When we booked this trip, including a flight on to a glacier and a boat trip, we assumed we'd need several layers o clothing to keep warm. Nope. In Juneau the sun was shining and it was in the mid 60's. he glacier trip was wonderful - great scenery, a entertaining helicopter pilot who know it all, and temperature requiring only a light jacket. Same thing the next day in Skagway on the steam train up to Fraser BC and back. Glacier Bay was more of the same great scenery, the glacier active and calving continuously, and all under clear skies, sun.and temperatures in the high 50's. And to top it off, eagles diving for fish thrown from the boat in Ketchikan.
All told, we had the best weather for our time in Alaska that you could hope for. And as always, the scenery in Alaska is the best. With plenty of wildlife sightings (Whales, seals, otters, deer, eagles, goats and more) we couldn't ask for a better time.
This is a very clean ship, all the waiters and room stewards were very friendly. We enjoyed the trivia quizzes and the entertainment, the music in the main Follies was too loud during the production shows, but the shows were good. We live in Hawaii so some of the ports were where we go on a regular basis. It was nice to be in Honolulu for 2 days, there are a lot of things to see, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach.
we had a balcony cabin, the rooms are larger than other cruise lines and comfortable. Kona is one of the better stops, and we didn't go in because the water was too rough to tender in to town.
There was nothing overly special about this cruise except for the fact that it goes to Hawaii. Not enough activities offered during the sea days. Lack of commitment to the Hawaiian theme. Expect to make your own entertainment if you are under the age of 60 because nothing offered will be of much interest.
Cruise overall was good, However the tour packages were mediocre. The one tour of Kona was given by a local named Warren who was not very professional, loud and failed to give much information. He annoyingly kept laughing at his jokes the whole 3-1/2 hours. This greatly put a damper on the trip. Also, at Kona, we waited 1-1/2 hours to get the tour bus from the time we were asked to meet in the theatre because of insufficient/very slow tenders, We wasted a lot of time with getting to the dock when we only had 8 hours at port. One other thing, we had to argue with Carnival after we requested an early dining time at time of booking. When we got on board, they were able to make accommodations for us. Entertainment was mediocre to poor.
This ship is smaller then some but I loved that the rooms are all balcony rooms. The staff was wonderful. Food good. Carnival is very proactive in making sure all beverages are purchased from them. We found out 5 days in that they sell a 12 pack of bottled water for $3, so check that out in the beginning. The bottled water in your stateroom is almost $5 for one bottle.
Overall we had a very enjoyable cruise. Except for Juneau the weather was perfect. Of course Carnival doesn't control the climate and it can be unpredictable but the even with bad weather it would have been a pleasure trip. The entertainment was excellent, especially the Playlist Shows at the Follies. Those entertainers were outstanding and the highlight of the offerings, Vegas or even Broadway worthy!!
The food was excellent in the Dining Rooms and the service excellent except for one incident when the wait to be served after being seated took over an hour. After we let the reception desk know they quickly remedied it. Having a Naturalist on board was a HUGE plus...She was excellent.
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