This is a 4 night Western Caribbean Itinerary, visiting Key West, Cozumel, Mexico, and back to Miami.
Continuing from Part 1, We were in a concierge room on the 5 night Itinerary, and have just arrived back in the Port of Miami. So how do you do a back to back cruise? For those of us staying or continuing on the next voyage, we attended a small meeting, and got to know each other. About 20 of us were planning a back to back. This was my first experience at a B2B. We are cleared security together, came back on the ship, and received our new room key cards for our new rooms. Many of us, had moved to a room nearby, which is why travel agents can be extremely helpful in this scenario, rather than trying it yourself. It could be around the corner, next door, or in our case, across from port side to starboard, same center location.
I like the Millennium for a few reasons. The elevators are very conveniently located throughout the ship. Not just on one end or the other. That is very difficult for older people to get around, and frankly, even though I am not "older", I prefer the third set of elevators or even a fourth set. The cabin stewards helped make our transition effortless. Our clothes were hung up for us, and we basically backed our toiletries and small items, through them in the suitcases, and put them right back, same drawers, just different rooms. Some were fortunate enough to stay in the same room.
My advice on this: Book your room early enough to be able to stay there for the next leg. This may take some doing, but can be accomplished. I like d the fact that the crew recognized us as B2B, and actually it became more like "a family at sea" to us. We had an outstanding new room attendant, named Rodel.
So after unpacking, and before all the people boarded, we left to go shopping up in Ft. Lauderdale. remember, we had the car in the parking garage, directly across from the ship. We also shopped for some over the counter supplies we needed, and re-boarded at 1:30 PM. The ship departed on time at 4:40 pm. We shipped Champagne, and listed to Metro Parks Acappella choir. They are so good. Then sat on our balcony and watch the world float by. That evening we ate at our reserved table in the Metropolitan Restaurant on deck 5 over the Railing area. We had the same waiter, and we made sure he had a nice tip for having us back to back with excellent service.
We also attended the taste of Millennium, earlier in the day. It's a sample of all the specialty restaurants, affording you the opportunity to sign up and reserve a time during the sailing. It's a must to experience, and the restaurants are incredible. We attended Music Trivia with the Beatles at 8:00 PM, and a Captains club Celebration at 2-4 in a large lounge area. Key West was a really crazy fun day. There is unique shopping, water sports, and Hemmingway haunts.
The weather was "odd" and we couldn't get into Cozumel for the longest time, due to the waves and wind. Finally a few hours later, we tried again, but it was for a short time. We just got off to stretch our legs, but time was short, and after shopping for an hour at the dockside stands, we re-boarded the ship, and sat on the balcony enjoying a bottle of bubbly. We watched the ship leave on time, and a lady was left behind. She was so late - showed up long after departure) , but the ship was long gone. You could see her in the distance pitching a fit. Hint: Always get an board 1 hour before departure, so you don't worry about being late! Had a beautiful experience again in the main dining room, one more show, and then before we knew it, we were back in Miami!
The experience on board the Millennium is one where the employees love the ship, and hope you will too. It is larger than the Century, yet smaller than the Solstice class ships. I hope this ship does not disappear from their fleet. I would take her while you can. I love her.
Cozumel: Was short lived, due to Thunderstorms and rain in the area with high winds. I have been there other times, and had plenty of time for any activity I wished to pursue. The silver is beautiful down there. They have beautiful silver bracelets with sombreros and pendants and earrings to match. Also known for their fabulous Mexican opals.
Key West: laid back shopping or water sports, but time is limited in port