Alaskan cruise - Celebrity

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    Mar 05, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    I just booked an Alaskan cruise on the Celebrity Century ship. It's my first cruise ever. Can't hardly wait! I was wondering if anyone has had past experience with Alaskan cruises or Celebrity cruises. If so, any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.
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    Mar 05, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    I can't help with your Alaskan or Celebrity cruises, but I've just returned from a P&O cruise from Newcastle to New Caledonia and Vanuatu and it was the best holiday of my life.

    My advice is if you haven't cruised, you should be saving up for a cruise.

    We had dinner with a couple of regular cruisers one night, and they had done a train tour of Canada followed by a cruise of Alaska and they said it was just amazing. It's high on my to do list. I hope your cruise is awesome!
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    Mar 05, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
    Been on Celebrity to South America. It is an excellent line.
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    Mar 05, 2011 8:05 AM GMT
    When I went on an Alaskan cruise, it was chilly. There was not a lot of laying out on lounge chairs by the pool. But you might get to see interesting wildlife and glaciers thundering into the ocean. If you want to see more of Alaska besides the small port towns, then you will have to go on excursions and stuff like that.
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    Mar 05, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    Have fun! You will love Alaska. It truly is beautiful. I went last year via Holland America (departed from Seattle)... Seattle was fun too :-)

    I found most of the ports to be the same; lots of souvenir shops and tourist trap attractions... and I agree with the above post; do take advantage of your cruise's shore excursions. It will get you away from the port cities and into more natural surroundings. It also gives you an opportunity to mingle with others folks on your cruise. I went cycling in Juneau, sea-kayaking in Ketchikan, and a couple of beer/eat tours :-)

    Bring something warm to wear (a winter coat may be a bit much, but layer up) because you will want to spend time on deck taking in the view... and definitely eat up! The food on cruise ships are delicious and plentiful.
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    Mar 05, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    The Alaska cruise used to be The Tour of choice for the retirees.

    I'd been to Alaska and loved it. Traveled around in a Winnie, spending time in the Kenai Peninsula, Homer, Seward, and Denali Park.
    What do you want to do? Kakaying, fishing, hiking?
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    Mar 05, 2011 9:57 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the comments. I'm trying not to build up my expectations, but I must admit that I'm getting excited. Can't wait!!!!!
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    Mar 05, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    O wow i was thinking about applying for a job with this cruise!!
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    Mar 06, 2011 3:02 AM GMT
    I hope you are not going alone. I did the cruise twice with my bf's family and had a fantastic time. The scenery is breath-taking, bring a camera. If you like to watch animals go on one of the Whale-watching excursions. Always bring layers of clothing. Celebrity is known for their good food and the service is better than Royal Caribbean (d'uh, it's RC's more upscale subsidiary)

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    Mar 07, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    Thanks bhp91126 for all the great ideas. Didn't even know about the 'whale-watchin' option. That would be great.
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    Mar 08, 2011 9:18 PM GMT
    Hey,


    I worked for Celebrity Cruises going to Alaska. It's amazing, there is nothing like having a nice hot chocolate, looking at the glaciers, spotting whales, dolphins, seals, and otters. We even saw a brown bear! Also, hanging out in the hot tubs while mountains are around you is also a lot of fun. Hikes are great in port....whale watching......oh and if you go to Ketchican... Ketchicadies is awesome if you have a sweet tooth....message me if you want more info!