We had priority boarding via Aquaclass, so I don't think it took more than ten minutes to board the ship after we dropped off our bags. We arrived early to the ship so our balcony stateroom was still being made ready. We headed up to the Oceanview cafe for an awesome buffet lunch. We sat outside on the patio in the sunshine and enjoyed our first meal overlooking the water and the Seattle skyline in the distance. This was the beginning of a week long cruise that was nearly perfect. The scenery in Alaska is amazing. Brent Nixon is a naturalist on the ship who did several wildlife presentations that were very educational and entertaining. The Ghost-lite Broadway show was my favorite of the cruise. Hiking in Alaska is free, if I cruise AK again I will skip the high $$ excursions.Aquaclass allows for breakfast and dinner in a restaurant called Blu, I would pay for Aqua just to dine in Blu. Aquaclass offers several more perks too. Liquor on board the ship is incredibly expensive and so are the drink packages. I would compare Celebrity pretty closely to Royal Caribbean, both exceptional. That said, neither is a a luxury cruise line but both work very hard to provide an amazing cruise experience.
Balcony room 1640 on the 11th floor was quiet and the bathroom seemed spacious compared to the other ships we have cruised. The balcony had a nice table and chairs with foot stools. Not a huge amount of storage space, but we were able to slide our travel bags under the bed, which worked out really well. The TV remote had a piece of cardboard and tape holding the batteries in place, kind of tacky for what I paid for this room. We paid for an Aqua class room for the benefits listed, however several of the benefits were only provided after we asked our stateroom attendant to provide them?? The stateroom attendant service was excellent, and was provided twice a day. Additional room service requests were handled very promptly.