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  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table - A dessert sampler plate at Chef's Table aboard a Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-2 - Enjoy an exquisite dining experience at Chefs Table for $75 per person.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-cooks - Revel in a multicourse dinner prepared by the master chefs of Chef's Table during your Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-lobster-tail - A lobster tail entrée prepared at Chefs Table during a Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Grand-Suite - Cruise in style in Carnival Inspiration's Grand Suite, spacious personal quarters with a private balcony, king-size bed and other amenities.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Violins-Bar - Stop by the Violins Bar for cool drinks, live music and ocean views on your next Carnival Inspiration cruise to Mexico.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Rock-and-Roll-Dance-Club - You can dance your way to Mexico in Carnival Inspiration's Rock and Roll Dance Club.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Candlelight-Lounge - Enjoy a cocktail, karaoke and adult comedy shows at the Candlelight Lounge on Carnival Inspiration.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Paris-Lounge - The Paris Lounge, Carnival Inspiration's 2-deck theater, showcases popular comedy acts, Vegas-style revues and talent shows.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Lido-Pool - Join the family for a swim, or unwind with a tropical drink and a soak in one of the whirlpools on Carnival Inspiration's Lido pool deck.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Promenade - Stroll down Carnival Inspiration's Promenade to explore many of the ship's boutiques, lounges and other attractions. Or stay for a drink and enjoy the ocean view.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-aerial-2 - Take a restful Carnival Inspiration cruise to Ensenada, Mexico.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-aerial-3 - Book passage on Carnival Inspiration to the warm waters of Baja, Mexico.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Violins-Bar - Stop by the Violins Bar for cool drinks, live music and ocean views on your next Carnival Inspiration cruise to Mexico.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Rock-and-Roll-Dance-Club - You can dance your way to Mexico in Carnival Inspiration's Rock and Roll Dance Club.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Candlelight-Lounge - Enjoy a cocktail, karaoke and adult comedy shows at the Candlelight Lounge on Carnival Inspiration.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Paris-Lounge - The Paris Lounge, Carnival Inspiration's 2-deck theater, showcases popular comedy acts, Vegas-style revues and talent shows.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Lido-Pool - Join the family for a swim, or unwind with a tropical drink and a soak in one of the whirlpools on Carnival Inspiration's Lido pool deck.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-Costa-Rica-night -  Carnival Inspiration docks for the evening in Costa Rica.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-lobster-tail - A lobster tail entrée prepared at Chefs Table during a Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table - A dessert sampler plate at Chef's Table aboard a Carnival cruise.
  • Carnival-Cruise-Lines-dining-Chefs-Table-2 - Enjoy an exquisite dining experience at Chefs Table for $75 per person.
  • Carnival-Inspiration-aerial - Carnival Inspiration cruises from Los Angeles to Baja and Ensenada, Mexico.

Carnival Inspiration: Photo tour & overview

Have you sailed on Carnival Inspiration? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

From the moment you step into the Grand Atrium on Carnival Inspiration, you'll realize that it isn't just a room with a high ceiling: It's a place of high art. Your dinner at one of the two main dining rooms will be more than just a dish in front of you: It's the result of the onboard chefs' culinary creativity. And the Paris and Candlelight Lounges aren't just rooms with some seats and a stage: They're spots for Carnival performers to transport you to another place and time. Everything from the food to the pools and waterslides on board are inspired by this similar creative spirit, encouraging everyone to have fun no matter their interests.

Where Carnival Inspiration sails

Home port: Los Angeles

Destinations: Carnival Imagination sails in and around Baja, Mexico. Cruises either stop just in Ensenada, Mexico or in both Catalina Island, California and Ensenada, Mexico.

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Top dining options

Main Dining Rooms

Dine in one of Carnival Inspiration’s Mardi Gras or Carnivale Dining Rooms. The ambiance, service and all around deliciousness of this dining experience is available with no extra charge for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chef’s Table

Enjoy a multicourse dinner hosted by one of Carnival’s master chefs. The VIP experience starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for a select group of 14, followed by a tour to see the galley in operation and then a full-service dinner of appetizers, entrees and desserts not found on the regular dining menus. The experience is $75 per guest, and reservations are required.

Lido Restaurant

Carnival's Lido Restaurant is your one-stop destination for casual dining options such as Carnival Deli, Chef’s Choice, Mongolian Wok and Salad Bar. Seating is available indoors and outdoors.

The Taste Bar

Stop by for a taste of the flavors awaiting you at dining venues across the Carnival fleet. The Taste Bar offers complimentary appetizers before dinner for a taste of something different.

Entertainment & activities

Carnival WaterWorks

Carnival WaterWorks includes a Twister Waterslide and Spray Park that's perfect for splishin', splashin' and slidin.' It's great fun for all ages.

Serenity Adult-Only Retreat

Chill out in this kid-free oasis that's the hub of relaxation. Take in the ocean view, hop in the hot tub or kick back under the shade of a big umbrella.

Resort-Style Pool

Think palm trees, a cool breeze and relaxing with your favorite drink in your hand. This becomes a reality at Carnival Inspiration’s new Resort-Style Pool, where cruise passengers can swim or just chill out.

Art Gallery

Browse the diverse and stunning array of fabulous artwork at the Carnival Inspiration Art Gallery located on the Empress deck.

Photo Gallery

Picture Perfect Carnival Inspiration Photo Gallery is located on the Promenade deck and loaded with some of your best "Fun Ship" moments. Pick your favorites; then take home your fondest and funnest memories.

Bars & lounges

Stop by the Violins Bar for cool drinks, live music and ocean views on your next Carnival Inspiration cruise to Mexico.
Radu Ursu / Courtesy of Carnival Cruise LinesStop by the Violins Bar for cool drinks, live music and ocean views on your next Carnival Inspiration cruise to Mexico.

Carnival Inspiration boasts many popular nightspots like the Rock & Roll Dance Club. Or take in a lavish Las Vegas-style spectacular in the two-level Paris Lounge. The ship is equipped to accommodate a wide array of music, a great selection of lounges and bars to suit everyone.

  • Paris Lounge with its two-level Show Room featuring lavish shows that rival anything in Vegas
  • Grand Atrium Plaza and Bar
  • Rhapsody in Blue Bar (a piano bar)
  • Monte Carlo Casino
  • Violins Bar
  • Avant-Garde Lounge & Dance Floor
  • Rock & Roll Dance Club, one of the most popular nightspots
  • Chopin Lounge (a piano bar)
  • Candlelight Lounge, a smaller show lounge
  • Brasserie Bar & Grill
  • Inspiration Boulevard
  • Cafe des Artistes
  • Teen Disco Club

Spa & fitness

Spa Carnival

Renew yourself with premium beauty and wellness therapies, like hot stone massages, aromatherapy or full-body wraps.

Fitness Center

There’s no excuse for leaving your fitness routine back on land with the fitness equipment available on board in the fitness center. Plus, there are also fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates and indoor cycling.

Family-friendly options

Camp Carnival

Camp Carnival is the place where the youngest cruisers (ages 2 to 11) will experience games, finger painting, story time, movies and more in a supervised environment, while their parents can be off having fun of their own. Carnival's babysitting program also offers, for a fee, a fun late-night option for kids while their parents stay out until as late as 3 am.

Circle 'C'

Youths ages 12 to 14 can enjoy video games, scavenger hunts and dance parties at Circle C, as well as enjoy getting outside with sports, pool parties and special shore excursions. Plus, they can enjoy all of this excitement with kids their own age.

Club O2

Teens 15 to 17 can enjoy the latest music with exclusive dance parties at Club O2, as well as video games and movies from the club's comfy seating and video monitors all over the place. They'll even have fun outside of the club, with pool parties, team sports and special teen-only shore excursions.

Your take

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Candlelight Lounge
  • Where: Carnival Inspiration

  • What: Whirlpools
  • Where: Lido deck

  • What: Paris Lounge
  • Where: Carnival Inspiration
  • Family fun at the onboard Carnival WaterWorks
  • Vegas-style shows in the two-level Paris Lounge
  • Relaxation in the Spa Carnival
  • Soaking up some rays in the whirlpools on the Lido deck

Top dining options on board

Chefs Table

  • Style: Gourmet
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

2,052 Passengers [?]
920 Crew
14 Decks
2015 Maiden voyage
70,367 Tonnage [?]
855 Length in feet
103 Width in feet (max beam)
2015 REFURBISHED

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