Carnival Spirit Review

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Review for Alaska Cruise on Carnival Spirit
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Sail Date: Jul 2022
Cabin: Balcony (obstructed views)
No heat! Was told by maintenance this ship only has AC. Tried to cover cold air from blowing on us by covering vent with PJ's
Weird decor. Get comfortable with seeing exposed breasts depicted around the ship. This was main atrium area.
The gross state of serenity pool the entire 8 day journey. People were using it the entire time too. No thank you!
Balcony view of room 5189. Top of lifeboat view from this room's balcony.

We chose this sailing because the price for 2 people in a balcony. But we soon found out why. Our balcony was so spongy we were afraid if both of us were using it at the same time we were risking collapse. Also upon boarding we headed to the serenity adult section of the deck. The pool out there was dark green! And people were using it the entire trip with it like this. The night of boarding we called maintenance to look at our heat as we had it on the farthest "red" setting and it was still so cold after 6 hours. Maintenance came and said this ship doesn't have heat! Just air conditioning. So we wore most of our clothes inside and outside for the entire journey. The outside promenade deck was marked crew only on both sides for crew to smoke. I ignored the signs to take in the spectacular views anyway. Upon walking around this deck I noticed most of the teak was buckled and stepping on certain boards would cause water to come up between the sections. The lido pool had a nice cover over it especially for an Alaska sailing. Unfortunately the mechanism to close the cover shut was broken so it was cold and rainy our entire sailing. The lido area was so small lines for food were always long. Finding a seat was challenging every lunch in lido. Food was always room temperature no matter if it was dining room or lido. I liked how they had a naturalist on board for the entire sailing but the broadcast was hit or miss as to where I could hear him. Wish they had an option for a particular TV station for these announcement. What is with the decor of this ship? You need to be comfortable with drawings/paintings of bare chested women as they are everywhere. In the ceiling drawings in the main dining room and the background in the main atrium are two places that just seemed very odd.

My favorite venue is the comedy shows every night. I'm glad they had this available on this ship as the karaoke type main venue shows are not my favorite thing for entertainment.

It was one and done for us on this ship. Carnival needs to maintain this ship or scrap it.

Cabin Review

Balcony (obstructed views)

Nice and big with a full sized couch. After calling maintenance to look at our ventilation system we were told this ship had no heat only AC. So we stuffed a pair of PJs over the vent to try and block the cold AC from blowing on us in our room. Our balcony was one of the rooms overlooking the tops of the lifeboats. We knew this when booking so didn't really mind it. The floor of the balcony was very "spongy" and we were afraid if both of us were out there it was at risk of collapse!

Port Reviews

Icy Strait

So crowded. Walked all the way to Hoonah but not a thing was open. No bar, no coffee shop, no store.


City bus was really easy to find and only $2/person. We took it out to Mendenhall glacier and Nugget Falls. In Juneau we also visited a great distillery in town-Amalga distillery and a couple of breweries-Barnaby, Devil's Club and the Alaska Brewing company offers a free shuttle out to their brewery.


Only 3 hours in port. Not enough time in port so town and creek street were very crowded with ship passengers.


Should not have bothered to walk to town. We were cleared to leave ship at 8:30pm. Everything was closed.

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