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We chose this cruise as an excellent way to see Alaska, the literary appeared better than others on offer and we have always been very happy with previous Celebrity cruises. After a night in Anchorage we travelled by train on the Alaskan Railroad, we splashed out on the Goldstar service and it was well worth the extra cost as the trip was excellent: - Baggage was collected at the station and transferred direct to our stateroom. - The breakfast and refreshments were good. - The scenery was stunning, especially from the outdoor viewing platform and we spotted moose, bears and a number of eagles. - The only minor negative was the commentary was hard to hear, due to the sound quality and rather noisy passengers. We have previously cruised on Celebrity Millennium and it was in need of refurbishment. We booked Aqua Class as our previous experience of eating in Blu and access to the Persian Garden have been very good. I’ll start with areas of concern: - Although maximum passenger numbers have not increased, there has been a significant number of extra cabins added to this ship over a period time, which I understand provides greater flexibility, resulting in the library and the original saunas which had large outside windows being removed. As we regularly used these facilities, this is a significant disappointment. - Access to the top deck at the front of the ship is now only accessible to suite class passengers and has been renamed the Retreat Sun Deck. I fully understand Suite passengers have paid a significant premium and therefore can expect extras, however fewer passengers appeared to be using this than the Retreat Lounge, which I only ever spotted a handful of people visiting. I would question the ability of the executives running Celebrity to make a rational decision which is detrimental to approximately 90% of the passengers. This is especially important on a cruise where sightseeing from the ship is vital. Also in addition to the extra cabins this change reduces the space per passenger ratio. - It appeared not enough passengers were choosing to use the speciality restaurants based on the amount of pressure crew were under to up-sell to us. - The choice and presentation of food in the Ocean View Cafe seems to have dropped slightly. - We booked the ATV Expedition at Icy Strait Point, although the trip was as described, I wouldn’t do it again, the guide was miserable and complained about the number of cruise ships visiting, which seems rather ironic and we didn’t see any wild animals, other than an eagle as we left the port. - Mount Roberts Tram Way in Juneau, in my opinion it was significantly over priced, the ride is only short, the walks are poorly signposted and the cafe at the top was absolutely chaotic. Now the Positives: - 10 out 10 for the crew, one could not ask for more friendly, helpful and hardworking people. - The ship looks significantly better, there were a few rusty marks here and there, but overall the new paint scheme and furnishings are much better. - We ate in Blu, we never had to wait, often sat near the windows, there was a good choice of well presented and tasty food and we were always made feel extremely welcome and valued. We also had breakfast in Blu most days, which was very good and far more relaxed than the Ocean View Cafe (MDR also offers sit down breakfast). - We had lunch in the MDR on two occasions, this was very good, the portions were adequate, with a good choice. - We didn’t see any of the shows in the main theatre, however the variety of performers around the ship was good and we enjoyed listening to most of them throughout the cruise. - We did attend a number of Beyond the Podium presentations, all were excellent, especially Orca (this was delivered by the onboard sea life experts who were on hand throughout the cruise and were a tremendous bonus to the overall enjoyment of our trip), Millennium Revolution by Staff Captain Giuseppe and Dominique Lavigueur - The Classic Drinks package was OK and we particularly enjoyed the variety of coffee and cakes served in Cafe al Bacio, as well as the friendly, attentive service from the staff there. - The itinerary was excellent, this was helped by exceptional weather, the view of the Hubbard Glacier was spectacular. - The White Pass Train and Coach tour (Skagway); the views were beautiful, the coach stopped at a few points and for many passengers there was sheer excitement of crossing the border into Canada. - The 5 Glacier Seaplane Exploration (Juneau); probably a once in a lifetime trip and it was stunning, the flight was incredibly smooth and the views were amazing. - Captain’s Club; Graeme Kellerher is an excellent host, we only wish we could have fitted in attending more Captain’s Club events and using all of the offers available. - Disembarkation; this was effortless and the Canadian officials seemed genuinely pleased to welcome tourists to their country.

All New and Mostly Better

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by ocdpeter

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Aqua Class
We chose this cruise as an excellent way to see Alaska, the literary appeared better than others on offer and we have always been very happy with previous Celebrity cruises.

After a night in Anchorage we travelled by train on the Alaskan Railroad, we splashed out on the Goldstar service and it was well worth the extra cost as the trip was excellent:

- Baggage was collected at the station and transferred direct to our stateroom.

- The breakfast and refreshments were good.

- The scenery was stunning, especially from the outdoor viewing platform and we spotted moose, bears and a number of eagles.

- The only minor negative was the commentary was hard to hear, due to the sound quality and rather noisy passengers.

We have previously cruised on Celebrity Millennium and it was in need of refurbishment. We booked Aqua Class as our previous experience of eating in Blu and access to the Persian Garden have been very good.

I’ll start with areas of concern:

- Although maximum passenger numbers have not increased, there has been a significant number of extra cabins added to this ship over a period time, which I understand provides greater flexibility, resulting in the library and the original saunas which had large outside windows being removed. As we regularly used these facilities, this is a significant disappointment.

- Access to the top deck at the front of the ship is now only accessible to suite class passengers and has been renamed the Retreat Sun Deck. I fully understand Suite passengers have paid a significant premium and therefore can expect extras, however fewer passengers appeared to be using this than the Retreat Lounge, which I only ever spotted a handful of people visiting. I would question the ability of the executives running Celebrity to make a rational decision which is detrimental to approximately 90% of the passengers. This is especially important on a cruise where sightseeing from the ship is vital. Also in addition to the extra cabins this change reduces the space per passenger ratio.

- It appeared not enough passengers were choosing to use the speciality restaurants based on the amount of pressure crew were under to up-sell to us.

- The choice and presentation of food in the Ocean View Cafe seems to have dropped slightly.

- We booked the ATV Expedition at Icy Strait Point, although the trip was as described, I wouldn’t do it again, the guide was miserable and complained about the number of cruise ships visiting, which seems rather ironic and we didn’t see any wild animals, other than an eagle as we left the port.

- Mount Roberts Tram Way in Juneau, in my opinion it was significantly over priced, the ride is only short, the walks are poorly signposted and the cafe at the top was absolutely chaotic.

Now the Positives:

- 10 out 10 for the crew, one could not ask for more friendly, helpful and hardworking people.

- The ship looks significantly better, there were a few rusty marks here and there, but overall the new paint scheme and furnishings are much better.

- We ate in Blu, we never had to wait, often sat near the windows, there was a good choice of well presented and tasty food and we were always made feel extremely welcome and valued. We also had breakfast in Blu most days, which was very good and far more relaxed than the Ocean View Cafe (MDR also offers sit down breakfast).

- We had lunch in the MDR on two occasions, this was very good, the portions were adequate, with a good choice.

- We didn’t see any of the shows in the main theatre, however the variety of performers around the ship was good and we enjoyed listening to most of them throughout the cruise.

- We did attend a number of Beyond the Podium presentations, all were excellent, especially Orca (this was delivered by the onboard sea life experts who were on hand throughout the cruise and were a tremendous bonus to the overall enjoyment of our trip), Millennium Revolution by Staff Captain Giuseppe and Dominique Lavigueur

- The Classic Drinks package was OK and we particularly enjoyed the variety of coffee and cakes served in Cafe al Bacio, as well as the friendly, attentive service from the staff there.

- The itinerary was excellent, this was helped by exceptional weather, the view of the Hubbard Glacier was spectacular.

- The White Pass Train and Coach tour (Skagway); the views were beautiful, the coach stopped at a few points and for many passengers there was sheer excitement of crossing the border into Canada.

- The 5 Glacier Seaplane Exploration (Juneau); probably a once in a lifetime trip and it was stunning, the flight was incredibly smooth and the views were amazing.

- Captain’s Club; Graeme Kellerher is an excellent host, we only wish we could have fitted in attending more Captain’s Club events and using all of the offers available.

- Disembarkation; this was effortless and the Canadian officials seemed genuinely pleased to welcome tourists to their country.
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class
Cabin A1
The modern look was a significant improvement, the room looked larger and the amount of storage space was more than adequate for a 7 night cruise even though we had brought a selection of clothes to allow for nearly all weather conditions.
- The bed was extremely comfortable.
- Bedding, towels, toiletries and cleanliness were all excellent.
- There were two faults in my opinion; the curtains are not large enough to cover the windows, therefore light shines in round the sides and the switch for one of the bedside lights is out of reach from the bed.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins