I posted a summary of our Alaska trip in the Destinations Forum but I figured I'd post something here about our ship.
This was our very first cruise EVER so we did not know what to expect. We chose it because we heard the food was very good on the Celebrity line (we love trying different kinds of foods) and the average age of passengers was a bit lower than Holland America.
First walked in and was impressed by all the white uniformed people waiting to escort us to our cabins. The grand foyer was not as "grand" as I had imagined...I guess I've watched the Titanic too many times. Cabin size was nice (sky suite) and we LOVED our balcony with the teak furniture. (We noticed that not all the balconies were furnished with teak). The balcony was large enough to fit 2 loungers with cushions (these can be adjusted to recline) and a table/footstool with a cushion. It was nice to have the railing portion made out of glass (easy to watch for whales). The bed was ok...unless you were caught in the middle where the bar juts into your back (2 twins pushed together). The duvet pillows and duvet were very comfortable. We had a doorbell which I thought was neat! I liked how the announcements were made to a minimum and you could choose which ones to listen to (except for the VERY important ones).
Life boat drill went smoothly. Women and children at the front and men at the back. I didn't know I looked good in orange. :-)
The theatre was a nice size...you can see the stage anywhere you sat (2 levels). We didn't watch many shows but opted to play the last bingo game. I never knew bingo could be *that* dramatic! (They had smoke machines, flashing lights and the announcer come up from stage). The cinema was smaller than I expected (1 level), saw some good movies but no popcorn. The Constellation club was nice. It's a good place to watch outside when it's cold (Hubbard Glacier day). We were invited here twice for an anniversary/honeymoon party and special guests with the Captain party. At night, it acts as the dance club.
The spa was nice (we had a tour the very first day) but most services were too expensive for my taste. Maybe if I didn't have to pay in U.S. funds it would be comperable. I got my hair done for the first formal night and I loved it. The staff are very friendly but they do try to push the products. (you just have to learn to say 'no') We joined a partner teach massage class and thought this was GREAT. The men (or one partner) had their backs massaged and the women (or other partner) had their feet massaged. We learnt a lot but I still think the men got the better deal. We were supposed to get notes but since we didn't buy any lotions, this is probably why we didn't get them. The Thallosotherapy (sp?) pool was relaxing and they had change rooms here that you had to get the key from the spa desk.
There was an outdoor pool area with some whirlpools. It was nice to sit out here when the sun was out.
The basketball hoop area was a good size but on windy days, be careful of losing balls (we didn't lose any but some kids did). The golf simulator never seemed to be open, we tried on many occasions to open the door but it was always locked. The video arcade seemed to be usually packed but they were expensive ($1 a game) or maybe it's been a while since I've paid to play?! The youth program seemed to be working well..many kids seemed happy doing their own thing.
There didn't seem to be many "sales" at the shops on board. After reading a posting here, I thought the photos would go on sale on the last day but they were still the same prices. Had to buy one though...8 x 10 costs around $25.
The medical facility had free motion sickness pills (Bonine), just ask for them. They made me VERY drowsy though. One day (the only day I took them) my poor hubbie had to eat the main course and the rest of dinner by himself because I could no longer keep my eyes open after the salad. :-)
The Trellis restaurant was very nice. We had late seating and on many occasions they were late on opening the doors. It's 2 levels and we were on the second level. We enjoyed this because we could look down and see all the action. Especially on the night of the Baked Alaskan parade! Make sure you bring your camera for this...it's quite a party! We found our waiter to be very good and our assistant waiter not so good but we tipped them accordingly. You can ask your waiter or butler for anything NOT on the menu the night before. We enjoyed the shrimp cocktail, escargots and frog legs. Funny story...the day we were eating at the specialty restaurant, I noticed they had frog legs at the Trellis so I asked our butler if he could hold a plate for us after our dinner. Too bad my eyes were bigger than my stomach. I was too full after the specialty restaurant but luckily my hubbie eat them! Specialty restaurant is a YES! YES! Don't miss!
The food was good most of the time (except for the specialty restaurant)...some inconsistency throughout the cruise. For a lighter lunch, we sometimes headed to the Aqua Spa...this very good! Martini's were very good...I wish I had more time to try them all (50 kinds on board).
I think I've covered all the important stuff but if you have any more questions, post your questions here and I'll be happy to answer them!
Please read my write up found on the Alaska forum regarding excursions.
Most people did stick to the dress code pretty much AFTER dinner. There was one night that my husband and I changed from our formal wear to "nice" casual wear when we went to watch a movie in the cinema. No one gave us any trouble...besides, it's hard to see what people are wearing in a movie theatre.
We found people's interpretations of informal and casual dress was widely spread. Some people were dressed casually for the informal nights. I wore mostly long and dark coloured dresses for the informal nights and my husband wore his suit. For the casual nights, I wore more summerly dresses/ pant suits or a skirt set and my husband wore nice khakis with a nice shirt.
Have a GREAT time and don't worry too much about what you're wearing. You're on VACATION!!!!!