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Published: January 30th 2024

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Carnival Spirt at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91, Seattle.


Now our Alaska cruise was ready to get underway! Port transportation from the hotel delivered Susan and me to Seattle’s Smith Cove cruise terminal at 11:30 a.m. Boarding the ship was easy and quick. Susan and I enjoyed lunch on the Lido Deck Buffet by 12:30. Cabins were ready for occupancy at 1:30. The Muster Drill was very different than in times past. Passengers merely checked in at their muster station, watched a life jacket demonstration, and had their ship cards scanned.

Carnival Spirit sailed from Seattle at 3:30 p.m. And so, we were now headed “Way up North, North to Alaska, the rush is on…” as the catchy theme song from the 1960 movie goes. Susan and I had great views from our starboard side balcony of the Seattle skyline, West Point Lighthouse, Whidbey Island, and the Cascades range as we sailed along Puget Sound. Snow-capped Mount Baker stood out in prominence. After sunset, lights from Vancouver Island shone in the distance.

The Welcome Aboard show hosted by Cruise Director Erin occurred at 9:00 p.m. following dinner in the Empire Restaurant. The Carnival Spirit Dancers provided an energetic preview of their upcoming shows.


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