Your Recommended Packing List

I pulled together a list of the things I know you can't live without on an Alaskan cruise.  Hopefully, this will help you when you are getting ready to pack for the big trip! - Click here to download the list

Do I Have to Dress Up? Information About the Dining Dress Code

If you've been on a cruise in the past, you know about the one or two evenings that are set aside for a more elegant dining environment. No, we cannot cancel the two formal dining nights... but thanks to the three of you who asked. It's all…

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! …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Carnival of Education: 209th Edition!

Welcome to the 209th edition of the Carnival of Education! In a way, every good school is like a big Science Fair; in every room, and for each lesson, teachers have a lesson plan hypothesis - and often, more than one, on a daily basis. …

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…