My family and I are going to book on the Carnival Inspiration 4 night to Cozumel sailing Apr 16, 2009. Can any one give me info on how nice the ship is since it's upgrade? (waterpark, rooms, etc.) We are getting the cat 12 suite and wondered if they are actually as nice as they are shown on the website. This will be our third cruise on Carnival (4-night Bahamas-Fantasy-2006 OV room, 5-night Jamaica-Imagination-2007 cat 12 suite). Also, can anyone recommend a good beach to go to (non-excursion) in Cozumel? We have done beach excursions through carnival before (Jamaica) and were very disappointed. Our own beach excursion (Freeport, Bahamas) was much better without Carnival's involvement.
We too have sailed "Inspiration" twice since her recent refit. GREAT ship, and you won't find a better crew. Super, super people. I can't help you much with excursions, or the beach, as the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I seldom leave the ship anymore. We've been to all the ports so many times, that we sail for the ship, not the ports.
I have no doubt that you'll love "Inspiration". Be sure to hunt out, and enjoy the Serenity Deck. It's wonderful!
That's my ship this time around. cool! We are also in a cat 12 so be sure to give your review. Can you check out the sofa sleeper for me and let me know if it's comfy or not. We have three in a room this time so we all will get a night or two on the sleeper.
Aero girl we are doing three in a suite in June 09 and hope that the sofa will be ok to sleep on for a nite or two. We are all taking turns.
Yes people have said that the sofa is comfortable. But I have never slept in one, I am just going by what other people have said.
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I LOVED the Inspiration! I did the same 4 day trip to Cozumel and it was a blast (I also wrote a review which was last Feb). I am sure you will love the ship! She looks great after the refurb! Also see if you can find the Travel channel Samantha Brown great cruise weekend episode. It was taped while we were on the ship. It's probably not a 100% perfect representation of what you will do but at least you can get an idea of what the ship looks like in more detail!
As for Beach excursions, though I have never done it, good friends of mine highly recommend Noche Cocum (sp?). Its a private beach resort that you can book on your own. For one price you get an all inclusive deal. They only allow 100 people per day and drinks/food are unlimited/included. I can't remember how much it is but it was HIGHLY suggested. I can't want to go back to Cozumel to check it out for myself.
My friend said the food was wonderful (esp the freshly made Guacamole) and the drinks were great. They also pretty much had the place to themselves.
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Hi, we are going on our 4th cruise, but FIRST with our kids. We too are in the Cat 12 suite. Looking forward to it! We've never been on a ship this small (if you can even say small, because they are all so huge!) so I hope its a good one to start with for our girls. (12 & 14)
We are trying to figure out which hotel we can stay at that will pick us up from Tampa Airport, then take us to the port the next day. Any suggestions?
Hi! I live in Cozumel, so i can give you some tips.
If you don't want to buy an excursion I recommend you to rent a car because the taxi rates are very high and the Cozumel Island is very small, then with a map is more than enough.
You can go the "other side of the Island" to a beach called "San Martin" there is a very very quiet and lonely beach, there is a restaurant where you can buy beers or another drinks with very good prices.
After you go to the beach i recommend you go to know the downtown of Cozumel, it is very mexican and there are many handcrafts stores.
In fron of the main pier there is the Smallest Hard Rock Cafe in the world, obviously located in Cozumel, i recommend you go there to have lunch or dinner...
We sailed on Inspiration in August 08. The cabin we had was awesome, (there wer 4 of us in the room, myself my wife and our 2 sons age 14 and 16) we had plenty of room for all. The water park was pretty nice as well. The only thing I was disappinted with was the pool. Its very small for all the guests to enjoy. You will have a great time.
P.S. You have to have the Warm Melting Chocolate Cake. (Outrageous)
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We went to Mr. Sanchos beach and it was AWESOME. They have a bar, little flea market, lockers, restrooms, etc. They say the water at Mr. Sanchos is the best on the island. We even had a bunch of locals ask us what beach we were going to, when we said Mr. Sanchos they all replied with the same "Good choice!! Good beach!!"
We're going back to Cozumel on our next cruise and will prob most def go back to Mr. Sanchos. ALSO at Mr. S there's taxi's readily available to take you whereever you want once you're done.
Also, go eat at the world's SMALLEST Hard Rock Cafe. It literally has about 18 tables in it. I live near Orlando and we have the world's LARGEST Hard Rock here. It was funny going to the little one.
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