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Alaska Cruiser July 4th, 2001 06:12 PM

Swimmers - Avoid Millie class ships in Alaska
My wife and I recently went on the Mercury northbound sailing from Vancouver to Seward. The weather was great and they even broke a high temperature record in Yakutat (Hubbard Glacier).

But even with the warm weather, it was basically too cold for most people to want to use the outdoor pools. Fortunately, Mercury has a pool with a retractable roof on the stern behind the Palm Springs Cafe. This covered pool was very popular with the 170 or so kids on the cruise.

On the Millenium class ships (Millenium, Infinity, Summit) there is no indoor pool available except the $20 per day Aqua Spa. The Aqua Spa is definately not a kids thing. Unfortunately, next year the Mercury will be replaced on the Vancouver-Seward route with the Summit. This will leave Celebrity customers without a covered pool option in Alaska.

We loved our Celebrity cruise and would recommend taking them to anyone with one exception. If you like swimming or are taking kids, don't cruise Alaska on a Millie class ship - you'll freeze!

CruiseAholic July 6th, 2001 08:27 AM

Re: Swimmers - Avoid Millie class ships in Alaska
Sailed on the Millennium in February and am sailing on her again in August. The covered pool is the large aqua spa whirlpool and there was no charge to use it.

Alaska Cruiser July 6th, 2001 08:32 PM

Re: Swimmers - Avoid Millie class ships in Alaska

You may want to read some of the other threads in this board. It seems that Celebrity has started charging everyone $15 per day for the Aqua Spa on at least some, if not all, Millie class ships.. (The exception to the rule is Suite passengers.) See the threads "Important Infinity/Summit Information", and "Charging for Spa&Pool on Infinity".

Alaska Cruiser

Babette July 7th, 2001 10:59 PM

Re: Swimmers - Avoid Millie class ships in Alaska
I think what people should be complaining about is the fact that

1. The thlassotherapy pool is poorly placed on the M-Class ships in the first place.... and that it pales in comparison with the t-pools on the Century-class ships.....and

2. They should have a regular swimming pool!!!!! with a magadrome cover for cruises in cooler climes... or even for those odd rainy days. Ships 30 years old have magadrome covers for pete's sakes!!!!!

Dave Graham July 9th, 2001 10:40 AM

Re: Swimmers - Avoid Millie class ships in Alaska
Speaking of magadomes, has anyone noted they start off being movable, such as on the RCI ships, and then stay permanently closed (probably malfunctions or something).

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