7 Night Alaska Tracy Arm Fjord (Seattle Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 28, 2010 Ship: Celebrity Infinity Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 7 years ago
Ship was roomy, didn't feel crowded.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Select idning worked out OK after first couple of days. You do need to call ahead and make a reservation or you'll wait or end up at a big table (unless you like that). Choices of formal dining room, buffet or Destinations dining room ($2 extra gratuity but w/table service) was VERY nice. Pool side burger bar wasn't good at all. If you get the beverage pkg it took forever to get a drink on it in any of the dining areas.
5 out of 5
Lectures, shows, nature talks in particular were all really good. Casino was nice. No smoking policy was great. Good drinks and entertainment including singer w/guitar.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
At first, not overly helpful and dining room service could be incredibly slow - got better once we sat at same table w/same waiter every nite.
3 out of 5
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Room was good size, nice balcony, clean. Flat sheets did not fit the bed (so short could not be tucked in at bottom). Bathroom smelled like mildew and the shower was moldy and drain was slow.
Downtown area was nice. Went out of town to the train and it was very worth the trip. Went to gold mining camp. A little kitschy but still fun and got a real appreciation for the folks who went there for the gold rush only to find they had another 500 miles to go.
Don't Miss: the train - the scenery was breathtaking
downtown area very touristy. Way too many jewelry stores unless you like that. Salmon bake was actually really good - beautiful site w/waterfall and excellent food.
Don't Miss: mendenhall glacer was worth the drive - can easily catch the bus
Creek Street was a great walk. Motorcycle rental and ride was really good. Fodor recommended chowder at stall on the pier was true - best chowder ever! For all of the ports you can easily book excursions at the pier (esp in Ketchikan and Juneau) so may want to wait and do that (even thought they'll tell you you shouldn't wait)
Don't Miss: the town
Very pretty. Getting off the ship took a long time and the time in port was so short it almost wasn't worth it. Very rushed - don't waste your time with the gray line hop on/off - it doesn't go very far and there's way too much time between buses. If you don't go to the gardens or whale watching just take a cab or walk downtown - can see Empress hotel and Parliament (main things) easily.
Pros: Ports of call were good, esp Skagway. The naturalist onboard who did presentations on Alaska, whales, and seals and sea lions was the best. Food in formal dining room was very good. Room was nice.
Cons: Pretty long wait to board, long lines that moved very slowly (despite concierge class, make sure you are at least Captain's class). Bathroom shower had broken tile and was moldy. Flat sheet did not fit bed - never did have feet covered/tucked in.
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