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Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by cuti: Millennium to Alaska: The Good, The Bad, and The Buffet


cuti
3 Reviews
Member Since 2010
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 4.0
Enrichment Activities 5.0
Entertainment 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 3.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 4.0

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Millennium to Alaska: The Good, The Bad, and The Buffet

Sail Date: July 2014
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Vancouver

To start, I'll say this: a trip or multiple trips to Alaska is a must. It's one of the most magnificent places I've traveled and has nature and wildlife viewing and activities for both the casual and serious adventurer.

This was my second cruise to Alaska and my husband's first, but we've also cruised many times before.

Cut to the chase. No time to read a full review? No problem. Here's the breakdown of things we found relevant to us. If you want more detail you can read beyond the summary. For some categories, if the grade seems low, read the details for our specific experiences.

Overall Celebrity Millennium experience: B-

Overall Vacation experience: A-

Itinerary: A

Room and steward service: A

Ship condition: C

Cruise director, activities staff, etc: A

Naturalist (Dirk): A

Captain: A

Entertainment: B+

Bistro on Five food and service: C-

Qsine food and service: B+ More

Oceanview buffet quality, selection and service: D

Blu food and service: B

Room service food, service and selection: C

Excursions: N/A

Still want more... Here's the scoop. We loved our vacation and if not for a few service and food issues, it would be an A+. We've been loyal to Royal Caribbean and Celebrity since we started cruising in 2010. This cruise did have us wonder if we should be this laser focused on the two lines, as the experience was great but the ship and service aboard lacked the wow we hoped for. I've been on eight cruises and my husband six cruises in this time. We enjoy everything from the at sea days and ship amenities to the ports of call. Our priorities for a vacation are: comfortable accommodations, outdoor experiences and good meals. Entertainment and activities are nice additions. Shopping when on a cruise is not a priority.

Overall Celebrity Millennium experience: B-

- Maybe we've been spoiled by cruising on the Solstice and Oasis Class ships. We have certain expectations when spending the amount of money an Aqua class balcony room costs. We loved the destinations, the education from the onboard naturalist, and the views in Alaska. It was incredible. We were less than impressed with the food and service on this ship as compared to most we've been on in the past. We like they were cutting a lot of corners and often seemed understaffed, for example.

Overall Vacation experience: A-

Really all the not so great things we will mention were counteracted by the fact that the ports were so incredible and the views from the ship navigational route were breathtaking.

Itinerary: A

Wow! It was all the good spots in Southeast Alaska. I cannot think of what would possibly be better. I cruised two years ago to Alaska on Infinity and the addition of Icy Straight Point and departure from Vancouver made this even better than that already great route.

Room and steward service: A

The bed was comfortable, the shower was great, the balcony (while small) was wonderful to have, and the room had just enough spots to fit all our belongings.

Ship condition: C

It's not new... It has a tired and worn appearance. Lots of areas could use a scraping and new paint. Many chairs appear stained, tables in the entertainment venues and broken, railings and stairs not quite up to the caliber we are used to from other ships.

Cruise director, activities staff, etc: A

Ben, the cruise director, and his staff, are entertaining and approachable. They made evenings more enjoyable and added to the overall experience.

Naturalist (Dirk): A

Wow! Great guy. Knowledgeable and passionate about nature, wildlife, and Alaska. He was extremely accessible and answered questions for everyone around the clock. He was almost always in Cosmos lounge (front of the ship, deck 11) and would walk us through where we were and what we were seeing on the land. He'd help people spot whales and tell us the details about each mountain and glacier.

Captain: A

Took us on a wonderful path through the inside passage of British Columbia and got us within one mile of the Hubbard Glacier. He was friendly on announcements and seemed passionate for his job.

Entertainment: B+

For a ship with such an active itinerary there was also plenty of options for entertainment. Of the shows we saw, we enjoyed them but wouldn't have paid a la carte prices to see them.

Bistro on Five food and service: C-

We ate here twice hoping it would improve from the first hour on board. One Celebrity secret is to avoid the crowds in the buffet on embarkation day by eating here. My favorite item from this restaurant on a past ship was the Italian crepe. It has bananas, Nutella, and pistachio sauce. The first day they lacked the pistachio ingredients. We figured that maybe it just didn't make it onboard yet. So on the last day, we tried it again. This time, no bananas. They ran out, and apparently don't have the means to locate this missing ingredient for the crepe. In addition, the service, both times was poor. Confused servers with no management present... Not a great combination.

Qsine food and service: B+

Loved the food. Best food experience on the ship. It's really a must eat at establishment on any Celebrity ship with this restaurant. The only reason for the lower mark, since food and presentation was an A+, was the inconsistent service thought the meal. A big party seemed to consume all of the restaurant's resources. Still, we loved dining here.

Oceanview buffet quality, selection and service: D

Poor quality. The selection is small as compared to Solstice class, Oasis class, and other ships. It reminded us of a free hotel breakfast, like at a Residence Inn. And for breakfast, that was ok. For lunch or dinner, not so much. Food was often cold, bland, and not fresh.

Blu food and service: B

I'd say the food at breakfast was an A+, and the food at dinner was a B. The service was erratic and it seemed understaffed and under managed. In past Blu experiences, the maitre'd would oversee the restaurant to insure quality. He was too busy seating people to accomplish this. The food was inconsistent at dinner. A few meals were excellent, a food improperly cooked...either cold or over-cooked. The bus service was poor at times, so dirty dishes piled on the table.

Room service food, service and selection: C

Selection was excellent for all meals, especially breakfast. The food quality was good. But, one day, we nearly missed an excursion because room service did not deliver our breakfast. We found out later that it was delivered to another room. That is unacceptable. We did receive an apology.

Excursions: N/A

We booked all our excursions independently for the at sea portion of our trip. We'll review these separately I'm the Alaska section of Cruise Critic. We loved our choices. Less


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Cabin review: Celebrity Millennium 9052

Overall great cabin:Pros - easy to get anywhere you need to go. Love aqua class and dining in Blu is nice. Only downsides were that the balcony was smaller than I had on past ships and that we occasionally heard shuffling of chairs above. For cold Alaska, it was not a big deal. It might be in a warm weather climate though since pool deck is directly above.note: there are poles that support the deck above. View is still great but photos will need to be taken straight on, versus diagonal from the balcony.

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