Carnival cruise fun in Alaska



Carnival cruise lines will have one ship sailing the waters of Alaska in 2011.

The fleet/ship - Carnival Spirit – a 2,124 passenger megaship.

Itineraries:

Carnival offers one 6-day sailing from Vancouver, B.C. in early May. All other departure dates are 7-day cruises roundtrip from Seattle. Hit/Miss:

  • Carnival cruise lines entertainment is some of the best on the high seas.
  • The youth program is top notch offering Alaska focused activities and a shore excursion program for teens.
  • You don’t get to be the largest cruise line afloat and among the most successful without knowing a thing or two. Carnival cruise line is well-run and maintained and the service is professional but not refined.
  • This is a big ship, you may experience some lines and frequent loud speaker announcements.
  • If you have any mobility issues please consider your cabin location carefully – this is a really long ship.
Your Shipmates: Carnival cruise lines “fun” image is not just geared to the young. Carnival has designed a cruise experience full of zip that attracts the young at heart of all ages. You’ll find first-time cruisers, singles, couples and multigenerational families onboard. This is a high-energy group of guests looking for a good time. If you prefer a restful atmosphere enjoying the subtle nuances of your surroundings with lots of attention to detail, you should probably consider one of your other options.

Accommodations/cabins: Carnival staterooms are generally more spacious than the industry standard, and these follow suit. Most of the cabins (80%) have ocean views, and of those, the majority have balconies, very advantageous for this extra-special itinerary. Stateroom décor is light and airy with light-wood cabinetry and soft pastel furnishings.

The Carnival Comfort collection offers pampering in the form of high thread count linens, duvet and custom pillows. Most cabins are furnished with twin beds that convert to king size. Extras include a basket of bath amenities and plush bathrobe for your use during your cruise.

Every cabin has adequate storage, individual climate control, a small refrigerator, a personal safe, a hair dryer, TV and telephone. Connecting cabins are available for families or groups traveling together. Sixteen staterooms are designed for wheelchair accessibility.

Dining: The main restaurant offers a formal atmosphere and serves open-seating breakfast and lunch; dinner is served at assigned tables, with two seating’s. The menu features the culinary creations of Master Chef Georges Blanc. Specialty menu items are highlighted in Alaska and focus on local ingredients.

For a casual setting head to the Lido buffet. Enjoy a wide variety of food choices and informal sit anywhere indoor/outdoor dining. For an additional fee, you may want to treat yourself to the reservations-only supper club for an evening of great food and dancing in intimate surroundings.

Other dining choices include a pizzeria, outdoor grills, a patisserie, a sushi bar and of course 24-hour room service.

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Entertainment/Spa/Fitness: Carnival’s entertainment ranks as some of the finest in the industry and offers something for every taste. Spectacular stage shows, great entertainers and multiple venues showcasing cool jazz, country-western, rock-n-roll and sentimental favorites.

The ship features 3 pools, one with a retractable dome (a big plus in Alaska), a kiddie pool and water slide. The spa and fitness area are wonderful. Glass walls afford sea views from the gym with his and hers saunas and steam rooms available. Treatment rooms, a spacious aerobics studio, whirlpool and salon round out the facilities. An outside jogging/walking track is also available. (15 laps = 1 mile)

Junior Sailors: Carnival cruise line offers three expertly run youth programs designed around specific age groups. All participants are supervised by staff that has experience and/or a background in child-care education. A wide range of age appropriate activities are specially created to enhance the youth’s onboard experience.

The program does a nice job of keeping the youth occupied. “Camp Carnival” is for children between the ages of 2-11 and is sub-divided into three categories, toddlers (2-5), juniors (6-8) and intermediates (9-11). “Circle C” is for kids 12-14 years of age and “Club O2” is for teens 15-17. If you want to stay in touch beepers are available. Babysitting service is available each evening (for an additional fee) beginning at 10pm after the days planned activities conclude.

Cruise tour programs: Unfortunately, due to Carnival Cruise Lines decision to change from one-way voyages between Vancouver and Whittier to a round-trip Seattle itinerary, travel into Alaska's interior on an optional cruise tour program is not available.


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