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Celebrity Millennium 7/15/22 Review - SouthBound


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We just got back from our 7 night cruise from Seward to Vancouver.  What a great trip. 

 

We flew up 2 days early to explore Anchorage as we rented a car.  We drove down to Whittier.  Great views.  We went up the Tram at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.  Unfortunately it was very foggy that day and did not have great views.  Still pretty neat to go up the mountain.  Going through the 2.5 mile tunnel was pretty neat as well.  We should have stuck around along the way as they surf on the Bore Tide in the evening.  We saw them getting ready but kept driving.  

 

We took the train down from Anchorage to Seward.  We did the Gold Star.  Very nice train ride with a decent breakfast.  We saw some wildlife along the way.  It was nice to drop your luggage off at the train station and not see it again until we go on the ship.  They transported it from Anchorage to the Ship.  

 

Hubbard Glacier:  Wow!  What a sight.  We saw and heard a lot of calving.  The sounds were just amazing.  This is one part of the trip, I was freezing.  It was very cold on our day as it was very foggy and raining.  But this was one of the coolest things about the trip.  

 

Juneau: We did the Whale and Lighthouse tour by Juneau Lighthouse Tours.  Great time.  Boat was brand new.  We saw many whales and the crew did a great job.  The lighthouse was fun to see as well.  We were able to go up and have some great views.   I would book this tour again in a heartbeat.  After our whale/lighthouse tour, we did a Segway tour.  Not worth it.  We rode the segways up a road, got off, did a 1 mile hike, got back on the segways and drove back to the van.  We should have done our research on this one.  We ate at Tracy's King Crab Shack.  It was delicious, expensive and very busy place.  

 

Skagway:  We did the DIY Jeep tour.  We ended up with Toyota 4 Runners.  We had some confusion with our lunch, we tried to upgrade to a BBQ lunch but that did not work out.  We ended up with a Wrap at the Bistro in Carcass.  We stopped at many places along the way.  The Yukon Suspension Bridge costed $9 pp to go in.  Well worth it.  What a beautiful site.   We stopped at Tutshi Dog Sledding.  We were the only ones there and it was a nice stop.  Charged us $25 for all 8 of us to enter.  I would recommend doing this as it was very remote and saw some beautiful sites.  Getting through the border crossing was super easy.  

 

Icy Point Strait:  This port was one of my favorite and we already planned a Bear Search Tour.  What a bummer that we did.  This port was small and had some stuff to do but we were on our "Bearless Bear Search".  We were only in port until 3.  We booked through Hoonah Travel Adventures.   We saw 0 bears.  Now, they do not guarantee to see one but all we did was drive down gravel roads looking for one.  Not what I expected and wish I would have done our homework on this one as well.  

 

Ketchikan:  Nothing planned.  I did some fishing from shore and others walked around.  Nice area.  We ate some crab at Alaska Fish house.  Good crab.  It was dungeness. 

 

Vancouver:  We got off the ship and went straight to the airport by Taxi.  $38 Canadian Dollars. 

 

Weather is uncontrollable but it was on the chillier side.  Mid 50s. 

 

Great trip and will be doing this cruise again in about 4-5 years.     

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I have never heard of that whale watching company - glad to hear of it and get a good review from the company.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, fisherman0916 said:

We found the Whale watching tour by googling Harv and Marv.  This was a new tour of theirs.  This just started this year.  

I was looking and thought they were connected but then wasn't fully sure. Glad you did a review with them!

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We had select dining but we chose to make 7:00 p.m. reservations every night.  Luckily we had the same table and servers.  Food was good in the dining room, probably not outstanding.  The buffet was outstanding in my opinion.  We ate up there every morning.  Then at times for lunch.  Pizza was some of the best.  But our group definitely came home with a few extra pounds. We ate at Le Petit last night.  Very good show.  Some loved their food and some didn't.  The lobster on Day 6 were huge.  Bigger than what I remember being served on a ship.  Food is so tough to judge. You will love this cruise.  We do a lot of caribbean cruises and this one was way different but a good different.  

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