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Overview

The 2,054-passenger Carnival Inspiration was last refurbished in 2016 (it originally launched in 1996) to include more "Fun Ship 2.0" features, such as the BlueIguana Tequila Bar and Guy's Burger Joint. It is set to receive another update in mid-November 2018. 

The ship appeals to multiple traveler types, with a variety of activities and amenities ranging from the Punchliner Comedy Club and six bars and lounges to a mini-golf course, video game arcade and WaterWorks water park. During the day, younger guests can participate in age-appropriate kids clubs while parents relax and sip cocktails at the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat.

When it’s time to dine, guests can choose between two main dining rooms, a coffee bar and the Lido buffet, which offers everything from pizza to salad. However, passengers won’t find any specialty dining venues. Past cruisers gave mixed reviews of the food quality.

Carnival Inspiration offers fewer cabin categories than newer Carnival ships, but cruisers can still choose from Interior, Ocean View and Suite category accommodations. All cabins come appointed with flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service.

In 2018-19, Carnival Inspiration departs from Los Angeles for sailings in Mexico – just like its sister ship, Carnival Imagination

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The 2,054-passenger Carnival Inspiration was last refurbished in 2016 (it originally launched in 1996) to include more "Fun Ship 2.0" features, such as the BlueIguana Tequila Bar and Guy's Burger Joint. It is set to receive another update in mid-November 2018. 

The ship appeals to multiple traveler types, with a variety of activities and amenities ranging from the Punchliner Comedy Club and six bars and lounges to a mini-golf course, video game arcade and WaterWorks water park. During the day, younger guests can participate in age-appropriate kids clubs while parents relax and sip cocktails at the Serenity Adult-Only Retreat.

When it’s time to dine, guests can choose between two main dining rooms, a coffee bar and the Lido buffet, which offers everything from pizza to salad. However, passengers won’t find any specialty dining venues. Past cruisers gave mixed reviews of the food quality.

Carnival Inspiration offers fewer cabin categories than newer Carnival ships, but cruisers can still choose from Interior, Ocean View and Suite category accommodations. All cabins come appointed with flat-screen TVs and 24-hour room service.

In 2018-19, Carnival Inspiration departs from Los Angeles for sailings in Mexico – just like its sister ship, Carnival Imagination

Ship Size
L
Price
$$$$
Year Built
N/A

Pros & Cons

  • Revamp set for mid-November 2018

  • Ship does not offer a specialty restaurant

4.05Scorecard
  • 4.0Expert Rating »
  • 3.7Traveler Rating »
  • 5.0Health Rating »

Rankings

Carnival Inspiration ranks #1 out of 25 Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Cabins

Carnival Inspiration offers a wide range of accomodation options. Browse cabins to find the stateroom that suits your needs.

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Deck Plans

Carnival Inspiration contains 10 decks. Find out which features are available on each Carnival Inspiration deck.

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Traveler Reviews

A ship’s traveler rating is provided under license by Cruiseline.com , which manages one of the largest databases of cruise reviews and ratings by travelers. A total of 2205 guests have reviewed Carnival Inspiration, giving it a rating of 3.7 on a scale of 1-5.

Cruiseline Travel Rating:

3.7 out of 5(2205 reviews)

Reviews by Traveler Type

Couples38.2%
Families w/older children18.5%
Singles/Friends13.9%
Families w/young children12.1%
Groups6.3%
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Ship Photos

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