The move follows that of sister line, Princess Cruises. Both brands will use Whittier's new cruise facility.
Carnival said the shift to Whittier will save passengers 90 minutes of travel time from the airport at Anchorage; the trip to Seward took about three hours by motorcoach. Using Whittier as an embarkation point for southbound cruises also allowsfor a longer eight-hour stay in Sitka, the first stop on that itinerary, Carnival said.
Seven-day northbound Alaska cruises on the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit will continue to depart from Vancouver.
Carnival Spirit's Alaska season consists of 16 seven-day Glacier Routeand three Glacier Bay voyages. Glacier Route cruises depart May 19 to Sept.1, southbound from Whittier or northbound from Vancouver. Cruises inboth directions feature Prince William Sound, College Fjord, Lynn Canal,Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka and the Inside Passage.Glacier Bay cruises sail roundtrip from Vancouver May 12, Sept. 8 and 15and offer Glacier Bay National Park and the InsidePassage, as well as visits to Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.