Embarkation at SD was delayed due to a death during the preceding cruise. Celebrity did it's best to make us comfy but it's an old, un air conditioned terminal. An annoying thing was that when we arrived by taxi from the airport, a porter rushed to pull our luggage from the taxi. He then moved it about 10 feet to a line where we needed to show our documentation. The porter, of course expected his tip, as did the next porter about 10 feet away who took the luggage to put it on the ship after he too, got a tip.
We booked the Milli about 10 years ago when it was new and large. Now it's old and mid sized..but...it's so easy to get around..and so pretty..and well maintained. Putting the glass elevators on the port side of the ship, visible from both the back and front end of the ship made it clear to us where we were. We had just taken a Soltice class ship a few months ago which set the new standard for us. We thought we'd find the Milli old and outdated. Wrong. I remembered that the ship used to have a CD library called "Notes" and the elevators still indicates it's there...it's not...it's the Acupuncture Center now. Anyway, it looked like new carpeting thruout the ship and the bed was comfy...everything worked except the toilet for an hour. Most passengers were in the over 50 range, few kids and lots of UK residents added to our enjoyment.
Activities: We didn't find much we were into. There was an outstanding naturalist on board, Milos, who spoke during the 3 sea days and made learning about how the earth was formed, why the planets we see at night are lots' older than we think, and animals of the NW. Generally speaking, we find Princess daytime activities more to our liking...even the movies on board were boring..all G or PG, I think.
Service: outstanding as far as performance....everywhere...competent, fast...now friendliness was something else as far as the dining room staff went. The wait staff seemed confused very often and defensive. The cabin attendant seemed liked he wished to be elsewhere. Others on the ship whom we passed and Guest Relations were all top notch.
Shore Excursions: The only tour we took was in Seattle to Boeing and the HOHO in Victoria. Very interesting tour of Boeing. The route of the HOHO in Victoria was more limited than I remembered it to be...still, a nice way to get around that beautiful city. We rented cars or golf carts elsewhere.
Dining: We ate most all meals in the MDR..we did Select (anytime) dining and only needed to wait once for a table. Food was very good but they pureed most veggies..we do have teeth, so this was very unnecessary. Pizza was outstanding and in the Aqua Spa, they had the best salmon I ever ate anywhere. Burgers were OK..nothing outstanding about them. Once during the cruise, the ship had a brunch in the MDR....very good selection..very good quality.
Entertainment: we saw two of three production shows and they were outstanding..among the best we've ever seen..featured 2 M and 2F singers..shows were original, fun and professionally executed. We caught one half of the Don Given comedy act and were sorry we didn't see the entire show..he was laugh out loud funny..not insulting, not nasty..just very, very funny. There was a male singer featured one night, whose name escapes me..he did a variety of b'way, opera, and pop songs and the show was definitely worth the time. The piano player with the voice which sounded like nails on a chalkboard almost made my ears bleed...horrible..frightening bad...great at the keyboards, but, sir..please, step away from the mic. As far as lounge acts..an acoustic guitar-singer, Justin Wade was also very enjoyable, with a unique voice and arrangement..mostly James Taylor type of songs with some standards..Justin had a unique voice with interesting arrangements. Finally, there was an acapella group with loads of talent and personality..everyone seemed to love One Touch..couldn't get enuf of them.
Disembarkation: We were assigned to a 9:15 AM meet in a lounge to depart and actually got our luggage, went thru customs and immigration and were on our Vancouver Shuttle at 10:15 to the airport for our 2:30 PM flight. Vancouver shuttle is highly recommended..very well organized...paid in advance online so I didn't need to wait on line at the terminal.
Summary: we'd do this again in a heartbeat...great ports, great onboard experience.
We didn't dock close to the center of Victoria (the harbor) but we purchased HOHO tickets and the trolley picked us up at the ship and brought us back as well. This was a good way to get around but the trolley didn't go to the coast of Victoria which is worth seeing. It stopped at the Empress hotel, the castle, Chinatown and the shopping area which were probably enough.