The night before we sailed we reserved an 8:15PM dinner reservation at the Space Needle. Dinner was excellent...but very expensive. The timing was perfect because we saw Seattle during daylight, sunset and nighttime all while enjoying our dinner.
Embarkation went quite well. Porters are plentiful and quick when you pull up to the Pier as well as very gracious. Being in suite class moves you to a different check in line that moves fairly quickly.
Once on board you are ushered/escorted to Michael's Club (For Suite guests only) where you wait comfortably until your cabin is ready. Beverages and snacks are offered and the Suite Concierge will advise you when your cabin is ready.
Our Celebrity Suite was lovely. Spacious, well appointed, ample storage, private bedroom and very nice deck.
Our butler and steward arrived shortly after we did to introduce themselves, share how to reach them and ask if there were any immediate requests. Our Butler Lahuli was impeccable, charming, always available and spoiled us for anything less in the future. Lahuli did everything from arranging special shipboard tours, keeping our favorite beverages stocked, graciously serving afternoon tea to pointing out things we had missed while cruising by glaciers.
The ship is lovely. We enjoyed every area and never felt over crowded. Our sailing was sold out.
We loved the Main Dining Room. The evening menu choices were always excellent...and the service from our waiter, assistant waiter and wine steward were incredible. If you are fortunate enough to get Randy, Abi and Van as your dining staff..you are very fortunate.
We had reservations at the speciality restaurants throughout the week. We did eat at the Italian Steakhouse, which was very good...but cancelled the other two speciality restaurant reservations after we discovered how much we enjoyed the main dining room.
Our least favorite place to eat was the Oceanside Buffet. The food was OK but very typical buffet food.
Our family loved the Canyon Ranch Spa. We had everything from massages, hair styling, teeth whitening to acupuncture. Each of the services were perfect. If Dr. Singh is the acupuncturist on your sailing..don't miss him.
One of the highlights were the educational presentations in the theater. If Brent Nixon, an esteemed naturalist, is speaking on your sailing do not miss getting to hear him speak on humpbacks, orcas and bears. His wife Miss Amanda, as she is known as, speaks on the history of each port the ship stops at. Loved their presentations so much we bought these DVDS for our grandchildren.
As we were cruising through Endicott Arm (Tracy Arm had too much ice) Brent Nixon was on the bridge and broadcasting over the ships channel on our tv. We opened our sliding glass doors, turned the tv up and sat comfortably on our deck while listening to Mr. Nixon as he softly described everything we were seeing along with its history as we cruised by. WE WERE IN AWE!!!
We enjoyed whale watching in Juneau. We opted to not go out on the larger quite crowded boats where you are fighting for rail space...but instead arranged independently to go with Jayleens Alaska. Jayleen is a young very competent fully licensed young woman who has started her own business after several years of captaining for a large tour company.. She has a very comfortable small boat that can seat 6. Her father was one of the first whale tour captains in Juneau. Her lifetime of experience with Auke Bay and the whales was very evident. Our tour was completely individualized and successful. We saw deep dives with tails up,a mother and calf feeding and lots of harbor seals.
In Skagway we took the White Pass and Yukon Train trip. We had reserved seats in the luxury train car...well worth the money. The car holds only 14 leather swivel chairs and has food and drink options. Our on board guide, Zowe, was knowledgeable and entertaining. We even saw a bear by the tracks.
In Ketchikan we took the Deadliest Catch Crab Boat Tour, We all loved it. They were interesting and entertaining. The highlight for us was when we were surrounded by 40-50 soaring and diving eagles as they were fed halibut. Stunning to see such regal beauty so close.
DIsembarkation went very smoothly. We were again very comfortable in Michael's Club until our chosen departure time. As a suite guest your luggage is tagged differently making it easier to quickly locate.
This cruise was so amazing that we are having a family reunion on this ship next May.
Celebrity Suite 1622 is spacious, well appointed and very comfortable. Big enough to entertain 2 or 3 other people if you want. Loved this cabin.