Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by L. A. McDaniel: Millennium - new cruise itinerary
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Millennium - new cruise itinerary
Destination: Australia & New Zealand
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
I chose this cruise for my DH, myself, and four other couples because of the interesting new itinerary that included the eastern seaboard of Australia, the Gold Coast area, and into Benoa, Bali and Singapore.
The ship was lovely, the dining room wait-staff & room staff were exceptionally good. Our veranda room was very nice. Most of the ship staff seemed to go over and beyond trying to please their passengers, with the small exception of a young woman from England in Guest Services that was very snippy one day to almost everyone, (certainly in the wrong job, or a bad day for her). Fortunately, I only had that one experience with her.
The Celebrity orchestra was excellent. Glad to see that someone had toned down the volume with plexiglass stands in front of the drums and some of the brass. This made the listening much more enjoyable without the extreme high decible blast endured in some of past shows on some cruise ships. The program musicians were fantastic and More multi-talented. All of the shows were above average except for the crude comedian that thought it was funny to grab his private parts. Much of the audience left that show, and he ended it early. I think the Cruise Director had a lot of complains over him from what I heard. The entertainment in the lounge areas was very enjoyable.
In the great scheme of things, I guess you could say it would have been a well orchestrated cruise except that Celebrity had a huge failure in the tendering department. Many of the ports required tendering, and that was without exception, a fiasco. It was obvious that Celebrity was greatly unprepared for these new ports and the process to get so many people onto the shore. If I had one suggestion to make to Celebrity's new president, it would be that he hire an expeditor to go ahead of the ship to make sure everything went smoothly. Celebrity hired some local businesses to tender passengers to shore. There was trouble with them docking beside the ship, extensive time to board the multitude of people, ship elevators opening on the floor to which people with priority numbers were already waiting in the halls, etc. and etc. This poor planning by Celebrity caused many an anguished moment for those wanting to get to a planned excursion. Tempers and anxiety soared. Celebrity could have done a much better job of handling the process of the tendering. Hopefully, this was a learning experience, and it will be handled much better in the future.
For anyone wanting to have an overall "taste" of these ports, I would recommend this cruise. Hopefully, Celebrity will correct their tendering problems and make this an outstanding cruise experience for everyone. Less
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Cabin review: 7191
Room 7191, Concerige balcony. Room was great. Quiet, which is important to me. Seas were calm, so I don't know how it would have been in rough seas. Cabin staff were tops; couldn't have asked for better. I didn't have a lot of request, but when I did ask for any extra ice, and orange juice and glasses for several people, the request was quickly done. I don't have anything negative to say about the room.
Port and Shore Excursions
Ship docked far from town at Industrial port because of ship size. Eight passengers took maxi-taxi to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Unforgetable experience; super. Expansive area to mingle with the Kangaroo, Wallabies, and Emu. Almost all types of Australian fauna, and of course experience up-close and personal the adorable Koala. Also took a taxi to Mt. Kooth-tha lookout for a panoramic view of the city and area.
Green Island glass-bottom boat and submarine excursion. Not worth the money. Very disappointing with poor visibility in both vessels. Plexiglass was somewhat cloudy and scratched. Needs replacing badly.
Used local hop-on, hop-off bus. End of season run and obvious they felt they should be through for the season. Extremely hot weather in early December, so be prepared. Certainly an interesting area to visit, but one day is enough, and don't plan to swim in the ocean locally because of the crocodiles; they are in all water areas and very dangerous.
Museum & Art Gallery
took local hop-on, hop-off transportation to both museums. Plan to have a full day to explore both, as they have interesting, but different, information. They are several miles apart, so plan accordingly.
Botanic Gardens were magnificent, especially the orchid exhibit, which does charge admission.
Got an over-all tour of the city from the bus.
A beautiful, and clean city with many different areas to visit. A local hop-on/hop-off bus makes over-view of all of the city possible in one day, but not enough time to spend very long in one place. You need at least two or three days to have more time for the individual areas. If you want in-expensive souvenirs, china town in the place to go. Bus takes you down Orchard Rd. and you can get off to shop.
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