This is the first time we tried Celebrity Cruises. We liked the itinerary for this ship. 12 nights starting in Vancouver, B.C. and visiting Nanaimo, B.C., Victoria, B.C. Astoria, Oregon, Seattle, Washingotn, San Francisco (2 nights), Monterey, California, and Catalina, California disembarking in Los Angeles. We really enjoyed the ports at each stop. The shore excursions were fantastic.
We have cruised about 16 times on Holland America, Princess, and Royal Caribbean. We were told how good the food on Celebrity was so we were excited to try it. Turns out that the food was the low point of the whole trip. We ate in the Metropolitan Dining Room and we had the early seating on the main floor. We had a table for 8 next to the kitchen with a window view. Let me say that it took a full two hours to eat. The waiter took our orders as soon as we sat down at 6pm and we didn't get our main course (even though all of us were finished our other courses and just sitting waiting) until an hour and 10 minutes into dinner. Also when the waiter was bringing the plates of food out he was giving the food to the wrong people. Not only once, but almost every night this happened. The choice of entrees was not as extensive as on Holland America for example. The desserts were nothing spectacular, they were small and no matter what you got, it tasted like sugar free. The presentation was bland and the quality of food was not up to par as any of the other above cruise lines I mentioned. One other thing was they served Cod one night and there were bones in it, I can understand one or two, but two people at our table could not eat it as there were so many bones in it. We told the waiter of the poor food quality and he even said they were "aware of it and were trying to improve." We were disappointed in the Millennium's food as we were told how good Celebrity's food is.
One other thing we were disappointed in was the lack of a buffet line in the evening for people who come back late from excursions and don't want to get to the main dining room. They have an Asian stir fry available and some pizza and some pasta. They have a small "alternative" area on the same deck in one corner where you can dine as they use this area to "train' new waiters. Many people never knew this existed. We like the idea of other cruise lines having the buffet line open serving the same food as in the main dining room if you don't want to be dressed up or can't make it to the main dining room. The ship itself is nice, not fancy but with muted earth tones.
The lounge up on deck 11 (Cosmos) has spectacular views but one half of it is designated as "smoking friendly" so it can get pretty bad on the nonsmoking side and we left when the smoke drifted over our way. Room Stewards were very nice and did their jobs well. No complaints there. The balcony room was spacious enough with a nice size balcony. The Millennium crew was very conscious of everyone using the sanitizer. Before getting back on the ship from any excursion we were all encouraged to use the sanitizer. The sanitizer was all over the ship and before dinner in the dining room and before breakfast the staff was putting a dab in every one's hand. That's a good practice to follow. We would sail Celebrity again if this line was the only one going to certain ports, like this cruise was. Unless the food improves we won't be going on the Millennium again.
Nanaimo, B.C. about 50 miles from Vancouver. This port was great. We
took the Coombs Country Market" excursion and loved that marketplace
with the "goats on the roof". Then we went to 'Cathedral Grove" with
trees over 800 years old, lots of Douglas Firs. If you've ever been to
Muir Woods you'll love Cathedral Grove. Nanaimo is a beautiful town
with a lovely marina. It's a small town feel and very friendly people
and beautiful scenery.