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Rinku Choudhari

Age: 23


Number of Cruises: n/a

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Spirit

Sailing Date: May 24th, 2003

Itinerary: Alaska

This was our first cruise and we weren't too sure as to how it would be to go cruising to celebrate our honeymoon, but now having enjoyed the amount that we did, I would say its 'the best and wisest decision that we made'.

We drove from Seattle to Vancouver and got our luggage checked in. we had people there to help us which made things much easier for us. Meanwhile got a parking lot to park the car for 7 days...We got into the embarkation line at around 2pm and were through with our boarding passes by 4pm. We got the "Sail & Sign card and checked into our room...we had major problem opening our suitcase...was jammed and spent an hour trying of different ways to open it, finally we called the room service who sent someone in less than 2min who opened it for us in a jiffy, we were so impressed at how the ship was so well equipped with such efficient people.

Our steward Morris was very pleasant and prompt. She made different animals out of towels for us everyday :) Room was good, enough closets n drawers, the one thing that we were not too satisfied with, was the bed. There were too separate beds and when we put them together, it got really uncomfortable. Bathrooms were spacious and had all required facilities.

Food was the best, the attitude and the desire of the crew to please us is really worth mentioning, we enjoy being pampered...they went out of the way and made special fabulous Indian food for us everyday. We loved the dinner served at the Empire restaurant and didn't miss on it even a single night. They baked a special honeymoon couple cake for us and all of them sang and congratulated. Lunch we opted for the buffet, which was equally good with a lot of options to choose from.

The shows in the night were fabulous...everything was so systematic and proper without wasting a single minute. The performers were really very talented and we are so glad we attended all the shows. They had these special games and activities for the newly weds, anniversary couples which was real fun.

We halted at Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan were we took different trips, in Juneau we did a city tour and walked around the Downtown, Skagway we did  'kayaking' and at Ketchikan we went 'hiking' ....The entire trip was extremely scenic...especially 'Glacier Bay' we just couldn't stop taking pictures and videos. Our wildlife naturalist was very helpful and informative too...thanks to her we could spot bears and whales from the ship. She kept us informed on every place that we were passing.

Casino on the ship was fun, discos were good with very good music and lighting.

On the whole, we had a fantabulous time and cant wait to go on this ship again.

Nitin & Rinku

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