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  1. Makes me want to try out Celebrity in the Med!
  2. I am looking at a balcony cabin on 7,8 or 9. Is it my imagination or are we (2 pax) not permitted to book a cabin with the bed by the bathroom ? On Celebrity's own website every cabin that has the bed/sofa or pull-down bed (which is by the balcony) appears to be unavailable on every deck. If indeed they do block 2 pax parties from booking this style of balcony cabin on their own website, will requesting it over the phone be a possibility ? Anyone have the "formula" for determining where the bed is located in the balcony cabins ? Thanks
  3. Thinking of booking this cruise, but read somewhere, can't remember where that the Eclipse was going in for extensive rehab in March of 2020. Concerned it may not be ready for service by the sail date of April, 2020. Anyone know if that is the rehab schedule?
  4. Can anyone confirm if footstools are still on Eclipse in Aqua class. Have read on other posts that they have been removed from all Millennium Class ships. And another post seemed to indicate have been removed from Equinox. Thanks in advance for tour replies.
  5. I’m setting up my on board account. Will the things I may want to purchase be in US Dollars or Canadian? Im trying to decide which credit card to use.
  6. Curious to know if pre revolution Eclipse has private designated deck area for Suites? Revolutionized ships do...
  7. We want to do the Sail Away there to admire the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, looks like a secret place, less crowded, etc. question: is it allowed to bring a drink from a bar?
  8. Any idea on best cabins for three adults ? We have always traveled with two adults in one room an a group of three kids in another room, but now we need three adults in a room, and two adults in another room, Two will be Elite and another a gold level member in one room. Will be joined by one gold member and one cruise newbie in their separate cabin. We should be able to make it work but any tricks, tips or words of advice to make it easier for three adults in a room and the most effiecent most of the space is greatly appreciated. If you have a tip to help us three in a cabin, it would be much appreciated. Dianne
  9. A little background...1 adult, 2 teenagers. First Celebrity cruise. Previously on Carnival, RC, and Princess. 12 total. Second Alaskan Cruise. First was on Princess. Suite - Aft corner cabin. I was told by a ships officer there were approximately 3100 people with 1100 staff members. Approximately half of the 3100 were first time Celebrity cruisers. Here are some thoughts... We had amazing weather the entire week!! The boys and I had an incredible time. A cruise is what you make of it. Stayed at Pan Pacific at the pier 2 days prior. Spend the extra dollars for access to the lounge. I would stay there or the Fairmont. Did the Vancouver Hop on/Hop Off. Probably the worst HO/HO I have ever experienced. It was a recording and not a live person. Did a harbor tour which was great. I love Vancouver! Getting on the ship was a breeze, by 10:30 thanks to the Suite Concierge but had to wait for our room until 1:00. No big deal. The boys and I travel very light. Probably the best suite attendant we have ever had. He has been with Celebrity for 20 years. They need to do something about Micheals Lounge. It should be cigar lounge because thats how it felt being in there. Luminae had very good menus and the service was spot on. Heard mixed reviews about specialty dinning. Its a shame that they didn't enforce the dress code. Saw jeans even on "Chic Night" in the specialty and main dinning room. Overall I thought the food was very good. Probably the best I have had on a cruise. I can see why people do the Aqua Class rooms. Its a more luxurious feel in that area.The spa was Ok but I had a great masseuse. Clearly Celebrity is for an older crowd. I would say the majority of the folks were over 60. Not much was planned for the kids nor did they promote it even though there seemed to be a lot kids of all age ranges. I did talk to a couple of guests in their 30's and they were bored. The feeling of the cruise was unlike any I have ever experienced...overall the fellow cruisers weren't very sociable, standfoff-ish at times, very cliqu-ish, the lack of "community feeling" was missing. The couple of other experienced cruisers I talked to during the cruise and at the airport felt the same way. The entertainment was really bad except for the comedian/juggler. During our sea days the pool area was packed but yet the CD didn't plan anything. No I don't expect a "hairy chest competition". Compared to the Naturalist on the Princess, I was not impressed with this one. Maybe it had something to do with the itinerary. He only got on the ship wide P/A once. Otherwise he was in the sky lounge without a microphone and not very informative. Getting off the ship was a breeze. We were off by 7:30 and were at our gate, cleared both Canadian and US Customs by 9:00am! I didn't expect this at all so much so I booked a 2:00 flight. The Hot Glass venue (glass blowing) was very cool and not expected. We got lucky with our excursions. All were very good. Two out of 3 had less than 10 people. We did a 4 1/2 hour halibut fishing which was great. Be fore-warned you are reeling in approximately 295 feet of fishing line. I strongly recommend doing the Zodiac tour in Kechikan. They were booked through Celebrity but it will be the last time I go through the cruise lines to book tours simply due to the cost. The bartenders at the Martini Bar were great. Very entertaining. I think its the best bar on the ship. I would do Alaska again and it will probably be on Crystal or Seabourn. When braking down costs, line by line, they are very comparable. If I were to do it on a big ship, I would go back to Princess and do the inside passage. I just don't see the value of Celebrity.
  10. Having scoured the reviews from other CC members prior to sailing I thought I would add my comments on the Celebrity Eclipse Sailing of 6/23 to Alaska. I have cruised many times to Alaska, and most recent trips being with HAC, NCL, RCI and Carnival, this was my first cruise with Celebrity. I was travelling with my elderly mother so activities were a bit 'tempered' by her abilities. I had done many excursions on past trips and was trying to keep this as economical a trip as possible. As such I cant speak too much to the shore ex or specialty dining this trip. However it in no way colored my review of the trip which was excellent. Embarkation: Canada Place is a bit fragmented in comparison to line dedicated terminals in MIA or FLL but the process was smooth. You are asked by Celebrity not to arrive between 10am and 1pm to avoid the longest of lines, and this is advice well heeded. If getting on the ship first is of interest, arrive before 10am however your cabin wont be ready until 1pm. We arrived shortly after 1, moved quickly through the lines, was handed a lovely glass of champagne on arrival and went straight to our cabin on deck 6. Cabin 6128 was in the forward third of the ship. The cabin was well appointed and very clean. Ample storage is a little awkward to get to, but doable. Lots of little drawers in the bathroom, however actual counter space is minimal. Our steward Avi was on hand immediately to note any requests and requirements we had for the week. Our proximity to elevators was important in our selection of cabin but there still was a good deal of walking to get to various elements of the ship. The ship is well thought out with the activities either being on decks 3-5 or 12-15 with all the other decks being cabins only for the most part. All the specialty dining is concentrated on Deck 5 so for someone not partaking were not inconvenienced by any access restrictions. We enjoyed the balcony a lot as the 2 cruise days are very close to land on the inside passage, as well Mom enjoyed the Hubbard Glacier from there while I was out on deck. Don't be dissuaded by a partially obstructed view - you can still see outward just fine (from what I could tell) and you're not missing anything by not looking straight down. As well in the summer months the sun sets well after 10pm and the sunsets are lovely. Ports: I hadn't been to Sitka for years and was pleased to see it has maintained its small town charm. Cant say the same for Juneau and Ketchikan which are full of the typical cruise passenger stores of diamonds, watches and 'authentic' souveniers. If you search a little off the beaten path you can find more genuine crafts and souveniers - well worth it in my opinion but you need to know what you're looking for. Folks going on tours would only have limited time and would see much more of the real Alaska and what this area is all about. Shore excursions seemed to be well organized both on and off the ship and I think the bulk of passengers took advantage of the many offerings. It can be very pricey to take some of the trips - well worth it to do your homework ahead of time. Celebrity did their marketing prior to the cruise, but also had a shore-ex channel on TV and various travel ads and talks while onboard. One aside was I thought Celebrity was very good at keeping their 'pushing' to non-verbal methods. There was only one PA from the captain and cruise director a day (sometimes a second from the Capt when we were leaving port, but certainly not as many announcements as say CCL). Weather: we were blessed with unseasonably warm weather and I think it caught a few of us by surprise. It was 80F in Juneau! Like others have mentioned, layers are key. However this was a real odd one and even the locals were commenting. I wish I had taken shorts, but had gone more with layering UP not down. We had clear skies in all ports and were able to get very close to Hubbard Glacier. Entertainment: Cruise director Lauren Vaitkus was excellent - very gracious, professional and hospitable. She was absolutely everywhere both day and night and presided over a great team of activities and entertainers. Main shows were Rondell Sheridan (comedian) Broadway Cabaret (production show) Uptown (Motown) Rock City (production show) Brian Bradley (comedian) Not Really 3 Tenors (music and comedy) Topper (production show). There was an amazing amount of other activities throughout the day and nights. I was really quite surprised at the quality and variety of the activities and have seen a few things I have never seen before in all my cruising years. Celebrity - you won me over here! Food: One the first sea day you have the opportunity to tour the main galley and as well are given the opportunity to experience all the extra fee restaurants with a brief walk through - a worthwhile experience if you haven't made up your mind what you'd like to try and is one last opportunity for them to try and fill any open dining spots. The Chef and Food mgr answered questions while the organized groups were taken through the area. I can see why people are taken with QSine and le Petit Chef - its VERY unique and something Id probably try once if I get another opportunity. Id say it was more for the show than the food. The other locations are more food focused - if money were no object Im sure any or all of them would provide a wonderful meal. We did just fine with Select Dining in the Moonlight Sonata dining room. There was plenty of options each night (and classics to choose from every night) and the service was very nice. We never waited more than 2-3 minutes no matter what time we showed up and strangely were seated in the same section of the dining room each night (as I noticed were a number of others)so got to know our waiter and assistant. The Ocean View restaurant on deck 14 was the location of choice for breakfast and occasional lunch or snack. There was something for everyone if you took the time to look around and also enjoyed the Spa Café . I heard from one chef that lunch in Ocean View had 87 different choices - I believe it. Busy times could be a little chaotic with people and plates going in all directions. Its not for everyone Im sure, but there was no lack of options or assistance. On a side note one of my kudos has got to be for Celebrity having an abundance of staff. They had staff giving out hand sanitizer, staff attending each public washroom, staff maintaining the pool areas..all there to help you, not to 'sell you'. In a time of cutbacks and shortages I have got to say Celebrity really has exceptional and plentiful staff/crew. And each and every one of them, without fail, would greet you as you passed by, no matter the area of time of day. I find that amazing, commendable and exceptional - Celebrity I will be back! Disembarkation: Vancouver with 3 ships in can be a bit of a zoo. Its a smooth as can be, but its still a fast moving swell of people, luggage and traffic. If you can manage your own luggage and know what you're doing, the 'Express Walk off' is the way to go. The first people were walking at 7:35. As we needed wheelchair assistance we were gathered in the Sushi lounge and called with our respective baggage number/colour. Being from Vancouver we were not in a hurry, but was still off the ship by 8:45 and out of the downtown core by 9:25. Lots of people seemed to figure out the Skytrain option (a bit of a walk with luggage but inexpensive and fast) Taxi lineup moved quickly but was most definitely the longest queue. I think that covers most, but happy to answer any questions as others had helped me before I went. In summary I was most pleasantly surprised by Celebrity, would definitely recommend the Eclipse and am already starting to look at next year for the Caribbean.
  11. We are planning a hop-on hop-off tour in San Francisco but as of now have no other plans for the other ports in California.. any ideas? Can anyone recommend any private tour companies? Really not interested in ship excursions.. thanks a lot
  12. Cheers Cruise Critic! It is thankfully that time again for another Live cruise blog! Edward and I are leaving Chicago for Vancouver to join the Celebrity Eclipse on Sunday the 19th for our first Alaskan Cruise! Not only have we never been to Alaska before but we have not been to Vancouver either, so this will be a cruise with many firsts for us and we are very much looking forward to it. If you don’t feel like reading this first post (I know it might be a bit boring with lots of details) feel free to skip to the bottom of this post to see my youtube video with a quick introduction to our trip. For those of you who have not followed us before I will give you a quick rundown of ourselves. I am Paul and my partner is Edward. We live in Chicago (yes in the actual city, right downtown) and are 32 and 36. We try to cruise at least a few times a year and typically on longer itineraries when our schedule allows. This will mark our 18th cruise on Celebrity. As always I will take you along with us on our journey and let you know what is going on every step of the way. You can follow me on social media, specifically on Instagram - PaulKBlackburn You can also follow the hashtag #CruisingOnCelebrity I’ll be posting photos on Instagram but also a lot of short videos on my instagram stories since that seems to upload very easily even if the internet is not 100%. As always I will post at least 10 photos per day on here including the “Dailys” for you to review. I also will let you know any and all costs incurred, whether we are talking about flights, taxis, meals out, ubers, etc. I know many times the talk of money can be “taboo” but at the end of the day none of these wonderful things are free so I think it is important to mention the costs to help everyone plan better. I also encourage you all to ask questions about any topics cruise or travel related. Whether you want to know my thoughts on the food or who is working on the ship or how busy the ports are…just ask and I’ll do my best to answer them. The more interactive I am with all of you the more I enjoy writing so do not feel bad about asking questions. I also want to take a moment to thank all of you who commented on a posting of mine over a month ago asking for suggestions for this trip. We read through all of your comments, tips and tricks and it helped greatly in determining what we are doing and what to pack! Our highlight excursion this trip will be the helicopter tour which stops on two glaciers and the glacier walk. Hoping for good weather! Below are all the pricing details of our cruise, including everything from travel insurance to the cruise itself. It may be a bit boring so don’t feel like you need to read it! Let’s take a look at the cruise itinerary Celebrity Eclipse May 19th - 7 Nights Day 1 - Vancouver Day 2 - Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage Day 3 - Icy Strait Point Day 4 - Cruising Hubbard Glacier Day 5 - Juneau Day 6 - Ketchikan Day 7 - Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage Day 8 - Vancouver We are arriving in Vancouver on the evening of Friday May 17th. After the cruise we are also spending one day and night in Vancouver and flying back to Chicago on memorial day morning. Cruise Pricing OK, let’s talk about money! We booked this cruise a couple months ago. It was a last minute thought. When we were on the Edge in February we booked an August Equinox cruise as a place holder to have an on board booking that we could transfer to another cruise. We used that onboard booking for this cruise so we were able to get a little extra OBC. Celebrity Suite: Originally we booked a Celebrity Suite for this cruise, including the Go BEST package, which came to $2,689.33 per person or $5,378.66 in total. Move Up Bid: Not too long after booking we received the opportunity for a move up bid. The options were to bid on the Royal Suite and the Penthouse Suite. We originally bid only on the Penthouse. The minimum bid was $800 per person so we bid $850pp. We ended up canceling out that bid and only bidding on the Royal. The minimum bid for the Royal was $400pp, we ended up bidding $405pp. Total Cruise Pricing We won our move up bid and therefore incurred the extra cost of $810 bringing our new total to $6,188.66 for the Royal Suite. In addition we have $975 onboard credit (combination of credit from booking on board, go best, and our TA). Airfare We are flying non-stop from Chicago (ORD) to Vancouver (YVR) on Air Canada. We booked through Choice Air. The pricing through Choice Air was a little cheaper than going direct through Air Canada or other online travel websites and we get the additional comfort of their protection. The timing on these flights was perfect for us. 5:05pm leaving ORD and we’re leaving YVR at 10:15am on Memorial Day. We are on a CRJ900 which is a regional jet. I’m surprised it has the range to make that long of a flight. Here is hoping for light headwinds! Total Airfare Cost: $867.74 Round Trip for 2. I’ll update this later after we incur baggage costs. Hotels On Friday and Saturday (May 17th and 18th) before the cruise we are staying at the Shangri-La which looks to be in a great location. We used around 45,000 chase points for this. At the time it was a decent redemption on points but since then it looks like pricing has dropped a bit so the redemption wasn’t the greatest for us at the end of the day. On the Sunday night after the cruise we are staying at the Grand Hyatt and only used 12,000 Hyatt points, transferred from Chase. This was a phenomenal redemption. Since we’re using hotel points (as opposed to booking through the Chase portal) we’re not incurring any taxes either. We would have loved to have booked this hotel at this rate for our first two nights but it wasn’t available for booking. In addition we have Explorist status with Hyatt due to our MLife (MGM Hotel & Casino rewards program) Platinum status we have which is only because of our Elite Plus status with Celebrity since Captain’s Club has a reciprocity status with MLife. Credit Card used for booking I’m not going to turn this into a points blog but I cannot stress enough how important it is to use a quality card for booking travel. Not only can you earn points but the basic travel protection on some cards is phenomenal. We booked everything (that we had to pay for in cash) with our Chase Sapphire Reserve. This does a couple things. Travel Insurance - Automatic travel protection built in which would cover us in the event we had a major issue and had to cancel the cruise last minute (keep in mind this does not necessarily apply to pre-existing conditions) or if we have any major delays, lost luggage, etc. Points! 3x points on travel. In total we spent $7,056, so this equated to 21,169 chase ultimate rewards points. Tavel Insurance We do not purchase regular travel insurance since we have the protection through the card (protection is up to $10,000 in value and you must use the card to pay for your trip!) but we still purchase a separate medical plan. While we would get medical coverage through the Chase Reserve card, it is not that great of coverage. We purchased the GeoBlue Voyager Choice plan through InsureMyTrip. The total cost for two was $35.86. This covers $100,000 in medical per person, $50,000 in accidental death, and $500,000 in medical evacuation. Please note this is only for medical, no trip cancellation, etc. It also requires that you have primary insurance as well. OK, look at that, we made it through all those details! As I go through each day, whether it is our hotel before the cruise, embarkation, nightly dinners, etc. I will do my best to be as critical as possible I am very much a glass half full type of person, especially when I’m traveling. With this being said, sometimes I think I should be a little more critical when reviewing certain aspects. At the same time I find myself so lucky to be able to live the life that I do, that it is sometimes difficult to be negative when the situation calls for it. So at the end of the day I will do my best to be impartial, objective, informative, but most importantly entertaining. Thank you again for following along and coming with us on another amazing trip!
  13. Hello, I am going on a Celebrity Eclipse cruise next month. I was wandering if I can wear polo shirts in the restaurants for casual nights. Can anybody help?
  14. 1. on embarkation day, is lunch provided on board? 2. if we have main dining, I believe we are eating around 6pm....evening show is at 9...what do you do between dinner and show? Are there evening parties/comedians/adult entertainment in the bars after the evening show? 3. How many pools are there? Are there hot tubs? 4.Where can we eat for free? We have an ocean view cabin, not planning any specialty dining this first trip. I know there is a main dining room and a buffet....what else is available? 5. We have main dining, will we be seated with other folks ? And will it be the same folks every night? What about servers? Same servers every night? 6. What else do I need to know for my first Celebrity cruise, we have cruised many many times on Disney and have done a few RCCL and one Carnival. 7. We have the classic drink package....can we get specialty coffees? I mean like lattes and such. What about smoothies? What about frozen drinks? We are not huge drinkers but would like to know what's included so we can take advantage. I've seen a lot of thread about this but they all seem to relate to upgrading to premium or paying extra...I'm just wondering what's covered on the package we have. I assume all sodas are covered? Even from room service? What about regular bottled water? Thanks so much for all you can tell me, I appreciate it! I did search but so many many threads are revolving around either Edge or concierge/suite or other specialty passengers so I haven't been too successful.
  15. When I asked my wife which was her favorite cruise , she didn't hesitate . The April , 2009 Transatlantic crossing on the Celebrity Constellation . It was a great cruise with beautiful weather , a calm sea , and a lovely aft facing cabin . Our first and only cruise on Celebrity , it included a nice mixture of port days and relaxing days at sea , on a fairly empty ship , and all at a great price . Our dream vacation . So in an effort to recapture that great cruise , we booked the April 21 cruise from Miami to London , that had a similar itinerary on the Celebrity Eclipse . So come with us now as we relive this trip using photos , videos and the printed word . Now I don't pretend to be a professional photographer , but I do enjoy taking photos . And like Rod Stewart , I believe that " every picture tells a story " , and so I'll be using lots of photos - to tell the story . So are you ready ? OK , lets go ! On April 21 st , we were the only cruise ship at the Port of Miami . We were the first cruise after the Eclipse's dry dock in the Bahamas . Here we are waiting our turn to board . Our turn ! Having fun with 41 . Sunset Veranda # 7364 Aft balcony The port of Miami
  16. Tomorrow morning my 2 boys (teenagers) and I are heading to Vancouver to get on the Eclipse on Sunday. This will be my first Celebrity cruise, 2nd Alaskan cruise, and I think 12th cruise overall. I usually do Princess and Carnival. I usually do suites when cruising and try to get an aft. This time I know I lucked out and got 1663, corner aft, deck 11. I doubt that my bid for a RS or CS will be accepted since it hasn't been already, which I have very fine with. Whenever I do land vacations that has butler service I have found that I don't use them much. Yes when I go on vacation I am very "low maintenance". So my question is, what type of things do you ask of your butler? Still debating what drink package to get too....I do like a good bourbon. 😀
  17. just returned from a cruise on the Summit......late dining time was 8:15PM. Is this true for all Celebrity ships? I always thought it was 8;30. The time difference may not seem important, but we found it very nice to attend the early show and then go directly to the MDR and be seated. Having anytime dining proved to be no earlier than 8:15 and, sometimes, later. At least the later time would provide a great schedule for us......cocktails at 6, show at 7 and dining at 8:15. And the late dining would give us the same table and server each night! We have always been advocates of Anytime Dining, but our experience on the Summit have us reconsidering and , perhaps, changing to Late dining on the Oct 13th Eclipse. What are your thoughts?
  18. I know that evening chic nights on a 7 night cruise are usually on nights 2 and 6, but since day 6 we will be in port in Ketchican til 8:30pm, would it be likely that evening chic would be on a different night? Would anyone know which nights to plan for so that we can work our plans around wanting to enjoy dressing up a little for dinner? Thanks for any info you might have.
  19. I know that evening chic nights on a 7 night cruise are usually on nights 2 and 6, but since day 6 we will be in port in Ketchican til 8:30pm, would it be likely that evening chic would be on a different night? Would anyone know which nights to plan for so that we can work our plans around wanting to enjoy dressing up a little for dinner? Thanks for any info you might have.
  20. Generally I think we all are much more Celebrity Critics than we are Celebrity Compliments, so thought I would share this. To me it's one of the reasons why Celebrity keeps my loyalty. It shows me again and again that sometimes it's the things you DON'T see/affect you that matter the most Celebrity Eclipse March 24th Sailing Day 3 of a 15 night cruise (next port Lima Peru ~.1.5 days out)) about 10-12 of us had gotten together in a smallish conference room for a small celebration. During the get together one in our group started convulsing and stopped breathing & he turned blue. Luckily no one panicked and we took the right steps We called the emergency number on the phone We flagged down a nearby ships officer who used his mobile to alert everyone that needed to be notified We cleared the room of chairs and got the man on the floor and started cpr, and after about a minute he started breathing again Within about 2-2.5 minutes, about a half dozen senior officers , a doctor, and a nurse arrived on the scene with a gurney to move the man to medical. We would find out that the plan was to move him off in Lima, Peru. Until then he would be kept stable and monitored in the ships hospital. We were just glad he was breathing and even making jokes the next day, even though he realized how serious it was. Celebrity has a policy of "No one is left behind" so a member of the specially trained "care team" was left with the afflicted gentleman and wife in Peru. She arranged for a hotel for the wife (The care team member stayed in an adjoining room at the hotel), and stayed with her for the next three days, providing comfort and translating everything since not a lot of the people in the hospital spoke English, and neither of the couple spoke Spanish. She would tell us later on that Erica (the Guest Relations Care Team Member) was their "true angel", and they really don't know what they would have done without her. The human resources manager on Eclipse (Kathleen I think her name was) also checked in with all of us individually to see how we all were doing after it all happened, and to see if we needed anything. The couple was medevaced home and Erica returned to Guest Relations after 4 days in Peru. He still has some medical battles ahead at home, but the whole team both onboard and shoreside showed genuine compassion, and really treated them both like they were family members, not just cruisers. When I returned home I was recounting the story to a friend, and she said "when I hear of a company go above and beyond obligations, and treat people like that it restores my faith"
  21. I'm looking forward to scheduling flights for our cruise to Alaska out of Vancouver in September on the Eclipse. Disembarkation day flight selections from VYR to Arizona are not so great. The one non-stop flight leaves at 11:40am and gets us home around 3:00pm, which at least gives us a few hours to settle back in before heading to work the next day. All of the other options leave VYR from 2:00 - 6:00pm, have connections, and would get us home after 9:00pm. The ship is scheduled to arrive at 8:00am and we are planning on taking the SkyTrain to the airport. There is one other ship in Canada Place that day. We don't have global entry, but would get it if it made this flight more possible - first time cruising with an added layer of airport customs which I hear is done in VYR, not when we land in the US. Would we be crazy to schedule the 11:40am flight knowing there aren't many remaining options if we miss it, or is this doable?
  22. Is stateroom 7354 larger than 7352? Wondering if that is why the cost is a bit more, or if that is because of it’s location. Thanks!
  23. "It's going to rain be prepared". That is all we heard for a year leading up to our 10 night Eclipse Alaskan cruise. Sometimes mother nature shines on you and leaves you in awe. I am doing this review as a record for myself. It will be long and picture heavy so that the unbelievable experience my wife and I had will be kept on the interwebs for all eternity. A little background. My wife and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary and wanted to do something different. We are experienced Caribbean cruisers. Having cruised with Carnival, Royal, NCL and HAL in the past. So I will also try to compare the lines a little bit and rank some of things they each do well and not so well. Since we have cruised the Caribbean so many times in the past at first we tossed around the idea of doing a land based vacation in Tahiti or Fiji. While we discussed this option my wife blurted out "Alaska". I said "hmmmm. Let me think about it". Not that I was against the idea. But we are beach lovers. And spending two weeks in the cold rain was not really my idea of a vacation. As it turned out we saw not one single drop of rain in any port we went to on this trip. I know that is ridiculously rare. But it is true. The only rain we saw was on our sea day back to Victoria Canada. The weather was simply perfect. And made the entire trip stunning to say the least. Our plan evolved to include 3 nights pre cruise in Vancouver. What a gorgeous city Vancouver is. Truly a gem. And if you like Asian food like we do it is the place for you. One other point about just how perfect this trip was. 10 minutes through security at Dulles airport on the day we left. Two of the smoothest flights I have ever been on from Washington DC to Seattle and Seattle to Vancouver. No line at Canadian customs where I declared some extra tobacco I brought along and the border agent simply said "have a great vacation". No tax. No duty. NOTHING. An amazing 5 star hotel that I bid on on one of the online sites (more on that later). Three perfect days in Vancouver. From the hotel to on the ship in 45 minutes on embarkation day. An incredible 10 night Alaskan itinerary. Walked immediately off of the ship on disembarkation day....The list goes on and on. Here was our Itinerary: May 6th: Depart Washington DC arrive Vancouver at 2:45 PM for a three night stay May 9th: Embarkation day May 10th: Cruise the Inside Passage May 11th: Ketchikan May 12th: Sitka May 13th: Skagway May 14th: Icy Strait Point May 15th: Juneau May 16th: Endicott Arm May 17th: Sea Day May 18th: Victoria Canada May 19: Disembark
  24. Boarded yesterday in Buenos Aires. From here it’s Around the Horn, then on to San Diego. Any questions? Ask here.
  25. Would anyone happen to know when the Alaska cruise schedule for 2021 will be released? Thanks in advance!
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