I sailed on the Inspiration a little over a year ago. It is not the most beautiful ship I have sailed on, however you will be well fed, have fun and receive great value for your $$. You won't see dolphens, columns or beautiful statues at the pool, but since this is your first cruise you have nothing to compare the ship too.
Regina this was my 1 st cruise also I personally thought it was beautiful.no you dont see statues at the pool but you dont need to we had REAl dolphins swimming next to the boat. We are a mid class fam and we had a blast.You can expect alot of lights and colors. Our room was an inside cabin not huge but nice n cozy.Plain .Just have a good time and go into it thinking its going to be the best trip ever ..and it will be...........
I sailed over Christmas (family thing) and had a blast! The ship is fine and the staff is constantly cleaning and polishing.
Read the Capers (daily activity sheet). It tells you what is going on and when so you can plan your day. We had the late dinner seating (8:30) and we liked it. We felt we weren't rushing back from the excursions to hurry up and get ready for dinner. Just a matter of preference. Others swear by the early seating.
The main pool and hot tubs were taken over by kids. Even though there are signs on the hot tubs saying children under 12 not allowed, they were filled with kids -- with masks and snorkels no less. However, there is a pool with 2 hot tubs in back of the smoke stack where it was much quiter with far less kids where it was easy to get a deck chair and relax. Granted, all the activities (calypso ban, contests, etc.) are by the main pool. But if you want quiet relaxation, try the back pool.
The food in the dining room was good. Not a 5-star restaurant but we liked it. Service was outstanding.
I personally wish I did better at the casino, but......
Hi, Just got back from Inspiration on the 15th.....had a wonderful time. The staff was great and very attentive. So so much food, you will not starve on this ship. We went to the dinners in the dining room twice and found that we liked eating informally at the Brassiere Grill, buffet style and eat whenever you would like. We had an oceanview room and was plenty of room for 3 adult females. The shore excursions were a little high and thought we could have gotten more for our money by doing them independently, but the downside would be that you needed to be back to the ship at a certain time, would mean if you didn't you missed the ship. The ports were great and found that you could easily bargain with the small shops much easier than the fancier ones. The only port we did not like was Belize, very very poor country. Kinda scary too...If you stayed at the pier and shopped one street back it was okay, but the city tour and zoo was a waste, long, long bus ride. Other people took the catamaran and liked that much better. Be prepared to do lots of tipping at the airports for your baggage and at the pier for getting on ship and off ship. The decks were nice and not crowded and lots of activities at all times. Truly enjoyed ourselves.
We've been on the Inspiration twice. A couple of things about that ship and that class of ships. There is a stairwell on the Empress deck all the way to the back that leads to the childrens area and then out onto a deck and it is great if you have a cabin to the back on that level - that deck is not that crowded either and a wonderful romantic view at night.
The ship is very beautiful and our favorite spot is to the very back of the alternate dining are sliding glass doors that lead out onto two small patios that you can eat out there over the water.
One more is in front of the glass on the very front of the ship - go out on the sports deck and go to the front windows and you will see you can walk in front of them - a great place to watch sailing away from the islands.