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10 Seward to Canada & New England Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we were tired of being nickeled and dimed to death with other cruise lines & the Itinerary was one we had not experienced before, in addition my sister-in-law recently lost her husband and we invited her to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were tired of being nickeled and dimed to death with other cruise lines & the Itinerary was one we had not experienced before, in addition my sister-in-law recently lost her husband and we invited her to join us. We went to some very nice ports and a few ugly ports... Guatemala and Ecuador. I have to say that this was a very enjoyable cruise except for the lack of bands and dancing facilities. For some reason the last time they rebuilt the ship some idiot decided that two poles in the middle of the only small dance floor on the ship was a good idea. Whenever more than three couples got on the floor it was impossible to move around. Also there is only one musical band on the ship. That means that there is zero dancing anywhere on the ship whenever the band is required for accompanying any performer of the production staff and dancers. This is ridiculous and cheap for a cruise company that makes a big deal out of being all inclusive. I have one really major complaint: We booked a penthouse cabin for three adults, there are only a dozen penthouse cabins supposedly set up for three passengers on the ship. The problem is that the cabins are just like all the others. Zero accommodations made for the third passenger. Here is a list of the problems associated with this setup: 1.) The pull-out couch had a lousy mattress. We insisted and got a real mattress (6 inchs thick) assigned to the bed that had to be removed and replaced each and every night for the 29 day cruise as it would not fit in the couch. Once the pull out couch and mattress are in place the bar and refrigerator cannot be used as the cabin is too narrow to open the refrigerator. It also make the balcony impossible to use once the bed is made as you have to crawl over the bed to open it. Because of this each morning I was forced to remove the matress, and then store it between the couch and the window, temporarily blocking half of our Balcony view every morning to give us access to the Balcony. 2.) The glassware had two of everything in the cabinet upon our arrival. We had to request glassware and stemware for three occupants & several times after using the bar the glassware was not replaced properly while we were away for a show or dinner. 3.) We paid for Butler service, overall the service was excellent except... when canapé's were delivered every night they were always delivered in multiples of 2, not 3, I attempted to explain this to our Butler, who seemed to speak very good English, but after numerous attempts gave up and divided what he brought as best we could. It was almost a game to decide which of the three of us was being shorted a selection each evening. In addition several times I had to request replenishment of beer and alcohol. 4.) If a cabin is properly set up for three, there should be end tables with drawers for three, not two, instead of a lamp table with NO storage for the third person. 5.) Inadequate storage space for 3, for a 29 day cruise. Of course there was an inadequate number of clothes hangers for 3 people for the cruise. It took several request to get enough into our walk-in closet. 6.) Inadequate lighting at the bed for the third person. On this ship, the Navigator, having a third person in a Penthouse suite is NOT advisable. By the end of the cruise, because of the inadequate facilities, we determined never to attempt a third person again, at least not in this suite. It seemed to me that when you add a third person for over $10,000 you should expect better. Our cruise was supposed to stop at Catalina Island. Upon embarkation, we were informed that we were NOT stopping in Catalina, but because of some problem, yet to be explained, we instead went to the stupid port of Ensenada. I believe they waited to tell us this upon embarkation because numerous people would have been on the Cruise lines case because of the change. I would have been one of them. There has been no mention of refunding some of our money because we lost out on a port all of us really wanted to go to. Excursions; Having excursions included in the price of the cruise is a good thing. You don't have to worry about getting back to the ship on time if you stay with the guide. You also don't have to do the amount of planning and coordination that is required to do them on your own. We did run across several minor issues that I felt happened because the Cruise line was being cheap. All cruisers paid a lot of money for this trip. This kind of stuff should not happen: 1.) They give you all the water you want to carry when you leave the ship, OK, who wants to carry more than one bottle each. On several occasions once on the coach no additional water was provided by the cruise ship and after a 6 to 7 hour tour of very warm and humid conditions having to pay a couple bucks for local water should not happen. On more than one occasion when we reached our destination on the coach the tour/guide had water for sale at ridiculous prices. Why is water not included in the tours? Good question... 2.) We signed up for "Lunch with an Astronaut" at the Kennedy space center. The lunch with the Astronaut was cancelled, but everyone still thought lunch was going to be provided, just that the Astronaut would not be there. Wrong, we had to buy our lunch after being ticked to have a lunch provided. Can we say, cheap. 3.) We went to a tour that was advertised as a drive through an animal park in Guatemala consisting of driving through the park in 6 passenger covered jeeps and station wagons.... Wrong, we drove through in our 50 passenger motor coach that barely made the turns and photography was hampered by the fact that the windows were glary and would not open, and of course if you were seated on the wrong side of the bus it was impossible to see, much get good photo's.... bummer OK, not so bad, but we were promised a lunch. The restaurant made sandwiches and burgers that all of us thought should have been provided, but Wrong, our provided lunch consisted of a small cup of fries and a local beer. If you wanted more, you had to purchase it on your own dime. Another cheap play by the Cruise. Not sounding quite so all inclusive is it. Many of the excursions were excellent, but not all of them. Whenever I have paid for an excursion with non all inclusive lines, I got really nice excursions. Regent could do a much better job and stop being so cheap. I also feel they should pre-tip the guides so they did not look for handouts at the end of there tour. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Holland America made many promises about Neptune class but failed to deliver:- 1. Promised express boarding for Neptune class - DID NOT Happen we had to wait among the hundreds of people - very slow. 2. Promised cocktail party with ... Read More
Holland America made many promises about Neptune class but failed to deliver:- 1. Promised express boarding for Neptune class - DID NOT Happen we had to wait among the hundreds of people - very slow. 2. Promised cocktail party with Captain/ senior officers - DID NOT happen 3. Promise priority bookings - DID NOT Happen 4. Promised express embarkation at ports - DID NOT happen 5. Entertainment we sub par - extremely poor, dancers out of time, singers very poor, th comedian was NOT funny and only catered to older Americans no one else could follow his alleged jokes - nothing for international travellers 6. Promised good food at all facilities - NOT the case, very average and often NOT tasty. 7. Speciality restaurants very average, sub par 8. Crew quite friendly 9. Ports generally ok but found the rice of excursions from the ship over the top - much cheaper at local venues. 10. We wanted to get to Scagway but NO help from ships crew, we found excellent help on shore. Found numerous other cruise ships in Scagway why was Holland America docked in a run down no where town? 11. We just finished (Jan 2019) a similar length cruise on P&O (in a suite similar too our previous HM suite) on an ex HM ship - this experience left HM for dead! Better service, better food, better entertainment, better everything!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Our cruise was booked almost a year in advance by my mother-in-law. We knew the planned date was before my daughter was three, so my mother-in-law asked if they'd be able to take my daughter who turns three one week after our cruise. ... Read More
Our cruise was booked almost a year in advance by my mother-in-law. We knew the planned date was before my daughter was three, so my mother-in-law asked if they'd be able to take my daughter who turns three one week after our cruise. They said yes as long as she was potty trained. After I read through all the information I wasn't sure that they would take her, so I called and again I was told as long as she was potty trained they would make an exception and take my daughter in the kids club. This was after we had booked. So I got my hopes up. I envisioned a cruise where I would have time alone with my husband, I would have time to exercise and enjoy all the amenities. I was super excited. I started potty training my daughter nine months ahead and we were ready to go. Here's how our cruise went... (All of the pretravel was booked with Holland America also) Day 1: Fly to Anchorage with two small children - somewhat challenging, but fine, hotel extremely loud, all of us wake up several times. Day 2: 8 hour train ride to Denali National Park - beautiful views, good food, but I felt like the majority of my time was spent entertaining my kids so they didn't bother the other adults on the train. Day 3: 10 hour bus ride to Seward for cruise - this third day of travelling in a confined space is getting really hard with an almost three year old and a five year old. I felt like I didn't see much because I was just trying to keep the kids from bothering anyone else the whole time. We boarded the ship around 5pm. After unpacking, my husband took my son to the kids club which our son was super excited about, he tried to sign up our daughter as well, they would not take her. I am in tears at this point. One of the women working in the kids club told my husband that there were sitters available for our daughter. Day 4: So I try to make the best of it and we go up the next morning and ask if we can pay for the sitter and they can watch her in the kids club. The answer is absolutely not. Their way to make amends for this is to offer us $10/hour babysitting for our daughter only in our cabin. Seriously?!? There are no other kids for her to play with, there is nothing for her to do, and it's just weird! The cruise director was not at all flexible about this and was condescending when telling us all of this. He kept talking about us suing the cruise line if they put her in there. He made it sound like they were liable if she was in the kids club, but not for the babysitting, so that makes me feel even less comfortable with the "compromise" he has come up with. He also admitted that the sales people lie to get a sale and his attitude was basically, so what, deal with it. So I'm extremely upset at this point, this cruise I've been looking forward to for almost a year, the majority of the plans I had in place are out or my husband and I are taking turns doing things by ourselves. Day 5: We are trying to enjoy ourselves on the cruise despite the set back. My husband gets roped into the dancing with the starts contest with me because he's being a good sport because I'm upset. They end up picking my husband to go on to the finals. They have him dancing with this hot 20 year old girl. The cruise director is the host for this, and decides to tell me then that this is the babysitter he's lined up for us. Last day of the cruise: My husband is in the contest, he does a good job at something he never wanted to do and was pretty embarrassed about. The cruise director makes the comment on stage in the end, "all I could think when you had her in your arms was get a room for Pete's sake". I thought it was incredibly inappropriate. I'm in the audience with several of my in-laws, both of my kids. He didn't make comments like that for the other guy that was married with kids. It felt like he was trying to make it uncomfortable because we complained. The food was good, it was clean, the views in Alaska were stunning and everyone else besides the director were incredibly kind and helpful. My advice to make your trip better than mine: Don't listen to anyone you call and ask questions to if they say that they will let something slide that is not in the fine print. If you do, write down their name and title. Also don't complain to the cruise director unless you want him to passive aggressively retaliate. It makes me so mad that we asked about this when booking and if the sales people were honest we could have booked a week later and not had any of these problems.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
A group of twelve friends embarked on June 3rd in Fairbanks heading down to Denali and then to Anchorage and Seward before boarding the Radiance of the Seas on June 7th.Connections from the airport to the hotel in Fairbanks were extremely ... Read More
A group of twelve friends embarked on June 3rd in Fairbanks heading down to Denali and then to Anchorage and Seward before boarding the Radiance of the Seas on June 7th.Connections from the airport to the hotel in Fairbanks were extremely smooth. The accommodations were fine. I thought the prices for the breakfast buffet were out of line and would be free at a Hampton Inn. We were impressed with the tours that were included in the Fairbanks area on Day 2. The Riverboat was very informative, very comfortable, and well planned. After lunch we visited the Dredge #8 and panned for gold. It was a great experience.On Day 3 we rode the train from Fairbanks to Denali. Scenery was beautiful and the train guide and bartender were good. At the park we had a walking tour which happened to have a close encounter with a moose and her calf. Accommodations at McKinley Village were adequate. The shuttle into town was convenient and free.Day 4 we took the optional WTW excursion ($310 per couple) into the park. That experience was worth the money, with numerous wildlife viewing and brief glimpses of Denali through gaps in the clouds. Day 5 we road the coach to Anchorage. Along the way we have splendid views of Denali. In Anchorage we were deposited at a downtown mall to get lunch. We spent about two hours wandering around the mall and the surrounding neighborhood. I mention this mainly to emphasize one very negative aspect of this day. When we arrived at the port in Seward it was about 5:30 PM. We had an arduous check-in procedure and finally hit the deck around 6 PM. With early seating, this meant that we had very little time to get to our room for clean-up before getting to our table around 6:20 PM. Now muster was scheduled for 7:30PM, so between having our waiters needing to get to muster duty and still serve us our dinner, suffice it to say that dinner was VERY rushed.Most of this problem I place with the Cruise Tour company that arranged the final leg of our journey. Our guide kept telling us not to worry "My dear guests," the ship does not sail until 9PM. A much shorter lunch stop would have solved the problem for us and I don't think I would have regretted a shorter zip through Anchorage.So we sailed on June 7th, heading toward Ketchikan. The ports of call were very nice and the scenery along the way was spectacular. Since we had been to Ketchikan, Skagway, and Juneau, we were content to explore the towns and skip the extra excursions. The only exception was that I took the Klondike Highway Bike tour in Skagway. That was fantastic!! The tour people were friendly, knowledgeable, and informative. The bikes were in excellent condition and the ride was well worth the $95 fee.The big problem began on Sunday in Juneau. On our way back to the ship from church, we stopped to buy some souvenirs. These included four Ulu knives (a very popular item in Alaska). These were confiscated at the security stop as we reboarded the ship. When we tried to retrieve them so we could mail them home in Skagway, we hit some big bumps in the quality of service from Guest Services. I'm pretty steamed about all of this, so I will just say that we were finally able to get the knives back in Ketchikan and mail them home. Thanks to the concierge (JD) we finally got through the issues and the Customs official in Ketchikan was very friendly as he cleared our purchase for being taken to shore. When we left the ship in Vancouver we saw many large tables full of confiscated items still waiting to be claimed, so I know we were in good company with this problem. I fault RCI for not adequately informing passengers about the problems with purchasing items for taking back to the US through Canada. If you're planning this trip, be careful and get the full information before you buy. Also, if the post office is available, I advise mailing many items home from shore and not after you try to get back on the ship.On board, our stateroom attendant was very attentive and congenial. Our dinner table waiters were also very good and provided our dinners at a good pace. I cannot say the same for lunch or breakfast.I found myself eating lunch in the Park Cafe most of the time and putting up with breakfast in the Cascade.The ship seems to be in need of some TLC. Elevator buttons frequently were inoperative and paint was peeling from the undersides of deck 11.While we usually enjoy the evening entertainment, there was only one show that kept us in our seats from beginning to end. Real sleepers!Much was made of the norovirus. I don't know how many actually caught it, but all of our group were hale and hardy throughout the two weeks we were together. The slight inconvenience of having crew serve us at the various venues and little to pay for the confidence that we'd be saved the problems of the sickness and being quaranteened.The process of leaving the ship was relatively painless and customs was a breeze. We recommend taking a shuttle to the downtown hotels in Vancouver. Inexpensive and quick. I think we checked into the Residence Inn by Marriott by 9AM. Nice new hotel with wifi and a free breakfast buffet!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
This was going to be the Cruise of a Lifetime for my companion's 50th birthday. She has always wanted to see Alaska and I figured we would truly "go in style." I wanted the very best in service aboard a smaller, more custom ... Read More
This was going to be the Cruise of a Lifetime for my companion's 50th birthday. She has always wanted to see Alaska and I figured we would truly "go in style." I wanted the very best in service aboard a smaller, more custom vessel. 1. AIR TRANSPORT This therefore narrowed it down to either RSSC or Silverseas. What sold me on Regent, like many other passengers I am sure, was that they include airfare while Silverseas may or may not, in a sailing-versus-utilization scheme that's more complicated to understand than your cell phone company's data plans. But as it turned out, this "free" airfare was a huge hassle, and ultimately a very expensive perk: we were traveling on to Hawaii, and while Silverseas flat-out refused to even consider ending up at a different airport than where we started (Newark), RSSC was quite accommodating. But here's the catch: because our other connections were made by us (RSSC was only responsible for getting us to and from the ship), that meant that if our other carriers failed to make connections we were on our own. And of course, that's exactly what happened - our Go! airlines flight was cancelled coming back, creating a domino effect of missed flights and resulting in us having to pay $900 in additional airfare - not to mention taking almost three days to get home. In addition, I later discovered that Alaska Airlines (the preferred carrier to the Navigator) actually flies direct to Kauai, which would have saved us considerable funds and literally days off our round trip; but RSSC's air program only covers Honolulu. NONE OF THIS is RSSC's fault, and I am definitely not dinging RSSC here: if your plans take you directly to and from one of the preferred airports that RSSC's air program covers, then this is a pretty good deal (but even then, do not expect RSSC to make the effort to find you particularly efficient connections). My proviso is that if your plans involve going to any secondary airports, or on to other destinations, then RSSC's included airfare may not be the bargain it first appears. 2. COMMUNICATIONS RSSC does TERRIBLE job of communicating to passengers, and perks that they claim are available often simply don't actually exist. We booked a deluxe cabin, which included a butler. Did we actually require a butler? No. But my companion was very much looking forward to having one if only for bragging rights. Aboard the ship, we were introduced to our stewardess (who was indeed friendly and helpful). But no butler - RSSC had changed their web site and their policy regarding which cabins are butler-equipped...months after we had paid in full. Another example: each deck has a big map of the ship next to the elevators. Except they don't accurately reflect the ship's layout (deck eight showed a laundry, but deck seven did not, even though the laundry is there). The map handed out said something different, and the maps on the company's web site said something else yet again. Internet is not included (well, stay tuned) and is unbelievably pricey - really? An Internet plan for $1,200?!? That was pretty hard to swallow, but the punch line was this - on the last day of the voyage, after we had been directed to the Internet lounge to print boarding passes, we discovered that our cabin came with 60 minutes of free Internet. Nobody had ever told us. One thing that people DID tell us, including an announcement by the cruise director, that if the ship was sinking we were to report to our mustering stations printed on the back of our room keys. Except no such information was on the keys. To his credit, the Cruise Director was very glad to hear of this and promised to correct his briefing - but he had not been told by the junior officer to whom we pointed out this important safety misinformation on the first day. While in many instances the information coming to us was wrong or missing, a place where they definitely overcompensate is the number of emails they sent us in the months leading up to departure. I just tallied them up: seventeen emails with "latest" or "updated" itineraries. Except...for the most part, they were identical copies of each other - but one included a change in airline departure time, and boy that one change would be easy to miss buried inside 17 otherwise identical emails. 3. PORTS OF CALL Here is the one place where I really felt let down. RSSC makes a major point of the Navigator's small size and how her smaller size allows her to go places where the bigger ships cannot. Well, I guess from a technical point of view that may be true...but the fact of the matter is that at least on the Seward-to Vancouver run, the Navigator follows EXACTLY the same course as the bigger ships. I know this for a fact, because we often were part of a convoy of ships including Princess, NCL, and Holland America, and we followed in each other's wakes. It was very disappointing to find that RSSC makes great play about the Navigator's special abilities but fails to mention that they don't utilize any of it. 4. EXCURSIONS It is certainly nice that RSSC includes many excursions in the fare. Naturally, the better ones are not included (if you do go, absolutely take the float plane glacier ride; worth every penny. Don't waste your money on a helicopter unless that chopper is also going to touch down to let you do something useful) (this advice applies to Alaska; there are places in for example Hawaii where a helicopter is worth the extra price). Of the ones that are included, warning: take RSSC's guide to physical fitness with a grain of salt! The "nature walk" requiring you to be in good physical condition refers not to YOUR condition, but that of your walker. The only thing that required anything more than a heartbeat was the kayak and even that was ultra low-key. And having excursions included means that you are restricted to RSSC's contracted schedules, which can be very limiting. We wanted to go ziplining but it did not fit in with our other excursions. I checked around (we did not know we had free Internet yet, but there's a McDonald's in every port...) and found that the zipline operator had lots of other times, including at other ports. But the "destination services" desk wasn't interested in trying to book us for a different time, even if we were willing to pay for the excursions ourselves. 5. COMFORT The Navigator is a fairly fast and comfortable ship. The cabin was very nice but it showed a surprising amount of wear, including a bathroom cabinet whose door was caved in. The bed was firm but very comfortable. But it was NOISY when the ship was underway - all kinds of squeaks and buzzes coming from above the ceiling. In desperation I tried stuffing toilet paper above the ceiling tiles - only to discover toilet paper already there from previous passengers! As it turned out, the noise was coming from joints and piping above the ceiling and simply could not be silenced by any means other than a pillow over the head. The Navigator was built as a research vessel, not a cruise ship. When I was aboard the Norwegian Dawn, the only time the cabin ever made noise was while the ship was at top speed and with the stabilizers going full tilt in a rough sea - in the middle of night a slow, distant groan came from a ceiling panel. The Navigator creaked at the slowest speed in the calmest sea. 6. FOOD Okay, now we're getting somewhere. The Navigator really does great meals, and room service is terrific. But even this comes with caveats: a) most liquor, and some pretty good wines, are included. But it is impossible to know what complimentary wines are available. In each restaurant, on each day, the menu will list one red and one white. But all the wines listed in all the restaurant menus throughout the ship for the entire cruise are complimentary - you just don't have any way of knowing what they are. Worse, the wait staff also don't know what they are. The head sommilier printed me a list, but when I said that list should be available to passengers or at least to the wait staff he was less than thrilled by the suggestion. I had one waiter who insisted that the red and white on the menu were the only complimentary wines I was allowed to have. b) we already had a reservation in Prime 7 (the excellent steakhouse) before we boarded. Supposedly that's not allowed, but I had made it clear that if I did not have reservations for my companion's birthday we would book elsewhere. I was told repeatedly that we could book another dinner there once everyone had a chance to make a reservation - according to the concierge, no later than the second night. As it turns out, this is just baloney - the head maitre'd later confirmed to me that nobody gets a second reservation. STAFF The officers are European and are generally excellent, although the woman at destination services made me feel like it was my duty to do her job (when I was trying to resolve a conflict between the start time of an excursion between what was on the excursion ticket versus what was in the excursion schedule). The staff, and especially the wait staff, were another story. They all were earnest but some of them spoke so little English as to make any attempt at communication pointless. Trying to find out if they had "Smirnoff Ice" led to an ongoing running comedy that would have made the Marx Brothers proud. ENTERTAINMENT One definite drawback of such a small ship is that there is only one troupe of entertainers on board; the same group perform every show. So Shakespeare, 50's Rock-n-Roll, and Acrobatics. The two main stars were wonderful; the supporting cast belonged in a High School musical, and not the kind that anyone other than parents show up for. CONCLUSION I had a great time on the Navigator. But I had an even better time on larger ships whose fares cost literally a third as much. Most - but not all - of the touted advantages of being on such a ship don't really pan out in reality. If I had to do it again, I would have taken the Silverseas and planned my own transportation. Silverseas has the additional advantage of moving passengers from Anchorage to the ship (a trip of several hours) via the very nice and romantic train shoreline, while RSSC puts you on a boring bus. But I am sure that I would have had every bit as good a time on an NCL ship - and had many many thousands of dollars left over a consolation for not having a butler... Oh, that's right - I didn't have one anyway! Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, also first time on a large cruise ship. We have previously cruised on Renaissance (now defunct), Club Med 1 & 2, and most of the Windstar ships, visiting the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Celebrity, also first time on a large cruise ship. We have previously cruised on Renaissance (now defunct), Club Med 1 & 2, and most of the Windstar ships, visiting the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Micronesia (Tahiti, Bora Bora, etc0. We spent one night in Anchorage, AK before the cruise, took the train from Anchorage to Seward, then spent a long weekend in Vancouver after the cruise. The train ride was scenic, but the typical overcast Alaskan weather diminished the visibility and impact of the scenery. We saw one bald eagle nest, a porcupine, and a galloping speck on a mountainside that appeared to be a bear. So much for the wildlife! Overall, the train ride was quite civlized, with an informative hostess/guide, and decent food service. Boarding the Millennium was relatively smooth, until we got on board, when the camera station malfunctioned, so we had to wait to get our ID cards. Nobody offered to show us to our cabin, so we found it on our own (not very difficult). However, I heard some nasty comments from other passengers about the rather lackadaisical approach to onboarding. There was one knob on the wall in our cabin, the purpose of which I never did figure out. Our cabin steward Ralph did come by a little later to introduce himself, and provided attentive and courteous service throughout the cruise. The room was comfortable and nicely decorated, and our veranda was also nice --- somewhat larger than the cabins directly above us (!?). The newly refurbished decor of the ship was VERY nice, and I spent a lot of time in the early morning hours taking photos, which I have posted on the Celebrity message board, and tried to post in the Photo Gallery (somewhat laborious process). Celebrity did host a welcome party for the 20+ Cruise Critic guests in Michael's Lounge, with complimentary champagne and Mimosas. However, afterwards it was hard to keep track of the folks we met, except for those of us who joined together for the Dyea Dave excursion into Canada a few days later. We were lucky to have a sunny day to view the Hubbard Glacier, but the floating ice kept the ship from approaching closer than 3 miles or so. Even so, the rails were lined with passengers looking for a good view. The best viewing was from the Sports Deck, or the Cosmos Lounge. A good "secret" spot was from the Spa fitness center, directly below Cosmos. One of the highlights of the trip was the onboard naturalist, who gave a live presentation during the glacier visit, plus several other presentations in the theater, which were then re-broadcast throughout the day on TV. He was very informative, and an excellent speaker. One piece of information that we learned from these talks is that during June, cruise ships are not allowed to enter Glacier Bay national park, because of the need to protect the newborn seal pups. Before the cruise, we had heard that Celebrity was not one of the cruise lines allowed into the park, so it turned out that we didn't miss anything anyway. We only did one excursion, and I heard mixed reviews from other passengers. The weather was overcast and drizzly throughout all the Alaska itinerary, and apparently the whale watching was somewhat disappointing, as the boats are not allowed to approach nearer than 300 yards from the whales and orcas. We saved our whale watching until Vancouver, and were rewarded with some outstanding sights of leaping, breaching orcas. Entertainment was pretty good, with a great magician, a fairly good comedian/ventriloquist, and several different musical groups. Now for the food & beverage. Admittedly, my basis of comparison is based on small ship cruising, which allows for more personal service and food presentation. Celebrity's food was fairly good in quality, but suffered from "large dining room syndrome". Let's start with the coffee, which was not terrible, but it wasn't great either. Even the fresh-ground coffee at the Cafe Bacio was pretty bad, at $5 a pop. Celebrity can do better. Breakfast pastries were terrible, little round danish thingies fresh from the freezer case, about as appetizing as cardboard with jelly on top. Most guests turned them down. OJ was good, but the scrambled eggs definitely came from a large chafing dish, not cooked to order. Omelets were consistently overcooked, but the eggs benedict were pretty good.Lunch in the Ocean Cafe was OK for a buffet line, with good selection. Desserts were pretty, but tasteless. Bread pudding was excellent, as was the ice cream. Main dining room service was very attentive, but again, the food suffered from a lack of attention and consistency. I had to send back my steak, lamb chops, and salmon because it was overcooked. Caesar salad was great one night, lousy the next. Desserts were all very good, especially those that were prepared on the dining room floor, such as Crepes Suzette and Cherries Jubilee. The wine list was limited by the glass, and some offerings were not available, even though they were listed on the menu as the Sommelier's Recommendation! Overall, still a very pleasant cruise experience. We have booked another 12-night Celebrity Cruise to New Zealand and Australia early in 20123, looking forward to it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Great experience with the Millie - we have only cruised with Infinity and Century before - so she is a newbie to us. The wait staff for our table were lovely - we had friends who were on anytime dining sit with us twice - and they also ... Read More
Great experience with the Millie - we have only cruised with Infinity and Century before - so she is a newbie to us. The wait staff for our table were lovely - we had friends who were on anytime dining sit with us twice - and they also loved out staff. They had a bad experience with another table they wanted to join, in fact they were making a formal complaint against the member of staff for being so rude! Lisa the cruise director is a love - she is funny and clever - she also sings on stage and in person makes you feel really welcome. Met a few cruise critic members at a meet and greet in Michael's Club on the first day. Lots of the crew were in attendance and made us feel at home. The guitarist was superb - best musician on the ship as far as I was concerned. Had a bridge tour - very informative and yet boring at the same time - maybe its a girl thing... Food was average - not up to previous standards and I know they have changed the chef who sets the menus - Michael Van Staden now?? Everyone who visited the Olympic raved - husband too tight to go there. Ship was looking tired in some of the main areas but I hear she is getting a refit - not happy about lots of different restaurants - but cruise lines will learn by default that customers want to pay up front and have a dining option they can use without waiting etc... Read Less
Sail Date July 2010
We chose the Celebrity Millennium for our first Alaska inside passage cruise because the dates and prices were very reasonable. Liking the finer things in life, we opted for the first class train from Anchorage to the port of Seward and it ... Read More
We chose the Celebrity Millennium for our first Alaska inside passage cruise because the dates and prices were very reasonable. Liking the finer things in life, we opted for the first class train from Anchorage to the port of Seward and it turned out to be the perfect choice. While checking in we were asked by the maitre'd of Olympic if we would like to try his restaurant that first night for a discount; we accepted and absolutely loved the space, the waiters, and the excellent food and wines. The Italian grandmother walls and decor are from the historic ship Olympic which was Titanic's sister ship. The next night we went to the main dining room and enjoyed terrific food but missed the Olympic's atmosphere so returned 3 more of the 5 remaining nights. The best night though was when our butler served dinner in our stateroom (the Royal Suite). Though our previous cruise experiences were luxury brand smaller ships we had not had more than 350 ft2 in the stateroom. The Royal Suite is about 750ft2 with a beautiful dining room for four. My dad was staying nearby in a Celebrity suite which was also nice but incomparable to the RS. He spent a lot of time in our room. The balcony of the RS was also roomy with two chaise lounges and an outdoor dining table but the "jacuzzi" is a joke: it's a jacuzzi bath tub barely big enough for one person and visually unappealing. The same is true for the penthouse suite's jacuzzi which we toured. The RS's jacuzzi bathtub (inside) is a much better option; that or the public jacuzzi on the pool deck. It was interesting to experience a big ship for the first time after being warned how impersonal they can be. I suppose in the main spaces that holds true but it also allows for a nice sized casino and clubs. The signing of bills after each drink or other purchase was a tad irritating having come from SilverSea and the like but drinks were free during happy hour in the captain's club. The captains club also came with invitations to smaller group tours (galley, bridge, etc.) and some drink inclusive parties. The only thing we paid extra for that I do NOT recommend is the "eat when you want" dining option. I forget the name of it but they've reserved the upper left side of the dining room for people who have paid the extra money but they still want you to decide in advance and tell them what time you would like to eat. Otherwise you walk up and take your chances that they'll have a table for you. I'd rather just do the later seating or better yet go to the Olympic. Surprisingly, the overall experience exceeded the smaller ship experience but only because of the Royal Suite, the friendliness of the staff in the Olympic, our butler and the excellent food experiences. There was maybe once or twice in the main breakfast / lunch buffet restaurant that I went "oh, this is what they mean"... when I carried my cafeteria tray and sat among a group from China. Our next cruise is booked on Seabourn's Sojourn which is also new for us but I wouldn't hesitate to return to Celebrity under the right conditions. Also I found the port stops less exciting than slowly cruising by all the beautiful scenery so one of the lessons learned from that cruise is to maximize time at sea and glaciers and minimize port stops; and did I mention the Royal Suite? Ya, that's also key. Enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date May 2010
We were a family of 8...coming from Texas, Florida, Calif. South Carolina. Ages 14 to 65!!! We all met in Anchorage the day before, Stayed at the Marriott...it was comfortable and within easy walking to restaurants and shops in town. Had ... Read More
We were a family of 8...coming from Texas, Florida, Calif. South Carolina. Ages 14 to 65!!! We all met in Anchorage the day before, Stayed at the Marriott...it was comfortable and within easy walking to restaurants and shops in town. Had dinner at Orso`s!! Wonderful food...not to be missed.Friday morning a bus arrived to take us to our train and we were on our way to Seward. The train ride was great!! Very comfortable seats, with large vista windows. The scenery was breathtaking. It just kept getting better and better!!! We arrived at Seward and walked a short distance to the terminal...boarding was fast, efficient and easy. We were on in minutes! The Radiance is beautiful!! It is spotless and bright...nothing hurts your ears or your eyes!!! Every single worker on the ship was cheerful and polite.....they made us feel very welcome!! Our luggage arrived within a hour...we unpacked and got ready to explore our home for the next 7 days!!! The size of the Radiance is medium....just big enough to have lots to see and do...but not so big that it is overwhelming. The perfect size for us!! Our first dinner was a pleasant surprise! Our waiter Sergey was absolutely the BEST of any cruise I have ever been on. Service was outstanding and the food excellent. We never had any reason to go to the speciality restaurants. We ate at our table every night...with pleasure!!! The food was fresh, hot, pleasant to look at and well prepared. If you like Alaskan fish, this is the place to really enjoy it every night...and we did. The Windjammer was great for breakfast and lunch...plenty of choices.. lots of fresh fruits and salads and excellent desserts. We ate at the Seaview cafe once and it was very good as well, with a smaller more intimate atmosphere.Entertainment: To me the entertainment was lacking in talent. The singers and dancers didn`t seem to have there hearts in what they were doing. There was no WOW factor in the cruise director...he tried to be funny but...well....not really. There were numerous lounges at night that had good music....and some nice places for teenagers to "hang out". At every port there are so many interesting things to do. Juneau was cold and rainy...but the town is friendly. We went on a whale watching tour and it was amazing!!! We saw lots of whales, both Orcas and Humpbacks. It was a good trip and well worth it.Skagway is like stepping back in time...what a cute place and so much fun!!! Hoonah also was great...we went zip lining which was alot of fun, and bear hunting which was really crazy!!! We did see 2 bears on the van type tour...the guide chased them down these little narrow dirt roads....of course the bears ran away...but we got quite close to one and got some good pictures!!!What a riot!!! In Ketchikan we took a floatplane to the fiords. It was a first for all of us and an experience to be remembered forever. It was beautiful, everything was so BIG!! Landing on the water was so easy...it just sort of sat down!!! Our last night was sort of sad, packing and getting ready to get back to the real world!!! Disembarkation: was orderly and reasonable. We stayed an extra day in Vancouver, which is a lovely city and has lots to see and do. My husband and I have cruised over 20 times, with many lines. Cunard, Princess, Costa, Holland & Carnival. This is our 10th with Royal Caribbean. We have been on good,bad and mediocre cruises. This cruise ranks right at the very top for a wonderful time. It was sad to leave the Radiance and we will always remember her with fond memories.Its a perfect ship for families of all ages and Alaska is the most perfect place!! The Last Frontier!! For sure!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2008
This will be a very lengthy review it is close to 4400 words but we wanted to capture the grandeur that is Alaska and hopefully you can see it through our eyes if that is at all possible...We hope you enjoy this review Our thoughts on ... Read More
This will be a very lengthy review it is close to 4400 words but we wanted to capture the grandeur that is Alaska and hopefully you can see it through our eyes if that is at all possible...We hope you enjoy this review Our thoughts on HAL's Cruise / Tour #14 Tuesday May 20, 2008 Let me start out by saying there was my Wife, (early 50's) Step Son (18) Myself (Early 50's) the wife's lifelong friend (early 50's) and her husband (Early 50's)....This is just so you know the makeup of our group..For us this was part of our son's Graduation from High School present We like to leave a day early so we can acclimate to time changes and make sure that we get there in case of a problem with our air travel Our alarm goes off at 4:00am with no problems there is anticipation in the air setting out on a new adventure So Airport Transportation (Local Taxi) picked us up at 4:30am and they are on time. We head off to Newark NJ airport, now we live a stone's throw from JFK in New York (20 minutes) but the only way we could stay with the same airline, Alaska Air, was to leave from Newark. As Alaska Air have no flights out of JFK... We were in the airport in less than 1 hour. The only problem was that our big bag was over 50lbs. (64lbs to be exact) and I told the Wife that there was no way it could be over 50lbs because I could not lift over 50lbs with my left hand..Guess we will be buying a luggage scale HA HA.. All of our flights were on time. We went from Newark to Seattle and then Seattle to Fairbanks. We arrived at the Westmark Hotel at 4:15 Alaska time which there is a 4 hour time difference between there and New York so we were traveling for over 15 ½ hours, a long day!!!! We had dinner in the hotel prices are high but I guess that is Alaska Wednesday May 21, 2008 We woke up Wednesday morning had breakfast, this was the best value for the money at $13.95 all you could eat buffet. The food at this was passable I know I know food is very subjective some might love it I just thought it was OK. We then decided to take a free shuttle to the Museum of the North, this is located at the University of Alaska..Now this trip cost us $10.00 per person, the cost of entry to the museum. HAL charges $25.00 per person, YOU DO THE MATH When we arrived back at the Westmark we went to our room and I found it wide open WITH NO ONE IN THE ROOM..I waited there for a few minutes until housekeeping came back and I disclosed my displeasure!!!! The woman told me she had only been gone a minute but I told her it was longer then that...I was very concerned because some of my camera equipment was still in the room what if that had been stolen yes HAL and the Westmark would make good but what about the pictures that I would have missed you can't put a price on that...I called the head of housekeeping to talk to her she kept saying that she was sorry and gave me 5 vouchers for breakfast, but as you will see later I am still going to write to both HAL and The Westmark Then at 3:00 we went to meet our Tour Director Annette French...Later that day we went to the Great Alaskan Salmon Bake and Show in the Palace Theater, booked through HAL, but once again you do not have to you can book it at the Hotel and save some money..The food was very good all you could eat and the show was a rip, very very funny Thursday May 22, 2008 Today we went on the Fairbanks City, Gold Dredge #8, and Riverboat tour...These were very interesting and we really enjoyed them...As a side note the best food that I had on the land portion of our Cruise / Tour was at Gold Dredge #8 the beef stew was the best I have had in a long time, at least since my grandmother passed away and then hers was the BEST...We also got to stop at the Alaskan Pipeline for about 25 minutes, this was interesting to see..We did find out some interesting facts about Alaska it has NO STATE INCOME TAX..Local cities may impose a tax but most don't...Also because of the pipeline every person (Man woman and child) who have been a resident of Alaska for more than 1 year get a dividend check every October, last year that check was $1700.00...Also they have a program where you can buy College Credits at the current rate..So you can take your child's check and buy credits for their collage education at the University of Alaska..These tours took up all day and this was our last day in Fairbanks.... When we arrived back we went to our room prior to dinner to clean up and found that our room was ONLY ½ MADE UP...One bed was left unmade with all the dirty linens from both beds and the bathroom on it...Once again a call to the Head of Housekeeping...They sent up a housekeeper but NOT THE HEAD..So we insisted on seeing the Head of Housekeeping and she finally came up...Once again she said that she was sorry...All she offered us this time was 5 espressos from the hotel shop as we had to board buses very early in the morning...So you now see why I will be writing to both HAL (Which I think owns the Westmark) and the Westmark... Our overall impressions of the Westmark, the dinning have very limited menus and they are expensive (A New York Steak was $26.00 which is a little steep)..There has to be improvements in housekeeping...Lastly the hotel is located in a bad part of town Friday May 23, 2008 We were up early as our bags had to be out by 7:00am...Once we are loaded in our bus it is a short trip to the train station of the Alaskan Rail Road where we board HAL's McKinley Explorer for our 4 hour ride to Denali..The scenery along this rail way is incredible..While aboard we had the option of buying breakfast..The food was very good and for me it should have been as this is owned (I mean the rail road cars) by HAL..There is no way to describe the site when you first see the Alaskan Mountain Range...I have seen pictures as we all have, I have taken pictures, and they just can't do the mountain range justice.... Just before noon we arrive at the Denali Rail Road Station and get off the train and get onto buses for a very short trip to the McKinley Resort and Chalet...The Chalet is located in the Nenana River Valley...Once again everywhere you turn the scenery is breath taking...We have this whole afternoon and evening to ourselves...We had a late lunch in the Courtyard Cafe, the food is starting to improve, we often do this (late lunch) and not have dinner... HAL does offer tours and we had prebooked the Husky Homestead Tour..We had problems with this tour...We were told to meet in the lobby and someone would make an announcement and we did hear other tours being announced..My wife saw the van for the Husky Homestead Tour and we waited and waited and then they just left without paging in the lobby that they were there!!! We went to the front desk to say something and to see if they could get the driver to come back but they said that they would get us alternate transportation...As a side note the day before in Fairbanks we spent a good part of our morning on the bus running back and forth picking up stragglers...SO WHY COULD THEY NOT DO THAT HERE????? Anyway they give us a very nice young man with VERY POOR directions and we spent the next 45 minutes going up and down every side road looking for our tour, little to say we never found it and we headed back to the hotel when we were going back we found out the HAL had an office on the hotel grounds just outside the lobby...We went in there to see what we could do..The driver gave us the slip of paper that he had the directions on so we showed to the HAL Rep she looked at it and said that the directions were wrong and then refunded our money and then said she said she would try to do more for us like ship board credit but we would have to see her the next day...Our problem was our 18 year old son had picked this tour and it was the only land thing that he wanted to do and it was the way we got him to come with us so he was very disappointed to say the least Saturday May 24, 2008 Today we did the Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali Park...Once again this was a very good tour which was part of our package (HAL's Cruise / Tour #14)...This is another tour that we really enjoyed and once again it is something that really can't be described and pictures cannot do it justice....Also as soon as I can I will post my pictures I took well over 2500 which will be culled down a lot...My final thought on Denali National Park we did not get to see Mount McKinley....They say that only about 30% of the people that go to the park every year get to see the summit from ground level because of the cloud cover Final thoughts on the land portion of our trip...Looking back on my notes I had given the food a 3 (Based on a 0 to 10 with 10 being the very best) but in reality the food has to be worth a 7....The only real problem was the Westmark's Restaurants with their high prices and their limited selections....The tours I'd also rate as a 7 because of the Husky tour and after we found out what HAL charges for the Museum of the North and what we paid it just does not add up...The Hotels here we go I really have problems here over all I'd say a 5+....If I split them up the Westmark gets a 3 and with that I think I am being kind and their Restaurant... McKinley Resort and Chalet gets a 7 because of the way they handled our tour....The land portion of the tour over all gets an 8+ the thing that pulled it out for me was the marvelous, wondrous, and beautiful sites I was truly humbled....Our tour guide Annette French she gets a 8 and the only reason that I did not give her a 9 is because I fell that when any one in her group is taking a HAL sponsored tour I.e.: our Husky tour she needs to be in the lobby of the hotel to resolve any problems like the one we had, but otherwise she was great.. Sunday May 25, 2008 Another early day we are boarding the bus at 7:15am for the long ride to Seward and the Volendam...We make a few stops on the way down our bus driver / guide is good...One of the places we get to stop is the Denali game preserve...They have some animals which we get out of the buss and are able to take pictures of...A very interesting place where they care for injured animals and are trying to repopulate some animals who are having a problem in the wild....We get our first look at the Volendam at 4:50pm...As Deluxe Suite passengers we get preferred check in, this perk is no big deal our friends who were in another cabin checked in and were just behind us on the line to board...We board and there is NO ONE to direct us to our cabin or the Lido or where we are to go so we found the elevator and found our room...The first person to impress us was our room steward his name is Lucky he called us by Mr. & Mrs. Our last name....For the rest of the week Lucky was good not impressive.....We went up to the Lido for dinner which was very crowded... There was nothing in the main dinning room so we were told Monday May 26, 2008 Today is a sea day and we get to see College Fjord we were here from 5:30am until 9:00am....My wife and I generally got up early, between 7:00 & 7:30am, no matter what time I leave the casino and most nights that is around 1:00am... We went to the Lido for breakfast and the first thing we noticed was the lack of ships officers, we did not know the entertainment personal aboard so we excluded them...On the Oosterdam 2 years ago the officers and entertainment staff would have breakfast with the passengers and we were told that that was an order from the captain, that the crew would eat in the Lido and no more than 2 to a table and mingle with the passengers...It was not to be here and I missed it...On the O-Dam we had breakfast with the Captain one morning although he only had coffee but other mornings there were others and I think that is a good thing....HAL should make it mandatory throughout the fleet...This way the officers and others know what the passengers are thinking and maybe can help resolve problems sooner before they snow ball into larger problems...The other thing we noticed in the Lido during breakfast, was the coffee man or should I say the lack of one...Our last 2 HAL cruises O-Dam and Zandam coffee men just kept going up and down the aisles on both sides of the Lido offering refills....For the 6 mornings that we were in the Lido we saw them 2x and the second time he had passed us and another waiter offered to get us coffee....The other thing we noticed was the speed or lack there of at which tables got cleaned there were mornings where we walked around for quite a long time looking for a place to eat and we saw where tables that could be cleared.. Well I am rambling about the Lido if I think of more I will catch it another day..... I do not know if this is because this is our first cruise where we did not have to worry about a high school or grammar school schedule, which would put a lot of kids onboard and younger families, so let me throw this out there...BINGO this is where in the past I have had a lot of FUN!!! This time the Assistant Cruise Director and his helper were way too serious there was no way I could heckle them as I had done on the O-Dam and the Zandam on both of those cruises by the end I had the crowd with me and helping me and when I missed a BINGO session on those 2 ships I would get stopped and asked where I had been and if everything was alright...We got the impression this Entertainment staff were not approachable....To me they seemed to be just walking around just barely doing their jobs as if they did not want to be there... The other thing that we missed was the things that were done just prior to the main shows....Like on the Zandam there was a lip sync show where I played Rob Lowe from Foot Loose...Or on the O-Dam where I got my wife to play the Newly Wed Game and we had a lot of fun both times...It is things like these things that we missed Tonight is our first formal night...I was not felling very well, maybe the land tour wore me down, but I still dressed for dinner....For dinner we had early seating upper at 5:45 at table #18 which was a table for 6 but being there was only 5 of us it gave us some room...First thing that I noticed was the number of people who dressed down this number was about 40%...By dressing down I mean no tie or jacket for men, ladies in sweatshirts, people in jeans and sneakers....As far as men in tuxes goes maybe 10% had tuxes but the rest of the 50% had suits and ties... As a side note one of the other nights my step-son arrived in the dining room and had forgotten to leave his hat in our cabin and was told he had to remove it, they were right and he did....So why can't they question others not properly dressed???? But they can stop an 18 year old kid....... Getting back to our first formal night dinner well it was like this everyone at our table ordered the "JUMBO SHRIMP" what we got was shrimp from "Cosco" or "Sams Club" and I mean the really small shrimp...You had to look way down into the cocktail dish to find them...In fact we joked that it was Krill...What we found out was that they can only take on stores in Vancouver and cannot get them in Seward so by the south bound voyage there can be and there were "SHORTAGES" ...As my review moves through the week I will talk about other things we did not have..... Menus they were good except where they forgot that they were out of something and still had it on the menu....The thing that was MISSING was the comfort food...There was no Meat Loaf or Turkey or any other comfort food...There are those of us who look forward to HAL's meat loaf and those other comfort foods they are nice for a change... I must admit one thing here because I have been one on those carrying the banner about formal nights and remaining dressed....As I said earlier I was not feeling well so after dinner I went back to my cabin and changed out of my Tux into a neat pair of slacks with a golf shirt and was still dressed better then a lot of others that night Tuesday May 27, 2008 9:00am we enter Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve ---- I was on the bow of the ship from about 8:40am right after breakfast and I can tell you it was cold then because we were making some speed...We moved up Tarr Inlet and the way you know that you are getting close to a glacier you will see the ice flow...Saw first Marjorie Glacier and Pacific Glacier...There was some Calving of Marjorie but it was tough to catch with my camera you have to be very lucky to be looking at the right spot at the right time.....Marjorie Glacier stretches back some 17 miles From there we approached Jaw Point (called so because as you round it your Jaw drops at the first site of Johns Hopkins Glacier...We were 5 miles away and it was huge Wednesday May 28, 2008 Docked at Haines---We were going to the White Pass Rail Road as we were disembarking there was an announcement that the White Pass Rail Road had broken down and that HAL would post a refund...We continued to the pier and found the HAL Rep on the pier and asked her what she thought about a replacement tour and she recommended the Wild Life Jet Boat Tour...She quoted us a price of $94.00 so we booked it for the 5 of us....The tour was OK but we only saw 2 eagles one nesting and one flying around...Well you can't make the animals come out on cue in the wild...The tour took place on the Chilcat river and the scenery was beautiful..... One side note the HAL Rep on the pier quoted us the wrong price, when we looked at our statement we found that they charged us $105.00 we went to our concierge in the Neptune Lounge and she handled it for us it for us..... Before I go on to Wednesday let me talk just a little about the weather... After all the reading I had done on the Cruise Critic Boards I was expecting the worst....We needed our heavy coats only once in Glacier Bay while we were entering it and I was hanging out on the bow.. But once we slowed down or just slowly turned in place my jacket was open....Every place we went it seemed as we approached it was cloudy and crappy looking but as we got there the sun burned off the clouds and we had glorious sunny warm days.... Thursday May 29, 2008 Docked in Juno---Here we booked the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier tour through HAL....We went to Mendenhall Glacier first today...When you see the Visitor Center it is hard to believe that 250 years ago this portion was covered with ice and glacier....That is the one constant about Alaska and her glaciers the view is different from year to year.... This was the second part of this great tour....I was the first to spot a whale and for the time we were out there we saw 6+ different whales ---- A group of Sea Lions ----- and a couple of eagles....You could get this cheaper but I like not having the hassle of getting back and forth to the ship..Over all this was worth the money we spent.... Friday May 2008 Today it was Ketchikan for us and our last port of call prior to our disembarkation....As we pulled into port it was the second time that we got to see the Westerdam, the first being Glacier Bay, but as we arrived the Westerdam was pulling out...Here we had the Lumber Jack & Totem Bight tour scheduled...When we docked I did have about an hour...Which gave me a chance to walk around and through Creek Street ....My wife and Step Son one was toured out (Step Son) and my wife was not feeling good so I took my tour with my friends who had nothing book for here...As for the Lumber Jack show it was a little corny but enjoyable...The second part of the tour which was the Totem Bight Park was very interesting , we had a retired professor from the University of Alaska and he really knew his stuff about the totem poles and the stories behind them....As a side note for this tour I can tell you, you DO NEED BUG SPRAY....We get all the way through the tour and back to the ship and I find out from my friends wife that he had bug spray in his knapsack I wanted to KILL HIM HA Ha!!! Saturday May 31, 2008 Our final sea day nothing to do but sit back enjoy the ship and pack...I really don't like this day because it means that our cruise is over and I have to leave the ship and I do so enjoy being aboard so much...But the day was uneventful...We did get to see what it is meant to truly cruise the inside passage....For our last day the scenery was as we started breath taking...On a cruise like this you run out of adjectives to describe what you are seeing.... Sunday June 1, 2008 Docked at our final destination Vancouver BC Canada....We have to meet in the Showtime Lounge at 7:15am...But first it was up to the Neptune Lounge, one last time, for a quick bite to eat of the continental breakfast they serve..We have Signature Express Disembarkation.. Which means we paid and extra $16.00 per person put our bags out the night before and did not see them until we got to JFK Airport in New York and to me it was well worth it....By 8:30am they are scanning our room keys for one last disembarkation, which for me is a very sad moment it means that my vacation is over....We leave the ship one last time and board buses to take us to the airport... Final Thoughts and Comments Over all we give HAL a B+ for this cruise...It was not their best as far as we are concerned...We only have 2 other HAL cruises to compare this to and for my money they were far better....But HAL's B+ is still far better than other cruise lines A+ service....I can only hope that someone from HAL will read this and try to correct the problems...We do have plans on sending a letter to HAL about the problems that we had and I will include a hard copy of this review...Would we sail HAL again well while on board we booked our next cruise 18 days through the Panama Cannel, so I would say yes we'd sail them again....Would we recommend HAL to our friends there is a big yes to that... Let me end this by talking about the entertainment, the HAL singers and dancers their 2 shows seemed to be tired and lack luster and not very enjoyable...Janine Gardner she tried to be a comedian, notice I said TRIED TO BE and I am sorry we saw her twice.....Professor Watson he played many different instruments and was very entertaining he should have been in the last show instead of Janine Gardner...Now I saved the best, of the Showtime Lounge acts, for last Mr. Craig Diamond he is a comic / magician and was very good if you get a chance to see him you are very lucky...As far as entertainment around the ship we never got to the Crows Nest so I can't say anything about up there but around the other parts of the ship, the only bad thing I can say is regarding The Manila Quartet in the Ocean Bar they were the worst band I have ever heard they melted my Brain it hurt to listen to them.... Read Less
Sail Date May 2008

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