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We did not choose this particular cruise - other family members coordinated the entire event; half of the group had lived and worked in Alaska many years previously. Some of our group completed a self-guided interior Alaska pre-cruise tour, including 3 nights in the Denali area. We arrived for two days pre-cruise activities in the Anchorage area; the last folks arrived the night before the cruise. We all gathered at the Anchorage Hilton overnight and together took the train to Seward to board the Millennium. With 8 in our group, the ages went from 2 to 72. Most interestingly from our perspective was that we completed all embarkation processing when checking in for the train: passport check, medical forms completion, and received our SeaPass. Arriving in Seward, it was a quick check through security and we walked directly onboard and to our rooms. Our luggage was transported from the hotel to our cabins, showing up while we were at dinner the first evening. With the Aqua class cabin, our dining assignment was for Blu. We found the service excellent from the Maitre d to the servers and sommelier. With the exception of one dinner meal, the food exceeded our expectations. (I guess you can not please all the people all the time!) Those of our party in suites were "blown away" with the food and service in Luminae, as well as the concierge and servers in Michael's Club. The entire group was seated for a Chef's Table Experience, hosted by the on-board naturalist representing the Celebrity Crew. The food was great and the wine pairing superb and overflowing. We found the food and service in the Oceanview Cafe to be very good. The only disappointment anyone voiced was the pastries that did not live up to expectations. We found the spa, operated by Canyon Ranch, to be excellent, with a good variety of services. The women's sauna was not functional, so the men's sauna was converted into a "unisex sauna" which none of our group used on the cruise. As our family group pretty much stuck together and entertained ourselves, we participated in few offerings by the ship's crew and onboard entertainers. My wife and I were on our 6th Alaskan cruise (third on the Millennium), so most shore activities were on our own. Our favorite port was, and continues to to be, Icy Strait Point (others in descending order Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau). We thought the onboard naturalist, Mr Milos Radakovich, did an excellent job. Our Hubbard Glacier experience was terrific and the closest we have been in the three visits; on the way out, we actually sailed around the small rocky outcrop of an island to the side of the glacier and back out across Yakatut Bay. The only child was our grandson, age two and a half; all the others were adults. So there is no evaluation pertinent to he youth activities, other than we know there were some. If we were to cruise Alaska again, we would be looking for different ports; that is to take nothing from this Celebrity Millennium Alaska Southbound cruise.

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Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by DaKa2002

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Aqua Class
We did not choose this particular cruise - other family members coordinated the entire event; half of the group had lived and worked in Alaska many years previously. Some of our group completed a self-guided interior Alaska pre-cruise tour, including 3 nights in the Denali area. We arrived for two days pre-cruise activities in the Anchorage area; the last folks arrived the night before the cruise. We all gathered at the Anchorage Hilton overnight and together took the train to Seward to board the Millennium. With 8 in our group, the ages went from 2 to 72.

Most interestingly from our perspective was that we completed all embarkation processing when checking in for the train: passport check, medical forms completion, and received our SeaPass. Arriving in Seward, it was a quick check through security and we walked directly onboard and to our rooms. Our luggage was transported from the hotel to our cabins, showing up while we were at dinner the first evening.

With the Aqua class cabin, our dining assignment was for Blu. We found the service excellent from the Maitre d to the servers and sommelier. With the exception of one dinner meal, the food exceeded our expectations. (I guess you can not please all the people all the time!) Those of our party in suites were "blown away" with the food and service in Luminae, as well as the concierge and servers in Michael's Club. The entire group was seated for a Chef's Table Experience, hosted by the on-board naturalist representing the Celebrity Crew. The food was great and the wine pairing superb and overflowing. We found the food and service in the Oceanview Cafe to be very good. The only disappointment anyone voiced was the pastries that did not live up to expectations.

We found the spa, operated by Canyon Ranch, to be excellent, with a good variety of services.

The women's sauna was not functional, so the men's sauna was converted into a "unisex sauna" which none of our group used on the cruise.

As our family group pretty much stuck together and entertained ourselves, we participated in few offerings by the ship's crew and onboard entertainers. My wife and I were on our 6th Alaskan cruise (third on the Millennium), so most shore activities were on our own. Our favorite port was, and continues to to be, Icy Strait Point (others in descending order Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau). We thought the onboard naturalist, Mr Milos Radakovich, did an excellent job.

Our Hubbard Glacier experience was terrific and the closest we have been in the three visits; on the way out, we actually sailed around the small rocky outcrop of an island to the side of the glacier and back out across Yakatut Bay.

The only child was our grandson, age two and a half; all the others were adults. So there is no evaluation pertinent to he youth activities, other than we know there were some.

If we were to cruise Alaska again, we would be looking for different ports; that is to take nothing from this Celebrity Millennium Alaska Southbound cruise.
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class
Cabin A2 9108
The deck 9 cabin is under a restroom and workers space at the starboard forward corner of the Oceanview Cafe. This is our third trip on the Millennium but the first after the latest reconditioning, The shower and bathroom have been improved; for those with the special interest, the bed is closest to the bathroom and room door, farthest from the balcony. We liked the location - convenient to the elevators and library. We experienced little or no noise from above or the rooms around us.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Whale Watching
    Not much whale activity this time; believe we saw one or two from a distance this time. On two previous cruises we have seen great numbers of whales up close. On the return to the port, we encountered a huge group of otters up close and personal; really great experience that the boat's captain stopped for as long as he could and still make schedule.
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