The most enjoyable part of our cruise occurred while on a tour from Skagway Port. We disembarked and found Skagway Tours. Though we hesitated to take the 3+ hour tour up to the Yukon, we are extremely glad we did! We had the best guide and driver that anyone could hope for: River. This wonderful woman proved to be informative, considerate, helpful, and kind. She made this trip the highlight of our off-ship exploring.
Not only did she entertain us with stories of the region but she also provided an ongoing narrative about the way the mountains, rivers, and lakes were formed and continued to exist. She pointed out animals and things to look for and then, when she would spot one, she would stop the bus and we were able to take many pictures and video of these sights.
Our most memorable sight was this absolutely gorgeous black bear. He was just strolling along the roadside munching on tasty grasses and shoots. He seemed to not even notice us but continued to graze while thrilling us with his actions. He finally lumbered off into the brush but we remember saying: "Well, that just made every dollar we spent for this trip worth every penny!!"
River even stopped along the road to see if a fellow motorist who appeared to be having car difficulty might need some help. She said that up in this remote region, if someone breaks down, it's common practice for another motorist to stop to see if he can help. Who knows when another vehicle will pass by and the motorist may become stranded there. We were very impressed with River's compassion and fellow feeling for others.
River slowly toured us through the town of Skagway explaining how it came to be and how it managed to function that far away from everything. We thoroughly enjoyed her stories and insight.
We were very privileged to have somehow chosen to take the Skagway Tours bus with River as our driver/guide. Our experience there could not have been better. We will continue to tell our friends and family about our amazing cruise topped off by this absolutely unbelievable experience with River for as long as we live. We will recommend to everyone that they must take this cruise and experience this tour to the Yukon from Skagway, if at all possible. We are certainly hoping to return on the Solstice to Skagway and perhaps explore even further, if possible, especially if we are privileged to have River as our guide.
Our on-board experience far exceeded our dreams. We enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere and generous seating on the upper decks. We were able to view the scenery easily from almost any place on board. Our stateroom had a lovely balcony from which we could sit and watch the ocean anytime we wanted, privately and quietly. We appreciated the entire staff aboard the Solstice. Each staff member greeted us with a kind word and a smile no matter where we encountered him or her. The Ocean View Cafe provided excellent cuisine with a great variety of foods to satisfy all our cravings.
The seating was adequate and when the weather permitted, we enjoyed the outdoors seating as well.
The wait staff in Blu far exceeded our expectations. Especially Orlando, Wayan, and Budi. Not only did they provide excellent service, but they also provided abundant information about all our dining choices; doing so with smiles, laughs, and wonderful stories. The food proved to be superb! Gormet at least! Every dish we ate was scrumptious. Truly a memorable experience each time we dined.
We must praise the Staff aboard the Solstice more than anything else as they are the ones who made the entire cruise so enjoyable for us. Celebrity as hired an excellent staff that is determined to be pleasant, joyful, helpful, and kind no matter what a guest may ask or require. Our Stateroom assistant, Mara, was a joy to interact with each and every day. She was sweet and kind. Always cheerful and smiling. We will always remember her.
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise and would recommend to everyone wanting the cruise- of-a-lifetime, to take this cruise with Celebrity Solstice to Alaska! No words can adequately describe the scenes and vistas your eyes will barely believe you are seeing! Go! Enjoy! It's worth every dollar spent!
Excellent cabin. Clean, bright, cheerful. Stateroom Assistant ... Perfect! Nice balcony with chairs and table. Loved the shower!!
We took an old fashioned trolly along with several other families. We had a very colorful and expressive driver/guide. We loved his stories and hoped to see the bears he said were frequent visitors to Ketchikan. We did not. We traveled up to the totem poles and the salmon creek / pond. The scenery was beautiful and the guide was nice. We are glad we took this ride up there.
As we would have missed dinner if we had left the ship at 5:45PM (a thing we did not want to do as we LOVED our dinners at the Blu) we were only in Victoria from 7:30 - 10:30 PM. We did see beautifully lit buildings and harbors. However, we only had time to see a tiny portion of the city. I wish we could have seen the city during daylight hours and for a bit longer that a few hours.
We walked through town and visited many shop and saw a lot of unique sights. We enjoyed not having to be on a timed tour.
We enjoyed a nice lunch and a tasty drink.
This proved to be the highlight of our off-ship experiences. River, our driver, was highly educated about the region we traveled through. She provided detailed information about the settlement of the area and included many colorful stories about the gold rush to the Yukon and the building of the road and the railroad. Very entertaining!
Our most memorable sight was this beautiful black bear. It was just ambling along the roadside munching on sweet grasses and other things; seemingly oblivious to our presence. River stopped the bus and allowed us to take lots of pictures and video of the bear. What a treat!!
The mountains, lakes, rivers, and glaciers just take your breath away. You can barely believe your eyes! We stopped many times to enjoy the magnitude of the vista we could see. Words fail me to describe this beautiful, wild, unspoiled region. You must see it to believe it ... and once you do, you will never forget it!View All undefined undefined Reviews