Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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Sail Date: June 05, 2015

Reviewed: 1 month ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Cabin: "Aqua Class"

Traveled "Aqua Class" on the Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity was our first cruise line (Century) and has earned a special place in our hearts - although we've since been wooed away by Princess. Round trip to Alaska from Seattle - and Seattle has GOT to be the easiest, fastest and most stress-free port for cruise ship embarkation/disembarkation.  We were a bit disappointed with "aqua class" - thought the cabin was small, and the bathroom dinky  - but loved the layout of the ship (there was a great library - reaching up through several decks and STOCKED with Audubon journals and texts. The glaciers were spectacular - the wildlife unique and the itineraries did not disappoint. Bring cameras - and binoculars (our cabin provided courtesy binos - but ours were better). I pity the locals - we were one ship among a circus of four or five dumping thousands of tourists in every port of call - locals didn't seem to mind... Loved the specialty restaurants on board!

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Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was smaller and more cramped than we thought a "premium" suite should be - and the "closet space" was a bad joke.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Seattle has got to be my favorite place to embark/disembark.
Ship Quality
I was disappointed in my cabin - and actually chewed out my travel agent - but the ship was GREAT.
Destinations and Excursions
Glacier trips are a must do - the hokey gold mining camps are fun to do (once) - the scenic train was super. I even liked the "lumberjack" demonstrations.
Onboard Activities
Good infection control - I don't remember anyone getting sick.
Children's Programs
Don't remember seeing many kids - so the programs must have worked.
Entertainment
Loved the wildlife commentaries.
Service and Staff
Crew and staff retained the unctuous courtesy and helpfulness that seems to be eroding away on other cruise lines.
Food and Dining
I like Celebrity's galleys - and this was one of the last trips where we've seen an "end of cruise salute" with waving napkins and baked Alaskas. Also the last cruise we've felt obliged to pass out tip envelopes above and beyond the "mandatory gratuities" automatically added to the bill. LOVED the specialty restaurant.
Seattle, Washington
Seattle has GOT to be the best place to embark/disembark. Build in extra time to explore Seattle - on both ends of the trip.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Really fun town - but don't pay extra for tourist King Crab or Salmon (you'll do better on board ship).
Juneau, Alaska
Juneau is the capital but we failed to take advantage of this in any meaningful way.
Skagway, Alaska Study up a bit on Gold Rush lore to get the most of this stop.
Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria BC is often "sacrificed" due to weather - even at the best of times, the port is often at the commercial port and not conveniently close to the town proper. Stops are inconveniently short.

Tip

Build time on either end to enjoy Seattle. Spend some time in the library - plan to enjoy their formal nights - don't count on too much quality time in Victoria BC.



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