We have sailed Norwegian Majesty to Bermuda, loved it and decided to cruise again, this time on Celebrity - Summit. We are booked for both the land and southbound cruise tour. We've requested a left-side balcony room on the ship. Requested mid ship, any tips to share or advice you can give? Clothes to bring?
Same old advice of layered clothing. Take the Misty Fjords tour out of Ketchikan. Take a Glacier Helicopter tour probably out of Juneau. Train out of Skagway.
Sitka has nothing much in town, so take a tour.
When you are close to Glaciers you will have cold weather. Two pairs of socks, silks, and layers of clothes. In Sept you should have colder weather all around than in July when we went.
Don't know what ports you visit, but most have not much in the port itself.
Okay, we went out and bought warm socks! Got the thermals. Dress in layers you say! Do we need the parka, earmuffs and mittens? I've seen posts that the aft cabins are better, we've requested a left side balcony (don't know port from a starboard or is it starbird). Will we be disappointed? Just want this to be the best, celebrating the 25th anniv. Should we book off shore excursions ahead of time? A boston girly!
When we were on Summit in late June, and we had a room on the left side. I really don't think it made a lot of difference as far a viewing went. At the Hubbard glacier, the ship turned so that people on both sides had terrific viewing. We found ourselve going from our balcony to the other side of the ship as it turned. The Lounge on the upper deck, front of the ship was also a spectacular place to be to see the sites. Going through the inside passage, is beautiful on either side of the ship.
We also did the inland tour from Fairbanks to Seward prior to the cruise. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I posted a review of our first few days on those tours on the Alaska CM site and the chit chat site.
Two different ones? Lynn or Linda? Just found you while browsing. You really shouldn't need thermos ect, except at Hubbard Glacier unless you are doing a lot of outside trekking or glacier landings. If we need all that we are in trouble. Haven't been there in Sept and last Sept was very warm and unusual. My wife will take a hat and gloves and maybe a scarf, but a light rain jacket and or one of those ponchos for $5 at Walmart may work with your other layers. See you on the 3rd.
Best way to remember Port and Starboard is that PORT and LEFT both have four letters.
My folks are going on the Summit later in September and have a forward cabin on the very front. They're very excited.
I just got off the Summit and it was remarkable. If you happen to have Alex and Ana as your waiter/assistant, tell them Dave and Christy say hi!! The staff there is very service oriented, you will not be disappointed. We talked to many other people on board who have taken cruises with other companies, and said by far this was the best in terms of service, food quality, cleanliness of ship, etc.
We were there in July, and it was jeans/sweatshirt weather most of the time. Unless you are doing something active. I am sure it will be even cooler in September. Don't forget your bating suit, the Thelassotherapy pool and spa are included, and it is a great place to relax!
When you get to Hubbard glacier, a great place to view it is the Helo-Deck. This is where any emergency helicopters would land if needed. it is normally off limits to passengers, but they open it for Hubbard. It is on deck 5 all the way forward. But the trick is you have to go out side on deck 4, walk towards the bow, then find the outside stairs that will take you to deck 5. We got the tip from a dealer in the casino, but he didn't tell us the directions to get there so we missed getting a good spot.
Lobster night is on the only informal night of the cruise. We decided to not go to dinner that night because someone hyped up the "Le Grand Buffet" they were having at midnight that night, so we wnated to have room. Well, the buffet was over-rated, and I missed my chance to have Lobster, don't make the same mistake!