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Back from the Spirit on June 4

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Just got back from a WONDERFUL cruise to Alaska on the Spirit. :D Would be glad to answer any questions you migtht have - people really helped me before I went so if I can return the favor, let me know!

 

We ate at 2 of the speciality restaurants, both Windows and Gardens, the buffet and used room service. We watched many of the shows, played a bingo and in the casino, used the photographer on formal nights, listen to the bands etc. so if you have any questions.....

 

Samantha

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We watched your ship unload and reload yesterday. We live in Seattle and are cruising on the Spirit in September. This will be our 3rd cruise to AK but our first on the Spirit. Tell us some of your highlights about the ship, if you'd like to share. Who was the cruise director? (I'm guessing it was Mike - is he good?) What was the entertainment? Comedian?

 

What did you think of the food? How were the cold soups? (I love them!)

 

Also, what area of the ship was your cabin in?

 

I could go on and on, but I'll stop at this!

 

Hikini:D

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Oh please ask away :)

 

 

First off we found the food to be better than on other ships and the cold soups were WONDERFUL! We didn't really eat in the buffet other than 2 nights when we picked up an made to order soup and a pasta dish for a quick bite around 5 when we had reservations at 8:30 elsewhere. We NEVER had slow service and the food was always tasty. I ordered shrimp cocktail (4 big shrimp) every night - it was on the menu only on day 1 - and they never questioned me. I also asked for just watermelon in the mornings and again, quick as ever there it was even though only mixed fruit was on the menu. The specialty restaurants had AMAZING food and service - we had a wonderful anniversary dinner at the Bristo, complete with cake and singing :)

 

The jr cruise director did most of the programs with Mike announcing a few of the main shows. They did a fine job, not sure their performance would affect me regardless of how they were so I might not be the person to ask on that issue.

 

The weather was amazing and we never got out our hoodies or scarfs - in fact we went without even thin jackets in 2 of the ports!

 

My highlight would be the fact I came out over $700 ahead from the casino!

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Okay I missed a couple of things - the entertainment was okay but not amazing. They had 2 comedy acts one with a Dave something and another with Adam something LOL My friends liked Dave but I found him only okay. We all loved the Adam - we had tears in our eyes on his first show! They had one amazing singer and a guy who came on in Stagway for a show after we got into port. We only watched one of the staff shows but the "On the Radio" got raves from our friends who went ot them all.

 

Since you live here, be sure to use the express debarkment - it is from 7:15-7:45 and only for those who can carry all of their own luggage. We packed the night before, went to windows for one last breakfast and then at 7:35 went back to our rooms, got our luggage and were in our car before 8:00 am!!

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Hi! I have a couple of questions

 

How did you like the ports?

 

How much of what you packed did you wear?

 

Did a lot of people go formal?

 

Thanks

Chloe

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We feel just the opposite - since we live here, we are in no hurry to get off the ship. We always are some of the last off. We enjoy it as long as we can.

 

Forgot to ask if you were able to see Sawyer Glacier or was there too much ice yet?

 

Hikini:D

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Several people have recommended taking power strips. Do I need a strip with a cord or can I fit a multiple outlet plug in the desk area?

 

Is there also an outlet in the bathroom?

 

I'm guessing that Windows is the dining room for formal night. Do you have to dress up to eat there that night?

 

How early did you get on the ship and where could you eat during embarkation?

 

I'm traveling with 2 18 year olds. Do you know if there was much for that age group to do?

 

And I too would like to know how close you got to Sawyer.

 

Thanks much

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Hi Chloe

 

There was formal night and 2 semi formal, I believe. there were some people dressed formal and while most wore at least "nicer" clothing those nights, there were still plenty in what they had on all day. With Freestyle there was a lot of variety!

 

What I didn't wear was all the outer wear - the weather was amazing. I put on mittens when we were heading to the glacier and when we walked out to one but otherwise a thin jacket was always enough!

 

I like all of the ports but Prince rupert - there is NOTHING to do but hit the VERY few shops which are all over priced! They are really missing the boat there and it is my guess that you will see it quickly develop into a cruise town over the next year. If you take a shore trip, this might be the place to do it since the town itself has so little to offer. They hand out Prince Rupert pins when you get off and are all helpful, but it just doesn't have a lot to offer!!

 

Samantha

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Hi Hikini! I agree, it is nice to keep enjoying the ship BUT not having to put the luggage out the morning before and then searching it down was worth leaving a bit early. We were still able to have a relaxed breakfast and last look around before parting.

 

We did not get very close to the glacier so I was glad we had taken a bus out to the one earlier.

 

Samantha

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Okay coping this one to get all of the questions! LOL

 

Several people have recommended taking power strips. Do I need a strip with a cord or can I fit a multiple outlet plug in the desk area?

I brought an extension cord but never used it. I used the cord by the desk and mirror for my curling iron and used the provided hairdryer. If you have more items to plug in, you will need more plugs so an extension cord (with extra plugs) or a power strip would work.

 

Is there also an outlet in the bathroom?

No Again, an extension cord would work here as you could plug an item in at the desk and then use it in the bathroom.

 

I'm guessing that Windows is the dining room for formal night. Do you have to dress up to eat there that night?

I am not sure which one was for formal nigh or if it was even listed as I never noticed it. We did not bring formal wear and there were many who didn't as well. You can wear whatever you want in the dinning rooms other than -- baseball hats, muscle shirts on men, tank tops on females and bare feet. I never saw them turn away people in jeans on any night but would have people remove their hats and cover their shirts - one time a big guy in a muscle shirt had to wear his wifes sweater in LOL

 

The freestyle idea added in with the Alaskan itinerary made for a super relaxed dress code! We saw people in overalls, shorts, pj bottoms and jeans right next to dresses, suits and formals.

 

How early did you get on the ship and where could you eat during embarkation?

We got on around noon and we ate a nice lunch - wonderful pasta - at Windows. They served until 2 pm I believe. I think the buffet may have been open then too. They had a bar b que going as we started sailing and the restaurants began serving dinner at 5:30.

 

I'm traveling with 2 18 year olds. Do you know if there was much for that age group to do?

They have a teen disco and all of the shows are suitable for that age. In fact, if the Adam guy is there doing his act be sure to take them to that - it is actually more at their level on some of the skits!

Our friends had their kids - 9, 15 and 18 with them. The younger one loved the kids program and the other two went more on their own. They both went to the teen sign up the first night and met some fellow teen travelers that they hooked up with now and then. Since you will have 2 traveling together, they will be able to eat whenever and not have to worry about parents - they can get a hamburger and fries 24 hours a day. There are also movies on the TV and in the movie theater they may like. there is a game room, filled with games, hot tubs, basketball courts etc. oh and video games and the internet room.

 

I wanted to mention we were NOT bothered by smoke at all - all smoking is on one side of the ship and even there we saw very little.

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Several people have recommended taking power strips. Do I need a strip with a cord or can I fit a multiple outlet plug in the desk area?

 

Is there also an outlet in the bathroom?

 

I'm guessing that Windows is the dining room for formal night. Do you have to dress up to eat there that night?

 

How early did you get on the ship and where could you eat during embarkation?

 

I'm traveling with 2 18 year olds. Do you know if there was much for that age group to do?

 

And I too would like to know how close you got to Sawyer.

 

Thanks much

 

 

Hi there. Cruised on Spirit May 21st...

 

We were in a balcony cabin and the plug is at the desk between the mirror frame and the corner wall. Barely enough space for my 2 1/2 inch wide battery charger - I recommend a strip with a cord.

 

The bathroom plug says 'shaver only'. There is a built-in hair dryer.

 

Formal night is in all restaurents on Sunday night. It is optional and they will let you in even if not dressed up (couple ahead of us in line at Windows had jeans on)

 

We arrived at pier at about 12:15 and were eating a light lunch in Raffles by 1:30. There was a great BBQ on deck at around 4:30 (we didn't sail till 5:15 as some cruisers were delayed at the airport) Windows is open till 2PM. Everything shuts down at 3:45PM for the Lifeboat Drill.

 

18 yr olds can go to casino and Celebrity disco. Will probably like comedian Adam Ace, hot tubs, pool, Picture House, Karaoke?, basketball court.

 

We got to Sawyer Island which I think is about 1 mile from the glacier. I don't think the ship gets all the way to the glacier till late June/early July.

 

Have a great time.... We loved the Spirit.

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Adam Ace -- that was his name!!! Couldn't remember that for the life of me. Did you see both of his shows? I think the first one was the funniest but both of them did make me laugh and he would crack up 18 year olds.

 

I was thinking the casinos were 21 - why would they be 18 when we were only going to US ports? I loved the casino as i actually came out ahead!

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I think they can let 18's because the casino is open only when sailing and the international water rules are different. Just like 18's can gamble at Indian casinos. I have confirmed this with NCL; they had been 21 and recently changed to 18. I saw some dailies from one of the other NCL Alaska ships and it said 18. But the liquor rule is still 21. In the caribbean, a parent can sign for an 18 year old to be able to order liquor but not on Alaska/Hawaii cruises.

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Thanks for clearing it up -- I thought there were a few VERY young looking gamblers LOL

 

Do they allow 18 year olds in the Indian casinos in Wa state?

 

On the ship i never saw them asking for ID but they might have when they cashed in their tickets.

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I see that there are both main restaurants are on 6 as is our cabin -- how do we get to them?

 

Chloe

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Hi Samantha....Many thanks for all the information on the Spirit----really glad to hear you had such a great time and that the weather behaved....we are on the 07/30 cruise and want to know all about the CASINO!!! It is our understanding that this casino is fantastic (the SuperStar Leo was built to attract Asian gambling cruisers----it seems that it is so huge that its size is being reduced when the Spirit goes to dry dock this fall). My husband is into blackjack and roulette and I am into video poker. We always spend a ton of time in the casino while on our cruises and are looking forward to Maharajah's!!!! Any ino will be greatly appreciated.

 

Aloha nui loa, Barby Clarke

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Okay Chole if you are on the 6th floor you will need to go up one floor to seven - you will be on the RED carpet -- now walk to AFT (toward the back) to get to the restaurants. When you reach the green rugs you can go down to Gardens or keep walking to the blue rug and go down to Windows.

 

Funny thing is you will walk by the Blue Lagoon where people are eating hamburgers on your way to Steak -- never did understand that!

 

Just remember every time you are facing an elevator (to get on) you are facing forward -- toward the front of the ship

 

Samantha

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Hi Barby! Let's see the casino ---

 

It was large -- there are slots and tables on the first level then more slots, the free spin (I DID see someone win a cruise) wheel and more slots on the second level. In the back room there are a few card tables and at night they add a buffet there.

 

Your Video poker slots are on he middle level, the first row to the left.

 

The first and second level have a few slots that you can change your bet on from a penny up - I had never seen those before.

 

Now besides your favorites may I suggest you try the penny slots on the back wall of the second level? They have a train game connected to all of them that randomly hits the machines and you can win extra from that - my DH won 127. one time and the rest of the times we ranged from 6 to 21. I hit one $580. jackpot, one $190, and a few around $100. these were on bets that ranged form 30 cents to one dollar and all on two of the games. After a week we walked out over $700 ahead! Too fun

 

There is juice, coffee and danish in the mornings and as I mentioned, a small buffet late at night. They also offer bar service.

 

There was a big blackjack and slots tournament going throughout the week -- $10 or $15 to join I believe.

 

 

Here's one last thing - I won alittle on the first night, nothing days 2 and 3, won bigger on days 4 and 5 and then couldn't win the last days and this was the same will EVERYONE I talked to! Odd

 

HTH

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Samantha,

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. We're cruising June 18th and can't wait. I hope the weather holds out for us.

 

What excursions (if any) did you do?

Did you happen to carry on wine? If so, were there any problems?

 

Thanks!

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Okay about the wine.... we actually took on a bottle of Seagrams Seven and had no trouble with that. We transfered it into 2 smaller plastic brown bottles.

 

We had a free bottle of wine with the anniversary package which also included a bottle of champagne in our room (with chocolate covered strawberries) when we boarded. Then there was free champagne at the anniversary party as well as the art aution so we did have enough of that!

 

I should mention that we did see bottles of wine being taken out of luggage to be held until the last day of the cruise -- there were several actually!

 

We took the train up to White Pass in Skagway. It was a beautiful trip and they had peole trade sides on the way down so everyone got the "good" side. BUT, if you go, sit on the left side (when facing toward the front) on the way up as they give a little speech and you'll get more info that way. We saw mountain goats. The weather was beautiful and so there was no fog -- we were on the morning run. They have free water in these cute water bottles with the logo on them. It was worth the $100 for my DH but since I am not fond of heigths I could have stayed behind but it really was beautiful.

 

We live in the San Juan Islands and so we see a ton of Eagles and whales etc and do a lot of kyacking so we didn't do any of those type of trips but others seemed to like them.

 

The Rupert stop is so bad even the comedy act mentioned it -- he said the Captain must have been sailing by, saw a parking spot and said, "This place looks nice" and so we stopped! Really wasn't worth even getting off the ship for -- we got a couple of Prince Rupert pins and kinder eggs for the kids as they love the candy and little toys in them - a grand total of $2.49 for three eggs! I was willing to spend more but there wasn't anything worth buying.

 

In the past my husband has fished and we have toured and enjoyed them both. Oh we did take the $10 bus up to the Glacier and walked around there VERY beautiful and worth the time. They NEVER took our tickets so that was a bit odd.

 

HTH any other questions just ask!

Samantha

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Herewego...Thankyou so much for the detailed review of the casino. We love to spend a few night time hours there and this one sounds especially fun!!! Glad to hear people really do win, now and then!

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Thanks, Samantha. DH wants to know what kind of brown plastic bottles you used? Did you buy the bottles for this purpose, and if so, where did you buy them? LOL

 

We booked the White Pass Railway and bus trip in Skagway. I'm glad we chose that excursion. It sounds great!

 

Wow, you live in the San Juan Islands. How beautiful. We've vacationed there a few times and love that area.

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Samantha,

Thank you very much for the wonderful review. We're cruising June 18th and can't wait. I hope the weather holds out for us.

 

What excursions (if any) did you do?

Did you happen to carry on wine? If so, were there any problems?

 

Thanks!

 

We sailed from Seattle on May 21st on the Spirit. Had a bottle of wine in my carry-on which was x-rayed and I paid the $15 corkage fee. (which is based on 1 litre of wine) I had bought a 1.5 litre bottle and only the neck of the bottle was sticking out of my knapsack so I don't know if they would actually charge more than $15 due to the size of the bottle. All baggage is x-rayed.

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