Alaska is indeed Awesome!: Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by disnemimi
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Alaska is indeed Awesome!
Our excursions were booked through Celebrity and for the most part they were good. The boys' fly out fly fishing trip was a bust with way too many people for one guide and didn't try to go to other spots when they were not catching any fish. Lots of time spent waiting on the bus, or waiting for other fishermen. Two fish caught for $440, plus tip, seems a little high. The other guys (2) didn't catch any!!
I was disappointed with the little time we got to spend at Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Such a beautiful place and had only 55 mins there. The Empress Hotel afternoon tea was lovely and enjoyed by all 6 of us, but could have taken 15 mins of tea time and spent at the gardens.
The Misty Fjord Explorer excursion was really good and felt like we saw lots of wildlife besides such beautiful scenery.
Did the White Pass Railway to the Yukon at Skagway and was a real highlight of our trip. Breathtaking views and lunch of bison chili and yeast roll was delicious. We even saw a caribou on this trip. Skagway was a fun town, just needed more shopping time!!
Our Juneau rafting was cancelled right before we were to board our rafts because of unusual high winds, lightening and rain. We were so disappointed, but understood they had no control of the weather. Sad thing was it had been 83 degrees and sunny earlier that same day! Oh yes, Tracy's Crab Shack was phenomenal in Juneau. Maybe crab legs were not as big as your arm, but pretty darn big!
The trip on the Solstice through Tracy Arm was unbelievable. We were just in awe of such beauty. Lots of icebergs and the Sawyer Glacier. Wish we would have booked a small ship to go there and get a little closer to the glacier.
We did Express Pass for our disembarkation since we all had early flights home (11:15, 11:20 & 11:55 am)
Reserved a limo to the airport and we were out of the port by 8:20 am.
This was my first Celebrity cruise and I definitely will return. The amenities on the ship are just wonderful. My sister and brother-in-law had cruised on the Equinox before and they said the Solstice was just as enjoyable. I do understand now, how people return to multiple Alaska cruises. The scenery in Alaska just can not be beat. Looking forward to another Celebrity cruise. Less
Cabin review: A11587 AquaClass
Lovely room on deck 11. Room was fairly spacious and lots of storage space available. And lots of hangers! The AQ perks were wonderful, loved the jets in the shower and our room steward (Del) kept me in ice three times a day!! People have complained about the deck noise above, but we didn't hear the deck chairs being moved, but did hear people (kids?) running during the day above us. I was not crazy about the overhang on the veranda as it prohibited some picture taking. The bed was comfortable and seemed like it was a king size bed!! Veranda was awesome and used it quite a bit, even having breakfast outside on our warmer days of Alaska. If I were to cruise the Solstice again on Aqua Class, I would try to get one of the bump out cabins so I would not have that overhang to get in the way of my pictures. All in all, a very nice room and loved the location to the mid elevators.Read All AquaClass (A1) Reviews >>
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