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  1. Yes, I think you will be disappointed. We love Celebrity, especially the Summit, and try to book Celebrity whenever possible. That said, we are sailing on the NCL Escape this fall to the Baltics mainly because they are just soooo much cheaper than a Celebrity cruise to that part of the world. The difference in price will be partly paid in upcharges on NCL, but we are careful to always ask if there's an additional fee, and to lower our expectations. I don't expect the same service or ammenities on NCL and I know that is reflected in the price of the cruise. If you got a good deal on the cruise then just enjoy the savings, try to avoid the upcharges and don't be offended at their stingyness. Otherwise, just go with Celebrity and know that you get what you pay for -- and that you really will be treated like a celebrity.
  2. We stayed at the Alyeska Resort ( https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g31000-d73070-Reviews-Alyeska_Resort-Girdwood_Anchorage_Alaska.html ) but we were there in off season so the prices were reasonable. Train station is not far from the airport (7 miles ~ 17 minutes), however I believe the train leaves really early for Seward so you wouldn't have time.
  3. Sounds like a good plan to me, "beginning with the end in mind." We saved quite a bit using the Toursaver book: $200 on the flight around Mt. McKinley with K2 (https://www.flyk2.com/ ), $70 on the dinner theatre in Denali (https://www.princesslodges.com/excursions/denali-music-dinner-theatre/), $150 on whale watching in Juneau ( https://alaska-galore-juneau-whale-watching.com/) and $15 off the Sealife Center (https://www.alaskasealife.org/) in Seward. We didn't find that much to see/do in Seward, but I would highly recommend staying one night in Alyeska, just 1 hr 45 min up the road in Girdwood. That's a lovely little town surrounded by mountain with some very nice hiking trails and a delicious bakery! (http://www.thebakeshop.com/the-menu/) .
  4. Don't wait too long! Alaska is changing, like everywhere else in the world. See it before it's not "wild" or accessable anymore. Places change, as do service, etc., so be sure to re-check the reviews of hotels, etc. right before you go. Of course, whenever I'm not traveling I'm an armchair traveler. Just reading the travel reviews of others is exciting to me.
  5. Just did the planning myself, whch was not difficult with the other posters on this board and tripadvisor. The best way to keep it from being overwelming is to just work on a little at a time, like just the Anchorage portion, or just one port at a time. I really love the planning so it's a pleasure to me. You'll find lots of great tips on the website.
  6. Just did it myself with the help of other posters here on Cruise Critic and Tripadvisor. I love to plan trips so the work was fun to me, but i you are short on time I can see how a TA would help reduce the stress level. Thanks for the feedback!
  7. Hi Becky, to answer your question, no we did not have to purchase transfers to get our luggage taken directly to the ship. We purchased our train tickets (online) from Anchorage to Seward and then when we got to the station the porters seperated luggage according to cruise line. Then that luggage is trucked to the ship and processed as it would be if you'd delivered it yourself to the port. Remember to put your cruise luggage tags on your bags before you go to the train station. I think there's a cheaper way to get from Anchorage to Seward (by bus I think), but we had heard great things about the train trip and it did not disappoint. So glad you enjoyed my blog. If I can be of any further help just let me know! Margie
  8. Thanks for the info on Vancouver. Yes, I did some photo editing in Photoshop, but not much. Mostly just to lighten the pictures because the camera kept wanting to stop down the light from the snow/glaciers. I didn't have a lot of time to play with the edits but I will once I get caught up with the rest of life!
  9. Glad you liked it! You will have such an awesome trip. I've learned so much from others who post trip reports that I just had to return the favor. I think I'm done with the Alaska posts, but we have another trip coming in August to Bali so I'm sure I'll do one on that trip.
  10. Ship: Celebrity Millennium; Week: May 17; Southbound Seward to Vancouver, BC The first week was land based. The second is cruising.
  11. We just returned from our Alaska cruise on the Celebrity Millennium sailing south from Seward to Vancouver, BC I have set up a blog with notes and pictures. Not sure if I can post the link here but I'll try. https://travelwordsandpictures.blogspot.com/
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