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American Spirit Cruise Review

Itinerary: Alaska's Inside Passage - June 2012

American Spirit

We returned from our long anticipated Alaska sailing. This was the first sailing for the cruise line in Alaska round trip Juneau.

Cabin: Queen bed cabin with a comfortable mattress. We had a balcony which was lovely, large and comfortable. Definitely worth the extra bucks. There are two chairs on the small balcony, the wife and I would sit out in the late evening before going to bed as it stays lightish all night long. Those hours were very special to us.

Food: Good to just ok, was a little disappointed in this area. Portion size were fine, service by the young staff was without exception outstanding in their willingness to please. It was the quality of food that did not live up to our expectations on a cruise of this quality. Wine and beer flowed generously, although we did not partake.

Service: Excellent in all areas. Service with a smile from the young energetic staff. If they didn't know they would find out, if they couldn't they would find someone or someway to make it happen. They were a joy. They deserve their well earned gratuities.

Shore Excursions: Included in the price. Enjoyed them all and participated in everything I could at each port on each day. Only disappointment was Petersburg. A one hour each way bus ride for a Jet Boat Ride up the river for three hours. In reality sounds good, but the owner and his wife were devoid of personality, and we saw next to nothing in the three hours. Not sure if there was nothing to see or they didn't take us where they should have. Maybe a suggestion would be to leave out Petersburg all together and put in some other port.

General: The small ship experience is the only way to go. 100 passengers verus thousands makes a different experience. We were pretty clear of the mega ships once we left Juneau, where they were all lined up. When we arrived in Skagway, we came across them again in mass. One feels a sense of pride and ownership in ones small ship when next to the megas. We saw all we wanted, the bears, whales (not all that many) calving glaciers and other assorted Alaska treasures. We had a little time to shop, just enough. Good education, good fellow passengers, good everything, and a good time was had by us. Only suggestion and you mentioned this but we didn't do it...would next time. Come into Juneau a day early before your cruise.

—Pete and Shirley, Las Vegas