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view of the ship at Icy Strait Point in Alaska
Celebrity Cruise to Alaska
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Cruise ship ports are in Seward, Alaska and Vancouver, Canada.
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The Northbound Alaska Cruise is a 7 day cruise on the Celebrity Line. It departs from Vancouver, Canada and ends in Seward, Alaska. It visits 4 ports in Alaska and offers a sea view of Hubbard Glacier. This cruise combines a high-end cruising experience with incredible coastal scenery of British Columbia and Alaska on the Inside Passage.
The 2009 cruise was on the Millennium, a ship still in service. It was built in 2000 and renovated in 2012. The ship has 12 decks and staterooms ranging from a basic inside cabin to the top of the line penthouse suite. Prices climb for additional amenities and room size. Ship facilities include a gym, sauna, multiple restaurants, theaters, and a casino. Entertainment is another hallmark of big cruise ships and there were live bands, singers, dancers, and comedians on various nights.
The Alaska cruise is all about shore excursions. If you don’t plan to get off the ship, you should reconsider going. The nature and scenery of Alaska is what makes it special, and this cruise tends to spend more time in ports than with other destinations. The ports had an interesting mix of activities, such as wildlife cruises, air tours, hikes and native cultural sites. A room with a private balcony is worth the money on this cruise since watching the inside passage islands and shoreline from the privacy of one’s own room is relaxing and memorable. Rooms on the right hand side, mid-ship and on higher decks tend to be the best. Ship service was generally good except for the first room steward, who was unpleasant and unhelpful. His replacement though was nice and hardworking. The food was delicious and eating at the buffet was just as good as and more flexible than eating in the main dining room. Entertainment and shows were average, but the real attractions are off the ship. In summer a room with a balcony can exceed $2,000 per person, but for the value received, it was money well spent. It’s a great way to experience coastal Alaska.
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