Being a 70 year old senior who has cruised 25 times--I feel my opinions are accurate and fair. My son and his wife and three older teenager grandchildren joined me on this cruise. We arrived a day early in Vancouver, taking the SkyTrain from the airport to our hotel downtown. We stayed at the Four Seasons Hotel(had a special rate).We were pleased in all aspects with the hotel. Took short taxi ride to ship and embarkation was fast, probably 15 minutes at the most.
Enjoyed many of the ship activities including trivia, games, presentations by the Naturalist on board, karaoke. the grandchildren enjoyed the late night music and dancing. The stage shows consisted of a comic magician, a comedian named Fred Klett---who was very funny and very interactive with the audience--a very family friendly show. Also, a couple did a Cirque Du Soleil act that was very entertaining.
The service was excellent everywhere on the ship. Friendly smiling faces from all staff members. Of course, people who have complained about the service in these reviews need to realize the staff on ships need a smile in return. Making unreasonable demands does not make for a happy cruise.
We had 3 cabins and all were very clean on arrival and were kept clean the entire trip.
We dined in the MDR for dinner with a set time of 6pm. Our waiter and asst. waiter could not do enough for us. They served us well and offered extra taste of menu items they thought we would enjoy. The food was good to very good--some of the menu items were prime rib, rack of lamb, filet mignon, a daily pasta choice, vegetarian choices, fish choice and of course formal night lobster. Dessert menu provided a lot of choices--my favorite being the chocolate cake. I find the Buffet on Celebrity ships the best of any cruise ship I have sailed. For breakfast made to order omelets and eggs are wonderful as are the eggs benedict, also an Asian or English breakfast were available. Freshly made waffles and pancakes and of course the American breakfast fare are available. Lunch has many hot entrees, a sandwich bar with made to order grilled sandwiches, a pasta bar and pizza station. The hamburgers and hot dogs near the pool are really good.
Our favorite excursion was on a whale watching boat at Icy Straight Point where a pod of 7 Orca whales swim alongside the boat for 20 to 30 minutes. It was thrilling. The Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan was fun and very informative. The kids enjoyed the Zip Line in Juneau.
Disembarkation was very effortless but having to leave the ship and go out into the rainy cold weather was walk quite a distant in the rain to pick-pup luggage is something Celebrity should work on.
We totally enjoyed the cruise--we paid $55.00 each with Alaska Cruise Transportation for our trip to Anchorage with a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The center had brown bears, moose, reindeer, bison and caribou in large fenced areas and a gift shop and snack bar. The bus dropped people off at the airport or any downtown hotel.
If we had the time--we would have stayed on the ship and cruised back to Vancouver!