Carnival Spirit Review

Alaska can be cold & rainy end of season!

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luvaqua
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Sep 2009
Cabin: Ocean View

Vancouver: My adult daughter lives in Olympia, WA so my husband & I flew from Colorado to meet her and then we drove to Vancouver, B.C. The drive was nice until we got to Vancouver - a lot of traffic, but they are gearing up for the Olympics. We parked right at the pier which ended up costing $200! We later learned we could have taken the train from Seattle but, you cannot always count on the train. Check in very fast and efficient and all bags made it to room by sailing time. We chose a cabin with a window near mid-ship on the Rivera deck. We always chose low and midshid as it rides the best, i.e. not much movement. And, a window cabin has a couch/twin bed (a bit hard) for 3rd person rather than a bunk. Fun to watch all of the float planes, barges and other ship coming and going while leaving the port.

Food/Entertainment: We opted for the "Your Time" dining - which was great! We found head waiter, Romeldo - not to be confused with Romualdo - to be the best - lots of personality and service was always faster than any of the other areas where we were seated in. Sometimes we chose to sit with other groups, sometimes alone - never going back to assigned seating if I can help it! My daughter & I enjoyed trying out new fancy foods and deserts every day so we ate in the dining room most of the time while my husband stuck to the buffet. Casual dress, including jeans and tennis shoes was OK, but it was nice to dress up a little or a lot on the 2 formal nights. We also took tea at 3:30 on the days at sea. The shows in Pharoah's lounge were always fun and professional and my daughter went to Karaoke a couple of nights and enjoyed that, too. My husband could be found in the casino most of the time, but the machines were really tight!

Room Stewards: Although there were 3 of us coming and going at all times, they managed to sneak in and make up the room or turn down the beds along with leaving cute towel animals every day. Nice people - we always take time to say hi and see what countries all of these folks are from as we pass in the hallways - they are the backbone of the ship!

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Ocean View

Cabin 6A

Window view was good - close to water - Pilot boats and ramps for debarkation were really close to this room. Room was pretty large with couch/twin bed - which was harder than the regular beds. 3 large closets - one with shelves. A dressing table with 4 drawers - mainly for underwear/socks, etc. (there is a bible and hairdryer in the top drawer.) Several other small built-in cabinets & night stands had room for keeping cameras or whatever, just remember to check them before leaving. Safe and minibar/fridge came in handy, too. Room also had table and small stool - which was always in the way so we kept that under the dressing table. Only one outlet on the dressing table, so bring an extension cord for cell & cameral chargers and curling irons. Plenty of space in bathroom for toiletries, but bring your own conditioner and hand cream. Although cleaning supply room was just across from our room and staff gathered there often, we never heard any noise from them with the door closed.

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