Carnival Spirit Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Relaxing and Interesting

Sail Date: May 22, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

This is a cruise for those looking for something different. No beaches. No heavy partying. If you are expecting to see crystal clear skies 24/7 you will be disappointed. What you will see is a temperate rain forest ecosystem that is beautiful, pristine and clean. There will be plenty of time to relax as the shore time is at a minimum. There are three nights before one arrives in Skagway, which is the longest shore day. Tracey Arm was not accessible on our cruise because of icebergs but the scenery was exceptional. We recommend the Chilcoot hike/float in Skagway. We did not purchase a Carnival excursion in Juneau and boy, were we glad we waited. There were numerous vendors lined up on the dock with great prices....$16 round trip to the Mendenhall Glacier. Fantastic! There is very little time in Ketchican, but for some cheap natural history walk to the Totem Heritage Center: $5 bucks! Victoria, BC, was a waste for shore time. Only four hours. This was just enough time to walk to the city center and back. Overall we found that the boat was excellent, the food was good and the service just fine. We were too early in the season for the salmon run. As a result, the bears were not down at the streams yet....although we did see a couple of black bears, a few Eagles and various other for whales next to the ship! This was an enjoyable trip.

Pros: Getting off of the ship.

Cons: Too many sea days.

Recommends Carnival Spirit? Yes!

Food and Dining
Nothing special but served well.
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Ship Quality
Cabin / Stateroom

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