Carnival Inspiration

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Carnival Inspiration
  • Inspiration (1996–2007)
  • Carnival Inspiration (2007–present)
Operator: Carnival Cruise Line
Port of registry:
Route: Baja California
Cost: $270 million[3]
Yard number: 489
Christened: March 16, 1996
Acquired: February 22, 1996
Maiden voyage: March 22, 1996[2]
In service: March 1996[4]
Refit: 2007
Status: In service
Notes: [1][5]
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Fantasy-class cruise ship
Length: 260.60 m (855 ft 0 in)
Beam: 31.50 m (103 ft 4 in)
Draft: 7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)
Decks: 14 (accessible to passengers)[2]
Installed power:
  • 2 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 8ZAV40S
  • 4 × Sulzer-Wärtsilä 12ZAV40S
  • 42,240 kW (combined)
Propulsion: Two propellers[3]
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)[2]
  • 3,450 passengers (all berths)
  • 2,634 passengers (lower berths)[3]
Crew: 920[3]

Carnival Inspiration (formerly Inspiration) is a Fantasy-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. Built by Kværner Masa-Yards at its Helsinki New Shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, she was floated out on April 1, 1996, and christened as Inspiration by Mary Anne Shula.[5] During 2007, in common with all of her Fantasy-class sisters, she had the prefix Carnival added to her name.[6]

In 2007 some passenger areas and facilities were refurbished.[7]

Carnival Inspiration is scheduled to undergo another dry dock in November 2018.[8]


As of 2018, Carnival Inspiration sails three-day and four-day trips from Long Beach, California, to Catalina Island, California, and to Ensenada, Baja California, which replaces the cruises that were offered on the Carnival Paradise. The three-day cruises depart Long Beach every Friday and have one stop in Ensenada, while the four-day cruises depart Long Beach every Monday and stop in Catalina and Ensenada.

Before December 2011, the ship sailed four-day and five-day itineraries to the western Caribbean from Tampa, Florida, to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. On December 3, 2011, she began a 14-day voyage through the Panama Canal from Tampa to Long Beach, she offered one two-day cruise before starting the three-day and four-day Baja Mexico cruises from Long Beach.


  • Smith, Peter C. (2010). Cruise Ships: The World's Most Luxurious Vessels. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN 9781848842182.
  1. ^ a b c Asklander, Micke. "M/S Inspiration (1996)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved March 31, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d "". Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Ward, Douglas (2006). Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships. Singapore: Berlitz. pp. 356–357. ISBN 981-246-739-4.
  4. ^ "Carnival Inspiration Fact Sheet". Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Smith 2010, p. 41.
  6. ^ Dake, Shawn J. (January 2008). "Cruise Ships 2007 the year in review" (PDF). Ocean Times. Steamship Historical Society of America: Southern California Chapter. 12.1: 2–8.
  7. ^ "A "Fun Ship" Reborn". October 15, 2007. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "Updated Carnival Cruise Line's Cruise Ship Dry Dock Schedule and Upgrades". Retrieved July 9, 2018.

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