Carnival Inspiration, This marvelous superliner boasts many popular nightspots like the Rock and Roll Dance Club and the Cafe des Artistes. Extensive deck space for sunning, large facilities for fitness/spa offer great opportunities for relaxation. Book your Carnival Imagination Cruise Today For Less.
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4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary
Carnival Cruise Lines
Departing Date: April 28, 2014
Departing From: Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca Dock
||Ports of Call: Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca Dock | Catalina Island, Ca Tender | Ensenada, Mexico Dock | Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca Dock|
|Mon Apr 28, 2014||Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca Dock||--||5:30 pm|
|Tue Apr 29, 2014||Catalina Island, Ca Tender||7:30 am||4:30 pm|
|Wed Apr 30, 2014||Ensenada, Mexico Dock||9:00 am||8:00 pm|
|Thu May 1, 2014||Fun Day At Sea Fun At Sea||--||--|
|Fri May 2, 2014||Los Angeles (long Beach), Ca Dock||8:00 am||--|
Note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. Please verify ports and times with the cruiseline directly.
|Dining / Dinner||Entertainment / Recreation||Gratuity Policies|
Dining Rooms - 2
No. of Dinner Sittings:
| Art Gallery
Bars/Lounges/ Night Clubs - 13
Photo Shop and Photo Gallery
Pools - Outdoor - 3
$5.50 per guest/ per day
$1.00 per guest/ per day
$3.50 per guest/ per day
|Services||Shopping||Health and Beauty|
Shore Excursion Desk
|Shopping Mall|| Health Spa (with whirlpools)
| Aerobic and Exercise Room
| Conference Center
| Baby Sitting Services
Children's Playroom - 2
Kids Pool Area
Identical in all but décor, Inspiration is the sixth in line of the eight Fantasy-class sister ships (Fantasy, Fascination, Ecstasy, Inspiration, Paradise, Sensation & Elation). These ships always seem to have something of interest going on, and thus are ideal for the up-and-at-'em style cruiser. Carrying 2,052 passengers, Fantasy is big enough to provide a week's diverse entertainment, ample deck space for those whose idea of being entertained is basking in a warm sun shine glow, and separate facilities for passengers of all ages.
Having been launched in 1996, in today's whirlwind pace of change in the cruise industry, Fantasy is not so full of neon, chrome and mirrors as her younger sister ships. But it's there if you know where to look. Like at the Grand Atrium with its bold gold neo-classic statue and neon-rimmed mirrors and ceiling panels.
There are a lot of hard surfaces on this ship - especially on the flooring where tiles abound instead of carpet. This adds to the non-stop ambient noise levels, especially in the Violin's Bar and the grand Atrium.
In any case, this is an older ship by today's standards, and as such one can expect to find bargain sailings on her.
Ideal as it is for the sort of person who likes to have loads of activities planned, Inspiration also offers lots of out-of-the-way places to read or just contemplate the sea. During summer cruises, however, when there are hundreds of kiddies aboard, quiet contemplation might become a luxury reserved for another ship.
The prime entertainment venue is the 1,300 seat Paris Lounge theater, but karaoke draws big crowds to the Rock and Roll Dance Club, while the Candlelight Lounge offers a variety of dance-music combos from pop standards to even folk and country musicians. Regardless of what sort of music you like most, you're pretty much assured of hearing it.
By day, there are bingo and Trivial Pursuit contests, not to mention such highbrow events poolside as the men's hairy chest contest.
With no fewer than 12,000 sq. ft. devoted to fitness and spa facilities, these ships are a dream come true for those who like to keep in shape during their cruise, and don't mind doing so in either uninspiring (the spa) or aggressively pink (the gym) surroundings. The gyms have a private trainer and 35 state-of-the-art exercise machines. There's a day-long schedule of aerobics, and stretching yoga, and Pilates classes (usually around $10 each), as well as body composition analysis and personal training sessions, $75 for 60 minutes. There's a fully jogging track and a volleyball court. Women who want to sunbathe topless will find secluded areas in which to do so.
Those who prefer to skip shore excursions and snorkel on their own can rent equipment for $26 for three days. The inescapable Steiner's of London operates the ship's spa, which offers lots of different kinds of massage – and pushes its beauty products rather more zealously than most passengers would prefer.
Carnival's celebrated Camp Carnival program offers a full schedule of supervised activities, from finger painting and singalongs for younger children to photography workshops, late-night movies, and pool parties for their older siblings. The ships' 2,400-square foot "Children's World" play areas are stocked with a computer lab, a climbing maze, an activity wall, and an assortment of toys, games and puzzles.
From the best pizza afloat (available 24 hours per day) to haute cuisine in the main dining room, Carnival really delivers on the food front.
Total Choice Dining provides for four dinner seatings in the main dining rooms, alternative Bistro dining every evening, and an increased number of service staff. Passengers are assigned a table for dinner in one of the two main dining rooms -- The Mardi Gras Dining Room on Atlantic Deck, mid-ship, or the Carnivale Dining Room on Atlantic Deck, aft -- at one of four seatings; 5:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. There are very few tables for two in either of the two main dining rooms; expect to dine with four, six, or eight fellow voyagers. Both dining rooms are named after future Carnival ships that at the time were only a part of the founder's "imagination."
You typically have a choice of six starters, a couple of salads, and six or seven main courses (pan-fried fillet of red snapper, sweet and sour shrimp, rack of New Zealand lamb and Beef Wellington). The menu also includes Spa Carnival selections for those trying to reduce their intake of calories, sodium, cholesterol, fat, or meat.
Additionally, the poolside Lido eateries are converted into Seaview Bistros between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each evening, offering buffet dinner with no reservations or advance notice required. The informal Brasserie Bar & Grill (T-shirts and shorts are OK) Restaurant on the Lido Deck offers both inside and poolside seating. All meals here are served buffet style, with open seating for all three meals.
Other alternative eating options include a 24-hour pizzeria, a complimentary sushi bar and 24 hour room service. Themed midnight buffets ensure that no passenger will be rendered sleepless by the rumblings of his empty belly.
Don't expect formality. Indeed, expect wacky dances after dessert – and then to come back to your cabin to find that your cabin steward, cutup that he or she is, has left a towel folded to resemble a dog on your bed. The hi-jinx never stop!
Carnival automatically adds $10.00 per person per day in gratuities to your Sail & Sign card unless you're under two years old, and if you're reading this, you're probably not. This includes $3.60 for the stateroom steward; $5.50 for the Dining Room team, and $.90 for service in the alternative dining rooms. Visit the purser's desk during the cruise to raise or lower this amount.
You may also prepay gratuities for all service personnel at a rate of $10.00 per person per day. On Cruises-to-Nowhere, gratuities of $10 per person per day must be prepaid.
A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to all beverage tabs. Tip the maitre d', room service, spa, casino and other staff as you deem fitting.
On the two "formal" nights per week, most men wear a dark suit instead of tux. By day, nearly everyone wears shorts, T-shirt, sneakers/sandals, bathing suit, and a hat.
Every Carnival ship, designed by fanciful designer Joe Farcus, has a unifying theme for the decor. The idea behind Inspiration's interior decor is "inspiration," paying homage to places and things known to have inspired great artists, and to great artists who where duly inspired. It's a loose thread as far as themes go in this particular ship, but it still has "wow" appeal.
The ship consist of 10 decks with most of the public rooms concentrated on Atlantic, Promenade and Lido decks (decks 5,6 and 7). The cabins are mostly concentrated on decks one through four; Riviera, Main, Upper (which is actually a lower deck 3) and Empress decks.
The ships centerpiece is their seven-deck high Grand Atrium, bathed in brass and glass. You can stroll down Inspiration Boulevard, or plop down into a soft banquette to ogle passers-by. The two-level, 1300-seat Paris Lounge at the front of the promenade presents live production shows, comedians, magicians, and passenger talent shows, with exemplary sight lines and good seating throughout.
The ship's most fanciful decor is in such entertainment venues as the popular Rhapsody in Blue Piano bar featuring an enormous circular piano which doubles as a bar for those who like to sing along. You'll also find the vibrant Avant Garde disco and the Rock and Roll Dance Club cabaret lounge along the boulevard.
Other public areas include the Galleria shopping mall, the Virtual World arcade, and the ship's photo gallery. Cafe Des Artistes and Internet offers access for 75 cents per minute; for those who plan to spend more time on the computer, there are 100 minute packages available for $50 (50 cents per minute) and 250 minute packages for $100 (40 cents per minute).
Because they were built just before the shift toward lots of verandahs, just the 26 demi-suites (250 square feet) and 28 full suites (400 square feet) have them.
Carnival's cabins are fairly spartan in decor and skimpy on amenities (a color TV with CNN, telephone, radio, no hair dryer, and a basket of "free-sample" toiletries), but among the largest in the cruise industry: inside measure 185 sq. ft, outside 190 sq. feet. Even in the minimum category inside or outside stateroom you'll still enjoy ample space. Cabins for four and five are understandably popular with families, and go fast.
Oceanview staterooms and suites offer a mini bar, bathrobes, and fairly large bathrooms with a hand-held shower and medicine cabinet. There are also 26 mini-suites (226 sq. feet plus 36 square foot private veranda) and 28 suites measuring 350 sq. feet with 71 sq. foot balconies.
|March 10, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$N/A||$N/A|
|March 14, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$219||$239|
|March 17, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$209||$239|
|March 21, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$229||$249|
|March 24, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$259||$289|
|March 28, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$249||$249|
|April 14, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$329||$329|
|April 25, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$239||$239|
|May 2, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$269||$299|
|May 16, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$279||$289|
|May 23, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$419||$429|
|May 26, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$379||$389|
|June 6, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$339||$349|
|June 9, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$429||$439|
|June 13, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$359||$369|
|June 16, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$459||$459|
|June 23, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$479||$489|
|June 27, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$399||$409|
|June 30, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$499||$509|
|August 15, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$369||$379|
|August 22, 2014||---||3 Night Baja Mexico||$349||$359|
|September 8, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$309||$319|
|September 29, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$299||$309|
|October 13, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$319||$329|
|October 20, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$289||$299|
|November 24, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$409||$419|
|December 22, 2014||---||4 Night Baja Mexico Itinerary||$579||$589|