Up at 4am, bags all ready to go with just a few last items left to pack. We left at 4:20am, drove out and parked near the Gateway Transit Center for our 4:57am MAX train to the airport. Once at the airport, it was less than a five-minute process through TSA thanks to our Pre-Check status – – we saw the regular line snake and stretch out for a minimum fifteen minute wait. With almost one hour to kill before our flight started boarding, we went to the Alaska Board Room Lounge to have a light continental breakfast and hang out. We came in just in time because a few minutes after we arrived the boardroom cut off other members of the priority pass and would not let them in.
Our flight went off without a hitch and we landed in Los Angeles by 9:10 a.m. After collecting our luggage, we decided to take public transportation to our Carnival Cruise port, which is located in Long Beach. It was $5 one-way vs $36 for an Uber, so we went with saving the money exchange for a longer ride. Despite some poorly timed connections, we made it to the cruise port by our check-in time and we were on the ship eating lunch at 1:45 p.m. And so begins our short three-day weekend.