Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by Quasi: Celebrity For Better or Worse, Mostly Better
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Our group departed central Illinois on Wed afternoon by charter bus to Chicago. Next morning we took an early American Airlines non-stop 757 from O'Hare to San Juan, PR, a 4.5 hr flight. At San Juan, we stayed overnight at Sheraton Old San Juan. Things a bit hectic in the area as there was a street festival starting that night. Our tour host always leaves home a day early for winter trips in case we get stranded during a blizzard on the way - a good idea.
We left the hotel at 11:30AM on a charter bus with our luggage; at the port, our leader got porters to take all of our luggage at once so we didn't have to each deal with that. A short fast moving line got us through security quickly, and we were on board inside of 15 minutes, very fast indeed! Our cabins were not ready at that point, but at 1:30 they announced all cabins were clean & ready. Our luggage arrived a short time later. We had a Concierge Class cabin, near mid-ship, nice size room and nice size balcony. The More shower stall seemed to be larger than on previous ships. Our last Celebrity cruise was also in a Concierge class cabin and I swore I would not do it again, but I did. The 4 PM hoer duerves they brought each day were just not very good, nor very many. The fresh fruit & flowers were so-so. cabin had plenty of space and our stateroom attendant Lydia came by to say hello and did an excellent job all during the cruise.
The Millenium is, what, 6 or 7 years old and showing its age. Rust showing through paint a lot of places and the non-skid surface on the top decks was dirty and worn. They pressure washed our balcony and it broke loose a lot of paint flakes. Don't know why, but carpeting in the main dining room was very rough, felt like they had put carpet over a pile of rocks.
We ate morning and noon meals on the 10th deck buffet, which food was so-so. Plenty of help around to bring coffee and tea, but never saw any of them offer to help elderly folks with their trays. Over-all the food on board was disappointing. Lobster is always a highlight in the main dining room, but they even managed to short change us on that; only half of a small tail, two medium size shrimp and a single scallop. Table service was excellent; Luis from Costa Rica & Barbara from Brazil were great.
We attended some of the theater productions, lavishly produced, but enjoyable I guess. Two comedians, one a female who was hard to understand, and a guy who relied on internet jokes and some old Rodney Dangerfield lines for much of his material. All shows TOO LOUD. Same could be said for all of the acts in the lounges; the RedezVous Lounge was a place we would like to have a quiet drink before dinner, but it was too loud to carry on a conversation. I complained; they apologized, and even gave us a bridge tour, but the music remained TOO LOUD. A barbershop quartet and a 3 piece Russian classical group also played here and there; not my cup of tea and they were also too loud!
The ship docked at all ports, no tenders needed, and they handled everything quickly through the deck one midship facility.
I attended several of the so-called enrichment lectures, several being on cruise ships and others on the history of the Caribbean, all these were quite good and enjoyable.
Over all service on the ship was good, at bars, etc. Drink prices continue to go up, soft drinks $2.30 and premium gin & tonic $8.10. On recent cruises we had been upset by the many money-grabs at things that used to be free, but on this cruise, we did not see that. There was just one premium dining room, the Olympic, which was $35 per. We never have patronized those on ships, but it was tempting, given the so-so food offerings in the main dining room.
Overall, we were pleased with the ship and service, but the food was a big disappointment. Less
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