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Age: 53

Occupation:Systems Engineer

Number of Cruises: 4

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Sailing Date: 2011-07-26

Itinerary: Alaska

We had a great time. The weather was perfect in all ports. We saw lots of whales, bald eagles, waterfalls and beautiful scenery.

Food was good. Best in the formal dining. Buffets were much the same as other cruise ships. Good desserts.

Our room was ready when we got on the boat. Be sure to pack your power strip, hairdryer is in the drawer under the mirror, bungee cord for the balcony door. We had the extended balcony and the room was a little shorter than normal.

Best bar for dancing was in the Cool Club lounge (smoking). You can sit just outside for non-smoking. That had the best band.

Shows -- Went to 3 shows. Two were sleepers but don't miss the last show. On Sunday night, the "Best of New Orleans" was the best I have seen in a long time. Comedy shows were fun. The family comedy show was the best.

Pictures --- they have gone up like everything. Now cost $22 a picture.

Drinks are up also. With the added on tip, drinks are now $10 each.

Side trips take the binoculars,whale watching tours, binoculars are provided.

Skagway -- Panning for gold is fun. The train ride is long and most people got bored. This stop was a little long. Good Branson type show in town at the end of Broadway street (The Days of 98). Lots of helicopter tours.

Juneau -- trip to the Mendenhall glacier is a must. Good whale watching tours here also.

Ketchikan - Skip the Totem tours, not much to see there. The Lumberjack show is the best and is right off the ship. When finished, the shopping is close. This is the shortest stop. Carnival shorts the guests on this stop.

Victoria -- This stop was no more than walk off the ship, take a bus into town ($8), get a few pictures (best Totems are here). Get back on the ship and pack. Very short and most things are closed.

Shopping in port -- Good shopping in Skagway and Juneau. Juneau had the best bargains. Ketchikan is a very short stop. Hard to do much of anything in this port.

We enjoyed this cruise. Expected it to be cold and packed too many warmer clothes. Jeans and long sleeve pullovers or light windbreakers worked all the time. Might have to do this cruise again.

We'll be doing the Alaska tour again. Probably will trip another cruise line but had a great time on Carnival.

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