Carnival Legend Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4 out of 5

Brief but fulfilling visit to AK

Sail Date: June 21, 2016

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
The view was slightly obstructed by lifeboats, but it was really a bonus to have the balcony, a lot of natural light, and a quiet place to hang out (the "Serenity Lounge" is right under the water slide so it's not very serene).
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Many of the activities end in a sales pitch - particularly anything presented by the spa/gym.
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
The menu in the dining room is different every night and you can try as many dishes as you want. The maitre d' will help you if you have a seating time that doesn't work for you.
Seattle, Washington
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.
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.
Ketchikan, Alaska
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.


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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