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9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We started this amazing trip in Seattle with a friend. We spent 4 days tour the town and seeing the sites such as: The Space Needle, The Chihuly Museum, the Pop Culture museum, the Troll under the bridge, the Z Park, the water front, the ... Read More
We started this amazing trip in Seattle with a friend. We spent 4 days tour the town and seeing the sites such as: The Space Needle, The Chihuly Museum, the Pop Culture museum, the Troll under the bridge, the Z Park, the water front, the Pike Place Market, Kerry Park, the Argosy boat cruise and much more. It really started us off fo an adventure we were so excited to get started on. We entered the Legend on pier 91 at 11:45 AM with no issues or delays. The check in was smooth and the welcome was tremendous. Our rooms weren't ready until 1:30 PM but that was known from the beginning. They had the buffet all setup and we enjoyed the scenery of the Seattle harbor. The first day was a sea day but we needed the downtime after running all over Seattle. The only downfall of the entire trip was the commercialized cities we visited, but we are veteran cruises and knew what to stay away from. Juneau was our first stop and the only port where we did not use Carnival for our tour. We used Harv and Marv's whale watching and what a great decision that was. We saw 14-15 whales, dolphins, seals, walruses and a glacier that was stunning in the sunlight during the evening hours. Skagway was next and it was an old looking western town full of plenty of shopping. We took the excursion on the Ultimate Yukon and White Pass Railway Adventure. This trip bused you into the Yukon to a small tourist trap village with lunch but yet fun to be there and afterwards there is a petting zoo and sled dogs to see. Then they took you to Carcrossing for a little more local shopping and then to the train which is the highlight of the tour. It took 1 1/2 hours to go back down the hill but it was worth every second. This is a must do.... Third stop was Glacier Bay. BEAUTIFUL. And during this time of year you get to see bothe Glaciers in the area. Highly suggest the presentations by the park rangers that board the ship and the Naturalist that was part of the crew. Fantastic information and very helpful. Next stop was Sitka, small town but a lot of culture. We took the Carnival City Historical Tour. No history spoken about at all. But the stop at the Raptor Center made it all worth while. Only wish we could have gotten more history on the Historical Tour. LOL Then the last port was Ketchikan, this was really commercialized and I felt as if I was in the Caribbean. But again walk on pass these to get to Creek Crossing. This was a fantastic little street with history to meander through. We also took the Duck Boat ride from Carnival and it was funny and entertaining, and also very safe. The last day was at sea. We landed and disembarked in Vancouver, BC. We spent 2 days there and used Vancouver Lands Sea Tours and Adventures. Fantastic tours. The historical city tour and the Sea to Sky tour with the Deep Fjord Tour. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!!!!! The day before flying out of Seattle we took the Amtrak from Vancouver to Seattle. Again the ride was perfect and the scenery was fabulous. This is a must do. Business Class and ask for seat 3 or 5 for best views. Also have your US declaration card filled out before getting there, it will save you time. Our cabin stewart was Haru and he was great. Restaurant servers were Kamong, Heri and Made They were better than great. Crews director Jen was fun. And captain Giuseppe was fantastic. The Entertainment. WOW, Wow, Wow, Wow.....The best I've seen yet. I hope if anyone takes this cruise in the future look for the 1st or 2nd week in September so you can see both glaciers. They close off the John Hopkins Glacier after May for the wildlife breeding. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We were non English speaking first time cruisers from China. We toured many places in the world and Alaska was on our list of places to visit for a long time. This cruise trip was wonderful. The food was good. We had lots choices to ... Read More
We were non English speaking first time cruisers from China. We toured many places in the world and Alaska was on our list of places to visit for a long time. This cruise trip was wonderful. The food was good. We had lots choices to choose from. We had many choices of off-shore excursions and we went to a couple of them. They were fun and exciting. The ship was well organized,nice, and clean. The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly although there were so many people on board of the cruise. We were very impressed. The crew was great and we felt that we were well taken care of. We wanted to especially thanks to the Chinese-speaking guest service associate, Jun Tao. He helped us tremendously. He was very kind, patient, experienced, and attentive. We had a very pleasant experience on Carnival Legend because of his help. We recommend Carnival Legend cruise to non-English speaking Chinese because of Jun Tao, the best guest service associate. Read Less
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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Its Long! We choose this cruise with 19 friends, as our bucket list Alaskan cruise that it took in Glacier bay and a full day in Victoria and at most ports. Our ports were Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria and a full day sailing ... Read More
Its Long! We choose this cruise with 19 friends, as our bucket list Alaskan cruise that it took in Glacier bay and a full day in Victoria and at most ports. Our ports were Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria and a full day sailing around Glacier bay, plus 2 at sea days, we departed on Tuesday and arrived back Wednesday the following week. We arrived Seattle and used Citypass, our group arrived at various times on mostly the Saturday and Sunday before the Cruise on Tuesday. We arrived Saturday, we walked down to pikes Market and had a bite to eat. We arrive Saturday in Seattle and walked around we brought the Citypass online and this came in very handy. Sunday we went to the Woodlake Zoo and really enjoyed it saw a lot of animals and the zoo is set out really nicely and a lot of up close and personal experiences we enjoyed this attraction the best of all in Seattle. We also did the harbor cruise, Space Needle and Aquarium. We are a country and western dancers and our group of friends are too, we love to dance two step, waltz, polka etc and where from Texas, so we checked out the Little Red Hen and they had a great country band playing Sunday evening and we all went and danced up a storm. We stayed at the Hyatt Olive 8 which was really nice and we had the awaken package that included breakfast (very good) in their restaurant we booked with points so sorry I don't know the cost. its was walking distance to most things, if I had to do again I would stay closer to the water. We used Lyft or Uber to get everywhere its cheap and simple way to go, if you share you get them even cheaper. Me (53) and my hubby also 53 have cruised the Caribbean before but not Alaska. I turned Platinum this cruise so that was a nice advantage and not having to purchase faster to the fun. We were actually the 2nd and 3rd people to board this cruise behind one lady in a wheelchair. We had booked this cruise 2 years ago! and it was long awaited we were so excited. Alaska was beautiful. We had a Balcony Midship cabin on the 6th floor 6251 and we loved the location very handy for everything the cabin was a little in need of a spruce up and deep clean and the beds were pretty uncomfortable we usually love the beds! We Loved Alaska but out of 12 cruises we would not do this again, we would do the land options, the people onboard are mostly elderly and have a bad attitude, they were surly and rude, being old should give you that, we are a friendly bunch but we felt that there wasnt many friendly people on the ship and they keep it 100 degrees onboard. Our cabin had a few mishaps the cabin was boiling hot when we got onboard they sent a maintenance man and put in a brand new thermostat, plus we also got a fan, The day of Glacier Bay our cabin door would no longer open, they sent an officer down to look (I don't think they believed us and then he sent for the maintenance guy who had to remove the handle and rejig it, were on friendly terms with him now ;-), then a few days later our toilet flushed brown for a few hours, made a call but they said it was rust in the lines and that to keep flushing! Gag LOL. Our room steward was good Tri was his name and we tip pretty good we had service twice a day and asked for extra towels and ice that was it really. We loved all the ports and had a great time, Juneau (2pm-11pm) We were disappointed, as I had booked the Seaplane 5 Glacier viewing and Taku lodge salmon bake excursion as my husbands Christmas present as we both had never been on a seaplane before and we met in the Lounge onboard to depart, we departed to the pier were they told us it was cancelled! just like that!! We waited 45 mins in that lounge and no one said a word about it. So standing on the pier with our day semi ruined we were so looking forward to that adventure, I grabbed the Carnival rep and managed to get us on the Mendenhall Glacier and wild life adventure $400! refund of $600+ from the Seaplane one. This one was good we saw humpback whales and Orca whales sealions far away but I guess as close as a two story boat can get, no food, only for purchase, and got to Mendenhall with only 55 minutes left to see it so too late to walk to the falls and it was raining and 7pm by now! we came back to the ship around 8:15pm a quick trip to a gift shop at port after and ate pizza starving, we made the most of it but would have been nice to have a little more notice on the cancellation. Skagway (8am-7pm) We did the train white pass up and back in the morning and it was pretty and we enjoyed it. In the afternoon we went Ocean Rafting this was fun, didn't see a lot of wild life but we had fun and the scenery was breathtaking. Glacier Bay was awesome! Ketchikan (10am-10pm) We did the lumberjack show which we just purchased when we got there $39.99 and then my friend had booked a taxi tour, I went out with the girls that morning as my husband did the the fishing trip with another friend. we had a lot of fun and its a very pictureque town and the beautiful Creek Street, went to a totem pole place, waterfalls etc. we saw a lot of salmon trying to get upstream and seals trying to eat them, and bald eagles etc. Victoria (10am-10pm) Went to Butchart Gardens they were beautiful, expensive about $70 for two to get in, Cab fare was $55 dollars Canadian try to take small bills, the Canadians will not break them and its $1.20 Canadian to a US dollar, they sucked at breaking them or giving US change back. No one would change a $100 bill US they wanted to give us Canadian dollars back. live and learn, after the gardens we had lunch over looking the marina and went got a couple of fridge magnets and Christmas ornament we might have brought more if they gave us the dollars back. went back to ship. Can't tell you a lot about entertainment we went to the casino we brought mexican train dominos with us and played that with our group, its very different from the fun with Caribbean cruise. We enjoyed it but wouldn't do it again, we got to see Alaska and that's why we were on it. Food was good and we did steakhouse one night and Chefs Table another night. Staff were excellent as usual. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise because it was 8 days and 7 days we are never ready to be done. Alaska was on our bucket list and I’m not a cold person vacationer but this trip was amazing. The food was good! We ate in the dining room mostly and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was 8 days and 7 days we are never ready to be done. Alaska was on our bucket list and I’m not a cold person vacationer but this trip was amazing. The food was good! We ate in the dining room mostly and had lots to choose from. The shows were good. We only went to a few .Loved our excursions . Had quite a few choices as well.The pace was relaxed which was great. We never felt rushed and the ship was great. It was nice and clean. It was perfect size not too small and not too big. If you’ve been considering an Alaskan cruise this one we really recommend! The crew was great. Everyone was attentive and we felt well taken care of. We aren’t super needy travelers but still felt spoiled! Conrad was our main steward and he could remember everyone’s name which simply amazed us! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Alaska was nice, enjoyed all stops, Juneau, we took helicopter to glacier and drank glacier water, very nice time, on the way back we stopped at a local bar and enjoyed "Duck Farts" a very good and effective drink, ate at Tracys ... Read More
Alaska was nice, enjoyed all stops, Juneau, we took helicopter to glacier and drank glacier water, very nice time, on the way back we stopped at a local bar and enjoyed "Duck Farts" a very good and effective drink, ate at Tracys seafood, very over priced but hey, ALL of Alaska is!!! Skagway took a train to Canada, if your afraid of heights or falling off cliffs, dont do this trip. After we arrived in Canada, we got off the train, met our guides and rode bicycles back down to town, AWESOME trip, worth every penny! After bike ride, we went to Alaska brewery ( highly recommend ) Spruce tip beer was great, Dark & Stormy's were great, Halibut was great! The boat was nice, met a lot of good people, I just wouldn't do a repeat, been there done that, only so many mountains, glaciers, whales, dolphins etc, and then it gets boring! BUT I would recommend to anyone to do it once FOSHO! Oh and we had a AFT balcony which I would highly recommend! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We went on the Legend on 8/21/18. A short review. We had room 6279-- a premium balcony room. A very large room with a very large balcony. There are only 6 of them on this ship and are well worth the cost--a bit more than a ... Read More
We went on the Legend on 8/21/18. A short review. We had room 6279-- a premium balcony room. A very large room with a very large balcony. There are only 6 of them on this ship and are well worth the cost--a bit more than a balcony, but way less than a suite. We showed up at 1:15p...no lines. We had my mom who was in a wheelchair (temporarily as she broke her ankle 6 weeks prior. There were no lines for any check in, we were directed to the disabled check in. Got our cards and walked on. You don't embark at the atrium like most ships, but rather near the shops...not exactly breathtaking, but this was my 10th cruise. Went right to our rooms as it was 1:30pm...loved walking in to see our huge room. We left our suitcases and went looking for food :). Got some Guys burgers and checked out the pool area. This ship has 2 very similar pool areas right next to each other--one was covered by a dome (not sure if it is retractable) and one is not covered. The covered one has the DJ stage. The water slides are above the serenity area, and the serenity area is HUGE and really nice. The buffet area is well arranged, the pizza pirate is right before you walk out to the serenity area. The pizza pirate is turned into the omelet station for breakfast. I really liked all the entertainment areas and performers on board. The band, Murphys law, Dolce trio (a violin trio), the soloist Brandon, another girl soloist, a duo and Scott the piano guy. We saw all of them many times on board. They all got together on Saturday night at the Red Frog Rum bar for a giant jam session ---that was the best thing I have ever seen!! There is no big screen on this ship. I kinda missed that...I enjoy movies under the stars at night. They did show some movies in the comedy lounge according to the funtimes, we never went there for a movie though. We did go to karaoke and comedy shows there. I really liked the size of all of the venues in comparison with the number of passengers. Never a line anywhere for us. Never felt crowded. Overall...I loved this ship and have rebooked it for a Carribean sailing in spring of 2020 in the same room we had for this cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We took the very same cruise in 2003 aboard the Carnival Magic. The Legend is a similar ship with different decorations. The knock on Carnival always seems to be focused on cleanliness, food etc. We found the ship to be very clean, crew ... Read More
We took the very same cruise in 2003 aboard the Carnival Magic. The Legend is a similar ship with different decorations. The knock on Carnival always seems to be focused on cleanliness, food etc. We found the ship to be very clean, crew was always walking around and cleaning, removed used dishes promptly, buffet areas looked clean and appealing. All the public areas seemed well maintained, even the elevators and restrooms. Purell stations located throughout the ship. Breakfast buffet(s) had healthy options, lo fat yogurt, fresh fruit etc. to go along with the heavier foods and MTO omelet station We found the lunch/dinner buffets to be O.K. but nothing special. IMO the best buffets were Bob's Burgers and the made to order sandwich buffet. There seems to be a universal lack of seasoning on most of the foods. This, no doubt, to appear to more people. On our next cruise we will take some spices from home. The dinner entrees in the restaurant (we always choose your time dining), with the exceptions of the cold soups, were disappointing. The mains courses were the usual fish, beef, pork, pasta choices. I chose the grilled salmon nearly every night because we were in Alaska after all. It was nice to see some "diet" desserts both in the restaurant and in the "Sweet Spot" on the Lido deck. All the desserts were good. Entertainment was excellent, four separate shows performed by 8 very energetic young people. As for the comedy shows, one of the comedians, John DiCosta was VERY, VERY funny in the PG show. After multiple cruises we know to skip the "adult" comedy as we are not interested in a steady diet of profanity and references to body parts and sex acts. Embarkation and debarkation were the smoothest in our cruising history. Ports were nice with perfect weather. We opted for an excursion, Family Rainforest Adventure in Ketchikan), a big mistake, Overpriced with very little value. AVOID this excursion at all costs. We neither gamble nor drink much alcohol so I can't speak to that other than to say the mixed drinks are $9.50 so that will add up fast if you choose them. Above all pace yourself on the food. The average cruiser gains a pound a day. WE were careful and did not. Have fun. Read Less
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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Just returned from Alaska. If you are a seasoned traveller; meaning you have been to Europe, South America, Asia, and/or Africa, this cruise is not for you. Imagine a bunch of heavy set people from middle America stuffing their faces ... Read More
Just returned from Alaska. If you are a seasoned traveller; meaning you have been to Europe, South America, Asia, and/or Africa, this cruise is not for you. Imagine a bunch of heavy set people from middle America stuffing their faces with awful food. I saw this every morning when I went to the 9th floor for breakfast. Coffee is mediocre. Tea of choice is Lipton. The orange juice is so sweet that you have to add water to it to dilute it. The best places to eat are Bonsai Sushi and Nouveau. You will be happy you paid extra money. It was too cool to go into the pool, but I guess it looked clean? Cabin was somewhat claustrophobic. Get one with a balcony if you have the option. The drink package was $418 per person in the cabin. You cannot buy just one package. This was helpful to have since you spend so much time on the ship. If you have the Cheers package, no need to buy bottles of water since it is included. The food at Truffles - the place you will have your sit down dinners was ATROCIOUS. Everything is either under cooked or over cooked. Your meals will come out in a plastic covered tray - which means what is on the plate is still cooking. Don't pay an extra $20 for the lobster tail. It taste like rubber. Oh. Kathy Lee Gifford wine was the wine of choice. The cities you visit were so-so. I have gone skiing in British Columbia before and was sad that we only spent four hours there. The excursions. They are expensive. If you don't like the price points, you can book an excursion as soon as you leave the boat using another vendor. I did whale watching, rafting, and hiking. The scenery was BEAUTIFUL, so these excursions were worth it for me. Drinks. Alchemy is the best bar on the ship. I kept sending my drinks back at the other bars because they didn't taste great. This cruise definitely skews older, so that's the vibe of the ship. I made the mistake of getting a lip and under arm wax. The room was somewhat dark and the technician left me in pain. What's laughable is that they try to make you do additional treatments. I also received a pedicure. Althea - the nail tech - was good. I paid $1500 for my cabin, $333 for my flight, left with a $1500 bill (which includes the Cheers package and the excursions). I seriously wished I spent this money on another vacation. It's a complete racket. All in all, you could not pay me to do this trip on Legend again. It's an old boat. And I couldn't wait to return to civilization. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose the Carnival Legend because we cruise with the Carnival lime the most. It allowed us to stay within our budget while also selecting the extended balcony. We stayed in room 5122. The room itself was okay. We had the queen bed ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Legend because we cruise with the Carnival lime the most. It allowed us to stay within our budget while also selecting the extended balcony. We stayed in room 5122. The room itself was okay. We had the queen bed and a couch, which turned into a bed for our 6 year old son. I liked that it was near Camp Ocean. The beds and pillows were comfortable. It came with a hair dryer which is great. Only had shampoo and body wash I. The bathroom so make sure to bring your own products! What I didn’t like about our room is that it was right above the theater so we heard and felt the music well into the night. The base must have been right below our room because it made our room vibrate. The performers prectice during the day and then two performances at night. It really effected our experience. The food in the dining room was so disappointing. We’ve gone on a lot of cruises and I feel that the food quality on the Carnival keeps getting worse and worse. I got sick off the dinner on the third night so we stopped going all together. My son’s hot dog came that night too and was grey. The salad bar was good, so was the pizza place. The best food options were Guy’s burgers, the blue Iguana and then we paid for sushi onboard once. A of the Ports were fun. We did the train ride in Skagway. If I could go back, I would have chosen a different excursion. It was okay, but not what I expected. Our best excursion was through Gold Rush Dog Tours where we learned all about dog sledding (mushing), were taken for a short ride and then got to pet the puppies! Also, while in juneau we ate at Tracy’s King Crab and it was really good. While in kerchikan, we visited the Christmas store and they have a lot of cute things. We even saw the Time Bandit arrive into port. All of the people we met in Alaska were so friendly. It was beautiful. One thing I really enjoyed about the ship was the Naturalist onboard. She was able to give us a lot of information about the animals and environment. The performances were good onboard. We only attended the PG comedy shows and I’m glad we did because our son had fun there. I took our son to the 80’s rock performance and that was so good. Very impressive. My son had fun at Camp Ocean. His favorite part was the Dr. Seuss parade and story time, as well as the Build-a-Bear event. The staff onboard was very friendly. Overall I would give our experience a 3.5/5. The food and our cabin location negatively effected our experience. Everything else was great. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I always wanted to cruise to Alaska. I went on a cruise with my son. Our cruise was from July 31-Aug 7, 2018. Here is my review: I booked an overnight stay in Seattle at the Grand Hyatt - Pine Street on July 30th. We got to the ... Read More
I always wanted to cruise to Alaska. I went on a cruise with my son. Our cruise was from July 31-Aug 7, 2018. Here is my review: I booked an overnight stay in Seattle at the Grand Hyatt - Pine Street on July 30th. We got to the airport and called an Uber to take us to our hotel. I loved the fact that the Sea-Tac airport has a designated area for app based transportation that you can call and get your ride without trying to find your pick up. The check in was smooth and we went to our room. The staff was friendly and hospitable. Our room was clean and the hotel was awesome in itself. Walking distance from the AMC movie theater and mall as well as other shops. EMBARKATION: The next day we ordered another Uber to take us to the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91. The ride came very quick. We got to the terminal and it was a smooth transition. I am Platinum with Carnival Cruise Lines so boarding was extremely quick. I would like to add that this cruise made my 11th cruise. The Carnival Legend is the sister ship to the Carnival Pride. I saw some similarities but also some differences. The Legend doesn't have the dive in movies. I didn't like that they didn't advertise the Spa specials like most of the Carnival port day specials are, therefore, I missed my cruise massage ritual. LIDO: One of the additions to the ship dry dock renovations was Guys Burger Joint which is delicious. They had a variety of food, but it didn't seem as much as the Pride. The food was pretty good as always. DINING: We had your time dining and the food was pretty much good as usual. During the times we were in the dining room, there wasn't any dancing with the staff like most carnival cruises have. The did sing happy birthday, anniversary, etc. But our wait staff was great and called you by your name. CABIN: Our room was 7166. I wasn't a connecting room and its an extended balcony with no obstructions. It was clean and ready when we got onboard. My stateroom stewart was Theresa. The only small gripe that I have is that the bathroom light was slow to come on but was eventually fixed when I advised guest services. The remote control didn't work properly. So hopefully by the time someone else get the room, they will complain as much as I did to get a new remote. Anyway, Theresa was very hospitable. SHORE EXCURSIONS: TRACY ARM FJORD: This is a beautiful place. This tour was about 3 hours. We got to see the glacier as well as sea lions, water falls, mountain goats, Ice bergs and even got to experience close up a piece of glacier in the form of a huge hunk of ice that 2 staff members 'ice fished' and brought onboard. The temperature was a bit chilly - Enough for a heavy sweater and hat but not cold like a heavy coat and scarf. It was cloudy but didn't rain which was a good thing especially taking pictures. We were served a sample of sockeye salmon and rhubarb and salmon jelly. The rhubarb jelly was very good - sweet. The Salmon jelly wasn't made from salmon, it was made from berries that looked like salmon eggs which is where they get the name Salmon jelly. It was good too, but I preferred the Rhubarb better. We also was served small hush puppy donuts. On the boat, there was a place to purchase snacks as well as a bathroom. SKAGWAY: This was a very small port. We took the Yukon Scenic Trail tour that was about 5.5 - 6 hours long. It started at 8:00 and we got back to the ship around 2:00. Our guide was name Doug who was very knowledgeable. He was also a photographer that helped take pictures for you at the YUKON and ALASKA signs. It truly helped speed up the process and that everyone got a chance to get a picture in front those signs. We made various stops to take pictures. We stopped for lunch which consisted of Spinach cream and Beef vegetable soups, wraps and sandwiches, rhubarb and banana cream pie as well as cole slaw. The Lunch was amazingly delicious. You need to bring your passport as you do cross the Canadian border. We drove up 3500 feet above sea level mountains and just learned so much about the life of the Gold Rush and history of Alaska. We even got to see a bear. If you love scenery, you'll love this tour! JUNEAU: This was the best tour and highlight of the cruise. Our tour was called VIP Alaska Whales and Rain forest tour. It was about 5 hours or a little more tour. Our tour guide was named Scott Ranger who was phenomenal. He is also a photographer that helped me set my camera to view the whales. He is a marine biologist that really know his stuff. We took a short ride to the rain forest. We split into 2 groups. It didn't rain but there were mosquitos. So I would highly recommend using Off or insect repellent with DEET. We ran across deer and salmon as well as beaver and their liking of the cotton tree. Both groups met up by the Mendenhall Glacier and what a sight. Both groups walked back through the rain forest and Scott explained to us about the nature of the salmon and how it spawns and the life cycle that benefits the baby fish as well as the bear. After we left the rain forest, we took a short ride to the marine terminal to board an observation boat to view the whales. Once we got out to the location where whales are often sighted, we started to see the whales. One in particular was named Sasha that Scott named and explained her history. We learned that whales migrate to Hawaii, then come back to Alaska for food. He also educated us on identifying the flutes or tails of the whales. As we was about to leave, we stopped to view seals laying on a buoy. One of the seals literally swam all the way to the boat as if to say who are you guys...lol...after we got back we ended up going back to the ship and then we ran across beautiful bald eagles. I highly recommend this excursion. Carnival does promise to refund $100 if you don't see any whales. Well there goes my $100 as we did see whales. Beautiful!! KETCHIKAN: This was another small population and port. We got off the port and there were many shops that had great sales. We booked the Lumberjack show. It was about a 1.5 hour long show. It was a fun and interactive show that showed the talent of guys chopping wood. Ketchikan has history to the lumberjack age in Alaska. They also had a lumberjack show with crab feast as well. Wish i had taken that excursion. Anyway, it was a great short visit to Ketchikan. I was told that it always rained in Ketchikan, but the miracle was it wasn't raining and was sunny. I enjoyed this port. VICTORIA, B.C CANADA: We got to this port around 7pm. Was told via announcement that we were waiting for customs to clear. I never heard any announcement subsequently that we were cleared to leave the ship. I wanted to book an excursion to the Buchart Gardens, but I read bad reviews due to the time the ship gets to the port and that it gets dark. When we decided to get off the ship, it was around 8pm. I'm glad I didn't purchase the excursion because I would have been left waiting for them to announce we could get off the ship and everyone was gone by then. It was nothing at this port besides a small gift shop and people standing around waiting to show you around for a ridiculous price. We stopped by the gift shop, purchased a few items and got back on the ship. If you wanted to explore Victoria Canada, you definately had to leave the port. We were only there from 7:30 to 11:pm. My recommendations for any excursions would be to go at your own risk but my curiousity would be for the Buchart Gardens. DEBARKATION: It was a very smooth transition especially when you are Platinum, Diamond or Faster to the Fun. OVERALL: This was a very enjoyable trip. Alaska is a very beautiful place that many want to visit over and over. The cruise season is usually from May-Sept to Alaska. I am considering doing a 15 day cruise to Alaska in the future. My only disappointment was that Carnival finally got my luggage to me almost to the point where I thought they lost or left my luggage. When I got my luggage, the front compartment was completed broken of the zipper and lock. Thankfully, I purchased the Vacation Protection where they will cover your luggage up to $1500. I hope that I gave enough detail to give you an idea of what to do and what to expect. Also, they tell you to pack in layers. My son and I packed, coats, hats/scarves, thermo underwear, etc. We never got to use the heavy coat, scarves, gloves, thermo underwear and umbrella/ponchos. The weather was surprisingly crisp fall like that a heavy sweater and hat would probably do. There were times where you could even wear t-shirts and shorts. Alaska to me was more beautiful than Hawaii. Read Less
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