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Alaskan culture, wilderness and wildlife (sans mosquitoes) the early May 10-18 Celebrity Millennium was ideal. Quick Embarkation Hint: Print XPRESS PASS. Upgraded one drink pkg. to Premium. First night, specialty dining discounted Qsine eclectic, international food mash-up. Dined other evenings in Blu, spa inspired dining room for Aqua class lovely w/ outstanding service. Hint: Any item on Metropolitan menu can be ordered in Blu. Entertainment: Broadway show great and we especially enjoyed Presto Strings and Danilo Gomes guitarist. For some unexpected frivolity... Silent Disco. The Solarium Spa heat followed by tropical showers. Hint: Work out before using the spa. Saw a whale pod from the sauna in the women's dressing room on our day at sea; spectacular. Ports: Some Hightlights- Ketchikan - took a taxi $14 to Saxman Native Village $5 pp entrance fee = map and explanation of totems; enjoyed the carving shed, rain forest and gift shop with good local artisans works. Sitka: Cruise buses into town, visited St. Michael's Cathedral the Russian Orthodox church. Sitka Tribal Tours $30 pp included entrance to both the Fortress of the Bear and the Raptor Center. Both were informative and gave us our first glance at wildlife. We'd see both bears and eagles in the wild later. Icy Strait/Hoonah: We saw whales bubble feeding on our walk in Icy Strait and joined in Tlingit dancing at the cultural show. Juneau: Took "blue bus" to Mendenhall Glacier Park runs every 1/2 hour so we could take our time to hike. Educational, evocative and exceptional experience. Skagway: local SMART bus $5 pp all day pass out to the Skagway Museum and took a leisurely walk back to port to look, shop and wonder of the mountains. Hubbard Glacier: The crowning glory was the morning in the Yakutat Bay taking in the Hubbard Glacier first-hand. Seeing the striations of white, grey, crystal clear and glacial blue ice was one of those once in a lifetime events. We saw the monstrous ice glistening and calving.

Splendid Alaska Itinerary and Outstanding Crew

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by cynergy

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Aqua Class
Alaskan culture, wilderness and wildlife (sans mosquitoes) the early May 10-18 Celebrity Millennium was ideal. Quick Embarkation Hint: Print XPRESS PASS. Upgraded one drink pkg. to Premium. First night, specialty dining discounted Qsine eclectic, international food mash-up. Dined other evenings in Blu, spa inspired dining room for Aqua class lovely w/ outstanding service. Hint: Any item on Metropolitan menu can be ordered in Blu.

Entertainment: Broadway show great and we especially enjoyed Presto Strings and Danilo Gomes guitarist. For some unexpected frivolity... Silent Disco. The Solarium Spa heat followed by tropical showers. Hint: Work out before using the spa. Saw a whale pod from the sauna in the women's dressing room on our day at sea; spectacular.

Ports: Some Hightlights-

Ketchikan - took a taxi $14 to Saxman Native Village $5 pp entrance fee = map and explanation of totems; enjoyed the carving shed, rain forest and gift shop with good local artisans works.

Sitka: Cruise buses into town, visited St. Michael's Cathedral the Russian Orthodox church. Sitka Tribal Tours $30 pp included entrance to both the Fortress of the Bear and the Raptor Center. Both were informative and gave us our first glance at wildlife. We'd see both bears and eagles in the wild later.

Icy Strait/Hoonah: We saw whales bubble feeding on our walk in Icy Strait and joined in Tlingit dancing at the cultural show.

Juneau: Took "blue bus" to Mendenhall Glacier Park runs every 1/2 hour so we could take our time to hike. Educational, evocative and exceptional experience.

Skagway: local SMART bus $5 pp all day pass out to the Skagway Museum and took a leisurely walk back to port to look, shop and wonder of the mountains.

Hubbard Glacier: The crowning glory was the morning in the Yakutat Bay taking in the Hubbard Glacier first-hand. Seeing the striations of white, grey, crystal clear and glacial blue ice was one of those once in a lifetime events. We saw the monstrous ice glistening and calving.
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class
Cabin A2 9100
If you want a central location this is it... right off the stairwell with the library in front of it (a perfect quiet sitting area when you're not sitting on or looking out the balcony windows taking in the stunning coast. We saw whales, glaciers and magnificent mountains right from the cabin. The balcony was plenty big enough for us even though we understand it was smaller than most due to the suite next door. The only drawback was an overhang from deck 10 obstructed a panoramic view if taking a picture. Otherwise loved the location and our cabin steward Osbert.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Icy Strait
    We walked to the cultural center and enjoyed the immersion story telling and dance by local Tlingit high school students. We saw whales bubble feed right from the shore and from the ship.
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  • Mendenhall Glacier
    The "Blue Buses" run every 1/2 hr. and allow you to customize your trip. The bus driver gave us some insights into Juneau and the run down on how to get the most out of a day at Mendenhall. We took our time 4 hours exploring Nugget Falls, taking in Mendenhall and saw dall goats, porcupine and numerous birds. Awesome sights and serene.
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  • Ketchikan
    We took a taxi to Saxman Totem Village, see eleven totems and watch the carver in the totem carving shed. Downtown walking tour will take you to the Stedman Street Bridge, Creek Street, Married Man's path and to a 10 ft. Salmon Sculpture. Very walkable.
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  • Seward
    Oh, the Alaska Sealife Center is a must do! We enjoyed learning about the activism around sea life and our oceans. We delighted in the aviary with playful Puffins and ducks and across the way an expresssive Sea Lion. Jen at Alaska Shuttle Service was outstanding picked us up right at the Seward Millennium's Disembarkation port. We spent 2 1/2 hours at the Alaska Sealife Center and then went on to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and other photo ops and to Anchorage to rent a car for a weeks adventure driving to Denali.
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  • Wildlife Tour
    Sitka Tribal Tours $30 pp included entrance to both the Fortress of the Bear and the Raptor Center and as the last tour took us back to the cruise port. Our guide stopped where there had been otter earlier in the day and whale sightings. The habitats for injured raptors and abandon bear cubs were both informative and interesting.
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  • Skagway
    Took the SMART bus $5 for the day and went to the end Skagway Museum. Don't miss the duck quilt, Northern Light pictures and Tlingit and Haida artifacts. We walked back and bought a Ulu knife and bowl that I used to make chopped salad yesterday. There's a cute quilt shop on 3rd and Broadway Rushin' Tailor's Quilt Shop. Everywhere you look the mountain terrain breathtaking.
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  • Vancouver
    The perfect precruise evening solely with public transit and it was easy. We stayed the night in Airbnb: Amazing suite, EXCELLENT LOCATION flew into Vancouver and took the Sky Train downtown exited Burrard stop and walk approximately 2-blocks. We had dinner at Tableau Bar Bistro across the street and it was amazing. Highly recommend both. We want to go back and spend time in Vancouver and Victoria.
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