Alaska on older Celebrity ship: Celebrity Century Cruise Review by Interested traveler
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Alaska on older Celebrity ship
However, the Naturalist on board (Miles) is wonderful and so is the Cruise Director, Sue. In fact, the large theatre entertainment was perhaps better than on the More larger ships. But there are fewer additional musical and other entertainers--however, a great male quartet if you could catch them. The spa area has a great fitness center on Celebrity ships. You can walk on the treadmill or the bikes "across the water" or so it seems. The spa had the usual seminars pushing products--esp the de-toxification system and it gets pretty irritating after several cruises. (You subscribe to the product which is expensive and it supposedly causes you to lose weight, gain energy,etc.) This time we did not use the massage or beauty salon but we have in the past and they are fine.
We enjoy Open Seating dining for dinner and had some difficulting securing it but it was made possible at the last minute which was appreciated. You meet such interesting people from all over the world, especially in the dining room. Since it was summer, there were quite a few children on board and it was fun to see how well all the kids got along even tho they were speaking several different languages. We watched the Olympic Opening Ceremony in a lounge with l000 other people from many different countries and that was special. As with other cruises, our only real criticism of Celebrity is the surprisingly bad customer service. My email prior to the cruise inquiring about temperature and dress was not returned until after we returned home and Guest Relations on the ship has always been indifferent to rude. However, the restaurant and cabin crew are absolutely wonderful on every ship.
Re: Alaska. It was more spectacular than anticipated. We esp enjoyed visiting the land-locked cities and learning about the people and their lives. The Mendenhall glacier tour is a must. We went on at ATV tour at Icy Point which might be fine for 30 year olds but it was extremely bumpy and exceedingly dusty and dirty. Icy Point is just beautiful. From the map we were given, wasn't sure I even wanted to get off the ship as it looked like just a couple of tourist stores but the stores had great jewelry, clothing, good food and there is a wonderful bar/lounge at the bottom of the zip line (which looked fun.) Be sure to walk along the beach trail. We saw a whale a few feet away which jumped totally out of the water--and only saw some quick, black objects jump on the rest of the cruise. Incidentally, some people wore parkas and others standing next to them wore shorts and sandals. Take a jacket but it doesn't really get cold. Less