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We are cruising to Alaska in June on Carnival Spirit. Which port does Carnival use? We are planning to stay in Seattle for a few days before the cruise. What would be the best way to get to the ship? Afterwards, we are flying home the day we disembark. What is the best way to get back to the airport? Thanks for your help!

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Like my friend, @CruiserBruce said, Carnival sails from Pier 91.  The Spirit will be the only ship at the Pier.  Please be sure to have a paper copy of your boarding pass for each member of your traveling party, and have your passport or birth certificate ready to show before you enter the terminal building.  There will be a document check point close to where you will be dropping off your luggage. 


You will first drop off your luggage (or hand it off to a porter - your choice), then you will be in a line along the passenger drop off area (regardless of any type of 'priority' status).Each passenger should have their own passport (or birth certificate) & boarding pass in hand at this point.  It is that this point you will do a 'show & go' of your passport or birth certificate, as well as showing your boarding pass. 


You will then enter the terminal building, and if you have priority status, you will be directed to that line.  Assuming that you have completely done your online preregistration, and you have registered a credit card, you should be able to be fully and quickly embarked by an agent holding a tablet.  If anything is missing from your online registration, you will be sent to a Counter Agent. After seeing the tablet agents, you will go up the escalator (or elevator), and then pass thru the Security Screening.  The ship usually will begin boarding anytime between 11 AM - noon, and usually by 12;30 PM it open boarding.


Carnival has not allowed fresh flowers to be brought onboard, so avoid bringing any flowers (even those lovely bouquets from Pike Place Market).  Carnival does not allow any drinks in plastic bottle (soda or water), so it you plan to bring any, make sure it is in cans or cartons.  Also, Carnival sends the longshore porters home at 2 PM sharp, so if you arrive at 2:01 PM or after, expect to have to carry your own luggage on to the ship.


Have a great cruise!

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You should check with your hotel for transportation options. Many downtown hotels have shuttles to the port. A cab/Uber will be $20 or so from most downtown hotels. If staying at the airport, Shuttle Express works well.

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