7 Night Southbound Alaska (Whittier To Vancouver) Sail Date: August 29, 2007 Ship: Carnival Spirit Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 10 years ago
This was our 18th cruise and 9th with Carnival. The ship was clean and easy access to everything. The over-all design seemed to have no rhyme or reason to it. Piano Bar was tucked away in a dark empty corner where no one know it was even there. Our waiter and assistant waiter although pleasant seemed slow on service due to the assistant waiter engaging in long conversations with every table and not helping the waiter. Cabin steward keep room clean but when given a dress shirt for pressing and being told it was needed by 5:00 for an engagement party, we had to jump thought hoops to find her and the shirt. Finally got the shirt delivered by a supervisor about 5:30 making us late to the engagement party. Also the debarkation was unorganized with lots of folks not knowing where to go or when to debark. Would have helped to have crew members out and about to answer questions.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Food overall was good however, some imagination needs to be put into the menu's. I got the feeling the head chief was more about the quantity of food rather then the selection and quality
3 out of 5
Carnival Cruise, come on, more activities then you can count. The overall entertainment was average and in a couple of cases just plan bad. Far below what I have experienced on carnival cruise's in the past.
Service and Staff
1 out of 5
Everyone was always friendly and willing to help although on debarkation day I witnessed several asked where something is or where someone should go and the one being asked had no clue. Also I witnessed a blind woman fall in the buffet area splitting her chin wide open. With her sitting on the floor and a busboy trying to find a cloth to stop the bleeding the ships doctor was right there sitting 20 feet away eating lunch. He was called by the busboy who saw him. He came over, took a look at her chin rather quickly then told the busboy to make sure she goes to the infirmary and he would check with her when he was "done eating". I was amazed. A few moments after the doctor returned to his table to finish eating, an officer showed up and called to the doctor who then told the officer the same thing by talking over the crowd from his table. some 20 min after the woman was taken by wheelchair to the infirmary the doctor was getting a second helping of food from the buffet.
3 out of 5
A re-design of common area's would really help this ship out. and I got the impression there was a large turnover of crew personal which caused a lackluster effort by some.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Stateroom was what I expected for a carnival cruise. We booked an outside cabin with an obstructed view. Okay thats cool only the obstruction was the side of a life boat. They should have called it an outside cabin with NO view.
Just a beautiful location plan and simple. Took a float plan out to Netts bay to see bears and all we saw was seagulls. Glade I ran into bears at Mendinhall glacier.
Don't Miss: fish and chips at the "Fish Market" at the end of the dock.
Just a fun port to spend time in.
Don't Miss: Dont miss the piano player at the Red Onion.
Pros: Not very crowded on board and enjoyed the open decks and uncrowded lounges.
Cons: Been on 18 cruises and this one by far had the worst entertainment and the folks in charge of menu's are not very imaginitive. Found a large amount of crew was planning to leave this ship for others.
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