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Lyn Branscomb

Age: 49


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Sailing Date: 2011-08-2

Itinerary: Alaska-Skagway-Juneau-Ketchikan

We had a ball on the cruise, but mostly because we were together as a family group of 23. Our children, aged 15 to 22, had the best time as they met a host of other people their age and hung out together. I think the cruise would have been harder without the group as the kids might have had a hard time meeting people and, as adults, we would have been bored without people to hang out with.

What surprised me the most was how early the entertainment shut down and the none of the bars offered a "happening" spot. Most were poorly attended. It seemed where our family was - that's where the action was.

Having said that - The crew and service were awesome and Alaska is a phenomenal place to visit. In Skagway, we went on a 4x4 mule/golf cart ride, booked through the ship. It was a fun ride and the food was delicious. But for people who were hoping for something more akin to ATV and roller coasters, it wasn't that adventurous. We did manage a short hike in Skagway and that was fun. In Ketchikan, the kids loved the Lumberjack Show. The teenage girls even went back and saw it a second time. We went for a hike there, also and the rain forest was beautiful. In Juneau we organized a helicopter that we booked on our own using Coastal Helicopters. Booking on our own was easy and saved us a bundle. The whole family group traveled to the glacier together and the flights proved magnificent. This trip was the splurge and was definitely worth it.

Overall - We had a great trip. I'd say skip the "free drink" events, unless it's beer or wine as the drinks weren't worth the time.

The food in the dining room was excellent and endless. The food at the buffets was also delicious. I was glad they had a salad bar as veggies were hard to find.

We had an inside stateroom. While cheaper, I'd go for a window next time. Without a window, the place was pitch dark and you couldn't tell what time it was.

The onboard activities weren't that great. We had fun in karaoke only because we were all together. The kids went in the dance club but were kicked out because one of them was 17 -- even though no one else but the kids were in the club. The younger teens didn't really like Club O2.

The shows and comics were good. Other than that, we played a lot of cards. We're not really gamblers, so the casino wasn't our choice of entertainment.

I'd say the helicopter ride to the glacier was awesome. But, the scenery is so beautiful in Alaska, I don't think you can do badly as long as you're there for the scenery.

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