We boarded the Celebrity Millennium on August 2nd from Vancouver BC at the Canada Place terminal. We quickly went through customs and security, checked in and got onboard. The ship was beautiful and the crew friendly from the start. Our Aqua Class balcony rooms (9062 and 9064) on the 9th floor were the perfect size and had everything we needed! Since we were in an Aqua Class room we were able to dine in Blu for breakfast and dinner each day. Blu was a much smaller, intimate dining room and served a healthier fare than the main dining room. The food in the Blu Aqua class restaurant was top-notch, we all enjoyed every single meal there. Our room stewards, a married couple, Michael and Sarah from the Philippines were so nice and friendly and our waiters Rajesh and Wasim from India were exceptional. We were amazed at how they all remembered us by name starting that next morning! There were over 60 nationalities present in the crew and our restaurant staff joked that it was like the United Nations.
Our first port of call was Ketchikan, Alaska. Jason and his dad wanted to do a float plane, but everything on board was already sold out. We (Simone and Jason) ended up going sea kayaking in the Tatoosh Islands. We boarded a bus and drove 25 minutes outside of town, then boarded a small boat and went another 15 minutes to an island where our kayaks were waiting. Our guides showed us around the water for an hour and a half before we headed back. We were amazed at the clear blue water. We both said it reminded us of the water at Lake Tahoe. We saw several bald eagles including two immature eagles in a nest and a huge sea lion. Jays parents walked around port and enjoyed some shopping. That night made for some amazing whale sightings off the ship. Unfortunately for the biggest sighting we were at dinner, Jays parents caught them though.
The next day we arrived at Icy Strait Point. We took the life boats into land since we were tendered, not docked. This was a fun place to walk around and watch the zip line come down the mountain. We really wanted to hop on the zip line but at $140 a person we decided to wait and try to do that in New Zealand. Jay and his parents explored the Island a bit while Simone enjoyed a massage back onboard.