First time to Alaska: Carnival Spirit Cruise Review by Amremti25

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First time to Alaska

Sail Date: September 2012
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle
After reading posts on Cruise Critic we decided to get into Seattle a day early and stayed at the Westin in Downtown Seattle. The Westin is a perfect place to stay. It is centrally located for all the touristy things to do in Seattle. The roms are very confortable and with our room in the north tower, an excellent view of the Space Needle.

The Carnival Spirit is a beautiful ship. All the staff was very friendly. Once we found out room we started to unpack and there was more than enough space to hand everything. ( You may need to bring a few extra hangers). We booked an 8K extended balcony which was mid ship in the starboard (right) side, which could not have been better.

After the unpacking the exploring began, and believe me there is a lot to explore. Lido deck (9th) had the buffet and other eating areas which were very clean and also the Serenity area for adults only. We took the tour of the ship offered by the cruise lines with Cassie. She was very More informative.

The Empire room ( Main dining room ) was very elegant and the waiters were very friendly and seem to really enjoy meeting the new weekly group of people.

The ship was very clean and since it was just recently remodeled, was very up to date, other than the ugly birds statue overlooking the pool. Overall we did mostly walking from deck to deck as the stairway was very beautiful with all the woodwork. The showroom was excellent and the two shows were equal to or above Las Vegas standards. The lights and music were excellent and any seat was good to vie the happenings. The punch liner comedy lounge, although a bit small, was excellent with good service. Overall I would take another cruise in a heartbeat on this ship and this line Less

Published 10/07/12
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Cabin review: 8K7227 Extended Balcony

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Port and Shore Excursions

Gold Panning

Picked up at ship by costumed prospector. Given a short tour of Juneau and then to the river for panning. Beautiful site with cold glacial water. The first pan was seeded and everyone received gold. After that it was dig for your own. Although this was a short time to pan, about an hour, is why i rated this lower than a 5. The scenery was very beautiful while looking around.


The excursion of the trip. Where else can u be 35 feet above the forest floor and see bears eating salmon in the creek. They were very safety oriented and made everyone feel good. The guides were happy and joking around. Numerous lines from all different distances. Picture at the end and a medtal saying you survived the zip line. A must do.

White Pass Scenic Railway

The railroad excursion was excellent. We were lucky to have the steam train. The views were very beautiful and although we had a little period of rain, it did not hurt. We received a beautiful metal for going up the rail and are part of the White Pass and Yukon rail club. The toast at the top of the mountain was very nice. Train ride was very smooth
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