Celebrity Millennium November 1,2010: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by AndyLisa

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Celebrity Millennium November 1,2010

Sail Date: November 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: San Juan
This was our first time on Celebrity and our first time sailing from San Juan - both were great. We booked our trip online through Celebrity's website and had no problems. Made our own air arrangements online not going through Celebrity, also no problems. The Celebrity Millennium sails around 8:00 pm and that gave us plenty of time for travel that day. We arrived in SJU around 3:00 pm and were able to board the ship by 4:00 pm - a nice leisurely pace with no rushing.

The Celebrity terminal people and crew welcomed us aboard and were wonderful. A nice welcome aboard drink and we were off to our cabin. We opted for the Celebrity Select dining and made dinner reservations for 6:45 each night. You can do this online prior to sailing. So off we go to the Metropolitan restaurant. We were seated promptly in a very classy, well kept dinning room. The entire ship was well kept and clean and in excellent condition. Our cruise was not sold out so it was not overly crowded.

The More layout of this ship also gives one the appearance of a less crowded ship. Plenty of space to move around, lots of public seating areas and plenty of friendly crew about to assist you find what ever you need. The fact that this ship has gas turbine engines and diesels to assist means that you feel almost no vibration and noise that you may experience on other ships, a very smooth quiet ship. We really enjoyed how the deck 10 buffet restaurant was laid out. Very spacious and well designed to keep large crowds from being in line at any one place at any one time. They keep many different food options spread out around the restaurant so don't stop at the first buffet line you see, keep walking you may find something else around the corner, its great. We liked that each buffet line had a crew member assigned to that food station to help serve and keep it clean and well stocked. No messy buffet lines here like on some other more popular big name cruise lines. The food was really good. Some of the best we had had, especially the Olympic Restaurant. The Olympic does charge about 35 dollars per person service charge, but well worth it. We made reservations for the Olympic the first formal night and had a wonderful dining experience.

It was not crowded at all. If the other cruisers knew how good it was it would have been filled to capacity each night. The service was exceptional and so was the food. Our cruise was heading out about the time Hurricane Tomas was making a visit through to Caribbean. The weather in a few ports was not perfect because of this and the port of St Lucia was closed because of damage from the storm, but Celebrity made arrangements to call on Martinique instead. Things went so smoothly it was like we were originally scheduled to make that stop from the beginning. The Millennium crew never missed a beat and each stop went like clockwork and we were on time everywhere we went.

The day of departure went smoothly, mainly because we travel lightly with carry-on bags only. They want the guests to fill our a survey a few days prior to debarkation so they will know about your flight times or other travel needs on that day. They then assign luggage tags to correspond with the time they allow you to debark. The ship normally pulls back into San Juan around 6:00 am and they might get clearance to allow you to leave around 7:00 am. Since we had carry on bags we did not fill out the survey and went down to the gangway at 7:00 am and were first off the ship, first through customs and in a taxi on the way to the airport before 8:00am. If you have large checked bags, please don't book air arrangements before 11:00am. We made our own air arrangements for 10:00am and made it with an hour to spare. We always travel as light as possible and let the cruise do our laundry a few days into the cruise, it saves space in our bags and the aggravation of hauling large bags around on our vacation instead of having a good time. All in all our first Celebrity cruise was wonderful and will not be our last. Celebrity Millennium rocks! we will be back. Andy and Lisa Less

Published 11/16/10
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Cabin review: 127038 Inside Stateroom 12

cabin 7038 celebrity millennium ,, nice quiet, large cabin for the money. inside off an interior hallway means less noise. also with no windows or balcony doors, the sun cant heat up this room and strain the AC like most oceanview or balcony staterooms,,,stays plenty cool.. not really close to elevators or stairs, but closer than some

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Port and Shore Excursions

Aruba is nice, wonderful people, beaches, shopping. Rental cars available at the cruise terminal area, and others near the airport. WIFI is available in town near the dock at many places. Lots to do over by the high rise hotel area. take a 15 min taxi ride over for many great restaurants and palm beach.
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A little crowded for my taste. The use their own Barbados money 1/2 the value of US. Most all take US dollars. Take a tour or shore excursion to help get yourself around, car rentals are available but not advised, streets not marked well, nor do they have good detailed maps. WIFI can be found at the cruise terminal

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Curacao is a great stop, beautiful city, beautiful beaches, friendly people. Easy access from curise ship and terminal. WIFI very avaialble. rental cars available at the dock but make reservations ahead unless you feel lucky.
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Dominica is a great stop. Lots of nature, Lots of green. They use Eastern Caribbean money but everyone takes US. Poor roads, potholes, wet. Beware of Trafalgar falls, nice waterfall but they try to nickel and dime you with charges. About 8 a person to get in the park, restroom access a dollar per person, and don't get a tour guide,, they want to show you how to walk on a trail and then AFTER you get back they tell you they want 3 bucks a person. Very limited WIFI during our visit, only found it one street up across from the dock in an old rock faced building that is now a bar. Beaches are black sand.

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NICE,, nice beaches, nice people. They cant really approach you in the cruise terminal area to sell you a tour so you may have to approach the tour operators. Try to find A&E tours, Eddie is GREAT, New vans, a lifelong local and knows EVERYONE, it helps. Eddie showed us the best time and gave a great personalized tour. Just what we wanted. Learn about the spices and take it all in. WIFI in the cruise terminal.

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Martinique is FRENCH,, very FRENCH,, didn't find too many English speaking people about, but all seemed very nice. They use the EURO here, and they like it,, most will take US but you might consider changing some money. beautiful island, standard of living is high here,, much higher than her neighboring islands, that makes is nice. a nice cheap day can be found by walking from the cruise ship pier around to the left to the main part of town and find the vegetable market, quite a sight, then walk down to the water front and find the ferry. it makes three stops across the harbour. the ferry is only about 5 US one way, so a 20 will get two of you there and back. Nice beaches over there, and a nice small town to the left of the last ferry stop called trois islet,, pronounced twas elay. Modern, classy, many shops and restaurants. A nice trip. Found WIFI in several places in town but not at the cruise terminal

St. Croix is a U.S. property so that is a plus, U.S. money, U.S. customs. Fredericksted does not really have a lot going on, so be prepared. Rental Cars in the Fredericksted area are almost non-existent, so if you want one, make arrangements days before you arrive. We walked down a back alley street and rented bikes for 5 bucks an hour, not too bad if you are in shape, kinda fun and cheap. If in this port you might consider a ship shore excursion or get a taxi ride over to Christiansted, the main town. The only reason I gave St Croix a 3 is because it is U.S. - if this were another country I think I may rate it lower. My mind may change if the ship docked in Christiansted. WIFI Internet can be found or use your AT&T mobile with no problems.

St Kitts is nice, nice shops at the dock but VERY touristy and the shop workers follow you closely thru the stores. Car rentals can be found outside the main shopping compound at the dock but you must walk across bay st about 1/4 mile away. The Brimstone fort is a good sight to see, a small charge for entry, maybe 8 US Most of the beaches are volcanic black sand on the north and west. Lots of older sugar cane grows in this area. Roads are full of potholes especially on the south east side. They use Eastern Caribbean money but most every takes US. Found WIFI in a few places in the main shopping complex at the dock area.

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