The start of Carnival’s popular Alaska cruise season is right around the corner, with the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit embarking on its first 2009 voyage to the Last Frontier May 13. Carnival Spirit’s 2009 Alaska program will consist of 19 seven-day voyages - 16 Glacier Route and three Glacier Bay cruises – through Sept. 9.

            The week-long Glacier Route voyages operate either northbound from Vancouver to Whittier/Anchorage or southbound Whittier/Anchorage to Vancouver calling at Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka and cruising Prince William Sound, College Fjord and the Inside Passage.  The three Glacier Bay cruises operate round-trip from Vancouver May 6 and Sept. 2 and 9 and feature Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, along with two full days cruising the Inside Passage.

            In addition to the opportunity to view magnificent Alaskan scenery – calving glaciers, massive snow-covered mountains and rugged fjords – guests sailing on the Carnival Spirit can enjoy all that this exciting “Fun Ship” has to offer.  From fun-filled activities for adults and kids alike to captivating entertainment and delicious cuisine -- including special menus featuring local Alaskan delicacies -- the Carnival Spirit is truly the ideal way to explore the 49th state.

            For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, visit carnival.com or call Carnival’s Alaska Desk at 1-800-529-6792.