Mixed on the Millie: Celebrity Millennium Cruise Review by KDC1224
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Mixed on the Millie
Destination: Western Caribbean
Once the announcement was made about 1:30pm that cabins were ready, I headed down to what I quickly began calling the basement. I'll NEVER cruise that low again- as it appeared to be where the "rift-raft" on the ship were housed. I guess you really do get what you pay for. In spite of several complaints to Guest Relations, I was awakened every night by other passengers running, screaming and being completely insensitive into the early hours of the day (think 3-4am) and hearing my next door neighbors through the walls. The overall appearance of the cabin was great- and my housekeeping staff was adequate, not what I expected of Celebrity but still nothing to complain of in that area.
The food, which was probably THE most important facet of my cruise was disappointing in the MDR, just okay in the buffet and fabulous in the Ocean Grille- then there was The Olympic which was amazing on the final night of our journey. I would have missed that however, had it not been for having to adress my miserable cruise with the Director of Guest Relations who comped the visit to try and make things better for me. The service in the MDR wasn't at all up to Celebrity standards and it got to be a scary thing for me to go to dinner waiting to see what would get messed up next.
The ports were like night and day, although the scenery was beautiful, the people of Jamaica (our first stop) were friendly and of sweet spirits, where the people of Grand Caymen were rude, harsh and greedy with their "Tour Here" signs and behaviour. The little "village" of Falmouth will be amazing once its completed- but I saw lots of potential, fell in love with the people and will definitely go back- sans cruise ship. The Turtle Farm in Grand Caymen was worth every moment of grief it caused to get there (please pick your taxi drivers carefully) and 7mile beach was too crowded. Tendering into GC wasn't at all problematic, and back to sea we went.
Overall, the highlights of this cruise were a 'few moments" and a "few people". Mellissa Snow, the Captains' Club hostess was above and beyond exceptional, MetroPark was awesome and engaging with the crowds, Phillip Holmes, the Dir. of Guest Relations was kindness walking, (in spite of what didn't get fixed for me in a timely manner, he did eventually do what he could to help.) Maria, our Activities Director from the Solstice was on board, and I simply can't say enough good things about her- so I'm still a HUGEly devoted Celebrity fan, but not the Millie... If these staff members are still on her when the renovations are complete, I might (MIGHT) consider giving her another shot- but will definitely spend the money required to be on a higher deck. You live and learn, and I've learned much this trip.. till next time, happy sailings to you and yours!! Less
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