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Carnival Inspiration

Resort-style amenities on affordable year-round short cruises from Long Beach

The 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration, the newest and largest “Fun Ship” to operate short cruises from Long Beach, California, offers a vacation experience with a host of “resort-style” amenities and an exciting array of public rooms and facilities, each with a character all its own.

Following a 35-day scheduled dry dock in September 2007, the Carnival Inspiration emerged with a host of new amenities and facilities, including Carnival WaterWorks, an aqua park with a 300ft-long water slide, dual-racing slides and water spray apparatus; Serenity, a secluded adults-only area located aft with two whirlpools; and a totally redesigned “resort-style” main pool on Lido Deck.

Carnival Inspiration of Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Inspiration emerged from a makeover in 2007 brimming with modern day amenities

Carnival Inspiration also includes a nine-hole miniature golf course, a 12,000-sq-ft spa, a jogging track, and spacious facilities and supervised programming for children in three age groups (Camp Carnival for two- to 11-year-olds, Circle “C” for kids ages 12-14, and Club O2 for the 15- to 17-year-old set).

Dining is considered a highlight of a “Fun Ship” cruise and the Carnival Inspiration offers a wide variety of formal and casual choices. with three restaurants, including two full-service dining rooms with extensive menus and wine lists and a 725-seat casual poolside eatery with a seemingly endless array of casual offerings, including a Mongolian wok venue with custom-made stir fries, a rotisserie, pasta- and meat-carving stations, a New York-style deli offering piled-high sandwiches, a 24-hour pizzeria with seven kinds of pies, and expansive buffets featuring different cuisines from around the world.

The ship also offers 12 lounges and bars, including a multi-level theatre showcasing lavish production shows, A patisserie serving specialty coffees and sweets and a sushi bar offering Asian delicacies are also available.

In addition to a diversity of “themed” lounges, bars, and nightspots, the Carnival Inspiration offers an on-board health and fitness facility, a supervised kids and teen program, and a golf program offering golf excursions and personalised lessons.

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.

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.

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.

Vital statistics

Operated by Carnival Cruise Lines
Built at Kvaerner Masa-Yards in Finland
Entered service: March 22, 1996
Refurbished: 2007
Registered: The Bahamas
Gross tonnage: 70,367 tons
Cost: $270 million
Speed: 21 knots
Passengers: 2,052
Decks: 10
Lifts: 14
Crew: 920, international
Officers: Italian
Cabins: 1,026 including

Length: 855ft
Width: 1043ft
Draught: 26ft
Engines: Diesel-electric


Two dining rooms (two sittings), additional dining options including sushi bar, show lounge, promenade lounge, serenity adults-only retreat, casino, library, three outside swimming pools, gymnasium, spa, health club and beauty salon, shops, bars, conference centre, internet cafe, wi-fi access, games room, self-service launderette, medical centre.

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