This was our 4th cruise. 2nd on Celebrity, 1st to Alaska. We flew from Kansas City, MO the day of the cruise. Arrived right on time, retrieved our luggage, and boarded the bus to the ship. We had a balcony cabin so had to wait in line to check in for about 45 minutes .. Met a wonderful couple on the bus who waited in line with us, so time went quickly. In our room about 2:30.
Upon arrival on the ship, we made our specialty dining reservations. We bought the 3 dinner package, so reserved a 6 pm slot at Murano, Silk Harvest and Tuscan Grill. I joked with the person making the reservations that we wanted a window seat at each restaurant. We did get window seats each time. I was thrilled. The food in each specialty restaurant was great. We liked Silk Harvest the best.
We ate in the main dining room several times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No complaints about the food or service. We at several breakfasts at the buffet. Only complaint is the lack of clean tables and finding a seat. However, we always found a table outside (out of the wind and rain).
It was cold and windy and sometimes rainy, but it was an Alaskan cruise, so we were prepared with our hooded waterproof jackets and sweatshirts. There was also some sunshine and milder temperatures on some sea days. We enjoyed this cruise very much.
We did not book an excursion in Ketchikan. We got a map from the information center and walked the short tour downtown. Loved seeing the creek and all the totem polls.
In Juneau, we had to tender. Fortunately we booked a tour to Mendenhall Glacier (where it rained hard) and a whale watch tour ( where the sun was out). We were in about the third tender to leave as our tour left at 2 pm. The glacier was REALLY crowded despite the crowds and we felt lucky we didn't lose an eye to all the umbrellas there! My hubby still got some great photos. The whale watch tour was great. We saw probably 6 to 8 whales, one was feeding, and most we saw the flukes. Again, my hubby got some great photos. When we returned to Juneau, we had dinner at a restaurant very close to the dock with a friend of ours. So no dinner on the ship this night.
In Skagway we booked the White Pass railway tour. It was wonderful. Our car was not very crowded so we all could move around easily. Our train was the "lucky train" that morning as we got to travel an additional 7 mile round trip to Frasier to turn around. My husband loves trains so we both really enjoyed the extra travel. When we returned to Skagway we took the Smart Shuttle downtown. Ate lunch at the Brewery and drank "spruce tip beer". Skagway was very crowded with tourists and again, the rain didn't keep anyone away. We found the local quilt shop and the train shop, which are the only shops we visited. The rain continued as we finally got a shuttle back to the ship. We were soaked when we returned to we changed close and headed to the coffee bard for a coffee with Baileys.
We had the classic alcohol package, but upgraded to classic on the second day. No problem getting any drink we wanted at any bar.
The shows were great. Jason Bishop, an illusionist, presented 2 separate programs. Sin City had several performances in Celebrity Central, and of course, Brent Nixon and Miss Amanda were excellent. We learned a lot about Alaska, the wildlife and it's heritage.
Disembarking was much easier and calmer than in Miami. We did the valet service for our luggage, so we didn't see it from 11pm Thursday evening until we arrived back in KC on Friday evening at 11 pm. It arrived safe and sound and we didn't have to retrieve it, haul it to the bus, haul it to check in the airport. For $20 per person, this is a very worthwhile service.