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.
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!
Still a nice cruise with some problems noted above.