We had an outside cabin #1172. It had a large picture window. Our daughter Kym sailed with us and stayed in the same room. It was big enough for the three of us. Pat's sister & husband and their daughter were a few cabins down the hall. The service was outstanding from the cabin steward to the dining hall and the Lido Deck staff. Everyone made us feel at home. The shore excursions were great. In Skagway we went on to the Dog Sled Camp. It was a nice ride through Skagway and up the mountian on our Unimog to see the dogs and go for a ride. We also went on the canoe ride out to a Glaicer. It was a long boat ride but we saw lots of Whales & Eagles along the way. Then we took a short bus ride to the canoe. After a few minutes of paddling the motor went in the water. We then walked out to the Glacier. It was a great day. In Juneau we did the Bike & Brew tour. The bike ride was about 9 miles on a flat road out to Mendehall Glacier. Then it was back to town for the brew tasting. They let you sample quite a few different beers from Alaska. Ketchikan was our favorite stop. It is a very easy town to walk with plenty to see and do. We did the Snorkel Adventure. After a short bus ride to the shop they outfitted us with a 7mm wetsuit, boots, hood and gloves. It was 75 degrees out that day so we could not wait to get in the water. The water temps were in the mid 50s. We were not cold at all. We saw a lot of different sea creature you dot not see in Florida or the Caribbean, stars, jellies, sea cucumbers and kelp. It was another fun day and we highly recomend trying this out.
The entertainment onboard was good. The adult comedy was a little too "R" rated for our liking. Give me Bill Cosby any day. The food was just average in the main dining room. We did the anytime dining and never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes. The choices on the Lido deck were very good, from Chinese food to deli sandwiches and the usual buffet items. They had 24 hour pizza & ice cream. The Serenity deck for adults was nice especially the day we cruised Tracy Arm Fjord it was nice and comfortable and there were no kids.
When we got back in Seattle we carried our on luggage off the ship and we were in a cab at 7:35 AM on our way to the airport, its about a $50. ride with tip.
All in all it was a very nice cruise. Carnival did a great job for a great price.
The bike ride was 9 miles on a flat road. Only one hill to go up, not too bad. We rode out to see Mendenhall Glacier. It was a nice ride and good views. Then back to town for the beer. It is in an old airplane hanger. They let you sample a few different Alaskan Beers.
The day in Ketchikan was warm 75 degrees. We took a bus ride to the shop to get outfitted in our 7mm wetsuit with boots, gloves and a hood. We could not wait to get in the 50 degree water to cool off. We saw lots of different sea life, stars, cucumbers, kelp and lots of interesting jellies. When we stopped to rest you look up in the sky to see Bald Eagles. It was a great trip and a fun day. The staff at the Snorkel Shop was very helpful.
A bus ride through Skagway then to base camp. A ride up 800' in a Unimog and the dogs were waiting for us to go for a ride. Plenty of time for pictures and to pat the dogs. Back down to base camp for a demonstration and the highlight of the tour, the puppies
A boat ride to Haines and Davidson Glacier. Whales & Eagles along the way. A stop for a picnic lunch then a bus ride to the canoes. After a short paddle the motor went in the water for the rest of the ride to the Glacier. The we walked out to see the Glacier. A really nice day