Day 1 -We arrived at 12:45 to udder confusion. We drop the luggage off at the curb and head to the parking garage. There we find out that we could have had our bags taken care of there. GO DIRECTLY TO THE GARAGE AND CHECK YOUR CAR AND LUGGAGE IN THERE!! We make our way back to the curb and grab our bags. After we hand off our bags we head for a long line to get checked in. Next time arrive EARLY! After we get on the boat we headed to the pool area where the crew is selling their goods. Very confusing atmosphere and could be done a little better. We make our way to the spa and take the tour of treatments and sign up for a raffle. We now head to our room, 7062, on deck 7. We arrive and the door says Happy Anniversary and my heart drops because the room has been decorated before our anniversary. The room was small, but did have lots of storage. This was a surprise because an ocean view room on Carnival was bigger and had a 19" TV. This room only had a 13" TV. The balcony was very nice. When it came time for the muster drill we hung out on the balcony until all was clear. We then enjoyed the bon voyage from the balcony. We headed to the spa for the raffle at 5:30. We won a $50 certificate for a message which I used later for a stone message. We signed up for facials as well. We then headed to the Aquarius for dinner. There was a mix up on the table numbers, but once that was resolved all was well. Our Head Waiter was Roscoe, our Waiter was Jergit (pronounced Jerry) from Germany and our Assistant Waiter was Leghit (pronounced Leah) from Costa Rica. Dinner was very good and they met my wife's gluten-free diet needs, which was a big plus. Carnival took a couple days to figure this out. The whole cruise they wouldn't tell my wife what she would have for dinner. They would just surprise her which made it fun. I headed to the spa for my facial after dinner and my wife went with the family to the Welcome Aboard Show. My facial was fabulous and was done by Donna from England. We then met up at the Showboat Lounge for the team trivia contest. We joined a couple from Greenville, South Carolina to win the contest and a pen.
Day 2 - After a restful night we head to the dining room to have breakfast. We attended a shopping class in the morning and purchased the Savvy Shopper book. IF YOU DON"T PLAN ON CHASING DOWN ALL THE "FREE" ITEMS IN THE BOOK DON'T BUY IT!!!!! We did so we made our money back. We then go the Champaign Bar at 11 to meet the Meet & Mingle couples who I had talked to before the cruise. We then headed to the dining room for lunch. The boat is really starting to rock as it heads north to Alaska. We then get dressed for our first formal night. At 5 we meet up with group to attend the Captain's reception in the Some Enchanted Evening Lounge. They serve hour d'oeuvres and drinks. The chicken wings are tasty. We had our picture taken with the Captain after the reception. Dinner is prime rib which is just ok. After dinner we head to the evening show by Paul Boland (Impressionist) and he is really good. I stay up to watch Blades of Glory and Suzie heads to bed.
Day-3 We awake in Juneau. Breakfast is room service which is nice. We then make our way out to catch a tender boat into town. Once on shore we catch a bus to Aula Bay. There we board a boat to head out to sea to do some whale watching. My wife is starting to get sick from her patch. The whale watching was fabulous. We spotting a pod of Orca's that decided to breach the water numerous times. We then watched a few humpback whales that were having a fun time. I then headed back downstairs and found my wife was not doing so well. On our way back we saw a group of Stellar Sea Lions making a home on a light buoy. We boarded the bus for a drive to the Mendenhall Glacier. I went to the viewpoint with to shoot photos There was a talk on the glacier near the bus waiting area that was very informative. There were also a couple pieces of ice which were nice to see up close. This was a shore excursion worth the money! We then caught the bus back into town where we went shopping. After shopping we went back to the ship and dinner. We had dinner in the Windjammer. The show was Los Pampas Gauchos. They are Argentinean dancers who were very entertaining.