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Carnival Spirit Review

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Review for Carnival Spirit to Alaska
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Sail Date: Jul 2009
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WE headed to Vancouver on July 5th to visit the city prior to boarding Carnival Spirit .Loved our flight non stop  on Air Canada ...NO LUGGAGE FEES 2 bags each !!!! definitely a plus Vancouver is a lovely city .We stayed at the Plaza 500 -got it on a cheap website .Close to public transportation .First day was sunny We walked to Queen Elizabeth Park it was 20 blocks away .Misled by hotel personnel -it was VERY far and uphill ...next time we will take a bus!!!!Hotel OK not great but shopping plaza in front very convenient.GREAT fruit store in Mall Visited Stanley Park,Chinatown,Granville Island,Gastown -all very nice!!!Vancouver is a MUST to visit ,.Happy we did After Montreal definitely favorite Canadian city .We will return!!!Boarded Carnival Spirit on July 8 for BTB cruise Boarding was a breeze .Canada Place very well set up .Too bad no more Spirit out of Vancouver next year !!!Before going to Alaska I did not understand the attraction for return visits.....now I do Our PVP chose our cabins-  THANKS GREAT CHOICE!!!    !balconies a MUST in Alaska  and chose very well 6309 going 6244 returning .We chose BTB because you cannot see nor do it all in 1 visit and air for this Canuck out of Anchorage was almost as expensive as the cruise itself so we stayed put .VERY SMART MOVE I highly recommend BTB .People on board helped us move ...thank you Renato and Mark -for making it basically painless Northbound we had AMAZING sunny warm weather First I will talk about the ship ..BEAuTIFUL ,CLean ,great staff who took very good care of our needs Because of food allergies Milana the restaurant hostess preordered all my dinners ...now that;s what we call SERVICE .She was wonderful to chit chat with every night .The staff in dining room from Maitre D Prasad to waiter and ass't waiter were the ABSOLUTE BEST .Thank you again Food was good and well presented  Loved our table by the window WOW great views while dining ..What else could you ask for ?Kudos to Dennis on Spirit  and Joan in Florida ...Thanks again GREAT JOB!!!!!!Shows were fun .Dance numbers very energetic We really enjoyed late night comedians Would appreciate SMOKE+FREE NIGHTS IN CASINO .I was told people slept early in Alaska ...not on Spirit Very lively ship Ambiance and decor very nice .Shops are all on same floor very easy to find everything Our cruise along the BC coast  was beautiful Michelle the Naturalist had a very soothing voice and when we heard the signal of her announcements we ran to open the balcony to hear and see what she pointed out . I really liked her and did not find her 'sleepy'at all .LOved her description of College Fjord Captain moved the ship all around for all to see ...VERY NICE       As we approached Ketchican the landscape changed and we literally got swallowed by fog .WOW The ship blew its horn repeatedly and out of no where ...so it seemed ....a pilot came on board .His boat also got swallowed by the fog .It was a UNIQUE experience.......eerie and special at the same time In Ketchican we shopped and walked around to Creek street Married man's Trail and all around .I liked Ketchican Charming town Juneau was GREAT .We went on a city tour Mandenhal Glacier and in Pm whale watching with Capt Larry of Orca .FABULOUS trip I love whales I think they are majestic creatures Got loads of pictures .Capt Larry knew exactly where to go We went twice with him and he was great both times  Missed Tracy arm so must return to do it !!!Sitka is a lovely walking town .Loads of Russian souvenirs and Totem poles in Park .Do not miss Aquarium and fish hatchery .Do the trail in the park .On our second visit did eco adventures with Capt Mitch .Saw cute seals otters in nursery and whales.The scenery around Sitka is GORGEOUS!!!Took loads of pictures of small islands and amazing rock formations seals loved Skagway is a time warp in the gold rush with wooden sidewalks everywhere .Loved the Yukon train We went with Dyea Dave by van to YUKON .WOW !!! He promised a bear sighting and sun and delivered both GOOD JOB DAVE I was up front with him and really enjoyed our chit chat .the YUKON is a must Emerald Lake Stunning Whittier was amazing under the Midnight sun .I took pictures without flash WOW .We did Glaciers on Blackstone Bay with Major Marine  ,WOW WOW WOW !!!!! We saw it calve ,fabulous waterfalls and had a margarita made with glacier ice ..where else but in Alaska ...this is a MUST DO in Whittier .Glad we chose BTB to do this ....All of Alaska and Yukon had a particular odor -pine flowers sea and cool .Nature is GRANDIOSE everywhere in the GREAT WHITE NORTH .I named the first mountain in Yukon MOUNT MICHELE ...so say hello to "my 'mountain when you go by !!!! Dave said too many mountains so no names so I  gave it mine ...how cool is that ????I went to Alaska to find inspiration for my paintings ....I think I found it    and then some     I will always treasure this trip .I hope to start my Alaska /YUKON series on canvas  very soon .I loved the landscapes and hope to do them justice on canvas In summary I loved our cruise made very special by the great staff of Carnival Spirit  .They surpassed all our expectations We had the smoothest ride so BRAVO captain I HIGHLY recommend this cruise .BTB is truly the best BC coast/Alaska and Yukon are truly' Nature;s wonderbox ...go see for yourself go with Carnival you will not regret it Michele

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6309 great choice 6244 had smoke smell infiltrate at night -could not figure where from Staff cleaned room repeatedly ...MYSTERY????Smell came back

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