Carnival Cruise Line voyages to Alaska have officially kicked off for the season.
Carnival Miracle departs Seattle today for the first of its weekly Alaska cruises this summer, and the cruise line held a “Back to Fun” ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially welcome passengers back on board.
The vessel will set sail this afternoon at 4 pm from the port for a seven-night cruise that will call in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. The sailing will also include a full day of scenic cruising through Tracy Arm Fjord.
“We are delighted to resume our Alaska sailings and offer guests an opportunity to experience all the beauty of the Alaskan coast while providing a much-needed boost to the local economy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“The restart of cruising in Alaska has such a dramatic, wide-reaching impact on the state and on behalf of Carnival I would like to personally thank our partners at the Port of Seattle, and Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dan Sullivan and Representative Don Young for their tremendous efforts in making our resumption of service a reality,” she continued. “Likewise, thank you to Senate Commerce Chair Maria Cantwell and the entire Washington state congressional delegation for working so closely with the Alaska delegation and demonstrating first-hand that promoting travel and tourism is truly a bipartisan issue.”
Carnival Miracle‘s Captain Vito Giocalone added, “To say that these past 16 months have been challenging would be an understatement and we’re so excited to welcome our guests on board again and provide them with the incredible Carnival vacation they’ve been waiting for.”
Carnival Miracle is Carnival Cruise Line’s fourth ship to resume cruises, following Carnival Vista and Breeze from Galveston, and Carnival Horizon from Miami. Mardi Gras, the line’s newest and largest ship, will sail from Port Canaveral on July 31.
More ships are scheduled to resume service in August, and by mid-October over half of Carnival’s fleet should be back in service.