hamathon
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Hometown: Rockville, MD
Joined: 07/04/2016
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About hamathon

My daughter asked me if I wanted to take a vacation with her and since my husband had to work, we had a date. I have been to Alaska before and have always wanted to return so that is just what we decided to do. Taking a cruise gave us an opportunity to spend time alone as well as together. There were activities I enjoyed and others she was not interested in attending. The art auction was the one activity we did together. We chose the last week in June hoping the weather would be just as warm and sunny as on my last trip. The week we sailed was a gem. I am retired and my favorite hobbies are playing the flute, bridge, working out at the gym, and gardening. I love to travel.



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Celebrity Millennium

June 2016 - Celebrity Millennium to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Best Cruise Ever

I have been on many cruises but upgrading to the Aqua Suite and being

able to eat in the Blu Restaurant gave this cruise 5 stars. 

 

The food was absolutely fabulous.  Every night the food was just as delicious

as the next.  The waiters and waitresses were outstanding the entire week.

We were addressed by name which was amazing.  The Blu is a small

restaurant so the servers gave up personal attention.

 

I am lactose intolerant.  I was asked to place my menu for the next day

so the chief knew not to add dairy to my meal.  It was sad to have to

say goodbye to the muffin man who greeted us every morning with a

smile on his face and a plate full of scrumptious muffins.

 

We never had to wait in line for breakfast or dinner and most of the time we were able to eat by a table by the window. 

 

If you are someone who enjoys a Turkish bath, sauna and hot spas,

the "Garden" is a place for you. 

 

The gym was terrific.  Upgraded equipment, yoga, pilates, and spin

classes were available.  Very clean

 

I enjoyed the art auctions.  The first auction I won a piece of art work

which was very exciting.  If you enjoy art, you have to attend at

least one auction.

 

The most disappointing day and as far as I am concerned was the day

at the Icy Strait.  Not much to do and too much time spent.  My daughter

and myself went on the ATV which was very scary for me since the

passenger side did not have a seat belt.  I addressed the problem and

was told to hold on.  It was rather dangerous as far as I am concerned.

I heard the zip line was fun.

 

I would have liked to have fish at lunchtime on the 10th floor cafe but it

was not very good.  The rest of the food  ate I enjoyed.

There was a problem keeping the coffee hot.  Most times it was luke

warm and passengers complained.

 

The entertainment was quite good.  I only missed one show since I was tired.

My favorite shows where, Almost Elton John, Savannah Smith who was terrific, and ballroom dancing.

 

Our stateroom was terrific.  We were given 2 warm bathrobes, slippers,

ice tea during the day, appetizers in the late afternoon and fruit. 

When we arrived the bed was made into a double but as soon as we

called for room service to split up the beds it was taken care of.

 

Whomever I talked to on the ship was just as helpful and full of smiles as

the next.  I could see that everyone on the ship worked exceptionally hard

to give us a wonderful vacation.  I want to say thank you to all!

 

I enjoyed being able to go up to the Rendezvous Cafe after dinner and before

the show every night for entertainment.

 

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hamathon's Tips

Cruise Hubbard Glacier - We were exceptionally lucky for the weather was perfect. I have been told to take Princess since the Princess Ships get the closest to the glaciers. This is not true.
Skagway, Alaska - Be sure to take the bus trip up to the Yukon. Do not take the train, you will be very disappointed.
Juneau, Alaska - Be sure to go on a whale watching and mendenhall excurison.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia - We had 2 nights and one day of rain which we went to the aquarium. It was a bit pricey but fun. I was a bit surprised just show expensive hotels were but I went into Expedia and found an adequate hotel for the 2 nights
Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan has become a tourist trap since our first trip there in 1999. There are other places to shop along the way so don't feel you have to spend your money on the first stop. The lumber jack show was fun.
Celebrity Millennium Celebrity Millennium - Upgrade to the Aqua Suite and select a room with a balcony. Take advantage of the Pavilion especially at mealtime when you have peace and quite.

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