Celebrity Millenium 8167 or 9040
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We have sailed on the Millennium. We call her Millie. We have also been to Alaska on another Celebrity ship.
If I may I would suggest that you carefully compare the itineraries. If you have a longer day in Skagway I would recommend that itinerary. The excursions at this port in particular are awe inspiring and you will enhance your experience with a longer day there.
Now for the cabins. You have chosen Concierge Class cabins. We generally sail in that category. For a first time cruiser I would recommend either a lower deck midship in a Cat E cabin or an aft CC cabin. 8167 would be my choice. Both cabins are the same size but there are some CC cabins that have either a larger cabin - 6135/6136, 6143/6144 or larger balconies. The larger balcony cabins are all of the aft cabins (the 12 at the very back of the ship) or 8045/8046 9038/9042. These are generally the first CC cabins booked by repeat cruisers but it never hurts to ask if any are available. 6143/6144 are the biggest CC cabins with the larger balconies.
Ask all of the questions you have. Someone will be glad to help.
I still think that 8167 is the better located of the two cabins you mentioned. If any of the cabins I noted yesterday are available I would highly recommend you make a swap. If by the fortunes of the sea goddesses you could snag one of the aft cabins sailing the inside passages in Alaska will be that much sweeter.
By the way we just had a wonderful conversation with a cruising buddy tonight who returned on the 13th from an Australian cruise on the Millie. She said the ship was in very good shape and they enjoyed their cruise. This was their second cruise on this ship so they could compare it to a sailing we shared with them three or four years ago.
PS I am not a travel agent just an aging sea dog.