June 2016 - Carnival Legend to Alaska - Inside Passage
Our first Alaskan cruise and it was a blast! Lots of chances to view wildlife, won a few bucks more than I lost in the casino, and first-class entertainment. There were several sightings of porpoises and humpback whales during sailing and the on-board naturalist made announcements as soon as one was sighted. We loved the balcony room and spent a lot of time on the balcony to relax and enjoy the scenery as we went.
The on-board singing and dancing entertainment was first-class. Props, choreography, singing, dancing, the whole bit. I wouldn't be surprised at all if several of the performers pop up again eventually in Broadway - they were just that good. Our family would have debates trying to figure out if they were lip-syncing or actually singing while dancing - they were definitely singing live.
Food wise, I was a bit disappointed. It was decent, and definitely some tasty things, but overall not amazing. Given, our first cruise we were just blown away on a Royal Caribbean cruise that had the most amazing food so I had pretty high expectations that this cruise definitely didn't live up to. More specifically, it would have been nice if they had changed the breakfast menu even once (though it was decent) during the entire trip. Two other points of advice - the coffee is terrible. Just *terrible*. The pay-for-coffee bars are fine, but if you are used to drinking good coffee, just be prepared. The other is the rice. Again, just TERRIBLE. Mushy with no taste or other texture. Sushi was terrible. They could definitely use better rice or better rice cookers. Other than those 2 things, everything else was very decent - especially the pizza and the desserts.
The kids said the kids camp staff were "bossy" for no good reason but they had plenty of other activities and honestly, I can't really blame them when they were overseeing 50+ kids at once with just a few people.
Ports were great, although it would have been nice to spend more time in the ports especially toward the end.
Overall, definitely worth doing - the family had a great time.