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Our 25th Anniversary Adventure - Baja Mexico & Hawaii on the Inspiration & Splendor

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There are about 150 yards of shops on both sides before you get to the blowhole.

Many of the vendors here are pushy and aggressive, but many also give out free drink and food samples. I almost had a full meal just walking down to the blowhole. Just be prepared to run the gauntlet…..

 

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This is the Habana Banana. This place will serve as the Husband Daycare later on…..

 

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We are continuing on to the blowhole…..

 

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Riga shows us how they test the silver so you won’t get ripped off….

 

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Here is another photo op…..

 

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We have reached the blowhole……

 

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Because the tide was extremely low today, the blowhole was only a pop gun…..

 

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To be continued…..

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Enjoying your review.  Our first Platinum cruise was on the Inspiration 9 years ago!

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Patti takes in the views along the shoreline…..

 

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There are plenty of cacti …..

 

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We are making our way back to the Habana Banana…..

 

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To be continued…..

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We are back at the Habana Banana Bar……

 

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This is the way they open your beer there…..

 

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These are our drinks…..

 

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I am enjoying my beer…..

 

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Patti is enjoying her Pina Colada…..

 

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Patti goes upstairs to check out the second level…..

 

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There are some great views from up here…..

 

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This is the quick way downstairs…..

 

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It is time to leave La Bufadora…..

 

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We are heading back into town…..

 

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To be continued…..

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The circular things in the waters offshore are tuna pens…..

 

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The Mexican Federal Police are in front of us. Pretty scary to have a gun pointed in our general direction…..

 

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One thing that we noticed is that there are tamale stands everywhere…..

 

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Here are some more scenic views as we head back into town…..

 

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We have arrived at the Mexican Cultural Museum…..

 

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We are inside the Cultural Museum…..

 

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Finally, the part we’ve been waiting for. Riga makes us drinks…..

 

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Outside in the courtyard there is a little shopping area and places to relax and enjoy your drinks…..

 

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Patti is enjoying the shopping…..

 

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We are leaving the Cultural Museum. We enjoyed the tour, but for us it was once and done.…..

 

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In no time at all we are back at the Carnival Inspiration…..

 

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There is a little shopping area that Patti wants to check out…..

 

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There is a handy little bar set up so I get myself a beer…..

 

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We got back on the ship a little after 2 pm. Back at the cabin we found today’s towel animal…..

 

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We were hungry so we went up to the Deli to grab some lunch. Patti got herself a turkey wrap, while I got a couple of hot dogs with chili, cheese, and mustard. Boy, did those hit the spot!

 

I went back to the cabin for a power nap, while Patti stayed on the Lido and laid out in the sun. Around 5:30 pm, Patti got herself ready to head to the gym for a workout…..

 

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To be continued……

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The Inspiration sailed away from Ensenada right on time. I went all the way aft on Lido deck to watch from there and take pictures…..

 

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I got this picture of some seals hanging out on the rocks…..

 

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The Ensenada Pilot Boat…..

 

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Patti met me back here after her workout and took this picture of me as we sailed from Ensenada…..

 

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We decided to eat up here on the Lido again. Patti went through the buffet line, but I decided to just have some salad and pizza.

 

After we ate, Patti went to tonight’s bingo session (no luck), and I went to the casino to enter the blackjack tournament . Right off the bat I amassed 7,000 dollars to qualify for the finals. While waiting for the finals to begin, I played real blackjack and wound up losing another $100. Once the finals began, I wound up getting crappy cards, and wound up busting out after five hands. At least I got a free hat out of it!

 

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By now it was almost midnight, so as we made our way to the cabin we passed the casino bar where they were having a Music Fest starring Deep Blue Soul, Grant, and 2 Notes. They all looked like they were having a great time jamming…..

 

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Coming up next:  Our Last day on the Carnival Inspiration, or, can we jam any more kids into the hot tubs?

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Jeff...pictures are wonderful...love Ensenada....have stayed there several times and stopped several times on a cruise....I grew up in San Diego and brother now lives in Baja....so Patti's pictures just made my day!!   BTW....two good Mexican beers...Pacifico...and Carta Blanca!

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"....any more kids into the hot tubs." So true! I love the short cruises on the little ships, but, man, the number of kids on board can be insane!

 

It's nice to see Patti lets you use her camera. lol

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Great pics....the Inspiration looks amazing after her upgrade.

 

Please be sure and tell Patti she looks FABULOUS!  Not sure what she did or what her secret is but WOW and I like that she allows herself pina colada and other tempting treats!

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Enjoying your review as usual.

Although I haven’t been on CC for 5 years I have read all of your reviews and like others feel I “know “ your family. My thoughts have been with you the past few days.

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On 5/21/2019 at 6:34 PM, Jamman54 said:

 

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IT'S THE F%&^G CATALINA WINE MIXER

 

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Hey, Jeff. Haven't begun to read about your most recent travels. Came here to ask a question.  Will u please reach out to me when u have a moment. Nothing urgent. Carnival PVP question.

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On ‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 12:41 PM, jbhcw said:

Jeff...pictures are wonderful...love Ensenada....have stayed there several times and stopped several times on a cruise....I grew up in San Diego and brother now lives in Baja....so Patti's pictures just made my day!!   BTW....two good Mexican beers...Pacifico...and Carta Blanca!

 

Thanks! I have tried both of those Mexican beers you mentioned. Excellent! :classic_biggrin:

 

On ‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 12:54 PM, fyree39 said:

"....any more kids into the hot tubs." So true! I love the short cruises on the little ships, but, man, the number of kids on board can be insane!

 

It's nice to see Patti lets you use her camera. lol

 

Wait until you see the pictures. Normally I only get to touch the camera when I'm downloading the pictures. :classic_biggrin:

 

On ‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 2:07 PM, Hogladyrider said:

Great pics....the Inspiration looks amazing after her upgrade.

 

Please be sure and tell Patti she looks FABULOUS!  Not sure what she did or what her secret is but WOW and I like that she allows herself pina colada and other tempting treats!

Patti says Thanks!!! :classic_biggrin:

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On ‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 6:49 PM, HeyJut said:

Enjoying your review as usual.

Although I haven’t been on CC for 5 years I have read all of your reviews and like others feel I “know “ your family. My thoughts have been with you the past few days.

 

Thanks for following along once again and for your kind words. :classic_cool:

 

4 hours ago, MsJersey84 said:

Following another great review!! Thank you

 

Glad to have you aboard again! :classic_cool:

 

1 hour ago, hockeyguru32 said:

 

 

:classic_biggrin::classic_biggrin::classic_biggrin:

 

41 minutes ago, Luke Saint Joe said:

Hey, Jeff. Haven't begun to read about your most recent travels. Came here to ask a question.  Will u please reach out to me when u have a moment. Nothing urgent. Carnival PVP question.

 

Will do Lorrie! :classic_cool:

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Day # 8  (April 25th)  -  Fun Day at Sea.

 

Here are today’s Fun Times…..

 

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We were up at 7 am to a cloudy and hazy day. It was our last day on the Inspiration and we had yet to hear about the Diamond event with the Captain. I called Guest Services to ask about it and I was told that the Diamond event was held the day we were in Catalina. I told them that we were disappointed since we were never given an invitation.

 

Once again, as Patti was drying her hair, we lost power to the cabin. We made another call to Guest Services to send maintenance to our cabin.  He reset the breaker again and explained to us that there are four cabins for each breaker, and if two or more people are drying their hair at the same time the breaker will trip. This has never happened before in our over fifty cruises, and I suggested to him that maybe you ought to replace that breaker. Geez, this day isn’t starting so well.

 

We are planning to head to the Sea Day Brunch today, but first Patti wants to check out the arts & crafts scheduled this morning. I would head to the Red Frog Rum Bar for a few beers. They were making Mother’s Day cards today…..

 

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Afterwards, Patti collected me and we made it down to the brunch in the Mardi Gras Dining Room…..

 

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We both had fruit plates to start…..

 

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We got our free drinks using our coupons…..

 

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This is what I had…..

 

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This is Patti’s brunch…..

 

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After leaving the Mardi Gras Dining Room I went to play blackjack one more time, (didn’t do so well), while Patti went to check out the Chocolate Extravaganza…..

 

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Here are a couple of watermelon carvings…..

 

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Posted (edited)

Patti went to check out the Del Norte Teen Choir who were performing in the Paris Lounge…..

 

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Back up on the Lido it was amazing how many kids could fit in the hot tubs. I for one, would not be using them this cruise….

 

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Patti and I went to check out the Love and Marriage Show with Ryan Rose…..

 

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We hung around for the big bingo of the cruise, which of course, we didn’t come close to winning.

 

Afterwards we went back to the cabin to begin our packing. This was our final towel creation of this cruise…..

 

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To be continued…..

 

Edited by Jamman54

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WOW that's a LOT of chocolate!

 

As for the kids in the hot tubs, yikes, guess no one with Carnival was minding the store.

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We thought about going to YTD tonight, since Guest Services had sent us two vouchers for free Steakhouse Selections to make up for us “missing” the Diamond event.

 

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However, when we got there the line to get in was crazy long, so we decided to go eat up on the Lido.

 

After we ate we took one last walk around the ship. Lisette and Tyler were playing in the Atrium…..

 

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2Notes was playing at the Casino Bar…..

 

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We passed by the Bonsai Sushi Express….

 

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Motor City was being performed in the Paris Lounge…..

 

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Back in the Candlelight Lounge, Comedy Club host Brooke is introducing tonight’s first act, Shayma Tash…..

 

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Back to the cabin to finish packing, put the luggage out in the hall, and call it a cruise.

 

Coming up next:  Goodbye Inspiration, hello Queen Mary!

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Posted (edited)

Hope Patti didn't eat any of that "Chocolate mouse cake". I know I don't like mice in my chocolate cake!🤣Sorry, this comment should have been in the picture below.

Heather

 

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