who wish to stay above sea level, if not exactly dry, there are lots of other things to do and see. As far as climate goes, the time in between October and April is usually the coolest, usually reaching the low to mid-80s and low humidity.
In summer, the temperature is not much higher, but can get very humid. Still, any time is a good time to visit. Visit the Mayan Ruins of Tulum or El Cedral, spend the day at Xcaret Eco-Archaeological Park, or just fall into the world of a paperback novel on the beach.
Carnival Inspiration 4-Day Western Caribbean Cruise (also leaves on a Monday)
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Carnival Inspiration 5-Day Western Caribbean Cruise (also leaves on a Saturday)
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There are three basic categories of rooms from which you can choose on the Carnival Cruise Ship Inspiration: an interior stateroom, an oceanview stateroom, or a suite. They each have different appeals, but all have some things in common, like the TV, hairdryer, carpeting, spacious closet, private bathroom, and more.
Carnival Inspiration - Inside Stateroom
While the interior has no windows looking out over the ocean, that may not be something that bothers you. In fact, if you're simply looking for room in which you'll have no problem relaxing (as well as one that is unbelievably priced), this is the room for you.
Carnival Inspiration - Oceanview Stateroom
The oceanview stateroom has an ample window and lots of space inside. While most oceanview staterooms have a picture window, some have two portholes.
Carnival Inspiration - Balcony Stateroom
There's just something about being able to experience the privacy of your balcony as you cruise through the water-it's an experience like nothing else. Start your day by enjoying breakfast on your private balcony aboard the Carnival cruise ship Inspiration or end a perfect day with a quiet moment watching the moonlight over the water.
Carnival Inspiration - Suite
The last category of cabins is the suite. Now if you've never cruised before, or never stayed in a room with a balcony, you don't know what you're missing. In fact, I bet that if you would stay in one of Carnival cruise line Inspiration's suites with a balcony, you'll never stay in a cabin without one again.
The 1200-seat Paris Lounge onboard the Carnival cruise Inspiration is only one of the many places you can go for an evening's entertainment onboard the Carnival cruise ship Inspiration, but if you're looking for a lively Las Vegas show, you won't find a better place.
After the standing ovation, toast new and old friends at one of the bars or lounges onboard, such as the Chopin Lounge, Violin Bar, or Rhapsody in Blue. Or, should you choose a quiet atmosphere, the Candlelight Lounge is both peaceful and beautiful.
Dance until you're spent at Rock and Roll Dance Club or in the retro atmosphere of Avante Garde Bar. If you're feeling lucky, the Monte Carlo casino can make you a winner! Ask the friendly staff there about Mega Cash, the largest cruise ship jackpot in the world. With a Carnival cruise Inspiration everyone is a winner!
Carnival Inspiration - Activities
The Carnival Inspiration boasts a 115-footwaterslide onboard that was made for kids and kids at heart! Get in on a game of basketball. (If you hear a splash, the ball is out of play.) For some quiet time with a good book, head to the Shakespeare Library.
The spa onboard the Carnival Cruise ship Inspiration is renowned for excellent service and pampering. So head down to the Nautica Spa and spend some time in the steam room and sauna, or pamper yourself with a full-body massage.
You'll also find exercise facilities located right next to the Spa onboard the Carnival Inspiration that are just as good as anything on land. They offer state-of-the-art exercise equipment such as free-weights, nautilus machines, stationary bikes, and universal machines, as well as classes taught by skilled and knowledgeable trainers and instructors.
If you'd just like a place to run a few laps, The Carnival cruise Inspiration offers a jogging track on the sports deck to accommodate this desire, as well as provide a stellar view.
If you're more into walking than running, stroll through the Galleria, where you'll find jewelry, watches, clothing, and lots of other items that you can bring home with you to better remember your trip.
A cruise on the Carnival cruise ship Inspiration also offers Total Choice dining. Multiple dinner times, casual and formal venues, and of course, plenty of places to eat! The Carnival cruise ship Inspiration offers Sushi bars as well as European-style cafes.
The Carnivale Main Dining room has a large selection of entrees, each one more tempting than the last. Broiled New York strip steak, porterhouse steak, filet mignon, surf and turf, Spa Carnival entrees, the list is exactly as long as your appetite is big.
The Mardi Gras Dining Room features lots of spicy, New Orleans-influenced cuisine, as well as many delectable contemporary entrés.
The Brasserie Bar & Grill is a casual venue with a great view. Of course, there may be evenings when all you feel like doing is getting in your pjs and watching a first-run movie. In that case, the twenty-four-hour room service will always be appreciated.
Rest assured, you will never go hungry while traveling on the Carnival Cruise ship Inspiration! The Carnival cruise Inspiration is well known for fabulous food, as their onboard offerings clearly show!
Carnival Inspiration -- Reservations
Whichever itinerary you choose be sure to sail with the Carnival cruise line's Inspiration - it's an experience not to be missed! Hope this Carnival Inspiration Review was helpful to your Carnival cruise vacation research! For more information on the Carnival Cruise Inspiration, or any Carnival ship, contact a Cruise Specialist.