A Must: Pre-Cruise Registration

The US Border Security Act now requires that all passengers pre-register for their cruises.  This is a different (and additional) process than just signing up and/or paying a deposit. Carnival's pre-registration process is called FUNPASS!  To pre-register, please go on-line to <a href="http://www.carnival.com/mycruise">Carnival.com</a> and click on the FUNPASS icon.  You will need your Carnival booking number, ship name and sail date (all [...]

I’m at Anchorage International Airport and I’m Staying at the Millennium…Now What?

When you arrive at the Anchorage International Airport: Claim your luggage first Call the Millennium using the courtesy phones located in the airport (or save this number to your cell phone:  907-243-2300), or you can push the Millennium button on the kiosk located in the baggage claim area The Millennium hotel operator will give instructions on where to stand to be picked up The Millennium [...]

What About Motion Sickness?

Today's ships are built to combat, as much as possible, the causes of motion sickness.  In my personal cruise experiences, you will truly be hard-pressed to even know you are on a floating vessel!! Having said that, very rarely, people do experience motion sickness if the ship encounters really, really rough seas.  And again, from personal experience (although not cruise-related) motion sickness [...]

What's the Most Important Thing to Carry on the Ship?

Sail and Sign is Carnival's cashless onboard credit program which allows you to charge purchases directly to your personal account for convenience throughout the cruise.   Its actually quite handy! Registration for this card will take place on June 16th at sign in.  The completed application form (included in the cruise documents) must be submitted along with a 1) credit card, 2) U.S. [...]

Get Comfy!

As you know, Gina will contract with a limo company to transfer Science At Sea from the Millennium Hotel to the Spirit.  That cost is yet to be determined, but keep in mind that the trip is about 2 hours long and it involves a very unique toll tunnel (and stunning scenery)!  Board the busses from the Millennium with your cameras [...]

Sweet Slumber!

Your ship room, in every case, will have a king bed (it can be taken apart to form two single beds; just inform your room steward upon arrival exactly how you want your room set up).  To those of you that are in rooms for 3 or 4 people, there are 2 other types of beds your room will/may have.  Some [...]

What are the Rules for Checked Baggage?

The key to making this trip as hassle free as possible is to pack lightly. Last summer, all of the major U.S airlines implemented a fee for checked baggage.  The airlines are allowing 1 carry-on bag and 2 checked bags per passenger.  Passengers are also allowed to carry-on 1 personal item, such as a purse or laptop bag.  The fee for checked [...]

Phone Home! Communicating Ship to Shore…

The Facts Can you use your cell phone on the ship? Yes. Can you receive phone calls on board? Friends and family may call you on board via Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN) Shore-to-Ship telephone service.  The rate is about $9.50 per minute from the United States; additional long distance charges may apply from outside the United States.  The caller needs to know [...]

Meet our Science at Sea Naturalist – John Scheerens

We're excited to introduce you to our naturalist, John Scheerens, who will participate in every aspect of the Science at Sea experience and provide us with his amazing insights and knowledge of the region. John is considered the teacher of teachers in Alaska serving as the training consultant for most of the major tour companies throughout Alaska. John has been featured [...]