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My son chose this cruise for me and two grandchildren because of his schedule; otherwise would have chosen Disney or Princess, more kid-oriented. Very good food with lots of choices, either buffet, which kids usually preferred, or waiter service, food excellent but long wait time, however next to ocean view window. Nice swimming pools kids liked and outdoor film showing, hot tubs not hot enough by our Asian standards. Enjoyable Broadway-quality performances, and chamber music and well as loud pop music. Very lucky week of warm California-like weather. However, I think the notification system for activities could be much better than just the daily newsletter, which was hard to read and cluttered with diamond ads. How about some modern technology, i.e. screens near the elevators? Also some videos and maps of where we are going, the geology, and why? Finally found a map and one screen, several days in, but missed most activities. Nature program by very knowledgeable Mickey was good, but too short, not enough pictures, and only presented once a day about half an hour -- overall, hardly any information or education about Alaska, its animals and people, its geography, which is supposed to be the main point of the tour. By contrast, I got very irritated with the continual pushing of diamonds both on ship and at tourist stops -- a large portion of a deck occupied with shops for luxury items, esp. diamonds. Large casino area. But no place on ship to buy needed toiletries, like Listerine, sanitary pads, hair ties, toothbrush -- and overpriced and rare at tourist ports, too. Painful lack. Millenium prices for shore activities also seemed inflated, like $100-$300 a pop, but I couldn't compare with local prices. Gotta expect spending another $1000 a person for the shore activities, which I would have thought would be included or not inflated. Note also, the fresh crab at eateries on land was much better than the crab dinner offered on the cruise for $35, but lines were long and prices even higher. The tours of the inner workings of the cruise ship were very interesting, to my surprise; too bad additional charge. Kids liked meeting the captain. Excellent report by the environmental engineer, how water for the ship all comes from the ocean water filtered, distilled, and/or reverse osmosis (tastes better than the Evian water in plastic bottles). And waste carefully managed and discharged, if at all, in controlled way biological only and shredded into the ocean. Passenger max of 2200, to staff of over 900. Greatest number in food service. It would be handy if not everything on board except food required additional payment, e.g. even charge for drinking water bottles -- kids had a meltdown when the arcade machine was out of order and would not change cash into play tokens. It was fixed by evening, but not before much grief. Impossible to deprive modern kids of their electronic fix!

Good food and room; but too much selling and little education provided.

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Linda Gail Arrigo

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Concierge Class 1
My son chose this cruise for me and two grandchildren because of his schedule; otherwise would have chosen Disney or Princess, more kid-oriented. Very good food with lots of choices, either buffet, which kids usually preferred, or waiter service, food excellent but long wait time, however next to ocean view window. Nice swimming pools kids liked and outdoor film showing, hot tubs not hot enough by our Asian standards. Enjoyable Broadway-quality performances, and chamber music and well as loud pop music. Very lucky week of warm California-like weather.

However, I think the notification system for activities could be much better than just the daily newsletter, which was hard to read and cluttered with diamond ads. How about some modern technology, i.e. screens near the elevators? Also some videos and maps of where we are going, the geology, and why? Finally found a map and one screen, several days in, but missed most activities. Nature program by very knowledgeable Mickey was good, but too short, not enough pictures, and only presented once a day about half an hour -- overall, hardly any information or education about Alaska, its animals and people, its geography, which is supposed to be the main point of the tour.

By contrast, I got very irritated with the continual pushing of diamonds both on ship and at tourist stops -- a large portion of a deck occupied with shops for luxury items, esp. diamonds. Large casino area. But no place on ship to buy needed toiletries, like Listerine, sanitary pads, hair ties, toothbrush -- and overpriced and rare at tourist ports, too. Painful lack.

Millenium prices for shore activities also seemed inflated, like $100-$300 a pop, but I couldn't compare with local prices. Gotta expect spending another $1000 a person for the shore activities, which I would have thought would be included or not inflated. Note also, the fresh crab at eateries on land was much better than the crab dinner offered on the cruise for $35, but lines were long and prices even higher.

The tours of the inner workings of the cruise ship were very interesting, to my surprise; too bad additional charge. Kids liked meeting the captain. Excellent report by the environmental engineer, how water for the ship all comes from the ocean water filtered, distilled, and/or reverse osmosis (tastes better than the Evian water in plastic bottles). And waste carefully managed and discharged, if at all, in controlled way biological only and shredded into the ocean. Passenger max of 2200, to staff of over 900. Greatest number in food service.

It would be handy if not everything on board except food required additional payment, e.g. even charge for drinking water bottles -- kids had a meltdown when the arcade machine was out of order and would not change cash into play tokens. It was fixed by evening, but not before much grief. Impossible to deprive modern kids of their electronic fix!
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Cabin Review

Concierge Class 1
Cabin C1 8160
Cabin was well designed and well cared for. We got two cabins that joined. Also ocean view. Environmental controls good. And snacks delivered to cabins were very handy and tasty, especially since we often needed to tide the kids over before meal times. Just would be handy if there was a light for the closet that didn't turn on all the lights -- so one person can change clothes. Some problem with temperature of shower. Kept fluctuating between warm and cold, any time of day, and usually not hot enough, except for first day when it was too hot and could almost scald.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    We did see some whales, at least blowing and diving. Also seals and otters. Rather restful, not to exciting, as it was a larger boat. ... But forgot to mention for Skagway and other trips, but especially Skagway train, Millennium system for linking up with land tours is rather inefficient and clumsey, all meeting in auditorium where you have to go down stairs to the front (I have some walking impediment, caused me some extra time and trouble), and easy to miss people you are supposed to meet with, in the big crowd. Inadequate directions to meeting point. Very nearly missed White Pass train tour -- followed crowd to end of trains, Celebrity tour was at the front, nearly three blocks away! Made it by about 2 min because son came back to find me, barely saw him.
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    Pretty usual kind of show entertainment, athletic guys. I would like more historical and practical information on lumberjacks, though.
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  • SeaLife Center
    Lots of hands-on activities, kids loved it. I like the outdoors views of seabirds and seals, up close.
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    Beautiful train ride. Just wish we could have gotten out a little at White Pass and seen the vegetation close up. Thanks for free water bottles on board, and snack available too.
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