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Dick D

Age: 54

Occupation:Train dispr

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Sailing Date: 2011-06-21

Itinerary: alaska

For the money, we thought this cruise on the Spirit to Alaska was well worth it. The staff was great and informative and we would cruise Carnival again

Food in dining room was better than previous Carnival cruise, many selections, good tasting, our service was terrible though. Friendly waiter and waiter asst but i dont know if they had a staff shortage or what but never saw them. Never refilled water for 20-30 minutes, one night he came around with sour cream for baked potato, next night I never saw him. We never even went to the dining room the last night because of the consistently bad service. The rest of food on ship was ok

Our steward and asst were the greatest. Room was perfect, my wife asked for 2 more pillows and had them 5 minutes later. The steward and asst would always stop what they were doing and came over and said hello and also tried to give tips on ports, etc... they were the best - names were pronounced Superman and Hi - why - en

Excellent especially the shows. They performed 3 shows which we all thought were excellent. The band, dancers and especially the singers was amazing and it is hard to believe they can put on a great show with special effects on a small cruise ship. Great

We only signed up for the train ride in Skagway. It was a little pricey but worth doing. The meal was surprisingly good in Bennet, British Columbia. Other people we talked to took the whale watching in Juneau and were not impressed and said they saw whales closer on the ship. We read many reviews that said do your own excursions when you get to the ports and there are many selections to check out glaciers, tours etc...if you wanted to do that without signing up on the ship. At Victoria there were several buses that would take you to the downtown area and back to cruise dock for $8 round trip. (its about a mile to the downtown area from cruise dock) Only bad thing was Victoria is beautiful. We got in late and only had a limited amount of time. Too bad they could not spend more time in Victoria.

Except for the terrible service in the dining room the cruise was great. The naturalist Michelle was always letting passengers know when whales, seals, eagles, etc.. were sighted and which side of ship. The cruise director Stu Dunn was extremely friendly and positive. Many activities were fun, shore excursions were great, Our room was handled by the greatest steward and asst. The 3 shows we saw in Pharoh lounge were the greatest. We actually saw the New Orleans show twice that night.

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