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Celebrity Millennium
Celebrity Millennium
Member Name: matt32
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 2.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Needs to upgrade their rooms and programs

Decided to go with Celebrity since we had a very good experience cruising on the Solstice and the itinerary didn't hurt either. We paid $899 for a veranda room on the 6th floor right above the theatre. For those of you who want peace and quiet, do not stay on this floor towards the front of the ship. If you are in your room during a show, you will definitely hear and feel the music downstairs. My expectations was higher this time around since we came off a Celebrity Solstice ship a few years ago, so I thought that the same quality would translate onto the Millennium. I know that this ship was built in 2000, but I read that it just had a dry dock renovation last year. When I opened the door, the room felt a little smaller than my room on the Solstice. No biggie as I know that rooms do not have very much real estate. The veranda that we had was almost the size of the room. No complaints there. The bathroom was a standard size, but it did have a full shower. It was bigger than the Solstice. But I did notice some mold and the floor definitely looked dated. That disappointed me there since I thought this ship was dry docked the previous year. I guess they just upgraded the public areas and not the private ones. One thing that really bothered me and it's not just with this ship but with hotels also is that why would you put in a hi def TV and not have shows in 1080?? I know it's a petty complaint, but I just feel like it's a waste for them not to provide this. Ok, back to the ship. The public areas are very nice and I don't have any complaints with that. I do wish that there were more specialty restaurants to choose from on this ship. They only had a total of 2 with a creperie that charges $5 for unlimited gourmet crepes. The Olympic has 2 styles of dining. You can choose the $45 option with a 3 course menu. Or you can choose the 5 senses option for $89. Here, you get 6 courses and each course is paired with a glass of wine to enhance your dining experience. We didn't like what they had to offer for the main entree, so we swapped it our for Chateaubriand. The 5 senses will take you about 2.5 to 3 hours, so make sure you don't have anything planned within this time slot. We were so full after the 3rd/4th course but had to power through it. Mistake we made was that we indulged in the bread. Big no no if you are going to go with this option. We didn't try the other specialty restaurant as it didn't look very appetizing. It looked more like tapas for $45. We didn't see anything on the menu that we would like to try.
The main dining area is small and cramped. The tables and chairs was placed close to other tables. At times, it was difficult for wheelchairs to make their way through. The overall food was good, but not as good as the Solstice. The first formal dining was on the 3rd day and the 2nd formal dining was two days before the end of the cruise. The 2nd formal dining is where they server lobster tails. So if you want lobster, this is the night for you. The entertainment was not really up to par with the Solstice. The singers were not that good. The male singers actually came off sounding more annoying than anything. I only caught the first show and skipped the rest as they weren't good. We missed the comedy show because we were stuck in the Olympic eating. We did catch the Magician Justino. His show was ok. Nothing that wasn't done before. And he came off being more cheesy than entertaining. But this was better then sitting through all that singing and dancing. The cruise director Stewart was not bad. Nothing about him really stood out. The one thing I have to give props for are the staff. They were very courteous and professional. Satisfying our every need. All of the cruises I've been on, the staff has always been the true stars. I probably will not want cruise on the Millennium again as I was underwhelmed with the entertainment and activities and dining options.

Publication Date: 06/06/13
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