2013 Alaska REVIEW (Celebrity Solstice)

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#42
Arnold, MD
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Can you please tell us what charter company you used in Ketchikan for the salmon fishing?

Thanks.
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#43
Long Island, NY
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Originally posted by tromvest
We will be sailing on the Solstice May of 2014.

1.Could you please tell me which Pier Celebrity Solstice sails from and

2.What time did you disembark the ship on the return? How long was the drive from the Pier back to the airport? We are trying to figure out what is the earliest flight we can safely book to fly back to Dallas? What time was your flight?

Thanks!

Julie
Hi Julie,
Having just getting off the ship on Friday (8/31) around 9:15, we were not in any rush, we had a redeye flight back home and we rented a car to tour Seattle. But I will say the lines for taxis were extremely long, so judge your timing for your flight. People were self embarking as early as 7.
You will love the cruise!
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#44
South Texas
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Originally posted by RBKL
Can you please tell us what charter company you used in Ketchikan for the salmon fishing?

Thanks.
We booked with Aurora Sportfishing.
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#45
Arnold, MD
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Thanks.

I believe you said you had to contact another company for the 2nd boat? Was that Aurora or were the original company.

I appreciate your feedback.

I see a lot of recommendations for Northern Lights however they don't work on Sundays and that is when we're in Ketchikan.
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#46
South Texas
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Originally posted by RBKL
Thanks.

I believe you said you had to contact another company for the 2nd boat? Was that Aurora or were the original company.

I appreciate your feedback.

I see a lot of recommendations for Northern Lights however they don't work on Sundays and that is when we're in Ketchikan.
Aurora is the first company we booked with.
Not sure of the 2nd one.
Everything happened so fast with finding them, booking, etc...

We have fished with Northern Lights before. Ken is excellent.
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#47
Gosford, NSW, Australia
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Could you comment on Celebrity solstice night-life please...was there a lively dancing/ nightclub area in evenings and any themed parties? thanks
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#48
Long Island, NY
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Plenty of nightlife on the ship, one night there was a 60's party, the following night they had a 70's party. They had a dj playing in the nightclub. The martini bar had a lot of action going on every night. Lots of fun!


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#49
Gosford, NSW, Australia
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Thanks so much! Sounds perfect, planning to book tomorrow for 2014 August, and you review has helped me greatly
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#50
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We are in the final stages of booking our ak trip for June 2014. Based on your past trips and this is our first trip-would you recommend seattle rt or Vancouver to anchorage ? I love everything I read about the solstice.

Thanks!
#51
South Texas
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Originally posted by sydneypug
We are in the final stages of booking our ak trip for June 2014. Based on your past trips and this is our first trip-would you recommend seattle rt or Vancouver to anchorage ? I love everything I read about the solstice.

Thanks!
I would recommend the Vancouver to Anchorage.
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#52
Louisiana
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Thanks so much for your VERY informative post. We are planning a retirement trip & have booked the same cruise with 2 other couples for June 2014. Can you tell us which tour company you used for Whale Watching? Thanks again! Yours is one of the most detailed & best posts yet!
#53
South Texas
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Originally posted by izzybugs
Thanks so much for your VERY informative post. We are planning a retirement trip & have booked the same cruise with 2 other couples for June 2014. Can you tell us which tour company you used for Whale Watching? Thanks again! Yours is one of the most detailed & best posts yet!
my pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it.

We used Harv & Marvs for the whalewatching tour.
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#54
Houston, TX
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AWESOME review! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to do an AK cruise!
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#55
San Mateo, CA
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Joined Jun 2010
Looking forward to your review. We sailed on the Solstice a few years ago and loved it. We are taking Princess to Alaska in May. Would have done Celebrity but the Princess itinerary was better for us.
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Margaret

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#56
Atlanta
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Joined Feb 2014
We are taking this cruise in June. Would love to know the names of the van companies you used to get around Seattle! Thanks


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#57
South Texas
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Originally posted by 4#mainelobster
We are taking this cruise in June. Would love to know the names of the van companies you used to get around Seattle! Thanks


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From the airport to the hotel we used shuttleexpress.com

From the hotel to the ship we used onstarlimo.com
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