Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Co3Ka7: Not my best holiday.
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Not my best holiday.
Embarkation: Hong Kong
We arrived to board the Celebrity Millenium on the 16th of March in Hong Kong looking forward to a 15 day cruise to Singapore only to find out that boarding would be later than expected due to the extra cleaning time needed to sanitize from the last cruise as it had had the Norwalk Virus go thru the ship. Since the docking was at the new pier it did not make it easy to go back into the city to do some extra touring. The old Ocean Terminal was much closer to sites and would of been easier to tour from. Dock staff was as confused as the people arriving. We were sent up to the wrong area with our luggage only to have to hall it back downstairs.
The docking ports for Hue/Danang , Ho Chi Min City, and Bangkok were miles from where we were to tour. Each required a 2- 3 hours bus ride to the tour sites and again 2- 3 hours to return to the boat. Never did get to downtown Bangkok as the tour took 2 hours 45 minutes thru industrial areas to get to the ring road around Bangkok. Was More listed as a 10 1/2 hour tour but 6 of that was spent on a bus. Elephant ride was one block long thru traffic on the street from one corner to another and back. Best part of day was the lunch.
Dining room was disappointing. Most nites we waited a good hour to have our order taken. Some of those nites the dining room was over half empty. Food arrived luke warm most nites and was just okay. Table cloth was stained on a couple of our meal times and we were the early sitting. One of the chairs at the table was very stained on the seat for the duration of the cruise.
On days at sea there didn't seem to be any bar service walking around. And when you did get their attention it took a long time to get the drink,
Tried the Tai chi and did 3 sessions and never learnt one tai chi move. Instructor was more intent on breathing exercises and talking about herself When the instructor was asked about when we'd learn actual Tai chi moves she informed us we could buy her DVD.
Did the Sauna room a few times but actual sauna room had lots of hair follicles on the floor.
Most staff was very friendly and very accommodating.
We did do room service one nite for dinner and it was better than going to the dining room. It came hot and very prompt. Faster service than in the dining room.
Was very tired a couple of the nites after long tour days in a bus so just wanted to relax in room and watch tv. I think Shawshank Redemption was on every nite.
Big theatre shows in the main theatre were very good. Lots of energy and great singing by the group there.
Library was closed the whole two weeks we cruised due to the virus.
Last tour in Singapore was an 8 hour tour with drop off at the airport included for $118.00 each. We spent 1 hour at the botanical gardens, 1 hour driving around the "Rodeo Drive " of Singapore and 1 hour in Chinatown , an hour on a Bumboat on the river and 2 1/2 hours dumped at the Marina Sands Hotel and Mall. Lunch was on our own. Coffee and a piece of cheesecake at the mall cost me $18.00. The temperature was 41 that day and when asked if the tour would be supplying bottled water. No we'd have to buy our own. $118.00 got us no lunch or water. Very Poor. This was my first Celebrity Cruise and I would not be hard pressed to be a repeat customer. Less
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