Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by jd1966: Millennium Wine Cruise
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Millennium Wine Cruise
We were attracted to this cruise bu the twelve day length and a very unique itinerary. Port of calls included Nanaimo B.C., Victoria B.C., Seattle WA, Astoria OR, San Francisco CA(two days), Monterey CA and Catalina Island (Avalon CA). This was labeled as a "wine cruise" because each port stop has an excursion to a winery. It was also the first leg of repositioning the ship to the Carribean.
This was our second trip on a Millenium class ship and I love the layout of the ship. The service was excellent (except for a few glitches with our cabin attendant) and we thoroughly enjoyed the food in the MDR, buffett and pool side grill. We also thought the entertainment was very good and they managed to come up with enough entertainment to fill twelve days. This is only our second cruise on Celebrity (out of nine cruises) and I don't understand the people that say Celebrity has gone down hill.
The only downer was that the ship was rather quiet and laid back due to the age More of the passengers and the chilly weather up on deck. Most of the clubs were nearly deserted by 11:00 except for the fabulous dessert buffett night. Less
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Cabin review: Celebrity Millennium Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Veranda Vista Deck (7) 9037
The Millenium class ships have standard balcony rooms and balconies but have the largest showers of any ship I have been on. We were in the forward section of the ship only a few doors from the forward elevators (best kept secret on the ship). Had a few problems with our cabin steward in that he seemed to forget one thing every day. It was only a minor inconvenience.
Port and Shore Excursions
Took the Monorail back to downtown for a little shopping. Seattle has a very vibrant downtown with all the big stores and about anything you could possibly be looking for. Walked over to Pike Place Market which is filled with vendors selling flowers, fruits, vegetables, seafood, gifts, crafts, snacks etc. Don't miss the guys tossing the seafood!
Shopped for the obligatory T-Shirts along the waterfront shops before walking back to the ship. I love Seattle.
Victoria B.C.: Docked at the Ogden Point Docks and went on a Celebrity shore excursion to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Butchart Gardens. The butterfly gardens were very nice and contained a very large collection of exotic butterflies, flora, flamingos and Koi. It got a little crowded when a second bus came in.
A short drive took us to Butchart Gardens and it was fabulous! It has the famous sunken gardens, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and Italian Garden. In between each was a dazzling array of color in every direction! Not to be missed if your in Victoria!
Drove through downtown Victoria on the way back to the ship. That's for another day.