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Carnival Spirit Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska


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Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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7 Night Northbound Alaska (Vancouver To Whittier)
Sail Date: June 27, 2007
Ship: Carnival Spirit
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago
BACKGROUND: 50 yr old male traveling with my 11 yr old son and 9 yr old daughter. I have cruised Princess 4 times, Disney 2. Kids have taken Disney 3.

Embarkation: Suite renters are told to report to the VIP desk for immediate service.....NO SUCH DESK. We stood in line with hundreds of others for 45 minute to 1 hr being herded here and there like cattle.

SHIP: Done in very dark tones, Only bright spott on the shipp was the casnio.

FOOD: First timers will say fair to good. Having traveled other lines I would say it lack a great deal. Do you like scrambled eggs that should be served in a cup? Carnival is attempting to save money by having everything portioned out to you. Not at the buffets of the other lines.

CAMP CARNIVAL: Is definately and after thought by Carnival. There attempt to "compete" with Disney. The room is shoved under the front of the ship. HOT and STUFFY. The hours of operation are worked around the crew staffs availability and luch hours. I spent most my time retreving my daughter so that they could go eat.

ROOMS: We booked room 7298 at the back of the ship. I guess the deck is was made it a suite. It was in fact twice as big as most. The lay out could have been better. A changing room should actually be removed. It is unusable with three doors entering into it.

Entertainment was "acceptable" More for the kids would have been nice.

In room TV is 1/2 commercials for Carnival owned lines, 1/4 weather and direction charts and 1/4 stations pulled in from Colorado

GLACIER VIEWING: On previous cruises the captian took the ship within 2 miles of the Glaciers. You could see and here them fall apart. On the Spirt the captian parked the ship 6 miles away( they said so) from the Harvard Glacier.You could not hear them or see them fall. We then waited 1 hr while they lowered a tender to allow crew members to sail in to with in 1/4 to 1/2 mile from a glacier to take pictures. WHAT'S WITH THAT? This devastated my son who was looking forward to seeing what I had been telling him about for years.EMARKATION: went quickly and smoothly as they already got what they wanted out of us. In fact that is one of the jikes the cruise director uses. "Got any more money? No? Then you got to get off the boat!
Debarkation when off quickly......they already had your money!

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Portion very small, requiring you ask for more. Do you like scrambled eggs service in a cup because they are so "wet"?

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Could definately use more than caryons and coloring books in the Camp

Children's Programs

1 out of 5
Covered

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All but for one photographer, they really tried. Always with a smile or a greeting in the hall way.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
To dark, to much required zigging and zagging in the hallways to go around elevators and employee closets.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Suite was called suite because of deck size
3 out of 5
plenty of tours availble. Did not do any here. Shopping was on the list
3 out of 5
plenty of tours. We took a semi-submersible and view sharks. Topside revealed bald eagles glore. Did you know they mate for life and if one dies the mate dies shortly there after?
3 out of 5
plenty of tours. We took a semi-submersible and view sharks. Topside revealed bald eagles glore. Did you know they mate for life and if one dies the mate dies shortly there after?
3 out of 5
plenty of tours availble. Did not do any here. Shopping was on the list
5 out of 5
Gold Fever Tour allowed kids to try their luck. YES they did retreive sum. In 30 minutes Son obtain $14 worth and daughter got $10.06. Of course it cost me $30 to get their gold placed into small vial necklaces.
5 out of 5
Gold Fever Tour allowed kids to try their luck. YES they did retreive sum. In 30 minutes Son obtain $14 worth and daughter got $10.06. Of course it cost me $30 to get their gold placed into small vial necklaces.
1 out of 5
All parties had to be tendered to shore. Most stayed on board. BEAUTIFUL AREA!!!
1 out of 5
All parties had to be tendered to shore. Most stayed on board. BEAUTIFUL AREA!!!

Pros: Friendly staff....most of them

Cons: Food, food service, embarkation, glacier viewing

Recommends Carnival Spirit? No.

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