Carnival Spirit Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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3 out of 5

Carnival Spirit to Alaska

Sail Date: August 27, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Ship was impressive if you like Las Vegas venues and over the top commercial moments and endless promotions. Perhaps this is what cruising is all about but since this was our first cruise we were not prepared for the lousy food, the crush of 2100 plus people in what amounts to a small hotel space or the endless sales pitches. Our balcony stateroom on the top level was wonderful, the ship overall was clean and well maintained, but afternoon tea was delivered in one of the salons like sitting at a counter at Walgreens a sort of rushed affair with the staff moving on to the next event. I wouldn't call this experience gracious or refined, more like an end of season sale at Wall Mart. If we cruise again - and we met many people who adore this kind of vacation - I think we'll opt for a smaller and more intimate, in terms of size and destinations, cruise line.
Carnival is in the business of moving vast amounts of people around with the efficiency of an army sargent, very impressive. The staff was very hard working but many who didn't speak English gave me the impression of false cheerfulness - anything to please the customer. It was uncomfortable to watch. We ate as many meals as we could in port.

Pros: Cruising among the inner islands; glaciers and wildlife

Cons: Food

Recommends Carnival Spirit? No.

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Ketchikan, Alaska
We lucked out on the day we visited - no rain, a rather unheard of state in Ketchikan. Be advised that smoking takes place EVERYWHERE in Alaska.


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