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We were three generations of our family (Grandparents, Parents and Toddler in tow) looking to make memories, and decided to go on a cruise to Alaska. We chose Celebrity just because it was the best deal our Travel Agent could get us. With ... Read More
We were three generations of our family (Grandparents, Parents and Toddler in tow) looking to make memories, and decided to go on a cruise to Alaska. We chose Celebrity just because it was the best deal our Travel Agent could get us. With a grand total of one cruise (on Carnival) behind us, we had nothing to compare with, really - but all I can say is - the Celebrity experience was fabulous and future cruises for us will have a high bar to live up to! We are local to Seattle so getting to the ship was the easiest thing - we drove up to the Pier. Parking at the Pier for a week is pretty expensive, but still, an Uber XL would cost almost the same, so it was an easy choice to make - at least we wouldn't have to carry our toddler's car seat along! Our embarkation experience was sadly, not the best. We unfortunately arrived at the peak rush period, and so the lines to check in were serpentine and endless, and the check in hall was stifling hot. The person at the counter also was very slow, and took ages to check us in and get us our SeaPass cards. We were still at the counter after people behind us had been checked in and gotten onboard! He took my credit card to put it on record, but that never happened, and I had to go to Guest Relations onboard to get it corrected. Once we got on the ship - well, it was a totally different world! The Solstice is amazingly luxurious, even if it is an "old" ship. The crew is hospitable, and very attentive to the passengers' comfort. My mother suffers from bad knees, and the attendants at the embarkation gangway guided her to an armchair so she could recover her breath, brought her some orange juice and generally took care of her till she felt rested. Our cabins were fantastic - we had booked Deluxe Verandahs on the mid ships "hump", and they were totally worth the price. Ours probably had the biggest balcony around - big enough to fit four deck chairs and a table. The cabins were neat, clean, well appointed with lots of storage areas and hidden cabinets. The bathroom was cramped, but adequate. Our cabins were close to the mid ship elevators, and the Team Earth lobby, but we never heard any outside noises ever. The food.. ahh, the food!! We ate most of our meals in the Ocean View Cafe buffet, and hardly ever felt we missed anything. This place served every kind of cuisine possible- including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. They also had "theme" meals - like a Taste of America, Taste of Mediterranean themed lunch, and a Taste of India, Taste of China, Taste of Eastern Europe themed dinners - where in addition to the regular stations, they had additional stations dedicated to the advertised cuisine. On the last night, they had a "Best of the Cruise" buffet, with the most popular items from the entire cruise, and to make things fun - a chocolate fountain with fruits and bits to dip into it. Absolute treat! We had a couple of meals in the MDR which were lovely - my family prefers Indian food, and the MDr had an excelltn Indian menu to choose from. They also adapted the menu items to cater to my father's dietary needs, and when requested for something that was not on the dining room menu, they went and fetched it from the Buffet! The entire Catering and Serving staff We didn't really indulge in any shows, etc on board the ship - preferred to spend our time enjoying the glorious views outside. the talks by the naturalist (and the running commentary during the fjord visit) and the destination highlight sessions were wonderful, though. And so was the Q&A session with Captain Tasos - I admire the way this man can talk, Greek accent and all, and the tongue in cheek manner he has! We did visit the Silent Disco (hilarious) and the dueling violins and band performances in the Atrium which were enjoyable. It might have been better to have them a bit further away from the Guest Relations desk though, since it made conversation harder. There were also quite a few good free movies on TV, on Demand, that we were able to catch up on. We avoided booking any excursions via the Cruise line, instead preferring to do our own thing in each port we visited. The Daily planners provided each ay were helpful though, in planning out what we could get done when in port. Overall, we had a fabulous family trip, and experienced something we can relive over and over again for the rest of our lives. Our kid enjoyed his time aboard the ship and was sad to say good bye to the Solstice. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Ship: over the top great. I’ve cruised on 3 other lines, 6 other ships, none compare to the Solstice for design style or functionality. It’s like staying at an Intercontinental Hotel, only as sea. Atrium and elevator designs are ... Read More
Ship: over the top great. I’ve cruised on 3 other lines, 6 other ships, none compare to the Solstice for design style or functionality. It’s like staying at an Intercontinental Hotel, only as sea. Atrium and elevator designs are beautiful. Elevators came quickly on most occasions. Fellow passengers were friendly. There were two formal nights, branded “evening chic”. Everyone dressed up in their own way and posed for photos. Not many suits or tuxedos like the old days, but people made an effort and looked good. Had some nice elevator discussions on what everyone chose to wear. On more traditional cruise lines where they still call it “formal night”, I’ve seen passengers “protest” by showing up in jeans or a T shirt and a ball cap. Didn’t see anything like that on Celebrity. Main Dining Room (MDR): fantastic, well prepared and presented food and outstanding service. Knowledgeable sommeliers took good care of us. Beautiful venue; we were told it was designed to look like you are inside a glass of champagne. We had anytime dining and never had to wait for a table for two, aside from a maximum five minutes in the hostess line. They always gave us table 444 or 445, which are on the 2nd level, overlooking the lower, assigned time dining section. Great people watching. Buffet was good quality with a wide variety of choices. Sometimes hard to find a table, but we managed. More challenging to find ketchup and mayo – be sure to ask someone. On embarkation day, we avoided the buffet crowd and got burgers at the Mast Grill. Decent burger, good fries, good service and a great view leaving port. Wine lover? This is the ship for you. Great wine selection and they serve it in Reidel glasses at every venue except the pool bar, where they use plastic glasses for safety. No problem taking your drink with you if you need to be somewhere else. Not every venue has all the wines. Frequent Cellar Masters, MDR and the specialty restaurants for the best stuff. Say hi to Dimytro in Cellar Masters if you see him. A couple small tips ($2 - $5) early in the week and Dimytro will be your friend for life. If you like martinis, check out the martini bar, across from Cellar Masters on Deck 4. If whiskey is your thing, the World Class Bar is your place. Deal: by paying a larger, nonrefundable deposit, Celebrity comped us the premium beverage package, internet, gratuities and $300 on board spending credit. Wow! That made for a great cruise. We wanted for nothing the whole time. Beverage package includes much more than booze: fresh squeezed juice and brewed coffee at breakfast, fancy coffee drinks at Café Al Bacio, bottled water, tea – you name it. Once the servers know you have the premium package, they really take care of everything. Had fun spending the OBC at the shops and Sushi on Five. You can also use OBC for shore excursions or in the casino. Internet was sometimes slow and dropped out altogether on the first night. Specialty restaurants: expensive compared to other cruise lines. Enjoyed Sushi on Five twice. The Kobe beef slider is the best burger I’ve had. Also loved the sushi rolls and seafood stuffed wontons. Did not visit the other pay restaurants. Had room service breakfast once. They showed up right on time with everything we ordered. We also went off menu, requesting lox and cream cheese for our bagels. They brought the same spread that you get if you have breakfast in the MDR: smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, onion, lemon and tomato. Bravo! Lots of good music throughout the ship. Almost always someone performing in the Grand Foyer. Danny Smart was our favorite. They had trivia every afternoon in the Sky Lounge, which has some of the best views on the ship, a good bar, and plenty of comfy places to sit and relax. Watched Captain Tasos do a slide show and Q&A on the construction of Solstice in the main theater. The Captain is informative and has great comedic timing. His PA announcements throughout the cruise are a hoot. Conclusion: Alaska was stunningly beautiful and the Celebrity Solstice ship, crew, food, drink and fellow passengers were first class. We have a new favorite cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Once in a lifetime cruise, what an amazing trip! Sailing the inside passage was beautiful and scenic. I sailed with my husband, son and sister with her family. We choose to sail from Vancouver to sail the inside passage and we have been on ... Read More
Once in a lifetime cruise, what an amazing trip! Sailing the inside passage was beautiful and scenic. I sailed with my husband, son and sister with her family. We choose to sail from Vancouver to sail the inside passage and we have been on the Eclipse before and loved it! Once again Celebrity delivered an amazing vacation for my family. Arrived in Vancouver the day before and used the Canada line train from airport to hotel near Canada Place. We stayed at the Auberge Hotel, its location was perfect. Close walk from train and to Canada Place, no need for taxi at all. We ate dinner at the Elephant bar and it was very good. I have heard mixed reviews on check in at the pier so my husband and I decided to go down there early and check things out. After speaking with a worker at the port he suggested to check in before noon. We decided to collect our luggage at the Hotel and checkout at 10:30am and walked over to the pier. We entered through the parking garage and were expedited through immediately. We dropped our luggage and went on through to check in. We were told we could get our sea pass cards and not go through customs if we wanted to still explore Vancouver , but we decided to go right on the ship. My sister and her family stayed at the Pan Pacific which is on the pier. She just took the elevator down from the lobby right to check in so it was easy as well. The ship was in great shape and very clean . This was our second time on Eclipse and our 8th Celebrity cruise. The Eclipse was the first celebrity cruise we did when she was new and we have been hooked ever since. We have sailed Royal, Carnival, and Disney and Celebrity is perfect for us. The main reason is the consistency in their customer service and quality for what you pay. Plenty of choices for dinning and the quality to me hasn't changed much, but to be fair we usually don't dine in the main dinning room. For this trip we used Tuscan as our main dinning room and dinned in Murano as well. We stayed in Concierge class for this trip . Our cabin was exactly as expected, very clean but a little tired. We knew she was due for refurbishment, only complaint was the bed. It was very worn and hard as a rock. Thankfully their was beautiful scenery the entire cruise since we didn't sleep much. Tuscan grill is our favorite place to eat every cruise, since this ship doesn't have Lawn Club and the original Quisine restaurant we decided to do a five night package with Tuscan and Murano. I understand changing to La Petite Chef but I had no desire to try it. Not really into gimmicks just good quality food. Tuscan has cut back on their menu choices over the years but the quality is still great. Murano's menu never changes and its always good . In my opinion sushi on five is a bust, its never busy like it was when it was crepes and soups. We always go to the mast grill at least once and its good old comfort food. The ocean view was a bit more crowded then I remembered but the quality of food was still good. We did dine in the main dinning room one night all due to Menino Fernandes the maître D. What amazing customer service he offered us. We decided last minute to line up on deck 4 for anytime dinning and the line wasn't moving and the girl at podium wasn't saying anything just typing away on the computer. We waited fifteen minutes and decided to leave and go to Buffett so we didn't miss the comedian that night. As we were walking away my son was upset and we couldn't understand the lack out communication we entered the elevator and in comes Menino the maître D. He had over heard us and followed us in the elevator took us down to level three and walked us right to an available table. Amazing customer service, thank you! We had a great meal and still managed to make the show that night. Jorge was our server he was wonderful. Our server at Tuscan we had three nights was Shankar and one night Joby they were both great and attentive. Vladan and Irena were there to greet us each time with a smile and a welcome back great to see you again. This is why we love Celebrity they are always consistent with their customer service, they work really hard and always smile. We frequent café al bacio every cruise and they never disappoint. They were a lot of fun and service was great! The entertainment they brought on board was excellent as always. Loved the comedians! By far the best was Milos! He was charismatic and very informative. We went to all his lectures and loved his science talk in sky lounge. He really made our cruise. Thank you Milos! My husband and son took Oasis fishing charter from Ketchikan and enjoyed it very much. All ports had good shopping and beautiful sites to see. All in all another amazing vacation with Celebrity! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Wowww... just returned from an Alaskan cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice. The ports of call were breathtaking but the highlight was Captain Tasos and his team that made the trip an unforgettable experience! You can see that the cruise ... Read More
Wowww... just returned from an Alaskan cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice. The ports of call were breathtaking but the highlight was Captain Tasos and his team that made the trip an unforgettable experience! You can see that the cruise team truly care and want to offer an amazing experience. We have been fortunate to have cruised before with a number of cruise lines before but this definitely set the standard of how cruising is meant to be! Ship was perfect size, cabins were very comfortable and had great cupboard space for a family of 4, food of an extremely high standard and service was amazing where the staff went out of their way to accommodate our every wish and desire and to top it all the entertainment was outstanding. We travelled with kids and they loved attending the kids club. I would highly recommend Celebrity Solstice and look forward to cruising again with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Quick review of our Celebrity Eclipse Hubbard Glacier Cruise June 20-30 2019....not one drop of rain the entire 10 days! The ship was very clean, friendly staff, decent buffet dining and ok main dining. We never had to wait more than 5 ... Read More
Quick review of our Celebrity Eclipse Hubbard Glacier Cruise June 20-30 2019....not one drop of rain the entire 10 days! The ship was very clean, friendly staff, decent buffet dining and ok main dining. We never had to wait more than 5 minutes to be seated in the main dining hall as we didn't have an assigned dining time. The wait staff was very polite, they are only human when small things are forgotten, and very quick to correct any oversight. The food was somewhat average, and portions were good. The beef wellington and lobster were very good, probably the best meal that we had during the main dining experience. Drinks/alcohol were plentiful, and not watered down. Several meals we only had one cocktail, as they were quite potent! We were in Cabin 7292 midship. Very quiet room, centrally located near the elevators, very comfortable beds and large bathroom and balcony. We found it to have plenty of storage. The onboard Entertainment was not great, the best show was Rondell Sheridan comedian. The casino was nice, never very crowded, but that may be due to the age of fellow travelers on an Alaskan cruise. Overall we would be happy to travel with Celebrity. The excursions we took were made via the ships webpage, and they did not disappoint! We saw an abundance of wildlife, had a wonderful experience! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We regularly cruise with Celebrity, and our Alaska cruise on Eclipse was one of our best! The entire staff was professional and friendly, and our dining experiences were consistently enjoyable. Gorgeous, sunny weather was a bonus! The ... Read More
We regularly cruise with Celebrity, and our Alaska cruise on Eclipse was one of our best! The entire staff was professional and friendly, and our dining experiences were consistently enjoyable. Gorgeous, sunny weather was a bonus! The embarkation team at the port in Vancouver was friendly and efficient. We were quickly on board after arrival, making a great start to our vacation. We sailed in Aqua Class, so we dined in Blu for breakfast and dinner. Our entire experience was excellent with delicious, well-presented meals and outstanding service from the entire restaurant staff. We have been in Suite Class on our previous two cruises and didn't feel Blu was a step down from Luminae. The view out the floor-to-ceiling windows was stunning! We ate one dinner in Murano, which was a special experience and well worth the upcharge. We ate lunch at the Oceanview Cafe, where we enjoyed the wide variety of offerings. Everyone we encountered on board was friendly and professional. Cruz, our cabin steward, amazed us with his almost stealth-like work keeping our cabin in tip-top shape. We felt so spoiled! The fitness center was large with ample cardio equipment and weights. It was especially enjoyable to workout while watching the beautiful Alaska coastline go by while at sea Entertainment was hit and miss on our cruise, but we found the acts with singers in the Ensemble Lounge to be very enjoyable. We love the layout of Celebrity's Solstice Class ships. We never felt crowded, and we enjoy the artwork around the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We had a great trip to Alaska the last week of June 2019. The weather was superb, the food and entertainment on board was amazing. Service was very good and all excursions went as planned. We were a group of 10 cruising together and the ... Read More
We had a great trip to Alaska the last week of June 2019. The weather was superb, the food and entertainment on board was amazing. Service was very good and all excursions went as planned. We were a group of 10 cruising together and the main dining staff did a terrific job of seating us each evening. The ship itself was a little tired but I understand it is going in for refit in 2020. It’s time. Our only disappointment was self induced to some extent. Unfortunately I left my jewelry on board. I realized my mistake within hours and called Celebrity to make a report. I knew exactly where it was in the stateroom. Two weeks have gone by and nothing has turned up. This should not be rocket science. Either the room cleaner found it or the new residents did. A word of advice - do not take good jewelry with you! I hoped and expected people to be more honest. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We wanted to try Celebrity and we wanted to go to Alaska, so this seemed to check all the boxes for us. So many of our friends have told us we had to see Alaska. They couldn't adequately describe it, we just had to go. So we thought ... Read More
We wanted to try Celebrity and we wanted to go to Alaska, so this seemed to check all the boxes for us. So many of our friends have told us we had to see Alaska. They couldn't adequately describe it, we just had to go. So we thought we would take our once in a lifetime trip. But now we want to go back. It’s worth it for the scenery alone...it’s just incredible. We had Celebrity Select dining, which let us make reservations in advance online for each day. This worked out really well. There was a chef's special every night, which was usually the thing to get. The 2nd night was halibut, which is my favorite. The service as generally very good. If there was one thing I would do differently, it would be to eat breakfast on Monday at 5:30 when the buffet opens. The shop enters the Endicott Arm at 6:00 AM, and I just couldn't get away from the views after that. Finally abut 8:30 I reluctantly wolfed down some breakfast, but I felt bad about the views I was missing. The naturalist, Brent Nixon, had several entertaining and informative shows which were popular. We loved the house band, but overall I am used to more and a greater variety of entertainment. Doesn't every cruise ship have a piano player? We did the Misty Fjords excursion in Ketchikan. I think this one is hit or miss depending on the weather and if the Orcas and Harbor Seals show up. In our case, it was a grand slam! Saw a pod of Orcas, several seals, great waterfalls since it had been raining for several days, etc. Fantastic! In Juneau we did a whale watching tour with Juneau tours through Trip Advisor. I'll review this on their site, but it was great and much less than Celebrity charges. We took the White Pass railroad in Skagway up into Canada and the bus back. The train goes up the south side of the Skagway River Gorge and the bus goes down the north side, so you get two different views. I would do this again tomorrow! I was taking pictures all the way up. If I ever do it again I'll just sit there and take it all in. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Of 23 cruises on several cruise lines, the Celebrity Eclipse was the BEST ship ever. Great attention to detail. So many little things that were a cut above other ships; food, friendliness, bands, Persian Spa, dimmer switches in the ... Read More
Of 23 cruises on several cruise lines, the Celebrity Eclipse was the BEST ship ever. Great attention to detail. So many little things that were a cut above other ships; food, friendliness, bands, Persian Spa, dimmer switches in the stateroom, and even the TV programming. Food: Although we didn’t eat in the beautiful main dining room, we can vouch for the great food and selections in the Blu Restaurant and the Ocean View buffet. The maitre’d in the Blu ensured we ate well even though gluten and dairy-free, especially the fantastic flour-less chocolate cake. They even had quail legs for an hors d’oeuvre. The Ocean View buffet had so much variety (e.g., three different fish dishes almost every day), that it took extreme self-control to not overeat (too much). :)) They had one ‘island’ that was “Chef’s Specials” that changed every day; one day Cajun, another ‘Californian’, etc. The buffet is well spread out so you hardly ever experienced that ‘frantic-ness’ of overcrowding seen on other ships. Plus they kept the buffet open until midnight or 1 AM, making it easy to have a mid-night snack after dancing for two+ hours every night. Coffee: Deserves a special mention. FINALLY, a ship that has strong, flavorful coffee…everywhere! (buffet , dining rooms, etc). We have been accustomed to bringing our own, very good coffee crystals to mix with ship’s coffee because it is usually so bad/weak. [Maybe just this ship? The CruiseCritic blogs were very mixed on this topic re Celebrity ships.] Gluten-free Desserts: Also a special mention. They were great!, especially the macaroons and the flour-less chocolate cake. Itinerary: We’ve been on Alaska cruises 7 times. Although we didn’t put in to Skagway or Sitka this time, we much enjoyed the smoother ‘inside’ (hardly any ocean) passage. The art in Ketchikan shops (x-1900 brothels) is always worth a stroll-through, as is a tour of Dolly’s House and the Totem Pole Heritage Museum. The Alaska State Museum has reopened in Juneau and is a MUST for a cruiser’s itinerary; great breadth, design, and quality content. Worth two hours. But…watch out for the dinosaur!!! (great photo opportunity). Bands: Contrary to other blogs on cruise ‘rating’ web sites, this particular ship did NOT exemplify that “Celebrity is getting out of ballroom dancing.” The Eclipse had THREE dance bands, all playing almost every night. And that doesn’t even count the two Duo’s. Having a ‘silent’ disco [headphone music] was a hoot. They had numerous places to dance, and the music started early; mid-afternoon until midnight. Theater Entertainment: Wonderful, quality variety. Intricate singer/dancer shows (e.g., “Topper”), consistently funny comedians (without being off-color), and singing productions. You don’t want to miss any of them. Captain’s Club (loyalty club): Activities were extensive and quality. Have never seen this many-day plan/schedule on any other ship. The hors d’oeuvres, and drink & wine selections were wonderful. They were actually gluten-free! Plus the traditional opportunity to interact with the Officer’s. Television: Deserves a special mention. Large screen TV with FREE! on-demand movies, and the ability to ‘pause’ the movie for up to 48 hours! Smoke/Smoking: FINALLY, an almost smoke-free ship. We could actually walk through the casino (and in areas/passages around it) without holding our breath or drawing in second-hand smoke. 60’s Dance Party: Deserves a special mention. The Eclipse singers/dancers put on a fun show in the Grand Foyer, and then opened the floor to dancing. Could not believe how many people were out dancing late the last night of the cruise! Don’t miss this one. We have never seen so many people out and about every night. Persian Spa: Beautiful, and the temperatures were perfect every day on the thermal beds, steam rooms and saunas. Also LOVED that there were coed saunas and gender specific saunas in the changing rooms. Loved having water with immersed fruit slices. As a final note, the Eclipse has so many little details of extraordinary quality. Its clear Celebrity Cruise line is paying attention to feedback, implementing changes, and has a ‘woman’s touch’ from top to bottom; from the very entry (glasses of champagne), the comfortable sitting areas, the separate swimming and sunning areas, the fast elevators, the disembarkation efficient system, to the lack of line-ups in the Ocean View buffet. They deserve to be #1 of cruise lines. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Our trip was a land and sea combination culminating in 7 night cruise down the Inside Passage. It was our first time sailing with Celebrity. The Celebrity Millennium had just been newly renovated. Decor was very modern with plenty of ... Read More
Our trip was a land and sea combination culminating in 7 night cruise down the Inside Passage. It was our first time sailing with Celebrity. The Celebrity Millennium had just been newly renovated. Decor was very modern with plenty of storage space. Aqua class afforded us access to the Blue restaurant, excellent food and even better wait staff. Oceanview dining room was convenient and offered many many choices. Entertainment was excellent! We liked being on a smaller ship. It sure made taking elevators a short wait! My only minor complaint was that you had to walk through the casino to get to the main theater. I understand the rationale but it created a sizable bottleneck that was difficult for both show goers and those who were using the casino. On boarding and disembarking procedures were very smooth. Would definitely choose Celebrity again if they were available for whatever destination we were searching for. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I choose this cruise to go to Alaska. I wanted the convenience of leaving and returning to one port which was Seattle. I did a ton of research and this was my number one choice. So, things I could not find on line. 1. From Seattle, ... Read More
I choose this cruise to go to Alaska. I wanted the convenience of leaving and returning to one port which was Seattle. I did a ton of research and this was my number one choice. So, things I could not find on line. 1. From Seattle, they have a very easy Uber/Lyft location at the airport. We were picked up within about 8 minutes. The ride was about $43.00. They do have a drop off pick up site at Pier 91 which is then about 2 block walk to where you drop off your luggage. Not a big deal if you have roller bags which everyone has. Upon leaving the ship, we went to the same place and pick up was about the same wait. Very easy and hassle free. 2. There were NO outlets by the beds. So, if you want your cell phone on your night stand, you need to bring a 16 feet interior extension cord. $6-$8 bucks at ACE hardware. Some people brought some plastic tape to place on carpet so they did not trip over cord. 3. Layers is the name of the game. I had a vest with a waterproof fleece coat. You do not need your winter Parka 4. Skip the specialty dining (Sorry Celebrity). We ate at Murano, Tuscan Grill and Silk Harvest. Of the 3, Murano was the best but I still did not feel it was that spectacular of a meal to warrant the extra money. 5. If you can at all swing it, upgrade to a suite. We did through an upgrade program offered right before the start of the cruise. It was well worth the extra money with a private dining room. They have a private club, Michaels which which was too stuffy for our taste.The concierge there, Alexandra was awesome. You get a butler for your room and he made the trip. Thanks, Dominic. The Luminae is a private dining room for the suite class. The food was great. Kavi was our waiter and would remember all of our preferences. 6. The shore excursions were just OK. I booked a Yukon 1/2 day tour through Trip Advisor in Skagway. That was a good tour. When you go to Victoria, they have a shuttle bus into town. It is $15.00 per person round trip even though town is not that far away. They say it is $15.00 Canadian dollars or $15.00 American. Do NOT pay cash, use your credit card. The exchange rate is $1:00 US to 1:38 Can. Your credit card will adjust automatically and you will save a bunch. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Intro: I have to say so far for us Celebrity has been to date the best cruises my hubby and I have done. I don’t think that any Cruise line has lived up to my expectations 100% of the time, and yes even Celebrity has some faults, but ... Read More
Intro: I have to say so far for us Celebrity has been to date the best cruises my hubby and I have done. I don’t think that any Cruise line has lived up to my expectations 100% of the time, and yes even Celebrity has some faults, but when on board and talking to other avid cruisers, almost all say Celebrity beats any other cruise line they’ve been on. Embarkation: Three ships in port in Vancouver on June 2nd. The drop off area was changed so we had to go underground to do this. This incurred a lot of walking, we had to zig zag, go up then down, then up again, down again. It was the craziest embarkation we’ve done so far. Thank goodness for the porters who took our luggage right away. They can do this as we already printed and attached our boarding luggage tags, which cuts down on waiting in another line. So I definitely recommend doing this ahead of time. If you have a disability and need assistance let someone on staff know and they will help you directly onto the ship. 7/10 rating Sail Away: Live band playing on the upper deck, which I love. Really gets you into vacation mode, however they only played a few songs, packed up and left just as the party was getting started. Usually the band will do an exciting countdown as we sail under the Lion’s Gate Bridge, but this never took place. 7/10 rating Dining: Mast Grill -Lido deck 14, outside. Complimentary This was open on embarkation day, so if you don’t want to fight the lines in the buffet it was a nice, quiet spot to grab a burger & fries or a hot dog. Oceanview Cafe- Lido deck 14, inside. Complimentary This buffet area had an excellent assortment of delicious food. My favorites are the chicken & okra curries. Some of the best I’ve eaten. They featured items daily which is mentioned in your newsletter. I only ate here a couple of times as I’m not a big fan of overly crowded areas and don’t like searching for a place to sit. You can take your food outdoors, however need to go down a floor or flight of stairs if you want to eat on the outside pool deck. Aqua Spa Cafe- Resort deck 12, inside. We loved this little cafe by the indoor pool area which opts for healthier choices or light little dishes of food- complimentary, and smoothies (fee $). I kept on going back for the Chicken Salad. The Asian Noodle Salad with the spicy oriental dressing was delicious. The 1/2 Turkey Bacon Sandwich on pumpernickel bread was also a hit as a light bite. We also enjoyed the soup which you need to order. This cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. MDR-Moonlight Sonata- Promenade deck 4, inside The main dining room is open daily for lunch (and for Concierge guests on embarkation day) but I never had lunch there. This dining room is gorgeous, its white, bright monogrammatic decor gives a feeling of airiness & elegance in this large venue. We only ate here for breakfast one morning. Service felt a little slow and our breakfast was just o.k. Moreno- Entertainment deck 5 We booked this restaurant for our first night as Celebrity offers their specialty restaurants at a discount then, which is an excellent way to enjoy your first evening at sea and away from the crowds especially in the MDR. The dining venue is a bit dark, and if you’re looking for an ocean view you will not find it here. Our $35 discounted fee included an appetizer, main entree & dessert. The Diver Scallop Wellington Style Baked in Puff Pastry appetizer with Black Truffle Emulsion was definitely a favorite for our group of six. We all ordered double and they allowed us to do so. We were off to a good start, however when our friend ordered another scallop dish in lieu of dessert they seemed a little ‘put off’ by it but obliged. Sushi On Five- deck 5 Not much to write about. Ate at this restaurant on the Infinity, it was so good we so couldn’t wait to try it again on the Eclipse. Something didn’t feel right...the ambience was different, service not as attentive, we ordered the same food, but it just wasn’t as delicious as it was on Infinity. Blu- Specialty restaurant for Aqua class guests- Entertainment deck 5. Opened for breakfast & dinner - No reservations We were a little skeptical to book the Aqua class cabin, however for us it ended up being one of the highlights of our cruise & dining, that’s why we didn’t bother to venture much elsewhere. On this cruise the cost wasn’t much more but it was well worth the little extra $$ to book Aqua class. Blu’s food was exceptional for dinner, breakfast was good. There are still the daily feature items you can order from the MDR that’s not listed on Blu’s menu (appetizer: Caesar salad, Escargot, French onion soup, Shrimp cocktail & for dinner: chicken, steak & salmon). Blu has its own kitchen with about five chefs. The conception is to provide healthier meals, so the Calamari will be grilled not fried & sauces are made more like an au jus than thickened with flour. My favorite meal for dinner was the lamb shank, it was fall off the bone delicious served with a curried couscous, some ordered it with potato...I can’t say I’ve had better in any land restaurant. Also the freshly caught halibut in lobster broth, tender and moist, so good. The best desserts by far was the Creme Brûlée & Apple Pie. Don’t even bother with the Cherries Jubilee, it was just plain awful. Overall dining rating 9/10 Drink Package: We at first decided not to purchase the drink package on this cruise as it was costly and when pre-purchasing online each person in a cabin has to purchase the package which would of been about $950 USD for both of us for the seven nights. Since I hardly drink we felt this would not of been worth it for this cruise. Also the drink package option included in the fare price package that was offered worked out to be more expensive than purchasing it separately which seemed a little odd to me. We instead opted to gift ourselves a $450 onboard credit to cover the majority of our alcoholic beverages. You can pre-purchase this online which is a great way to budget your spending and not get hit with such a huge bill after cruising. Once onboard staff are always trying to get you to purchase dining, drink & other packages. We told the waiter trying to sell packages that we didn’t purchase the drink package as we had to buy two and I’m not an avid drinker so it’s not worth it for us. He told us that yes online you have to buy for each adult in the cabin, but when on the ship you only need to buy for one! WHAT?? My husband immediately purchased the package for himself which was well worth it for him. Entertainment: Excellent from the comedy to the shows we enjoyed them all, some a lot more than others. We were lucky enough to see Jeffery Allen performing as Elton John. Incredible! This was by far my absolute favorite and the comedy on board made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt. 9/10 Rating Activities: Lots going on all over the ship from music, dancing, & mini performances by Celebrities onboard dance crew. Some things I wanted to do overlapped others. I really enjoyed the trivia in the observation lounge. Being an Aqua class guest also gave us privileges to use the Persian Gardens for free. The Roman beds (warm tiled beds) were a very relaxing way to spend a few hours in peace and quiet. You also had access to use the sauna and steam room. 10/10 rating Excursions: Didn’t do any booked excursions this trip. Juneau & Ketchikan have stores right off the peer so walking is easy. Go to an onboard seminar for information on the port and receive coupons for shopping and free gifts. If you need help going up the steep, long peer they will assist you. If you like to shop, go to Creek Street while in Ketchikan. It’s a lovely walk over wooden bridges and creeks with cute touristy shops in charming old buildings. Choose to shop or see Mendenhall Glacier while in Juneau or take a tour of the Alaskan Brewery. Shore excursions can be booked with many different tour operators. Just make sure they have a ‘back to ship on time’ guarantee. When booking third party excursions be very aware of the time the ship gets into port. This doesn’t mean you can get off at that time. It can take up to approximately 2 hrs from when a ship docks to when your able to disembark. Not to mention the crowds of other people also trying to disembark, so leave time for this. Service -Blu- Staff that served us here were exceptional! A big thank you to Dan, Maria Hugo & “Z” ( can’t recall his full name). Their personalized service goes beyond words. No matter where they were working on the ship they always spotted us and came over to assist since we were traveling with 2 people with slight disabilities. I was pushing my friend in his wheelchair to the cafeteria for lunch and never had to look for someone to help us carry plates etc., staff appeared from nowhere and insisted to help us each time without me ever asking. Another time our friend got lost in the cafeteria (yes it’s that large) and Maria (waitstaff at Blu) recognized her, helped her with her plate. Searched and found us and brought her over. So far the best service I’ve experienced on a cruise. Are there some areas on board that I felt service was lacking? Absolutely...The Sunset Bar. Two guys, rude to guests and each other. Arguing in front of us, one demanding an apology from the other. Time to get off the ship guys! -Pushing sales- You’re bombarded when you get onboard. They want you to purchase drink, dining & spa packages etc. I get it, sales are important to most business’ small & large, but it’s really overkill. We would just kindly say no thanks. Cruise director- Lauren was amazing...that’s one hard working lady. She was seen everywhere and always seemed to invest time interacting with passengers. On HAL cruise last fall we only saw our cruise director once, I was actually starting to think maybe there’s not even one on board and then there he was standing by the piano, having a drink wondering when the day was going to end. I’m not going to take away from those who went above and beyond in service, so I’m rating Service 10/10 Overall: Celebrity seems to have the right balance with things to do, dining and entertainment. No wonder it appeals to age groups in their late 20’s and up. If your looking for an elegant, upscale cruise that’s not too ostentatious then Celebrity’s for you. We love everything from the size, beauty and cleanliness of the ships, to the quality of food and service we receive. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My wife and I chose Celebrity for our trip to Alaska because the itinerary and duration fit our needs. It was a round trip out of Vancouver, so getting to the ship was an easy bus trip on the ferry to the cruise ship terminal. ... Read More
My wife and I chose Celebrity for our trip to Alaska because the itinerary and duration fit our needs. It was a round trip out of Vancouver, so getting to the ship was an easy bus trip on the ferry to the cruise ship terminal. Embarkation seemed a little disorganized, from one level up to another and back again. We arrived on the bus with some friends, they were traveling concierge class; as such they were in a much shorter check in line, which gave them a head start to the customs check in line. Needless to say they were aboard long before we got half way through the customs line. I think they could figure out a better system that doesn't include changing levels twice. Also bring water because it is a long wait and we were getting pretty dehydrated. Once on board things were looking up, a welcome glass of sparkling rose. And we started to explore the ship that would be our new home for the next 7 days. Up to the cabin to drop our carry on luggage. The stateroom was spacious and well appointed. The balcony was a nice size with 2 chairs and a table. I use a CPAP machine and we had to request a power cable to reach the bedside, this arrived quickly and that issue was solved. Hopefully the poor placement and quantity of power outlets will be addressed during the upcoming "revolution" refit. The bathroom was a nice size and the shower was big enough for me (I'm a big man). I'm not a seasoned cruiser with 2 dozen cruises on 4 different lines so this is my impression of this cruise from the prespective of a first timer with an open mind. We saved up for this cruise and are well aware of the premium price we paid. Not knowing what to expect we just enjoyed our trip. The ship was lovely, large but not overpowering. There are so many choices for bars and meals. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants, and there were some parts of the ship we didn't even get to. Our favourite place was Cafe el Baccio the treats were complimentary and the beverages were covered by our classic beverage package. We chose the classic beverage package as a perk when we booked, I understand this was not "free" but included in the price of our fare. It worked for us. We are not big drinkers but it was nice to be able to order a drink and not have to worry about the bill at the end of the cruise. We felt it was a good thing for us, others will have a different opinion. We had most of our breakfasts in the ocean view cafe which had a great variety, I especially enjoyed the "English Breakfast" station. My wife enjoyed the lighter fare of fresh fruit, yogurt and boiled eggs. We tried the main dining room for one breakfast and it was good but the buffet seemed a better choice for us. We are early risers so the buffet really wasn't very busy that early. We had open dining and enjoyed 2 lunches in the main dining room, where we shared a table with some other passengers we had never met. It was nice to enjoy a great meal with total strangers. We had our dinners in the main dining room where the service was outstanding and the food was tasty and well prepared. We didn't have a bad meal on board. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants on this trip. Next cruise we will try them. Entertainmet, was perhaps the main area where celebrity needs some improvement. While the instumentalists were good for the most part, the singers were not all that good. We did go to several shows in the main theatre, Rondell Sheridan was great and we went to his general admission show as well as his "Adults only" show; he was funny without being offensive. Topper is a good production even if the premise is a little strange. More work needed on hiding the harnesses for the arial acts. Don't expext broadway shows, this is not going to be that. We did walk out on the last show, the comedian whose name I don't recall was rude and vulgar. I'm not a prude and I can handle raunchy, but a good comedian can read his audience and this guy failed miserably. We weren't the first out of the theatre and I'm sure we weren't the last. We were on vacation and our entertainment was people watching, relaxing and watching the scenery as we sailed by. We are from Vancouver Island and there is much of the same scenery at home. We have eagles around our home, whales in the local oceans and seals at the local beach. Still these things don't get boring or old. I wish we had seen some sea otters though. I have read many reviews about Eclipse not having this that or the next thing, that ship A,B or C has. Well I'm pretty sure that Celebrity never claimed to have a climbing wall or water slides or a go Kart track. If you need those things on your cruise you know where to find them and it's not on a Celebrity ship. My hometown is a tourist town so we have many souveneer shops that carry many of the same tourist trinkets that we found on our port visits, the only difference? Ours say Victoria BC and theirs say Alaska. In Juneau we did enjoy the stunning views from the Mount Roberts Tram and our little gold panning excursion. We came away with a little gold and the salmon barbeque was very tasty. Make sure you get the chowder I went back for seconds. We didn't explore Juneau very completely, by the time we finished the gold panning and salmon barbeque we chose to go back to the ship and relax at Cafe el Baccio for a treat and a beverage. Ketchikan is another tourist town, many of the shops are only open for the "season" and close the rest of the year. Creek street is a nice walk. We really enjoyed our King Crab dinner at Annabelle's, we had the chowder sampler, 3 cups of their different soups all were good. I ordered the King crab with a claw but they didn't have any claws so I got an extra leg. That was a little disappointing but I didn't make a big deal of it (unlike the guy at the next table). Good meal nice restaurant Every member of the crew was helpful, friendly and professional. When we had a small problem it was solved quickly and efficiently We truly enjoyed this adventure and look forward to sailing in Celebrity Eclipse for a New Zealand Cruise after she has her "Revolution" refit. This was our first cruise with Celebrity and won't be our last. Some day we will cruise on another line and I suspect my review may have comments about being great but Celebrity is better. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We just got back from the Southbound Seward to Vancouver Alaskan cruise on Celebrity Millennium. We loved every minute of it, from the time we embarked until we disembarked. The ship was lovely after the Revolution refurbishment, with ... Read More
We just got back from the Southbound Seward to Vancouver Alaskan cruise on Celebrity Millennium. We loved every minute of it, from the time we embarked until we disembarked. The ship was lovely after the Revolution refurbishment, with everything clean and new. The main thing that made such a wonderful cruise onboard was the staff. We felt like we were "waited on hand and foot" as they say. Always had multiple staff members asking if we needed anything. Always a smile on their faces and a "good morning", "good evening" or "welcome back" after being gone for an excursion. The staff in all areas of the ship are fantastic! We enjoyed the Tuscan Grille especially and also Qsine. We had dinner two nights at Tuscan Grille and lunch one day at Qsine. All the specialty meals were delicious and like a 5 star restaurant. The food in the Oceanview Café we thought was good and there was a lot of variety. The MDR was our least favorite for dinner because the food was okay, but not great. The staff in the MDR were great however. We were told that we got the closest the ship had ever gotten to the Hubbard Glacier. I am not sure if that is true or not, but we did get really close and it was absolutely an amazing site to see. We loved all of the ports of call. We did excursions in each port. One through Celebrity - gold panning and salmon bake in Juneau which we really enjoyed. We did the White Pass Summit up to the Yukon through Chilkoot Charters in Skagway and it was amazing. Heidi our tour guide was fantastic. We did a whale watching tour in Icy Strait Point with Glacier Wind Charters and Teresa and Shawn were both fantastic to work with. We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bears and eagles and it was amazing to see all of this wildlife in one day in their natural habitat! In Ketchikan we did the 4 in 1 tour through Viator and went to Totem Bight Park for a really nice overview of the totem poles. We initially flew into Anchorage and took the Alaska Railroad Gold Star dome train from Anchorage to Seward. There are no words to describe the beauty that we saw and all of the wildlife - bear, moose, eagles and even trumpeter swans. We have traveled a lot and this is probably one of the best vacations we have ever had. The shear beauty of Alaska and how unspoiled it is, is just indescribable. It truly is a once in a lifetime trip unless you might be fortunate enough to get to go back. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
About me: Solo traveler, experienced cruiser (stopped counting around 20), second time on the Alaska cruise itinerary, first time on Celebrity. This was by far one of the best cruise experiences I have had in a very long time. The ... Read More
About me: Solo traveler, experienced cruiser (stopped counting around 20), second time on the Alaska cruise itinerary, first time on Celebrity. This was by far one of the best cruise experiences I have had in a very long time. The staff and crew were all very friendly and accommodating, the officers were accessible, and Captain Tasos was one of the most entertaining captains I've sailed with - ever. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We were docked next to the Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas. Looking over at the enormously long lines on that side as opposed to the Celebrity side, I was grateful to be on a smaller ship. The ship itself is a bit weathered but I would still call it well maintained considering its age. It did not take long to get acclimated to the locations of various venues throughout the ship, and although there were long wait times for elevators on port days, getting around was not difficult. Cabin: I sailed in Aqua Class and the only drawback was that there was some sort of overhang over my balcony that I did not know was going to be there. Although it did distract from an overhead view of the sky a bit, it did not deter from the majestic views of the glaciers and scenery. More in the cabin review section. Dining: Since I was in Aqua Class I dined mostly in Blu. The food there was very good, although advertised as "California Cuisine" or "a healthier alternative", I did not notice a difference in quality. For specialty dining, my favorite was by far Murano. Not only did they have a tasting menu that included wine pairings, the service and food were exceptionally outstanding. I also tried Sushi on Five, which for me was not so impressive since I have access to good sushi where I live. Although everything I had was tasty,the service was a bit lack-luster. I dined in the main dining room once for dinner, and found it to be above par compared to other cruise lines in this category. The buffet, well, it's a buffet. The food on the buffet was good compared to other cruise lines, however the typical difficulties finding a seat during peak times was not unusual. If I could have had all my meals in either Murano or Blu, that would have been fine by me. Entertainment and Activities (and More Dining): I did not make it to any of the big production shows, but that's just me - sometimes they work with my schedule and sometimes they don't. This cruise, none of the showtimes were convenient to my personal schedule, yet I did not feel I missed out on anything. Silent disco - that was definitely fun to watch, especially when everyone started singing along. My absolute favorite activities - wine tastings, cooking class, and chef's table special dinner. What an experience! Again, this is just me, but I do love a good wine tasting/food pairing, and this cruise did NOT disappoint. There were the run of the mill wine/food pairing classes, a wine tour around the world (progressive wine tasting sampling multiple countries), a special Riedel wine glass class where you received a voucher for 4 glasses to be shipped to your home (mine have already arrived), and also scotch/whiskey tastings. I think I did all of them with the exception of the whiskey since scheduling did not permit. The sommeliers really know their stuff, and the cellar has an excellent variety of wines. Ah-mazing! There was a cooking class offered in Murano, where we put together our own appetizer in the galley and then were treated to a chef led demonstration of cooking sea bass and steak Dianne. It ended with us eating our appetizer and feasting on what the chef prepared with, of course, more wine pairings. The best experience was the chef's table. It is an add-on where you are part of a group of 10 or so people that receive a private galley tour, seeing the various galleys in operation during dinner service, and then ending up at a private table in Murano with a very extensive tasting menu with perfectly paired wines, and the chef joins you for the main course. It was definitely worth every penny! Service: The service I received on this cruise was by far some of the best I've experienced in quite some time. Staff knew my name and I had no idea if I'd ever seen them before. I began to wonder if I'd done something to stand out, but I suspected they kept a pool behind the scenes to see how many of them could remember the most passenger's names. That extra little personal touch made it so much more enjoyable. My room steward was exceptional, all the wait staff was great, and I have to call out the sommeliers and cellar master as being phenomenal. Overall, service for me was top notch on this journey. Ports and Shore Excursions: Ketchikan: I took the Deadliest Catch tour, and it did not disappoint. The boat picks you up right next to the ship and the crew of that vessel was not only knowledgeable but also very entertaining. They took us on a little cruise to pull up some bait lines, pull a crab pot, and also had red king crab available for purchase to snack on during the tour. Overall it was an amazing time and I'd definitely do it again. Endicott Arm: No excursions, just stayed on the ship as we sailed through the glacier area and took in the amazing scenery. They even circled around a few times so everyone could get the most breathtaking views. It is truly a thing of beauty to see this scenery. Juneau: I opted to not take an excursion but instead go eat king crab at Tracy's Crab Shack by the port. It's something to partake in for the whole king crab eating experience. Not only are the legs huge, but they have a great bisque and some pretty tasty crab cakes if you can fit it all in. It's a LOT of food. Skagway: Opted for the "Big Nugget" tour which included going to the dredgery for a tour, panning for gold, learning about mushers, meeting husky puppies, bottling our own root beer, and BBQ. Since our group turned out to be very small (I think may 6 or 7 total), it was almost like a personal tour. Our guide was great and the overall experience learning about the history was definitely worthwhile. Victoria: No excursions there, just went into town and hung out a bit. The town has a lot of history and there were many options that I felt I needed to explore but just did not have the time. Overall Impressions: I'm ready to go again! Same itinerary (same crew if I could have them), and same ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
To see Alaska. Embarkation was sweet as we were Elite members until we got to US Customs who had to cope with 3 ships Celebrity, HAL & Viking (?) all boarding at same time, about 6000 cruisers all up. Debarkation was not much ... Read More
To see Alaska. Embarkation was sweet as we were Elite members until we got to US Customs who had to cope with 3 ships Celebrity, HAL & Viking (?) all boarding at same time, about 6000 cruisers all up. Debarkation was not much better, lucky for us an attendant saw we were struggling & took us to the front of a long que to catch a cab. You could always use a wheelchair & go to the front of the que. Once on board all was well; Everything was great by my standards, the ship is in excellent condition, the decor is 5 stars; entertainment was very good with 2 Production Shows, a Mozart remake themed show with aerial gymnasts & a more modern themed show), also Elton John Tribute Show. A comedian was on hand; the music around the ship was great, loved the Argentinian 4 piece Latino combo & their music. Master Captain Michael & fellow officers were always around to say hello & mingle with guests; Enrichment guy Milos provided some interesting talks. Ports were great, especially Hubard, ship stayed there for about 2 hours close to the Glacier; feedback from whale watching guests was positive for whale watching. Dining was very very good by my standards, Eko & Cumic were very attentive to our requests, well done. Cabin Steward Norman was very good, quietly going about his job. Public rooms were kept very clean, always someone cleaning something, attention to detail very good. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Everything from the staff made you feel like you were part of the family. I lost my Father while I was on the cruise and the staff were very kind to me. I had one breakfast in the main dining room and a few lunches while we were in ... Read More
Everything from the staff made you feel like you were part of the family. I lost my Father while I was on the cruise and the staff were very kind to me. I had one breakfast in the main dining room and a few lunches while we were in ports and the food was great. Eating in a suite guest private dining room and Michael's Club were a nice touch for suite guests. At anytime you could ask a crew member for advise and they were happy to answer you. Great comedians and other productions were spectacular. There is a lot of perks for suite guests which is the first time I have been a suite guest and hopefully not the last. The ship was very clean, the cabin was great, dining many options to dine at. I travelled with a friend. This was her first cruise and won't be her last. See Celebrity in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and price (first time cruisers!). The ship has just been redone in early 2019 and all the furnishings are new, clean, and comfortable. No problems at all with our cabin (other than the weird smoke ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary and price (first time cruisers!). The ship has just been redone in early 2019 and all the furnishings are new, clean, and comfortable. No problems at all with our cabin (other than the weird smoke thing which I mentioned below.) Dining: We mostly ate in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) for breakfast and lunch and the Metropolitan (main dining room) for dinner. We didn't feel the need to pay extra for the specialty restaurants. Overall the food was very good. Lots of variety at both the buffet and the main dining room. Great service at both. We are foodies and so we found that there were a few dishes we had that were misses (for some reason most of the cakes we tried were extremely dry; also they didn't have a good selection of salad dressings) and a few things that were obviously cost-cutting (an appetizer of "scallops" was a single scallop sliced into four thin discs). But overall most things we ate were delicious and interesting and I loved the variety available. There is truly something to serve every palate on board! Entertainment and activities: We skipped most of the daytime activities as we were in port most days. We did notice that a lot of the ones that appealed most to us (like yoga class) had a fee attached which was disappointing when we already paid so much for the cruise. We went to the show in the theater every night which we really enjoyed. The singers and dancers put on three shows, a 70s themed one, a random "good vs evil" song and dance revue with modern songs, and a Broadway revue. The actual singers and dancers were very talented but the shows that were written for them were sometimes not great. By far the most successful show was the Broadway revue which was just singing and dancing with no lame storyline. There was also a show with Russian acrobats which was incredible and got the only standing ovation of the week. Also two comedians and an a capella group which were all very enjoyable. Overall we loved the night entertainment. We also went to some of the live music on board which was generally very good but sometimes a bit too much "soft jazz" for us. Service: No issues, everything was great! Loved having my room cleaned multiple times a day and getting a chocolate on my pillow every night. Ports and shore excursions: Well, this was the whole point of coming to Alaska and this was definitely the most important part to us. Suffice to say that we had an incredible time in each port, sometimes on our own and sometimes on Celebrity excursions. I'm writing a separate trip report on our days in port which you are welcome to find through my profile or on the Alaska forum. Overall one of the best vacations I've had and I'll definitely be cruising again! We had a great time on the Millennium and would definitely consider it in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
My husband and I cruised Celebrity over 20 years ago and we wanted to cruise Alaska. We chose Celebrity and the Millennium for the one-way itinerary and the long stays in particular Ports. This decision really paid off for our ... Read More
My husband and I cruised Celebrity over 20 years ago and we wanted to cruise Alaska. We chose Celebrity and the Millennium for the one-way itinerary and the long stays in particular Ports. This decision really paid off for our excursions. We live in Seattle and took Amtrak to Vancouver the day before the cruise. Our stay was at The Wedgwood Hotel and it was lovely. We had high tea at The Fairmont on the day of arrival and dinner in Bacchus , The Wedgwood's restaurant, it was amazing. The day of embarkation we chose to have lunch at the hotel and embark around 1:30. I feel that was a good choice as our lunch at The Wedgwood was peaceful and delicious. The Millennium's new decor is lovely and fits both our tastes well. All of the staff we encountered were friendly and efficient outside of customer relations, they did not seem engaged. Our room steward, Natasha, was especially outstanding. The food was a pleasant surprise. I had read negative reviews and was concerned but we found most all of the food in the main dining room quite good. We were assigned a nice table for two at the window. Per the cruise critic suggestions we always asked our server for recommendations and this worked well for all nights except one. I cannot speak to the specialty restaurants as we did not eat there. The wine sommelier was excellent and really provided some amazing wines to accompany our dinners. We do not like buffets so avoided that hectic experience. Walking through the buffet we noticed huge amounts of food being wasted and that is just a shame. Our excursion in Ketchikan was booked on our own for the crab feast at George Inlet. At Juneau we took the excursion to Tracy Arm/ Sawyer Glacier with Adventure Bound. It was a long day but no one should miss this. We saw two glaciers and seals, bears at the shore and calving, we got very close to the glaciers. Icy Strait Point whale watch was booked with Hoonah Whale Tours with only six people to our very small boat. We saw amazing breaching and bubble net feeding. Skagway was the train and we booked this through the ship as the price was the same. We finished our cruise with a Kenai Fjords tour with Major Marine tours followed by the train to Anchorage. We booked our tickets with Major Marine tours on our own and noticed that the cruise bookings were sat in the middle of the boat and we were sat at the window with their assigned seating. I highly recommend this one-way cruise with Millennium. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We departed out of Vancouver. Embarkation was fast and smooth. We were on the ship within 30 minutes of the line opening. Once onboard were we able to explore the ship before our 11:30am concierge lunch in MDR. Overall the ship was ... Read More
We departed out of Vancouver. Embarkation was fast and smooth. We were on the ship within 30 minutes of the line opening. Once onboard were we able to explore the ship before our 11:30am concierge lunch in MDR. Overall the ship was clean and we loved the recent renovations that were done in dry dock. The crew were constantly cleaning throughout the entire cruise. We tried 2 of the specialty dining locations. Tuscan Grill was exceptional. Everything we ordered was delicious and the service was fantastic. We did not enjoy Qsine. The food was odd and the servers left me feeling stalked during service. The main dining room food and service was good. Most days we had breakfast in our stateroom which made for a perfect start to the day The cafe onboard was my favorite little spot. The servers there remembered us and our order. We also had a great time at the Martini Bar. I did get a hot stone massage onboard. I loved it and would recommend the service. Some would say the prices are high but it is a cruise so indulge a little. Some other parts of the cruise we enjoyed were the art gallery/art auctions, a few of the shows, bingo, trivia and the live music. The staff for the onboard shops were fantastic. We did have excursions booked each day we went in port. Ketchikan - Wilderness Exploration cruise and crab feast. The crab was delicious. We saw tons of wildlife on the cruise portion. Icy Strait Point - private whale watching tour with “Hoonah Whaling Tours”. Perfect time. I can’t say enough positive things about this little family owned business. Juneau - Dog Mushing camp was one of our favorites. We also did gold panning and salmon bake. These excursions did not disappoint. Skagway - 6.5 hour excursion to Kroschel Wildlife Center in Haines, Alaska. 4 hours of this was travel to and from location. The wildlife center was fantastic and we really enjoyed meeting all the animals and the staff at the center. Zimba our tour bus operator made our day with his personal journey story. After the cruise we did the Denali land tour. Be warned as we were not given clear information until the morning of disembarkation of the full day bus ride from Seward to Denali. Then the following day you are back on a bus for a day with a short train ride. We hope they change this for future tours to have more travel on the train instead of bus. Saving grace was the beautiful scenery. Overall we were not disappointed with our first cruise and would definitely sail with Celebrity again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Weather in Alaska was incredibly warm for this time of year. Seeing all that sunshine on ice was a memorable sight. Embarkation Day went better than expected. A crew member spotted my mother in line walking with her cain and kindly ... Read More
Weather in Alaska was incredibly warm for this time of year. Seeing all that sunshine on ice was a memorable sight. Embarkation Day went better than expected. A crew member spotted my mother in line walking with her cain and kindly directed us to the easy quick route. Later Iin the cruise mom needed a wheelchair which Celebrity promptly supplied and allowed us to take off the ship at each port so she could get around and see more of Alaska. In Kitchikan there was a taxi company named Sourdogh that accompanied wheelchairs. Since our last cruise to Alaska on the Solstice we noticed great improvements on providing plant based menu items for dinner with a seperate vegan dinner menu and a vegan station added to the dinner buffet. We enjoyed both the food and dinning service the entire cruise. We had a fantastic. Maitre D' Anthony who did everything to accommodate our requests in the most professional and kind manner. Celebrity had our backs when it came to the excursion we booked through them. We booked the Endicott adventure excursion. However, after we boarded the tour boat we were informed by the operator that the tour would be modified and we would not see the glacier due to ice conditions caused by glacier calving. A day after the tour, we received a call from the shore excursions desk letting us know Celebrity Solstice gave us a full refund. Enjoyed seeing Captain Tasos participate in sporting events like pool volleyball. The crew and staff at always were excellent. They promptly took care of any requests or issues that came up. We will certainly cruise again with Celebrity. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Celebrity does the best job of making your trip wonderful. We did the precruise tour from Fairbanks to Seward. We did basically the same precruise tour in 2016 with a few itinerary changes. The land tour was awesome as was the cruise. We ... Read More
Celebrity does the best job of making your trip wonderful. We did the precruise tour from Fairbanks to Seward. We did basically the same precruise tour in 2016 with a few itinerary changes. The land tour was awesome as was the cruise. We always get an Aquaclass stateroom because we like to eat in Blu. Celebrity does a great job of making your trip seamless. As far as the wildlife goes, we saw more animals than ever. We saw a lot of humpback whales and eagles. We saw ptarmigan, hares, grizzly with cubs, a black bear, Dall sheep, sea otters, dolphins, moose and baby moose and probably more I can’t remember. We did a flight to Denali, rode the Whitepass railroad, a few whale watches and our favorite food quest; The wilderness exploration and crab feast. Every excursion was quite a great experience. The cruise itself was wonderful. We always book Aqua Class do we can eat in Blu. The service there is impeccable. And the food is excellent. Blu is open for breakfast and dinner. We usually did the buffet for lunch. It is also very good. The staff was most helpful and friendly all around the ship. And I must say the ship was immaculate as far as cleanliness. We did not attend any shows but instead would enjoy sitting in the forward lounge to enjoy the scenery while sipping a glass of wine. Or we would spend time in the casino. Most of the time we would be pretty tired from the excursions, so it was just good to relax. We did no enrichment activities or fitness. This was our third trip to Alaska and our second Cruisetour. I highly recommend that you do this at least once in your lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was my second cruise to Alaska, both on the Solstice, both Inside passage. Traveling into and out of Seattle is always a plus for me. I like the itinerary for the trip. Although I've visited before there is always so much to ... Read More
This was my second cruise to Alaska, both on the Solstice, both Inside passage. Traveling into and out of Seattle is always a plus for me. I like the itinerary for the trip. Although I've visited before there is always so much to do. Alaska deserves a balcony room, where you can enjoy the scenery without crowds and looking for a place to sit. There were 6 of us, ages from 25 to 71, and we all found shore excursions to excite and challenge us. I, 71, took the easier excursions Saxman Village, Glacier tender boat and White Pass RR in Skagway. All were very enjoyable and easy for me. The others did canoeing, hiking and whale watching, which from the pictures were real adventures. I enjoy cruising because it does give everyone an opportunity to do "their own thing". We would come together at dinner time talking about our daily adventures. The cabin was on floor 9 concierge level. Plenty of room for 2 people, 3 would still have been comfortable. Our cabin server, Isamia, was pleasant and always available to help. He kept the room clean and tidy. We ate in the main dining room almost every night except one. Our first night on ship, we dined at Murano. The food was delicious. The ambiance was impressionable. Well worth the price but the food in the main dining room was just as good. Our waiter, Anthony, was on top of things always making sure everything was exactly as we wanted. Elizabeth, the wine steward, was excellent. Our glasses were never empty. I drank a Zinfeldal, while the rest of the table drink a red. Upon our arrival the wine was on the table ready to be poured. All the meals in the dining room were well planned and delicious. There was a lot to do on the ship but not enough time to do it all. We did make a couple of the shows, which were very funny. Silent Disco was a favorite. Karaoke left an unforgettable scare on a couple of us. Trivia. How to Demonstrations. And do forget the daily talks, casino and shopping. With only 2 sea days we had a lot to do. Two of our favorite places were the Martini bar and the Sunset bar. The guys at the Martini bar put on a real show. You can tell they enjoy pleasing the audience, people come just to watch their performance. The guys at the Sunset bar hung with us even when the temps were below zero, it felt like that. Always with a smile on their face and joke or two. I did the glassblowing class on board. Everyone should do this. On my last cruise, I watched the demonstration. They made it look easy; it's not. But the young lady who holds the glass is a good teacher. I wish I would have booked 2 classes instead of 1. But there is always a next time. I would do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This was my second cruise on the Solstice and both times it was just wonderful. The service, food and drinks are just some of the things that made it perfect. I can tell you that every staff members goes out of there way to make sure ... Read More
This was my second cruise on the Solstice and both times it was just wonderful. The service, food and drinks are just some of the things that made it perfect. I can tell you that every staff members goes out of there way to make sure you are having a good time. I never passed a staff member that did not tell me Hello and just acknowledge my presence. We had six of us traveling together in a group. One night for dinner my sister in law was going to dinner by herself because the rest of us would be getting back late from a shore excursion. All we heard the rest of the trip was how wonderful the dining room staff made her feel so special. She said I never felt like I was dining alone. They even sang to her. Sometimes its just the simple things that make your cruise so special. Our waiter and wine steward learned after the first night what we liked and made sure it was waiting for us when we arrived at dinner. We paddled to the glacier, we hiked in Tongass Forest and we even did the Zodiac cruise in Victoria. It was quite the adventure and everything could not have been better. We would travel on Celebrity again, in fact we booked our next cruise on Celebrity for December since we had such a great time on this one. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
I primarily chose this cruise because of all the perks being offered by my online Travel Agent and we have always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. Should you choose an Alaskan cruise do yourself a favor and save up for the luxury of a ... Read More
I primarily chose this cruise because of all the perks being offered by my online Travel Agent and we have always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. Should you choose an Alaskan cruise do yourself a favor and save up for the luxury of a balcony stateroom. It was worth every dime. I spent a great deal of time on my balcony watching the beauty of Alaska go by as we sailed the inland passage and the Endicott arm. From the master of the ship on down we enjoyed extreme customer service, great food and entertainment. We primarily ate in the main dining room, but had a premium dining selection included, so we chose the tuscan grille. It was very good, but if I had to pay the 45 bucks for it, I wouldn't have been all that pleased. Service was excellent, actually superior which made it a memorable experience. Food was good, but just not exceptional. Other than the natural beauty of the state, a huge highlight of the cruise was the naturist speaker Brent Nixon. His presentations were absolutely riveting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
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