14 Night Ultimate Alaska (Vancouver To San Diego) Sail Date: September 18, 2011 Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 5 years ago
The ship itself felt a little dated but was adequate for our cruise itenerary, Some of the lounges were a bit small for the activities being conducted and often times got crowded. The theater was good sized and there were a great array of shows every night. The dining in the Grand Restaurant was excellent every night and our 2 waiters were top notch in service, while the buffet in the Island Cafe left a little to be desired. The hours were a little short as well (closed at 9:30 every night), so if you had a late day on shore and came back after that all that was available was pizza. The cinema was small and was indoors unlike the Movies Under the Stars that Princess Cruise Lines has on their ships.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
I only give this a "good" rating because of the buffet. The main dining room was excellent and I would recommend eating there every night if possible. The buffet was OK for breakfast but was the same every day. You can only eat eggs, bacon, and sausage so many times before you start to feel sick to your stomach. The dinner and lunch buffet times were too short and left much to be desired. I did like the ice cream bar that was open for much of the day.
5 out of 5
I only thing I didn't like was that some of the activities overlapped each other and I wasn't able to do all of them. This cruise is geared towards an older crowd so there were not a lot of night time activities.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
The best ship staff I have ever had the pleasure of being around. Everybody is friendly and willing to talk with you. The cruise director staff did a great job with the Celebrity Life Activities and were very accessible and personable.
3 out of 5
Ship was easy to navigate and you could be anywhere within 5 minutes. The pool area was a little small and only 1 pool was heated so that was quite crowded. Theater was nice for shows. The Martini Bar was the site of many activities but was too small a venue for many of them.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Comfortable for what it is meant for...sleeping and taking a shower. Not a great place to hang out. The bed was adequate but nothing special. The windows in the oceanview staterooms were a little bigger than I thought they would be. The TV's were too small and had a very limited number of channels. Shower curtains were a little moldy and should have been changed out along with the carpet. Closets smelled musty.
The White Pass Summit is beautiful. We were lucky enough to go when fresh show had fallen the night before at the end of September. The town is very rustic and has many old historic buildings. The cementary is something you could pass on but if you do go there, take the walk to the waterfall for some beautiful pictures.
Don't Miss: White Pass/Yukon Railroad
Not very much to do at this port except for shop at the stores. The tribal dance show is interesting but a can't miss activity. The forest tram is a waste of time and not very fun. The Zip line was closed because of the weater at the end of September but is supposed to be their biggest attraction.
Don't Miss: Zip Line
The Space Needle is cool but don't waste your money on the restaurant. The prices are outrageous and you have to spend a minimum of $50 to sit in the restaurant without paying the elevator fee. Entrees are at least $20 each. Check out the Experience Music Project in Seattle Center and go to the Sound Lab to play around with the instruments. It is a good way to waste several hours. Check out the flying fish at the Pike Place Market Fish Store
Don't Miss: Space Needle
The Mendenhall Glacier and Mt. Roberts Tramway are both must see items. Take the tram to the top of Mt. Roberts and look for Bald Eagles in the trees on the way up. If you are in good shape take a hike up one of the trails and look out for bears. We saw one not more than 30 feet for our trail just a short hike from the visitor center. When you go to the glacier, make the walk out to the waterfall. It is amazing and you will not be disappointed.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier
So many things to see and do in this city. The Golden Gate Bridge is a must do activity. If you have a car I would reccommend driving to Twin Peaks where you will have a view of the entire city to the north and the hills to the south. It is amazing. The Ferry Building on the Embarcadero is popular hang out for the foodies and there are several interesting restaurants. If you are looking for good workout. Try walking up the steps on Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower. You will be tired after that!
Don't Miss: The Golden Gate Bridge
Pros: Food in the main dining room was excellent along with the service from the wait staff. The entertainment on the ship was top notch every night and there were plenty of activities to do
Cons: The ship is a little bit smaller and older than the gigantic ships that are being churned out by Celebrity and the other cruise lines. This ship felt a little old and needs a re-model. The activites are geared towards an older crowd.
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