Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by krca11: Panama Canal on the Millennium
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Panama Canal on the Millennium
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: San Diego
This was our 7th cruise on Celebrity and first Panama Canal transit. We chose the RS as there were 3 adults in the cabin and we wanted more space. The sofabed was passable but quite uncomfortable for 14nights. We took turns sleeping on it to help everyone's back. The Millennium is in good shape
Our butler (Elmerio) was great! By day two he knew grapes were our favorite in the fruit bowl, so he always brought us an extra plate as well as a cheese tray with our evening hors d'ouvers. We ate breakfast in the dining room of the suite or balcony each day and the order was always correct and right on time. He left tea sandwiches and treats for us whenever were out during tea time.
Food - not a high point except for dinner in the Olympic which was superb! Main dining room food was passable with few exceptions. The osso bucco was awful- it tasted as if an entire rosemary tree had been added to it. Pasta and breaded everything seems to be a theme for Jacques Van Staten. Every More night many nights, 2-3 entrees of pasta usually with something breaded and deep fried on it. We all ate more often from the always available menu than the nightly because the choices were just not good. Really dreadful: the above mentioned osso bucco, pecan crusted chicken, veal cordon bleu, turkey parmesan. The traditional turkey & dressing was quite good as was the Beef Tourenados (sp?). The salmon from the always available menu was good as was the grilled chicken breast. The service in the main dining room was very good but unfortunately our waiter saw our displeasure with the food every night and was beside himself. The new menus are just not to our taste - the Michel Roux French inspired menus were much more in tune with our tastes. The new chef needs help - the menus quite frankly are dreadful.
Dinner in the Olympic was excellent as was the service. We ate there 2 nights and enjoyed it tremendously both times. Live music would be a welcome addition in this venue - the Summit had a harpist in The Normandie on our last M class cruise and that was wonderful.
There were 3 production shows: 1/a ballroom show, 2/a 70's disco show and 3/a Broadway revue. The shows got progressively better - the ballroom show was not something I would attend again, the 70's show was better but the final show was much better. It highlighted the strengths of the singers and dancers and kept the audience's attention. The first two did not.
The other entertainment was mostly good; 2 comedians, the xylophone guy - see his show it's amazing! Travis Turbin who sang & did impressions was great but sideshow Bert, please no more! We also had a female singer that just wasn't in key and her music choices a bit odd.
The Expression trio (strings & piano) playing in the Cova was fantastic and a welcome alternative to the other bands. We enjoyed the Cova quite often in the afternoon or before dinner with the trio playing.
The new format for the daily program (which is a grid) seems confusing and quite honestly, I preferred the old style better where everything is listed by time.
The hotly debated dress code? What dress code? I saw everything from tuxedos to Speedos just about everywhere. Shorts, jeans in the dining room? Oh you bet and on formal night too. Doesn't matter to me what people wear- be comfortable but I felt like we who did follow the dress code seemed to be the ones who stuck out. I actually got a comment from two ladies one night - "there she goes again - always so overdressed". I don't make fun of your fanny pack and jorts (jean shorts) but you are going make fun of me because I have on a dress for formal night?!! Please.....
We sailed with Infinity most of our cruise (up to and thru the Canal) and it was great seeing the two sister ships docked together in each of our ports.
Celebrity's strength is in it's people - from our cabin attendant to the Hotel Manager, every single employee was stellar. Their dedication to service and their guests is what keeps us coming back. I hope to see some improvement in the food and entertainment offerings on our next cruise (Equinox trans-Atlantic) next year. If not - we've decided it may be time to jump to Azamara or another line. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Missing on the drop down list is Huatulco which was stop 3 - lovely place and the beach within walking distance was fun. Swam and had beers with the two ships docked in the background. Nice place!
We also had beach time & lunch included on our tour. We went to Palm Beach and it was okay - not gorgeous but good.
Would love to go back to Curacao for a land vacation.
The Orchid Farm was really nice. This is a great tour if you are an orchid lover - very informative and they gave us each a beautiful bouquet of orchids to take with us.
The people of Costa Rica were charming, friendly and very engaging. I would love to go back and spend additional time there. Just so much to see and not nearly enough time.
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