First time cruise with Celebrity having previously sailed twice with Princes so we had something to compare with.
Whole package including flights hotel and cruise booked through Celebrity. Flights with Air Canada via Vancouver were good, although encountered a 3 hour delay on way home. Hotel was Marriott Seatac - usual hotel airport but rooms were clean beds comfy and meals reasonable.
Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze compared to previous cruises. Quick and efficient. Our luggage was delivered to our cabin by 3pm. On disembarkation we left the Celebrity theatre on infinity at 9.05 and we were on the airport coach with our luggage by 9.30.
The cabins were good. Plenty of places to store clothes but nowhere to store our suitcases. The bathroom has a good size shower cubicle, nearly twice as big as Princess.One thing we didn't like were the coat hangers. they were the old hotel type where you had to lift out the bottom of the hanger as the head was More
fixed to the rail. Made a lot of noise!!!
Staff on the ship were all very friendly and helpful. Very mixed nationalities, including Romanian, Portuguese, Peruvian, Mexican, Argentinian etc. Our cabin steward Danny was a excellent young man from India who really looked after us.
Entertainment on board was good, although at no time was anywhere full, in fact things like trivia sessions were extremely empty. Brent Nixon was exceptional. Yes he made a lot of noise but people listened to what he was putting across about the wildlife etc. We managed to attend 4 of his presentations and learned a lot about the various wild life in Alaska.
We did 3 excursions, one with celebrity(White Pass and Yukon Train out of Skagway) and two by walking off the ship and doing our own thing. We saved a lot of money especially in Juneau when we did whale watching by jet boat for nearly half the price of celebrity's tour. Food on Celebrity was excellent. We don't eat red meat and at no time did we have a problem with having a choice. We had select dining and I booked reservations on line before we left home.It worked very well, only on the first night did we have to wait for a table, every other night we were shown straight to a table when we entered the dining room. The buffet was good for breakfast and lunch. We didn't eat at any of the specialist restaurants. One thing we did like was you could make hot chocolate at night which with one of the delicious cookies they provided was just the thing before bedtime.
The best thing about the whole cruise was the weather! We had wall to wall sunshine whilst in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Yes it was still cold when we were travelling Tracy arm.,but especially in Juneau we were whale watching at 7pm in tee shirts! The sea was very calm, no motion at all. The weather did change as we made our way to Victoria, but we accepted that as by all accounts we had been very lucky to have the weather we did.
We saw the wildlife we had gone to see (with the exception of orcas.)Humpbacks, bald eagles, porpoises, seals, dolphins and even bears. Extremely fortunate!
Would I go back to Alaska don't think so mainly for 2 reasons, we have lots of things we still want to do (we have a bucket list) before we are too old and I think we would be disappointed if we returned as we would never get the weather we did. Would I cruise with celebrity again - DEFINITELY. Less