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Carnival Cruise Lines

by veronica roberts
May 14, 2006

We embarked on the inspiration out of the port of Tampa. Wouldn't recomend it to anyone with children under 10. I have 4 children we needed two rooms. My mother came with us and we were suposed to have rooms next to each other(or close to each other) instead we had rooms 35 doors away from each other.We paid extra for rooms on the upper deck and ended up on the bottom. They do not have rooms to accomodate large families. The lay out of the ship was confusing. The entertainment was great. Highly recomend it. The pool, slide was a big hit

The staff was OK, they would benifit from english classes. My younger children 6 & 7, were bored. Camp carnival wasn't an easy place to locate. After an hour to search for it we find out if you needed the camp carnival between 11:30 am & 2pm you were out of luck. But it does not state that online anywhere. Our 11 & 15 yr old were self amused. Just being able to be away from mom and dad was worth it for them.

I do not recomend to go into the port of Calica. Cozumel or Cancun is alot better. Not much in Calica as in souvigners, do not take the xcarta tour...The brochure looks great but it's the worst place I have ever been. The kids were tired of walking in circles and looking at large animal pits with no animals. Well unless you like iguanna's they're everywhere. But Grand Cayman was great we took the stingray city tour. Excellent!!! It was well worth it. My children loved to swim with the giant sting rays and give them kisses. I even got my 15 yr old in the water to enjoy the activities. Great time there. Overall trip was disapointing at times but we made the best of it and had as much fun as we could with 4 kids in tow. Not exactly a family vacation I had in mind. It would have been more enjoyable if it were my husband myself and my mother to enjoy the amenties the kids cannot partake in.