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Carnival Legend

June 2016 - Carnival Legend to Alaska - Inside Passage

Brief but fulfilling visit to AK

The best part of the cruise were the excursions to the dog mushing camp (Yukon), the adventure carts (Ketchikan), and the tour of Victoria with the castle.  The cruise itself was OK -- sometimes the stop in a port is so brief that you cannot see the port city if you take an excursion, but if you don't take an excursion you're just seeing the same tourist trap shops - particularly the imported jewelry stores.  Be very careful with on-board expenses, you can easily spend more on board than you paid for the cruise.

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Skagway, Alaska - Try to visit all of the Alaskan native stores. The imported jewelry in all of these cities (Tanzanite!) is ridiculous. The Alaskan people are friendlier and have better prices.
Juneau, Alaska - If your excursion takes up most of the port stay, leave the ship early and come back to meet the excursion. The shops will open early and it's your only chance to see Juneau.
Victoria, British Columbia - Definitely get off of the ship and take an excursion at every port that you can. The was one of the most beautiful cities ... ever.
Cruise Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska - The glaciers are worth seeing up close, but you are seeing them over the engine of the boat. If you can afford one of the excursion where you can walk out on the glacier and hear it moving, that is quite a different experience.
Carnival Legend Carnival Legend - Don't let them pressure you into making spa reservations when you board the ship. They tell you spaces are filling up, you need to come in at 7am, etc. That's a bizarre pitch because every day there are spa specials that offer better prices and time slots.

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shared a quick tip for Carnival Legend"Don't let them pressure you into making spa reservations when you board the ship. They tell you spaces are filling up, you need to come in at 7am, etc. That's a bizarre pitch because every day there are spa specials that offer better prices and time slots."

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reviewed their Alaska - Inside Passage cruise on Carnival Legend and gave it 4 stars!