Carnival Spirit Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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4 out of 5

a great cruise

Sail Date: July 01, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We chose to sail on the carnival cruise lines because of the more casual atmosphere and younger crowd (from what I had been told by others). Our ship was the Spirit. It was fantastic. We got an inside stateroom on a summer Alaskan cruise - Room was dark when it was light outside late into the night. So many things to do on the ship we were up half the night almost every night. The days at sea were full of entertainment, food or quiet time if you wanted it. The ship is so large that you could find a nice quiet place to take your book and read and be alone!

Pros: treated like kings and queens. cruise director made every day something to look forward to.

Cons: The ports are too touristy. Although, it was expected.

Recommends Carnival Spirit? Yes!

Ship Quality
Exceptionally clean. Get up from your table and it'll be cleaned before you return with seconds. Beautiful seating areas to just watch the ocean go by. The buffet's were on the 9th level which gave me an opportunity for some exercise taking the stairs because you can't help but eat too much. Conveniently located on the same level as the open deck which was nice to get your food and go sit outside.
Service and Staff
The couldn't have been more accommodating or friendly. All the staff were helpful, friendly. When overindulgence caused a button to pop off a pair of pants, within 15 minutes we had a sewing needle and threat to fix it.
Food and Dining
The food was fantasice no matter what or where you chose to eat. We ate in the dining room a couple nights and the service and food is unbeatable. The convenience of the buffets was another plus since they served a fairly wide time for each meal. Only occasionally was it so busy that you had to wait in line, and even that wasn't very long. Tried many different types of food that we don't have the opportunity to try normally. Always excellent quality - even the buffets - the food just never sat long so it was always like it was being freshly served.
Cabin / Stateroom
Absolutely outstanding. We never heard a sound from neighboring rooms or the upstairs lounge, which we were directly below. Our room was on level 1 which seemed to have less motion when out to sea. That was important, especially the first couple days until you get used to being on a boat.
The schedule was well planned. Time spent in ports at small towns were shorter than larger cities. Good planning - cause there was nothing to do after a couple hours. Entertainment was fantastic, shows that we would not normally attend we went to just because it was free and something to do. But after the first night we realized that it was very enjoyable and excellent quality of entertainment. Great singers and dancers and a joy to watch. The ships cruise director and asst criuse director even participated in the entertainment, and were some of the most talented on the ship. I was impressed and looked forward to seeing anything that they were a part of.
Ketchikan, Alaska
very crowded. Went on a zip line adventure - that was exciting.
Don't Miss: Creek street
Skagway, Alaska
Took a train ride up the mountain. Very pretty, many waterfalls along the way.
Juneau, Alaska
Mendenhall glacier. Took a tour bus up to the glacier and spent an hour hiking around.
Don't Miss: Took the tram up the side of the mountain and hiked the trails. beautiful sites. good exercise.
Sitka, Alaska
hiked through the park with the totem poles, very pretty. Wanted to see the chocolate factory that offered tours, but there was no way to get there. They should have a bus or something that takes people out there as it was too far to walk.

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