Being based in Vancouver, I have been looking at Vancouver roundtrip cruises to avoid flying to or from Alaska. There is also the option to do a Seattle roundtrip cruise, but the ship has got to be stupendous for me to consider the hassle of crossing the border. Having not yet sailed Celebrity, I am considering the Celebrity Century because she does the Vancouver roundtrip route. You may or may not know, the gorgeous Celebrity Solstice sails out of Seattle.
When the Solstice made her appearance, she more than impressed the cruise industry. Since then, Celebrity’s older ships have been refurbished to include some of her renowned attributes such as the spa inspired Aqua class staterooms, quirky and fun Qsine specialty restaurant and the “cool,” ice-topped Martini Bar and Crush just to name a few. Celebrity has coined the changes “solsticizing.”
Ok, so they’re both Celebrity ships but the Century has not yet been solsticized and is, in fact, the line’s oldest ship. I haven’t heard of any plans to solsticize her, either. She was built in 1995 and was last refurbished in 2006, well before the Solstice changed the name of the game. Check out these photos of a Solstice-class ship and you’ll know what I mean
The Century is much smaller with a guest capacity of 1814, while the Solstice accommodates 2850 guests. The latter will be the largest ship to sail Alaskan waters. I’m not sure the size and capacity would make a difference to me when sailing Alaska. What about you?
Both look great, but I think I like the Century sailing more.
|Friday||Seattle, Washington, USA||4:00pm|
|Monday||Tracy Arm, Alaska||6:00am||10:00am|
|Tuesday||Inside Passage Cruising||6:30pm||10:30pm|
|Thursday||Victoria, British Columbia||6:00pm||11:59pm|
|Friday||Seattle, Washington, USA||7:00am|
|Sunday||Vancouver, British Columbia||4:30pm|
|Monday||Inside Passage Cruising|
|Tuesday||Icy Strait Point, Alaska||3:00pm||10:00pm|
|Wednesday||Hubbard Glacier, Alaska||10:30am||2:30pm|
|Saturday||Inside Passage Cruising|
|Sunday||Vancouver, British Columbia||7:00am|
Not only does the Century sail roundtrip Vancouver, she also visits Hubbard Glacier. There are no glacier visits, unless you go to Mendenhall Glacier when in Juneau. Otherwise, there’s no opportunity to sail up to the glacier and watch them calve all day from the comfort of the ship. And since the Century is sailing out of Vancouver, the experience of sailing the complete Inside Passage is more desirable for me than sailing along the west coast of Vancouver Island which would be the case out of Seattle.
Which ship and itinerary would you sail? The Solstice roundtrip Seattle or the Century roundtrip Vancouver. Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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