i just got back from my cruise to the inside passage on the carnival spirit and all i can say is WOW. it is huge, glamourus, easy to get around in and has a great capt. he came into the ports like the ship was a feather. it was amazing.
this trip was fantastic and i cant wait to go back. you absolutely have to spend at least one extra day in vancouver ( a week would be better ). there is so much to see and do for little or no money. stanley park, granville market, gastown and chinatown are great for spending time and not spending money. you can browse and window or market shop all day and not spend a thing.. i will be doing more vancouver vacations in the future.
in juneau i did the capt larry whale tour and loved it. we saw lots of whales, sea lions and eagles. it was well worth the money and they gave us a great time. capt larry is really good at finding the whales and giving you your moneys worth.
michelle with island wings in ketchikan is fantastic for flying over the fjords and taking in the lakes and waterfalls. we had a sunny day for my trip . there were lots of mt. goats and other wildlife to be seen. we just missed the bears ( by the way the fish were on the shore of the lake we landed at ) she said. she is an excellant pilot and does a great job of showing you the best there is too see. if weather conditions are not right for the trip she will tell you up front and not waste your money.
i went to the white pass summet and did gold panning in skagway. i did not go on the train but took a private tour in a nice van . it was fun , but the next time i will use this town as my walking around and seeing things on my own port. there are alot of interesting shops to go through also. creek street was really neat and the creek was loaded with salmon. they are huge.
we had great weather the whole week and i cant describe how beautiful it is there especially in glacier bay.
and the ship is awesome. i loved the food, entertainment and just being able to relax in a comfy chair when i wanted too. i had an inside cabin and loved how dark it was in the day time to be able to take a nap. the employees are wonderful at their jobs, always have a smile on their face and are there in an instant too help you.
my cabin was on the main deck (4th ) 4233 and in the back of the ship. im glad i was there . our first day out to sea was rather rough and my cabin did not rock as bad as the forward part of the ship. it was nice and dark, i had pleny of room and the shower was not small at all. i had plenty of room in the cabin. i was by myself and still had two single beds.
and as i said earlier, the food is out of this world and you can eat 7-24 and get something new each time. the hamburgers and pizza are the best. room service is fast and the lido has so many choices to pick from it is hard to decide just what to eat first. so go hungry. and what ever you do smile all the time. the photo and vidio guys are always taking shots from afar.
it was a great trip and i cant wait to go back. dusty