what better way to start off the new year, than an 11 day cruise. we got to san juan on new years eve and boarded the millenium on jan. 3rd. boarding was easy. we got there at about noon and other than a 15 minute wait outside, we got right on the ship. i travel with a handicapped scooter and was helped right away, but nobody seemed to have a problem getting on board. we were in a handicapped room 3021 and it was quite spacious and it allowed me the room to bring the scooter in to charge at night. as soon as we got on the ship, the scooter died. although it had charged for 3 days, the battery just gave out. this happened upstairs by the buffet. immediately there were staff who tried to help. they carried the scooter to my room and for 2 days, went back and forth trying to find the problem. thankfully, Andrew Harris, the hotel director was able to get an electrician who opened up the battery pack to find not only a loose wire but a dead fuse. my vacation was saved.
this leads me to say, that i have never experienced any service on any ship that was better than millenium. all across the board, the service was spectacular in every way. the cabin steward Jonny was amazing. he anticipated every need before we had any. the wait staff table 438 Brat and Matt were exceptional and i must say, that the asst. maitre'd Fosley was at the table every night with special items for our table. this actually is the service you think you should get but rarely do. i must say also that this was the first cruise i have been on where you not only saw the staff (not just walking in halls) but they were part of the cruise. they were everywhere interacting with the guests, it was wonderful.
Food. we love celebrity, and find that the food is better than on most other cruise lines. we were on the century in november, and although the menu is the same, i must say the food on century was far superior to the millenium. i guess it's the chef. the salmon which is an everyday item was always wonderful, but 3 nights in a row is a little much. the steak dishes were just too hard to eat. the meats were not good. escargot, which i love never seemed to have garlic in it. it's like garlic was not used in preparation of most dishes. that said the maitre'd was over if you wanted anything else, and truly nobody went hungry.
Entertainment. celebrity has never been known for the entertainment, but i must say that it is getting annoying to think that people like us, who have late dining want to be in bed by 11PM. the show for late seating guests is at 7PM. i don't even leave the pool area until 6PM. i go to the room and relax after a hard day of sunbathing. i don't even shower until 7:30. once in awhile you see a show at 11, but very rarely. i don't want to go to bed right after dinner. HOWEVER,perhaps it is my fault for taking a cruise that leaves from san juan, but there were a large number of hispanic guests on this cruise and there were many shows and i might add parties at 10:45 for them. i realize that anyone could attend but when the music is only latin and flags of puerto rico are waving, and the comedian is speaking in spanish, well you won't find us there. what shows they did have for the rest of us were only so-so, but frankly, i can see better on glee. the siprah band that played by the pool and in cosmos, however, were amazing. my one problem with the pool band was, anytime we had a little rain, which seemed to be when they would start playing they would pack it up and leave. i realize there is electrical equipment involved, but put in an area where it can stay dry. the acapella group, for get their name was like chalk on a blackboard. they were that bad. they had a similar group on century, in november who were wonderful, but these guys were awful.
Ports. this cruise was very port intensive, and after awhile you actually look forward to a day aboard ship. St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, Dominica,Grenada, Curacao, and Aruba plus of course San Juan. in my opinion, dropping St. Croix and perhaps Grenada would have been better. i like sea days and those 2 islands have nothing much to get excited about. i did stay on board ship in dominica,but that was because the island is hard to do if you can't walk or hike. my friend did a 6 hour tour of the island and loved it, so i can't say it's not wonderful just not for anyone who has walking problems.
We met wonderful people on this cruise, as we usually do. the service was great, the price was great. would we do it again, sure. any cruise is better than not cruising at all.