Cruising the Carnival Inspiration for Frank’s 40th Birthday!
If you follow The Mommy-Files, you know that I love to travel and especially love to cruise! This May, my handsome, smart and amazing fiancé turned 40 years old. To celebrate his birthday, we decided to go on a Carnival Cruise to Ensenada with some of our friends. It was so much fun!!!!
We decided to carpool with the 7 of us down to the Port of Long Beach. It was totally worth it, as we split the cost of gas and parking for the round trip! We fit all of us and suitcases for each in our trusty Chevy Tahoe. I sure do love that truck!
Before we headed onto the ship (and after we went through security and checked in), we decided to get a group picture. Thanks to my bestie, Colleen, we each received a copy of that first picture together right before the cruise!
We’ve been on the Carnival Cruise to Ensenada before (both the 2 day and 3 day cruises) and this was the second time we sailed on the Carnival Inspiration! It felt pretty good to know our way around the ship and help guide our newbie cruising friends around and suggest fun activities for them to do! Plus, it was the first time that Frank and I actually got off the ship to check out Ensenada, Mexico (post coming soon on that adventure).
Before actually departing, Frank and I had our traditional first lunch on the Carnival Inspiration. We headed to the Mongolian Barbecue Station and put together our delicious plates. I seriously love this food! Not only is it fun to put together and watch them cook it, but it’s also delicious to eat! Our friends split up and headed to the buffet section and then we all met up and enjoyed our food and some drinks!
Afterwards, we explored the ship and got ready to head to our Muster stations for the emergency sessions. I love taking pictures of the ship! Can you tell? I especially love the way the inside of the ship looks. It’s so elegant and pretty!
Being VIPs on Carnival Cruises definitely has it’s perks! When we finally made it to our room (after exploring the ship and finding our Muster Stations), we arrived to find our luggage and a yummy fruit basket waiting for us. It was so sweet of the Carnival team to send us the fruit basket. We also found a cute little towel animal on our bed, along with the next day’s Fun Times booklet, filled with activities and more. Each night we came back to a different towel animal and chocolates.
The Carnival team definitely made both Frank’s birthday and my birthday (it was a few weeks before that) extra special! They brought us cake with candles, sang to us and even brought us Chocolate Covered Strawberries. It was a great cruise! I can’t wait to go on our next cruise! Only 7 months and 5 days to go until our wedding day and next cruise! Woo hoo!
Have you ever been on a Carnival Cruise?
If so, which one and what was your favorite thing about the cruise?