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About kstetser

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  1. Thanks! I had a placeholder that was going to expire in December (with the $200 OBC) so I booked April 2022 on the Magic so I didn't lose the benefits.
  2. I remember someone saying there is a hotel right at the port in Vancouver that will take your bags to the ship (Celebrity Equinox). I can't remember the name or any of the details. Can anyone help? Thanks, Kathi
  3. First cruise to Alaska next August. Our interests are primarily WHALES, Nature/Hiking and food. Would be interested in excursion and dining recommendations for Icy Straight Point, Juneau and Ketchikan. We also have a Hubbard Glacier Day. 2 active adults and a 16 year old - we prefer to do excursions on our own rather than through the cruise line. We are sailing Celebrity Eclipse. Renting a car and doing our own thing is totally an option. Thank you! Kathi
  4. If you don't get a cabana on Serenity Bay, you should request Family Beach. It's not crowded and has plenty of privacy. Beverage tastings are awesome. A week or so before you booking window opens, contact shoreside and ask for a list of the beverage tastings and the day/time of each. Also the adult only restaurants (Palo - Italian and Remy - French) offer brunch on sea days (and sometimes Nassau Day) and dinner each evening. Remy also has a dessert tasting. If you plan out each day in advance, you can request what you know you would like and not have overlap. Keep in mind that you will have open bar happy hour in the concierge lounge from 5 to 10 each night. If there are any DCL port adventures or spa treatments you are interested in, concierge can book those for you as well. I hope you enjoy the experience - we feel that concierge on DCL is a wonderful indulgence when we can afford it. We are trying Suite Class on Celebrity next summer to Alaska (After 22 DCL cruises). I'm going to try not to compare, but I think it will be hard!
  5. Yep - our June 27th 9-night southern was cancelled. Rebooked for March 27, 2021 on a 7-night Western. Really sad to miss the southern ports and the longer cruise, but we are sailing Alaska next August, so rebooking same cruise was not an option.
  6. Celebrity is our option because we are already booked on the Eclipse, but now that it is unlikely to go through upgrades prior to our sailing next summer, I'm considering other August sailings on Celebrity. For us, it's not just about the ports, but also the ship itself. We want to have both active port days but also some relaxing/pampering on the ship. We are in a Celebrity Suite and are looking forward to sitting on our veranda and just chilling a bit also. I suspect that we will return to Alaska for a second land/sea vacation in the future - it's just not on the table for this trip. Thanks everyone for your comments - I think all opinions are important to consider and everyone has different reasons for what they like. That is the beauty of cruising!
  7. Which would you pick and why? Seward-Hubbard Glacier-Juneau-Skagway-Icy Straight-Ketchikan-Vancouver on Millennium or Vancouver-Icy Straight-Hubbard Glacier-Juneau-Ketchikan-Vancouver on Eclipse We will sail August 2021 Currently booked on Eclipse 8/1/2021 but I'm dubious it will be Revolutionized by next summer and trying to decide if that is a reason to switch ships. We are in a Celebrity Suite and will have a 17 year old daughter with us. We have 20 cruises under our belt, but this is our first on Celebrity. Thanks for your input - it's so hard to know what to do not knowing the ships at all.
  8. Thanks for your input - I booked today. Celebrity Eclipse, August 1, 2021. Vancouver, BC Inside Passage Icy Point Hubbard Glacier Juneau Ketchikan Inside Passage Vancouver, BC Now on to the port research!
  9. I think I answered my own questions - 1615 is under cabins not public spaces (I didn't realize there are cabins on deck 12). If anyone has other thoughts - I'd love to hear them! Travel planning is so fun, and I have a lot to learn about Celebrity and Alaska.
  10. We are new to Celebrity - would appreciate some opinions. We are looking to book Alaska 2021 in a Celebrity Suite. Do I want deck 10 (with other staterooms above but a more open veranda) or deck 11 (with public spaces above but a more sheltered balcony which would be good for rainy Alaska). Specifically looking at 1233 or 1615 for larger balcony and port side. Thanks! Kathi
  11. I also have the option of one way from Vancouver to Skagway or vice versa.
  12. We have sailed 20 times to Caribbean and Canada on Disney and are looking at Celebrity to Alaska in August 2021. I am very far outside of my comfort zone and would welcome your input. We are a family of 3, daughter will be 17. We are active and enjoy nature and hiking. We generally don't like to be cold - so this vacation is outside our comfort zone. We love dining and trying new food, but daughter is vegetarian. I want to see whales more than just about anything. I'd also love to eat halibut at every meal. No planes or helicopters. Small boats are a maybe, but sea sickness is a concern. Rarely do ships's excursions and prefer small group or private tours (I'm not a fan of being herded.) Options are listed below. Dawes Glacier Cruise Celebrity Solstice Aug 13th and 20th Seattle Sea Ketchikan Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier Juneau Skagway Inside Passage Sea Victoria, BC Seattle Hubbard Glacier (2 options) Celebrity Eclipse Vancouver, BC Inside Passage Icy Straight Point OR Sitka Hubbard Glacier Juneau Ketchikan Inside Passage Vancouver, BC Let's hear it Alaska pros! Thank you so much for your time and expertise. Kathi from NJ
  13. Can someone tell me the difference in level of service/amenities between Sky Suite and Celebrity Suite? Clearly one is larger, but does it come with other benefits? Right now there are no Sky Suites open on the sailing we are interested in (except far aft and that is not a good place for me with motion sickness). Would they take the table out and add a third chair on the Sky Suite balcony? Also - is there a preference for port vs. Starboard when sailing from Seattle? (I can ask this on the Alaska board as well.) Thanks to those who have already responded. There is nothing like first-hand information from people who love to cruise! Kathi
  14. We have been sailing with DCL forever. About 1/2 of those sailings in concierge the rest in a veranda cabin. Their prices are pushing us out and now that our daughter is a teen, Celebrity seems like the obvious choice for us. Service and food are super important to all of us and we want a new cruise line with interesting and varied itineraries I'm looking at Alaska on the Solstice for August 2021 in a Celebrity Suite. I see that the ship is due for a total upgrade in October. Should I wait another year for the refreshed ship? Any thoughts you might want to share with me regarding this ship and Alaska on Celebrity? I've sailed 20 times - but all I know is DCL. Thanks in advance for your input. Kathi
  15. I'm a geologist - I get very motion sick. Visiting a volcano or other geothermal sites has never made me feel ill from the sulfur smell.
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