Posted on: January 17th, 2013 - Ship Overviews
CARNIVAL INSPIRATION’S YEAR-ROUND SHORT CRUISES FROM LONG BEACH OFFER FUN, CONVENIENCE, AFFORDABILITY
The 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration, the newest and largest “Fun Ship” to operate short cruises from Long Beach, offers a truly unique vacation experience, with a host of “resort-style” amenities and an exciting array of stunning public rooms and facilities, each with a character all its own. The 70,367-ton vessel offers year-round three- and four-day cruises from Long Beach. On this route, three-day cruises depart Fridays and visit Ensenada, while four-day cruises depart Mondays and call at Ensenada and Catalina Island.
In addition to a diversity of “themed” lounges, bars, and nightspots, the Carnival Inspiration offers myriad full-service and casual dining choices, an on-board health and fitness facility, and supervised programs for children in three age groups.
PUBLIC ROOMS AND AREAS
Carnival Inspiration features a variety of dramatic spaces inspired by the arts that range in style from the Shakespeare Library, whose ceiling is lined with some of the playwright’s most famous quotations, to Rock and Roll, a sizzling dance club featuring a guitar-shaped dance floor, dozens of television monitors and a state-of-the-art sound and light system. Other rooms include the Avant-Garde Lounge, with statues and wall designs that celebrate the cubist art form; the Rhapsody in Blue piano bar inspired by the George Gershwin classic featuring design highlights that include a billowing ceiling of silky blue fabric kept continuously flowing by a hidden mechanism; and the Paris Lounge, an elaborate multi-decked show lounge housing lavish revues. All of these lounges are easily accessible via the ship’s seven-deck-high Grand Atrium, which offers its own art nouveau-inspired design.
Dining is considered a highlight of a “Fun Ship” cruise and the Carnival Inspiration offers a wide variety of delectable formal and casual choices to suit any taste. In addition to the full-service Carnivale and Mardi Gras formal dining rooms featuring extensive menus and wine lists, the Carnival Inspiration includes the Brasserie Bar & Grill, a casual poolside eatery offering full breakfast and lunch buffets, and a 24-hour pizzeria. Complimentary 24-hour stateroom service is available and vegetarian and children’s selections are featured on all dining room menus.
The Carnival Inspiration also features Spa Carnival Fare, gourmet-style health-conscious menu items that are lower in calories, cholesterol, sodium and fat content.
CAMP CARNIVAL,’ ‘CIRCLE C,’ ‘CLUB O2’ – Building upon Carnival’s distinction as the family cruise leader carrying 725,000 children annually fleetwide, Carnival Inspiration offers organized programs for three different age groups – Camp Carnival for 2- to 11-year-olds, Circle “C” for 12- to 14-year-olds, and Club O2 for 15- to 17-year-olds – with supervised activities and expansive, modern facilities.
CARNIVAL WATERWORKS- A signature element of the Fantasy-class upgrades is Carnival WaterWorks, a fun-filled aqua park located on Verandah Deck. Designed with an all-ages appeal, WaterWorks encompasses a 300-foot-long twisting, turning water slide – among the longest and most elaborate at sea – along with dual-lane 82-foot-long racing slides, and a wide variety of water spray toys.
In addition, Carnival Inspiration’s main pool on Lido Deck – which includes a swimming pool and two large whirlpools – was totally transformed to feature a distinct resort-style ambiance. Vibrant oversized umbrellas, thatched roofing and colorful tile work create a decidedly tropical feel.
ADULTS ONLY RETREAT- Another new feature on the Carnival Inspiration is Serenity, the line’s popular adults-only retreat located aft on Promenade Deck. With design elements that include teak decking, large umbrellas and thatched roofing, Serenity provides an ocean-going oasis for relaxation and comfort. Guests can enjoy icy cocktails and frozen drinks while relaxing in plush chaise lounges and chairs.
‘HEALTH AND FITNESS FACILITY’ – Fitness has become an important part of everyday life and guests sailing on the Carnival Inspiration can take advantage of the ship’s updated 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival facility, which features exercise equipment, a gymnasium, and body and facial treatments, including a number of exotic “European-style” therapies. A salon offering a variety of hair, nail and make-up services is available, as well.
SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS As part of Carnival’s fleetwide stateroom amenities, all of the Carnival Inspiration’s staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system, featuring plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and duvet covers, fluffy pillows and high quality sheets and linens. All accommodations include terrycloth bathrobes and all staterooms offer in-cabin amenity kits with a variety of brand-name product samples for men and women.
INTERNET CAFÉ, WI-FI ACCESS, CELL PHONE SERVICE – Like all “Fun Ships,” Carnival Inspiration offers an Internet café with private workstations featuring flat-screen monitors, along with Wi-Fi access available in virtually all public rooms and areas. Guests can also make and receive cell phone calls whether the ship is at sea or in port.