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alaska.jpgPassengers taking a Carnival cruise to the last frontier will soon have a convenient, affordable embarkation port to sail from. Beginning in May of 2010, the port of Seattle will play the part of gracious host for Alaska bound cruises as an alternative to the ports in Whittier and Vancouver. Cruising from Whittier has always been a bit of a hassle because this cruise port doesn’t have an airport, forcing cruisers to fly in to Anchorage (which doesn’t have a cruise port). From there, they have to arrange further transportation to Whittier-nearly 60 miles away. 

Seattle takes the middle man out of the picture, and makes Alaskan voyages more recession-friendly by also cutting the cost of airfare (I found rates nearly half the amount of flying to Anchorage).

Prior to settling down in its new summer home in Seattle, the Carnival Spirit will sail on May 5 from Vancouver en route to Seattle with a trip through the scenic Inside Passage. Carnival’s Alaska voyages also feature an onboard naturalist, and specialty “Just for Alaska” menu items consisting of local fish and game. Plus, it’s easy to snag a room with a view on this ship, since nearly 80% of the cabins offer an oceanview or balcony, and on an Alaska cruise, it’s worth shelling out the extra cash on the upgrade to take in the scenery.


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