Seattle - We arrived in Seattle 2 days early so that we could explore the city. Took Shuttle Express from airport to hotel for $33 for all of us. We stayed at LaQuinta Inn at 2224 8th Ave and loved it. Great free continental breakfast, very friendly staff. Whole Foods is around corner where we purchased soda to take on board ship. Hotel was also within walking distance to most attractions. Ride-the-duck tours (good, old-fashioned fun), Pike Place Market. Downtown - great for pedestrians, stick to the crosswalks. Clean town, friendly people.
Embarkation- We took shuttle from LaQuinta for $15 to Pier 66. We arrived at about 11:30am and check-in went very smoothly. We feel like we just walked on board. We were directed to Deck 10 for lunch until our room was ready. Everyone was very friendly. Did not want to carry soda around so checked it at dock -- arrived at room with one can burst open and many dented. You may prefer to carry yours on board for safe keeping.
Cabin 7175 - We chose this cabin because of the extra large balcony compared to others in this class. All 4 of us shared the same cabin. There was ample room for storing our clothes and suitcases (under the bed). We nested our empty suitcases for extra room. We did not feel cramped in the cabin.
Food - Ate at Treelis Restaurant 3 nights - food was very good. We had breakfast and lunch at the Oceanview Cafe and liked the huge selection of food -- something for everyone. The ship makes the bread and pastries fresh every day. Also, the ice cream is made on board and many different flavors offered at no charge.
Entertainment -String trio excellent but the venue was terrible. Placed where people had to walk in front of them and the noise level from the bars nearby was distracting.
Comedian Fred Klett was very funny -- good for the whole family. Illusionist Jason Bishop was good. We saw one show "iBroadway" which was good also. Amazing man/woman aerialists during that show.
My DD and I enjoyed naturalist Brent Nixon's talks. DH felt he was too "cartoonish" and found the theatrics too distracting from the presentations of wildlife. DH enjoyed presentation about ships navigation and the ship's engine and propulsion system.
Free drinks on board included tea (iced and hot), coffee, lemonade, passion fruit/mango/guava fruit juice, ice cold milk (whole & skim)
Teen Club - My DS partook in the activities and enjoyed hanging out with other teens. My DD did not use the facilities.
Ketchikan - Lumberjack Show (KE13)- very funny and entertaining
Tracy Arm Fjord was breath-taking. Brent Nixon narrated on the upper deck and we could hear his comments through the TV in our room but had to turn the volume up to 100 to hear anything. We watched from our balcony.
Juneau -- Harv & Marv's Whale Watching (not through Celebrity). A family-run operation. Very friendly and Captain Steve was great. We went on a small boat -- the 4 of us plus another couple from Infinity. We saw plenty of whales. Captain Steve was feeling like he was letting us down (he was not) because the whales were not showing their tails. Then as we were going back to the dock, a whale came very close to our boat and showed his tail. I felt like it made Captain Steve's day knowing that we would now be totally satisfied. We were just happy to see the whales and he need not have worried. He was awesome! We booked in advance at harvandmarvs.com and would highly recommend this company.
Skagway -- Musher's Camp & Sled Dog Experience (SK36) -- met us at the dock and took us on a nice van ride to the camp. Too die for scenery. Then up the mountain further to ride on a sled with wheels pulled by 16 dogs. Very fun. Then back to the camp to learn more about mushing and held some puppies. Very good excursion. Would have liked to do the train ride, but couldn't do everything.
Great trip - highly recommend Celebrity Cruises!!!