We spent the night in Seattle, Wa the night before our cruise. We had ground transportation reservations with N.G Towncar to pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. Then they picked up us at the hotel the next morning and offered to take us on a drive through the market area and a great location overlooking the City of Seattle before going to Pier 91. They parked so we could take several photos. N.G Towncar was there to pick up after the cruise and take us to the airport. Awesome service!
The morning of the cruise went great! Great friendly Carnival employees at the terminal. All of the employees were smiling and wishing us a great cruise.
We boarded the ship and went to Lido deck for lunch. Lots of people there and food was great the first day.
When we got to the room I was very pleased. I had made reservations for four adults in one stateroom and was concerned about the sleeping arrangements. Room had ample space for four well organized adults. Our bags were in the room when we arrived. Dinner that evening was still great on the Lido deck.
Day Two At Sea was very foggy so very little to see outside. Breakfast and Lunch on the Lido deck was still great. We had reservations in the steakhouse that night and the food was the best ever! Service was great and we received personal attention since most of the travelers were attending the elegant dinner in the Empire Room.
Day Three in Tracy Arm Fjord was awesome. Beautiful sunshine weather (but very chilly). The scenery was breathtaking. Lots of people on the deck but everyone was so quiet except for Nancy, the naturalist for Carnival. It was almost a spiritual encounter. Lunch and dinner were good.
Day Four Skagway, AK was quite chilly and raining. Rain in Alaska is a heavy mist. We took the "To the Summit" excursion. Doug, our guide, was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We took a couple of stops for sightseeing and photos. Even though the weather was foggy and raining, we enjoyed the excursion.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner was good.
Day Five in Juneau was a great weather day. We took the excursion "Juneau City and Mendenhall Glacier". The Juneau City tour was simply the drive from the pier to Mendenhall Glacier. The trip in Mendenhall Glacier was beautiful and I highly recommend it. We actually saw eagles flying overhead.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner were okay.
Day Six in Ketchikan was fun if you enjoying shopping. It is a beautiful little town and looked like a fishing village. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were less than OK.
Day Seven in Victor BC was a short stop. We did not even get off the ship. Arrived at 7:30pm and left at midnight. Too long of a walk to get to taxi or bus.
Day Eight arrival back to Seattle. Getting off the ship was a breeze and no awaiting in lines. All of the baggages were in the terminal for pick up.
You may see a pattern of the food going from great to less than OK. And you will see no mention of entertainment on the ship. Entertainment was very poor. Seems like Carnival wanted us to shop in their shops and buy every photo the cruise photographers took.
I will admit that the time between our first cruise and this cruise was a number of years, but there has been a definite decline on the elegance of a cruise. There were too many kids, declining quality of food and very little entertainment. We did see whales, eagles and jumping salmons.
Would I do it again? YOU BET I WOULD! IT'S ALASKA!