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Alan And Susan

Age: 60s

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Sailing Date: 2011-06-14

Itinerary: Seattle-Alaska-Seattle

Pleasant boat, good exercise walking on upper deck, and most crew very attentive. We booked a "handicapped access cabin" because it had great balcony, good space and king bed. Dining room nothing special, buffet plenty of choice and better views, but could get crowded of course. Steak house on upper level (extra) marvelous food and staff..A true experience to remember We also liked access to free tea/coffee any time, deli and ice cream.. Only cruise we found with small boat excursion in Fiord up to glacier - stunning. Also only one of two cruises going to Skagway on Friday when steam train had its once per week run. Stop in Juneau long enough for private trip (walk) to Alaska State Museum, exceptionally interesting re. Eskimo life and Alaska under Russia and then purchase by US.. Nice gift shop, away from tourist shops in towns.

Biggest let down was entertainment.. Main show was noisy, often discordant, and trying to do too much every night. Aside from one show-stopper the rest was highly forgettable. The adult comedy would have been good but for one portion when anti-Hispanic remarks crossed the line from humour to bigotry, unlike other ethnic jokes It was repeated the next night making it worse. We filed a complaint and had an apology. Do not expect any quiet places to relax on this vessel - only one's cabin. And expect probably like most cruises to have photography pushed,expensive drinks pushed, jewelry pushed, etc etc. Also the library was minimal - take some books if you want to read.

See general comments. We also disliked that sailing in the Pacific NW salmon was offered that was Norwegian, frozen. The buffet was more than adequate, good salad bar, mix of regular vs. regional food, and had the best desserts too.

Great. Nice decor, and the "handicapped room" which could have been re-assigned, had a big bathroom and rectangular shape with two chairs and small table by doors to long verandah. However the larger overhang from above reduced sunshine, when there was any (not often in Alaska or BC).

When we wanted quiet we retreated to our little corner, sometimes taking meal from buffet with us.

Not much relevant for us - but the walking deck was very good.

Don't miss Tracy Arm Fjord small boat excursion. Take one or other train ride in Skagway. - we took 4 hour round trip steam train - with champagne in the mountains it was good fun and left plenty of time to relax in the morning, and walk around the small town in the afternoon. Longer trips offered but with Diesel-electric train.

In Juneau walk to the Alaska State Museum - buy your stuff in their small gift shop, and learn lots about Eskimo life and Alaska history. In Ketchikan walk through the dockside area to the Eastern side of town and read the markers and learn about the history. Look for small shop "the Cedar Chest" at 329 on Stedman st. in the old historic area. Buy local hand made quilts upstairs in the quilting supply shops in the market at he South end of the docks. In Seattle go to the canal and locks, and eat at the Fisherman's Marina on the S. side of the water, looking over the largest salmon-halibut fishing fleet in N. America.

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