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Old March 17th, 2009, 04:27 PM
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Default Carnival Spirit not sailing to Alaska 2010

http://www.vancouversun.com/Travel/V...226/story.html

That makes the Royal caribbean's Serenade and now the Spirit to pull out of Vancouver for 2010.

I am betting it has something to do with the Olympics.
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Yea, you could be right?? Still, can't imagine them taking those ships out of Alaska??
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The Carnival Spirit is sailing out of Seattle now.
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I agree that it is likely due to the Olympics.

That or the whole hassle with Customs at YVR. What a bad experince that is.

That town will have a hard enough time dealing with issues w/o having cruise ships there, too.

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The last I heard , Carnival is pulling out of Vancouver in 2010.

I think (as a Canadian ) it is the cost of operating from

Vancouver , also the passengers cost for airfare.

There was a rumour that Carnival got a tax break from

Seattle/Washington State on there port , city and state taxes.

The BC Global News had a report on this last week.

They claim??? that is because some of the mega ships can't enter

the Port of Vancouver . As I understand some of the ports in Alaska

can't handle mega ships (ie: Mariner of the Seas) . If I'm wrong

would like to be corrected on this.
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I have heard the reason why the changed it is that it will be cheaper and easier for people to fly into Seattle instead of Anchorage or Vancouver.
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Won't the Spirit just settle in Anchorage. I don't understand! I know Carnival will continue with Alaska cruises! I'm glad I'm booked for this May!!!
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Won't the Spirit just settle in Anchorage. I don't understand! I know Carnival will continue with Alaska cruises! I'm glad I'm booked for this May!!!
You are NEVER going to see any major cruiseline "settle" in Anchorage. They ALL would have to port in Ca. at some point. So unless they are looking at 14 day cruises, isn't going to happen.
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Oh ok - shows you how much I know about cruising Alaska. Thanks for the info. Once again ------ glad I'm booked for May! Almost there!! :-)
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I, too, am really glad I booked Alaska cruise for this summer.

We really wanted to visit and sail from Vancouver and due to the Olympics, I wouldn't have done this in 2010.

Also, the prices have been great so far.

And third, we specifically chose the Serenade and now this will be her last year in Alaska.

I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to sail from Vancouver for a great price on the beautiful Serenade.
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What effect does a February event have on the cruise season????
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Yea Yukon,
I don't get it either, the cruise season in 2010 should be normal after the winter olympics, right?
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I don't get it either, the cruise season in 2010 should be normal after the winter olympics, right?
Yes, absolutely things will bve back to normal weeks before the cruise season starts. Well perhaps not normal, as the transportation system is going to be much better than it is now, including a SkyTrain rapid transit line going right from Canada Place to the airport
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a SkyTrain rapid transit line going right from Canada Place to the airport
This would be outstanding if/when it happens !

Is there a timeframe?

If only we could get Houston to run one from IAH and HOU to Galveston.

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Yea Yukon,
I don't get it either, the cruise season in 2010 should be normal after the winter olympics, right?
Yes, absolutely things will bve back to normal weeks before the cruise season starts. Well perhaps not normal, as the transportation system is going to be much better than it is now, including a SkyTrain rapid transit line going right from Canada Place to the airport
Canada Line ( YVR Airport to Canada Place) will be inservice

by Oct or Nov of this year (2009) . They currently just have to finish

the stations. Cars are already running tests on the tracks.
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a SkyTrain rapid transit line going right from Canada Place to the airport
This would be outstanding if/when it happens !

Is there a timeframe?
It's scheduled to open in November '09.
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I don't think the olympics have anything to do with reduction in AK cruising. I read an article on "the other board" that there has been a reduced demand for AK cruises. Some feel it is a combination of the economy, airfare to AK/WA/VYK, protest over $50/pp cruise tax by AK.

On the seatraders site today there is an article reporting on a tourism conference yesterday. One of the topics was AK turism board trying to "woo the cruise lines into returning to AK" hmmm don't know what that is all about exactly. I know on one of our AK cruises a cruise line officer told us that Ak has one of the highest port charges in the industry.

Certainly, if demand is down the lines will sail more profitable routes
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a SkyTrain rapid transit line going right from Canada Place to the airport
This would be outstanding if/when it happens !

Is there a timeframe?
It's scheduled to open in November '09.

Now it's scheduled to open Sept 09 (Labor Day Weekend)
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I am just starting to plan for Alaska CCL Spirit 9/7/10. It keeps popping up all over the place on cruise websites. Are you saying they are going to be cancelled now? The cruise I've been looking at starts in Seattle and ends in Vancouver.
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I am just starting to plan for Alaska CCL Spirit 9/7/10. It keeps popping up all over the place on cruise websites. Are you saying they are going to be cancelled now? The cruise I've been looking at starts in Seattle and ends in Vancouver.
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I'm confused about what you're confused about. Carnival says that the Spirit will be sailing to Alaska from Seattle on Sept 7, 2010.
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Ok, so where will Spriit be before the Sept. Alaska cruise?
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Ok, so where will Spriit be before the Sept. Alaska cruise?
Sailing to Alaska from Seattle.
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In Sept 7 2010 Spirit will sail from Seattle to Alaska , ending in Vancouver.

On Sept 14 it will depart for a 12 day to Hawaii.

On Sept 26 it will sail from Hawaii for a 12 day to Ensenada .
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Alaska tourism cnference summary is one of the front page articles today on the other board.

According to the article RCL, Cruise West, Carnival, Princess and HAL have all reduced their AK cruises for 2010. It does not cite particular ships but does blame the $50 head tax for the cruise line reduction in service. The estimated loss for 2010 in Juneau is $25 million!!!

Interesting article, although it does not address your particular query.
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