RE: CRuising Spirit

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john s. laughton

Has anyone cruised Carnival Spirit in the past? Specifically to Alaska? Plan on cruising Alaska this coming May and need to know which ship to take. Have a choice of 3 that have the itinerary we want to take. They are the Spirit, HA Ryndam, and RCL Legend of the Seas. Has anyone been on any of these other ships, as well?


I cruised 6/24/02 on Carnival Spirit and am booked for 6/18/03 again. I absolutely loved it. I'll probably go again in 2004 too if she's still sailing there!

The fact that they have so many balcony rooms for such a good price is a real motivation. We spent most of our time there, the scenery is breath-taking.

Service and food were both terrific. Shore excursions too. No complaints at all from anyone in our group.



My Alaska cruise was on the RCI Legend of the Seas. To date she is our all time favorite ship (11 cruises & ships). She has almost floor to ceiling glass in many private areas which is wonderful for Alaska cruising. We also had our 1st. balcony cabin on this ship and I confirm, that is a must. Our last cruise was on a Carnival Spirit class ship, the Pride. Although decor may differ, the layout is exactly the same. Huge 8 deck high atrium, three pools including a dome covered one, great lounges and theaters, a wonderul spa and a fabulous buffet area with Stations for many choices instead of one straight line. The glassed areas of the Legend of the Seas in the lobby, lounges, pool, and main dining room really provide the most light open space for your beautiful scenic cruise. I also like a wine steward and bar service in the dining room which many cruise lines are doing away with. Many have the waiter or asst. take those orders. RCI does not have nightly Midnight buffet but offers Gourmet Bites which are passed canapes within many lounges on some nights and buffets like Tropical and of course the best is their Grand buffet. It definetly was better than on Carnival, but I never eat at this time, so it is just for fun to admire for me. Food on Carnival was fine and cabin size was great with average inside or outside cabins at 185 SF and up. RCI regular and inside cabins may be smaller. We had a huge cabin with a huge balcony.
Bon Voyage

john s. laughton

We have tentatively decided to cruise on the HA Statendam as it fits with my vacation slot. Not necessarily my first choice, but it fits logistically. Legend of the Seas has many fine reviews and kudos. I'm sure we will sail on her someday as well. Thanks for your advice.

Mark Ericksen

May I ask when cruising Alaska is there any advantage in booking a balcony room on the rear rather than on the sides of these ships?

Thanks for the help.


We sailed the Spirit to Alaska this past summer. You can find my review under this name:

July 3, 2002, Alaska, Spirit

Hope this helps.