The ship: We have sailed Celebrity and the Millenium when she was a little younger. She shows no worse for wear except for some of the refurbishments which are just revenue generating for the cruise line. We booked an Aquaclass cabin because we like that area of the ship. One short stair up to the gym and spa. I don't really understand the Aqualclass model as the amenities were not what was advertised. On a positive note the shower was wonderful. And we liked the thick terry bathrobes. The service was not very attentive. We had to ask for ice every day. They did deliver snacks in the afternoon. The room was fair size, lots of storage. The balcony larger than normal but obstructed by window washing equipment in the cabin next door. We were told they move it but it was never moved. The food was so so. There used to be a grill at the back of the ship for an alternative to the dining room in the evening and that sadly is gone. We liked the casualness of it. Did not try the alternative More
dining venues as there are so many port days and we were busy. The classic beverage package was a good deal for us as we like our lattes in the morning. We could have a glass of wine without much fuss and it even got us into the martini bar which was fun to sit and people watch. It did not cover the fancy drinks but we didn't mind spending a little extra to experiment. Room service was timely and accurate but call, the on screen menu does not offer as many choices. The sail,away from Ketchikan in the bar upstairs at the front of the ship was delightful. Entertainment good. We did see a lot of interaction with the crew. Enjoyed one lecture with an officer talking about the mechanics of the ship. The naturalist was a snooze. We prepaid gratuities and while it may affect service, those folks are working hard and we don't want to see them get shorted.
Embarkation in Seward was exceptional as my husband had inadvertently packed his passport and realized it after we checked the bag. We had a wonderful, professional, problem solver who intercepted the bag at xray and sorted out the problem timely and with little hassle.
Ports were all wonderful. Booked excursions through the ship except for Icy Strait where we had a whale excursion that was fantastic. This is our 3rd Alaska cruise so we had a good idea what we wanted to do. We had a clear day for the Mt Roberts tram and gold panning in Juneau. Aleutian Ballad crab experience in Ketchikan, Yukon adventure and train in Skagway. Would recommend all these side trips. The ports have all gone downhill with jewelry shops so our advice is to plan something unless that is our thing.
Disembarkation in Vancouver easy, a bit congested as we were going to the airport on our own and the cab line was insane. We ended with a shuttle and it was fine. Less