In celebration of the Alaska season opening, Celebrity Cruises, voted best premium cruise line 15 years running, welcomes you to embark on an Alaska cruise, and set sail on the adventure of a lifetime. Prepare to be captivated by the breathtaking beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes that Alaska has to offer while navigating through the icy waters, from the comfort of the award-winning luxury cruise ship, Celebrity Millennium®. Bask in the magic of the region as you indulge in world-class cuisine, enjoy top-notch amenities, and immerse yourself in the wonders of Alaska while exploring the ports on your enchanting shore excursions.
Set sail on a 7-Night Southbound Glacier Cruise onboard the Celebrity Millennium®. This floating ‘resort at sea’ is a stunning 2200-passenger ship that was completely revolutionized in 2019 after a multi-million dollar transformation, and recently became one of the first-ever cruise ships to receive the highly coveted Forbes Travel Guide 4-Star Rating.
Celebrity Cruises caters each cruise itinerary to allow for extraordinary shore excursions tailored to “Ignite your sense of wonder, inspiration, and adventure.“
Day 1 – Seward, Alaska
Located on the stunning Kenai Peninsula, Seward, Alaska, is a picturesque coastal town known for its breathtaking scenery, charming harbor, and abundant wildlife. Here you will board the Millennium and meet the staff. You’re welcome to get settled in and explore the ship before its departure.
Day 2 – Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)
The largest river of ice in North America, Hubbard Glacier is a magnificent icy wonder, measuring 7 miles wide, 76 miles long, and as tall as a 30-story building above the waterline. For the best view, stand on the helideck where the crew will be waiting with hot cocoa to keep you warm. The remainder of the day and evening are for cruising and enjoying all the activities the ship has to offer.
Day 3 – Juneau, Alaska
With roughly 12 hours of docking time, Alaska’s capital is yours to explore. Journey through the rainforest and soar above the ground at 1800 ft. on the Goldbelt Tram. After ascending to the top, take in the stunning scenery while sipping an ice-cold Alaskan beer at the Timberline Bar & Grill. From here, go outside and hike the trails. Breathe in the fresh air as you spot totem poles, bald eagles soaring above, icy waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. After a quick round of shopping in the gift shop, return to sea level where downtown Juneau awaits you, with its artisan shops and restaurants like Tracy’s King Crab Shack and Hangar on the Wharf.
Day 4 – Skagway, Alaska
Travel back in time to the days of the Alaska gold rush in historic Skagway. Step into the shoes of the Klondike gold rushers, and learn the art of gold-panning. Dog lovers have an opportunity to learn about the Iditarod and watch a team of sled dogs in action as they run around the track during a demonstration. Then get ready for wet kisses and snuggles as you get up close and personal with the newest addition to the team, the new puppies. If relaxation and beauty are what you desire, the best way to see Skagway is aboard the White Pass Train. Sit back and relax as the vintage train winds its way through lush greens, rugged mountains, dramatic canyons, cascading waterfalls, and tunnels. You can opt for the long train ride, or follow my plan and do the sled dog excursion first, and then hop on the train for the remainder of its journey.
Day 5 – Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Icy Strait Point offers an authentic and immersive experience, allowing visitors to connect with the rich history of Alaska and explore the pristine wilderness of the region. For those who love spotting wildlife, book a whale-watching tour and witness humpback whales, orcas, seals, and otters playing in the water, as bald eagles circle overhead. Foodies will be in their element with a hands-on tasting session in Alaska’s Wildest Kitchen. And for the thrill ride seekers like myself, the Icy Strait Point ZipRider® is for you! The world’s longest zip line ride is a one-of-a-kind thrilling experience that you won’t want to miss. Take in the views as you journey to the top of Hoonah Mountain on a gondola ride. Then you’re off on a race to the bottom dropping 1330 ft., and soaring above the rainforest below at speeds exceeding 60 mph!
Day 6 – Ketchikan, Alaska
Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” Ketchikan entices visitors with its charming waterfront, vibrant arts scene, and captivating outdoor adventures. The Best of Ketchikan by Land and Sea offers a tour of the coastline by boat, before stepping on land to explore an old cannery and native village. The Tongass Rainforest trail expedition takes tourists on a journey through the nation’s largest national forest, Tongass Rainforest. Water lovers will love the Tatoosh Islands Wilderness Kayak Adventure. Spend two hours in a kayak paddling around the Tatoosh Islands while spotting bald eagles, harbor seals, and starfish.
Day 7 – Inside Passage (Cruising)
Get lost in the beauty of this coastal route. Relax on the ship while you take in the tapestry of snow-capped mountains, fjords, glaciers, lush forests, and abundant wildlife. This day is perfect for ship activities like wine tasting, treating yourself to a spa day, relaxing in the Persian Garden, taking a dip in the hot tub, or cozying up with a book and cocktail in one of the ship’s many lounges.
Day 8 – Vancouver, British Columbia
The cruise has come to an end with a morning arrival in British Columbia. Enjoy a last breakfast before departing.
The ship houses an array of luxury accommodations from inside staterooms, to the elevated Concierge Class (stateroom with a private veranda, access to exclusive events, and your own personal concierge), AquaClass (stateroom with private veranda, complimentary fitness classes, unlimited access to the Persian Garden, complimentary dining at Blu, and personal spa concierge), and The Retreat® (Sky Suite with a private butler, exclusive access to Luminae, and other exclusive spaces like The Retreat Lounge).
The allure of an Alaska cruise is to soak up Alaska’s unparalleled beauty and explore its stunning landscapes, but Millennium’s onboard experience is equally as remarkable. Every moment onboard is designed to exceed your expectations and create unforgettable memories. The ship’s activities range from live comedy and magic acts to Broadway-inspired shows, visually stunning aerial performances, daily events like trivia, gambling in the casino, visiting the art gallery, and shopping at the many boutiques. If wellness is what you seek, the fitness center has top-of-the-line equipment and offers classes for cardio, sculpt, and yoga. While the adults-only solarium and spa offer relaxation for your mind and body.
And then there is the highlight of all Celebrity Cruises, the culinary delights crafted by world-class chefs, and inspired by and sourced from the regions the ship visits. Guests can choose from dining in the “airy and contemporary” Metropolitan Restaurant, to global dining destination Oceanview Café (buffet), grabbing something lighter at the healthy Spa Café, or satisfying a sweet tooth at Café al Bacio & Gelateria. Millennium also has three specialty restaurants, modern Italian Tuscan Grille, sushi bistro Sushi on Five, and a visual spectacle unlike any other, Le Petit Chef. AquaClass guests can also experience the bold and elegant Blu, and cutting-edge Luminae is exclusively reserved for guests of The Retreat®. All menus are posted daily on Celebrity’s app, making it helpful in deciding where to dine.
The Millennium also caters to the cocktail and wine enthusiast, with menus offering a “diverse selection of classics, the latest trends, craft beers, and a wine selection that is unsurpassed.” Oenophiles will appreciate the ship’s robust wine program having won 100 Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence and 9 Best of Awards of Excellence – the most ever awarded in the cruise industry. Guests can partake in wine tastings and workshops, and can even craft their own wine with Blendtique Custom Crafted Wines. And for those who crave a good martini, visit the Martini Bar and order the martini flight. The ship’s flair bartenders will put on an eye-popping performance before serving you six miniature martinis.
Whether enjoying one of the ship’s activities, dining at one of the restaurants, or simply relaxing, expect nothing but the best onboard Celebrity Millennium®.
There is no better way to experience the raw beauty and untamed majesty of Alaska than with Celebrity Cruises, especially on the Celebrity Millennium®. From the luxurious onboard experience to the lively shore excursions, every aspect of the journey is designed to create enduring moments to be cherished for a lifetime.
This season, Celebrity Cruises currently has three ships offering Alaska Cruises, Celebrity Solstice®, Celebrity Eclipse®, and the Celebrity Millennium®. Take the stress out of planning, and let Celebrity Cruises help you select which ship and itinerary are best for your Alaska adventure.