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We are frequent travelers but only our third cruise. We we found the ship to be clean, modern and with a friendly staff. We had an Aqua 2 class room on deck 11. Our steward Angelo was exceptional and friendly. The team of people that keeps the entire ship running and clean should be applauded, great job! We booked through CostCo which we really like. The app is promising that they have one but not great the wifi was ok. Food: Food at the Oceanview Cafe for breakfast and lunch offered a lot of options, and healthy options . The food and staff at the restaurant Blu were fantastic. Nia the hostess, Rei the waiter, Micky the jr waiter and the maitre d and the woman sommelier were also excellent and friendly and greeted us by name. Cafe Baciao for a cappuccino was good. We had the premium drink plan and we are not big drinkers but it was part of our package and included specialty coffee drinks. The bars were good with lots of high end liquor choices but unfortunately only a handful wine choices for white , red and usually one to 3 sparkling to choose from by the glass. One in each wine category was always the Celebrity branded wine. Otherwise even with the Premium package you need to buy the whole bottle of wine which would be wasted on us. If you like wine but wouldn't need a whole package you might want to check - i think they let you bring two bottles on board, you can drink in your stateroom or pay a corkage fee in a dining area. Activities were good - we saw the Motown, Broadway and another one we saw most of. All were good productions and entertaining. We were lucky with exceptionally sunny and warm weather which allowed us to use both pools. They also had a naturalist from Nat Geo on board Chelsea which was an added bonus who spoke about what you would or might see the next day which was really informative. We used the spa once and the gym which was a good size, well equipped and clean. Excursions. We booked two with Celebrity and one on our own. We booked on our own an extended heli trip with both dog sled and extra landing for "hike" with Coastal helicopters. We also did a whale watch in Hoonah (ISP) . We saw a family of Orca's, Humpbacks and Sea Lions) pretty cool. We also did a Canoe Wildlife Safari which included a hike. Good trip but not much of a hike , not much a Canoe paddle and not much of a lunch ( turkey sandwich ) but the Glacier and staff made up for that. For transportation back we did the train. When I asked the conductor he said it was a cruise ship train only. The train is more expensive than Alaska Rail . It is like another tour so that was great. We put our bags out the night before they take them from there. They drop you off at either the airport around noon and if you have a flight after (approx.) 3 pm then you move on via bus to the Eagen Convention Center. It looked like many cruise ships had large rooms reserved at the Center with staff to oversea you getting your luggage back. Our bags were tagged and waiting there. From here you will also be able to reserve your seat on a bus back to the airport with your luggage for your flight. I think you can leave your bags there until 6 pm. A real plus for us, since our flight was not until 8 pm we were able to leave our bags, explored Anchorage a little had lunch and then got the 5 pm bus back to the airport.

Alaska Summer Aqua Class 2

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by EVNJPA

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Aqua Class
We are frequent travelers but only our third cruise. We we found the ship to be clean, modern and with a friendly staff. We had an Aqua 2 class room on deck 11. Our steward Angelo was exceptional and friendly. The team of people that keeps the entire ship running and clean should be applauded, great job!

We booked through CostCo which we really like.

The app is promising that they have one but not great the wifi was ok.

Food:

Food at the Oceanview Cafe for breakfast and lunch offered a lot of options, and healthy options . The food and staff at the restaurant Blu were fantastic. Nia the hostess, Rei the waiter, Micky the jr waiter and the maitre d and the woman sommelier were also excellent and friendly and greeted us by name. Cafe Baciao for a cappuccino was good. We had the premium drink plan and we are not big drinkers but it was part of our package and included specialty coffee drinks. The bars were good with lots of high end liquor choices but unfortunately only a handful wine choices for white , red and usually one to 3 sparkling to choose from by the glass. One in each wine category was always the Celebrity branded wine. Otherwise even with the Premium package you need to buy the whole bottle of wine which would be wasted on us. If you like wine but wouldn't need a whole package you might want to check - i think they let you bring two bottles on board, you can drink in your stateroom or pay a corkage fee in a dining area.

Activities were good - we saw the Motown, Broadway and another one we saw most of. All were good productions and entertaining.

We were lucky with exceptionally sunny and warm weather which allowed us to use both pools.

They also had a naturalist from Nat Geo on board Chelsea which was an added bonus who spoke about what you would or might see the next day which was really informative.

We used the spa once and the gym which was a good size, well equipped and clean.

Excursions. We booked two with Celebrity and one on our own. We booked on our own an extended heli trip with both dog sled and extra landing for "hike" with Coastal helicopters. We also did a whale watch in Hoonah (ISP) . We saw a family of Orca's, Humpbacks and Sea Lions) pretty cool. We also did a Canoe Wildlife Safari which included a hike. Good trip but not much of a hike , not much a Canoe paddle and not much of a lunch ( turkey sandwich ) but the Glacier and staff made up for that.

For transportation back we did the train. When I asked the conductor he said it was a cruise ship train only. The train is more expensive than Alaska Rail . It is like another tour so that was great. We put our bags out the night before they take them from there. They drop you off at either the airport around noon and if you have a flight after (approx.) 3 pm then you move on via bus to the Eagen Convention Center. It looked like many cruise ships had large rooms reserved at the Center with staff to oversea you getting your luggage back. Our bags were tagged and waiting there. From here you will also be able to reserve your seat on a bus back to the airport with your luggage for your flight. I think you can leave your bags there until 6 pm. A real plus for us, since our flight was not until 8 pm we were able to leave our bags, explored Anchorage a little had lunch and then got the 5 pm bus back to the airport.
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Cabin Review

Aqua Class
Cabin A2 1118
The recent renovation was evident as the room appeared to be new. The space in the room and on the ship were light and bright. We used the balcony every day especially when we passed the Hubbard Glacier which had us all over the ship inc the balcony to see it. The balcony has an unobstructed view. The room was quiet except for one night when we heard people on the deck above. I think that would happen in any room. The bathroom was small and was well designed use of space.
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