Great Alaska experience: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by SLG1

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Great Alaska experience

Sail Date: May 2010
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seward
We are a professional couple, in our 50's, have cruised several times before on several different lines. This was our first cruise experience that included a 4 night pre-cruise land package- Celebrity #6 package. We also added a night in Vancouver before flying home. This was our first Alaska experience.

Amazingly, we had great weather the entire time. No rain, 60's and 70's and mostly sunny.

Our land tour director Pat was great. She was with us the 4 days, and was very knowledgeable about Alaska, and made the experience fun. She was also very helpful with making suggestions about what excursions would be best for us.

We started our land tour in Fairbanks. We live in Florida, so it was a very long travel day to reach Fairbanks. We stayed at Sophie Station hotel, very nice apartment style hotel. We started day 2 with the arranged Riverboat tour and then the Goldmine tour. We really enjoyed the Riverboat, especially since it was relaxing, and we needed it More after our travel day. The Goldmine tour was sort of corny, but they made it fun.

We then took the Celebrity train to Denali. This was a first class experience. The car operated by Celebrity was very spacious and comfortable. The dining car was great, and so was the breakfast. It gave us a chance to really see interior Alaska in first class comfort.

We arrived in Denali, and went right to the arranged Denali Park tour. It was a total waste of time- just like the boards had warned. Most of us in our group were disappointed. Celebrity needs to get more creative with this time and tour experience. We then went to our hotel, The Grande Denali Lodge. We had a spectacular view from our room. Accommodations were good, very nice public areas. The restaurant was a disaster. Lots of excuses, bottom line, very short on help. We arranged for a helicopter tour with Glacier Landing. We went with ERA booked through Celebrity- this was the highlight. We are very glad we decided to do this in Denali. The glacier landing was amazing. We also got to see Mt. Mckinley it was such a clear day. We also did the Jeff King Sled dog experience. It was a great experience and Jeff is quite the entertainer. I would recommend for all to try to fit in.

We then took the bus to Seward to embark. Bus was comfortable, and Pat our guide and the bus driver really make the drive fun. It was a great chance to see the landscape of Alaska. We arrived at the Millennium about 5:30, and within 45 minutes we were on-board.

The Millennium looked great. We were surprised how easy it was to get around. We never felt crowded. The public areas all seemed to be in good shape, and the staff were always friendly. We really enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tubs outside of the Aqua spa.

Our room was very nice, bed was very comfortable. Our cabin attendant was very good, not always visible, but anytime we needed something, we just called and he appeared. Very responsive.

We opted for Select dining, and were glad we did. Since Alaska is port intensive, there were several days we were glad we were not constrained by a set time. The wait staff were very good, and we never had a problem getting a table. I would suggest making reservations each day. It ensured we did not have to wait, and we always got the location we requested.

On day 2 of the cruise we had our cruise critic get together. We had the senior officers meet with us and offered us all invitations for a bridge and galley tour. My only disappointment with Celebrity was they never followed through with the invitations. We are resourceful and found our own way to schedule the tours through the Concierge desk. For the Hubbard glacier viewing we went out to the helicopter pad in front of ship for viewing. The Cruise Critic group got access before everyone else, that was nice. Altho it was cloudy, it was an incredible viewing.

Overall this was a great Alaska experience. We were very happy with our pre and post cruise packages through Celebrity. Less

Published 06/01/10
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Cabin review: C-28069

Great room. Location- only drawback was directly across from the Housekeeping room. It was quite most of the time, but there was always a cart in front of our room. The last night, around 4am it was very noisy and woke us up.

Port and Shore Excursions

We had arranged an independent bear watching tour with Teckk Outfitters. Keith owner/guide was great. Really got to see interior Alaska, and got a great bear sighting. Since we were early in the season, bear population was just waking up. We only had 5 in our group, so Keith really personalized our experience. The port itself is not much, so scheduling some type of excursion is essential if you want to experience this port.

We did Whale watching with Harv and Marv. We selected the 6 person boat and had Marv (Jay) as our captain. He was a fantastic guide. The whole experience was great, saw lots of eagles, whales, and sea lions. as a part of the tour we were dropped off at the Mendenhall Glacier, got to spend about 30-45 minutes there. Harv and Marv were very flexible with our group, asking us how long we wanted to spend there. The bus ride from the port to the boat was narrated, and we got to see quite a bit. I would highly recommend them for whale watching.

We also stopped at Tracy's Crab shack, had some of the best Alaskan King Crab legs ever!

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We did not schedule any excursions in Skagway, and wish we had. The town was mostly made up for tourist shopping. We walked around, did some shopping, and spent time back on-board in pool and gym. Friends we had met through our cruise citic group took the Dyea Dave tour and train ride. They were very happy with the tour experience.

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Post Cruise- We stayed at Sutton Place in downtown Vancouver as part of a post cruise package. Very nice hotel. Since we only had the day and night, we did a walking tour of the city. Booked it independently through Urban Adventures. Our guide Blaise was great and packed in as much as he could in our 4 hour experience.

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