Aboard!

After a nice evening last night with 27 of our fellow cruisers at Happy Hour. The bbq wasn’t really southern but it was tasty.

We aren’t used to getting up at 5:30 in the morning like we had to do to catch our train so I was dead tired-I think we were in bed by 10!

This morning we lazed around our suite until about ten when we walked the five blocks down to the cruise terminal and got the first look at Celebrity Millennium you see at the top of this post. Thr terminal is under the white “sails” you can see in that picture and below.

Vancouver is a beautiful city and has grown quite a bit since we were last here in 2003! I like the mix of new and old architecture. The first picture below is of our hotel, while below that are some shots from our room.

From dropping our bags until we were aboard only took 34 minutes and did not require a wait longer than two minutes anywhere! I like the way Celebrity does check in. If you elect to use their app, you do all the paperwork ahead of time and they issue an Express Pass (either paper or on the app). When you get to the port, they use an iPad to scan your pass, take a picture of your passport and send you on to security, followed by immigration and then onto the ship. The only issue is it is about a mile walk around and around and up and down the terminal building.

After a glass of pink champagne (it was nasty!), one can go to your stateroom where you key Card is waiting. There is a sign on the door saying “Perfection in Progress” requesting you drop any bags and head on to Public areas until 2 pm when the rooms will be ready.

While our upgrade bid to one of the aft facing balcony cabins (Celebrity calls them Family Verandas) wasn’t a winner, we are pleased that I correctly read the deck plan and selected a regularly priced balcony cabin whose balcony is slightly larger than most!

We sailed on her sisters, Infinity and Summit back in the early 2000s. Millennium just had a significant refresh and from what I can tell after a few minutes onboard, it was very well done.

We are now ensconced on the aft shaded deck outside the buffet having our first cocktail with the beautiful view of Vancouver you can see below.

We have a sea day tomorrow and then our first port is Sitka Alaska on Sunday followed by 10 (actually only nine I think due to the international dateline) before we port again In Otaru, Japan on September 18.

I’ve pre-scheduled a couple of posts during our time at sea when we won’t be paying for internet. Hopefully that will keep you entertained while I can’t.

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Vancouver

After a long wait in the line to get through customs preceded by a longer wait for the draw bridge to close, we finally officially arrived in Vancouver about an hour late.

After another wait in the taxi line, we arrived at the Hyatt Regency. We aren’t sure whether it was his good looks or the shout-out I gave to Hyatt on Instagram this morning but we ended up in an executive suite. For free!

Mike has the Chase Hyatt credit card and one of the benefits is a free night once a year. We tried to use it in Tokyo but the hotel wasn’t offering any rooms-in fact we tried to book here initially with the same results. But about two weeks ago I suggested Mike look again and Voila we are now living that high life…literally, the 32nd floor!

All aboard!

Got to the station earlier than expected (Andy has forgotten with us in the truck we could use the HOV lane) but it wasn’t a bad thing as the line for baggage check and checkin were relatively long.

We just got on board and have seats on the left side (nice view of the coast) of the train 👍🏼

Next stop, Vancouver in about 4 hours.