This was our first Celebrity cruise & what a disappointment, we were always told that if RCL was 4 star, Celebrity was 5 star plus, definitely not the case, especially regarding the MIllennium. The ship is old, tired and lacked "soul" especially at night. We should have taken note of the negative reviews before we booked, but we wanted the itinery - mistake!.
We started off in Sydney, with the first night in the Menzies hotel, good location, but the hotel was not to a very good standard.
We were collected from the hotel & taken to the ship in Circular Key the next day. As we were in Aqua class were entitled to priority embarkation, what a joke, stood in line 1.5 hours where the other people flowed through the checks.
Once we got to the balcony cabin it was clean but lacked character & felt dated, cases arrived in good time.
The canapés on a night time were no more than dips & were disgusting and rejected on day two. More
Food in Blu was general good, service was attentive, but sometimes they forgot part of your order, the Oceanview restaurant was poor, lacking choice & often cold. It also could not cope with days at sea.
The last few days of the cruise fruit, especially berries & bananas were non existent.
The main theatre entertainment was mixed, some good musical productions but the juggler & American comedian were dreadful. The cruise band, dancers & singers were excellent.
What surprised us the most being seasoned cruisers was the lack of atmosphere at night! normally a ship comes to life at night, but not this one, it was often like a ghost town, with empty bars, never before experienced this. Drinks were expensive on this ship compared to other cruiselines we have been on.
Most of the ports we stopped at we had to be tendered ashore by some distance, this was fine & well managed, but what we objected too is then having to pay a significant cost for the shuttle to reach the destination described once ashore.
Day room at the Conrad hotel, Singapore at the end of the cruise was excellent
Be aware that everything about Celebrity is money, money, money, that's all they seem interested in!
On a positive note we really enjoyed the places visited, Australia was excellent & we meet some nice people. Highly recommend - Sydney, WhiteSunday islands & the Barrier Reef as a must see!
Shame the ship did not come up to scratch compared to other cruise companies (P&O, Princess & RCL) we have travelled with & will think twice before booking with Celebrity again. Less
Celebrity Millennium Cruises to Australia & New Zealand