Number of Cruises: 5
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Sailing Date: July 25th, 2003
My partner and I booked this cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary and we are not sorry. The ship is beautiful and the crew was very efficient and friendly (and attractive!).
Embarkation took much longer than necessary. It was blamed on the Immigration computers, but who knows? Once onboard we were surprised by Bon Voyage gifts in our cabin from family and friends. This was a nice surprise and easy to order from the Celebrity website.
The ports were varied and interesting. Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan with a day at the Hubbard Glacier (beautiful). Juneau was like a Caribbean port, all the same shops, etc. We took the tram to the top of Mount Roberts for a scenic view and took a bus out to Mendenhall Glacier. No need to book these through the ship, they can easily be obtained at the dock for a much lesser cost. In Skagway we did take the White Pass Railway excursion which was a great trip. In Ketchikan we didn't book any excursions and just wandered the town. Great shopping and had lunch in town at the New York Cafe. Very good lunch and reasonable price! Save all your shopping for Ketchikan. Very scenic and good prices.
Our only disappointment was with the food on the ship. It was ordinary at best. However the service was always excellent. Asst. Matre'd Martin took good care of us. Had dinner in the SS United States the last night for $25 extra per person which was well worth it. For a little something special, that is the place to go.
Entertainment was just OK, but what do you expect on a cruise ship? It was good for what it was, except for the accapella group they had, which were awful. Couldn't hold a tune in a paper bag.
We had an outside cabin with a balcony. Nicest cabin we've had and the cabin was a nice plus, especially for viewing the passing scenery. We were in cabin 7129, Vista Deck, mid-ship.
Most activities seemed geared toward the "main" seating guests. We were at the late seating and many times there was nothing going on while the main seating people were having dinner. Almost every day in the martini bar we were the only one's in there before dinner, but Rose Marie took good care of us! We actually had to hunt down photographers to take our formal pictures since most of them shut down when the main seating was started.
We did have a run in with the concierge. We received a bottle of wine in our cabin as a gift from their own gift shop and they wanted to charge us $15 to open it! We felt since it was a gift and from their own wine supply we should not have to pay a corking fee. Imagine telling someone their gift cost us $15? The concierge gave us attitude about it at first, but finally relented and waived the fee when she verified that it had indeed come from their own stock.
All in all this was a great cruise and we're ready to go again. I highly recommend it as long as you're not going for the food. Email me if you have any questions.