7 Night Southbound Alaska (Whittier To Vancouver) Sail Date: July 01, 2009 Ship: Carnival Spirit Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
We were skeptical about "cruising" but our trip with Carnival was so much fun. Everyone involved with the Carnival Spirit was friendly and helpful, the ship is spectacular, and the itinerary was perfect. We had so much to do that I never touched either of the books I brought to read. We will do it again.
I didn't care for Ketchikan..seemed like one huge tourist trap to me. The tour we took just drove around town and we pulled over at a river in the middle of town to 'see wildlife'..we went to a phony 'village' that really was a gift shop in disguise. Every single store sells the same things and nothing seemed authentic. Also, the float plane excursions aren't a guarantee...they take your deposit and if the plane isn't completely full..they won't take you up so you waste your day planning around a tour that you can't count on.
Sitka was the prettiest and the most fun. If you go there, hire Paul Davis of Gallant Adventure tours to take you on a wildlife tour. He wast the best! He gave us a nearly 4 hour tour, we saw and followed humpack whales, puffins, a sea otter raft, went to St. Lazaria island, drove along the coast looking for bear...great time and a great guy.
Don't Miss: Take a wildlife / whale watch with Paul Davis
The trail going up Mount Roberts (go up to 6th street and take a right-go up to the end of the street and up the stairs) was awesome! A lot of fun and activities in Juneau.
Don't Miss: Hike up Mount Roberts
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