Just got back from a fantastic 14 night cruise aboard celebrity Millennium. Was a little worried from previous reviews which proved to be unfounded. Yes the ship is not as good as previous Celebrity Cruises on solstice class ships but to be fair they are a lot newer so you would expect to be in better condition. The Millennium is over 10 years old but has been maintained and is clean, tidy and what I expected, no complaints here and not sure what people expect.
Cabin was spacious (Concierge Class 8112) and found it to be better laid out and more usable than previous cabins I have been in, particular the shower which was much larger.
In general staff always appeared friendly and helpful which is what I expected and wasn't disappointed. I did witness some passengers treating staff appallingly as if they were some sort of third world servant, quite embarrassing and really regret not interjecting. Staff work tirelessly for long hours and are only human and on occasions perhaps make the odd mistake, but don't we all. They try to please everyone but clearly from the attitude of some they don't always succeed but they certainly don't deserve the treatment by some.
I see some reviews were critical of the Apple staff, I found no problem and the lectures/lessons were advertised clearly on the ships daily programme and took place as listed, I attended several and wasn't disappointed.
In Bali yes there were delays in being tendered to and from the ship however this was nothing to do with the ship but purely down to the sea conditions, there was a significant swell which on occasions made it impossible for safety reason to board the tenders. You can't really hold the ship responsible for acts of nature! as expected staff were conscious of issues and provided plenty to cold drinks and towels to make people as comfortable as possible throughout the wait.
South east Asia is a relatively new itinerary for cruise ships and yes time in ports is limited on occasions but this is clear if you read about the excursions and the fact that most ports are tendered and not docked. I carefully planned and we had some great excursions including white water rafting, visiting Komodo dragons and sea kayaking to name a few. Yes I would love more time in port but this is a cruise after all so a brief intro to the country you are visiting is all your going to get.
We dined on select basis and always got a table to suit and as normal food was of an extremely high standard as is expected from Celebrity. Plenty of choice and accommodated a gluten free member of our party every day with no problem. One night we booked into the Olympic specialty restaurant which was fantastic and well recommended.
All in all we had a fantastic cruise, Its almost impossible to compare cruises from different parts of the world as they all come with there own differences as is expected, go with an open mind and you won't be disappointed, if you want a pristine ship book on a brand new one if not Millennium is fine just a little older.