Flying to San Juan is more expensive but is the gateway to the southern Caribbean when cruising, we chose an 11 night adventure because 7 nights just are not long enough on one of these beautiful ships. This was our first time on a Millennium class ship, last year we experienced the Equinox which is the new Solstice class so we were curious about how it would be different. The Millennium is very well maintained but there are a few minor age spots showing up, remember it is in salt water all the time! All the common areas on the ship are beautiful and they incorporated more wood which we prefer. The main dining room is stellar, with all the wood accents and the spectacular two story glass window which looks out the back of the ship. Out of the four cruises this was the best service we have experienced, the maitre d checked on us regularly, our waiter Carlton was superb as was our busboy Eka. We have noticed that the biggest struggle seems to be with getting steak orders right, they came close but not quite perfect. We sent steaks back and we received prompt attention from the maitre'd and head sous-chef, satisfaction with food is taken very very seriously! One night we ventured to the Olympic restaurant, it is an experience not to be missed, they take service and presentation to new heights. If you enjoy fine dining then I'd suggest giving up several shore excursions for the Olympic!
On to our cabin, we would like to thank Cruise Critics for helping us find one of the "sweet 16" cabins!!!! These cabins have larger balconies, in our case cabin 7180 was large enough for additional lounge chairs which we asked our room steward to provide! The cabin is well appointed, extremely clean, the washroom could be a bit bigger, we didn't care for the shower curtain, we preferred the glass shower door on the Equinox. In addition we did not like the hair dryer at all, where did they find that contraption? You need to be a bit of a contortionist to use it, lol, but we managed.
We had an opportunity to chat with the head sous-chef and were happy to discover that Celebrity is one of the few lines that does not use prepared sauces, they make as much from scratch as they can. One big issue with cruising is that from the time you get on board you never experience hunger which is actually a bad thing because we find you don't enjoy food as much when you are not hungry. We enjoyed coffee/tea and fresh croissants and danishes on our balcony each morning, having room service included is an awesome bonus! (make sure you ask for almond croissants!!) We tried to hit the gym, which is well appointed, each day, unless we had an excursion. After showering we headed to breakfast, did you know they serve six different types of eggs benedict?? I really liked the Mexican ones. But how can you walk by all the waffles, french toast, omelets, breads, fruit, you name it, without sampling some??
Booking shore excursions through the ship is more expensive because you are paying for the extra service, booking on your own you take a bit of a risk in regards to availability and quality so you need to weigh the benefits.