We leave in a few days for Alaska. I am wondering if there is any way to find out about the activities on the ship. We will be on the Celebrity ship, Millennium. How do I find out what there is to do? Can you tell I can't relax!
While I have not yet had the opportunity to sail on Celebrity I think you will find the onboard experience not to different than the other major cruise lines. You can expect Bingo, wine tastings, trivia, shows, musical entertainment, theater entertainment, port talks etc.
Yes, welcome aboard Cathy. I also have not cruised on Celebrity, but my first cruise to Alaska was last May on the Star Princess, and it was amazing. I am confident that you will have the time of your life!
I have sailed Millennium and to Alaska in May of '06. Loved every minute of it. Beside what has already been mention, there was arts & crafts, dancing instructions (country & ballroom), computer courses, and my favorite, sitting in the observation room (doubles as the disco at night) at the front of the ship. For those in the know, how about "3 o'clock, 100 yards!". For those not in the know, many a humpback whale, killer whale, dolphin, seal, American Bald Eagle were spotted from this location. On the day you cruise the glacier, get up early and stake your claim to some front row seats (don't forget the binocs though). The waiters came around with complimentary split pea soup in french bread bowls (yum,yum). Whale watching excursion in Juno was great. Just sit back and enjoy the views, the entertainment has a way of finding you.
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Good info above, but I'm wondering if the answer you need is this: Being that it is your very first cruise, you might not realize that all ships have their own daily newsletter. On Celebrity it's simply called "The Daily". (Like "The Millennium Daily" "The Mercury Daily", etc) There will be one for the first day of the cruise waiting for you in your cabin. And then, every evening, your cabin steward will leave another one for the following day.
The Daily paper will list everything there is to know about the day on-board: Meal times, (restaurants, buffets, etc.) show times, night club hours, fitness club and spa hours. There will be games on the list (Newlywed, Lier's Club etc) and meetings (ie: port talks, Friends of Bill W, religious services, etc, ) and demonstrations (ie: ice carving, napkin folding) as well as activities (ie: trivia, bingo, dance classes, art auctions ) It will tell the suggested dress for the day, and the theme of the night, (if there is one). It will highlight the port stop for the day, and tell the time you will arrive there, and when you must be back on board. It will include ads to tell you who will be performing that night (magicians, comics) not just the time, And always some ads to tell you what featured items they'll be selling in the onboard shops that night.
Take a highlighter pen along to mark your Daily for the activities that interest you, so you won't forget.
If you do a search you will likely find copies of the Daily from past cruisers, posted on line, so you can get an idea of what to expect.
Hi Cathy. I just came off the Millie from Alaska in May! It's a beautiful ship, you will really enjoy it. Since this is your first cruise, you are in for a major treat. The Millie is a huge ship, lovey decor, great artwork.
There are lots of things to do. As Gayle said, the daily chatter sheet will give you a listing of things you can participate in every day. From fruit and ice carving to movies to trivia games, you won't have a chance to get bored. One of the most popular activities was the MEN VS. THE WOMEN trivia. It went on the entire cruise. We just watched, but it was great fun. We were playing a 50's trivia when suddenly the capt'n came over the loudspeaker (on Celebrity they NEVER use the loudspeakers, so when they do, you pay attention!) POD OF WHALES ON STARBOARD SIDE! Everyone ran to that side of the room to the windows! LOL! Enjoy the T-pool and sauna (I hadn't even discovered the sauna on the Infinity!), and all that that lovely ship has to offer.
Enjoy your trip, we'll look forward to hearing about it when you return.
Thank you very very much for all this information. I will be scoping out all the suggestions and I am beginning to relax knowing I can find out some things first. Good idea about the highlighter. I laid out all of my outfits today and it looks like I will be doing a little shopping before we leave.
It is good to be in the loop, thanks again to all.
Remember the old saying... pack, and then put 1/2 of it back! You can go to www.alaska.com to check the weather forecasts for your ports, to give you a better idea of what to pack. http://www.alaskatravel.com/resources/alaska-weather.html too can give you good info. Run to Target if you haven't already, and in their camping section you can pick up cheap rain ponchos. Or your local 98 cent store might have them. But the Millie will have an umbrella in the closet you can use, too. And a blue carry bag you can keep. It's very handy for those port shopping sprees!
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I was on Infinity (sister ship to Millie) up to Alaska a few years ago and loved it. I also cruised to the Caribbean on Century. Some other highlights not already mentioned are welcome aboard champagne and an escort to your cabin. The outdoor bar just aft of the Ocean Grill on Resort Deck was a place we always congregated in the afternoon and after dinner. My favorite was the Martini Bar and the Martini Tastings. Another plus is hot chocolate to warm you up as you return to the ship after your port calls. In the Caribbean it is cold punch and ice cold face towels, nice touch. My first cruise on Celebrity was about my 10th or 11th cruise. I must say they made a great first impression and kept on impressing me the whole time.