August 2016 - Carnival Legend to Alaska - Inside Passage
Let me just start by saying Alaska is beautiful. You will see some of the most beautiful, amazing country that you have ever seen. Skagway and Juneau are incredible.they have a postcard feel and are not short on beautiful scenery. Tracy Arm Fjord is cold but the glaciers true beauty is difficult to capture in pictures. Ketchikan is a different story. It was dirty and smelled of old urine. This would be a good stop to schedule an excursion, we did not since we had in Skagway and Juneau. The cruise was mediocre at best. The decor of the cabin was very outdated. This was our first time to cruise and we didn't know to ask where you were on the boat. It makes a difference. Also the gratuities are added to everything you buy, EVERYTHING! The alcohol is over priced. The food on the buffet was lukewarm at best. The food in the dining room was very good and the service was top notch. The housekeeper for our room was excellent as well. While cruising to Victoria the ship had a failure of the azipod compulsion system which almost caused the boat to tip over. We were in the dinning room on the 9th floor when it happened and dishes, food, chairs and people were flying everywhere. It took the captain and the ship director a very long time to announce what was happening or even that everything would be okay. They did not send staff around to check on people it was a total mess. They also charge you $12 a day per person on top of all the other gratuity. We left the ship with over $800 in charges. This was an expensive trip. I am glad we had the extra $$$. Since this was our first cruise it will be a long while before we get back on a ship, if we do it wouldn't be carnival.