We love Alaska and were excited to return on a different route through the inside passage. We also wanted to do a cruise tour to explore Denali beforehand. The information before the cruise tour was not very detailed and Celebrity had little information to provide. This, of course, caused some problems during the lodging that could've been fixed before arrival. For example, on one of the stays in Talkeetna my husband and i were put in a room with separate beds (full beds) We were never asked what kind of beds we wanted; and even though we called before the cruise several times, Celebrity was unable to give us any details about the accommodations or really on any part of the cruise tour. In the future I would certainly not book any cruise tour through Celebrity. That being said, our tour director was excellent. Also the days spent on the precruise tour destinations were quite short. We arrived at Talketna after any shuttles were available to take us in to town. We spent less than 12 hours at this destination.
The embarkation/debarkation was very streamlined compared to cruises in the past. The room with balcony was quite nice and updated and roomy as far as these cabins can be. We did notice some wear and tear/ rust on the outside in the balcony even though the ship had just recently been renovated.
The restaurants we dined in were the Ocean View cafe and the main dining room. Overall the service is always top notch. The food however, was hit or miss. The ocean view cafe is pretty hectic in the mornings and while at sea. While at sea it was impossible to find seating though out the cafe or in any of the adjoining areas. The food would sometimes get cold as you looked for a table.The entertainment in the theatre was pretty average to kitschy; however, the ensembles throughout the ship were very entertaining.
The cabin was fresh and well appointed. The cabin crew were great and always had the room ready when we returned from breakfast or excursions. Bed was pretty comfortable
The bathroom size was fine. The toilet seat was not comfortable at all.