Cruise ships have suffered a spate of unfortunate events of late, but for every cruise that ends badly, there are hundreds of cruises that reward their travelers with a wonderful vacation. Veteran cruiser BC_DisneyGeek enjoyed just such a wonderful cruise to Alaska on the Celebrity Century and is going to share his adventures with us over the next few weeks. ~~Rick

In May 2013 I cruised to Alaska on the Celebrity Century, departing from Canada Place in Vancouver:


I cheated and took this photo of my ship, the Celebrity Century later, on a sunnier day:




The actual weather on the day of my departure was rainy, but the weather would clear up for the duration of the cruise:


We were one of three ships departing that day, which caused a delay as it took a while for everyone to clear customs:


Departing Vancouver:


Sailing under the Lions Gate Bridge, the same view I enjoyed from the Disney Wonder with the MiceChatters just nine months prior:


The Century launched in 1995 and was refurbished in 2006. The ship looked great overall:



The on board movie selection did leave something to be desired:


The movie theater was not really a theater:



There’s a lot of eating on a cruise, so I should have visited this area:




A cold citrus soup:


The food was excellent:



I liked the old-school theater with tables for drinks at every seat:




I’ll tease you with a bit of the view . . .


I’ll be back next week with a deeper look at my most excellent adventure.

  • Asylim

    Interesting start to your report. My family is headed out on an Alaskan Cruise aboard Disney Wonder at the end of August.

    Knowing we wouldn’t be able to take any shots of Wonder leaving port, we cheated and went down to Canada Place a couple of weeks back and took the photos shared here:

    On a side note, my wife used to work for Celebrity before she met me.

    Anyways, looking forward to the rest of your report. I’ll probably do a full on trip report once we get back and will post it in the Disney Cruise Line forum.

    • BC_DisneyGeek

      I sailed the Wonder last September and everything about the ship was excellent. You’ll have a great time.

  • Bongo

    I can’t wait to see the rest of this. In fact, my first cruise to Alaska was actually on a Celebrity Cruise Line as well! It was way back in 2007…seems so far away the more I think about it now. Sailed off from San Diego with stops at Seattle, Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway if memory dictates me correctly. I can’t recall the ship I took, but it may of been the Millenium but I;m not sure. All I remember was having a blast though! The entertainment on my trip was superb. We had a famous British ventriloquist, I think Paul Zerdin but I think I am wrong and I can’t recall, come up and do skits. I remember vividly where one of his puppets broke on the last act, and he lost control of both arms and the pant strings snapped and fell to the floor. We also had Brent Nixon, a wildlife conservationist, come up and talk to us about the different wildlife of Alaska every day of the cruise. Both funny and informative. I even got a signed DVD from him to remember him by!

    I had an absolute blast and I know you will to! Alaska is just a stunning beautiful place to be, especially if the sun is out. I especially LOVED walking out on deck seeing the Hubbard Glacier in nothing but my pants and a sleeveless shirt. Gets so hot down in California I come to appreciate the colder climates. I know you too will have an AWESOME trip and I can’t wait to see what else you have in store!

    • BC_DisneyGeek

      The glacier visit was definitely a highlight. The on board entertainment for me was a little bit of a letdown after experiencing what Disney offered on their ships, but it seemed to be well received by the majority of the guests.

  • The ship looks beautiful. Looking forward to part 2.

    • BC_DisneyGeek

      They have maintained this ship well. The only way you’d know it was almost 20 years old was from some of the more vintage decor.

  • holierthanthoutx

    What is the connection to Disney or theme parks in general here? Or is MiceChat just about random trip reports now?

    • Asylim

      Weekend Update isn’t just about Disney or the parks. I’ve shared reports about going to a zoo in Seattle. It’s just a chance to share what we are up to that isn’t always theme park related.

    • We’ve had this column for many years. It is one of our longest running columns. And it has ALWAYS featured a mix of family travel destinations. From the title it is clear that it isn’t a Disney column. If you have an intolerance for non-Disney topics, you aren’t being forced to read. Nor are you forced to comment negatively about a column that others put so much effort into for FREE and which you aren’t charged a penny for.

      Sometimes It’s wise to think BEFORE you post!

    • Rick Wright


      When Dusty turned over the reins of the newly created Weekend Update column to me almost six years ago, he told me that there was only one rule and that was to “have fun with it”.

      I have taken that admonition to heart as I have edited over 250 installments of Weekend Update. We have covered everything from monster truck rallies to WWF wrestling matches. And we’ve had lots of fun along the way.

      Sometimes people don’t understand why the Weekend Update exists under the MiceChat banner. Here’s how I look at it: My husband and I are a certified Disney “nuts”. We go to Disneyland 25+ times every year. We vacation in Orlando at least twice every year. We own bi-coastal Premier Annual Passes. We have been on a Disney cruise. We attend D23 Expos. And so on and so on. But our lives are much richer than “all Disney, all the time”. We also take time to experience the plethora of non-Disney experiences that life offers (many times with our MiceChat friends).

      As Rosalind Russell (playing Auntie Mame) once said, “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

      Thank you, Dusty, for giving me the opportunity to serve up a delicious dessert to the MiceChat/Disney banquet each week.


  • StevenW

    There should be more non-Disney stories as there are only so much that can be said almost constantly here.

  • micetrapped

    After taking a Disney cruise I am very interesting in comparing other cruise lines to the Disney cruise experience.