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Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
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Trip End Mar 11, 2011


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Celebrity Millenium

Flag of United States  , Alaska
Friday, June 4, 2010

The next morning we woke up early to a shy sunshine. It was still cold outside, but without the rain a bit friendlier. We headed out to the Marriott where we checked in for the Cruise. The hotel airport shuttle gave us a ride to the Marriott, very good service. At the Marriott everything was nicely organized. We got out of the shuttle and someone was there to take our luggage. We went to the check-in desk and within 30 minutes we were checked in and got our time for the bus to the train terminal. We had a couple of hours to spend in the buzzing town of Anchorage, so we headed out to get some breakfast. Walking down we wondered where all the people were. The only people on the streets were a couple of cruise-line tourists. We headed out to Snow City, a breakfast place recommended to us by the shuttle driver. But arriving there we figured that this place must be recommended to every tourist in town. The place was packed, and there was a queue to get a table. We were hungry, and we don't like crowds, so we went to another place (Sandwich Deck) which we passed on the way. The place was ran by Koreans and that showed in the quality of the food. Linda ordered a king crab omelet, which turned out looking like a Korean Pancake with Crab, very nice. I had a salmon burger, which was also very nicely done. We would recommended this place for breakfast to anyone that gets stranded in Anchorage for a day. After our breakfast we went to do some last minute shopping in the Mall and we made our way back to the Marriott to catch the bus to the train station where we boarded our Alaska Express train to Seward.

On the train we were seated with two fellow cruise guests, which happened to work for a travel agency. They were on a 'research' trip to see what it is that they sell. The train ride was around 4 hours, and we drove through some pretty amazing Alaskan terrain. We saw small glaciers, lots of mountains with snow and the petrified trees from the earthquake. Although the ride was beautiful, 4 hours is a long time to sit in a train. Luckily the train was catered, so we had some Mosquitoes (Vodka cocktails) and a salmon chowder. When we (finally) arrived in Seward, our ship was waiting for us. The train stopped right at the terminal, basically the only thing in town. We got off the train, went through security and on board the Ship.

On the Ship we found our concierge class stateroom. I would describe this room as a tiny Japanese apartment. It is small but very efficient with lots of little storage spaces to stow away your luggage. So Linda managed to unpack our suitcases and used every storage compartment of our room to store our belongings, quite an achievement.

After we settled in we started exploring our floating resort. The ship has everything you would expect in a resort. Restaurants, a casino, a theater, Spa, Fitness club, Bars, Dance club, Movie Theaters and more. Later that evening we got our first dining experience on the ship. We went to the Metropolitan restaurant on the ship, which is the main 'chow hall'. Luckily we had ordered select dining passes which allow us to go at any given time instead of having to eat with half of the ship at the same time. We also have the luxury of getting our own table instead of being seated with other shipmates. The quality of the food in the restaurant was good, and the service very quick, although it is sometimes hard to understand the different dialects of eastern European English of the waiting staff. But they must think the same of ours I guess.
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