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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise - three cabins - as a family excursion. Our adult offsprings had never cruised and we felt it would be a great way to introduce them to a wonderful experience. My husband and I chose not to have a balcony since on ... Read More
We chose this cruise - three cabins - as a family excursion. Our adult offsprings had never cruised and we felt it would be a great way to introduce them to a wonderful experience. My husband and I chose not to have a balcony since on other cruises we have enjoyed this special feature however when paying for three cabins - its costly. Our son and his wife had a Balcony whereas our daughter and ourselves each had an Oceanview Stateroom. Our room was very disappointing since the bed was up against the window which allowed for minimal viewing even when you knelt on the bed. Our daughter's was much better since the headboard was up against a wall and her desk and chair by the window. Even though we paid for the three cabins it is not allowed to be given 'credit' in points . . . only for our cabin. The food in the dining room was - we all felt - excellent! As were the staff. The Music/entertainment. . . during the cruising . . . on most occasions . . . terrible. . . loud rock and roll whilst gently sailing through the Charlotte Islands . . . what!!!! So inappropriate. . . listening to ROCK. Surely the timing re various musical selections could be considered. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Our cruise to Alaska was amazing starting with the crew, staff and scenery. Embarkation was so easy, we arrived at 10 and we were the first to board at 11 after proceeding through customs and immigration and the checkin. The ship is ... Read More
Our cruise to Alaska was amazing starting with the crew, staff and scenery. Embarkation was so easy, we arrived at 10 and we were the first to board at 11 after proceeding through customs and immigration and the checkin. The ship is comfortable with plenty of space to enjoy the scenery and quiet little nooks to read or just get away from other people. We were in Aqua Class and truly enjoyed the Blu restaurant with it's amazing food and awesome staff. They treated us so well that we just cannot go back to the MDR. The ports were interesting but we passed on the excursions and did our own thing. No regrets, we thoroughly enjoyed the ports and all they had to offer. We especially enjoyed lunch at Tracey's Crab Shack in Juneau and so did many others. We had a lovely balcony and ordered coffee for our room every morning so that we could wake up slowly and enjoy the scenery before heading for breakfast in Blu. The menu in Blu is small however you may order anything you like from the MDR menu and they will happily bring it to you. All in all it was a truly wonderful cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Embarkation was speedy. We arrived around 11 am and boarded in about 15 minutes. Debarkation was also speedy. We opted for dragging our own bags, since we had an early flight out of Sea-Tac. We were through customs as the first bags ... Read More
Embarkation was speedy. We arrived around 11 am and boarded in about 15 minutes. Debarkation was also speedy. We opted for dragging our own bags, since we had an early flight out of Sea-Tac. We were through customs as the first bags were being unloaded. We were out of the terminal by 7:30, in the (previously reserved) airport shuttle by 8, and at the airport by around 8:45. The ship is identical to the Equinox, which we’ve been on before. All of the staff were very pleasant and seemed genuinely happy we were there. The food was good and we were quite impressed with the buffet at the Ocean View Café. The main selections for lunch and dinner varied each day. The biggest problem we had was with the sound volume of many venues. The entertainers in the central area were very loud and the sound echoed all the way up to the upper decks. Conversation was impossible in the Card Room and Library, for example. While we were waiting for our cabin on embarkation day, we were on the top deck where the grass is. The movie, Baywatch, (rated R, incidentally) was showing and the volume was so loud we were unable to hear any announcements. The comedian on the first night was just as punishingly loud. Cabin 9238. This cabin was very quiet, since there are cabins above and below. The room safe takes up a lot of space in the closet. (On the Equinox, the safe was moved to a spot above the mini-fridge.) There was lots of storage space for two, and we even had empty drawers in the bathroom. Internet speed was acceptable and emails downloaded well. We didn’t do any streaming, so we have no comments about that. Be aware that if you split the beds into two doubles, the closet will be less than a foot away from the bed, making for a tight fit. The third bed is totally hidden in the ceiling. Entertainment. All of the shows were good; some were just too loud. The best show was “Euphoria”, on the last full cruise day. This was a single show, shown in the afternoon. It was standing room only and outstanding visual and muscular performances. The lecturer, Brent Nixon, gave us at least four excellent presentations about wildlife. He’s very animated and will keep your attention. The presentations were also shown on the in-room TV. When the Skagway port stop was cancelled due to a mudslide, Celebrity quickly refunded all tours back to the original credit card, according to the estimated bill we received the last full cruise day. However, when we got home, we found out that was not the case. Celebrity called some of the refund “Non-Refundable”, so we lost that. And yes, we did check with Guest Services and they said the whole amount would be refunded. Ketchikan Crab Boat This tour was very interesting. It is identical to the ship’s excursion, but a bit cheaper. The boat has been modified for passengers and includes a snack bar, restrooms and excellent seating for everyone. The crew/tour guides were very informative. Icy Strait Hoonah. We were diverted here after Skagway had a mudslide that closed the pier earlier in the morning. It appears Icy Strait can only handle one ship, so Solstice used six of their lifeboats as tenders. There isn’t much in the town of Hoonah. The area around the dock has a lot to see: restaurants, gifts stores, etc. If you really want to eat the local seafood, be prepared to spend some serious money. King crab legs were selling for $28 a leg. There is a rarely used observation area at the front of Deck 12. Walk through the spa area into the gym. Keep walking. At the front, on either side, there is a door to access the outside. An interesting note about cellphone service in Alaskan waters: Our 2G Tracfone worked fine in Alaska, while the 3G Tracfone had “No Service” the entire time. Once we returned to Washington State, everything was fine. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our second time doing an Inside Passage cruise to Alaska. The Millennium is a beautiful ship and the staff is top notch. Boarding was easy although you should be prepared to walk forever through Canada Place. There are lots of ... Read More
This was our second time doing an Inside Passage cruise to Alaska. The Millennium is a beautiful ship and the staff is top notch. Boarding was easy although you should be prepared to walk forever through Canada Place. There are lots of staff to guide you in the right direction. Once on board, we wandered a bit to get our bearings and then enjoyed a burger at the pool area. Our room, an oceanview, was very nice and we met our room steward right away. He was always available the whole week and eager to please. I really liked the layout of the Millennium. It was very easy to get around. The one thing I do miss on the Celebrity ships is a promenade that goes all the way around. The first night we took advantage of the special and had dinner at the Tuscan Grill. It was Excellent and we had a great time. Our waiter was so fun. We spent 3 hours there and pretty much rolled out because we were so full. The rest of the week we ate in the MDR. Food was very good but I do miss the "specialness" of dinner. My husband always orders the molten cake on a cruiise and he was very disappointed this time as the cake seems to have shrunken considerably to the size of a brownie. Because of the popularity of anytime dining, you really don'the develop a relationship with the wait staff. We didn't get to the theater very often but enjoyed the shows the that we did see. The entertainment around the sheep was very good. The ports were great as usual. We had excellent weather the whole week. The only rainy day was going into the Hubbard Glacier. We did the Zip Line in Icy Strait Point. Awesome!! The Salmon Bake in Juno was also really nice and of course, the Red Dog Saloon is a must stop. All in all - a great cruise Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Boarding the ship in Vancouver was easy, no line ups... Our cabin 8172 Aft Balcony was fantastic, everything was in wonderful shape, the balcony was almost bigger than the cabin 3 chairs, 2 tables, 2 lounge chairs. Wifi I had ... Read More
Boarding the ship in Vancouver was easy, no line ups... Our cabin 8172 Aft Balcony was fantastic, everything was in wonderful shape, the balcony was almost bigger than the cabin 3 chairs, 2 tables, 2 lounge chairs. Wifi I had unlimited, it was not great... but needed... very in and out. We did the Celebrity Whale watching in Icy Strait Point it was fantastic, we saw lots of whales, got great photo's of whales breaching. We did The Dolphin Tour whale watching in Juneau, the tour was great, the whales nowhere near as many or active as Icy Strait Point We did Tracy's King Crab Shack in Juneau right at the cruise port, NOT TO BE MISSED, best crab ever. We did the Celebrity Wildlife Exploration Bus & Cruise and Crab Feast in Ketchikan, it was fantastic, the all you can eat Dungeness crab feast and blueberry cheesecake, wonderful We dined in Qsine, Tuscan Grille, and Main Dining room all excellent. If Qsine offers the crab lunch, do it, $35.00 it was excellent. Getting off ship in Vancouver was easy... Getting a cab at cruise port to airport TOTAL nightmare... Millennium and Radiance of The Sea both in, and there were taxi lineups like I have never seen for miles, we were actually scared we would miss our 1:15pm flight.... Would definitely do this Alaska cruise again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
This was a special cruise for my husband's 60th birthday year. Solstice met all our expectations and more. We've sailed on Reflection and Silhouette in the past, and although some of the amenities are different we found the staff, service ... Read More
This was a special cruise for my husband's 60th birthday year. Solstice met all our expectations and more. We've sailed on Reflection and Silhouette in the past, and although some of the amenities are different we found the staff, service and food on Solstice to excel the younger ships in the fleet. The Alaska experience was out of this world. Despite not being able to visit Skagway due to a mudslide, every stopping point was simply amazing. We packed so much in that we felt we were on the ship for longer than 7 days - a bonus. Blessed by great weather for most of our ports of call, we had a dramatic sail away from Seattle with Mount Rainier looking on. Then a sea plane and bear watching experience at Ketchikan - exhilarating. Tracy Arm Fjord was skipped in favor of, some say, the more dramatic Endicott fjord and Dawes Glacier, due to weather conditions. It was a serene and majestic sail up the fjord. Juneau was wet, as we'd been told to expect. It rains plenty in Juneau! We went whale watching and the glacier, but nothing prepared us for the whales of Icey Strait Point. Captain took us here instead of Skagway due to the mud slide. A beautiful spot. Peaceful, stunning 360 degree views from the ship (we went ashore for an hour or so to explore the cannery etc.). A pod of whales swam around and about the ship, wow! The ship. From the captain (who we had the pleasure to meet) to our cabin attendant and everyone in between was friendly, welcoming, and simply a pleasure to be around. Food - we were surprised by the quality of the food in the main dining room (we did select dining so got to experience most restaurants) which was far superior than on previous Celebrity ships. A much higher standard. Tuscan Grille - as good as ever. Sushi on 5 - a great stop for a lazy lunch. Entertainment - we didn't participate much, there's so much else going on. But enjoyed most of what we saw, especially the Beatles tribute band - John, Paul, George and Ringo. One particular highlight that can't go unmentioned was Brent Nixon, the on-board natural historian who held daily shows on the wildlife of Alaska (and they were shows, that man has energy coming out of his ears). He also narrated throughout the trip up the fjord (via the PA system or your TV) adding to the experience. Finally, a huge thanks to Andrea the Hotel Director. We had the pleasure and honor of being invited to dine with Andrea and three other couples along with the Staff Captain at the Silk Harvest. Learned so much about the team and their passion for their work. A night to remember. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise based on the timing as we were having visitors from overseas who wanted to see Alaska. We were very happy with the ship and staff especially our waiters in the Metrpolitan dining room. Kadek and Patma very quickly ... Read More
We chose this cruise based on the timing as we were having visitors from overseas who wanted to see Alaska. We were very happy with the ship and staff especially our waiters in the Metrpolitan dining room. Kadek and Patma very quickly anticipated our every need and want and made great suggestions regarding our dining and also for our trips ashore - they always had room at one of their tables for us - we really enjoyed dining at their tables. We enjoyed our time in Juneau - we rented a car from Juneau car rental and were met at the dock and were able to drop off at the dock at the end of the day. We went first to Mendenhall Glacier - sighted three black bears just before we pulled into the parking lot then did the Nugget Falls walk - weather was great and views spectacular. Next we visited Shrine of Ste Therese - this is a beautiful spot - we met the resident marmot and took some great photos - I was surprised that this site is not on one of the tours. Stopped off at the Salmon hatchery and saw the sea lions waiting for lunch near the salmon ladder. Stopped to see the Russian Orthodox church, and drove around Juneau. We had a good time on this cruise, enjoyed the entertainment, the speakers, our cabin steward and plan to return to Alaska for a longer trip. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I recently returned from the last cruise of the season to Alaska on Celebrity Millennium, sailing out of Vancouver and returning to Vancouver. From start to finish, it was a great holiday. We stayed in the Sutton Place Hotel for a couple ... Read More
I recently returned from the last cruise of the season to Alaska on Celebrity Millennium, sailing out of Vancouver and returning to Vancouver. From start to finish, it was a great holiday. We stayed in the Sutton Place Hotel for a couple of nights and on the morning of our sailing, we walked down to Canada Place, pulling our cases behind us. It is downhill and took less than 10 minutes. We thought we’d arrive early and avoid the crowds so got there about 11.30 only to find that many others had the same idea. We deposited our bags and went upstairs to join what seemed like a sizeable queue but it moved quickly enough and before long, we had checked in and moved on to US Immigration and Customs. We joined another queue there and a while later (maybe 20 mins) we were cleared to embark. We then embarked the ship, to be greeted by staff who took our photo for our sea pass cards (very quickly) and we were offered a glass of orange juice or prosecco. Very nice - a lovely introduction to Celebrity Cruises. We were on the ship by about 12.30 so went on a quick sight-seeing tour, then a bite of lunch and a glass of wine and at 1 pm approx (as promised by a number of public address announcements) we were informed that our staterooms were ready. When we went to check our cabin shortly thereafter, we found that our bags were waiting for us outside the door. Our Ocean View cabin, No. 9000 on Deck 9 was great, quite roomy as ship cabins go. We enjoyed the extra space as we had 3 full sea days on our itinerary. The cabin was kept spick and span by our Attendant Newman ( probably incorrect spelling but I don’t know the correct spelling) who was always very pleasant and efficient. We thought about getting a balcony cabin but we decided against , given the itinerary and we were happy with our decision. I don’t think we would have used a balcony with the weather we had ( which was actually better then we expected). It was too cold to sit outside, while at sea, without a coat; and where’s the pleasure in that? We were travelling with another couple who had Cabin 9001 which was a similar cabin on the port side of the ship. We tended to have breakfast and lunch in the Oceanview Restaurant. This tended to be very busy but we always succeeded in getting a table for our party of four without too much difficulty. I would point out that the ship was fully booked so was working at full capacity. There was a good variety of food to suit all palates, salads, pizza, curries, casseroles, a large roast carved by one of the chefs, surrounded by the usual accompaniments, etc., noodles and many other choices. The food was hot and tasty. Waiters were present to take drink orders from anybody interested. Breakfast also had an excellent variety available, fruit, English breakfast ( rashers, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, sausages, beans, tomatoes, black pudding), American breakfast included bacon, sausages, hash browns etc. You could also have omelettes cooked to order, eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles and many other options. We went to the Main Dining Room each night. Portions there were small. After a couple of nights, we started ordering a starter, soup and then main course, dessert and coffee and found this worked well for us. We had select dining and presented ourselves for dinner at around 7 each evening. Some evenings, we were accommodated immediately; other evenings, we were give a pager until a table for 4 was ready. We were never waiting long, no more than 15 mins at most. The staff in the dining room were very efficient, regardless of where we were seated in what is a huge dining room. We took our time over our meal and were usually finished in good time to catch the 9pm show. The entertainment was good. The first night, there was an introductory evening, with short performances from artists who were to appear during the week. During the course of the week, there were three shows by the Celebrity team of singers and dancers which were great, a guest singer who was called Jesse Hamilton Jnr who was good and certainly knew how to work a crowd. I should point out that he was backed by an excellent five person “orchestra” and this contributed significantly to the atmosphere, ambience and our enjoyment of the various shows. Another night, the show consisted of a cirque type act by Yulia & Alan Reva. This too was good and it is clear that they are very talented at what they do. There was a comedian another night but we missed this performance. We didn’t book any celebrity Shore Excursions, choosing instead to do our own thing and this worked well for us. Icy Strait Point was first. This is a quiet stop and we really enjoyed ourselves there. We walked into the town and stopped for a drink at The Office Bar and while there, we availed of their wifi. The locals were very friendly and pleasant. The day we were at the Hubbard Glacier was cold and very very wet. Most people did not venture out on deck for long, choosing instead to view the magnificent Glacier from inside. Although the weather was dreadful, we did get an excellent view of the Glacier itself and the Captain was able to get us within one third of a mile from this amazing phenomenon. Next stop was Juneau. We hired a car here through Juneau Car Rentals, walking to the office from the ship. It took about 20 minutes or so. We drove to the Mendenhall Glacier first. This is beautiful! It is well worthwhile to walk to Nugget Falls as you will get a closer view of the glacier from there, together with the waterfall. We later drove to St. Theresa’s Shrine which was lovely although there was a heavy mist there which shrouded the scenery. We spent the afternoon rambling around Juneau which is a pretty town. By the way, we got wifi in the library adjacent to the dock. The library is located on the fourth floor of the building. The final stop was Ketchikan. This day, we chose to walk around the town on our own. We visited the Totem Heritage Centre which was interesting. We then went to Creek Street and saw the salmon (so many salmon!) in the river waiting for their chance to battle upriver to their destination of choice. We stopped for a drink in the Totem Bar and had a chance to use the wifi there. Then, a little shopping in the town and back to the ship for dinner. . We spent some time in the Solarium while on board and the men spent some time in the sauna looking out a large window at the scenery beyond. They also used the well equipped gym. BeforeI I finish , I have to state that the staff (in all areas) were always very pleasant and friendly. They never failed to say hello when passing you in the corridor All in all, we had a fabulous holiday – all four of us were in agreement. I have no problem in recommending this cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive vacation. The ship embarked and disembarked from our home city so no flying. I also used to work across the street from the cruise ship terminal in downtown Vancouver and often on ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive vacation. The ship embarked and disembarked from our home city so no flying. I also used to work across the street from the cruise ship terminal in downtown Vancouver and often on a Friday afternoon I would hear the ships blast their horns and then go out under the Lions Gate Bridge. And I wanted to do it too! Embarkation had long line-ups but they did keep moving so that was alright. Disembarkation was very fast. I'd read some fairly negative reviews of the ship but as far as we were concerned everything was fine. We picked an inside cabin to keep our costs down. The cabin was good but we found it a bit weird to not know if it was daylight or not outside. Next time, we will consider getting a cabin with a porthole. We stuck with eating at the buffet since we both prefer a more casual style. The two times we ate dinner at the main dining room were excellent though. One thing I would have liked to have seen at the buffet on my husband's behalf was more seafood. I especially enjoyed the pastries at the early morning continental breakfast. The public areas of the Millenium were very clean. I never saw paper towels overflowing in the bathrooms or anything like that. Our cabin attendant did a good job too. The service on board was excellent. On sea days we both enjoyed sitting on a sheltered deck with a good book. We went to 3 shows that we liked. I especially liked the ballroom dancing show. Also, our ship went to the Hubbard Glacier and the captain got us up pretty close. We only booked one excursion at the Icy Strait Point stop. It was a 2 hour hike along an old forest road. The guides were fun and it was nice to walk around on shore again. I enjoyed the views very much. In Juneau and Ketchikan, we visited a couple of local museums on our own. Plus did a bit of shopping. We didn't travel with kids and we would definitely cruise again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I planned this cruise last October (2016) as an 80th Birthday Surprise Gift to my Mom. I specifically chose this cruise because of the roundtrip in/out of Seattle and the itinerary. As I had booked a suite, I knew my Mom would appreciate ... Read More
I planned this cruise last October (2016) as an 80th Birthday Surprise Gift to my Mom. I specifically chose this cruise because of the roundtrip in/out of Seattle and the itinerary. As I had booked a suite, I knew my Mom would appreciate the beautiful balcony as she likes to rest and the extra time At Sea and Cruising the Fjords and Inside Passage would give her a great cabin experience! I picked 2 excursions specifically for her, the White pass Railroad in Skagway and the Buchart Gardens in Victoria. Unfortunately, our Skagway stop was cancelled due to a mud/rockslide the morning we were to arrive. The diversion to Icy Strait Point was nice, but my mom, husband and I were all greatly disappointed, as the train ride was what she was most looking forward to during the entire planning. Hoonah is not very wheelchair-friendly, and the Tendering is extra difficult. The beautiful weather in Ketchikan was a huge plus, and we enjoyed the tram up the hill and the shopping there. We were also happy that our Victoria Butchart Gardens tour went as planned, although it would have been nice to have more time in the Gardens. We also missed the Tracy Arm Fjord and Sawyer's Glacier due to weather, but the alternative was breathtaking, and a bonus for my husband and I, as we had already cruised the Tracy Arm. Having sailed on the Solstice last December for the New Zealand/Australia 14-day, my husband and I noticed a huge difference with this Captain and Officers. We did not see them as much as we did last year--Capt. Tazos was Fantastic, and he and his Officers were constantly interacting with the passengers! I also noticed that the Solstice had some odor problems, specifically in the Casino Bar area and other public areas...perhaps due to the high humidity of Alaska VS New Zealand?? The Hot Glass Show was fascinating, as always! Seeing that artist Cat Burns was again on this ship was a Huge Bonus!! Her infectious laughter and dynamic personality is what drew us to the Hot Glass Show last December, and the Show again became our favorite entertainment onboard! This was our first time in a Suite and it was very nice. My favorite? A Bubble Bath at Sea!! The larger balcony and receiving all 4 "Perks" is a definite Plus! As I mentioned before, this cruise was all planned for my 80 year old Mom. While Dominic, our Room Steward, always made the room nice, I was disappointed that he did not change a dirty sheet on Mom's sofa bed that occured the first night. (It took 2 days until a clean one appeared.) I had also specifically requested that we have the ice bucket filled every morning and evening, and that was only done twice. Jose, our Butler, very nicely provided bottles of water for us, which meant we did not have to bring our own from a Bar with our Beverage Package. Overall, however, the suite was a nice change from our normal Concierge Balcony cabin, and we may consider booking it again, if the price is right. We give this cruise an 8 out of 10 because of the unexpected (and we do understand, unavoidable) port changes, the presence of odors on more than one occasion and general lack of good entertainment (other than the Glass Show!) The Positives of this cruise, as always, are your Staff and Crewmembers... Specifically Alex in the Cafe Bacio and Michael's Club, Vi in the Luminae Dining Room and Cat with the Corning Glass Show! These folks are what keep us coming back! Read Less
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