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Carnival to sail from Seattle for Alaska season

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On March - 12 - 2009

Carnival Cruise Lines will operate seven-day Alaska cruises round-trip from Seattle, beginning in May 2010. This will be a first for Carnival and Seattle. The company said 17 voyages are planned through Aug. 31, departing Tuesdays aboard Carnival Spirit.

The unusual Tuesday sailings should make for calls in less crowded days at Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Victoria. The ship will also cruise Tracy Arm Fjord.

Carnival’s Lynn Torrent, svp sales and guest services, called Seattle a “terrific addition” to the company’s abundant North American homeport lineup. The city also provides “a convenient and affordable air transportation option, as well as the opportunity for those in the Western region of the US to drive,” she added.

Prior to the program’s start, Carnival Spirit will operate two special voyages – a six-day Inside Passage cruise from Vancouver to Seattle departing May 5, 2010, and a seven-day Glacier Bay cruise from Seattle to Vancouver Sept. 7, 2010. Both call at Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan; the seven-day cruise adds Glacier Bay.

Carnival Spirit has operated in Alaska for a number of years with sailings from Vancouver and Whittier and, previously, Seward.

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