Cruising Christine turns Gold in Gold Country: an Alaska/Legend Review

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#1
New Hampshire
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Greetings!

It's been a few weeks since my husband and I got back from the first Carnival cruise to Alaska of the season, and I'm very excited to start this review! I was hoping to start it earlier, however, I actually came home from this cruise sick with dual sinus/ear infections, so I spent my first post-cruise weekend home in bed recovering. Then last weekend my husband and I were out of town volunteering at a local robotics event for kids. With this weekend being the long Memorial Day weekend, I'm hoping to get a good chunk of this review written. Even if there's no one around to read it. ;-)

A little background: as you already know from the title of this review, as well as my signature, my name is Christine. I just turned 40 last November, and I'm finally starting to get over the horror of turning the big 4-0. My cruising partner for life is my lovely husband Mark, who is turning 49 in less than two months. Not sure how he's going to handle turning the big 5-0 next year, but hopefully there won't be any kind of mid-life crisis in our future. I think he's handling it good so far. Probably better than I handled turning 40!

I'm not sure why, but I neglected to take any good selfies of the two of us on this trip. So, I will share a picture of the two of us that I purchased from our cruise last November.



This cruise was to be the first Alaska cruise of the season. I booked this specific cruise because it was the only one that Carnival had scheduled that would go to both Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Bay. And looking at next year's schedule, I think that was a wise decision because I don't see any cruises in 2018 that go to both. Now, when I book cruises I don't search just Carnival cruises specifically. I cruise because of the ports, but it just happens that Carnival always seems to have the best itineraries for the price at the time that I want to sail. For Alaska, it was definitely no different. Carnival had great prices for Alaska cruises when I booked.

This was also to be the only 8-day itinerary to Alaska that Carnival was offering. The 4/30/17 sail date was an early one, but I didn't mind because the timing of it worked out perfectly for me for work. I also liked that it was so early in the season because I wanted to experience cold and white mountains while in Alaska. Call me crazy, but I don't think of green mountains and warm weather when I think Alaska. I wanted the real experience.

Our schedule was as follows:



Since we have friends that live in Seattle, we thought this trip would be the perfect opportunity to visit them. The cruise was to be a Sunday through Monday cruise, and even though it started in Vancouver and ended in Seattle, it made more sense to take a couple days before the cruise so that we could spend time with them on a Friday and Saturday, rather than Monday and Tuesday. So I booked a early morning flight out of Boston to Seattle on the Friday before the cruise.

I always book flights with credit card rewards, and usually always book with Southwest. They are definitely my airline of choice. JetBlue is my second choice, and for this time around, I chose them because of the fact that they had a nonstop flight from Boston to Seattle.

This would be the longest flight that I have been on it quite awhile. The last 6+ hour flight I experienced was when I flew to Vegas years ago when I was still dating my husband. Flying is not my favorite thing to do, so at least with JetBlue we had the added plus of being able to watch movies during the flight, which definitely helps to pass the time. That's probably the only thing I don't like about Southwest: no in-seat movie screens. Oh well, at least this long flight would help get me ready for my first flight to Europe next year.

As we approached Seattle, the view of the white mountain tops was breathtaking:





While you can obviously see the mountains from both sides of the plane, here's a little tip if flying in from the east: sit on the left side of the plane, and you can catch a glimpse of Mount Rainier. It wasn't easy taking a picture because the whiteness of the top of the volcano matched the whiteness of the clouds that day, but here's the best picture I was able to get.

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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
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North Carolina
6,461 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
Oh my, this is going to be an AWESOME review! Thanks for taking time to do one, I will be following along.

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Past Cruises:
Carnival Pride (Baltimore): March 17, 2012 (Port Canaveral, Nassau, Freeport)
Carnival Breeze (Miami): November 3, 2013 (Grand Turk, Ocho Rios, Nassau)
Carnival Liberty (Port Canaveral): May 9, 2014 (Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk)
Carnival Sunshine (Port Canaveral): February 28, 2015 (Cozumel, Roatan & Belize)
Carnival Splendor (Norfolk): October 23, 2015 (3 days in Bermuda)
Carnival Pride (Baltimore): March 13, 2016 (Grand Turk, San Juan, St Thomas, Dominica, St Lucia, Martinique, Antigua, St Maarten)
Carnival Sunshine (Charleston): May 26, 2016 (Nassau)
Carnival Victory (Port Canaveral): July 28, 2016 (Nassau)
Carnival Magic (Port Canaveral): October 29, 2016 (Amber Cove, St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)
Carnival Vista (Miami): January 8, 2017 (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Vista (Miami): January 14, 2017 (Grand Turk, San Juan, St Kitts, St Maarten)
Carnival Vista (Miami): September 3, 2017 (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel) Hurricane Irma Cruise!
Carnival Sunshine (NYC): October 7, 2017 (Boston, Portland, Halifax, Saint John)
Carnival Magic (Port Canaveral): February 17, 2018 (Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Dream (NOLA): April 22, 2018 (Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
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22,992 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
Thanks for the review but they can keep Alaska, mountains covered in snow, cold weather and watching whales is not my idea of a good cruise.
#5
NC
298 Posts
Joined Oct 2016
can't wait to read more! The legend is definitely in the running for our Alaska cruise. I'd love to try another line but it's hard to get past the pricing!

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Carnival Ecstasy 8/2017
Carnival Conquest 1/2018
Carnival Fascination 5/2018
Carnival Sunshine 5/2019
#6
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
The flight to Seattle was basically uneventful. Originally the pilot told us that we were going to arrive early, but mid-way through the flight he came on the loudspeaker and said that due to storms in the Midwest, he was having to fly further up into Canada to go around them. So we ended up arriving at pretty much the time we were supposed to. The good thing about flying from east to west is that you can leave late in the morning and arrive early in the afternoon thanks to the time change.

I normally don't take photos while in airports simply because I never think to while we are dealing with our luggage and making sure we are where we need to be. However, I did snap one of the luggage pick-up area at SeaTac, because I thought it was cute. If you ever lost luggage at SeaTac and wondered what happened to it...



Our options to get from Seattle to Vancouver were to either rent a car and drive, or take the Amtrak Cascades train that leaves early in the morning. I think Amtrak also has a bus option as well, but in the end I decided that renting a car and driving would be the better option because it would allow us to travel on our own schedule.

I ended up booking a rental for two days from Alamo. It was pretty convenient because we could pick it up right at SeaTac and drop it off right at the Vancouver cruise port. The price for two days was very reasonable (hint: if you are going to do this, book early because when I checked again a week or two before our trip to see what the prices were, they had jumped up considerably). I choose the mid-size car option because it was listed as a "Hyundai Elantra or similar." My husband drives an Elantra and I knew that the size of the car would be fine for us and our luggage.



I had chosen the "Skip the Counter" option that Alamo offers that allows you to simply proceed to where they keep the cars and choose your own car from the section with the car class that you booked. There was only one in the mid-size car section and there was no way it was close to being the size of an Elantra. It was a very small hatchback, and with three pieces of luggage, a carry-on bag and one backpack, there was just no way that it was going to work for us. Even with putting some luggage in the back seat.

Fortunately a guy from Alamo saw us and came right over. He pointed to the small SUV section and told us to pick one of those instead. Of course I asked him if we were going to get charged more and he said no, not to worry about it (which was the truth, we were never charged more). So we chose a Jeep Compass, and we were on our way with a nice, free upgrade. "Upgrade" would prove to be the theme of this vacation.



Now, with every vacation, no matter how much I plan (and I am an obsessive planner, trust me), I always make one goof that costs me money or causes me stress. One time we were driving to Niagara Falls from our house in NH, only to find out on the way that apparently Garmin doesn't consider Canada part of their North American maps. So we had to stop and buy a GPS along the way.

Then there was the time that we spent a couple days post-cruise in New Orleans, and on the last day I lost the keys to the rental car in a mall. Fortunately we were able to find them, but can you imagine how much it would have cost if we hadn't? Or worst yet, if someone stole the rental?

Some less stressful goofs included the time when I forgot all of my cameras cords so had no way to charge them or download the pictures off of them. So my husband spent $60 in the ship's arcade winning me a cord that didn't even work with either camera anyway. Then there was my last cruise when I didn't plan out a place to have breakfast the morning of and ended up paying around $40 for basically a continental breakfast at the hotel.

With this trip, in an effort to save money, I had decided that I was going to just bring my own GPS rather than pay extra to use one of Alamo's. I have two GPS's. One that I use all the time, because I love it. That's the one that doesn't have Canada included in it's maps. And then the one that I had to purchase on the way to Niagara Falls (because I never got around to returning it for some reason). Clearly that would have to be the one I would have to bring with us, and I even went through the trouble of making sure the maps were updated before we left on this trip.

Welllll, wouldn't you know it, in the haste of packing for the trip, yup...I grabbed the GPS that doesn't have Canada maps on it. Thank god for GPS apps on phones that at least got us to the hotel and eventually, to Best Buy to buy a new GPS. I didn't realize I had the wrong GPS until after we left Alamo, and didn't feel like going all the way back to SeaTac to get one of theirs, in case you are wondering. Besides, this time I was determined to actually return the darn thing to Best Buy and get my money back, which I did after we got home. So my goof didn't actually end up costing me any money, but what the heck. Just once I'm going to plan everything right so that I don't have a swearing moment while on vacation!

We were spending one night (Friday) in Seattle and driving to Vancouver some time on Saturday and spending one night there before our cruise on Sunday. I booked Cedarbrook Lodge which is located near SeaTac.

http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/?gcli...FdSLswodgP8Pdg

I couldn't possible recommend this place more if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel and don't care about not being close to downtown. This place is absolutely gorgeous. There is a spa on the property, and it's a popular place for weddings. I had booked a deluxe king room for $143 for the night. Upon arrival I found out that they had upgraded us to a deluxe king balcony room. Another upgrade! I was liking this trip so far.

Our room with the balcony:





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~~~ Cruising Christine ~~~ Links to cruise reviews below

My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#7
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
I really liked the decor in this hotel (notice the picture on the wall in this next pic). The whole "outdoorsy" lodge feel of it was perfect to get us in the mood for our trip to Alaska.



The balcony was really cute, although not very private, as you can see right onto your neighbor's balcony (ours was on the end, so we had no neighbors to the left).



View of a portion of the grounds from the balcony:



You can see our luggage in this picture:



One thing that is definitely different an Alaska cruise (for obvious reasons) is what you pack. We definitely had more with this trip, and I had to use the biggest size luggage in my luggage set. But, I still think we did pretty good. Other than forgetting some random thing, I'm pretty good with not over-packing and also with utilizing space effectively. We were able to fit 10 days worth of clothes (which all included pants, not shorts), my laptop, several cameras, as well as our winter jackets, my boots, and even a teddy bear that I try to take with me on trips.

The room included robes, although not quite as comfortable as Carnival's robes.



With this being a spa hotel, they have a nice added touch of having a selection of different pillows to meet your specific needs:



Unfortunately I didn't notice this card in the room until the next morning, so I wasn't able to take advantage of this little perk. Had I noticed, I would definitely have requested the hypoallergenic pillow, as I have bad allergies. And probably would have asked for a body pillow, too. That's actually the reason why I have a teddy bear. I sleep with him because I use him, along with a pillow between my knees, as sort of makeshift body pillow. I realize I could go out and buy an actual body pillow, but well, I've sort of become attached to him.
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~~~ Cruising Christine ~~~ Links to cruise reviews below

My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#8
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
A picture from the lobby looking down to the restaurant located on the premises. We didn't have dinner here, but we heard from our friends who live in Seattle that the restaurant is very good.



The hotel has a little gift store with nice stuff for sale, though I wasn't going to start buying souvenirs so soon when we had plenty of opportunities ahead of us for shopping.



Each wing of the hotel must be accessed using your room key, and had a little living area to be used just by hotel guests.





See the fridge in the picture above? They keep it stocked with snacks for the guests that you can help yourself to. I can't recall everything, but I remember seeing yogurts and string cheese. On the counter next to the fridge they had candy jars that you could help yourself to. And in the freezer contained my husband's favorite...



Ice cream! All you can eat individual containers of Haggen-Dazs ice cream. Let's just say the hubs was in heaven that night. Now, I know lots of people love Carnival's all you can eat, 24 hour, self-serve ice cream, but to me it's not really ice cream. At best it's a good frozen treat when you are hot. But Haggen-Dazs is the real thing. Mmm. This was definitely a nice touch.

The hotel has a nice bar as well, although we didn't spend any time there as we went out with our friends that night.

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~~~ Cruising Christine ~~~ Links to cruise reviews below

My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#9
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
The grounds around the hotel have lots of wildlife, so if you have young kids, they would probably get a kick out of this place.









I thought I took a picture of the breakfast area, but apparently I didn't. Breakfast is included, and is your typical buffet breakfast.



I have to say, this was the only negative part of this hotel. Their breakfast was not very good. I couldn't even eat the eggs. They were definitely powdered. Everything else was just ok. Nothing special at all. Would this stop me from booking again, or from recommending the place? Definitely not. It's not like you are going to starve. It's just nothing to rave about.

Overall, the hotel was excellent. Definitely a place that you can have a nice, relaxing, stay at. Actually, I kind of wished we were there more than just the one night. In fact, we are thinking about taking a trip back to Seattle in the future to visit our friends again, and we will definitely stay there if we do.
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~~~ Cruising Christine ~~~ Links to cruise reviews below

My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
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New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
Originally posted by riclop
Thanks for the review but they can keep Alaska, mountains covered in snow, cold weather and watching whales is not my idea of a good cruise.
Haha, I can understand how you feel. Having lived in New Hampshire my whole life, I HATE the cold and snow. I love cruising to the Caribbean to get away from it all. But, this cruise was all about the views and seeing sights that you can't see even where I live. In the end, it was totally worth it and completely an unforgettable experience (in a good way).

Originally posted by pirate4me2
Oh my, this is going to be an AWESOME review! Thanks for taking time to do one, I will be following along.
Thanks! I do feel like this is going to be an awesome review, mainly because we went on such fantastic excursions. The only thing I hate about writing reviews is how long they take, and this one is probably going to be my longest. It kills me that I can't write one all in one sitting, but it takes so long to go through all of my pictures, and this time around, I have tons!

Originally posted by easyboy
Nice photos. Will be following.
Thanks! Hope you enjoy the review. :-)

Originally posted by bmetz34
can't wait to read more! The legend is definitely in the running for our Alaska cruise. I'd love to try another line but it's hard to get past the pricing!
This is definitely one of those cruises where personally, I don't think the ship matters. It's not going to be what you remember when looking back on the cruise. That's not to say that the Legend isn't nice. It certainly is. But you don't need a lot of bells and whistles. It's definitely all about the itinerary. And I know what you mean, the prices of Alaskan cruises are certainly up there! Especially when you factor in the cost of excursions, which are extremely pricey as well, but totally worth it. If I can give anyone advice as far as cruises to Alaska is concerned it's this: spend more money on the excursions, and less on the cruise itself. Otherwise you are just paying for a really cold cruise with not a lot of memories of the fantastic experiences that Alaska has to offer.
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~~~ Cruising Christine ~~~ Links to cruise reviews below

My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
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Tampa area
15,425 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Nice start! I've got that colored luggage recently and really like it. It's so big. Next time I won't use the liner, just put a bunch of stuff into it. Easy to find at debark.
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#12
New Hampshire
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Joined Mar 2015
Originally posted by crusinpsychRN
Nice start! I've got that colored luggage recently and really like it. It's so big. Next time I won't use the liner, just put a bunch of stuff into it. Easy to find at debark.
Nice! Do you have the whole set? I bought the set because of the fact that the middle sized one has a cruise ship on it. That's normally the one I use, but had to use the bigger one (with the car on it) for this trip. Just needed the extra space.
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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#13
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
Seattle

This was my first time visiting Seattle. My husband had been before, for work. He used to have a job that sent him everywhere, even to countries outside the US. Between the two of us, he is the world traveler, and I am the sheltered one. But, my passion for cruising is slowing catching me up.

Friday night we were pretty jet lagged, so we weren't really in the mood to do much sightseeing. We drove to our friends' house and ended up walking to a hamburger joint that was close to their house for dinner. I was so hungry at that point since we hadn't had lunch and to us, it felt like it was late night since we were still on east coast time, so I didn't take any pictures of my burger. But it was good, and I had tator tots on the side.

After eating, we walked back to their house and got in their car so they could drive us to someplace they go to frequently: a gaming cafe called Uptown Espresso. Seattle and Canada are both huge on gaming cafes and gaming restaurants. Basically they are places where you can go and play board games (they supply the games), while having a meal or some coffee. We love to play games, and I just love the concept. I wish they had some of these places where we live. They are really fun.

Inside the cafe, where they sell drinks and pastries, and have lots of tables set up:



As you can see in the background (behind my husband), they have all of their games arranged alphabetically. The games filled about of the walls within the cafe.



They have games for people of all ages. If you have kids, this is a great (and pretty much free) thing to do while in Seattle. They don't charge to play the games. It's just customary to buy something to eat or drink while you are there. We played a gamed called Mysterium, which was fun. Unfortunately I had to give up caffeine a number of years ago, so there really wasn't any kind of coffee drink I could get, so I got an Italian soda with a vanilla shot. It was delicious!



I would have loved to have stayed longer, but was really tired at an early hour due to being on east coast time. So after the one game, we headed back to the hotel for the night. On a side note, I normally have insomnia and can't fall asleep at a reasonable hour for the life of me. At home, I'm lucky if I'm asleep by 2 am in the morning. Given that I have to get up between 5 or 6 am, this doesn't bode well for my health. During this trip, I was falling asleep at 10 or 11 pm almost every night. It was nice being on a more reasonable schedule. So I guess I've discovered the cure for my insomnia. Clearly my internal clock is on west coast or Alaska time!
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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#14
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
Seattle cont'd

Saturday we decided to spend the morning and afternoon seeing at least one sight in Seattle. Our friends, Mike and his wife Jaime, have a membership to the Museum of Pop Culture, and since I'm a huge science fiction fan, this place was definitely going to be someplace I would enjoy. https://www.mopop.org/

The museum is basically all sci fi and music exhibits. They were able to get us in for free, so all we had to pay for was to park (which was right across the street), and for the optional Star Trek exhibit which was only $5/person.

You definitely can't miss this place when driving by.



It's located right next to the Space Needle. I believe that you can purchase a package deal which gives you admission to both the museum and the Space Needle.



We were a little pressed for time since we still had to make the 3 1/2+ hour drive to Vancouver later that day, so we opted to skip the needle. But, going up it is something that I want to do someday, so it's even more reason for us to go back to Seattle someday. There's really so much to see in the city. I would love to have had a chance to visit Pike's Place and the Chihuly Garden andGlass museum as well. It was tough deciding what to do that day.

The lobby area of the museum:



The museum has lots of movie props. Car from Blade Runner hanging in the lobby:



They have a really awesome Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame exhibit, complete with props on display. From Indiana Jones:

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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#15
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
We really didn't spend any time in the music exhibits, so I can't comment on those, buy I'm guessing they are pretty fantastic for those who are rock 'n roll fans:



They had an awesome section of the museum dedicated to Fantasy-type movies, and I was ecstatic to see props from The Princess Bride!



For those that are horror movie fans, there was a large dedicated section on that genre as well. Some Friday the 13th props:



From the Alien series:



Any Walking Dead fans? Daryl's collection of walker ears, lol:

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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#16
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
I am a huge Star Trek fan, so this exhibit was worth paying the extra money for. They had props and costumes from all the different series and movies over the years.



You can even crawl through a jefferies tube, if you like. I did. ;-)



For lunch we decided to eat at the museum. They have something there called the Culture Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck. My husband always tells me about how, years ago, when he was traveling to some state (can't remember where), someone had taken him to one of Wolfgang Puck's restaurants and they did some chef's tour of the menu that was to this day the best meal that he had.

Well, I doubt this place is as good as his larger restaurants. This little place is weird. You walk in and have to seat yourself. Then there was only one waiter that basically told us he would be with us as soon as possible, but if we wanted faster service, we should order our food ourselves at the bar. Um, ok.

They have a very small menu:



I ended up having the fish sandwich. It was ok. The crust on it was extremely crispy and almost over-done. And it didn't come with tarter sauce. Instead, it came with some kind of remoulade sauce, which was just alright. Really, the chips were probably the best part of the meal.

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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#17
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
Traveling from Seattle to Vancouver

We stayed at the museum until about 3:00, then dropped off Mike and Jaime at their house, said our goodbyes, and proceeded for the drive up to Vancouver. It's supposed to be about a 3 hour drive, but it was more like 3 1/2 hours with traffic.



The drive up isn't incredible scenic. I know that there is a more scenic way to go, but quite frankly I was a bit anxious to get to Vancouver and settle into the hotel before it got dark out. There is one section along the way that we drove up that was very pretty, with lots of beautiful forests along the way. It rained for a good portion of the trip, though, so it didn't make for good picture stops. We actually only stopped once at a rest stop to use the bathroom. My husband slept pretty much the whole way. I envy him in that he can sleep pretty much anywhere. Me, not so much. Especially when traveling to some place new. I like to see everything. I guess I'm just curious by nature.

Given that he was snoozing and I had no one to talk to, the drive was pretty boring. At some point, though, I had some company that I got a kick out of:



If you don't understand the reference, it's just because you are too young. My husband never did wake up to see the car himself, even though I followed behind it for a good portion of the drive.

Eventually we made it to the border, and the crossing wasn't bad at all. I think we waited maybe 20 minutes altogether.





Now, for some reason the border control agent was grilling me like crazy with tons of questions. And I'm the type of person who gets paranoid in situations like this even when I have nothing at all to hide! I was pretty much sounding like an idiot answering her questions, and was waiting for her to tell me to step out of the car at any moment, lol. But she didn't. Mental note: let the hubby be the one to drive through border crossings from now on.

The hotel I booked for our one night stay in Vancouver was called Skwachays (pronounced "squatch-eyes") Lodge. It's a little boutique hotel, and what really got me was not only the price, but also the pictures of the rooms. Each one has it's own theme, and they are so cute! If you have a chance, check out the pictures on their website. Given that it's an Indian-themed hotel, it seemed perfect for a pre-Alaska cruise hotel stay. http://skwachays.com/


It was getting kind of late by the time we got up there, and at this point I was a little tired of driving. I also really don't like driving in cities when I don't know exactly where I am driving. Don't get me wrong, thank god for GPS's, but they are not always easy to following in cities where you can't make quick changes of lanes when you need to. I just wanted to get to the hotel and get settled in. As we approached where the hotel was located, I noticed an ambulance and police with flashing lights. I remember thinking, "That's probably right where our hotel is located."

I wish I could say I was wrong, but I wasn't. I don't know what happened, but the ambulance was on the corner of the same block the hotel was located on, and it wasn't taken off. It was just sitting there. I pulled over in front of the hotel, and my husband got out to ask where we were supposed to park the car. I had to pay extra for a parking spot at this hotel. As it turned out, it was an underground, secured parking garage that we had to park in, and we had to drive around the back to the entrance.

Which wasn't good, because I was stuck behind this:



The trolley couldn't go anywhere because of the ambulance and police, and no one could go around the trolley. So we were stuck there for a good 30 minutes. It was not what I wanted to deal with after a long drive.
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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#18
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
Vancouver

Eventually we were able to get the car parked in the garage. The fact that the garage was gated was a good thing, because I'm not going to lie, I don't think this hotel is located in the best part of Vancouver. I wouldn't have felt safe leaving our rental parked out on the street.

But, since the car was locked up safely, we were able to leave our larger luggage and just take in the one carry-on bag that I had brought, which I had the foresight to make sure contained a couple days worth of clothes so that we wouldn't have to open up the larger luggage until we were on the ship. It was a good thing, too, because you have to navigate some stairs in order to get from the parking garage to the hotel lobby.

I had booked just a regular king room for the night, at a price of $176 CAD. The price, and how cute the hotel was, were the main selling points for this place. Upon checking in we found out that they had upgraded us to one of the two-room suites. Another upgrade! Seriously, what was up with all the upgrades on this trip? I'm not complaining, but this never happens to us.

We would be staying in room # 601, the "Canadiana Suite."



Our excitement about the upgrade was short-lived when we opened up the door and saw this:



Ugh, a flight of stairs when you are tired is not a welcome sight! Thankfully we had left our big, heavy suitcases in the car.

The top of the stairs:





The room was impeccably decorated. Probably not one of the prettiest rooms that they have, in my opinion, but very cute and a great theme to get you in the mood for a trip to Alaska.

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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#19
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
It had a fridge and microwave:



And a separate small room with a sofa and a second TV. Nice, but given we arrived late and would be checking out early in the morning, we really had no use for it.



The only downside of the room (besides the stairs) was that the shower was really small. It reminded me of the shower in the small apartment my husband was living in when we were dating. Definitely not good if you have claustrophobia.



The room was stocked with some really good coffee, and I did make myself some decaf.



And for you ladies that hate Carnival's blow dryers, this hotel had the most powerful compact blow dryer I have ever used in my life. Seriously, I think I was able to blow dry my hair completely in a matter of minutes. One of these days, I need to look into buying one of these suckers.

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My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***
#20
New Hampshire
2,560 Posts
Joined Mar 2015
After settling in, we were starving and ready to get dinner. My plan originally was to go to this place called Storm Crow Tavern. It's a gaming bar/restaurant. While I enjoy playing games, between the two of us, my husband is the gamer. Since he humors me with letting me drag him along on all of these cruises, I like to be fair and look for things that interest him too when we travel. So usually it amounts to visiting comic book stores in the embarkation cities that we end up in, and this time around when doing a google search I came across Storm Crow Tavern. It was someplace I knew he would love. http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/

The only problem was that at this point I was sick of driving, and really didn't feel like dealing with having to get the car out of the garage. So we opted to find some place that we could walk to from the hotel.

Again, this place isn't located in the best part of Vancouver. Here's a picture from the front of the hotel, looking towards what I can only assume is the China town section of Vancouver:



There was a mall about a block in the other direction, so we decided to head that way. We walked in, and it appeared everything was closing. There was a gaming store that had it's doors shut, and my poor husband looked longingly into the windows. A few minutes later, one of the workers came out to lock up for the night. We asked him if he could recommend any place good to eat. After we told him that we had planned to go to Storm Crow, he informed us that there was another gaming restaurant within walking distance. Perfect! Seriously, I really like that these type of places are so popular in Canada.

The place was called Pizzeria Ludica, and it wasn't hard to find. http://www.ludica.ca/

We walked in, and the place was booming!





We were lucky that they were able to find us a small table in the corner, since there was only two of us.

After ordering drinks (a "Shirley's Dirty Mind" aka vodka, citrus soda and grenadine for myself, and a diet Coke for my husband), we picked out a game and started to play while waiting for food. I can't recall what it was called, but after the first round I figured out a good strategy and really kick my hubby's ass. Which generally does not happen, because I'm not very good with games. I think it was the alcohol. Perhaps I should drink more often when playing.



Our pasta dishes were really good. I had angel hair with a red sauce, and my husband had carbonara.

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~~~ Cruising Christine ~~~ Links to cruise reviews below

My past cruises:

#1: Carnival Dream / 10-25-2015 / 7 days / New Orleans, Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel ***Halloween Cruise*** Read my review here
#2: Carnival Conquest / 7-2-2016 / 5 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk ***4th of July Cruise***
#3: Carnival Conquest / 7-7-2016 / 4 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Freeport ***Carnival LIVE w/ Trace Adkins*** Read my B2B review here
#4: Carnival Fascination / 11-6-16 / 7 days / San Juan, St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten ***40th Birthday Cruise*** Read my review here
#5: Carnival Legend / 4-30-17 / 8 days / Vancouver, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Seattle ***Cinco de Mayo in The Last Frontier*** Read my review here
#6: Carnival Magic / 10-28-17 / 7 days / Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya ***2nd Halloween Cruise***
#7: Carnival Horizon / 4-22-18 / 7 days / Barcelona, Messina, Naples, Rome, Livorno, Marseilles ***Husband's Early 50th Birthday Cruise***

My future cruises:
#8: Carnival Imagination / 9-2-18 / 4 days / Long Beach, Catalina Island, Ensenada ***Labor Day Cruise***
#9: Carnival Conquest / 2-24-19 / 6 days / Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, Amber Cove ***10th Anniversary Cruise***
#10: Carnival Conquest / 3-2-19 / 8 days / Ft Lauderdale, Princess Cays, Grand Turk, Curacao, Aruba ***2nd B2B on Conquest***
#11: Carnival Vista / 11-30-19 / 7 days / Galveston, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay ***After-Thanksgiving Cruise***
#12: TBD ***Platinum Cruise***