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Sail Date: May 2008
We arrived in Honolulu on 30 April from Sydney, Australia and spent 2 nights and 2 days looking around. We boarded the Carnival Spirit on 2 May, 2008 ready for a great experience. The ship was beautiful and couldn't fault it (except ... Read More
We arrived in Honolulu on 30 April from Sydney, Australia and spent 2 nights and 2 days looking around. We boarded the Carnival Spirit on 2 May, 2008 ready for a great experience. The ship was beautiful and couldn't fault it (except for buffet food - breakfast and lunch very greasy and not very healthy). The service was excellent in all areas and the dining room food was beautiful. We visited Kauai where we found good snorkeling at Po'ipu Beach. We got a taxi there for $50 each way. This was a beautiful beach, plenty of fish to look at. We stayed for 3 hours and the taxi came back for us. Very good value for 4 people. Our next port was Kona where again we found good snorkeling. We discovered "Island Snorkel Beach Tours' costing $10 return. Dark sand on the beach and difficult to get into the water, but worth it as there was plenty of fish. Hilo was our next port. Very nice. We got the Hilo Hattie bus to the shopping centre where we found Wal-Mart, Boarders books etc. Did some shopping and returned to the ship on the bus. After lunch we found a local tour guy called David from 'Ali'i Taxi and Tours' on the pier. Highly recommend this guy as he was full of information and showed us so much in 1-2 hours for approx $15 per person (4 people). Final port in Hawaii was Lahaina where we docked overnight. Very nice place with quite good shopping. Five days at sea followed bound for Vancouver. The days as sea were lovely and we made the most of the ship activities. Golf lessons, library, trivia, and lots more. We also went to the Nouveau Supper Club for dinner. Great service and lovely food. Vancouver is a beautiful city. We did the ship's tour of the city and it was very good. Also managed to do some shopping there. The next day at sea was a bit rough, but who cares as we saw wildlife!!! A black bear on the shore as we ate breakfast, quite a few whales and porpoises, all during the morning. This made our day - very exciting. Juneau was our first port in Alaska where it rained all day. We did a tour of Mendenhall Glacier and Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and city tour. It was a good tour and we thought the Glacier was fantastic until we got to Glacier Bay the following day. We found the shopping good in Alaska, coats etc very cheap. We were determined to take a ride on the Mount Roberts Tramway as I had looked it up on the net before we came. What a great view. Well worth it. Glacier Bay was the highlight to our cruise. Too beautiful to explain - just must be seen. Skagway is a beautiful place. The buildings are either authentic from the Gold Rush and done up or new and replicated. The Yukon and White Pass railway is a must. The cost is the same whether purchased on the ship or at the railway station. Ketchikan was great too. Creek Street is so unusual with the shops on stilts. Great shopping again, but there were 5 ships in so very crowded. We would do this Alaskan cruise again and again. Highly recommended. Read Less

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