Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by chillmack: Alaska with family.
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Alaska with family.
This was our families first cruise.Wanteed to do something different then the usual "Hawaii,Mexico Beach vacation.Myself DW two sons 15 and 12.Check in was smooth .We had VIP but really didnt make a difference.All passengers wait in same area .The only real perk is that you get to board ship early.
We got on board about 1030 and started to explore the ship.We ate in the lunch on the Lido deck and hung out until our cabin was ready.Oceanview suite was perfect size for us.I couldn't imagine the 4 of us in a regular size cabin.The only drawback was the TV CRT with one of those FRY'S $59 VCR.Oh well we weren't on the cruise to watch the tube.
I'm sure some people will dis-agree but the entertainment on "Fun-Sea" days leaves alot to be desired.Hairy chest contest,Not so newlywed game ,Bartender contest....Umm lame.We checked the boys in their clubs Circle c and Club 02 .The younger son really enjoyed Circle C .The older son said Club 02 was mediocre.
Like the More previous reviewer had written Tracy Arm was diverted to Endicott Arm because of heavy fog .We were barely moving in Tracy Arm till Captain Vito made his decision.We have seen Glacier's in New Zealand and the ones in Alaska are just as impressive.
Skagway- First port.We saw allot of people boarding the Scenic train and from talking to other passengers it's a must.Traveling with two teens I knew my boys would be bored out their minds after the first 10 minutes.We decided to do the Ziplining with Klondike Adventure camp.What a thrill!!! The guides although on the younger side were very professional with heavy emphasis on safety.Did the usual T-shirt and nick nack shopping went back to the ship and called it a day. Juneau-Had activity set for early morning so pre ordered breakfast through card at cabin door.Doesn't mention it on menu but you can get BLT'S if you write it in yumm!Excursion was Dog-Mushing tour .Was a real experience learning about the dogs and Iditarod .We got to ride on land sled with wheels that the dogs got going pretty fast.Got back to ship ate lunch and went on Mt.Roberts Tramway up to the top.Cant beat the location literally 100 feet from gang plank.Real nice scenery up top .Got some nice pictures .A lady had a telescope set up to an Eagle nesting which was real neat.Did the usual shopping thing back to the ship.
Ketchikan-Lumberjack show was near the pier which was real entertaining.Creek street area real nice.Not much time this port it left at 100 pm.
Victoria BC .Wish we could of spent more time in this town.Really nice.Got into port around 730 pm .$30 shuttle to downtown for 4 .Didn't have time to do much ,Waked around the marina and the shopping thing.
That was one of the things that kind of bothered me on this cruise.After you do your itinerary the only thing that was left to do was shopping.Every other store in ports seemed to selling bling bling. Food-MDR for dinner every night .Food was excellent IMHO.Lido wasn't that bad as previous reviewer mentioned.Lot's of variety at lunch .Breakfast usual fare. Good luck getting a table in peak times however.We always found open seating in the covered pool area though when it was packed.
Cruise director Stu-While he seemed like a nice guy.Just got a little tired of him doing the constant harping on excursions.I'm sure it made the people who barely afford the cruise feel good hearing him say how BORING each port is without doing an excursion.
Just our own opinions .Not hating .It seems that a lot of people dig cruises but just not our cup of tea.We are landlubbers when it comes to vacations I guess. Glad we had a chance to experience it though.Best, Less
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