My husband and I did not know what to expect since this was our first cruise. We are ready to go on another!
EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION We were really impressed with the seamless operations of this ship from embarkation to disembarkation. Once our flight landed and we went through customs, we found the Celebrity station at the airport for our transfer to the boat. They took our luggage and delivered it to our room for us. Once we got to the pier, everything was as quick as it possibly could have been. It probably took us about 30 minutes to get on the boat. Disembarkation was stunningly painless. We went to our disembarkation location at the designated time which had already been dismissed, so we just walked right off the boat - no line, no wait.
SHIP The ship was very tastefully decorated, and had just gotten some updates. We loved every space on the ship we spent time in. One of the best places to sit and have a drink was on Deck 11 at Cosmos. This was a great place More
for whale watching and for watching the ship leave a port. The main theater is beautiful and very comfortable. The seats are couches and have small tables beside them for your drinks.
SERVICE All of the employees were friendly and helpful. We were amazed at the international diversity of the crew. Our room attendant was phenomenal and knew us by name the minute we walked into our room. He was very detail oriented and knew exactly when we would go to dinner so that we were not disturbed when he came for the turn down service. Our room was pristine during the entire cruise. The wait staff were great too, catering to everything you asked for. If you didn't like your meal, they would want to bring you something else to try.
STATEROOM Being that it was our first cruise, we thought the rooms were going to be much smaller but were pleasantly surprised with the amount of room we had. There was ample amount of storage space. The mattress was comfy and the bedding was great. We chose an ocean view room and were glad that we were able to look at all of the amazing sights to be seen, including mountains and sea life.
ENTERTAINMENT The entertainment on the boat was great too. There was a really funny comedian, a superb magician, and an amazing production crew. We got to see 2 shows that the singers/dancers put on and were surprised at how good they were. There was constant entertainment on the boat from bracelet making to musicians to singing groups. If we wanted something to do every minute of the day, we didn't have to go far.
FOOD We did not try any of the specialty restaurants. We ate in the Oceanview Buffet for breakfast each morning. It could get a little crowded during peak times which made it difficult to carry around a tray and find a seat. The breakfast food was decent, our favorite spot was the pancake/waffle area near the back of the restaurant. For lunch and dinner we stuck to the main dining area which was much less hectic. We thought the food here was really good, and we always cleaned our plates, even after eating 3-4 courses each night! The desserts were the best part of the meal in the main dining - always delicious. If you can't decide which one you want, order two!
ATTIRE There are two kinds of attire during evening time on the ship - smart casual and formal. If you don't want to dress up, you can always stick to the buffet restaurant. When we went to the main dining room for dinner, they did enforce the dress code each evening. For formal nights, most men were in suits or a sport coat and slacks. Most women had on a cocktail dress or nice pant suit.
We had so much fun on this boat that we hope someday to take another cruise with Celebrity! Less
This is a very small port with little to do other than excursions. The ship actually tendered out in the water and small motor boats took us to the pier. Once we got to the pier, we just had to walk up to where the excursion desk was to check in. When it was time, we were fitted with helmets and selected bikes. We were a little disappointed in the quality of bikes. The one I rode didn't have a working right brake which made me a little nervous, and you might get a bike that is either too big or too small for your body. It was nice to do something active, but we just rode along the main road and saw a little bit of the town. Others did whale/bear watching and had a great time. We wish we had spent the extra money to go whale watching here.
The Bike and Brew Glacier View was one of our favorite excursions. The tour guides were funny and friendly, and very concerned for your safety. We were fitted with helmets and bikes. The equipment was nice and the tour guide made sure you got the correct size bike for your body. The scenery along the bike route was some of the most amazing I have ever seen. We were really happy that we got to see the Mendenhall Glacier as part of the tour. The beer tasting at the end was really fun. We were really glad we booked this tour.
There was also some good shopping in Juneau
This was a fun tour, we just thought it was a bit pricey for what we did. The company had a brand new nice enclosed boat with large windows. We were able to see some bald eagles along the route to the crab pots. We got to hold the crabs from the crab pots that the tour guide pulled out of the water. The best part of the excursion was the crab feast. It was the best crab I have ever had. The blueberry cheesecake was pretty great too.
We also went shopping for a little while and were shocked with how cheap some of the items were. We stocked up on fleeces for $15-20 dollars and t-shirts for $12-15 dollars. If you want a fleece or jacket while in Alaska, this is the port to get it in.
We did the White Pass Railway and Yukon Adventure in Skagway. For the first part, we rode the train to Canada. The sights and views were absolutely beautiful. The train was comfy too. After the train ride, we were greeted by our motor coach which then took us further into Canada to the Yukon Territory sign. We stopped a couple of times to take scenic pictures or pictures with signs. We stopped for lunch at a little cafe that served bison chili, which was pretty good and then the motor coach took us back to the ship. We were really happy with this excursion.