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  1. Where did you rent a car right at the port? Did you get picked up and driven to the airport to get a car? Which car rental did you use?
  2. peggy1

    Kenai Fiord Tour

    Kenai Fiords Tour and it's right in Seward opposite the ships. It really is in walking distance,
  3. peggy1

    Kenai Fiord Tour

    We took the tour 2 days ago and it was the best excursion ever. The weather was magnificent and the scenery unreal. We saw pods of orca and humpbacks whales, sea lions, seals, otters, puffins. The islands and coast line, caves, water color were spectacular. The crew was great and the lunch was very tasty and the warm cookie on the return was welcome. The glacier, Hobard ? was the bluest and white glacier I've seen and the calving sounded like a shotgun and then the size of a house dropped into the water. We could I'm sure never find all the perfect events of that day duplicated and consider ourselves very lucky. However, even on a cold, misty day I'm sure you'd see just as much wildlife. The captain communicates with other boats and they are alerted where to head and they know where to find the pods. It was simply the best. I know this sounds like an ad for them but they don't need it. Do yourself a favor and do this one.
  4. We did this tour and had very little explanation in advance and we had the Sea Life Center on the printer itinerary from the cruise line as our first stop. When we got to our group we were informed that the tour (apparently) alternates with this Taste of Alaska tour and we were now doing this one?? They had us on the roster for hotels and everything so we did the Alaska Heritage Center. It was then explained that we were going to a fishing processing tour. This was two minutes and right around the corner of the ship. We stood on a parking lot (never entered a building) and a man gave an explanation of a rusted fishing boat and showed a rope with hooks to catch salmon in a drizzling rain. This was a surprise and not a welcome one. We then went to Anchorage and had an hour for self lunch and then went towards Talkeetna and had the stop at the Alaskan Heritage Center and homemade ice cream minus the seal oil. This was a pretty good stop. Next was another stop for ice cream at a small stand. We literally stopped every hour for a stretch and bathroom break even though there were bathrooms on the bus. There was a stop for a beer tour which some people walked into and got right back on the bus. We opted to skip it also and go to the Hotel. We got to Talkeetna Lodge around 7pm and it is very nice and had a nice dinner at the Bistro. The next day around 10:30 we headed for the train and it was a nice ride and dining room was very nice and food was good and the prices were reasonable. Once off the train we went on the Denali tour bus where we saw ONE animal a fox! We got there about 4:30 and the Denali Wilderness tour is only to mile 30, and a waste I think and it's not at all like the Tundra Tour which we've done before and was pretty good. It was rainy off and on and the stops inside were not very interesting and when it started to rain more the driver asked if we wanted to go to our hotel we said yes. The driver was going so fast at that point that when I spotted a moose he was going so fast it was a blur and I didn't even have time to call it out. I asked him to slow down. We were then brought to our Denali Hotel which was okay but not as nice as the Princess Denali hotel that we'd stayed in the past. The next day we went back on the bus ride to Anchorage and we stopped at the Birch syrup shop and did a little outside and outside little tour and tasted different syrups. We stopped at the viewing point and cafe to see if we could see Denali and it was a gorgeous viewing day and so we did see it. Gorgeous. We got to Anchorage and stayed at the Marriott which was very nice. We loved that our bags were picked up at a set time in the morning and then when we got to the hotels our keys were ready and our bags were brought and put in our rooms which was a good thing because everyone was exhausted by the time we got to the hotels. I would much rather have spent times at the designated areas, Talkeetna and Denali rather than these time filler stops. We transferred to the airport where we rented a car and drove down to Aleyska Resort which is lovely and the next day took the Kenai Fiords boat trip and it was beyond awesome. We had a perfect day and saw more humpback whales and pods of orcas, sea lions, otters, puffins and the most beautiful Hobart? Glacier. It was spectacular and got so much closer than Glacier Bay which is also spectacular. Our cruise on the Millennium was good and we were just surprised by the lack of information we recieved about the particulars of this trip so I wanted to give people a heads up. The other alternate 9A apparently is geared more to families I was told so you may want to check exactly which of the 9A's you are booked on. Whenever we would call to ask for specifics on the land tour it was always stated that the rep for land tour would go over it. When I spoke to someone at Guest Relations she kind of rolled her eyes at disgust with them and said they are just contracted but a separate entity from Celebrity? That was news. Anyway, we wouldn't do this tour but you may enjoy it but I would try to make sure of the specifics if you can. I would only do the Land part again if we were doing it on our own. Alaska is spectacular and if given enough time in Denali you will enjoy that too.
  5. I found out more information on 1020 and it sounds like it is going to be good. We go on the cruise on May 24 and it looks like it doesn't have the multi port shower in the cabin but that's not a big deal for us. We've had it on previous cruise and really didn't use the extra ports much. The location is very close to the T pool and Persian Garden as well as the Aqua Cafe. I know people didn't like this cabin on Summit but the Millennium AQ looks like it will be good. If not we will pursue it onboard.
  6. Are you talking about the cabins on Summit??? We are going to be on Millennium. I've heard that the Summit has reclassified these cabins but I hadn't heard that about M?
  7. Our cruise is May 24. So, in 4 days!!! I can't believe we weren't notified of this reclassification. Thanks for the heads up
  8. Has anyone had any experience with the New Aqua cabins on Millennium? We will be in 1020 and would like to know what covers the balcony and noise issues??? TIA
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    Miellineum

    We will be on the Millennium soon and we are wondering how the new Aqua class cabins are. Specifically 1020??? TIA
  10. peggy1

    Miellineum

    Has anyone been in the new Aqua class cabin 1020? I know these cabins were added after this latest renovation and am wondering about the coverage overhead and noise level. Thanks
  11. peggy1

    Juneau

    We will be in Juneau on May 28 and it looks like we'll be in AS dock?
  12. peggy1

    Juneau

    I'm trying to find out which dock the Celebrity Millennium is going to be berthed at. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  13. peggy1

    Talkeetna

    After we get off the train it says we will be going on the Natural History Tour in Denali, which is 4 1/2-5 hours long. We have done the Tundra Tour in the past with Princess. It says we can book optional excursions following this? I don't know when they think we'd have time to do this. I had wanted to do the cruise going up and then doing the land part on our own since this is the second land tour and 3rd cruise to Alaska. I think I should have stayed with my first instinct and done it on our own. The good part is that we are staying 3 days after we get back to Anchorage so we will do that on our own and spend a couple of days in Aleyska and do Kenai Fiords cruise, etc. Thanks for giving us information about train schedule. It gives us a better idea.
  14. peggy1

    Talkeetna

    Thanks for your reply. We are on tour 9A and get into Seward on May 31. We are suppose to go by bus to Alaska Sea Life Center from the ship and then on to Anchorage by bus and then from Anchorage to Talkeetna for overnight. Does this sound like we would still get into Talkeetna around 4? The people we have spoken to at Celebrity seem to not be aware of much when it comes to the land part. Thank you so much for your help
  15. I absolutely hate it when you post something on here and all of a sudden you have people questioning your veracity. It astounds me! Hearing comments like "I think it's interesting this is the OP first post, and I smell something fishy"? If it wasn't your experience fine but it was others. I posted a warning a month ago and then was attacked for the warning. Geez, no good deed goes unpunished sometimes. I want to hear the good and not so good, experiences, excursions, favorite places and favorite ships, etc. Not everything is a conspiracy. There, that's my 2 cents.
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