Alaska without glaciers on lovely ship

Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
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Celebrity Millennium

Alaska Southern Glacier Cruise

Sail date: July 14, 2017

Ship: Celebrity Millennium

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 2018

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

The ship was nice, with lots of amenities. The itinerary was disappointing as we saw only one glacier from six miles out, and no others at all. Some of the ports were standard, and all seemed to see cruise ship passengers as sources of ready cash (jewelry shops, furs, and some pretty pricey excursions), but certainly possible to leave the immediate area and see the towns for yourself. Would not recommend this cruise to folks wanting to see Alaskan glaciers though.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Waiting in line never fun but pretty streamlined. One bag lost until midnight - definitely not fun.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Most of the food in dining room great but some selections sub-par (dry pork chops, lackluster desserts). Buffet nice. Lots of selection. Needed more fresh fruits and veggies.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Fitness center pretty good (but HOT). Lounges nice. Sports deck under construction for entire cruise.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Stage shows so loud music badly distorted; dancing showy but not crisp. Singers talented but, as noted, distorted. Lounge acts overall good.

Children's Programs

not travelling with children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service was excellent overall - exceptions: lost bag, non-working fridge in room.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything seemed clean. Common areas nice.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Pretty cramped for four people, but well enough designed. Cleanliness excellent.

Ship tip

bring comfortable shoes. You'll be walking a lot on this big ship.

Ports of call

Seward (Anchorage), Alaska

3 out of 5
Seward - don't know what one would do there. Drive from Anchorage quite lovely. Didn't take ship's transport but a smaller private one; probably got a nicer experience. Anchorage: hard to get around with public transport. Areas outside of town nicest to visit but distances fairly long.

Juneau, Alaska

3 out of 5
Wow. State capital but not a big place. Tourist strip by cruise ship terminal just that - recommend skipping. Government buildings nice to see.

Skagway, Alaska

5 out of 5
Super pretty. Took a hike to a glacier. Went on our own so had more time. Was incredibly lovely. Dozens of bald eagles and nice scenery overall.

Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska

2 out of 5
Not much there there. Went whale watching. Expensive for what we got, which was distant views of some humpbacks. It was fun, but not fabulous. Town not much to see. "Trail" just brief foray into the woods, then signs to tell you not to walk any further.

Ketchikan, Alaska

3 out of 5
Nice. Went kayaking. It was fun, saw sea stars and jellyfish. Town is pretty, but without the mountains of northern Alaska.

Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia

4 out of 5
Vancouver: big city with expensive lodging. Took ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Worth doing if you have the time. Logistically a bit complicated, but enjoyed the friendly people, good food, and lovely scenery of Victoria area.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Fine, no issues, but they clearly want us off the boat asap.
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