CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews


Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Spirit Alaska August 21, 2004

This was our 8th cruise and we certainly enjoyed this trip. Relatives met us in Seattle and we had a wonderful dinner on the waterfront Friday night. Saturday they took us to Pike's Place Market and we bought a beautiful bouquet to put in the cabin of the ship. The cabin steward placed the bouquet in a vase while we were at lunch after boarding the ship. Very good system of checking luggage and boarding the ship. Our balcony cabin on the 9th deck was great. It was comfortable and attractive. The balconies are private and really the thing to have on an Alaska cruise.

We walked around Ketchikan and saw Creek St., went up the funicular to a lodge, walked down to the fish hatchery and also saw King Salmon waiting to spawn in a river. This was all an easy walk. In Juneau we took the $5 bus, which is right at the cruise ship dock, to Mendenhall Glacier and took pictures there and walked around the Visitor's Center. In Skagway we took our only tour in order to ride the narrow gauge railroad into the mountains. We had a bus ride back to Liarsville with panning for gold and then back to the ship. Price Rubert was the only day it started to drizzle while we were out so we only went to some stores near the ship. That town did not look very appealing and I would have probably liked another destination in it's place. When we arrived in Seattle getting off the ship was very organized and easy.

The food was really good in the two restaurants and buffet that were included in the fare. We did not try any of the pay restaurants. We had a table for two almost every night at a window. With rib lamb chops, lobster tail, filet mignon, etc. we had no complaints. Plenty of entertainment on board. A big casino. We would recommend this cruise to anyone.

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