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by Lang
July 12, 2002

Just returned from the inside passage cruise and second with Celebrity. An enjoyable cruise with some negatives.

Embarkation - Arrived at the pier at about Noon but took about an hour to board as we had to wait for US Customs to arrive to clear passengers.

Food - Still better than RCCL but the gap is closing fast, good but a definate decline from a few years ago when aboard the Galaxy. Never had breakfast or lunch in the Trellis restaurant but utilized the Grill which was excellent. Dinner entrees were good most nights but were disappointing on a couple evenings. Grant Buffet is excellent if you can wait until 12:15 am to dine on Wednesdays.

Service - Good for both cabin steward and for our waiter. The assistant waiter was sometimes not to be found and the waiter had to cover some of his chores like pouring more water, ice tea, etc.

Entertainment - Verygood. Dancers and singers performed well on their three nights. Dominique Ava is a tremendous violinist and not to be missed. Her juggler/comedian husband is so-so. Don't expect much activity after 10:00 pm.
Ports and Tours - Recommend the Orca Enterprises Whale Watching Tour in Juneau with Captain Larry. We saw a pod of humpback whales feeding and a breeching by a baby whale during the tour. The White Pass train ride in Skagway is not to be missed as well as the Yukon Gold Rush tour there. Ketchikan is great for buying all the souvenirs you need to come home with. Hubbard Glaciers on Tuesday was tremendous as we got as close as three miles to the glacier.

Misc. - We had to tender in Ketchikan in the morning but the ship was able to dock later at 3:00 pm. Avoid buying the VIP booklet - not worth it!
Debarkation - The worse ever after 11 cruises! After our color/number code was called we had to wait about 45 minutes to board a bus to the airport. Once there we had about another hr. wait to the ticket agent. The U.S. Customs wait is short but then the good part - you have to pay another $14 for terminal improvements before they allow you to proceed thru the security check. From the time we were called at about 9:15 am, it took until almost 1:00 pm to get to our gate.

Still a nice cruise with some problems noted above.