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Overview: The Millennium cruise southward from Seward to Vancouver, BC fully met our expectations. The staff and crew provided fine service. Embarkation: Our cruise started off on a damp note. It was raining hard in Seward when we arrived at the dock. When we got out of the taxi we were amazed that there was no shelter for passengers dropping off their luggage. The men sorting and labeling bags were protected by the roof of an open-sided shed but not us. We stood out in the rain for a while but were processed efficiently inside the terminal and on board in 30 minutes. The Ship: we booked a cabin on deck 8, port side, which we chose for best views heading South. The balcony was worthwhile for popping out to check on the weather or take a photo, but it was too chilly to sit out there with a book. Our attendant Robby did a fine job: friendly and professional, he quickly adjusted his schedule to ours – out early, staying in in the afternoon. We noted that iced water in a thermos is no longer provided automatically, but you can request it. Public areas were well-maintained and clean. As the daytime temperatures we generally 60oF or lower, we spent no time up on deck except the day we approached Hubbard Glacier and the captain allowed us out on the helicopter pad for a better view. Cosmos lounge on Deck 11 provides an almost IMAX view of the passing scenery and, if you are Captain's Club Elite, from 5 – 7 pm you can enjoy a complementary glass (or two!) of wine as you glide along. Guest Relations staff were helpful but we never received our invitation to the cruisecritic get together and were not asked to complete a trip survey questionnaire as at the end of prior cruises. Dining: Metropolitan: having sailed on several Millennium class ships, we were familiar with the menus and enjoyed the meals we selected. The only disaster was on “gala dinner” night when I had to return the traditional lobster tail, dry and chewy, and the baked Alaska was far too sweet. Select Dining hostess Maria was charming and juggled seating needs efficiently. Generally we got a table for two with view. Oceanview buffet: to avoid the rush, try to get there for breakfast at 7:00 a m. and head aft where there are plenty of unoccupied tables. I missed the fried bread; maybe it's offered only on cruises where Brits predominate. In spite of a large percentage of Indian and Asian passengers, we were surprised by the small section and tasteless Asian offerings. Bistro on Five: that's the place to go for a peaceful meal. The staff are friendly, the soups and crepes excellent. On prior cruises we always ordered Grolsch beer so we weren't happy to hear that management has decided to eliminate that brand fleet-wide. Liners Restaurant: is worth a visit just for the dining room's century old paneling, rescued from an old trans-Atlantic liner. We wondered that no attempt is made to adjust the menu regionally to the destinations and it's exactly the same as the menu at equivalent restaurants on other Millennium class ships. Greater variety would be welcomed but we enjoyed our lobster bisque, turbot, rack of lamb and Grand Marnier souffle. The waiters' eagerness to please was a bit over the top: we were interrupted several times by the same questions about our orders and it seemed the waiters weren't assigned to specific tables. Stateroom room service: the menu is limited but the food arrived swiftly and was hot. Entertainment: we went to one “Beyond the Podium” presentation by the ship naturalist, a good introduction to the geography and wildlife of Alaska. On the day we approached the huge Hubbard Glacier, his commentary enhanced the view. The evening shows were fun but none were sensational. Our favorites were the resident singers and dancers. Their choreography is slick and their energy and enthusiasm infectious. Shore Excursions: On our first trip to Alaska, all ports were new for us and each had its own appeal. We didn't avail of Celebrity Excursions so can't comment on them. However, there are plenty of options on board or local depending on your interests. Highlights of what we enjoyed: Seward: Exit Glacier, reached by a cheap shuttle that departs every 30 minutes from an office a few blocks from the Hotel Seward, and The Alaska Sealife Center close by. Icy Straight Point: whale watching on a 6-passenger boat captained by local Captain “Jumbo” of Icy Strait Whale Adventures Juneau: $20 round-trip shuttle from close to the dock up to Mendenhall Glacier and waterfall. Sitting outside at the Flight Deck Wharf eating Halibut and watching seaplanes come and go. Skagway: By bus with Chilcoot Charters up to Emerald Lake in the Yukon, back by White Pass Summit Rail. Ketchikan: A great town for wandering about the port and backstreets. Take a free shuttle to Totem Heritage Center. Visit the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center downtown, where entry includes a breath-taking 18 minute Tongass National Forest film. Disembarkation: Very well organized so that we knew where to report to and what time. Customs and Immigration didn't take long. There may be cheaper ways of getting to Vancouver Airport than the Celebrity shuttle bus but with several bags it was hassle free, and the driver gave us a commentary on the city en route. Then began the “fun ride”, connecting flights and 9 hours in the air to get back home to Miami!

Not “Seward's Folly” but for sure Alaska is still the Last Frontie

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by ragbag1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2014
  • Destination: Alaska
Overview: The Millennium cruise southward from Seward to Vancouver, BC fully met our expectations. The staff and crew provided fine service.
Embarkation: Our cruise started off on a damp note. It was raining hard in Seward when we arrived at the dock. When we got out of the taxi we were amazed that there was no shelter for passengers dropping off their luggage. The men sorting and labeling bags were protected by the roof of an open-sided shed but not us. We stood out in the rain for a while but were processed efficiently inside the terminal and on board in 30 minutes.
The Ship: we booked a cabin on deck 8, port side, which we chose for best views heading South. The balcony was worthwhile for popping out to check on the weather or take a photo, but it was too chilly to sit out there with a book. Our attendant Robby did a fine job: friendly and professional, he quickly adjusted his schedule to ours – out early, staying in in the afternoon.
We noted that iced water in a thermos is no longer provided automatically, but you can request it.
Public areas were well-maintained and clean. As the daytime temperatures we generally 60oF or lower, we spent no time up on deck except the day we approached Hubbard Glacier and the captain allowed us out on the helicopter pad for a better view.
Cosmos lounge on Deck 11 provides an almost IMAX view of the passing scenery and, if you are Captain's Club Elite, from 5 – 7 pm you can enjoy a complementary glass (or two!) of wine as you glide along.
Guest Relations staff were helpful but we never received our invitation to the cruisecritic get together and were not asked to complete a trip survey questionnaire as at the end of prior cruises.
Dining:
Metropolitan: having sailed on several Millennium class ships, we were familiar with the menus and enjoyed the meals we selected. The only disaster was on “gala dinner” night when I had to return the traditional lobster tail, dry and chewy, and the baked Alaska was far too sweet.
Select Dining hostess Maria was charming and juggled seating needs efficiently. Generally we got a table for two with view.
Oceanview buffet: to avoid the rush, try to get there for breakfast at 7:00 a m. and head aft where there are plenty of unoccupied tables. I missed the fried bread; maybe it's offered only on cruises where Brits predominate. In spite of a large percentage of Indian and Asian passengers, we were surprised by the small section and tasteless Asian offerings.
Bistro on Five: that's the place to go for a peaceful meal. The staff are friendly, the soups and crepes excellent. On prior cruises we always ordered Grolsch beer so we weren't happy to hear that management has decided to eliminate that brand fleet-wide.
Liners Restaurant: is worth a visit just for the dining room's century old paneling, rescued from an old trans-Atlantic liner. We wondered that no attempt is made to adjust the menu regionally to the destinations and it's exactly the same as the menu at equivalent restaurants on other Millennium class ships. Greater variety would be welcomed but we enjoyed our lobster bisque, turbot, rack of lamb and Grand Marnier souffle. The waiters' eagerness to please was a bit over the top: we were interrupted several times by the same questions about our orders and it seemed the waiters weren't assigned to specific tables.
Stateroom room service: the menu is limited but the food arrived swiftly and was hot.
Entertainment: we went to one “Beyond the Podium” presentation by the ship naturalist, a good introduction to the geography and wildlife of Alaska. On the day we approached the huge Hubbard Glacier, his commentary enhanced the view.
The evening shows were fun but none were sensational. Our favorites were the resident singers and dancers. Their choreography is slick and their energy and enthusiasm infectious.
Shore Excursions: On our first trip to Alaska, all ports were new for us and each had its own appeal. We didn't avail of Celebrity Excursions so can't comment on them. However, there are plenty of options on board or local depending on your interests.
Highlights of what we enjoyed:
Seward: Exit Glacier, reached by a cheap shuttle that departs every 30 minutes from an office a few blocks from the Hotel Seward, and The Alaska Sealife Center close by.
Icy Straight Point: whale watching on a 6-passenger boat captained by local Captain “Jumbo” of Icy Strait Whale Adventures
Juneau: $20 round-trip shuttle from close to the dock up to Mendenhall Glacier and waterfall. Sitting outside at the Flight Deck Wharf eating Halibut and watching seaplanes come and go.
Skagway: By bus with Chilcoot Charters up to Emerald Lake in the Yukon, back by White Pass Summit Rail.
Ketchikan: A great town for wandering about the port and backstreets. Take a free shuttle to Totem Heritage Center. Visit the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center downtown, where entry includes a breath-taking 18 minute Tongass National Forest film.
Disembarkation: Very well organized so that we knew where to report to and what time. Customs and Immigration didn't take long. There may be cheaper ways of getting to Vancouver Airport than the Celebrity shuttle bus but with several bags it was hassle free, and the driver gave us a commentary on the city en route. Then began the “fun ride”, connecting flights and 9 hours in the air to get back home to Miami!
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