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This was our second cruise but our first on Carnival. We had sailed Disney before and we went on this cruise with an open mind and no high expectations.
The reason we chose Carnival was for the golf excrusions that they provide and the fact that they have golf simulators on board to keep us busy on those sea days.
The golfing was amazing and our 2 golf pros were the best. This was the only highlight of our trip.
The Port of Tampa in my opinion is a nightmare. It is way too small and crowded at embarkation and disembarkation is even worse.
The Inspiration is an older ship but it was not in too bad of shape. The cleaning crew is not the best and the amount of sea spray that was on eveything was unreal. When we sat outside for lunch at our first port of call the tables had a thick layer of salt on them. This is unacceptable and should have been cleaned up before 1:00 p.m.
We booked a suite and were very disappointed in how small our room and balcony were. Our stateroom attendant was good.
The food was awful. We only ate in the dining room 3/5 nights because there was just nothing on the menu that we liked. We found the food that we did order to be of poor quality (maybe to save $ - they use the cheaper cuts of meat?)
The service was nothing to write home about. They were just doing their jobs and that was the extent of it.
We had a great time golfing, but for the rest there no other activities on board. I am glad I did my research before hand and made sure that there was actually a golf simulator on board or we would have been bored to tears.
I still love cruising, but it will never be with Carnival again.