Our first -X- cruise- want to do it again: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by ccruisequeen
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Our first -X- cruise- want to do it again
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Juan
Monday after we sailed, we had our CC meet & greet. It was great to see & meet people we'd only chatted with on-line & put faces to screen names. Rich & our hotel director joined us, and a group shot was taken.
Entertainment was fun. The 3 musical shows, featuring the dancers & singers were held on Formal nights- the first was a salute to Ballroom (inspired by Dancing with the Stars), the second used music from the 70's & disco, with a storyline, and the last had Broadway music, with more current shows than the old classics. The Fosse inspired choreography to "On Broadway" was great. Other acts were a magician, a pianist, an electronic xylophone player, a comic, & a singer-impersonator. Some shows used a combination of acts that had performed separately earlier in the cruise. The staff talent show was great, but too short (the Martini Bar bartender was a wonderful singer & magician, but wasn't included), but Alejandro, the entertainment director surprised us all!
Food was delicious, and I'm surprised I only gained 3 pounds! Several days, I had breakfast in the MDR, and it was served quickly & hot! Other days, I got food at the buffet, including hot waffles which included a choice of orange or lemon butter & even chocolate sauce! I loved the Pizza for lunch, or a bowl of mixed-fruit cold soup. Their hamburgers were juicy. Our only complaint was the buffet was limited to Pizza or Asian if you didn't want MDR, as opposed to other cruise-lines we've traveled on.
The MDR food was delicious, & I found something every night on the nightly menu to satisfy my appetite. I loved the strawberry & black cherry soups, the duck, & lamb, and of course the Crème Brule' for desert. The Baked Alaska was a disappointment. They seemed to recycle the food a lot- the Duck & lamb were served in several different recipes. They provided a mid-day brunch in the MDR twice. I got the chocolate chip pancakes & chocolate filled croissants, but both were cold. The atmosphere & setting were beautiful though.
As for ports, I didn't try to get off the ship, due to my disability. The view from the disco was perfect for the Panama Canal & other scenic ports. This was the easiest, most relaxing cruise we've been on. The atmosphere, the clientele, the staff, all made for a wonderful first-time experience. I wish there were more West-Coast departures so we could travel more often on this line! Less
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