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Celebrity Cruises Delivers Unforgettable Alaskan Experience

A seven-night journey along the Alaskan coastline was this South Floridian's ideal summer getaway and honeymoon. 

Talk to anybody who had the unique opportunity to visit Alaska and the words majestic, breathtaking, awe-inspiring and otherworldly are the most often used adjectives to describe the 49th state in the U.S. The state’s natural beauty even served as the inspiration for famed painter Bob Ross’ iconic landscapes. Wanting to witness this allure while enjoying first-class service, my wife Amanda and I embarked on an Alaska cruise on Celebrity Cruises‘ Eclipse for our honeymoon and we both ended the trip realizing we couldn’t have picked a more charming area to explore or a better cruise line. 

Our seven-night Hubbard Glacier cruise out of Vancouver enabled us to reach out-of-this-world destinations while enjoying the bountiful perks of a luxury cruise. Even if we didn’t leave the ship, the cruise along Inside Passage offered 500 miles of Alaskan wilderness filled with snowcapped glacial mountains and lush pine forests, providing scenery that had us in awe the entire journey. We chose the Hubbard Glacier cruise to get an up close and personal view of a glacier and our ship captain’s ensured our needs were met. Federal law prohibits cruise ships from venturing within a half mile of any glacier and it truly felt like we could almost reach out and grab a piece of ice because we felt so close and even saw some sea lions enjoying their day. It was later announced that we were just short of .6 miles, which showed the entire crew’s professionalism. 

With a desire to ensure our honeymoon provided the utmost luxury we could experience, we chose Celebrity’s Acquaclass stateroom, which gives guests a fully immersive, next-level wellness experience. Along with using the Persian Gardens to relax during at-seas days, Acquaclass guests also receive access to an exclusive restaurant, Blu. Having a private dining area to share with other Acquaclass guests took our onboard experience to the next level. The clean cuisine and bountiful, healthy options ensured we could enjoy a five-star meal without the guilt of overeating. While eating at Blu was undoubtedly a treat, we wanted to try what specialty dining offered on the ship. With Celebrity being the only cruise line offering Le Petit Chef at sea, we had to witness what the interactive dining experience set on a custom 3D table animation art form was all about. The culinary journey was magical as we witnessed the world’s “tiniest chef” prepare our meal via a cartoon, further elevating the tasting. 

An Alaska cruise is only complete with a round of adventurous excursions, and Celebrity offers a near-endless amount of activities and adventures to explore the Last Frontier. After careful consideration, we decided to tackle the Alaskan wilderness by land, air, and sea. Our first port stop was in Sitka and an ocean raft trip to the rugged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island. Along with seeing a group of nesting bald eagles and various bird species, the highlight was encountering a group of sea otters playing in a kelp forest. The ultimate thrill was a helicopter tour from Juneau to the Herbert Glacier in the Tongass National Forest, home to a 240-purebred husky camp. We interacted with the dogs and their puppies and experienced an incredible sled ride, a truly wonderful adventure witnessing how enthusiastic and powerful the dogs were pulling the sled. By land, we booked a UTV Safari around Mahoney Lake near Ketchikan, which gave us more majestic views of Alaska’s pristine beauty and rainforest.

Experiencing the beautifulness of Alaska will always remain one of our favorite adventures. While there are many ways to enjoy the state, a cruise on Celebrity certainly met and exceeded our expectations. From the friendly staff to the fantastic culinary offerings and adventurous excursions, our only disappointment was having to disembark the ship. Still, we were comforted that Celebrity has many more Alaskan itineraries for us to enjoy and we genuinely look forward to booking our next Alaska summer cruise, if only to get away from this summer heat.

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.