We’ve sailed many times with Carnival on several of its other ships, and while the 2,052-passenger Inspiration doesn’t have the bells and whistles of higher-end vessels, it was comfortable for a weekend cruise. Our ocean view stateroom was small but tidy and just the right size for two people (although the cabin sleeps three). Our friendly cabin steward always greeted us by name and provided impeccable service.
Unlike previous cruises where we primarily ate in a ship’s restaurants, this time we had most of our meals at the new complimentary eateries: Guy’s Burger Joint and the BlueIguana Cantina.
My son and I agreed that the best food served on the Inspiration was at these two pool-side eateries. Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in partnership with Food Network personality Guy Fieri, makes hand-crafted burgers and fresh-cut fries that you can customize with sauces and toppings. The BlueIguana Cantina serves yummy burritos and tacos on homemade tortillas for breakfast and lunch. There’s also a toppings and salsa bar, but surprisingly no chips. For those with a sweet tooth, Cherry On Top indulges with bins of bulk candy.
Having been to this Baja destination a few times, we skipped shore excursions. The main attraction here is La Bufadora, a blow hole that shoots water 60-plus feet high. It’s worth seeing if you haven’t been there before (but note that it’s also packed with vendors, so feels very touristy). Michael and I did step off the ship, however, to stretch our legs, but shortly returned to the ship to take advantage of the empty pools and bars. The adults-only Serenity deck has two whirlpools and cushy chaise lounges. It’s a relaxing spot on port days but on sea days the whirlpools are packed. I was surprised that unlike Carnival’s other ships, Inspiration’s Serenity space lacks a swimming pool and bar. We sailed on the Carnival Miracle last summer and the spacious Serenity retreat had a pool, whirlpools, hammocks and cabanas.
I love sea days, simply because I love sailing. We got to the pool deck early enough to see cute animal towels perched on chaise lounges and benches. Michael and I settled on two chaise lounges by the main pool, the hub for music, games and contests. Popular with young families is the WaterWorks aqua park and 300-foot-long Twister slide. After basking in the sun for a few hours, we headed to the sports deck for a round of mini golf. Throughout the ship’s interior were cozy sitting areas with ocean views. While lounging and talking, Michael and I noticed a pod of dolphins playfully swimming toward the ship.