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JetBlue flies into Long Seashore airport (LGB) but it was cheaper for us to experience Southwest into Los Angeles (LAX). To get to Lengthy Seashore from LAX, you pays for an airport shuttle (Prime Time Shuttle currently fees $16/pp each method) or you’ll be able to take a scenic route for $3/pp every method when you have an hour’s extra time and willingness to attempt public transit. I decided to strive the $3 route so readers can get a way of what is involved. I would not counsel doing this you probably have a lot of luggage or small youngsters in tow since the metro was full of people. We had been solely taking carry-on luggage and backpacks.

Other buses stop there too, so keep your eyes out for the G shuttle.

The general public transit route included the next:
– Taking the “G shuttle – Metro Inexperienced” bus from LAX to the Aviation metro rail station (free). You choose this bus up underneath the blue sign marked “LAX Shuttle Airline Connection” situated on the islands exterior baggage declare. Other buses stop there too, so keep your eyes out for the G shuttle.
– Taking the Inexperienced Line to Willowbrook to transfer to the Blue Line ($1.50/pp)
– Taking the Blue Line to the Lengthy Seaside Transit Middle ($1.50/pp)
– Strolling throughout the street (Pine and 1st) and boarding the “Passport” bus to the Queen Mary (free). The bus cease is right in front of Rock Backside Brewery.
– Strolling from the Queen Mary cease to Carnival’s Long Seaside terminal subsequent door

how to use the machines so give your self a number of further minutes to get by your first transaction. You will additionally need to buy a plastic “Faucet” card from the machine for $1 if you do not have already got one. Subsequent transactions get easier.

Listed below are some images of the journey. I couldn’t take any at the metro stations since there have been so many individuals, however the signage is fairly straight ahead.

I printed out our journey using the Metro trip planner

observe these signs to the bus cease

watch for the G shuttle on the center island

at the Long Beach Transit Middle

what the Passport bus appears like

view out of the Passport bus of our ship and Queen Mary

We acquired to the Carnival terminal around 3:45pm. The wait wasn’t unhealthy to get into the dome-like building, but there have been much more individuals inside standing in other traces.

ready to get into the dome

ready in a second line to get into the check-in line

Finally we verify in and receive our cruise playing cards, head up the escalators to the embarkation space, get our identification pictures taken, bypass the Welcome Aboard photographer, and walk across the bridge and board the Carnival Inspiration.

We had a inside cabin. It was amusing to have a faux window. These days, new cruise ships are offering “digital balconies” for inside rooms…looking ahead to making an attempt that out someday!

inside cabin with “pretend window”

normal shower

normal suction toilet

basket stuffed with useful items

bulk toiletries



small Tv

pool towels

free drink coupon for previous passengers

stateroom data

room service menu

110V and 220V outlets

A/C adjustment on the ceiling

some excursions

spa costs

spa specials

page 1 of Day 1 “Fun Times”

page 2 of Day 1 “Enjoyable Times”

page 3 of Day 1 “Enjoyable Instances”

There was also a rotisserie the place you possibly can discover roast chicken.

After we settled in, we grabbed some afternoon snacks. The food was okay; I didn’t have high expectations. There was a grill where you could possibly get items like burgers, hot canine, rooster tenders and fries. There was also a rotisserie the place you possibly can discover roast chicken. A “Mongolian Wok” station was available but it was not open during embarkation. Then there was the common Lido buffet in the again. I enjoyed getting access to 24-hour delicate serve machines. My favorite taste was the chocolate frozen yogurt.

aspect dishes from the grill

desserts contained in the Lido buffet

We did the compulsory lifeboat drill, then it was time to set sail! On the Lido deck, the Carnival assistant cruise administrators were making an attempt to get everybody pumped up with loud music and dance. It wasn’t until the DJ started playing Bollywood songs that individuals acquired involved as there was a big group of Indians on board. Kaleb and i went to explore the ship because it solid off from Lengthy Beach.

3-second Zoe video of how loud it was at sailaway:

bye bye Lengthy Seaside

adults-only lounge area and spa one deck under Lido

mini-golf course

we discovered the top! (toes are here)

water slides on the rear

bow of the ship

I had read on Cruisecritic.com about a special kitchen tour and dinner expertise known as the Chef’s Table for $75/pp (plus gratuity) and needed to attempt it out. I went to Guest Providers to make a reservation as indicated on CruiseCritic however they directed me to the dining room, the place I left my request with the maitre’d. I did not have any hopes of getting in as there were solely 12 spots. (I learn later that you can also make reservations in advance by going to “John’s Weblog” and using the pull-down remark type. It may well take up to a month to verify.)

For dinner, we ate at the Lido buffet as we didn’t feel like going into the main dining room tonight, even though I benefit from the exhibits that the waiters placed on during dinner.

scoop and move

We roamed across the ship and watched a little bit of a game present in one of many lounges. I also signed up for a “Spatopia” treatment for tomorrow afternoon at a promotions table arrange proper exterior the spa. When we returned to the cabin, turndown service was already performed along with a towel animal and chocolates.

large game room

evenly attended game show

neon atrium

the elephant’s eyes were black sticker dots

On Saturday morning, the ship was docked in Ensenada. If you’re ready to read more in regards to Seabourn have a look at the web-site. Kaleb and i grabbed breakfast on the buffet as we have been too late for the dining room.

standard breakfast fare


buffet menu

dining room breakfast menu

page 1 of Day 2 “Fun Times”

web page 2 of Day 2 “Enjoyable Times”

web page 3 of Day 2 “Fun Occasions”

We didn’t join any of the Ensenada tours although I had read that the La Bufadora (blow gap) and the wine tasting excursions have been popular. After breakfast, we got off the ship to stroll round town. There was a Mexican border security checkpoint arrange simply outdoors the ship however it didn’t feel very formal; there weren’t any lines or signs directing passengers in any explicit approach. I think I may need been able to walk proper previous it had I not noticed a yellow Labrador amongst the officers. I walked over to see it, however then the officer instructed me to open my purse and give it to the dog to sniff. I assumed it was form of strange that they were checking for unlawful gadgets leaving the ship. There was no such test coming again on the ship.

It was an easy 15-minute stroll to downtown and we weren’t forced to walk by gift outlets or malls to get out of the port like different stops in Mexico. Shuttles for a small fee have been additionally accessible for those who didn’t wish to walk. From what I noticed, the most well-liked factor in city (besides drinking) have been carts on the road promoting contemporary seafood ceviche and fish tacos. They were pretty crowded so we did not get an opportunity to try any.

windy day in front of Carnival Inspiration

monumental flag of Mexico

a street in Ensenada (numerous pharmacies!)

There wasn’t something particularly I needed to purchase, so we returned to the ship in time to have lunch. The Mongolian Wok station was open so I tried the food there. It was nothing like Mongolian grill, more like a stirfry along with your choice of sauces, veggies and one protein (at the moment was hen, salmon or tofu).

veggies on the Mongolian Wok

choice of 3 sauces

Saturday night time’s dinner menu as well as a wine package deal program:

Within the afternoon, I went to the spa for my 75-minute “Spatopia” appointment, which included full physique therapeutic massage, foot and ankle massage, scalp therapeutic massage, and a gentle facial. The therapeutic massage therapist requested if I wished hot stone or bamboo for the total body portion; I selected bamboo as I had by no means tried it earlier than. She used totally different diameters of bamboo sticks to “roll out” my knots…an fascinating experience. Despite the fact that the commercial stated that hot stone or bamboo was a $25 adder, I was not charged additional. The spa therapy was enjoyable. After it was over, as expected, the massage therapist really helpful products for my well-being, but I simply requested her to jot down it down for later consideration. It wasn’t a hard sell.

Time for dinner! When we arrived at our desk in the dining room, our tablemates had been remarking, “The place had been you final night time?!?” I used to be shocked that everyone had made it to sailaway dinner final evening except us…especially for a desk of ten! I was first requested if I was a trainer as all the opposite ladies at the table have been teachers, but alas, I broke the streak. Throughout my conversation with the tablemate to the best, I realized that he went in for a massage at the spa and ended up buying merchandise that had nothing to do along with his remedy! Perhaps he bought a more durable promote.

Tonight’s food was good, and the leisure by the wait workers didn’t disappoint! Our waiter was the lead singer for the “That is Amore” sing-a-lengthy.

spicy alligator fritters – good!

tasty roasted pumpkin soup

broiled lobster tail and grilled jumbo shrimp, perfectly cooked (worth ordering seconds however I did not)

scrumptious martini-braised basa filet

3-second Zoe of the dining room entertainment:

dessert and cocktail menu

Grand Marnier souffle

chocolate melting cake a la mode

We found a different animal surprise ready in our cabin tonight. We also got an invite to the Chef’s Table tomorrow, woohoo!

bunny rabbit

Chef’s Table invitation

Tomorrow was our “Enjoyable Day at Sea” and Chef’s Table expertise…stay tuned!


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